One of the adjustments that Celiacs have to make is accepting the fact that eating out is just not the same easy-go-lucky last-minute let’s-run-out-for-a-bite thing to do that it used to be. Now, eating out is always a major deal. What restaurants can you go to that you will feel safe eating in? While there are a few restaurants in our area that either have gluten-free menus or cater to our gluten-free needs (and for that I’m grateful), the bottom line is that it’s just easier to eat at home. That was a huge adjustment for us â€“ we work out of our home (when weâ€™re not out on the road â€“ if youâ€™re interested, go to our website at http://www.peterandellen.com/) and often times, we work until hunger screams out at us â€“ TIME TO EAT!!! In the past (pre-Celiac), weâ€™d run to our local Vietnamese restaurant (Dalat in Worcester). Nope, no more. There IS a Vietnamese restaurant (Pho Dakao) that works for us now â€“ they even purchased a special kind of gluten-free flour to make their Vietnamese pancakes that we love to order – but even then, sometimes, itâ€™s just easier to eat home. When we go there, we pretty much order the same â€œsafeâ€ meals. And I will confess, one does get tired of ordering the same thing all the time.
So, whatâ€™s a food lover to do? The answer is simple: eat at home. It took a lot of soul-searching and admitting that we had fallen prey to how most of our contemporaries live. And I ain’t knocking it, believe me. If it weren’t for the Celiac diagnosis, chances are we’d still be running out for those quick, inexpensive meals. But not any longer. Now, we eat at home more often than ever before. And we eat well by being prepared. We love to eat delicious foods â€“ we love regular olâ€™ American nothing-fancy dining and we also love interesting cuisines and unique flavors â€“ so, our pantry is well-stocked. We stop at Whole Foods whenever we’re near one (we live about 45 minutes from a whole slew of them) and we make short local supermarket runs every few days for fresh meats and veggies or for the occasional ethnic ingredient that weâ€™ve run out of – by doing it this way, we can pretty much create quick, easy AND homemade gourmet meals every day.
So, hereâ€™ a recipe that will get you started. While it’s cooking, throw a salad together, steam some fresh veggies and then sit down to a beautiful gourmet dinner!
Honey Savory Roasted Chicken
2 pounds chicken (any combination of parts you prefer, i.e. breasts, thighs etc., with skin, without skin – your preference)
salt & pepper
Â¼ cup honey
Â¼ cup orange juice
Â¼ cup pomegranate juice (if you can’t find this, use twice as much OJ)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Â½ tsp. thyme
Â½ tsp. rosemary
Â½ tsp. oregano
Â½ cup chicken broth
Preheat the oven to 350Â°. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, then place in a roasting pan. In a bowl, mix the honey, orange juice, pomegranate juice, olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and oregano. Pour over the chicken. Add the chicken broth to the pan and mix until it blends. Bake until finished, basting several times (I use a thermometer fork to test it) â€“ general rule of thumb is 20 minutes per pound. If you want it particularly crispy, broil it for a few minutes at the end â€“ but watch it carefully so it doesnâ€™t burn. Strain the pan juices into a saucepan and reduce until slightly thickened. Serve over the chicken.