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  • Chicken Lettuce Cups

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    Use a food processor to pulse, mince, and chop ingredients for this easy Chinese dinner.

    1 tablespoon canola oil

    2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed

    1 teaspoon minced ginger

    ½ cup small-dice carrot

    ½ cup small-dice celery heart

    ½ cup small-dice red bell pepper

    3 green onions, white and green parts, chopped

    1 (5-ounce) can water chestnuts, chopped

    1 ½ pounds ground chicken

    2 tablespoons chicken broth

    Salt

    6 tablespoons hoisin, soy, or Asian sauce

    1 tablespoon rice vinegar

    Freshly ground black pepper

    Butter or iceberg lettuce leaves

    Sriracha sauce (optional)

    Heat canola oil in a nonstick wok or skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add carrot, celery, bell pepper, onions, and water chestnuts and cook 4 minutes, stirring often. Add ground chicken and broth and increase heat to high. Sprinkle with large pinch of salt. Cook about 4 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and starts to brown, stirring often and breaking up chicken into crumbles with spatula. Add 3 tablespoons sauce; save the rest for serving. Stir in vinegar, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the chicken mix into each lettuce leaf and top with leftover sauce. Source: Reprinted with permission from Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal (Ten Speed Press, © 2012). Photo credit: Chugrad McAndrews.

    Serves 4

  • Fried Green Beans

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    Sure to become your favorite side dish, using this light and crunchy batter is a great way to get the family to eat their veggies.

    ¾ cup buttermilk

    1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    2 teaspoons salt

    ½ teaspoon black pepper

    4 cups oil

    ½ pound green beans, trimmed

    Combine buttermilk, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; whisk until smooth. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven to 375 degrees when measured with a candy thermometer. Dip the green beans, in batches, in the batter and fry in hot oil for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon beans out of the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    Serves 4

  • Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

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    The ultimate kid-friendly meal is now adult-friendly, and these tenders are sure to please the whole family.

    1 teaspoon cornstarch

    1 large egg

    2/3 cup finely chopped pecans

    2/3 cup gluten-free bread crumbs

    1 teaspoon salt

    ½ teaspoon dried oregano

    ½ teaspoon paprika

    ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

    ¼ teaspoon black pepper

    1 pound chicken tenders

    ½ cup olive oil

    Prepared honey mustard, for serving

    Combine cornstarch and egg in a shallow dish; set aside. Combine pecans, bread crumbs, salt, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper in another shallow dish. Toss chicken tenders in egg mixture then in pecan mixture. Place tenders on a rack to sit while you heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, cook tenders for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Cook in 2 batches if necessary. Serve with a dipping sauce, such as honey mustard. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    Serves 4

  • Roasted Asparagus in Browned Butter

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    Bring out the best flavors of this veggie with browned butter and lemon.

    1 pound asparagus, trimmed

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 tablespoons butter

    ½ teaspoon salt

    ¼ teaspoon black pepper

    1 teaspoon fresh organic lemon zest

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss asparagus with olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through roasting. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat until just browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Toss asparagus with the browned butter, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Serve immediately. Source: Fast & Simple Gluten-Free by Gretchen F. Brown, RD

    Serves 4

  • Roasted Chicken With Rosemary, Kalamata Olives, and Lemon

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    This dish looks fancy but is easy to make—to save time, use a mini chopper to mince garlic and rosemary.

    3 large bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts, cut in half crosswise

    Salt and freshly ground pepper

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 tablespoon minced garlic

    1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

    1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges

    15 Kalamata olives, split and pitted (or 30 olive halves)

    2 tablespoons white wine

    Rice for serving (optional)

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rinse chicken, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large heavy casserole or Dutch oven over medium-high heat about 2 minutes, until oil starts to simmer. Cook the chicken, skin side down, for 5 to 6 minutes, until crispy and browned. Flip (be careful to keep skin attached to breast) and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove pan from heat. Sprinkle with garlic and rosemary. Add lemon wedges and olives, then drizzle with white wine. Bake 18 minutes, until cooked through. Serve with rice, spooning the sauce over both the rice and chicken. Source: Reprinted with permission from Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal (Ten Speed Press, © 2012). Photo credit: Chugrad McAndrews

    Serves 6

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