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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Greetings! I am Julia from Julia’s Album (you can also ALWAYS find me on PINTEREST) – a blog dedicated to creating easy-to-make weeknight (and weekend) dinner recipes, as well as an occasional dessert. I love savory dishes (dinners, soups, salads) – and you’ll find lots of those over at Julia’s Album. I started following a gluten free diet last year, and the majority of savory recipes on my site are gluten free or include a gluten-free option. My blog is a great resource for busy people (that’s all of us, right?!) who want to eat well without spending a ton of time on cooking.

I love making traditional comfort food recipes, which is why this wonderful Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole on immediately got my attention.

The original recipe calls for a can of cream of chicken or a can of condensed chicken soup, both of which usually have gluten. To make this recipe gluten free, I instead combined chicken broth with gluten free flour, then added the sour cream which provided just the right amount of creaminess!  This combination is a perfect substitution for those canned soups.  What I really love about recipes like this one is that it will appeal not only to gluten-free people but to everybody who loves comfort food made with real, whole ingredients – you know exactly what goes into your meal!

What also attracted me to this recipe is wild rice, which I love! It’s intensely flavorful, savory, and keeps its great texture really well in a casserole dish. And, I can’t resist those colors:


And, here are the changes I made:

  • I used 100% wild rice in the recipe instead of wild & white rice mix. I used 1 cup of wild rice (the recipe calls for 6 oz, which equals 1 cup of rice). I cooked 1 cup of wild rice in 1 and ¾ cups of water. Wild rice takes a while to cook (30 to 45 minutes) – make sure to plan ahead.
  • I used 2 cups of gluten-free chicken broth instead of two liquid ingredients (to sub for 1 can cream of chicken soup and 1/3 cup dry white wine – exclude both of those in the gluten free version).
  • I used 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of multi-purpose gluten-free flour to thicken the chicken broth above. This is how I did it: I whisked together gluten-free flour and 1/2 cup of gluten-free chicken broth in a small bowl until it was all smooth and there were no lumps. In step 3 of the recipe I added the remaining 1 and ½ cups of chicken broth to the skillet with cooked onions and celery, brought the mixture to boil, and at that point added my ½ cup of chicken broth blended with gluten-free flour. I simmered the mixture for a couple of minutes until it thickened nicely and was bubbly. The mixture then is further thickened with added sour cream, cooked chicken, and rice.
  • The recipe calls for ½ cup of sour cream. I found that this amount works just fine but you can add a couple of extra tablespoons if you like!
  • Before you transfer your casserole from a large skillet into a baking dish, make sure to season it well with salt and pepper while it’s still in a skillet! Since we’re not using the canned soups (which would’ve provided the needed amount of salt) and instead we’re using chicken broth thickened with flour and sour cream, our dish will need some extra salt and pepper!

I liked this dish so much, I actually made it twice! Second time, I doubled the recipe and used a 3-quart (2.8 liter) baking dish. The original BHG recipe makes 4 servings, so if you want any leftovers, make sure to double the recipe and double my gluten-free substitutions too.

And here is a step-by-step photo collage to help you visualize how to make this simple dish:

To see the full recipe click here and use my substitutions above to make it gluten free!

Summer Garden Pizza

Up until a few years ago I had barely ventured beyond tossing tried and true foods like chicken, brats, burgers, and the occasional halved stone fruit on the grill. Since then I’m happy to report that I’ve broadened my grilling horizons and branched out to tossing goodies like avocados, fruit cobbler and, yes, even pizza on the sizzling surface.

That’s right - grilled pizza is not only possible but truly delicious! I followed BHG’s recipe for Summer Garden Pizza for my latest grilled pizza creation which starts with pizza crust lightly grilled then topped with a variety of summer veggies including sweet corn, tomatoes, basil, red onion, and torn baby spinach. Studded with melty chevre and parmesan cheese, this fresh and summery meal will wow your friends and family.

Plus it’s fun to get them involved in making ‘em, since everyone can pick out their own toppings!

Start with the pizza crust. You can follow BHG’s recipe or take some help from the store and use a tube of ready-made pizza crust. I won’t tell!

Unroll the tube and slice into 4 rectangles then liberally brush one side with extra virgin olive oil. This will ensure that the crust doesn’t stick to the grill.

Place the crusts oiled-side down over low-heat then grill until the bottom is golden brown, 3-4 minutes. If you have hot spots on your grill (the front of mine gets hotter than the back, for instance) use tongs to rotate the crusts so they brown evenly. Brush the tops of the crusts with more extra virgin olive oil then remove and place on an upside down baking sheet, grilled side up.

Next, pile high with fresh and yummy toppings. Brush the grilled side with a bit more extra virgin olive oil then sprinkle on chopped garlic and shaved or grated parmesan cheese.

Like I said – this recipe is very flexible in terms of toppings, so use whatever you’ve picked up at the farmers’ market or from your garden.

I used fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, red onion, baby spinach, and then dotted the top with tangy chevre. Fresh mozzarella would also be divine.

Place the pizzas back onto the grill over low heat then grill with the lid down until the second side is golden brown, 2-3 more minutes. Remove, slice, then enjoy!

Click here for the Summer Garden Pizza recipe > 

Note: I used store-bought pizza crust, omitted the tomato sauce, and used garden veggies I had on hand!

One of the meals I remember eating often growing up was my Mom’s egg salad sandwiches. There’d always be a big tub of egg salad in the fridge which she’d scoop onto two pieces of toasted white bread before cutting in half and serving with a cold glass of milk. The hot, crispy toast was divine with the cold, creamy egg salad.

To help her out I’d often peel the hard-boiled eggs for the salad, which came out perfect every time. In place of an overly hard yolk ringed with green, were bright and creamy yolks that seemed to melt in your mouth.

Since May is National Egg Month I thought I’d teach you her no-fail way to make perfect hard-boiled eggs, every time!

Start with fresh eggs, which make for the tastiest hard boiled eggs, naturally! Place the eggs in a saucepan then cover with cold water by 1″. Place the saucepan over high heat then bring to a boil.

Immediately place a lid on top of the saucepan then remove it from the heat. Set a timer for 12 minutes (9 for medium eggs, or 15 for extra-large eggs) then drain and rinse under cold water.

Eggs are the easiest to peel when they’re still slightly warm, so tap the egg against a flat surface then roll until the center is cracked all the way around. Gently peel back the shell then, voila! You’ve got hard-boiled eggs! Use right away or stash in the fridge to be used later that day.

I incorporated my latest batch of hard boiled eggs in BHG’s Tomato Egg Salad.

This light, low-carb salad is perfect for this time of year when it’s just starting to get hot out, and you’re craving something light and fresh for either lunch or dinner.

Start by chopping 3 hard boiled eggs, then combining with 1/3 seeded chopped cucumber, and 1/4 cup minced red onion in a medium-sized bowl.

The recipe calls for 1/3 cup mayonnaise to be added next, which I substituted with plain Greek yogurt to save on fat and calories, and loved. Finally add 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. FYI: I’d knock the salt down by about half next time!

Mix the egg salad together then scoop into hallowed out tomatoes.

Slice, and enjoy!

Click here for the Tomato Egg Salad Recipe >

(Note: I substituted plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise, and would only use 1/4 teaspoon salt next time.) 

Tabbouleh in Endive Boats

Tabbouleh is a healthy grain based Mediterranean dish and serving it like this in little endive boats is so much fun! I started with this BHG Tabbouleh recipe and made it my own. You can buy boxes of tabbouleh mix at most grocery stores, and then customize them by adding lots of fresh veggies and herbs like tomatoes, bell pepper, mint and parsley. You really can’t go wrong! It’s colorful and great as an appetizer or a side.


  • 1 5 1/4 ounce package tabbouleh (wheat salad) mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped yellow, red, and/or green sweet pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • endive leaves


1. In a large bowl combine tabbouleh mix with spice package. Stir in the boiling water. Cover and chill for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

2. Stir in tomato, the sweet pepper, green onion, parsley, mint, lemon juice, olive oil, and black pepper.

3. To serve, spoon onto endive leaves. (Or cover and chill up to 24 hours.) Make 6 servings and works as an appetizer or side.

The Forest Feast is a blog by Erin Gleeson full of simple, colorful vegetable based recipes with photos and watercolor illustration. After working for many years as a food photographer in NYC, Erin moved to a cabin in the woods where she is currently working on The Forest Feast Cookbook. Follow Erin on Twitter and  Instagram, @theforestfeast.

Easy BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

If there’s one dish that has stood the test of time at my house, it’s BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. Cheesy, filling, and laced with smokey-sweet BBQ chicken, I’ve been making these hand-held ‘dillas as quick lunches and dinners for years.

Not only are they easy to customize and cook, these quesadillas also happen to be my husband Ben’s #1 favorite meal – a dish he’d do anything for!

Need hubby to get something done around the house? Make him BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. Forgot something at the store? He’ll be happy to go back if BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are on the menu when he gets back. I’m telling you – these hot and crunchy quesadillas are loved by all!

While Ben prefers his quesadillas stuffed simply with cheddar cheese and shredded chicken coated with BBQ sauce, I love mine laced with sticky-sweet caramelized onions, grilled corn cut off the cob, or even sweet chopped apples thrown into the mix. Whatever you choose, the cooking method’s the same.

Start with the tortillas. You’ll want 4, 7-8″ flour tortillas to serve 4 people.

Next assemble the fillings, including 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (hand-grated is best, but pre-shredded will do in a pinch!) and roughly 1lb cooked-then-shredded chicken tossed with your favorite BBQ sauce. This dish is great for using up leftover grilled or sauteed chicken breasts, by the way, or even rotisserie chicken.

Preheat a large, nonstick-sprayed skillet over medium heat, then prop two tortillas against one another and sprinkle a couple Tablespoons cheese onto the bottom. I showed this quesadilla-cooking trick on my blog Iowa Girl Eats a few months ago and my readers went crazy for it. It’s the easiest way I know how to get multi quesadillas cookin’ at once!

Next layer on 1/4 of the chicken, and a couple more Tablespoons of cheese.

Fold the tortillas over then cook until golden brown on one side. Flip then cook until golden brown on the other.

Pull the quesadillas off the heat then let them rest for 3-4 minutes on a cooling rack before slicing into wedges. Letting the quesadillas cool gives the cheese a chance to meld all the ingredients together, and placing them on top of a cooling rack ensures the bottoms will stay nice and crisp.

I like to serve my BBQ Chicken Quesadillas with a side of BBQ sauce for dunking, and a crisp apple or side salad for something fresh.

I hope you enjoy these quesadillas as much as we do!

Click here for the BBQ Chicken Quesadilla Recipe >

Browned Butter Frosting + How to Brown Butter

For those of you who have never attempted to brown butter or make anything with browned butter, let me be the first to tell you that you are missing out! Something magical happens when you let butter get all golden and fragrant! And the best part is you only need butter!

So, here’s how you do it. Grab a stick of butter and place it in a small saucepan over low heat. Once it’s completely melted, swirl the pan every 30 seconds or so and let it slowly brown. After a few minutes of babysitting, you’ll notice the milk solids start to brown up and then voila! It’s done! Try not to let it sit on the stove top unattended because it only takes a few seconds from going to perfect to burnt. And burnt butter is not quite the flavor profile we’re going for. Read more

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