Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

Even thought it is technically April, Mother Nature just refuses to let it be Spring. I am watching tiny snowflakes dance around my yard as I write this and this kind of weather makes me want soup!

So naturally, I go through my cupboards and fridge to see what I have to make soup. Do you ever do this? Just make up recipes based on what you have on hand? I do all the time, actually that probably makes up over 80% of my recipes. They don’t always turn out amazing, but it usually gives me a base to work with and improve on every time.

This recipe hit the bulls eye on the first try! It is perfect comfort food for cold days, but has a taste of freshness to hint to warmer days coming and fresh veggies right out of the garden. It is also cheap….and that is right up my alley. You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat good and tasty food!

Grilled Chicken and Corn Chowder

After gathering the ingredients and grilling the corn, peppers and chicken, it is all easy peasy from there! Melt the butter in a pot and sautee the onions and garlic until fragrant and translucent. Add the broth and potatoes and simmer until they are tender. Puree 1/4 of the potatoes and liquid (or more if you like thicker soup). Return puree to pot and add corn, peppers and chicken. Let the flavors mesh together by simmering for 20-30 minutes (your house will smell amazing by the way)! Add milk, cumin, chili peppers and salt and pepper. Simmer another 15 minutes to heat and you are done!

Serve with a nice crisp salad and buns and you have the perfect dinner for a cozy night in watching movies!

 

BBQ Chicken Pineapple Skewers

For dinner on our first gluten free day, I thought I would whip up something my husband could not argue with….BBQ!

I picked up some peppers, onions and chicken at the farmers market and pineapple was on sale so as I looked in my fridge, it was a no brainer!

This is a super easy recipe that is perfect for that Summer BBQ or a quick weeknight dinner. Marinade the chicken in the ingredients below and let sit for 4 hours or so in the fridge. I also soak my wooden skewers in water while I marinade the chicken and veggies so they don’t blacken too much. I do like to use the wooden ones as I find they add a nice smokey taste, which I love. I pick my skewers up on Amazon because they are the cheapest and the quality it great. I bought them at the Dollar Store once (and only once) and they burst into flames immediately, even after soaking.

Chef Craft Thin Bamboo Skewers, 300 Piece
$5.00

If you would like to be environmentally responsible, which I always encourage, check out the  stainless steel skewers. Buy once and use over and over!

 

Master Cook 12-in Flat Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewer set of 12
$12.99

Put on skewers with pineapple and any other veggies you have in hand and slap them on the grill for 15-20 minutes. Healthy, delicious and of course gluten free!

 

Chicken Marinade

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp ground ginger

1 chopped clove of garlic

Pepper to taste

1/4 cup soya sauce (gluten free)