Monday, May 12, 2008

Grilled Steak/Chicken & Asparagus

I think grilling is a great way to produce a variety of dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free meals. With just some basic seasonings and marinades, you can create easy and great tasting food that everyone in the family can enjoy. As the weather has started to warm up a bit, we've begun firing up our grill more often. Here are two allergy-friendly grill recipes that my family really enjoys.

RECIPE for Grilled Flank Steak With Rosemary by Bon Appetit

Recipe Notes:
  • The marinade in this recipe is very flavorful and can be used on other meats. As you can see from my picture, I like to apply it to chicken. When using chicken breasts, I like to pound the meat to about 1/2 inch thickness prior to marinating.
  • I have found, along with other reviewers, that the additional salt in the recipe is not necessary and can result in an overly salty end-product depending on the thickness of your meat.

RECIPE for Grilled Asparagus With Balsamic Vinegar by Cooking Light
  • This makes a great side. Just a very tasty way to cook up some asparagus.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Simple Teriyaki Chicken

If you enjoy Asian foods, there are many dishes that you can make that are dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free. Here is one of those classic dishes - Teriyaki Chicken - that is allergy-friendly, very easy to make, and simply very good. It's from Ellie Krieger, the health-conscious celebrity chef on the Food Network. I really like her version of the teriyaki marinade. You can use it on other meats or tofu too.

RECIPE for Teriyaki Chicken Thighs by Ellie Krieger

Recipe Notes:
  • If you are allergic to or avoiding seeds, omit sesame seeds.
  • If you don't prefer the spiciness, omit the red pepper flakes. It tastes fine without them.
  • For kid-friendly eating, try this with chicken drumsticks. I've done this many times. Rather than broil I like to roast them in a 450 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes.