Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Favorite Find Friday – Gluten Free Bagel Thins

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My favorite find today is…… O’Doughs Bagel Thins.  I bought these on a whim.  I don’t usually buy bagels because they are so expensive and when you have a family of six, spending $1 per bagel just isn’t going to fly too often.  But, these were $4.99 for 6 and there was $1 off coupon.  Everyone in my family loves bagels so this was a rare treat.  My friend in TN says that GF aren’t really bagels and I would agree mostly. But, these met the match for us.  I think the thinness helps the taste a lot.

 

I got the original, that’s all they had at my Earth Fare, but I see on their site that they offer Apple Cranberry, Sprouted Whole Grain Flax and the Original.  And they are only 100 calories, IF that’s important to you, GMO free and egg free!

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Gluten Free S’more Rice Krispies Treats

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GF S'more Rice Krispies Treats

 

6 cups GF rice krispies cereal

10.5 oz mini marshmallows

4 Tablespoons butter

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups GF graham cracker pieces

Butter an 11X7 inch pan.

In a large pot melt butter, add marshmallows.  Stir until melted.  Add rice krispies and graham cracker pieces.  Stir well, until fully combined.  Let cool slightly and gently stir in chocolate chips.

Butter your hands and press into buttered pan.

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Menu Plan #14 – 2014

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I am so proud of myself, I finally got my garden started.  I also have started a couple of projects.  We are also gearing up for our Summer Reading program with the library and Barnes and Noble.  So the kids are all excited about that.

I’m still looking to make meals in the crockpot.  I actually made meatloaf in the crockpot last week.  It was 90% successful.  I went out and it didn’t need as much cooking time and/or should’ve cooked on lower temp.  But we only lost a small portion to burning.  Am I the only one who has a crockpot with a hot spot? Or whose crockpot will actually boil on warm?  I guess it’s about knowing your crockpot that’s the most helpful as well as the recipe.  What’s your favorite crockpot meal and/or your most creative use of crockpot?  I am thinking of trying to use it to make bread.  I just saw a post  about GF bread in the crockpot.  We shall see.

 

Menu for the week

Monday:
Chilaquiles

Tuesday:
Chicken Fried SteakMashed Potatoes
Peas

Wednesday:
Sweet n Sour Chicken
Rice

Thursday:
Polish SausagePotatoes & Carrots

Friday:
Tacos

Saturday:
Beef & Cornbread Skillet in crockpot

Sunday:
Chicken Apple Stew


Purchase “101 Gluten Free Recipes” cookbook here.
Thanksgiving Gluten Free eBook

More menu ideas here.

Categories: Menu Planning

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GF Garlic Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

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My friend had this cookbook “Nom Nom Paleo”.  I found this recipe in there.  I only changed it a bit.  She had a recipe for meatballs that uses some of these as a binder.  That’s why I decided to try these.  I hope to make those and share soon too.  These were surprisingly delicious.  They are very garlicky so if you’re not a fan you could reduce the garlic, but I think the garlic helps them taste more like potatoes.

 

Garlic Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"
Garlic Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

1 head cauliflower, cut into equal sized pieces (I bought mine at Sam’s already cut into pieces, I just evened them out a bit)

5 cloves of garlic, peeled

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon Morton’s Nature Seasoning

2 Tablespoons butter (or dairy free alternative)

Black Pepper to taste

 

Salt and season the cauliflower.  Using a large pot with steamer insert put water in pan, add cauliflower and garlic to insert.  Steam for about 10 minutes.  Once cooked drain very well, you don’t want it to be watery at all or it will make your mash runny.  Add drained cauliflower, garlic, butter and pepper to food processor. Pulse until desired consistency.  Careful, though, you don’t want to turn it to soup.

Season if necessary.

 

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Menu Plan #13-2014

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We’ve had another cold front here and it has been amazing!  The weather has been ideal, I’ve had the windows open, fans on and no A/C running! This, people, is my favorite!  I still have in mind to plant some garden items.  I did move things around, but need to get some dirt, compost, etc.  My potatoes seem to be doing awesome, as are the herbs that I came back after winter.  My strawberries had a strong showing, but most were eaten by birds/squirrels/both.  That was a bummer.  The two sweet potatoes I started root are beyond anything I thought.  I’m not really sure about planting for actual sweet potatoes, but as plants they are amazing.  I’ve heard that you can make them climb an arbor or the like and I know they do produce beautiful flowers.

I did spend a bit of time in the kitchen and have some new recipes coming up. Curried Cauliflower Soup, S’more Rice Krispies Treats, Garlic Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”, Italian Polpettes, Sour Cream Buttermilk Cake Doughnuts, Tomato Basil Feta Salad.  Be on the look out for these delicious recipes.

Menu for the week:

Monday:
Million Dollar Casserole

Tuesday:
Salmon PattiesRoast Veggies

Wednesday:
MeatloafBaked Potatoes
Green Beans

Thursday:
Lemon Garlic Thyme ChickenSides

Friday:
Bean & Cheese Enchilada Bake

Saturday:
Feta BurgersSides

Sunday:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Purchase “101 Gluten Free Recipes” cookbook here.
Thanksgiving Gluten Free eBook

More menu ideas here.

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Favorite Find Friday – GF Section at Aldi

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A friend called me recently and told me that had a special “while supplies last” GF section at Aldi.  GF Section at Aldi

It took me a week but I made it over there.  They have many convenience items.  I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I bought a few.  The kids have eaten the GF fruit bars.  It’s kind of a no oats granola bar.  They love them.

Anyway, even though I probably wouldn’t use most of these items on a regular basis, it is amazing to find and have GF convenience food at a good price!!  So, if you have an Aldi near you, check it out and see if they are offering a GF section.

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We moved

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As stated in an earlier blog we moved to a different server for our blog.  If you want to continue to receive blog posts by email you will need to re-subscribe you will need to visit the blog to do it.  As far as I can tell, anyway.  I hope you will continue to enjoy the blog.  Still trying to figure out all the bells and whistles they offer on this server.

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Meal Plan #12 – 2014

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GFAlwaysMenuPlanlogoI had a crazy busy week last week, and am looking forward to a more relaxing week.  I had an early Mother’s Day Brunch for my family this past Saturday.  I think it turned out very nice and was enjoyed by all.  I will try and do a separate post for the brunch soon.  We had lots of yummy food.  Biscuits and gravy, cranberry bread, yogurt and granola, sausages, coconut flour pancakes, eggs in crispy ham, hash brown cups.  I spent the whole week preparing a little at a time so as not to get overwhelmed on the day.  It worked out well. 

 
The weather has been gorgeous and the pollen is starting to settle down a bit.  All the trees have turned green practically overnight, it seems.  Looking forward to enjoying the weather.

 
This week’s menu:
 
Monday:
Roast Chicken
Potatoes
Carrots
 
Tuesday:
not sure
 
Wednesday:
Chicken Enchilada Bake
 
Thursday:
Hot Dogs
Friday:
Quesadilla
Saturday:
Chicken Nuggets
Sunday:
Lasagna (from freezer)