Friday, February 19, 2010

Mashed Cauliflower

Ok, so I've wanted to mash cauliflower for a while now. I bought me a head of the white stuff and decided it was time. I kept the kids out of the kitchen while I cooked supper last night. Of course I was going to tell them it was cheesy mashed potatoes! I mean really...if I had told them what it really was, they would have never touched it. When they were finally allowed in the kitchen, the room was filled with ooohs and ahhhs! They thought it smelled so good in there and then came "Can I have a bite of mashed taters"..."Well SURE", I said happily. Boy you'd have thought they were the best mashed taters they'd ever put between their lips! So time to plate up supper. Daughter #1 dove right in! Daughter #2 nibbled a bit on everything. She was sick with the wonderful stomach bug, so eating still hasn't been a favorite of hers recently. Onto seconds for Daughter #1. Finally when she was just about done, I couldn't resist..I told her the harsh truth. I thought she was going to give me all of those cheesy mashed "taters" back! So anyway..she recovered and the next morning confessed..."Mama, they were good". So here ya take on Mashed Cauliflower. Try just might like it :)

Mashed Cauliflower

1 med-lg head cauliflower
2 cups chicken broth
4 T butter
2 T heavy cream
3/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
dash of nutmeg

Cut the cauliflower into small to medium size pieces and cover them with chicken broth into a pot. Boil until it is tender. Drain very well. Add butter, cream, cheeses, salt and pepper to taste, and nutmeg. Mash with electric hand mixer. Will be slightly lumpy...but good :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Parmesan Chicken

Going gluten free is definitely an adjustment, but it isn't as hard as it may seem. I keep "safe" flour, etc. on hand. I have made my own gluten free shelf in my pantry with all my goodies. I am finding it fairly easy to substitute in most recipes. For instance, this Parmesan chicken calls for breadcrumbs..but I just used cornmeal instead. It turned out very good!

Parmesan Chicken

1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs OR cornmeal
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix cheese, crumbs or cornmeal and seasonings in shallow dish.

DIP chicken in butter; coat with cheese mixture. Place in greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.

BAKE 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Adapted from KraftFoods