Allergy-Friendly & Gluten-Free Entrées

Easy and flavorful entrées to serve your family and your guests. They just happen to be allergy-friendly and gluten-free.

Semi-Homemade Dishes with Allergy-Friendly Products

by Allergy Free Kitchens on June 23, 2014

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Summer for us means we have less time to spend in the kitchen making allergy-friendly meals from scratch.  What to do?  We’re embracing the idea of semi-homemade.  Thanks to a number of conscientious companies, I’ve found myself going a bit Sandra Lee (and I like it)!  The options of semi-prepared allergy-friendly foods are growing. I, for one, am thankful.  When I’m short on time or we’re traveling, it is nice to have a number of go-to products to help put meals together in a snap.

Starting with this post and continuing in the weeks to come, I will share with you some of the allergy-friendly products that are making delicious semi-homemade dishes possible in our home.

First up, Ian’s Natural Foods.

I had the pleasure of trying Ian’s Southwest Chicken Tenders while attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas last fall.  It was yum at first bite.  You can imagine my happiness when they later asked me if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their products and sharing my thoughts with all of you.  I was given the opportunity to choose three of their products to sample.  Of course, I requested the southwest chicken tenders.  I just had to see if they were as tasty as I had remembered.  I also requested their fish sticks and onion rings.  I’m pleased to say all three products were a hit in our home.  Here’s why:

Ian’s Southwest Chicken Tenders – The tenders were crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and had just the right amount of spice and kick.  We enjoyed them in a wrap and atop a salad of mixed greens (pictured above).

Ian’s Fish Sticks – These were delightful and the perfect fun size for our little’s lunch.  She enjoyed them with a side of raw veggies and fresh fruit.  They’re the only product I didn’t get a photo of because they went so quick.  My husband, who normally doesn’t like “fish from a box” ate more than his share.

Ian’s Onion Rings – I love onion rings and thought it would be fun to give these a try in hopes they would make a nice side for a summer party.  The onions were tender and sweet.  The coating was nice and crisp.  And our daughter asked for seconds.  I jazzed my serving (pictured above) up with a sprinkle of salt and a side of vegan bloomin’ onion dipping sauce.  Yum!  The onion rings were so easy to prepare.  No dipping, dredging, frying – just take them out of the box and bake.

If you’ve never tried Ian’s products before, I encourage you to visit their website and give this helpful tool a try.   It allows you to enter the allergy-friendly criteria you’re looking for to help match your needs with products they offer.  You can also find Ian’s products near you.

As I perused the list of products that meet our needs, I spotted sweet potato fries…I may need to try those next.  🙂

Have you tried Ian’s?  What semi-homemade dishes have you created with their allergy-friendly products?  Do tell.

Disclosure:  As stated in this post, I was provided with one box of each product to review.  The views shared are my honest opinions.  

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Black Bean Enchiladas – Vegan and Gluten-Free

by Allergy Free Kitchens on September 19, 2013

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The hubs and I are big Chipotle fans.  When it’s just us, it is tops on our quick bite list, but it isn’t a place for our little.  The risk of cross contamination is just too great.  What’s the next best thing?  Whippin’ up something similar at home.  And, by golly, we’ve landed on quite a tasty recipe for black bean enchiladas the whole family can enjoy.

You can make this dish at one time, or prepare it in advance, refrigerate, and simply cook it later.

Want to add shredded cooked chicken or beef? Go for it.  Add it when you add the salsa to the beans and corn.

As with any recipe, please be sure you use ingredients deemed safe for your dietary restrictions and always read labels, even if you’ve used the products before.

Enjoy!

Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe – Vegan and Gluten-Free

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup long grain white rice

2 teaspoons of freshly minced cilantro

Juice of one lime

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 cup chopped fresh green onion

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons of cumin

2 15 ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup fresh sweet corn (if using frozen, thaw first)

2 16 ounce jars of your favorite roasted smoked chipotle salsa

1 package of your favorite 10″ gluten-free burrito sized tortillas or 2 packages of your favorite 6″ tortillas

4-6 Daiya Cheddar Cheese Slices

Prepare the cilantro lime rice.  Prepare the rice per the instructions on the bag, box, or according to your steamer’s instructions.  To a large bowl add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of freshly minced cilantro, the juice of one lime, and 2 teaspoons of honey.  Whisk to combine.  Add the cooked rice and toss to coat.  Set aside.

Prepare the black bean filling.  Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet on medium high heat.  Add the onion, garlic, and cumin, and cook until the onion is tender.  Add in the corn and beans.  Stir to coat, then add one jar of salsa and stir until well combined.  Lower heat to a simmer and cook until much of the moisture has evaporated.  You want it slightly thick, not runny.  Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 350.

Lightly oil the sides of an 11X7 inch baking dish.  Ladle 1/2 cup of salsa onto the bottom of the baking dish and spread it so that the bottom of the dish is lightly covered.

Assemble the enchiladas.  Warm your tortillas according to package instructions to soften them.  Down the center of each tortilla spoon a layer of the cilantro lime rice and beside it a layer of the black bean and corn filling.  Roll the tortillas and place seam side down in the baking dish. Top with Dayia Cheddar Cheese Slices.  (They don’t need to overlap, they will melt nicely to cover the top).  Ladle the remaining salsa over the cheese and spread to coat.

Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Carefully uncover the dish and allow it to cook another 15-20 minutes until the sauce is bubbly. Let it sit for ten minutes, garnish with 1-2 teaspoons of freshly minced cilantro and finely chopped green onions (if desired) and serve.

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