Here is today’s 10 recipes on my blog that are gluten free.
We are still dredging through my archives to find recipes that are gluten free. These lists help me when I’m menu planning plus remind me of what recipes I have on my blog. When you have 900 plus blog posts on your blog, it’s a lot to remember what you have on the blog.
Maybe I should go back and label those blog posts as gluten free.
- Skinner Shamrock Shake – There is a secret ingredient in this recipe that makes it skinnier. What is it? I’m not telling. You just need to check out the recipe to find out.
- Homemade “Shamrock” Shake – When March comes around, this is the most requested treat.
- St. Patty’s Smoothie – Obviously these first 3 recipes are from March time. This is not only Gluten Free, it also dairy free.
- Ham and Black Bean Soup – It’s beginning to look like soup season so this would be a great recipe to warm up to on a cold winter day. It’s also dairy free.
- Key Lime Smoothie – This recipe can be easily adapted to be gluten free if you leave off the graham crackers or use gluten free graham crackers instead. It’s also dairy free and nut free.
- Root Beer Barbecue Sauce – This tangy barbecue sauce is both gluten free and dairy free.
- Apple Jack Smoothie – This recipe is not only gluten free, it is also dairy free and Paleo.
- Sausage and Sauerkraut – This is a slow cooker recipe. Not only is it gluten free, it is also dairy free.
- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – Use a gluten free bun or bread for the sandwiches. This recipe is gluten free and dairy free.
- Beenie Weenies – Here is another slow cooker recipe. This is a gluten free and dairy free recipe.
I hope you enjoyed the 31 days of eating gluten free. I made it to the finish line but our time is not over. I’ll continue to share gluten free recipes, favorites, and issues in future posts.
However it is now time to return to my regular blog. (Insert pouty face.)
Tomorrow I will be continuing with my photos from my trip to Rochester, New York. On Saturday, I may or may not be continuing with my photos from my trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I had a hiccup in the road with the collages I created for those blog posts.
Before I go, let me tell you about the struggles I have encountered with eating gluten free this weekend.
Hubby and I went to the zoo this weekend. There was nothing on the menu that was gluten free. The fries were going to be contaminated with breading from the chicken tenders. However I decided to get the salad with chicken on it. Whatever was on the chicken had gluten in it, so I ended up with a slight headache afterwards. Yuck!
Then on Sunday, I went to Red Robin so I could have a hamburger on a gluten free bun. The Southern Charm is so delicious. It took us almost 40 minutes for me to get the burger and allergen free fries. I understand they were busy but that was ridiculous.
Yesterday I ate some seasoned fries. Headache again. This time it was my fault. I should have avoided them but I just couldn’t. Lesson learned.
So I am not perfect eating gluten free. I’m trying to be but it’s not always easy.
Until next time. . .
Have a magical day,
Since tomorrow is Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner menu. This year is going to be a little bit different because I eat gluten free.
Here is what is on the menu for our Thanksgiving dinner. Okay this is maybe what is on our menu for Thanksgiving. I’m having difficulty finding the gluten free fried onions at Aldi. I’ve seen them else where so I may pick them up at a different grocery store.
- Turkey breast – Aldi has already marinaded turkey breasts for a reasonable price. We taste tested one of them last night. It was delicious! Easy peasy is the name of the game.
- Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Mashed Potatoes and Gluten Free Gravy
- Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Aldi Brand)
- Young’s Dairy Pumpkin Muffins
- Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing or Aldi’s gluten free turkey stuffing
- Salad with cranberry dressing
- Cranberry Relish
- Grandma’s White Salad
- Pumpkin Sheet Cake – Gluten Free
- Relish/ Vegetable Tray
Here is another Thanksgiving menu from two years ago.
Can you believe we have 2 more posts after this one? On Tuesday I will have successfully completed this Write 31.
I have over 900 posts on this blog so I have been slowing going through the posts to find recipes that are gluten free. I have so many more to share with you so I think I’m going to continue to share gluten free recipes on my blog on Sunday until I have shared all of them.
Here is today’s installment of gluten free recipes on my blog.
#1 Apple Crisp Granola – YUM!
These are made with black beans instead of flour. I made them for a relative of ours that is vegan. It was my Christmas present to them that year.
Such a simple side dish
One of the only ways that Hubby will eat this vegetable. He likes the fact that there is a lot of garlic in the dish.
Enjoy this one with some gluten free crackers or inside mini bell peppers.
#7 Breaded Pork Chops – Use gluten free flour instead of all purpose flour.
One of the boys favorite side dishes. They get so excited when they see me pull them out of the oven.
Join me next Sunday when I’ll share 10 more gluten free recipes on my blog.
When I was growing up, I used to love a place called Landes Meats. It’s a butcher/ bakery/ deli that has been a staple of my hometown since 1946.
They have such wonderful salads that I enjoy. One of which is the Italian Pasta Salad. I decided to create a Gluten Free version of the recipe. I changed up the cheese to Feta because I enjoy the saltiness of Feta.
– 1 package of gluten free rotini pasta – 3 c. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved – ½ c. crumbled Feta cheese – ½ lb. pepperoni, halved – 1 bell pepper, diced – 1 can of black olives, drained and halved – 1 (8 oz.) bottle of Italian dressing
Gluten Free Italian Pasta Salad
– 1 package of gluten free rotini pasta
– 3 c. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
– ½ c. crumbled Feta cheese
– ½ lb. pepperoni, halved
– 1 bell pepper, diced
– 1 can of black olives, drained and halved
– 1 (8 oz.) bottle of Italian dressing
Last week, I mentioned that I have xanthan gum in my gluten free pantry. I use the xanthan gum to make this bread.
It is soft and delicious.
– 1 & ½ c. water or milk – 3 to 4 Tbsp. honey or sugar (I use honey.) – 2 ½ tsp. Dry active yeast – 3 c. gluten free flour mix – 1 & ½ tsp. Xanthan gum – 4 tsp. Baking powder – 1 tsp. Salt – optional: Mix in your desired sweet or savory flavors (cinnamon or garlic powder) – 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice – ¼ c. olive oil – 2 lrg eggs
Soft Gluten Free Bread
– 1 & ½ c. water or milk
– 3 to 4 Tbsp. honey or sugar (I use honey.)
– 2 ½ tsp. Dry active yeast
– 3 c. gluten free flour mix
– 1 & ½ tsp. Xanthan gum
– 4 tsp. Baking powder
– 1 tsp. Salt
– optional: Mix in your desired sweet or savory flavors (cinnamon or garlic powder)
– 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
– ¼ c. olive oil
– 2 lrg eggs
Here are five more tips for going gluten free.
6. Read labels
This is an important one. I am not so diligent on this tip. You need to read the label because there is often hidden gluten in recipes. It’s more than just looking for wheat.
Here is a link for hidden gluten sources.
7. Find a buddy who has gone gluten free
This is not always an easy one. I was lucky that I knew someone at my work who was eating gluten free. I was able to talk to her during the early days of going gluten free. She gave me some tips and brands of foods to try. There are times when we talk about different brands or foods that we have found that are delicious. It helps to have someone to talk or complain to while you are making the transition.
I have another person who was told by her doctor that she needs to go gluten free. She knows she can talk to me about what to eat or not eat.
8. Preplanning is key
I traveled a LOT during the summer which can be difficult when you eat gluten free. What do you eat in the airport or on car rides? When I went to visit my friend Molly, I had lots of foods that were gluten free to eat in the airport during my layover. In fact, I had to remove all of the foods from my traveling bag before going through security. There was a LOT of food stuffed in my bag.
While we were taking a road trip, I had plenty of food in my trunk in case we couldn’t find anywhere gluten free friendly.
It’s also key to look at menus before going out because a lot of places are not gluten free friendly. I know I CANNOT eat at KFC or Taco Bell. They are not gluten free friendly at all. I’ve tried to eat at KFC about a month ago. It made me sick. Check out menus and nutrition guides before going out.
9. Find ways to make substitutions of foods that contain gluten
This is not always going to be possible. However there are times when I want the flavors of the foods I used to enjoy. Find other ways to enjoy those flavors.
10. Allow yourself to grieve
It’s hard to no longer to be able to eat gluten. It’s a change of a lifestyle. It’s going to be hard to adjust to not being able to eat foods that you love. Allow yourself some time to grieve. It’s okay. Just remember you are doing this for your health.
Good luck with your journey.
When I went gluten free in late January, early February, it was a HUGE adjustment for me.
First of all my pantry was not gluten free friendly at ALL. I had to rebuild my pantry from scratch.
Second of all, my body had to detox from all the gluten I had in my system.
Third of all, I had not done my research when I made that decision. I went cold turkey so the adjustment was difficult for me.
Speaking of which here are the tips for going gluten free:
1. Do your research
There are different ways to eat gluten free. You can avoid foods that contain gluten or eat Paleo which is primarily gluten free. Maybe the Whole 30 may be the way you should go. Or you might want start eating whole foods and eliminate any convenience gluten free goodies.
There are many different books that will help you with your research. Plus there are plenty of websites.
Read up on what foods you should avoid when you are eating gluten free. It’s not just wheat that you should avoid.
2. Keep a food diary
Here is the food diary I kept of the first 3 days on my gluten free diet:
Breakfast: Smoothie – OJ, Greek yogurt, spinach, frozen fruit, coffee
Lunch: 1/2 c. oatmeal, walnuts, local honey, apple pie spice, freeze dried strawberries, unsweetened applesauce, water
Dinner: McDonald’s bacon ranch salad minus chicken, ranch dressing, small French fries, Sprite
Snack: blood orange, Garden of Eatin’ blue tortilla chips, apple salsa
Breakfast: 2 Van’s Gluten free apple cinnamon waffles, Milky Way frappe, water
Lunch: cheesy rice and broccoli, blue chips, blood orange
Dinner: stir fry beef with mint, olives, Feta cheese and oranges, zucchini and radish salad with homemade dressing
Dessert: 2 sour gummy worms and a piece of chocolate
Breakfast: 2 Aldi gluten free bread, peanut butter, cheddar cheese stick, mixed fruit cup, coffee, water
Lunch: cheesy rice and broccoli, blue chips, apple salsa, yogurt with Gluten free granola and freeze dried strawberries, water
Snack: blood orange
Dinner: turkey burger made with green chilies, lettuce, peppers, salsa, homemade hash browns, shredded mozzarella cheese, Sonic cherry limeade
Dessert: piece of chocolate
Not only do you want to keep the food diary, you also need to write about how you are feeling after each meal. Do you have a headache? Does your stomach hurt? Are you satiated? Did you get hungry soon after eating?
3. Grocery Shop BEFORE beginning your gluten free adventure
Since I had been ill before I began my gluten free diet, I had not gone shopping for food prior to beginning my journey. So the first day of eating gluten free was willy nilly. As a result, I was HUNGRY during most of the day. I had a stomach ache most of the day. My body was detoxing from the gluten and I was not feeding it what it needed.
4. Comparison Shop for Gluten Free Goodies
I am lucky to have 6 different grocery shops that carry gluten free goodies within 10 miles of my house. Plus a 7th within 20 minutes of my house.
My mom has suggested I start a notebook of where I should get various gluten free goodies so I can get the best deal.
For example, I know I can get Krusteaz gluten free flour blend at Meijers for 50 cents cheaper than at Krogers. Or that the best deal for almond meal flour is at Sam’s Club.
5. Be flexible
What do I mean by that? Going gluten free is going to be difficult because it is not the Standard American Diet. A lot of foods have some sort of gluten in it. Allow yourself some breathing room while trying to figure out how this gluten free diet is going to work for you. I’m at a point where I cannot be flexible. If I eat anything with gluten, I’ll get a headache because I’ve detoxed off of gluten. My body does not like what gluten does to it.
However you should not be flexible if you have been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease. That is a serious disease that needs to be treated as thus.
Join me tomorrow when I give you some more tips on how to go gluten free.
I hadn’t eaten Mac and cheese in almost 9 months. I used to love it. Then I went gluten free. It took me awhile to be able to find a gluten free pasta that I liked.
Finally I found the Aldi’s G Free elbow macaroni. It’s made of quinoa, brown rice, white rice, and corn flour. I decided to try it out. The pasta was great!
I used my basic mac and cheese recipe. It involves making a roux of flour and butter to thicken the sauce.
The Wee one told me that it was too cheesy! LOL!
This quick and easy macaroni and cheese is going on my Thanksgiving table. Yum!
– ½ package of gluten free elbow macaroni – 2 Tbsp. butter – 2 Tbsp. gluten free flour blend – 2 c. milk – 1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese – 1 Tbsp. mustard – salt to taste
Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
– ½ package of gluten free elbow macaroni
– 2 Tbsp. butter
– 2 Tbsp. gluten free flour blend
– 2 c. milk
– 1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese
– 1 Tbsp. mustard
– salt to taste
Here are a few other macaroni and cheese recipes I’ve posted on this blog: Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese (Gluten Free), Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese, Creamy Mac and Cheese (Countdown to Thanksgiving), Healthier Mac and Cheese, and Make Over Macaroni and Cheese.
This weekend, I took the Wee One to the Second Street Market. They were having a free pumpkin decorating event. Since he is 12 years old, I decided to take him because it would probably be the last time he would be able to do the decorating. He did not want to go at first but then ended up having a blast creating Jeff, his pumpkin.
They had feathers, stickers, pom poms, rolling eyes, and pipe cleaners to use to decorate your pumpkin. You could use a nail to help poke holes in your pumpkin so you could add the feathers and pipe cleaners. Since the Wee One is older than most of the children, I allowed him to safely poke holes in his pumpkin. He had a blast doing that.
The final product – Jeff the pumpkin
There is one vendor we go to whenever we are at the Market. They have the best granola and jams. The Wee One enjoys picking out a jam or jelly while I get my favorite granola.
Another vendor at the market sells hand crafted Popsicle. The Wee One enjoys squeezing Wilbur the pig. He was not going to get a Popsicle at first but then changed his mind when he saw the cookies and cream one. I got the apple cider flavored one. It was fantastic.
Some of the other things we saw while we were at the market.
The Wee One had fun when we were at one of the veggie vendors had beets and turnips. He told the Wee One to turnip the beet. The Wee One responded by picking up some of the beets and gently dropping them. He told the vendor “Drop the beet” in which the vendor laughed. Such a good memory.
After we were done at the market, we ran some errands. While we were at Walmart, we saw this Mickey and Minnie display.
A co-worker gave me the big pumpkin on Friday afternoon. Check out the size difference between Jeff and the Big Pumpkin.
Continue to page 2 for our menu for this week.
Welcome to today’s installment of 10 more gluten free recipes from my blog.
- Sausage, Cream Cheese, and Rotel Dip (GF)
- Green Beans, Potatoes, and Ham (GF, DF)
- Bacon Cheddar Ranch Smashed Potatoes (GF) – Make sure the ranch is Gluten Free.
- Chunky Vegetable Sausage Pasta Sauce (GF, DF, W30, Paleo) – Use Gluten Free Pasta, Zoodles, or Spaghetti Squash instead of whole wheat pasta.
- Iced Coffee (GF,)
- Pumpkin Puree (GF, DF, Paleo, W30)
- Pumpkin Spice Latte (Recipe #1)
- Homemade Ranch (GF)
- Italian Chicken (GF, DF) – Use gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
- Pumpkin Granola (GF, DF) – Use gluten free oats
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:
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
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
Yum! These are nice to have as back-up bars when you are running errands.
Gluten Free Pretzels
These are delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
– 2 Tbsp. oil – 1 onion – 1 garlic clove, minced – 2 c. white rice – 2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning – 2 c. water – salt to taste
– 2 Tbsp. oil
– 1 onion
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 2 c. white rice
– 2 Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning
– 2 c. water
– salt to taste
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.
Sloppy Joe French Fries
Stars of the recipe:
- Make the French fries.
- Meanwhile make the Sloppy Joes.
- Top the French fries with Sloppy Joes and cheese.
So easy and delicious!
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.
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.
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.
-2 c. white rice, rinsed -3 c. water -1 Tbsp. butter -salt and pepper to taste
Rice in an electric pressure cooker
-2 c. white rice, rinsed
-3 c. water
-1 Tbsp. butter
-salt and pepper to taste
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.
- The flavors of fall – cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
- Pumpkin Spice Latte, Maple Pecan Lattes, and Blackberry Pie Lattes.
I get the Blackberry Pie Lattes from a local coffee shop called Winans.
- The crisp air – I can wear my Mickey Mouse hoodie.
- 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.
- The decorations
- Our dog can go on more car rides because it’s not too hot.
The last Thanksgiving with Tanya (2015)
- The trees changing colors
The two things I don’t like about fall are :
- Foggy mornings
- Extreme Storms – Rain or wind or a combo of both