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.  :-) 


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. 


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!


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.