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
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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.



HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips
HERSHEY'S Cinnamon Chips
HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips
HERSHEY'S MINI CHIPS Semi-Sweet Chocolate
HERSHEY'S Premier White Chips
HERSHEY'S Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips

HERSHEY'S - Baking Bars

HERSHEY'S Semi Sweet Baking Bar





HERSHEY'S KISSES Filled Chocolates - 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 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.  :-)


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!


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.  : -) 


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. 


What we've been eating lately.

We've been eating some seriously tasty stuff.

Pumpkin cinnamon roll cupcakes 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.


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.


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.


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35 gluten free snacks.

Chex cereal
Cocoa pebbles
Boiled egg.
Peanut butter sandwich on Rudi's gluten free bread.
baked potato.

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

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

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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For dinner today? Tacos.

Tacos are such an easy normal gluten free food.  Just make sure you use a gluten free seasoning mix.  We use the Kroger brand, but a national brand that is good is Old El Paso. 


New Chex flavor.

My husband and son both like this.  I personally prefer the plain Cinnamon.  I'm glad to see companies branching out and offering more choices.  I do wish there were better standards for certification of gluten free status because I know some people are sensitive and do react to some of these mainstream products.  We don't seem to, thankfully. 

What's for dinner today?

Zatarain's dirty rice with hamburger.
Hodgsen's mill mac and cheese

My tummy has been feeling a little bit under the weather and I was trying to go for things that would make it happy.   It's tasty. 


A warning.

Unless a cereal states clearly that it is 'GLUTEN FREE" it's probably not and you should avoid it.  My husband was fooled this morning by a box of Kelloggs Frosted Flakes that is inadequately labeled.  It said malt flavoring in the ingredients and to a seasoned gluten-free-er like myself that was enough, but for my husband who is new to all of this, it was not.  He didn't realize that malt flavoring is made from one of the oft-forgotten gluten containing grains, barley.  Again, gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  It is in a lot of things that you wouldn't expect like corn flakes and cheerios which are clearly labeled as being made of oats.  Gluten is usually found in even plain unprocessed oats, because of contamination in the field.   It's very frustrating that we can't get decent labeling in this country!!!! 


A visual of my gluten free groceries.

I have another family member who is doing gluten free at least for this week, so this past Friday when I grocery shopped I really didn't buy anything with gluten in it.  The 2 kids who aren't gluten free (yet) had cereal, bread, pop tarts and flour tortillas left over from last week's shopping. The gluten free people also have cereal because I went to the salvage grocery store and got a bunch of Chex.  Also, I needed to buy a lot of snacks for my son and husband to take to work with them.  So you see here fruit, vegetables meat, popsicles, popcorn, beef jerky, Progresso soups, Hormel Compleats, Zatarain's rice, Rudi bread, corn chips and salsa. This week I've cooked chicken soup from scratch, Zatarain's broccoli, chicken and rice, tacos and my husband made baked chicken, green beans and corn to go with the mashed potatoes I made.  The point is, you don't have to weird stuff when you go gluten free.  It gets easier. 


Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Last night I made the pineapple upside down cake from the Betty Crocker Website.  It was just about perfect.

I highly recommend it. 

We are gluten free and we are NOT suffering.



I've invented a sandwich.

This sandwich is very, very, very popular at my house. I invented it on Friday, grocery day. We were out of cheese and so I was trying to make something besides a grilled cheese. I needed it to be completely gluten free. This is what I came up with. You'll need:
Rudi's multigrain bread.
Deli Cuts Roasted Turkey
KRAFT Miracle Whip Mayonnaise
Hormel bacon bits and lettuce.
I heat up a skillet and put in a teaspoon of butter. Add 2 slices of Rudis multigrain bread and fry until the bread is crispy and turning golden brown. Then, I remove the pan from the heat, turn the stove off, put the bread on a plate, spread the miracle whip, put on the turkey, bacon bits and lettuce and enjoy. My daughter especially has been begging me to make these. Finally last night I taught her how to make her own. She decided today that having tried it with both regular bread and gluten free bread, it's better with the gluten free bread. They're yummy. Now to think of a name for them? Any suggestions?


More gluten free lunch ideas.

Hormel has added some new flavors of chili.  I asked them about them and here is what they say.

Chipotle Chicken Chili with beans and White Chicken Chili with beans are gluten free. 
A list of our gluten-free products is available at: - under FAQs, which shows at the bottom of the screen. The gluten-free list selection is located under Health-Related Questions.

As a company, we label specifically for wheat, rye, oats and barley. If any of these gluten components are in a product, it will be listed specifically under the ingredient listings.


From Hormel's gluten free product list.

Here are some gluten free lunch ideas.

I haven't seen this in our stores.  I'll have to look for it.
This sounds good.


These all seem like something my son would like too.


Gluten Free Meal Ideas - Corndog Muffins.

My son and I have not been pleased with any of the gluten free hamburger or hotdog buns that we've bought so we've looked for alternatives.  One thing I do is buy a gluten cornbread mix ( my favorite is Pamela's), mix as directed and add half of a gluten free hot dog to each muffin.  I use Bar-S hot dogs because they're cheap and I know they are gluten free.

I'm trying to enter this in a gluten free carnival on The Gluten Free Homemaker.  
Follow this link for other gluten free muffin recipes.


Mac and cheese - gluten free.

Last night I made the gluten-full kids of mine mac and cheese and it smelled so good that I attempted to make myself some too.  I used this rice and flax seed based penne pasta from Hodgson Mills that I had in the pantry and guess what?  It was GOOD.  I haven't had mac and cheese in 2 1/2 years so this was a treat.  I really do not feel deprived on this gluten free diet!


What did we have for dinner today?

Impossibly Easy Taco Pie.  Oh, my goodness, it was yummy.   It helps for those of us who no longer eat flour tortillas.  Corn tortillas are okay and crunchy taco shells are okay, but this really hit the spot with the flour-tortilla-like top crust.  I used a gluten free baking mix that I had at home instead of Bisquik.  I am also going to try some of the other pies on that site.  They all look good. 

Enjoy this impossibly easy taco pie recipe made using Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix and Old El Paso® chopped green chiles that are ready in just 50 minutes – perfect for a dinner.
Prep Time
15 Minutes
Total Time
50 Minutes
6 servings

lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
package (1 oz) Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix
can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles, drained
cup milk
cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese (3 oz)
cup chopped tomato
1 1/2
cups shredded lettuce, if desired
Salsa, if desired
Sour cream, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in seasoning mix. Spoon into pie plate. Top with chiles.
  2. In small bowl, stir eggs, milk and Bisquick mix until blended. Pour into pie plate.
  3. Bake about 25 minutes. Top with cheese and tomato; bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with lettuce, salsa and sour cream.
Makes 6 servings

A delicious gluten free meal.