Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Crockpot chicken curry

This crockpot chicken curry was super easy and great to take to work for a few days. It took a while for me to trim and cut the Chestnut Farms chicken breasts, but they cleaned up great!

Put the onions and chicken in the crockpot

Add cubed sweet potatoes on top
Mix OJ and spices
Pour the OJ on top of the potatoes

Cook on low, 5-6 hours

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 onion
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
3 tsp curry powder
1 clove garlic, minced

Put chicken and onion in first. Put sweet potatoes on next. Mix OJ with all the spices and pour over the potatoes. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gluten friendly restaurants

I just wanted to write a quick post about gluten-free restaurants. As I keep telling people, avoiding gluten-filled foods like pasta, bread, etc is really not the problem. That is the easy part. The hard part is dealing with cross-contamination, like when a cook stirs a bucket of rice with the spoon she has been using to stir the pasta. Or when she throws your eggs onto a griddle where they also cook pancakes. Also, a piece of grilled chicken is always suspect... soy sauce is a no-no and is unfortunately a very common marinade. It's very hard to know what is going on behind the scenes in a restaurant, which can make eating out difficult for the gluten-free.

There are a few websites like this one that list gluten-free restaurants in the area (scroll to the bottom). Many of these places have a special menu, a statement, a promise, etc- something to let you know that they will keep your food in a special area and that it won't come in contact with foods/pots/pans/bowls/utensils containing gluten.

So far, I've been very impressed with: Legal Seafoods, The Elephant Walk, Stone Hearth Pizza (yes, GF pizza!!).

I also just found out that Boloco is gluten-friendly. Before I found out I have Celiac I used to order a BYO burrito bowl (with just chicken, salsa, broccoli, and pinto beans) all of the time for lunch. I used their website to determine that all of those things are still safe for me(their chicken has no bad marinades). But on top of that, when I was ordering at the restaurant I mentioned being gluten-free and the woman at the register yelled for everyone to change their gloves. Awesome! I read online that Chipotle has a similar policy.

I also had some good experiences on Cape Cod over the 4th of July weekend- BZs Pizza in Dennisport was amazing- Dan even loved it so much he asked to go back the next day! Chatham Bars Inn was very accommodating- we called ahead and alerted them I would be coming for dinner. The chef called me back and told me to identify myself when I arrived and have my server help me pick out something that he could make GF.

I was very excited to find a breakfast joint up in NH where I can safely carbo load for a half ironman I am doing up there in a few weeks. Breakfast is by far the hardest meal to eat out since it is dominated by carbs in most restaurants, and I was really worried about how I would get in my usual day-before pancakes. So far this summer I've been able to make GF pancakes at home. But I'll be spending a few days up in NH for Timberman with no access to a kitchen. Heritage House offers gluten-free pancakes... SWEET!! Can't wait!

I'll keep posting on good GF places I find!