Adopting Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily (Chicken Enchilada Casserole)

Gluten Free Chicken Enchilada CasserolePS – Are you new to gluten-free? Grab my book over on the right side of the page. You will get a weekly newsletter with some recipes, tips, tricks and hopefully the latest on gluten-free news. Helping those new to gluten-free navigate the gluten-free lifestyle. Be it individuals, families or restaurants.  Living better, easily.

I had a dream.

No. Not the cool, Martin Luther King, Jr. kind of I Have a Dream. Just a regular ol’ run-of-the-mill dream. But, I do like the fact that I think about that speech every time I hear the phrase, “I had a dream.” Anyway…

I was working downstairs in our basement (that’s where our office is), and when I came upstairs, the Big Man had just finished making a Chicken Enchilada Casserole. He was standing there with a big smile on his face, so proud of himself for making dinner and ‘helping’ me with my project. “Look! Now, you don’t have to stress about getting it done.”

For those of you that might be a little lost right now, my ‘project’ was to Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. Find a gluten-free blogger I like. Pick out a recipe and make it. Take a picture and write a post about it. So, someone else making the recipe that I picked out kind of defeats the purpose. I was going to have to go to the grocery store and get everything and make it all over again. Thank goodness, it was just a dream.

Not that it wouldn’t be nice if the Big Man had dinner waiting for me. But, you know…

So, here is what happened a few days later when I actually went to make the casserole. First, I chose to adopt Shirley of gluten-free easily because she has been so sweet to me.  She really likes to be supportive of other gluten-free bloggers. She leaves lots of comments and encouraging words. I have a feeling she is this way with everyone she meets. She really seems like one of those people who genuinely likes other people and helping them. Plus, she has been gluten-free for quite a while (since 2003) and has a lot of great recipes on her site. She also has lots of great stories to tell and does a gluten-free round-up on her site of what is going on in the gluten-free world. If you haven’t checked out her site, yet, please do. It’s amazing. But, somehow, I think if you have found my site, you have probably been reading hers for a while.

There are several reasons why I chose to make the Chicken Enchilada Casserole. There are quite a few dessert-type recipes on her site, and most people seem to like to choose a dessert recipe to make for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. I think people automatically associate going gluten-free with no longer being able to eat tasty cakes and desserts, so they want good substitutes. Shirley has tons of recipes for desserts and some great healthy, sugar and dairy substitutions for them. I recommend trying some. I am planning on stocking up on coconut milk for the honey (dairy-free) whipped cream and Creme Brulee Ice Cream I just read about. (Shirley gives you a great slice of her life with her husband by sharing a conversation they had about the ice cream… or How the West Was Won… or French words… I’m not really sure. I do know that my life with the Big Man is going to be the same for the rest of our lives, by reading her post. I completely relate to the 34 x 34 pants and dessert. Just read her post.)

But, with all of the baking experiments that I have been doing and the products being sent to me for review (I really have to get caught up on my posting), we have been having a lot of dessert, and I am still trying to lose the last few pounds of baby-weight. So, I figured a good, healthy dinner was in order. Despite the casserole in the title, it really is a pretty healthy dish. And, it makes a lot. We had three dinners out of it.

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There isn’t much to describe without just telling you the recipe, and you can get that from Shirley’s gluten-free easily site (recipe for Chicken Enchilada Casserole). It was pretty easy to make. Just a bit of chopping. Onion and tomatoes. I would recommend following her advice for cooking the chicken in a slow cooker, if you can. Not that it wasn’t good the way I did it. We just bbq-ed extra chicken the night before. (OK, I guess the Big Man did help me a tad. He’s the bbq-er in the house.) I just think the slow cooker-ed chicken would be even nicer.

This time, I followed the recipe to the letter and had all of the right ingredients on hand, unlike the last time I adopted a gluten-free blogger. And everything turned out wonderful, as you can see by the picture at the top of the post.

Gluten Free Shredded Beet SaladPS – Are you new to gluten-free? Grab my book over on the right side of the page. You will get a weekly newsletter with some recipes, tips, tricks and hopefully the latest on gluten-free news. Helping those new to gluten-free navigate the gluten-free lifestyle. Be it individuals, families or restaurants.  Living better, easily.

The second day, I wanted to add some more veggies to the dinner, so I decided to add a salad to go with it. So, I guess I kid of unintentionally adopted two people, because I made Heidi from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom’s Shredded Beet Salad since we had more beets from our CSA. I think I am becoming a beet fan. I realize that they really don’t have much taste on their own, so if you use the right ingredients with them, they can taste really good. Heidi’s salad is delicious, and also very simple to make. Plus, she has a great blog, too. Lots of information as well as gluten-free recipes and being-a-mom-to-gluten-free-eaters stuff. Make sure to check out her blog, too, at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom.

But, enough about Heidi. This post is supposed to be about Shirley. So, Shirley, I hope you like my post. I certainly like your casserole. And I will be making the Creme Brulee Ice Cream when I get a few more pounds off. So, I can put them right back on.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™

PPS – Chaya at My Sweet and Savory (the same Chaya from Comfy Cook) is at it again. Spreading her blogging love around. Giving out awards. She’s just too sweet. She was giving out Versatile Blogger awards, and she thought of me. You should really check her out, if get the chance. I am just amazed at how friendly people are in the blogosphere.

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14 Responses to “Adopting Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily (Chicken Enchilada Casserole)”

  1. Oh, how fabulous you are, Tia! Thank you so very, very much for your sweet, sweet words. I would have let you slide if the Big Man had actually made my recipe. It’s all about intent after all, and it would be coming from the same household. 😉 Looks like you did a great job, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The recipe does make a lot. I usually share with a cousin who loves this casserole. 🙂 Glad you went for an entree versus dessert. Like you, I’ve had a little too many desserts of late and am looking for the main meal inspiration.

    Woohoo on making Heidi’s salad, too. Double recipe score there! 😉

    I could write tons more, but gotta head out the door. I LOVE your post, Tia. You’re a super sweetheart, and thanks so much for your blog! I love it! 🙂


    • Of course. You and Heidi will always hold a special place in my heart. You are two of the first people that made me realize it was more than just my mom ready what I was writing. I really thought it was just going to be her and my MIL, and that’s it.

      Tia 😛

  2. Looks delicious! Shirley is definitely one of the most supportive bloggers! She’s always ready with a kind word and/or a good e-mail to answer any questions I have or just to pass along good thoughts.

    • Thank you, Iris. It was. And, I’m sure it’s a bit healthier than the enchilada from our local Mexican place.

      Looking at Valerie’s version of your Sweet Sesame Noodles and Banana Muffins makes me hungry, too. Definitely going to have to try those.

      I guess everyone loves Shirley. She’s just one of those people, isn’t she?

      Tia 😛

  3. Great post Tia! I love doing this round up because it lets me try amazing recipes by amazing bloggers! Shirley is a great choice (Heidi too – great idea to work in two). I have so many dishes from her blog on my to-try list. Gonna have to adopt that woman soon!

    • Thanks, Maggie. I know what you mean about trying recipes. I always mean to try them but don’t get around to it. This forces me to make something. And I am always so happy that I did.

      Tia 😛

  4. Tia, what a wonderful post! That casserole looks amazing! I will definitely be putting it into our dinner rotation! Shirley is truly one of the most supportive ladies I know! She is always one of the first to post a comment on my posts! And I totally agree that both her and Heidi (along with many others) made me feel that there really were people reading what I was writing!
    That beet salad looks awesome as well! Heidi actually told me about it when they were visiting and I have been meaning to make it. I have some perfect golden beets just waiting to have something done with them!
    Thanks for hosting this month! Cannot wait to see what everyone chooses!

    • Thank you! I had a fun time doing it. The casserole was amazing. I think it was better then getting an enchilada from our Mexican place, and chicken enchiladas are my favorite. Plus, I know what is in this. And the beet salad is really good. My husband really likes beets, so he is very happy that I’m coming around. I really have to dig out my food processor, though. Our kitchen is always very purple afterward.

      Tia 😛

  5. Eek! I didn’t even see this Tia (trying to dig out from under a million things from being on vacation for a week). So glad you liked the beet salad and I like the idea of adding grapes, yum!

    Enough about me, Shirley is just the best and so are her recipes, I have made several so far and they have been awesome. I made Shirley’s chocolate zucchini bread before we left for vacation and I almost had to beat Luke away with a stick, he loved it so much.

    I am also brewing Shirley’s homemade vanilla extract as we speak and I have made a few more. Think I will adopt her next month (and you and Kim and Carrie)! :0)


    • I only added grapes because I ran out of raspberries after making the dressing. 🙂 But I love grapes in anything, as long as they are in season.

      I hope you had a great vacation. I read Kim’s post, so I know where you went. Oooo. That sounded all stalker-ish. Anyway, I used to live in Carlsbad. Now that we have moved, we have to go back for Legoland. My dad is already indoctrinating our son into the Lego world. But that’s ok.

      Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

      Tia 😛

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