Enchilada Casserole Verde

This recipe is so easy and makes a quick, tasty gluten-free dinner for the family with leftovers for lunch. Although I am usually one to create scratch recipes, this one is just with fine the convenience products available but would be that much better if you make your own Verde sauce and shred and blend your own favorite cheeses. This recipe is mild but feel free to spice it up with fresh jalapenos or Serrano peppers to your degree of heat. Meatless and gluten-free.

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Enchilada Casserole Verde

Yield: 1-9×14 inch casserole

25 corn tortillas
2-28 oz. cans green enchilada sauce
4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 sweet red chili pepper sliced

Spray a 9×14 inch casserole pan or dish with pan spray. Add enough enchilada sauce to just cover the bottom, add a layer of corn tortillas
( I cut most of them in half to make the edges flush) then add shredded cheese and repeat till you have 3 layers of tortillas with sauce and cheese on top. Slice the red pepper and arrange on top of casserole and bake uncovered in a 350° pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Let casserole rest for 5-10 minutes then portion and serve.

© 2014 Aron David Bradley

Sweet and Sour Apricot Chicken

This dish with its fruity tang, savory notes and bright colors is especially appealing to kids (of all ages). If you are blessed in Summer with local apricots, by all means use them in this dish but my recipe takes advantage of something that is accessible year ’round, dried apricots. They also have a tang that adds to the overall flavor of the dish. If you use gluten-free ketchup this recipe is gluten-free and lower in fat than most sweet and sour Asian dishes. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Apricot Chicken

Yield: 5 servings

1-1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 red, green and yellow bell pepper
6 oz. dried apricots
1 small yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons gluten-free tamari sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons corn starch (1 for dusting the chicken)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Soak dried apricots in hot water for 1 hour. Cut chicken into 1-1/4 inch chunks. Dust chicken with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut peppers and onion into 1-1/4 inch chunks and set aside. Mix vinegar, honey, ketchup, tamari and cornstarch till cornstarch is dissolved. Heat oil in a wok at high heat till hot but not smoking and add the dusted chicken and garlic. Stir fry till chicken is cooked (160°) and beginning to brown and add drained apricots, peppers and onions. Stir fry adding the sauce mixture. Cook till sauce has thickened and cornstarch is incorporated (about 1-2 minutes) and serve.

© 2013 Aron David Bradley

Gluten-Free Shrimp & Clam Cakes With Fat-Free Coleslaw

This a really easy to prepare and very tasty appetizer or main course. Most clam or crab cake recipes are loaded with fat from mayonnaise and usually served with a remoulade (more fat). This recipe is gluten-free, low fat, dairy-free and very tasty. Use fresh or frozen thawed bay shrimp…not canned. You can always use fresh clams if you have them.

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Gluten-Free Shrimp and Clam Cake with Fat-Free Coleslaw

Yield: 5 clam cakes

3 cups crushed Rice Chex™ cereal
1 ½ cups cooked bay shrimp meat
2- 6 ½ oz. cans chopped clams
¼ cup green onions chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper chopped
1 egg
1 tablespoon coconut or grape seed oil
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dill
Ground black pepper to taste

10 oz. finely shredded coleslaw
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon stevia

Mix shrimp, clams, peppers, green onions, crushed Rice Chex™, egg, seasonings and juice from
one of the cans of clams (strain the other can) and form into cakes. Pan fry with oil at medium high heat till golden on both sides. Combine coleslaw ingredients. Serve with clam cakes. Optional: serve with lemon wedges.

© 2012 Aron David Bradley

Brown Rice Penne w/ Spinach and Mushrooms

Our local store has recently expanded their bulk foods section adding 3 gluten-free pastas. I thought I would give the brown rice penne a try so I created a simple entree to check it out. This recipe is lower in fat, gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic friendly, and vegan.

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Brown Rice Penne with Spinach and Mushrooms

Yield: 4 generous servings

5 cups cooked brown rice penne
4 cups organic baby spinach leaves
3 cups Crimini mushrooms sliced
5 cloves fresh garlic chopped
6-8 leaves of fresh basil chiffonade
1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon salt
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Cook brown rice penne al dente drain, rinse and set aside. Heat olive oil in a wok or large heavy bottom sauce pan. Add garlic, and mushrooms sauté one minute then add spinach, basil, penne and seasonings. Cook till spinach is done (about 30 seconds) stirring constantly to coat penne.
Portion and serve.

© 2012 Aron David Bradley

Easy Chicken Korma (Paleo Version)

Here is a modified version of my easy chicken korma which I made last night and served with sauteed kale and leeks. It was divine. The spices dance in your mouth with layers of complexity and the coconut milk and almonds make it creamy.

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Easy Chicken Korma (Paleo Version)

Yield: 6 servings

1 ½ lbs. free range boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into large cubes
2 large tomatoes (vine ripened preferred)
1 large yellow onion chopped
5 cloves of garlic
1 big toe sized piece of peeled ginger
1 can light coconut milk
1 cup almonds
1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
Sea salt (optional)
3 teaspoons hot Hungarian paprika
2 teaspoon sweet (mild) paprika
2 teaspoons grape seed oil or ghee
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

In a heavy saucepan add oil, chopped onions, chicken and 1 teaspoon of salt. Sauté on high heat till the onions begin to get opaque and chicken is nearly done. Reduce heat to medium low. Put the remaining ingredients into a blender and puree till smooth. Stir into chicken and onion mixture, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally to keep food from sticking to the bottom. Serve.

© 2012 Aron David Bradley

Tuscan Herbed Chicken

Inspired by the flavors of Tuscany with olive oil, fresh herbs, wine and garlic, my recipe is simple, rustic and full of flavor. The marinade just takes minutes to prepare. Chiffonade is a French word meaning ‘rags’. As a cutting technique, the fresh herbs are rolled then cut into fine ribbons. This recipe is gluten-free and diabetic friendly.

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Tuscan Herbed Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup chardonnay wine
3 tablespoons fresh basil (chiffonade)
2 tablespoons fresh sage (chiffonade)
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

3 ounces mixed (red, yellow and orange) mini sweet peppers

Mix marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken. Marinate for 1-2 hours.
Place in a baking pan and add mixed peppers. Preheat oven to 350° F. and cook for 20 minutes or till internal temp reaches 155°.
Portion: 2 thighs per serving.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a salad and pasta or a pilaf.
©2010 Aron David Bradley

20 Minute Minestrone

As fall approaches I find the hearty goodness of soups and stews beckoning. My variation of a classic minestrone is super quick and easy to prepare and is very substantial nutritionally yet tastes like you spent hours preparing it. I have omitted the traditional pasta which if you omit the cheese provides complete protein in favor of allowing you the option of adding whole grain bread or gluten-free bread or pasta if you desire. Or you may simply add cut corn or quinoa or cooked brown rice to the soup and your complete amino acid balance is there. This minestrone is low-fat, high fiber, diabetic friendly and gluten-free.

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20 Minute Minestrone

Yield: 6-8 servings

2 – 16 oz packages of Italian Blend frozen vegetables
1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans
1 – 15 oz can light or dark red kidney beans
1 – 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 ½ cups fresh or thawed frozen spinach
1 ½ cups fresh zucchini quartered lengthwise, sliced
1 ½ cups water
1 cup red wine (Burgundy, Merlot, Chianti)
1 ½ tablespoons Kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon sucralose, stevia equivalent or sugar
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

4 – oz Asiago, Romano, or Parmesan cheese grated

Place all ingredients in heavy bottom saucepan, soup or stock pot. Bring to a boil stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and cook 15 minutes. Portion into soup bowls and grate
Asiago or Romano or Parmesan cheese on each serving.

© 2010 Aron David Bradley