Friday, April 15, 2011

Bisquick Ultimate Chicken Fingers- Gluten Free

When I first moved to Turkey, the girl I lived with would go on and on about how much she missed biscuits and gravy. She would say that if she could just get her hands on some Bisquick, she would whip some up and show us. Unfortunately, there was no Bisquick, and therefore, cravings for biscuits and gravy went on until she left Turkey.

I actually have had many American friends over the years who have told me all about the many things that they have made from Bisquick, but to be honest, I had heard of Bisquick, but I had never seen it, let alone baked with it, because it isn't (or wasn't) available in Canada.

Here is Beligium, I again have met some Americans who rave about the wonders of Bisquick and what they make from it. In fact, the other day a friend of mine told me that she has a whole cookbook of Bisquick recipes that her mother in law gave her. She says she uses it all the time, and loves the product.

This made me wonder, so I was talking to another friend about this Bisquick world that I had no idea of, and told her that I had never heard of Bisquick, she said I was weird and that she would get me a box, but then I remind her that it didn't matter, we are a gluten free home, and bisquick had gluten in it, so she didn't have to bother. She left, but two days later she came over with something amazing- GLUTEN FREE BISQUICK!

I honestly didn't know what to make with it! I had no idea where to start, the box had some recipes on it, so I thought I would start there. I was making lunch for us, and thought that I would try the Ultimate Chicken Fingers recipe.

I prepared everything the way that Bisquick told me to, the only difference being that I didn't use chicken strips, rather I used, what I would call, chicken chunks.
I baked up the chicken, and let me tell you, it was amazing!! They were so great. We haven't had breaded chicken in over a year now, and this was a taste for sore tongues (sight for sore eyes...does that work? )

Here is the recipe-

3/4 cup Bisquick Gluten free mix
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp salt
3 boneless chicken breast cut into strips (I used chunks)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 tbsp butter or margarine melted

Heat the oven to 230 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Stir Bisquik, cheese, paprika and salt in shallow baking dish. Dip chicken in eggs and then in mixture and repeat. Place coated chicken on cookie sheet and drizzle with butter.

Bake 12- 14 minutes, turning after 6 minutes.

This recipe is super easy to do, and really yummy. Alara must have eaten about half the chicken. I am recommending gluten free Bisquick for all your coated chicken needs. I am so greatful to my friends for recommending and giving me this product! I am a lucky lady to have met them!

Now, I would love if you could suggest some other recipes or ideas for gluten free Bisquick!

**** Bisquick gluten free, has no idea who I am, they are not sponsering this blog post, however, if they would like to send me free products, or can tell me how I can get a hold of some more Gluten free bisquick when I am back in Turkey or if they would just like to get a hold of me- they are always more than welcome to!***

Monday, April 11, 2011

Life has been busy...

Boy, working at one job is a lot easier than being a housewife! And I am not a very good housewife at that!

I truly thought that once Alara started into her preschool, I would have so much time to myself, all alone at the house, keeping it clean, making delicious meals, and reading all sorts of wonderful books. I was wrong, apparently when you don't have your child with you, you find all sorts of new ways to fill your time!

I am taking a French class now. Learning on my own was not working for me, I met a great woman, and we are taking the class together. Through the class, my French is improving, and I have met many more great people. I have realized though that I am a may be a good teacher, but I am a terrible student! I am what you would call the class clown! Oh la la!

Alara is doing really well at preschool, picking up French herself, meeting children from all over Europe and North America, learning how to do crafts and sing songs. She is loving it! At home she is constantly talking and singing in both English and Turkish, playing and getting over her fear of 'scary' movies. We watched Tangled this weekend and she loved it! (I did too!)

Seyfi is also doing well, his French is amazing! His celiac seems to be under control, no more gluten at all for him (his choice). I think the turning point came at two moments, after reading Elizabeth Hasselback's G-free diet book and finding gluten free croissants that are actually delicious!

The weather here has been amazing! My vegetable garden is all dug out and the peas are sprouting! My flower garden is in bloom, the tulips and daffodils are finishing up, making room for the summer flowers, the lilac and jasmine trees are a bud and any day now we will be smelling their sweet scents! I'm very excited.

So today's post is just a very long overdue update, I am going to take the time to write more now that life is finally in some sort of routine!