Posted in Gluten Free, write 31 2017

5 of My Favorite Gluten Foods from Aldi’s – Blog Post #21

We used to go to Aldi’s when I was younger but quit going when I was an adult.  It was not until Tanya died did I start going there again.

Now I love that place.  It’s probably my most favorite grocery store.

I love how Aldi’s has labeled foods as being gluten free.  It makes it so much easier to shop.

Here are five of my favorite gluten free foods from Aldi’s:

Rosemary and Olive Oil Multi-seed Snack Crackers

liveGfree Gluten Free Rosemary & Olive Oil Multiseed Crackers

I found these when we were on vacation in Charleston, SC.  I got some hummus and decided I wanted to dip crackers in the hummus.

These are especially good with the olive tapenade hummus they have at Aldi.  Yum!

Blue Tortilla Chips

SimplyNature Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

We love our tortilla chips here at my house.  The Wee One and I enjoy snacking on tortilla chips with either apple or pineapple salsa.

I would take these to school last year.  My students were fascinated with the fact they looked like black chips.  Once they tried them, they realized they tasted similar to regular yellow corn chips.

Caramel Apple Baked Chewy Bars

liveGfree Gluten Free Caramel Apple Baked Chewy Bars

Yum!  These are nice to have as back-up bars when you are running errands.

Gluten Free Pretzels

liveGfree Gluten Free Pretzel Minis

These are delicious.

Nut Mixes

SimplyNature Raw Cashews, Walnuts, and Macadamia NutsSimplyNature Raw Almonds, Pecans, and Pistachio Kernels

They have two different nut mixes that I really enjoy.  Both are just raw nuts and /or seeds.  One has cashews, walnuts, and macadamia nuts.  The other has almonds, pecans, and sunflower kernels.  Both are delicious.  Enjoy in moderation.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

 

 

Posted in Gluten Free, write 31 2017

Five of My Favorite Gluten Free Foods from Trader Joe’s – Blog Post #20

Coconut aminos

As I mentioned before, I use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.  I love the price.  $2.99 a bottle – I probably have 5 bottles at my house.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

These were a discovery of mine when I went to visit my friend Molly.  We wanted a snack so I bought these.  We ate the chips with pineapple salsa also from Trader Joe’s.  Yum!

Click on the photo for more information about sweet potato tortilla chips.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

Pineapple Salsa

Yum!  I love eating the pineapple salsa with the sweet potato tortilla chips.  At $1.99 a jar, that’s not a bad price for salsa.

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 Gingermints

This is a great gluten free and vegan breath mint.  The mint has a great little bite to them.  Ginger is great for upset stomachs.

Organic Gingermints

Gluten free White Bread

When I was in Pittsburgh over Labor Day weekend, we visited a local Trader Joe’s.  We were all buying our dinner while at the store.  I ended up getting the Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread.  I used it to make myself a mixed butter and jelly sandwich.  So yummy!

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Here is a list of gluten free foods at Trader Joe’s.

What are your favorite foods at Trader Joe’s?  Gluten Free or Not Gluten Free

For other my favorite gluten free blog posts, here are some links.

Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas While on a Road Trip

5 of My Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

Happy eating,
Traci

Posted in Gluten Free, write 31 2017, Writing Workshop

RAK and What’s in My Gluten Free Pantry? – Blog Post #19

writer's workshop

Today’s prompt is to write about something nice you’ve done.

Last week, my work decided to have a contest.  We were divided into teams. Each team was assigned a country.  One of our assignments was to do Random Acts of Kindness.

My team was late to the game. We did some of RAK but not as much as one of the teams.

My team was confused about the rules of the game so we did not know what we were supposed to do.

The country we were given was China. On Friday at the end of the game, We finally decided to get cups of blessing; aka pudding, for the staff.

Here is the photo of the sign we wrote up with the pudding cups

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It’s not much; however, it made people’s day.

Please continue to the next page to see what’s in my Gluten Free Baking Pantry.

Posted in Gluten Free, Recipes, Rice, write 31 2017

Taco Rice (GF, DF) and Homemade Burrito Bowls – Blog Post #18

My mom an I enjoy going to a place called Hot Head Burritos.  We usually  get a lil bowl with either brown or white rice, pinto or black beans, and our choice of meat and toppings.

You can use this recipe to be the base of your own burrito bowl.  It would be delicious with taco meat or chicken ranch taco meat.  You can use either black or pinto beans.  It’s up to you to decide what type of toppings are on your burrito bowl.

Some topping ideas are:  lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, pico, sour cream, corn, and guacamole.  Yum!

As you can see being gluten free does not have to be boring.

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Taco Rice

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

– 2 Tbsp. oil

– 1 onion

– 1 garlic clove, minced

– 2 c. white rice

– 2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning

– 2 c. water

– salt to taste

 

Directions

  1. Set an electric pressure cooker to saute’.
  2. Add the oil, onions, and garlic.  Cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the rice and taco seasoning.  Stir.  Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add water and salt.  Stir.  Manually set the pressure cooker to 8 minutes on high.  (Put the lid on the pressure cooker.)
  5. After the rice has finished cooking, do a quick release.
  6. Fluff the rice.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

Posted in Gluten Free, Quick, Recipes, write 31 2017

Sloppy Joe French Fries (GF) – Blog Post #17

There is no real recipe.

On Saturday, I decided to make sloppy Joes.  Instead of eating it without eating it with gluten free bread, baked potato, or by itself, I decided to make French fries.

I topped the French fries with the Sloppy Joes and then added some shredded cheese.  Yum!

Saturday is a pretty casual day for our dinners.  Hubby saw how I ate my Sloppy Joe and decided he wanted to eat it the same way.

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Sloppy Joe French Fries

Stars of the recipe:

Steps:

  1. Make the French fries.
  2. Meanwhile make the Sloppy Joes.
  3. Top the French fries with Sloppy Joes and cheese.
  4. Enjoy!

So easy and delicious!

Happy eating,
Traci

Posted in Gluten Free, menu plan monday, Randomness, Recipes, write 31 2017

P!nk’s New Album and Mom, What’s for Dinner? – Week of October 15, 2017 – Blog Post #16

We are now on the downward swing of my Write 31 2017.  Yeah!

My favorite artist is P!nk.  I adore her.  Her music is the soundtrack of my life.

On Friday, I got her newest album, Beautiful Trauma.  I already have favorite songs that I’ve played on repeat a million billion times.

Everyone interprets songs differently.  So when I talk about my feels and thoughts about my two favorite songs from the album, be reminded these are my thoughts and feels.

“I Am Here” – Oh my goodness.  I feel as though it is speaking to me about my current situation in my school district.  We are in academic distress.  One of the lyrics is “I’ve already seen  the bottom so I have nothing to fear.”  It’s my rally cry.

The song also tells me to live authentically.  Live my truth not another person’s truth.  The opening line is “I open up my heart.  You can love me or not.”  I struggle with this bit constantly.  It’s a reminder to live my truth.

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Finally the song addresses the age old question.  What happens when we die.  “Where do we go when we go.”  Since I am Christian, I believe I go to Heaven.

The other song that speaks to me is “Barbies.”  She addresses growing older.  Since I’m over 40, 42 to be exact, life is totally different from when I was younger.  Sometimes it would be nice to go back to when life was so much simpler.  When I did not have to adult all the time.  Maybe that is why I love Disney so much.  I’m able to put adulting to the side for a while and be childlike while I’m there.

Hubby and I are going to go to see her in Louisville during my Spring Break.  I’m so excited.  We were able to get the tickets before the price gouging.  I’ve read a lot of people complaining about the price of tickets.  $500 or more per ticket.  The price for our tickets was not cheap and a lot more than I would have spent but Hubby knows how much I love her.  Seeing her in concert is on my “Bucket List,” so he was willing to pay those prices.

Now onto our menu for the week.  Please continue to the next page.

Posted in Recipes, write 31 2017

10 More Gluten Free Recipes on My Blog – Blog Post #15

I’ve gone into the archives of my blog to find more gluten free recipes.

  1.  Ranch Chicken Legs – Use a gluten free biscuit mix instead of a regular biscuit mix.  Double check your ranch seasoning to make sure it doesn’t have any gluten.
  2. Honey Glazed Carrots in the Microwave (GF, Paleo)
    Honey Glazed Carrots
    Honey Glazed Carrots

     

  3. Cranberry Relish (Slow Cooker Recipe) (GF, DF)
    Cranberry Relish
    Cranberry Relish

     

  4. Fried Potatoes (GF, DF, Paleo, W30)Fried Potatoes
  5. Tropical Smoothie Smoothie (GF)
  6. Brown Sugar Ham (GF) – This is a family favorite.  The boys absolutely love when I make this recipe.
  7. Roasted Potatoes (GF, Paleo, DF, W30) – Another family favorite recipe
    Roasted Potatoes
  8. Paprika Chicken (GF) – Serve it over gluten free egg noodles or rice
    Paprika Chicken
  9. Homemade Spaghetti Sauce (GF, DF, W30, Paleo) – Serve over gluten free spaghetti, zoodles, or spaghetti squash
    Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
  10. Bacon Cheeseburger Soup (GF) – If you are craving cheeseburgers, this is a great gluten free option.  Yum!

Join me next week when I’ll share 10 more gluten free recipes on my blog.

Happy eating,
Traci

Posted in Gluten Free, Recipes, side dish, write 31 2017

Pressure Cooker Rice (GF) – Blog Post #14

One of our favorite side dishes is plain rice with butter and salt.

Hubby and the Wee One especially love it.

I actually love brown rice more than white rice.  However Hubby and the Wee One love white rice.  So we make more white rice than brown rice.

The ratio of dry rice to water/ liquid is 1 to 2.  So easy to remember.

You can certainly make this dairy free but using a dairy free butter or omitting the butter.

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Rice in an electric pressure cooker

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-2 c. white rice, rinsed

-3 c. water

-1 Tbsp. butter

-salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Add the rice to the electric pressure cooker.
  2. Pour water over the rice.  Stir.
  3. Manually set the pressure cooker to 8 minutes.  (Put the lid on the electric pressure cooker.)
  4. Once finished, quickly release the pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the lid.  Fluff the rice.
  6. Add the butter, salt, and pepper.  Stir.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Optional:  Instead of adding butter, add lime juice, lime zest, and chopped cilantro for a Chipotle type rice.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

 

Posted in dinner, Family Recipe, Gluten Free, Pork, Recipes, write 31 2017

What I Like About Fall and “Soy Sauce” Pork Chops (GF, DF, Paleo, W30)- Blog Post #13

writer's workshop

I didn’t feel good on Wednesday night so I did not get this post up for the week.  Headache and tiredness.  Yuck!  It was an early night for me.

This week’s prompt is what do I like about fall.

  1.  The flavors of fall – cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
    pumpkin pie spice
    Pumpkin Pie Spice
  2. Pumpkin Spice Latte, Maple Pecan Lattes, and Blackberry Pie Lattes.
    I get the Blackberry Pie Lattes from a local coffee shop called Winans.
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  3. The crisp air – I can wear my Mickey Mouse hoodie.IMAG0170
  4. My Autumn Glory Maple Tree
    Halloween – My town is known for decorating for Halloween.  They usually have a parade celebrating Halloween.  We’ve never done it though.
    The boys are getting too old for trick or treating.  Insert sad face.
  5. The decorations

    Bonfires
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  6. Our dog can go on more car rides because it’s not too hot.
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  7. Thanksgiving
    The last Thanksgiving with Tanya (2015)
  8. The trees changing colors
    The two things I don’t like about fall are :
  1.  Foggy mornings
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  2. Extreme Storms – Rain or wind or a combo of both

Mama’s Losin’ It

When my father-in-law was alive, he would marinade pork chops in soy sauce.  Hubby loved those soy sauce pork chops.

Soy sauce has wheat in it.  So for a gluten free diet, it’s a no go.

For a while I switched to gluten free soy sauce but at over $4 a bottle, I didn’t like those prices.

Then I did the Whole 30 in April/ May of 2017.  I began to use coconut aminos.

The problem with coconut aminos is that it is $6 a bottle.  Yikes!

Then I found out Trader Joe’s has their coconut aminos for $2.99 a bottle.  WIN!

So I stocked up on the coconut aminos.

Now I can make Asian dishes and “soy sauce” pork chops without feeling sluggish afterwards.  YEAH!

My family loved my “soy sauce” pork chops.  They did not know the difference.

If you don’t eat gluten free, you can use regular soy sauce.

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”Soy Sauce” Pork Chops

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

– 1 lb. boneless pork chops

– ¼ c. coconut aminos

– salt to taste

Directions

  1. In a container or Ziploc bag, place the pork chops and coconut aminos
  2. Allow the meat to marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Cook on a medium high heat for 5 minutes on one side.  Season with salt before flipping the pork.
  4. Flip and cook for 3 minutes on the other side.
  5. Enjoy!

We ate our dinner with pressure cooker applesauce, plain white rice, and mixed veggies.  If you were doing the Whole 30, I would serve it with the applesauce, cali rice, and green beans.  Yum!

Happy eating,
Traci

Posted in Gluten Free, Recipes, Snacks, write 31 2017

Fall Trail Mix (DF, GF) – Blog Post #12

We went to Meijers the other day.  As I walking back to the front of the store, I noticed the pumpkin spiced Cheerios so I decided to get me a box.

Once I got home, I decided to use the Cheerios to make a trail mix.

Now there is some debate whether Cheerios are truly gluten free.  Some people have reactions when they eat them.  If you are one of those people, please don’t use them.

I had some pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds waiting for me to do something with so I used them in this trail mix.

You can use any kind of nut.  I had pecans available so I used them.  I think walnuts would be delicious in this trail mix.

I also used some freeze dried apples that I got at Trader Joes.  However, I think dried cranberries would be delicious also.

Store your trail mix in an airtight container.

Fall Trail Mix

Fall Trail Mix

  • Difficulty: super easy
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Ingredients

– 2 c. pumpkin spice Cheerios

– ¾ c. chopped nuts

– ½ c. freeze dried apples or dried cranberries

– ¾ c. pumpkin seeds

 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Enjoy in moderation!

 

Store in an airtight container.

Happy eating,
Traci