Vegetarian Gluten-free Chicken Penne


If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m all about quick, easy, but YUMMY dinners. No one likes to come home from a long, hot sweaty day at work and spend an hour+ slaving away in the kitchen. But I do know one thing… I come home with an enormous appetite. SO, I’ve learned to find a balance between saving time, making dinner easy, and making it yummy and filling!

Here’s one of my favorite dishes to make: Gluten-free penne with Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini w/ spinach, tomato and vodka sauce.

For the pasta, I prefer Barilla gluten-free penne because it is the absolute best gluten-free pasta I’ve tried yet. The texture isn’t weird, it doesn’t cook weird, and it tastes just like the real gluten-filled yummy stuff!

Boiling Barilla GFΒ pasta in a pot, add olive oil to a frying pan. Add the Chick’n Scallopini to the frying pan, add seasonings, and cover. The seasonings I used were thyme, Italian seasoning, oregano,Β black pepper and a pinch of salt.

When the Chick’n Scallopini is thawed through the middle, remove and slice into strips. Put back into the frying pan when sliced. Next, add a few handfuls of fresh, rinsed spinach and cook that down until the spinach is dark and shrunken. Finally, add freshly cut roma tomatoes and add more seasonings to taste.

Once I have all that in the frying pan, I like to crank up the heat to get a little sear on my Chick’n and tomatoes!

Add the cooked Chick’n, tomatoes and spinach to the drained, cooked pasta and add vodka sauce. Make sure to check that your vodka sauce is gluten-free! (I use Classico!) If you want to make this dish but VEGAN, choose a different sauce with no animal products. The vodka sauce has milk, but the Chick’n Scallopini is totally vegan!

AND NOW, enjoy with a glass of wine… Or two πŸ˜‰

To find out where you can pick up some of Gardein’s amazing products, click HERE!

The Barilla GF pasta is at most of the grocery stores around me. Check your local grocery store for their products! If they don’t supply Barilla’s GF pasta, make sure to request it! πŸ™‚


Vegan GF Chicken Tacos

You know those days when you come home from work, completely drained, but need to make dinner? It’s SO easy (too easy) to grab Chipotle on the way home, but the money you can spend in just a week of being lazy can really add up! (Trust me..) Here is a super fast and easy vegan and Gluten-free meal that barely costs anything to make! Not to mention, it’s perfect for summer!

What I used:

  • Corn tortillas (GF!)
  • GF organic black beans
  • Gardein “Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini” (Vegan AND GF! Score!)
  • Fresh spinach
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • 1-2 Limes
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper, Thyme, Cayenne pepper

How I did it:

First, open 1-2 cans of black beans and cook on the stove for the recommended time.

In a frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Place the frozen Gardein “Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini” in the frying pan and cover (Careful! The ice on the veggie chicken will cause some splatter when it comes into contact with the hot oil!). Squeeze 1 lime on the chicken and add spices to taste. Cayenne is very hot, so I just use a light sprinkle! Cook until there is a slight char to the skin of the veggie chicken.

Rinse and chop the spinach, tomatoes and cilantro.

Cook the shells in light olive oil in a frying pan until warm or lightly brown. Enjoy!

You can find Gardein’sΒ “Lightly Seasoned Chick’n Scallopini” and other amazing products at Target, Jewel, Kroger, Whole Foods, Hyvee, etc. Dropping the link to their website HERE so you can find stores near you! ->Β