A Gluten-free, Dairy-free Whole Food Recipe

It’s not easy to find a dairy and gluten-free hot dish! This recipe is very versatile, so add your favorite vegetables. Its creamy consistency makes for a comforting dish. I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free baking and biscuit flour, but you can use any gluten-free flour. If you can tolerate ghee (clarified butter), add 2 TBS for flavor when simmering the sauce. You can also try this with leftover turkey (season with rosemary instead of thyme) from Thanksgiving.

Ingredients
3 cups cooked brown rice
2 baked chicken breasts, shredded
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
3 tablespoons water (more if needed)
6 tablespoons gluten-free flour
3 1/2 cups water, divided use
2 teaspoons thyme
2 vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes (low sodium)
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups vegetables, thinly sliced (carrots & parsnips work well)
1/2 cup plain, gluten & dairy free breadcrumbs (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions
1. Chicken: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts, place in a casserole dish and bake covered for 30-35 minutes or until done.
2. Sauce: In sauce pan bring 2 tbsp oil and 3 tbsp water (or more if needed) to a light simmer. Add flour slowly and blend until smooth. Add thyme. Slowly add 3 cups of water and the bouillon cubes. Blend until smooth. Add chicken and mix thoroughly.
3. Vegetables: Sauté the onions, garlic and veggies (not the peas!) in olive oil, until the onions are transparent.
4. Lightly grease a casserole dish. Layer rice on the bottom, then add all vegetables. Pour 1/2 cup water over vegetables. Then spread the chicken mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top. Bake covered at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Then, remove the foil or lid and continue baking until bubbly and the vegetables are soft, approximately 10-15 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings.

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Maggie Christopher is a certified holistic nutrition counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She combines the wisdom of whole foods nutrition along with emotionally-based therapy to support individuals in uncovering and healing the root causes of their cravings. She provides a safe environment to explore the emotional reasons for the eating habits that prevent you from reaching your health goals. She offers step-by-step guidance and delicious recipes that support you in introducing whole natural foods that promote health, calm cravings and allow you to feel satisfied. For a free nutrition consultation, visit her website or call.

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