Sometimes it can be hard to come up with a meal when you’re on a gluten free diet. If you work on getting a bunch of delicious side dishes in your recipe box it can be much easier. Season chicken breasts or tenders any way you like and pick two side dishes to go with it.
One of my families favorite side dishes is broccoli steamed in the microwave. I’m especially fond of this method because it’s easy and always turns out yummy. My sister-in-law taught me how to do it (and she learned from her days working at Outback Steakhouse, so you know it has to be good).
Next, chop it up into good bite-sized pieces and place in a a freezer ziplock bag (you can actually use any brand, but you’ll want it to be a freezer bag. They can withstand the heat).This next step is why it’s so yummy . Add a lot of butter. Of course, you can use margarine, but butter is definitely the better choice. I used a half stick for my bunch of broccoli. You can use however much you want. Cube the butter like this:
Next, pop it in the microwave and cook it for 5-7 minutes. I used to know exactly how long to do it, but then I bought a house and got an ancient microwave that doesn’t even have a turntable, so it takes longer. I just check it and put it in longer if it’s not soft enough. Start with 5 minutes and add 2-3 if it needs longer.
You can also use this method for carrots and cauliflower. If I have all of them I’ll often put them all in together and make a steamed vegetable medley. The carrots do take longer to soften, so keep that in mind.
P.S. They do sell bags that are specifically for steaming veggies, but I’m cheap and also have gallon sized bags on hand anyway, so I just do it this way.