Simply Samantha

Gluten and Dairy Free Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

9:00 AM

I love a good hearty chili on those cool crisp southern winter days. Especially on a Sunday with football on in the background and a warm dish cooking up in the crockpot *instantly feels all warm and cozy*

I've made this recipe a couple times over this Florida fall/winter season. Each time finding what works and does not work. So know this recipe is best if you follow the directions below exactly.

It's become a favorite of the husbands as it's a nice break from my bean chili. Which is also very good but in his words, "it needs meat" 🙄
Just a few simple ingredients blend well together in this protein filled set and forget a meal!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
  • 1.5-2lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs*
  • 3 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained*
  • 2 8oz cans Mild Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon White (or regular black) Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk (or any other dairy free milk)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
In a large crockpot, put in all your ingredients EXCEPT the corn starch and water.Cook on high for 5-6 hours till the chicken thighs are cooked through and soft After the 5-6 hours, remove the chicken with a slotted spoon/ladle and place on a cutting board to shredBEFORE putting the chicken back into the crockpot, determine if you would like the soup to be thicker.If you would like it to be thicker, mix the cornstarch and water together and add it to the crockpot. Then place the chicken back into the crockpot and let it cook for another 20-30 minutes.After that time, you can use an immersion blender to blend the soup a tad, don't blend too much or you will lose your beans. Serve with your favorite chili toppings such as tortilla chips or dairy free sour cream!
Prep time: Cook time:6hours Total time: Yield: 6- 8Servings

*Chicken Thighs really work the best. I've used Chicken Breast but they tend to be on the dry side and don't compliment the soup well.
*Northern Beans do work the best, but if you can't find them White Kidney beans will work as well,


FREE Printable Floral Calendar For 2019

9:00 AM

I absolutely love getting emails from the lovely people over at FTD every December. They are so kind as to reach out and send me a preview of their new printable calendar for the new year.

The beginning of the year is a time to reflect on your past year and set your priorities for the upcoming one.
Whether you’d like to focus on eating healthier by trying some vegan recipes or you’d like to get ahead in your career, having designated checkpoints will help your goals become a reality. To help you plan for your 2019 goals, FTD has free floral printable calendars. Simply download the full page printouts (8.5″ x 11″) to hang on your wall or a desktop version (11″ x 17″) that can be folded into an upright calendar and placed in your workspace!

FREE printable 2019 calendar  
 FREE printable 2019 calendar


If you didn't catch last years post I highlighted some of my favorites essentials for meal planning which, in my opinion, is SO crucial to living a healthy lifestyle.

One of those essential tidbits were these calendars. I use them to write out my meals from week to week. They are the PERFECT size for doing so and they also look nice a pretty up on the fridge.

Go ahead and enjoy these amazing printouts! 
What are you going to use yours for? Meal Planning? Goals?
Maybe just to keep your days straight?😆

Let me know in the comments below!  

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FREE Printable Floral Calendar For 2019

*Disclosure... FTD did not pay me for this post. They only provided some of the content you see above in exchange for this post.
I was in no way compensated for this post 

allergy friendly

Hello..It's me

9:00 AM

I am here. I am alive. And I am ready to dive back into this wonderful internet world.
If you're new, Hello! My name is Samantha!

If your a loyal reader, welcome back!

Where have I been these last 3 months?

About Simply Samantha
I'm a graduate!
I threw myself head first into my final college semester over the last 3 months and unfortunately had to put blogging/social media life on the back burner.

But I'm back!

For those that are new here (and even those that have been here before) I want to take this opportunity to introduce (or reintroduce) myself!

First, My name is Samantha. I'm a twenty-something southern introvert. I live the lovely Sunshine state with my husband and our handsome Rhodesian/Shepard Bruno. We are the happiest snuggled up at home with our pup or traveling the Irish countryside.
About Simply Samantha

About Simply Samantha

I've been blogging for many years now. At first, it was a place for me to share my young ideas and thoughts. However, as I got older and health issues ensued, my blogging became a place to document my new findings as I live a healthier/greener lifestyle.

You can find out more about me here and here

My passion/career is social media. While its overwhelming for many, I've found I thrive in it. I focused my entire college career in it. Social Media is an ever growing and evolving field and I love that I'm constantly learning new things. I think a good social media manager is always open to learning new things that can future help themselves and their clients.

Check out my Social Media services here

So this blog seems mostly about food... what's with that?
Long story short, I've been gluten-free for about 5 years and dairy free for about 2 and 1/2 years.
As many with food allergies/sensitivities know, sometimes finding recipes that fit your food allergies can be hard and difficult. I love to create and share recipes that are easy, tasty, and gluten-free. Food makes everyone happy, so why not share recipes that might make someone's life easier and filled with less gluten 😉

That pretty sums it up! While I love social media and food, I love a lot of other things as well.
(In no particular order) Coffee, Bravo TV, reading, TJ Maxx, monograms, sweet tea, and Star Wars.

That's the end of my ramble. Thank you to everyone who has stuck around waiting for my return and if you're new, thank you for tunning in and hopefully staying tuned in this new years!

About Simply Samantha

comfort food

Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles

8:00 AM

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I know, it's been sadly quiet over here. And I'll I have is the same old excuse, school.
I feel very thankful that it is my last semester but a little overwhelmed with the work before me.
So please hang in there with me as I tackle on this last semester - the blog has kind of been forced to take a small back seat and my time for recipe creating is limited.
Doesn't mean I'm still not itching to put some creative juices into new recipes. 

Of course, my newest recipe stars my favorite food, pasta. 
Did you know I love pasta? All you have to do is scroll through my blog Pinterest page to see ALL.THE.PASTA. 

I love this recipe because of its creamy, cheesy, and (somewhat) guilt-free. It's can be made Vegan and is Gluten and Dairy Free (per the normal).
It's a great comfort meal as the crisp fall air settles in! 
Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles, vegan friendly, gluten and dairy free

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Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles
  • 12oz Gluten Free Elbow Pasta
  • 3 cups Fresh Broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons Dairy Free Better
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth*
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Power
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cup (approx. one package) Dairy Free Cheddar
In a large pot, cook your pasta.When your pasta is 3-4 minutes from being done, add in broccoli. Drain noodles and broccoli and set aside in the large pot you cooked them in. In a medium pan, melt butter. Add flour and cook/stir for 1 minute Slowly whisk in milk and chicken broth and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepperStir consistently till mixture thickensRemove from heat once thickened and add Cheddar Cheese and mix till melted. Add, your cheese sauce to the pasta and broccoli in your large pot. Serve in a bowl and enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time:10min Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

*I used a vegan chicken broth
*In the photo you may see bits of chicken, I added those in later and you can obviously do not need to add in chicken if you are completely vegan.
Cheesy Creamy Broccoli and Noodles, vegan friendly, gluten and dairy free

gluten free

Crispy Potato Tacos

10:45 AM

It's me again! With another meatless take on the tasty taco! This time we are going a little more starchy but a lot more filling! 
Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan

This recipe takes a little bit more time than your typical taco recipe, but it's well worth the wait.

Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan
Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan

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Crispy Potato Tacos
  • 2lbs Golden or Small Russet Potato cubed
  • Olive Oil
  • To Taste Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
In a LARGE pot add cubed potatoes and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook till the potatoes are fork tender (about 15-20 min)Drain once fork tender and set aside In a large frying pan warm oil and add in sliced onions Add in potatoes and sprinkler over the potatoes and onions all the spices (including Salt and Pepper)and mix together Rotate the potatoes every so often till crispyServe anyway you like to have your tacos!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

Crispy Potato Tacos. Gluten Free and Vegan