Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gluten Free Cheesy Chicken & Rice -- Slow Cooker

This recipe is definitely a new favorite! SOOO yummy! Even if you're not that into cheesy things... it's worth a try -- trust me.

Serves 4
3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts (I have done this recipe with completely frozen chicken and it still turns out fabulous!)
1 large onion chopped
1 - 8oz box Zataran's Yellow Rice Mix, prepared according to directions on box
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 "can" cream of chicken soup (my recipe = one can. recipe here.)
1 - 15oz can whole kernel corn, drained

Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Scatter chopped onion over top. Spoon cream soup over top of that. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn, and cheese. Stir to combine. Serve hot.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Veggie Dips

If you react to modified food starch like I do, you know that almost ALL veggie dips have that stuff hidden in them. Along with a lot of ranch dressings. But, I have hear to share some quick good news! Otria veggie dip is soo good and I always find coupons for it! Also, if you prefer ranch to dip your veggies in, Wishbone's Ranch dressing is gluten free!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gluten Free Mushroom & Rice Soup

Hello everyone! With all of this hurricane Sandy weather, I figured I would share a warm soup recipe with you. I can't believe that I live in Ohio and it snowed today! I drove to work this morning in a borderline blizzard! But, it's melted now and all is well :)   Back to the soup.... this recipe is very easy! Usually I'm completely addicted to my crockpot however, this soup was quick even without the crockpot! I am also a huge mushroom fan so this soup is definitely on my fabulous food list!


2 tbsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 c. mushrooms, sliced
3 cans vegetable broth
1 c. white rice
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrots, cooking until soft. 
2. Add mushrooms and cook until soft. Then add vegetable broth and rice, simmering for 10 minutes.
3. Stir until mixture is blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ta-da!! Wonderful, easy, healthy soup! Enjoy!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Can you tell I am OBSESSED with caramel lately? It seems to be everywhere in my house! But, if I can eat and know that it's safe... why not?! I hope some of you tried those delightful baked apples :)   Let me know if you did!! Here is another recipe for a caramel covered delight! These apples were actually really easy with just a few much needed pointers....

Tip #1 - Lightly butter or grease the wax paper
Tip #2 - Ignore the ice bowl in the photo.. the orginial recipe says to put your pot in a bowl of ice water in order to rapidly cool the caramel.. do what you want but, I ended up with a mess and a headache!
Tip #3 - Eat them all & don't share :)

Recipe for Apple Pie Caramel Apples:

  • 8 small apples, preferably Granny Smith (about 3 pounds) $
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 bags of white melting chocolate disks (found at Micheal's, baking stores, etc)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS cinnamon
  • Sticks for the apples (I used lollipop sticks and got them in with a hammer)


1. Line a baking sheet with lightly buttered or greased wax paper. Stem, wash and dry apples and insert sticks in center of stem ends (I highly suggest using a hammer).
2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, cream and butter in a medium-size, heavy-bottom saucepan. Cook over low heat, gently stirring once or twice, until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until mixture reaches 255ºF on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes. (To be honest, I do not own a candy thermometer so, I do not see it as necessary for this recipe-- just in case you're worried)
3.  Remove pan from heat. Stir just until mixture starts to thicken into a dipping consistency. Working carefully, tip pan slightly to one side and spin each apple in caramel until thoroughly coated. (If mixture becomes too thick, reheat gently for a few seconds.) Transfer to lined baking sheet and place in refrigerator until caramel is cooled and set, about 15 minutes.
4. While apples are cooling, prepare your cinnamon sugar mix. The measurement is really a guesstimate because I just sort of wing it... I like a lot of cinnamon.
5. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave. I melt mine in 45 second increments until completely melted. Make sure that you use a bowl big enough to properly dip the apples.
6. Take the apples out of the fridge and dip them into the white chocolate. (I spun mine around on their sides to completely cover).
7. Then, over a bowl, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the chocolate.
8. Place back onto the wax paper and refrigerate for another 10 minutes.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Baked Apple Ice Cream with Homemade Caramel Sauce

 So, a few weeks ago I made apple dumplings. SOOOO good! But, while I was looking around on Pinterest I found the idea for these ice cream apple bowls. These beat the pants off the apple dumplings! Favorite fall desert EVER! And, FYI the caramel recipe is SUPER easy! Here's the recipe:

 For the apples:
4 Apples (We used Gala)
1 TBS Cinnamon
1 TBS Sugar
Vanilla Ice Cream -- make sure it's safe of course :)

For the caramel sauce:
1 Cup Sugar
6 TBS Butter
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Directions for the apples:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Hollow out the apples into little bowls. We used a teaspoon but a melon scooper would work wonderfully! All you have to do is cut the tops off and hollow them out (I personally like mine pretty hollowed with about a 1/4 inch of apple all the way around)

2. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Then coat the insides and top edges of the apples with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. 

3. Bake the apples in the oven on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes. Let cool enough to just be warm -- not super hot to the point that your ice cream is liquid.

4. Scoop icecream into your yummy apples and pour caramel sauce over top. ENJOY!!!

Directions for the caramel:
1. Heat a 2 quart or 3 quart saucepan over medium high heat and add sugar and water.

2. Stir vigorously until it comes to a boil. When it boils, stop stirring. You can swirl the pan from now on if needed.

3. Let sugar and water boil until all the sugar granuales are gone and the mixture is an amber color. 

4. Whisk in butter until it melts (the mixture will foam up -- be careful)

5. When the butter is melted, remove from heat and add cream. Whisk in cream until you have a smooth consistency. Then, poor into a mason jar and let cool. 

Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup

Here is a recipe for gluten free cream of chicken soup!! This is sooo easy & really comes in handy! My favorite recipe needs cream of chicken and I almost cried when I found out I couldn't have it. But, ha! Problem Solved!!!

By the way, my favorite recipe is this cheesy chicken & rice!

Cream of Chicken Soup -- Gluten Free

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs. butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 cube chicken bullion (gluten-free... I use Knorr)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Boil and stir 1 minute.

It really could not get easier!!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Greek Chicken

Good morning, everyone! I am so excited for Thursday! I get to go to Marcella's for the first time ever not to mention being gluten-free. I hear that they have awesome gluten free options and I can't wait to dig into some yummy food. I have been out to eat quite a few times in the last few weeks and I am SICK and TIRED of salads!! Does anyone else have this issue? People really need to give us some more options! Good thing I usually don't go out to eat much. But anyway, just thought I would share a fun recipe today. This chicken is super yummy and good for you, too! Enjoy!

Original Recipe found here

Greek Chicken

Ingredients for Topping:
- 4 oz Feta Cheese
- 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
- 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh chopped oregano

Ingredients for Chicken:
- 3-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges


1. Preheat oven to 450
2. In a large bowl, combine feta, tomatoes, olives, parsley, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil and oregano. Cover and chill in refrigerator.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Sear chicken, about 1-2 minutes each side; remove from heat.
4.  Squeeze lemon wedges over chicken to coat. Place the squeezed lemon wedges around the chicken breasts. Roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°, about 25-30 minutes. Transfer chicken and lemons to a large platter. Top with salsa.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

If you are gluten free and you like groupon, livingsocial, yipit, etc. then this post is for you! I found glutenfree-saver and it is basically a groupon for gluten free! I love it! I got a Katz gluten free deal the other day and let me tell you.... those donuts were good!! I got the cinnamon donut holes and some bread crumbs! All for just $11 including shipping! I thought that was pretty good!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I am sort of weary on the taco seasoning situation. I have checked a couple brands and am just not sure about them anymore. I do hear that Chi Chi's brand is safe but, I decided to make my own! It work out really well because I made quite a bit and knew exactly what was in it. Here's the recipe modified from the original found here.

Recipe for seasoning:
2 TBS chilli powder
2 TBS ground cumin
2 TBS garlic powder
2 TBS onion powder
1/2 TBS crushed red pepper (more or less to your liking)

Mix together! This should be enough for almost 3 batches of tacos. I store mine in the freezer. Enjoy!!

Recipe for taco meat:
1 lb ground meat
3 TBS taco seasoning
1 cup water (more or less to your liking)

1. Brown meat until no longer pink and then drain off the fat. 
2. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer for about 5 min.
3. Remove from heat, let stand for 3-5 min. (Sauce will thicken upon standing)
4. Enjoy your yummy tacos    :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Udi's Gluten Free Bread Review

People say to try bread last. After your body has adjusted to the new diet and you have grown accustomed to eating non-wheat flours. Well, I made the plunge and decided to try my first gluten-free bread. I chose Udi's sandwich bread because Kroger had it on clearance. I got one loaf for $2.99 instead of $5.99. I was not disappointed in this product! I made a yummy sandwich with provolone, turkey, lettuce, and cucumber. It was so nice to eat a real sandwich instead of a lettuce wrap! I highly recommend this bread to all of you, especially if you can snag a sale!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Betty Crocker - Gluten Free

Betty Crocker has some great gluten free products out there! I bought the chocolate chip cookie mix from Vitacost with my BetterBatter flour order. Oh my goodness.... these cookies are GOOD! Just like the original ones!! I highly recomend trying these!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Caramel Corn

Mmmmm. Who doesn't love caramel corn? I have made this every Tuesday for three weeks now to eat while I watch Pretty Little Liars     :)   This is delightful and of course... gluten free! TGIF :)

Caramel Corn Recipe

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 bag of popped popcorn (I usually love butter but, I prefer plain for this recipe)
Aluminum foil
Cooking spray
1/2 tsp Vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Line a cookie sheet (preferably with sides) with aluminum foil & spray the foil with cooking spray
3. Lay out the popcorn on the cookie sheet. PICK OUT ALL OF THE KERNALS!
4. In a pot on the stove (over high heat) cook butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar to a boil. Stirring frequently.
5. Boil for five minutes on medium-high heat then, add vanilla.
6. Drizzle the entire mixture over the popcorn and place the popcorn in the oven.
7. Bake for a half hour -- take it out halfway through to stir it (you want all of it covered in caramel!)
8. When it is done, wait for it to cool a little so that you don't burn yourself. (If you allow it to cool too much it will stick to the foil)

Thanks to Morgan & her blog for the original recipe!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Chex Cereal Recipes

Finding gluten free recipes has officially become my addiction. Check out my pinterest and you'll see what I mean :)     I had no clue the things you could do with Chex cereal! I love when I find food that I used to eat that I can still eat. The cinnamon Chex are the best! Check out the chex website for sooo many good recipes! I can't wait to try the mini mac & cheese cups. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gluten Free AWESOME Mac & Cheese

Here is my recipe for AMAZING gluten free mac & cheese. I used to use this recipe when I was not gluten free. When I began this change, I HAD to have my mac & cheese. So, I adapted it my way :)    Enjoy! Comment and tell me what you think!

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Ready In: About 1 hr
Prep gets faster once you make it over and over and over like me :)


  • 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni -- I used DeBoles Corn Elbow Macaroni
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour -- I used Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour
  • 1 quart warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 pound cubed ham (optional)
  • 5 ounces cubed Cheddar cheese
  • 5 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 5 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • paprika to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then whisk in warm milk a little at a time to make a white sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Mix in salt and pepper, and stir frequently until sauce thickens.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheddar, mozzarella, jack and ham. Combine pasta with sauce and stir well. Pour into baking dish. Use paprika to make a decorative pattern on top. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, or until top is the desired crispiness. Let rest 20 minutes before serving.

Vitacost & Other Great Websites

I have started doing a lot of my grocery shopping online in order to buy in bulk and save money. I highly suggest doing this if you are going gluten free. I have also just purchased my first box of Better Batter flour and I am very excited!! Here are some shopping websites I really like:

Check them out!    :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Quinoa Pasta

Looking for a good pasta? I've tried both of these brands and loved them! I also made macaroni and cheese with the corn elbow noodles and it turned out amazing! Quinoa pasta (in the teal box) is a great option! I tried it in my first few days of being gluten free and decided that maybe this change won't be so bad :)    Trader Joe's is THE BEST! If you have one near you I highly suggest making it a regular stop. I get GF pasta there for about $1-$1.50 a box, which is a great price!! Also, if you tell them that you are Gluten Free they will give you a list of all of the GF products in their store -- great customer service! Happy Saturday everyone! Enjoy your weekend & eat some yummy food!

The Beginning

What an adventure this has been! I have been sick for about two years and have been unable to find out what the problem is. But, after months and months and MONTHS of doctor's appointments.... I found my demon. GLUTEN! Who would've thought? Well, I have been gluten-free for about two weeks.. still a newbie. My other blog is so much fun I thought that I'd make another one for this huge change in my life. While this new diet may be challenging, it is wonderful to feel so healthy! This truly is lifechanging and I hope that I can create a place to share recipes and products that I find and love!  I know that something truly helping me is all the blogs out there where people are doing what I am trying to do! So thank you to everyone else who is helping me through this adventure! Follow me on Pinterest for some recipe ideas!
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