Monday, November 23, 2015

Easy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving (Holiday) Dishes

We know the holidays can be overwhelming with traveling, shopping and so on. We shouldn't have added stress when it comes to what we eat. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I converted some favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes into gluten-free ones in hopes to enjoy some traditional dishes that those living with celiac disease miss out on.

Before I share some yummy recipes with you, let's first remember that there are many holiday dishes that are USUALLY (just make sure to check ingredients before diving in) gluten-free.

Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Sauce

Now for some traditional Thanksgiving dishes made GLUTEN-FREE. Below are lots of pictures and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving EASY and DELICIOUS.

Greenbean Casserole
Gluten-Free Alternative:  This turned out fabulous, actually better than I thought it would. Thanks to Aldi's liveGFree French Fried Onions and Pacific's Cream of Mushroom Soup! I went to Aldi's and purchased the last can!! I was so excited. They taste just like the French's brand, if not better. Check out your local Aldi's and see if they have them. I asked for help, because I didn't seem them at first and they were behind another product, so ask if you don't see them right away. 


2 Boxes of Pacific Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Cans of Green beans (drained)
2 C. of LiveGFree French Fried Onions
1 1/2 t. GF Soy Sauce - optional

Mix together cream of mushroom soup, green beans and 3/4 cup of french fried onions. Pour into 8" x 11" casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Then add remaining fried onions on top and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Gluten-Free Alternative: Glutino's Cornbread Stuffing. We made it last year and we really liked it! This is my preferred stuffing...but I know there are plenty of other ways to make "from scratch" stuffing using gluten-free bread. Udi's bread has a recipe as well as Canyon Bakehouse bread.

Corn Pudding (Casserole)
Gluten-Free Alternative: My "go-to" for gluten-free cornbread has always been Pamela's Cornbread Mix. I've used it many, many times, so I wanted to see if I could create a corn pudding casserole. And I did!


Pamela's Cornbread Mix
2 Eggs
1/2 C. Sugar
3/4 C. Sour Cream
1/2 Milk
1 Can Cream Style Corn
1 Can of Corn (Drained) 
1 small can of Corn (Drained - optional, my husband wanted more corn in it)
1 C. of Butter (Softened)

Beat Eggs. Add butter and sugar - stir well. Add all corn and sour cream - stir well. Add a little cornbread mix at a time along with some milk and continue to mix well. Stir into all ingredients are incorporated. Pour into nonstick sprayed 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes - insert toothpick at 40 minutes and watch for edges to brown.

Pumpkin Pie
Gluten-Free Alternative: I have to say, this is the best tasting pumpkin pie I've ever had...and I made it!! It was so good. This year, I tried a new crust by Wholly Gluten-Free. Two pre-made pie crusts come in each package - I found it in the organic/gluten-free freezer section. It's AWESOME! It tasted great and saved soooo much time! It's GF certified and free from many of the top allergens. I was very pleased. I mean, look at my pumpkin pie!! It tasted just as good as it looks! 



I followed Libby's recipe - NOTE: Libby's recipe is for DEEP DISH pie crust. The pre-made crust I used IS NOT DEEP DISH - I realized this after pouring the pumpkin filling in the crust and I had some left-over. Last year, I used Pillsbury pre-made dough and I used a deep dish pie dish and it turned out great. I personally like the thickness of the regular pie dish, not deep dish, so I was happy with the outcome. I say, double the recipe below to use both Wholly gluten-free pie crusts or figure out the equivalent to make two NON deep pie dishes.

For one DEEP DISH pie:

1 Can Libby's Pure Pumpkin
1 Can Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 Eggs
3/4 C. Sugar
1 t. Cinnamon
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Ginger
1/4. t. Cloves

Whipped Cream to top.

There you have it, 3 side dishes and 1 dessert made GLUTEN-FREE! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, travel safe and eat LOTS of gluten-free pumpkin pie!! And THANK YOU for reading Raising Jack with Celiac. 

**I am NOT paid to endorse any of these products. I purchased them all on my own and made these recipes in hopes that they would turn out in order to share them with my family and with all of you. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

JACK-o-lanterns GIVEAWAY - GFFAFEST Goodies to Share!

Jack's 1st gluten-free event was AWESOME!! He LOVED it and couldn't get enough. We headed to Indianapolis for the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFAFEST) and we brought home TONS of gluten-free goodies to share with you!

Gluten Free & More hosted an awesome Fest. From Glutino's Pancake eating contest, to Sonoma's flatbread pizza, Cybele's yummy cookies, meeting Taylor from Gluten Away and Jules (from GFJules) teaching us how to make delicious gluten-free bread, it's was a fun-filled weekend and great memories were made.

Jack and I wanted to his 1st BIG gluten-free event to be even more special by sharing a lot of gluten-free goodies with all of you! We made sure to ask for extra, and in doing so, we have 3 JACK o'lanterns to GIVE AWAY...BUT, after filling the JACK o'lanterns, we still had a lot of goodies left, so we are giving away 2 lunch bags as well!  5 WINNERS TOTAL!

Jack is excited to share with all of you and I always wish we had more to give away! But it does cost money to ship, so sadly, we can't ship to everyone, but I hope having 5 winners, let's you all know that we truly care about others that are on this journey as well! We want you to enjoy these products too!

ENTER BELOW for you chance to when 1 of the above prizes. GOOD LUCK! :)

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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween! And we hope you too will attend a GFFAFEST in the near future and bring home lots of goodies! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jack's Homecoming to Indianapolis for the GFFAFEST

"Hey Jack, so I'm going to the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in Indianapolis, do you want to go with me this time?" Jack: "Can I eat food there, or try stuff?" Me: "You can eat all the food you want - especially pizza and cookies!!" Jack: (with big eyes) "YES! I really want to go."

So my sweet boy and I will be taking a road trip up north to Indianapolis for the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest the weekend! I'm excited to have him attend his 1st BIG gluten-free event, where he gets to eat WHATEVER he wants!

Jack will have his own name badge as well and will sit with me at the blogger's booth for a couple of hours. HOW FUN! So make sure to stop by and say "Hi" if you see us there - we will be walking around most of the time with our Raising Jack T-shirts on - so don't hesitate to tap me on the shoulder. :)

Indianapolis holds a special place in my heart for a couple of reasons. 1) It's my hometown and 2) Jack was also diagnosed with celiac disease there.

I've waited to take Jack to one of these GF events because I really wanted him to be old enough to understand it. And also, he is not as shy as he used to be. A couple of years ago, he would have hid behind my legs if anyone came up to him or asked him questions.

I want to show Jack what I do when I go to these events, introduce him to some of my favorite gluten-free friends and most importantly, take him to an event where everyone there is like him. They understand what it's like to eat different.

Jack is now 8 years old and still doesn't truly understand his disease...I mean, understanding why your body would attack itself doesn't make sense to me, let alone an 8 year old!

But going to this event, it will give Jack some insight to what I do to help others, as well as seeing the impact of the gluten-free industry and products that are readily available for him to eat and help him along his gluten-free journey.

I'm excited to have this special time with Jack and I hope he enjoys it as much as I do.

We'll make sure to tell you all about it! Stay tuned and I hope to see a lot of you in INDY! Here's more info. on the GFFAFEST. Travel safe and come hungry!

Monday, October 19, 2015

GFFAFEST Indianapolis - October 24th & 25th

This weekend I'm heading back home to my beloved Hoosier state for Gluten Free & More's Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest

This Sat. and Sun. from 10am - 4pm, come on out to the Indiana State Fairgrounds - Exposition Hall for some gluten-free FUN!

I will be sampling yummy gluten-free goods, chatting with exhibitors and networking with some of my favorite people amongst the gluten-free community. Make sure to stop by the My Life with Food Allergies booth and say "Hi".

  1. Sample gluten-free products from over 80 exhibitors - from Udi's, Glutino, Enjoy Life, Pamela's Products, just to name a few!
  2. Check out the list of Presenters! From Physicians to Chefs, these presenters have lots of information to share with you about living gluten-free!
  3. Location. Indianapolis is a wonderful place to visit! Check out the Indianapolis Zoo, the Children's museum, awesome Downtown or biking on the Monon Trail.
  4. Awesome Restaurants with gluten-free menus!
  5. Lastly, and most importantly, I'll be there! ;)

Make sure to check out this great article - "Visit Indianapolis!" - for gluten-free friendly restaurants, places to visit and more - it's a great resource for this weekend when you come to the GFFAFest!

Well, off to get my ducks in row and get packing for the weekend! I'm bummed I'll miss Jack's first baseball game of the season, but I promised him, I would make up for it, by bringing home LOTS of gluten-free goodies for him to enjoy.

Purchase Tickets HERE

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest
AUGUST 24th & 25th - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Monday, August 31, 2015

Gluten-Free On The Run....

This blog post is very much needed for our back to school craziness and fall baseball/softball schedule. The last few weeks have been crazy - adjusting to homework, getting fed and to ball practice by 5:30.

So this momma needs to have some quick meals ready to squeeze in after homework. Meals that can be made ahead of time or have minimal preparation are my favorite.

Before I get to dinner, here a few healthy, protein snacks your kiddos can have after school to fuel them before their game or maybe before the game have a few healthy snacks if they don't plan to eat dinner until after the game.

"Ready for the Game" Snacks  
  • Pumpkin Seeds - full of nutrition - zinc, magnesium, protein and iron.
  • Peanut Butter and Banana - like, mini banana sandwiches. 
  • Greek Yogurt - add some raspberries.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs - my daughter loves them, Jack, not so much.
  • Almonds and Walnuts
  • Chex Cereal Trail Mix - variety of chex cereal, add pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, sunflower seeds.
  • String Cheese
  • Kind Bars  - LOTS of bars to choose from. Packed with a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut - you name it - they got it.
  • Go Picnic Meals - a variety of gluten-free meals to choose from - these are available at Target stores.

"Let's Go" Dinners: 
(That's me, "Kids - LET'S GO - the game won't wait for us to start.")
  • Crockpot anything! My "gotta eat something tonight, what are we going to have" Crockpot dish: 3 Frozen chicken breasts, pour bbq sauce on them - cook on high for 5-6 hours. Check out my other Crockpot recipes under "What To Eat".
  • Baked Potatoes - Top them with anything and everything.
  • Scrambled Eggs - breakfast for dinner (Brinner!)
  • Pizza - serve with carrot sticks and pears
  • Cheeseburger - Jack's favorite - he loves it cut up with some ketchup on it. It will give him some protein for the game - serve with a veggie and fruit.
  • Turkey or Ham Sandwich with chips and apples
  • Grilled Cheese with apple sauce and veggie
  • Your favorite GF Chicken Tenders with Ore Ida French fries and apples

"Hittin' The Drive-Thru" Dinners: 
(Disclaimer: Go with your gut and use your best judgement, and ask about your fast food locations' about their grilling and frying practices)
  • Wendy's cheeseburgers - Jack likes their cheeseburgers - this is the best fast food place for us. with baked potatoes, salads, cheeseburgers and chili - it works. I appreciate their webpage too, about gluten.
  • Chick-Fil-A - Grilled nuggets meal

There you have it, I don't think we'll starve...if you need me, I'll be at the ball park.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to School with ALDI's LiveGFree + GIVEAWAY

Let's celebrate going back to school - with some great gluten-free products at affordable prices!

ALDI, the nation’s leading low-price grocer, operates over 1,400 stores in 32 states.  ALDI shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent on more than 1,300 of the most commonly purchased grocery items. 
And for those like you and me, who are in need of gluten-free products at a reasonable price, ALDI now has their own gluten-free line, called liveGfree. As a stay at home mom of three and two of our family members having celiac disease, finding gluten-free products that aren't going to break the bank is a priority for me.

For back to school, I went to ALDI to check out their gluten-free products and prices. With over 30 gluten-free products, there was plenty to choose from and I was able to find some great deals.

Below, I share with you what I found.

BREAKFAST - The most important meal of the day! ALDI has a variety of gluten-free products to get your kiddo off to school - from pancakes, breakfast bars and granola. Don't forget to add some eggs or yogurt for some protein. As you can see, the frozen pancakes have a great price - you just can't beat it!

LUNCH - The school day is half way over and your kiddo needs a REFUEL! Load them up with a great sandwich using liveGfree's white or whole grain bread. Along with liveGfree's pretzel sticks (only $2 a bag).

SWEET TREAT - We can't forget to throw a sweet treat in their lunchbox...I would never hear the end of it, if I forget to put a treat in Jack's lunch. Using liveGfree's Animal Crackers (only $2 a box), make your own cookie sandwiches. Super easy.


- Place cookies with chocolate (like above picture) in microwave for 7 seconds.
- After microwaving, place other cookie on top and put in the freezer for 5 minutes.
- Pack in lunch or save for a special treat after school. 

Looks yummy, doesn't it? Your kiddo will love these!

Shopping at ALDI for your gluten-free products, are not only affordable, but make for a tasty day for your child!

Just to show how affordable their gluten-free products are - check out what I purchased below for ONLY $10. ALDI's has a "Special Buy" section, which is where I found the gluten-free pasta microwavable dishes for only $.99 each!

I want you to have an opportunity to try ALDI's liveGfree's products too! I've teamed up with ALDI to GIVEAWAY (3) $10 GIFT CERTIFICATES. TO ENTER, you know the drill - follow the requests below for entries! The winners will be announced Friday, August 21st.

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Make sure to visit ALDI's website for more Back to School tips and learn about their Double Guarantee policy, why you bring your own grocery bags, $.25 for a shopping cart and more! This company strives to save money all around - I LOVE it!

~This post is sponsored by ALDI. I was compensated for this post, but by no means does that affect my opinion on shopping at ALDI or purchasing their LiveGFree products.  I really do LOVE ALDI and will continue to shop there. :)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Jack & Gluten-Free Funfetti Cupcake Mix

 Wow, 8 years old! 
I can't believe it!

This handsome boy is doing great! 

What's Jack up to these days? 

Let me tell ya!

Here's 8 FUN FACTS 
about JACK:

1 - He LOVES baseball. He's
     played since t-ball and starts his
     8th season next week. His team
     for the fall season is the
     Muckdogs. He likes to play
     catcher and 3rd base.

2 - He LOVES legos. He is going to be surprised with a big one today that he's been wanting for over a      year! He likes the Chima legos (has about everyone except the HUGE ones), Hero Factory guys            and Bionicle guys.

3 - He LOVES watching shows on Discovery Channel and Animal Planet - "Dual Survival" and
     "Naked and Afraid" (really put some clothes on!).

4 - He LOVES to play Minecraft.

5 - He's a wonderful BIG brother - he teaches his little brother Jason everything - the good, the bad
     and the ugly. He's a great lil' brother as well, but he also likes to tattle and fight with his older  
     sister - which I guess is only natural.

6 - His favorite foods are cheeseburgers without the bun, pizza, pancakes, bacon and strawberries.

7 - He also LOVES chocolate and peanut butter.

8 - And he loves to make people laugh... sometimes, he just says the funniest things.

That's my Jack. He's a keeper for sure.


Since Jack loves to make people smile, we decided to do so by having a GIVEAWAY of (2) Pillsbury Gluten-Free Funfetti Cake and Cupcake Mix.  2 WINNERS!  

We actually haven't tried them yet - I'm making them this afternoon, but I've seen them all over my Facebook feed, so I had to get them and share! I found them at Target on the bottom shelf with all the other cake mixes. They also have gluten-free Funfetti Sugar Cookie Mix and a Hungry Jack Funfetti Pancake Mix!


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