Gluten-Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I love chickpeas!

I discovered this new found love earlier this year when I had homemade hummus.  While browsing for recipe ideas, ‘Roasted Chickpeas’ kept popping up so I just had to try it.

They’re a great crunchy snack and super easy to make. It would also make a terrific Christmas ‘Foodie’ gift.
You can vary the spices as many ways as you like. How about garam masala, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper?
Lime juice, gluten free taco seasoning, cayenne and salt?
Or maybe gluten free ginger asian seasoning, cinnamon, gluten free soy sauce, salt and sesame seeds?
I like to experiment with different flavors and create my own combinations. Feel free to “spice it up” (pun intended) and get creative.
 

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

These make a yummy gift. Wrap it in a decorative takeout box to jazz it up a little.

Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil ( I like to use Olio Santo)
  • 1 tbsp cumin *
  • 1 tbsp gf taco seasoning *
  • 1 tbsp gf west african citrus spice *
  • 1 tbsp maldon sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • * I buy all of my spices here in Calgary at Silk Road Spice Merchant. I love my spices and I really enjoy the combinations they make. Bonus: they are gluten free! Check out their website for more information.

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir to mix.
  • Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
  • Bake in oven for 40-60 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes.
  • I like my chickpeas crunchy so I baked mine for 1 hour.
  • It’s really based on personally preference so feel free to adjust the baking time to your liking.
  • Remove from oven.
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Gluten Free Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

spicy chicken stuffed sweet potatoes recipe

Spicy Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken (just use 1/2 of a pkg you get in the grocery store)
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp each dried oregano, basil, paprika and chile powder (Optional 1 Tbsp sriracha)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1-1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese plus a bit more to crumble over the top of the sweet potato

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the sweet potato on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until tender.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Cut sweet potato in half and scoop out most of the flesh.
  • Place the halves back on the cookie sheet.
  • Place flesh in a medium bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Heat a frying pan to medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground chicken and olive oil.
  • Add the dried spices, chopped onion and optional sriracha.
  • Cook the chicken mixture, breaking up the large clumps with a wooden spoon for 10 minutes.
  • Add the chopped spinach and the mashed sweet potato flesh to the cooked chicken and stir together.
  • Add feta cheese leaving a bit of feta aside to use at the end.
  • Divide the stuffing mixture into the sweet potato halves.
  • Sprinkle feta over each one.
  • Return stuffed sweet potatoes to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.
  • Enjoy!
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spicy chicken stuffed sweet potatoes recipe

As I am writing this new recipe out for you all it is snowing again in Calgary. It is March and I can honestly say I am very tired of shovelling my driveway, wearing boots, down-filled coats and snow.

Oh so much snow we have had this year.

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My thoughts are on spring. I am counting down the days until it is springtime in Calgary.

In the meantime I am inside staying warm and working on a ton of new gluten free recipes for you all.

This will be the first of 6 new recipes coming your way.

How does a stuffed sweet potato sound?

spicy chicken stuffed sweet potatoes recipe

spicy chicken stuffed sweet potatoes recipe

spicy chicken stuffed sweet potatoes recipe

Gluten Free Spicy Ramen Noodle Soup

gluten free spicy ramen noodle soup recipe


Ramen soup it seems is the latest popular soup to go out and eat.
If you are on Instagram or Pinterest you will see so many photos of this soup and also the many varieties of ways people enjoy it.
For the gluten free folks ramen soup is not something we could eat.
Well, now you can!
Lotus Foods makes a few varieties of gluten free ramen now, and in fact I recently found a big package of it at Costco.


gluten free spicy ramen noodle soup recipe


This soup is best when you’ve allowed it to simmer for at least an hour. This allows the larger pieces of lemon grass, ginger, chile and lime to really infuse the broth.
This would be a good soup to serve when you have company for you could put a variety of garnishes and add-ins in small bowls on the table and your guests could add what they want.

Gluten Free Spicy Ramen Noodle Soup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Litre gluten free chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 red chile pepper
  • 1/2 jalapeño, sliced
  • 2 3/4 inch pieces of lemongrass
  • 1 tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3-4 fresh lime leaves or 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 package ground turkey
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 cup carrots, finely sliced into strips
  • 2-3 gluten free ramen noodle squares
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup bean sprouts

Instructions
 

  • In a frying pan sauté the ground turkey and chopped shallots in the olive oil until it is no longer pink.
  • Add the soy sauce and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large soup stockpot add the chicken broth, chile pepper, jalapeño, lemongrass, red curry paste, ginger, garlic, lime leaves and heat to boiling.
  • Once boiling turn to low and add the fish sauce.
  • Let this simmer for at least an hour.
  • Remove the chile pepper, ginger, jalapeño, lemon grass and lime leaves.
  • Add the cooked ground turkey and the carrot strips and cook on low for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile bring a medium pot of water to boil.
  • Add the gluten free ramen noodles and using a set of tongs work at separating the noodles so that they do not stick together and then will cook properly.
  • Cook once separated for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • To serve soup divide the cooked gluten free ramen noodles into each bowl.
  • Add soup to noodles.
  • Add in garnishes such as snap peas, mushrooms and bean sprouts.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free spicy ramen noodle soup recipe

Gluten-Free Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

This homemade gluten-free spicy Chicken Caesar salad is packed with flavour, spice and crunch. This salad would also work as a filling in a wrap for lunch or a picnic.
This homemade gluten-free spicy Chicken Caesar salad is jam packed with flavour, spice and crunch.

This homemade gluten-free spicy chicken caesar salad is jam packed with flavour, spice and crunch. It is packed with spicy crunchy chicken strips, a creamy garlic caesar dressing and lots of romaine lettuce. It is easy to make and only requires 3 simple steps.

Mix up the dry spices and add it to the chicken strips and fry them up. Second-whisk the dressing ingredients together. Third- assemble the salad together. Feel free to add crispy pieces of bacon and homemade gluten-free croutons to the salad.

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It is a filling salad that I like to make at least once a week. In the summer I tend to grill the chicken breasts instead of frying them. Instead of cutting the chicken breasts into strips, I flatten the breasts, coat them in the spice mix and then grill them on the bbq.

This homemade gluten-free spicy chicken caesar salad is jam packed with flavour, spice and crunch.

Spicy chicken caesar salad would be a great filling in a wrap. Roll up the wraps in parchment paper and take them along on a bike ride, hike or picnic. Who says the lunch you bring on a hike needs to be boring. Not me? I am the girl that brought a homemade chocolate cupcake in a glass jar and the icing for it in a separate bag and added the icing to the cupcake once I completed the hike. Read story here.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THE SALAD:

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This gluten-free homemade salad is really easy to make and has just the right amount of garlic and spice in it. The caesar salad dressing takes less than 5 minutes to make and can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

A fun picnic idea is to pour the dressing into glass canning jars and then top with the romaine and chicken strips. Place the lid on and bring them to your next picnic. A summery way to enjoy the chicken caesar salad.

This homemade gluten-free spicy Chicken Caesar salad is packed with flavour, spice and crunch.

Homemade chicken caesar salad is always a recipe worth learning. I am pretty sure I know NO ONE who doesn’t love it!

HOW TO MAKE THE SALAD:

  1. In a small bowl add the spice mix ingredients together and stir.
  2. In a medium bowl add the chicken strips and the spice mix and toss well.
  3. Let sit for 10 minutes to let spices set into the chicken.
  4. Add oil to a frying pan and heat on medium.
  5. Add chicken strips to frying pan. You will need to do a few batches of them.
  6. Fry the chicken strips until golden brown.
  7. Remove and set aside. You can place chicken strips on a baking sheet and keep warm in a 300 degree oven.
  8. In a small bowl add all the dressing ingredients and whisk until blended and smooth.
  9. To assemble salad. Add chopped romaine to each salad bowl. Top with chicken strips and then drizzle dressing over each. Top with shredded parmesan cheese.
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We make this gluten-free Caesar salad almost weekly and I hope it will become a family favourite in your home. If you are feeling adventurous, then you can make your own homemade gluten-free croutons too. Recently I tried a store bought one and truthfully, they were horrible. To make your own, just cut a few slices of gluten-free bread into cubes and pan fry them with a bit of olive oil, garlic powder and oregano.

This homemade gluten-free spicy Chicken Caesar salad is packed with flavour, spice and crunch.

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This homemade gluten-free spicy Chicken Caesar salad is packed with flavour, spice and crunch. This salad would also work as a filling in a wrap for lunch or a picnic.

Gluten-Free Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad

This gluten-free spicy chicken caesar salad is packed with flavour, spice and crunch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch, supper
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • bowls
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • cutting board
  • knives
  • frying pan
  • Tongs
  • salad bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chicken breasts, sliced into small nuggets, or strips
  • Gluten-Free Spice Mix(recipe below)
  • 3 Romaine lettuce heads, chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated fresh parmesan
  • Spicy Caesar Dressing(recipe below)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl add the spice mix ingredients and stir.
  • In a medium bowl, add the chicken strips and the spice mix and toss well.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes to let spices set into the chicken.
  • Add a Tbsp oil to a frying pan and heat on medium.
  • Add chicken strips to frying pan. You will need to do a few batches of frying.
  • Fry the chicken strips until golden brown.
  • Remove and set aside. You can place the chicken strips onto a baking sheet and keep warm in a 300 degree oven.
  • In a small bowl add all the dressing ingredients and whisk until blended and smooth.

To Assemble Salad

  • Add chopped romaine lettuce to each salad bowl.
  • Top with spicy chicken strips and then drizzle dressing over each.
  • Top each salad with parmesan cheese.
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This homemade spicy caesar dressing is creamy, garlicky and spicy.

Gluten-Free Spicy Caesar Dressing

This homemade gluten-free spicy caesar dressing is creamy, garlicky and spicy. Easy to make and ready in less than 5 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • small bowl
  • whisk
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl add all ingredients.
  • Whisk until dressing is well blended and smooth.
  • Dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in a jar in the refrigerator.
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This gluten-free spice mix is great on chicken or fish.

Gluten-Free Spice Mix

This gluten-free spice mix is a great mix to use on chicken or fish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • small bowl
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
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Spicy Prawns

jumboprawns


Recently I discovered a new show on the food network. It is called “Spice Goddess” and I love it. As I have mentioned in previous blogs I love Indian Food. I am really enjoying learning the tastes of these spices and also learning new cooking techniques.
This chef shows how to make Indian dishes in a clear and easy manner. I have been following her techniques for cooking with spices a lot more lately.
I made this recipe and the smell of aromatic spices enveloped my home. It was wonderful! If you are looking for a treasure trove of spices, please visit Dalbrent Spice Rack in NW Calgary. They have shelves and shelves of different spices.
This is my version of her recipe for Seared Prawns, I was serving this dish for supper so I used smaller prawns and served it over basmatic rice.

Spicy Prawns

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package of large deveined frozen shrimp(unthawed)
  • 2 T grapeseed oil
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of Spanish paprika, cardamon seeds and salt
  • Bottle of Cilantro Coriander Chutney
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Over medium heat add oil to pan (I use a La Cruset pan for this. I find it heats up the spices evening without burning them)When it begins to get hot, add garlic, all spices and salt. Toast well (about 10-15 seconds)
  • Add large unthawed shrimps to pan and cook them until they are done. Flipping them once each side is pink ensures your shrimp will cook fast and will not be overdone.This process takes 3-4 minutes.
  • Once all the shrimp are pink turn off heat.
  • Add 2-3 T of chutney to mixture and stir.Add chopped cilantro.
  • Serve shrimp over basmati rice.
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