Thursday

I made a copycat Hamburger Helper.


Divas Can Cook!

I'm not talking about me this time, but I went searching for a hamburger helper copycat and this is where I found it.  It's pretty good and really not more work than the packaged hamburger helper.  A few weeks ago I had gotten some Mrs. Leepers Gluten Free Stroganoff mix marked down at our Kroger store.  I haven't found it again and besides, it's kind of pricey but my youngest son had liked it and had requested it again.  Meanwhile, a couple of things happened.  First, we were at the craft fair all weekend and haven't made a proper grocery trip this week and also my friend decided not to go gluten free and gave me a bunch of GF pasta.

I used half of a 2 pound package of hamburger (yes grocers, we have noticed that you are now packaging 2 pounds like you used to package 3 pounds and the price is still the same.  :-( )  and some of the pasta.  It's pretty good.  :-)

With the other half of the package of meat, I made meatloaf and I more than likely will go visit my mom and not cook tomorrow so we will be having leftovers.

Here follow some very unprofessional pictures.  Keep in mind, I'm not a professional cook, I'm lazy and if I can do gluten free, believe me, anybody can.



Wednesday

Veggie Dinner!

It's veggie night.  We're having smashed potatoes, corn and broccoli and cheese.  It's yummy.  It's easy.  It's gluten free.


Today's lunch.

Seriously, I am not suffering being gluten free.  I had cooked a chicken in the crock pot the other day, so today I made it into chicken rice soup and made a grilled cheese sandwich out of Rudi's bread to go with it.
There are great instructions on how to make soup from a rotisserie chicken here at Tori Avey and from what I understand (and I've eaten them with no problem) Walmart and Kroger's rotisserie chickens are gluten free.  You always need to read the label of course.  Using a rotisserie chicken cuts the prep time down and makes it easier on you.  

Enjoy!!


Monday

Chicken Chili.

This is the easiest way to make gluten free white chili.  It's tasty too.  Buy this.

And follow the package directions.  Easy and good.

Gluten free does not have to be complicated or terribly expensive.

Gluten Free Easy 30 Day Trial

Wednesday

What about a grilled sandwich for breakfast?

We only like gluten free bread if it is cooked like a grilled cheese, toasted or waffle-ironed.  Our toaster belongs to the gluten eaters in the house, so we often use a small frying pan and a little bit of butter to cook our sandwiches.  You could use whatever you feel comfortable using, even a sprayed olive oil works just fine.  This, I believe, is a photo of one of my daughter's creations, which I think is a grilled peanut butter sandwich.  Other combinations are grilled PB&J, grilled peanut butter and Nutella, grilled cheese (of course), grilled ham and cheese, grilled BLT and grilled bacon and egg sandwiches.

We are gluten free, but we aren't suffering, that's for sure.

Tuesday

What's for dinner?


Zatarain's gluten free yellow rice with some chicken and stir fry veggies.  Yummy, easy and quick.  Just the kind of meals I like.

Gluten Free Easy 30 Day Trial

Thursday

My son's sandwich.

We have really been into sandwiches this summer, which is not really a good thing when you are gluten free.  We enjoy them, but the bread is expensive.  My son made a very nice looking sandwich to take for his lunch at work and left it sitting on a plate in the kitchen for a few minutes and I went and took a picture of it.  I had made a trip to a walmart near my mom's assisted living facility yesterday because we were out of lunchmeat (too many sandwiches, not enough real cooking!) and found that it had a great big gluten free section with the Schar bread and in their meat department, they had this ham that is clearly marked gluten free.  It was cheaper than the Kentucky Legend ham that we usualy buy and I didn't have to squint at the label to see if it was gluten free.  It's pretty clear.  :-)  



We like to either waffle iron or fry our sandwiches because gluten free bread tends to be better that way.  We would also use a toaster if we had a dedicated gluten free one, but we don't and we really don't have any more countertop space.  I may put another table by the microwave table for gluten free sandwich prep and get a toaster some day, in addition to the waffle iron, but for now, this works.  If only this had a home grown tomato ....

Sunday

Interesting Idea - Breadless sandwiches.

Most of the time my daughter and I just put our sandwich ingredients on plate and eat them with a fork.  We've also experimented with baking them into a pie, a quiche or muffins but these are interesting

Gluten free breadless sandwiches 1

15-mouthwatering-no-bread-sandwiches

 http://www.pinterest.com/lunchbots/breadless-sandwiches/

I personally am particularly interested in the spring rolls and red peppers.

Yum.



Odd benefits of not eating gluten.

I'm just a little over 4 years gluten free.  First, and most importantly, my chronic fatigue, constant body aches and headaches have went away.  My fibromyalgia has basically disappeared.  But also, there have been some subtle changes and some of them are just happening recently, 4 years in.  I have had to turn down the volume on all the things I listen to, TV, my computer, my car radio and my husband's computer - all of them, because my hearing is better. 

My sense of smell is better.  At the time I actually went gluten free, I could only smell the strongest of scents and I was always a few minutes behind everyone else on noticing those.  If it's a skunk, that's a good thing, but still.  Smelling smoke might save my life at some point.  :-) 

My skin has cleared up.  I thought that acne was going to follow me into my 50s and this might be an aging thing, but my skin has cleared up.  The last thing is that my hair is thicker.  I used to be able to put all of my hair in a ponytail and it was only maybe 3/4 of an inch in diameter and now it is nearly twice that.  I feel like I have so much hair now! 

Have you noticed any odd benefits?


Tuesday

Gluten free mom getting the food on the table.

Since I went gluten free 4 years ago, 2 of my children have followed in my footsteps, so there is always someone else that I am cooking for besides myself.  I might be happy with the same thing for 3 days in a row, but they are not.  So I cook.  All the time.  I like to have meals I can get on the table quickly, because we often come home from places hungry.  Often we can't eat at parties or restaurants, so, you know, HUNGRY.   If you keep pre-cooked hamburger in the freezer, you can have these on the table within 15-20 minutes. 

My favorite go-to meals.

Pizza muffins - I use a cup and a half of Pamela's gluten free baking mix, 2 eggs and enough water to make it into a pancake-like batter, put a tablespoon of this mixture in the bottom of each muffin tin, put in about a teaspoon of pizza sauce (I use the Kroger brand), a few Hormel pepperoni minis and some mozerella cheese, then cover this all with another tablespoon of flour mixture.

Tacos - I use either the Kroger brand taco seasoning (make sure it's not reduced sodium) or Old El Paso with my ground beef then add corn taco shells (read the label), sour cream, cheese and lettuce.

Grilled Cheese - Rudi's bread, a little butter and a slice of cheese.

Taco Soup - One pound ground beef, 3 cans of Ranch beans, 1 can of corn, 1 can of tomatoes and green chilis and 1 packet of taco seasoning mix, see above.

Spaghetti - Cook Thai rice noodles according to package directions and pour on some Ragu chunky garden style roasted garlic.  I like to add in ground beef and make a meat sauce, but it's not necessary.  Also, sometimes I put it in the oven and melt mozerella cheese on top of it.  Yum.


Any of the Betty Crocker Impossibly Easy Pies - I just use Pamela's Baking Mix instead of Bisquick with no other alterations. 

Sunday

Getting creative with the pies.

I've now been gluten free for 4 years and I have yet to find or make a good bread to make a sandwich out of.  I have baked a lot of breads and I have eaten a lot of breads and as a result I have started to lean, a little too heavily some might say, on the impossibly easy pie method.   I have made the impossibly easy cheeseburger pie, hamburger pie, taco pie and enchilada pie.  This takes away some of the sting of having to go gluten free because the bread is freshly baked and takes on some moistness and flavor from whatever is adjacent to it..  For the hamburger pie, I add the ketchup, mustard,  pickles and onions on top of the cooked and crumbled hamburger.  For the taco pie, I use hamburger meat, taco seasoning mix, Rotel and cheese.  For the enchilada pie, I add enchilada sauce.  The other day, I got a craving for a chili cheese dog and I could have spent some time baking hot dog buns only to have them dry and crumbly or overly moist and sticky but I decided, why not just make a pie?  I got 2 cans of hot dog chili sauce (I got the Kroger brand and read the label.) a package of hot dogs and a package of shredded cheese.  If I were only making this for my husband and myself, I would have included onions, but the kids aren't fond of onions, so I didn't.  I layered the chili, cut up hot dogs, then another can of chili, then the cheese and poured a batter over it.  I baked it at 375 for about half an hour until the top was brown.  It was yummy and now my youngest son thinks I should take it for every single holiday party we go to this year.  :-)

Cheeseburger pie from the Betty Crocker site.  We are not suffering by being gluten free. 
You can use the Betty Crocker recipes to get an idea of the proportions of the batter or you can just use the pancake recipe on the back of whatever bag or box of gluten free baking mix you have.  I had some Pamela's mix and I put about a cup and a half of flour, 2 eggs, about 1/4 a cup of vegetable oil and then added water until it was a pourable batter.   It doesn't seem to me like it is possible to mess it up. 

Right now, my favorites.

We've been making this 4 ingredient pizza bake from the Betty Crocker website.  I just use whatever gluten free baking mix I have on hand, Hormel pepperoni (I like the mini-ones), cheese and usually I buy a pizza sauce in a jar (just check the label) but sometimes I make this recipe.  Easy. Peasy.

Also, I finally found good corn tortillas, the Mission brand, and they are labeled gluten free.  I use them to make an enchilada casserole, ground beef with taco seasoning, layered with the corn tortillas and cheese and then I pour a can of red Old El Paso enchilada sauce over it.  I prefer green sauce, but I haven't been able to find a gluten free one available locally, so red sauce it is.  It's tasty and easy.

And for dessert, right now our favorite is this apple crisp, using Bob's Red Mill gluten free oats.

We have big Thanksgiving plans and we've actually practiced at least part of the Thanksgiving dinner, by putting a whole chicken in the crock pot and serving it with
Sage and onion stuffing  mashed potatoes and green beans.   I use the Bob's Red Mill cornmeal and whatever flour I have to make cornbread, then crumble it up for the bread crumbs in this recipe.  I don't like regular gluten free bread much and I've had very little luck trying to toast it and crumble it up.  It's rubbery.

We also had a little trial run of the sweet potato pie, just to make sure it's still really good.  It is.


Wednesday

1 recipe tried.

I tried this no bake cookie recipe in the microwave yesterday.  I've made them on the stove for years and they are everybody's favorites, but I had never tried the microwave.  It worked!
 
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats


Basically, you microwave the first 4 ingredients for 2 minutes, stir, microwave for 2 more minutes and then add the last 3 ingredients. 

My son is gluten free and dairy free so I used water instead of milk, Bob's Red Mill gluten free oats and left out the vanilla because I'm never sure if they are gluten free due to caramel coloring.   I also use a little bit less oats and a little bit more peanut butter because that is a personal preference.  :-) 

Tuesday

My son's challenge.

My son has challenged me to write him a cookbook of things he can cook in his dorm room when he goes back to school.  He is lactose intolerant and says mostly dairy free, though he can tolerate small amounts.  I generally use water instead of milk in recipes when he's home though and really I may just start doing it all the time because no one can tell the difference and milk is way more expensive than water.  Anyway, he wants a cookbook full of foods that are gluten free and mostly dairy free, of foods that he likes, that he can prepare in a dorm room with only a microwave.  He has a fridge that he can store things in too.  So that's my challenge.  I've set up a Pinterest board to keep up with my initial ideas before I put them in some sort of book.  It may just be a binder with printed pages or I may get fancy and publish it on Kindle or Blurb.  Not sure yet. 

If anyone has any recipe suggestions, I'd love to hear them. 

Monday

Personal Cinnamon Rolls

Nicole the writer of Gluten Free on a Shoestring (which you should totally buy) has done it again.  She has this recipe for gluten free personal cinnamon rolls that is to-die-for.  So, so good.

I had one a few minutes ago even though I'm supposed to be dieting today.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

It only takes a minute!


Sunday

2 Recipes for Taco Soup.

This is one of my oldest son's favorites, possibly his all-time favorite.


1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can rotel
1 pound ground beef (cooked and drained)
1 package gluten free taco seasoning.  (El Paso)

You just fry the hamburger, add everything else and eat it with corn chips, cheese and sour cream.

A few weeks ago, he wanted some but I didn't have any of these types of beans so I looked up another recipe and found this one.

2 cans Ranch Beans (which are gluten free, thank goodness)
2 cans rotel
2 cans corn
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning

Fry the hamburger, add everthing else and heat it up. 

We love both of these.


Friday

Yesterdays menu included cleaning out the pantry.

In order to cook something gluten free and also the new thing I'm trying, nightshade free and also lactose free for my son, on grocery day, before I went to the grocery, I had to be creative.  I went to the freezer and pantry, looked at what I had, typed them into the Swagbucks search engine.

Pork chops.

Great Northern Beans.

I found a recipe on one of the recipe sites and it called for bagged, dried beans and I had canned, so I just did my own thing.

I have a slow cooker that cooks everything in a couple of hours.  It's not a crock pot.  I put the meal in at 10:00 am and it is done at 12:30.   I suppose you could cook this all day in a traditional crock and it would be fine, but I don't know. 

I put in 1 1/2 pounds of pork chops
1 teaspoon of garlic.
1 small onion
2 cans of great northern beans
1 can of carrots
1 tsp salt added at the end.

I also cooked rice to pour it over.  This is my very complicated rice recipe.

1 cup rice
2 cups water.
1 tsp butter or margarine.

Place in microwave safe dish and push the button on the microwave that says "rice".

It takes about 15 minutes.



Wednesday

Today and yesterday's menus.

Today, we had Broccoli Beef from the Crockpot 365 site, with a few changes.  Our local butcher shop had steak on sale and I have a bunch of big eaters to fill up, so I used 2 pounds of steak and 2 bags of stir-fry veggies and doubled all the other ingredients.  I didn't have sesame oil so I used olive oil.  I made rice by putting 1 part rice and 2 parts water in a covered bowl in the microwave and pushing the button that says "rice":.  Perfect rice every time.   It was yummy. 

Yesterday, I made what the kids dubbed noodle chicken soup because it was a little too noodle-y.  I cooked chicken tenderloins, celery and carrots until done, then added (cooked separately according to package directions) Thai rice noodles, chicken broth from a can, onion and garlic salt to taste and some Orrington Farms chicken boullion powder.  It was okay, nothing to write home about.  I don't have a great chicken soup recipe yet.


Thursday

Dessert.

For Memorial Day I bought a Pamela's Vanilla Cake Mix, baked it, cut it into cubes and layered it in a trifle bowl with sugared strawberries and whipped cream.  I took it to a cookout with about 15 people present.  It was gone in about 5 minutes with comments of 'so good, so good!"  and my favorite "if this is gluten free, then obviously I don't need gluten in my life". 

It was really yummy.  I really think the vanilla flavor of the cake made it better than traditional shortcake. 



Monday

Things that bug me.

  I had read an article on line that said that people who go gluten free can never have pasta or fried chicken again and generally went on to say a lot of things that weren't true. The truth is that it is not as convenient to eat gluten free.  You have to find sources for gluten free foods that you like or learn to make them yourself.  I use a little of each.  For example, for pasta and fried chicken, I'd buy this gluten free macaroni from Hodgson Mills because it's available at my grocery store for about 3.50 a box and I'd get some plain chicken, bread it  with Pamela's Mix or Bloomfield Farms Mix and fry it myself.  The article was for my local county extension office and they were having a meeting to discuss it (on a day  I have another commitment unfortunately).  My son said that I should go and
take along a nice pasta salad and some fried chicken, or perhaps a nice lasagna.  :-)  Since I couldn't attend the meeting, I did post a comment on the article and let them know what I thought about their "never eat pasta or fried chicken again" comment.  They didn't publish my comment, but today I looked at it and they had re-worded it a bit, to make it slightly more true, so I guess I'll leave them alone and not link to them.  :-P  They added in phrases like "almost all" and "the kind you're used to anyway". 



Another thing that bugs me is a friend of mine, a mom who has a daughter who has been proven to have gluten intolerance that is very detrimental to her health, so her mom only lets her have gluten once a week.  Also, though I have told her many times and given her a copy of my book, she was still letting her daughter have mainstream cereals because 'cheerios are made with oats."  Yes, but they still have gluten in the barley malt flavoring or malt flavoring.  Sigh.

And once a week?  Something that's basically poison to you?

Sigh.

Tuesday

Gluten free meals from a pound of hamburger.

Impossibly easy cheeseburger pie
Tacos
Lasagna
Spaghetti - use the same noodles as in the lasagna above and just pour your Ragu over it.
Manwich (or Manwich impossible pies.)
Zatarain's Dirty Rice and Hamburger.

My book.

Monday

Jam Cake -Gluten Free.

I made this for mom's birthday party yesterday.  It was good and moist. 

Jam Cake
3 eggs
3/4 cup softened butter.
1 cup white sugar.
1 cup seedless blackberry jam.
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of Pamela's gluten free flour.

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray or butter a 13 x 9 pan.
Put all ingredients except flour in bowl, mix well.
Add flour a bit at a time. 
Pour batter into baking pan.
Cook for 35 minutes.

Next time I'm leaving out some of that butter, it was a little overly moist, in my opinion, almost like jam brownies.  :-)  No one could tell it was gluten free. 

I served this with a traditional southern brown sugar frosting.

Brown sugar frosting
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp butter

Mix together in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Beat until cooled and pour onto cake.

This icing kind of hardens on the cake.

Next time, I might use cream cheese icing premade.

Saturday

Today, I made broccoli soup.

http://www.simplysoups.com/SoupRecipes/BroccoliCheeseSoup/BroccoliAndCheddarCheeseSoup.htm

It's very good.  I use Zesty Italian dressing instead of the light italian.

I like to eat it with En-R-G crackers.



Monday

Article on Amazon.

I wrote an article for Kindle that's called Gluten Free for the Non-Cook.   I wrote it in response to the person who cut my hair last time, who said that her doctor told her to eat gluten free food but she "can't find any".  It's got a lot of ideas for what to eat, most of which you can get at a mainstream grocery store. 

Here's the link.

Gluten free for the non-cook

Saturday

Dinners this week.

Just for ideas, I'll post the dinners we have had this week.  Now that my son has moved out to the college dorm, I am the only one eating gluten free at home.  However, if I cook dinner, it's gonna be gluten free.  That's the rule.  :-)  I do cook Mac and Cheese very occasionally upon request.

This week we've had lasagne made with Thai rice noodles, 14 vegetable soup with En-R-G crackers, breakfast for dinner with bacon, eggs and hash browns, an all veggie dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, great northern beans and corn, Zatarain's dirty rice with veggies and tacos. 

Christmas?

What can a gluten free eater look forward to at Christmas?  Unfortunately, we have to stay away from a lot of casseroles, if we haven't made them ourselves and sometimes turkeys are basted with gluten containing materials.  Gravy might be out, if you don't make it yourself.    I'll tell you what I'm going to have this Christmas.

For Christmas morning breakfast, my mother in law makes fried ham, eggs, biscuits, grits and gravy.  I can have 2 of those.  The eggs and ham.   My sister in law is making a gluten free hash brown casserole and I'll bring my own biscuits for my son and I. 

I like to use the drop biscuit recipe on the back of the Pamela's baking mix and add a few of my own modifications, a 1/4 of a cup of canned pumpkin, a 1/4 of a cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt.  It sounds weird, but it's yummy and quick, moist and delicious.

Here's the hash brown recipe:
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 1 Hr.
What you need:
* 32 oz. package frozen shredded hash browns
* 1 c. cold 2 % milk
* 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
* 1 tsp. chicken bouillon
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/2 c. chopped onion
* 1 c. sour cream
* 2 c. grated cheddar cheese (or bread crumbs from gluten-free bread tossed with melted butter)
What to do:
1. Spread hash browns in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan.
2. In a small saucepan mix cold milk and cornstarch with a wire whisk. Add bouillon, salt, and onion.
Heat to a boil, stirring constantly.
3. Remove sauce from heat and stir in sour cream. Pour over hash browns.
4. Top with grated cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 F for 1 hr.
(Increase cooking time by about 15 min. if using diced hash browns.)
Provides 288mg calcium (29% DRI).
Recipe Courtesy of:
Gluten Intolerance Group
Visit www.gluten.net to learn more about gluten intolerance.
 
We probably will also do the cinnamon pancakes at least once while my son is home, for a special breakfast. (search this blog for that recipe).
 
For Christmas dinner, my family has soup.  Since one family member is gluten free and dairy free, I make him taco soup with this recipe:

1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can rotel
1 pound ground beef (cooked and drained)
1 package gluten free taco seasoning.  (El Paso)

You just fry the hamburger, add everything else and eat it with corn chips.  The members of the family who are not dairy free add cheese and sour cream.  

My brother also makes a lovely loaded potato soup, which is easy enough to do.  Just leave canned cream soups and flour out of it.  If it needs thickening, use cornstarch.

Other ideas for Christmas dinner could include steak and potatoes and salad (without croutons).   If you feel like you need a traditional casserole with a cream of something soup, use Progresso creamy mushroom and if you want crackers on it, use the En-R-G crackers.  They're good and they have the right texture for crumbling on a casserole.

For my stocking, I'm looking forward to things like these from the Hershey gluten free list.

ALMOND JOY and MOUNDS Bars - ALL

HERSHEY'S - BAKING Chips

HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips
HERSHEY'S Cinnamon Chips
HERSHEY'S KISSES MINI KISSES Milk Chocolate
HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips
HERSHEY'S MINI CHIPS Semi-Sweet Chocolate
HERSHEY'S Premier White Chips
HERSHEY'S Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chips
HERSHEY'S SUGAR FREE Chocolate Chips
REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips

HERSHEY'S - Baking Bars

HERSHEY'S Semi Sweet Baking Bar

HERSHEY'S - Cocoa

HERSHEY'S Cocoa
HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa

HEATH Bars - ALL

HERSHEY'S KISSES and NUGGETS

HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolate
HERSHEY'S KISSES Filled Chocolates - ALL
HERSHEY'S NUGGETS Candies - ALL

HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar

HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55oz only)
HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar (1.45oz only)

REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups – ALL Except Seasonal Shaped Items

SKOR

SKOR Toffee Bar

YORK Peppermint Pattie - ALL

 And these from the Nestle list.

    According to Nestle, the following candies are gluten-free:
  • Baby Ruth
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Butterfinger Bar (original flavor only, NOT Crisp, Giant Bar, Snakerz, Medallions, Jingles, Hearts or Pumpkins)
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Goobers
  • Nips (including both regular and sugar-free)
  • Oh Henry!
  • Raisinets (including Cranberry and Dark Chocolate flavors)
  • Sno-Caps
  • Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope)
  • Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
And these from the Mars list.

 According to Mars Chocolate, the following candies are gluten-free:
  • M&M's (all EXCEPT for pretzel-flavored M&M's)
  • 3 Musketeers Bars (all flavors)
  • Milky Way Midnight Bar
  • Milky Way Caramel Bar
  • Dove Chocolate products (all flavors EXCEPT for milk chocolate cinnamon graham/cookies and cream)
  • Snickers Bars (all flavors) 
See, I'll be fine and so will you.  :-)

Friday

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie Perfection.

Sweet potato - cooked without salt 4 cup, cubes Sugar - Granulated (sucrose), 2 cup Milk - Nonfat (fat free or skim), 2 cup Eggs - Whole, raw, 6 large Butter - Unsalted, 5 tbsp Vanilla extract - Imitation, no alcohol, 2 tsp Spices - Cinnamon, ground, 2 tsp Spices - Pumpkin pie spice, 2 tsp Spices - salt 2 tsp Pamelas Products - Gluten Free Baking Pancake Mix, 6 tablespoons. Mix with mixer until it is smooth-ish. :-) Pour into 2 pie pans and bake at 350 for 1 hour, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. This pie only has 223 calories per serving, whereas a quick google search tells me that regular sweet potato pie with crust is 300-400 calories a serving. You won't miss the crust, trust me. :-)

Gluten Free Halloween Candy List.

It's here!

Thursday

Symptoms of gluten intolerance?

Will a gluten free diet improve your health?

"Celiac patients can also develop headaches, tingling, fatigue, muscle pain, skin rashes, joint pain, and other symptoms, because the autoimmune attack at the root of the disease gradually erodes the wall of the intestine, leading to poor absorption of iron, folate, and other nutrients that affect everything from energy to brain function."

More yumminess.

I picked up a bag of the Glutino chocolate covered pretzels the other day at a salvage grocery for 50 cents.  Usually, they are pretty spendy at something like 5 dollars a bag, but they are good, so, so good.  You should have them sometimes as a little treat for yourself.  : -) 


Monday

Scalloped potatoes.

Yes, potatoes are naturally gluten free, but the boxed scalloped potatoes contain gluten and most of the cream of something soups contain gluten, so you really have to think before preparing your gluten free food.  Fortunately, this is easy and wonderful.

8 potatoes sliced thin - you don't have to peel them.
1 can Progresso creamy mushroom soup - which is gluten free.
1  1/2 onion
a few sprinkles (very light) of garlic salt.  Check the label on this, it may contain wheat.
10 slices american cheese or 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. 

Cover with foil. 

Bake at 375°F for approximately 1 hour or until potatoes reach desired texture.
For a crispy top layer, uncover during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time.  

My family has been begging for these. 

Thursday

What we've been eating lately.

We've been eating some seriously tasty stuff.

Pumpkin cinnamon roll cupcakes

http://mommasays.net/1152/recipe-no-boil-gluten-free-lasagna/#comment-21729No boil gluten free lasagna - This is brilliant.

Bloomfield Farms - My favorite baking mixes.

Sweet Potato Pie  I didn't have cloves or nutmeg, so I put the teaspoon of cinnamon and then a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.  Yumminess.

Apple Cake - Haven't tried it but might try it today since we have a lot of apples.

Tuesday

Do you have Celiac Disease?

Here is a checklist.  This doesn't even include the crazy-long list of symptoms for non-celiac gluten intolerance, though since the intestinal biopsy is no longer considered 'the gold standard" and really there is no gold standard, it's even tougher to get any kind of a diagnosis.  It is estimated that in the United States 95% OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CELIAC DISEASE HAVE NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED. Try eating gluten free, you just might feel better and it's not that difficult.  If I can do it, anyone can.

Saturday

My new favorite gluten free cookies.

I don't/can't every buy them unless they are deeply discounted/on sale or I have a coupon, but wow.  Yum.

Wednesday

Last day!

Last day to download for free.  600 people have downloaded it so far.  Don't miss out!

And please, if you like it even a little bit, write a review on Amazon.com.  


Tuesday

Free book!

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Tuesday

35 gluten free snacks.

Chex cereal
Cocoa pebbles
Boiled egg.
Peanut butter sandwich on Rudi's gluten free bread.
Banana.
Apple.
Orange.
Fritos.
Cheetos.
baked potato.

salad.  No croutons.
peanut butter on gluten free crackers.
carrots and ranch dressing.
nuts.
raisins.
grapes.
Snicker's bar.
Hershey bar.
Reese's peanut butter cup.
Pineapple.

Sunflower kernals.
Fruity Pebbles bars.
Potato chips.
Watermelon.
Fruit cocktail.
Applesauce.
Yogurt (Yoplait is clearly labled gluten free)
Bush's baked beans.
jello.

Rice cakes (read the label)
Mi-Del gluten free Ginger Snaps
Ham and cheese wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
celery sticks.
deviled eggs.

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