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.
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.
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.