Monthly Archives: June 2013


Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Hummus)


I like hummus, it’s good, it’s healthy…..some are better than others (not all are GF).  I usually get Sabra – my favorite is the Roasted Pine Nut.

But, recently my friend, Alex, shared some hummus that was phenomenal.  This is a local company in Asheville, NC called Roots.  They make hummus in eight flavors and also offer salsa and dips.  I can only speak for the hummus, I tried three of the eight flavors (Roasted Garlic, Thai Coconut Curry and Black Bean) and my friends tried a fourth (Extra Hot Chipotle).  I’m not much for hot and spicy, though the Thai Coconut Curry is a tad spicy, it’s so tasty.

The bad news is this is a local company and it’s not available all across the country.  It is definitely worth a look to see if it’s near you.  Even if you’re not a big fan of hummus, this brand could definitely change your mind!  It did for my husband who doesn’t usually like hummus.  He was a big fan of the Thai coconut curry one.


GF Baked Tacos


This is another Pinterest find.  It was a big hit.  Everyone liked it.  It was a last minute change and I didn’t have any lettuce or tomatoes, next time I will.  I made corn tortillas using the press I told you about a while back.  But, the original recipe she used store bought tortillas.  I did the oven crisping she mentioned on some of them, but then I stopped it was too much work and too hot to put the tortillas in there like she had explained.  They all turned out fine.  The weren’t crispy, more of a soft taco, which we like.  I bet you could do this with store bought crispy shells. 

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef or venison

7 oz tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning (recipe in cookbook- store bought is usually not GF)

1 can refried beans – I use La Costena Black Beans

Corn Tortillas – I made around 20 or so
Shredded Cheese, I’m not sure how much I used.  I just topped each taco liberally.

Preheat oven to 375°.
Lightly grease a 9 X 13 baking pan.

Put oil in a large skillet and saute onion until soft, add ground beef and cook through over med to med-high.  Stir in the taco season.  Drain off fat if necessary.  Add the tomato sauce and refried beans.  Mix thoroughly.

Fill each taco shell with meat mixture and top with cheese, place in pan.  Continue until you use up the meat or tortillas. 

Bake for about 15 minutes.  If you make these ahead you will need to double the time to get them heated through.

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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Ice Cream Cones)


I was so excited when over a year ago I saw an article in Living Without Magazine that Joy Cones were coming out with  gluten free sugar and cake cones.  Every time I went to the store I would scour the shelves looking for them.  I finally just a couple of months ago found them at Publix.  They were only $2.69 for a box of 12, you can imagine my excitement if you’ve ever bought GF cones before, this was roughly half the price I’ve paid before (a rare treat at that price).  I just found them at Kroger recently too, for $2.48.   I’m sure you will share in my excitement when you find them at your local grocery.  Enjoy your ice cream on a cone!!  If you need a good recipe for homemade ice cream you should give this Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream a try.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Crazy Cake


When I saw this recipe, I can’t remember where, I knew I had to try and convert to GF.  It is super quick and easy and it has no eggs.  Also, they were saying that you make it all in the pan.  For GF I knew this wouldn’t be the best because you really want to make sure you incorporate your xanthan into the flour.  I did mix it in the pan, that’s why the pan looks kind of messy.  Another positive for this recipe is it’s small, so not too many leftovers to tempt you.

1 1/2 cups GF White Flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (IF your blend doesn’t have it.)
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 Tablespoons oil (I used light olive oil)

1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly grease an 8X8 baking pan.

Mix the first seven ingredients together in a bowl whisk to incorporate ingredients.
Pour into prepared pan.  Make three wells in the flour mixture, two smaller and one larger.  Put vinegar in one small well, vanilla in the other small well and the oil in the larger well.  Pour the water over all of it and mix well until smooth.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

This was amazing just hot out of the oven with a little butter.  I thought that it would be amazing with Marshmallow Icing…..I thought I’d post a recipe for this but can’t find it.  Will try and post it soon.  But, once cool,  top it with your favorite icing or ice cream or dust with powdered sugar.  The possibilities are endless. 

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Menu Plan Monday – 2013 #23


I have a busy week coming up.  One of the things I have to do is have a CT scan on my abdomen.  I started wondering if the dye drink was GF.  I called and spoke with them, the tech and the pharmacist researched and the one they send home with you to take in preparation for the scan wasn’t GF.  She said they had an alternative which the will administer at the hospital.  This means 3-4 hours at the hospital instead of 1 but will save me in 6-8 weeks of health issues from gluten.  Just wanted to share in case this wasn’t something that you had considered if you ever need to get a CT scan.

I will also be out of town for most of the week.  I am super excited about this and looking forward to resting and recharging. 

In other news…..  If you aren’t signed up for Udi’s Newsletter, then you don’t know that they now sell Udi’s GF Bread at Walmart.  Yep, that’s right.  I got
an email from Udi’s last week saying that Walmart now carries Udi’s
bread and cookies. I went to one of my local Walmarts today and they
had it!! They had the white bread, the whole grain bread, bagels and
chocolate chip cookies. All of the were under $5!
It was in an odd place though. It was in the bakery, in a freezer that holds the Carvel cakes.
  Two of the Walmarts near me have a good selection of GF products – one of them has a section on the sugar/flour aisle (ironic, I know) and the other has it on the cereal aisle. 

I’ll be flying by the seat of my pants for Monday and Tuesday, meal-wise.  But, I have planned for while I’m gone.

Hot Dogs

Grilled Cheese

Chick Fil A – the kids all earned free kids meals through the Library’s summer reading program.  We were all thrilled that we had earned something that has GF food.

Mellow Mushroom – blessed by some dear friends with a gift card, thank you, friends!!

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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Freeze dried fruit)


I’m always looking for easy to grab and go snacks that are healthy and gluten free.  These fit the bill.  They’re not super cheap but when you need something that’s easy to take along so you’re sure you have something “safe” to eat, you don’t really care that they are a little costly.

I use them for trail mix too and that makes them go further.  I found both of these at Walmart.


Gluten Free S’more Bites


This is a super quick, easy and tasty treat. I saw this idea somewhere, not sure where.

Large marshmallows
Chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
Crumbs of cookies (I had some chocolate chip)

Melt the chocolate chips in a glass or metal bowl over simmering water or in the microwave.
Once melted dip the end of the marshmallow into the chocolate and then immediately into the cookie crumbs.  Let sit on wax paper until set up.

Tip:  My friend, Laurel, told me about keeping your marshmallows in the freezer to keep them fresh and not sticky.  I just tried this for the first time.  It was an added bonus for this recipe in that the chocolate set up pretty quick, but you have to dip in the crumbs right away before it sets.


Gluten Free Apple, Sage & Turkey Meatloaf


Now turkey meatloaf might not pique your interest, normally, but I hope you’ll give this one a try.  It is reminiscent of Thanksgiving.  I served it with Apple Cider Glazed Green Beans from my cookbook and baked sweet potatoes (baked at the same time as the meatloaf).  It was super moist and delicious.  I will definitely make it again.  Give it a try and come back and let me know how you liked it.

2 apples – peeled, cored and chopped very fine.  I used Granny Smith, but would use whatever I have on hand, you’re not locked in
1 large onion, finely chopped
2/3 cup GF crumbs.  I used GF Rice Krispies (it takes roughly double the amount to make the crumbs)
1 Tablespoon Italian dressing MIX, not dressing OR Italian Seasoning (recipe for mix in cookbook)
1/2 cup milk
2 pounds ground turkey, a mix of white/dark meat is best or all dark to get the moistest meatloaf
1/4 cup fresh, chopped sage leaves (or 2 T dried)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Preheat oven to 400°
Grease your pan – I used an 10X8 inch glass baking dish.

Combine all the ingredients except for the sauce ingredients, in a large bowl and combine well.  Don’t over work though, it will make your meat tough.

Mix the sauce ingredients and spread over the top of meatloaf.

Bake until lightly brown and cooked through (165°) – about 50-60 minutes.  Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting.


Menu Plan Monday – 2013 #22


I think the heat has finally set in here in GA.  The cool mornings are gone and the humidity is going full force.    We got out the pool this week, that will keep the kids from trying to stay in the house all day.  We’ll be looking for ways to beat the heat, that’s for sure.  We went to the park last week and they have a little water feature there or sprayground as I saw it called once.  I also purchased our first watermelon of the season.  It was pretty good.  The kids loved it.  One of the favorite things is to swim in the pool and then eat watermelon on the patio while they dry off.  Here’s a cute idea for serving watermelon. Simple pleasures.

This week we’ll celebrate my youngest’s birthday.  He has requested a Diego cake.  Oy!  I have a couple of ideas.  I’m going to try a couple of decoration ideas I saw on pinterest,
not the chocolate cups this time, but either the string of balloons or the ceiling deco.

Beer Can Chicken

Tamale Pie

Dalton’s Birthday

Million Dollar Casserole

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Lemon Garlic Thyme Chicken

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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