March 2017 - Simply Samantha

Under 30 Minute Meals {Gluten Free}

10:54 AM

I'm having a little bit of a writers block this week! I'm going to blame it on the cold that has invaded my system over the weekend. No fun.
I did have a friend ask me the other day what are my favorite quick (less then 30 minute) meals that I like to make from week to week for dinner. And OH do I have some favorites. 
I want to share them with you sweet friends! So here are a few of my favorite under 30 minute meals!

Tacos are always a quick and easy meal to make but sometimes you gotta spice it up. My favorite way is with this Black Bean Taco Skillet.

Veggie Stir Fry is a classic Simply Samantha recipe. If you have leftover rice or just prep some rice ahead of time, this recipe can EASILY be made under 20 minutes 

My next favorite easy and quick meal that is actually on the menu this week is my Pad Thai recipe. You can also add any leftover proteins (such as chicken) to this meal and make it even better.
Or you can do what my husband likes to do and add ALL THE SRIRACHA to his Pad Thai.

Sweet Potato Burgers is my favorite meatless BBQ alternative. It takes just a matter of minutes to heat up with a few simple ingredients. You can even cater it to your taste by using YOUR favorite BBQ sauce.

Obviously I have more amazing meals that are quick and simple. Just head over to my Pinterest page to see them!

Also, I try my best to make sure I share my recipes on my social media on the days they are on the menu in my house! 
So be sure to be following me on all my social media accounts! 
Links to those are at the top of the page.

beyond meat

One Pot Lasagna Soup {Gluten Free + Vegan}

11:38 AM

Making the perfect gluten free lasagna is a struggle sometimes! Even my wonderful crock pot recipe is still tricky because GF noodles can be temperamental. 
This recipe is definitely much easier, less temperamental, but still holds those lasagna flavors! 

What You'll Need
Olive Oil
2 cups of vegetable broth
14oz of Crushed Tomatoes
 14oz can of Diced Tomatoes
1 medium diced onion
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp of dried basil
2 cups of spinach
8 gluten free lasagna noodles
3 cloves of garlic minced
  • In a large pot, saute onions in oil till translucent. Add garlic and mix till fragrant.
  • Then add in the oregano and basil and stir
  • Next, add in vegetable broth, crushed and diced tomatoes, and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, brake noodles and add to the pot
  •  Then add beyond beef crumbles and stir.
  • When you feel like noodles are starting to get tender (about 10 minutes), add in spinach and cook till wilted.
    • if you feel like your soup needs more liquid add more veggie broth
  • Once noodles are tender, serve in a bowl topped with cashew ricotta! (recipe here)


5 Last Minute Irish Meals for St.Patty's Day

8:30 AM

I can hear my Irish ancestors rolling over in their grave when they hear me say that I forgot about St.Patricks day till about a week ago. Even then, I've still dragged my feet trying to decide what I'm going to make for St. Patty's dinner.

I've come up with a few ideas that I'm going to share with y'all! 
Hopefully these recipes get you in the St.Patricks Day mood!

Gluten-Free Ranch Potato Biscuits | Healthy Helper @Healthy_Helper A healthy take on a carb-filled favorite! Ranch-flavored, creamy tasting biscuits with the added softness of potatoes and the doughiness of gluten-free oat flour. The perfect addition to your holiday table or dinner menu for the week!
Potatoes and Biscuits. Two of my favorite things!
Kaila over at Healthy Helper blog has my heart with some of her unique recipes such as this one! Super simple and quick too!
Want to be adventurous and try something traditionally Irish with a twist? 
How about Jessica's Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Maple and Tyme! It's almost to pretty to eat! 
Colcannon - classic Irish dish:
I think a traditional potato dish is calling my name! Some Colcannon is definitely on the menu for Friday night! 
I love the simplicity of this recipe! I may make this on another night just 'cause'!

photo property of blogger missinthekitchen
Lastly everyone needs a good slow cooker recipe! I made this last year for St.Partricks Day. It was a hit with the husband!

I hope these recipes inspired you!
And I hope you have an amazing St. Patricks Day!

B Corporation

StonyField and B-Corps

8:00 AM

I love companies that strive to be transparent and environmentally friendly! That's why I love Stonyfield and why I am very excited to help them announce that StonyField is B-Corp certified!

What does it mean to be B-corp certified and what it matters?
"Certified B Corporations® are leaders of the global movement of People Using Business as a Force for Good™. Certified B Corporations® meet the highest standards of verified overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability, and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
You can find out more about B Corps™ at"

Here is a lovely statement from Stonyfield about why they are excited to become B-Certified!
"At Stonyfield, we think about the impact of everything we do—from what’s in the cup and how it’s made, to how it gets to you. We’ve been on a mission to create food that’s good for us, our kids and the environment all along. We don’t have all the answers, but we believe it’s important to take care of the world around us to make food that you can feel good about feeding your family.
We are very proud to join forces with a thoughtful group of businesses around the world who believe they have a responsibility to others, to serve more than just shareholders and to create social value. The movement is global, and the benefits are local for everyone."

I don't know about you, but I love when I see more labels on more products! So seeing my favorite brands, such as Stonyfield (and the ones above!), sporting this new label that means so many great things is exciting to me as consumer! 

as a part of the StonyField clean plate blogger program, I was given products in this post in exchange for a post. Opinions are 100% my own. 


Chicken Parmesan | Gluten and Dairy Free |

8:00 AM

I'm not even going to try to set this up. It is what the title says it is! GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE Chicken Parmesan!!
I impressed even myself with this recipe. Mind blown.

1 pound boneless chicken breasts (skinless)
salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs - I used - 
1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese (HIGHLY recommend Follow Your Heart)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can or jar of tomato sauce
Shredded Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (again, HIGHLY recommend Follow Your Heart


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Depending on the size of your chicken, slice horizontal so you have 4 equal pieces (thats how it ended up with mine because my chicken breasts were very big, but if yours are not, do not worry about it, just use as is)
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken.
  • Add flour to bowl. Add beaten egg to another bowl. Combine panko crumbs with 1/2 cup parmesan (don't forget this part) along with the basil and oregano in a dish large enough for the chicken breasts.
  • Heat oil in a very large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Coat chicken in flour, then egg, then cover with bread crumb mixture. Get as much to stick as you can.
  • Add your coated chicken to the heated/oiled pan.
  • Cook each breast until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and transfer to baking sheet.
  • Place the chicken on a sprayed sheet and cook till chicken is cooked through (like I said, my pieces were thick so it took about 10-15minutes).
  • With 5 minutes left, top with mozzarella cheese and sauce and cook till melted