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postheadericon CSA Veggies and Chicken

We are now part of a CSA, an Eastern Seaboard CSA that gives us fresh (and mostly organic) veggies from farmers on the East Coast of the USA before the Farm Direct Coop starts up for the late Spring/Summer. The price for organic produce is much better through a CSA, and the food has been amazing – and seeing how much my girls like eating rainbow chard sautéed with garlic and olive oil is priceless!

Stirring after simmering

This is a 1-pot meal that can use up a good amount of fresh produce, and a great way of getting chard into people who might be leery of eating any dark leafy green that isn’t spinach. They don’t really have to know it’s chard!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, and top 8 allergen free recipe. This recipe is Faux Fast Food, and can be made in under 45 minutes.


  • 1-2 TBS olive oil

  • 1-2 TBS butter/margarine
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3-4 lbs boneless/skinless chicken
  • 6-8 oz baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 2 small-medium zucchini
  • 2 small-medium summer squash
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or cooking wine
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (this is tricky to find corn-free, but a few brands don’t contain citric acid/ascorbic acid)
  • 1 bunch swiss, red, or rainbow chard
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, stemmed and roughly chopped


Ready to eat!

Start by doing all the prep work with the veggies and the chicken. There’s a lot of chopping for this recipe, and you don’t want to end up overcooking something because you need more time to chop!

Mince the onion and garlic, and set aside. Chop the chicken thighs into cubes about 2 inches long. Rinse and slice the mushrooms, and set aside. Slice the zucchini and summer squash in half length-wise, and cut into half-moons. If the zucchini/summer squash is quite wide, you may wish to cut them into quarter-moons.

To prepare the chard, first break off the bottom stem, then rip the chard in half. Use a salad spinner (I love the OXO Salad Spinner, myself) to rinse the chard, then dry and roughly chop the greens. You want to have pieces that are about the size you’d use for lettuce in a salad.

Simmering Chicken with CSA veggies

Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat, and warm the butter/margarine and olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic, and sauté. When the onion and garlic are tender, add the chicken. Stir with tongs (I use the Oxo Good Grips 12″ Tongs), until chicken begins to brown.

Add the mushrooms, salt, and dried herbs to the chicken mixture, and keep stirring with tongs. When the mushrooms start to soften and the chicken is looking browner, add the zucchini and summer squash. Stir well to combine, then cover and let simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Open only once or twice to stir. The steam will help the chicken and veggies finish cooking.

Drain the “juice” that has accumulated in the pan. Next, deglaze the pan with about a little apple juice or wine. Stir again with tongs, then add the crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine, and let simmer for another 5 minutes with the cover on.

Adding the green leafies

Finally, add the chopped fresh parsley and the chopped chard to the pan. Stir, cover, and let simmer for a final 5 minutes. The heat and steam will wilt the greens, and they will be perfectly cooked with little to no additional work.

Stir and serve. I like mine plain and with a salad on the side, but my daughters liked theirs with some Tinkyada Brown Rice Penne Pasta. Eat it up, yum!

postheadericon Mackenzie’s Chicken Roulades with Chives

One afternoon my daughters wanted to cook dinner for the family. The younger two wanted to make desserts, so my youngest made GF GrapeNut pudding, my middle daughter made a fudge pie from the Joy of Cooking, and my oldest decided to make the main course, with a side of pasta.

After much searching for the perfect recipe to make for dinner, Mackenzie found a Chicken and Chive Roulade recipe in the wonderful Silver Spoon cookbook. We made some adaptations to add a bit more flavor and to make it gluten-free, as well as creating more detailed directions.

This recipe is not dairy-free This is a delicious gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, and shellfish free recipe. This recipe is Faux Fast Food, and can be made in under 45 minutes.

Dinner, made and served by the girls


  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts

  • 1/4 cup butter and 2 TBS butter, separated
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh chives (they’ve popped up in the garden already this spring!)
  • 8 tsp cream cheese with chives
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup gf flour
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 TBS olive oil


Chicken ready to be pounded

Have a large skillet with a cover ready, as this cooks on top of the stove. You will also need 8 toothpicks.

Cut each chicken breast in half length-wise. Lay between two sheets of wax paper and pound each one with a meat mallet to approximately 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick.

Divide the 1/4 cup butter into 8 equal pieces. Lay out every piece of pounded chicken breast on a piece of wax paper or a cookie sheet. On each place 1 piece of butter, 1/8th of the chives, and 1 tsp chive cream cheese.

Roll each piece of chicken length-wise, and secure with a toothpick.

In a bowl, combine flour, parmesan, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Dust each roulade with the flour mix, and then dredge the bottom of each piece of chicken with the flour mixture as well.

Melt the remaining butter and the olive oil in the large skillet over medium-high heat. Place each piece of chicken in the skillet. Cook until browned (about 2 minutes), then flip. Cook each side for 2 minutes, until browned on all sides.

Sprinkle the chicken with any leftover chives when serving. Serve with pasta (Mackenzie tossed her pasta with butter and parmesan), quinoa, or potatoes and a roasted vegetable (we had roasted broccoli and asparagus).

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