Monday, February 1, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Gluten-Free GIVEAWAY

The Super Bowl is only a week away - and I have so many goodies to share with all of you!

How about this, you make the DIPS and I'll bring the CHIPS!

2 WINNERS will receive Glutino pretzels and bagel chips, as well as variety of Beanfield's Bean and Rice Chips.



The 2 WINNERS will be announced during the HALF TIME SHOW on Sunday, Feb. 7th.

Enter below for your chance to WIN.

You will see that the entries ask you to "Visit" a Facebook page, but "Likes" are very much appreciated. It makes sense, right? :)


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If you're throwing a Super Bowl party or want some gluten-free dishes for your family while watching the game, check out my 10 Easy Super Bowl Gluten-Free Dishes - it's a complete spread for your party.


Monday, January 25, 2016

10 EASY Gluten-Free Super Bowl Dishes

GO PEYTON!! 

Being born and raised in Indiana, I'm a COLTS fan at heart and now living in Tennessee, how can I not root for the Peyton Manning and the Broncos?!

Okay, to be honest with you, I don't watch much football, but I am happy for Peyton going to the Super Bowl.

AND, let's be honest,  Super Bowl parties are all about the FOOD anyway - am I right?

So let's dive into these dishes below to help make your Super Bowl a success.



These are EASY, DELICIOUS AND EVERYONE WILL ENJOY THEM!


10 EASY + DELICIOUS GLUTEN-FREE DISHES

1)  Chili - Main Dish (toppings - Fritos, shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion)

2)  Mini Football Pizza Cut-Outs (Great for the kids)

3)  Taco Dip (see recipe below)

4)  Corn Dog Muffins (another great one for kids and great with Chili)


5)  7 Layer Salad (see recipe below)


6)  Fruit Kabobs (kids can help you make these)


7)  Deviled Eggs (I made these for the first time ever. Deviled eggs filling: Mayo, a bit of mustard and a splash of Sweet Gherkins pickle juice - BOOM, you got yourself some deviled eggs.

8)  Buffalo Chicken Dip (you know, that dip that tastes like buffalo wild wings - recipe below)

9)  Veggie Tray (shaped like a football stadium or football - Pinterest has some great ideas)

10)  Assorted GF Cookies and Brownies (shaped like football helmets or footballs)

BOOM! Wasn't that easy?! A main dish, which is chili, accompanied by corn dog muffins, pizza cut-outs for the kiddos, 7 layer salad, a couple of awesome dips, veggies, deviled eggs, fruit kabobs and brownies/cookies. 





Recipes: 

Taco Dip:

  • 1 Package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. of GF taco seasoning
  • 1 C. Guacamole
  • 1 C. Salsa
  • 1 C. Shredded lettuce
  • 1 C. Shredded cheese
  • 1/2 C. Chopped green onions
Mix Cream cheese and taco seasoning, spread on serving platter.

Top with remaining ingredients.

Refrigerate several hours before or until chilled. This dish would be great to make the night before the party.


7 Layered Salad:

(Recipe from Pioneer Woman)
  • 2 heads Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped
  • 8 ounces, fluid Baby Spinach, Washed And Dried
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 16 ounces, weight Bacon, Cooked And Chopped
  • 4 whole Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 ounces, weight Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 bag (10 Ounce) Frozen Peas, Partially Thawed
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (more To Taste)
  • Fresh Dill, Chopped

Directions:
  1. In a clear glass bowl, layer salad ingredients in the order they appear above, concentrating ingredients around the perimeter of the bowl and filling in the center with lettuce, if needed. End with the layer of peas.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Pour over the top of the peas and spread to cover, bringing dressing all the way out to the edges of the bowl. Sprinkle with fresh dill.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Toss just before serving.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

(Recipe from Frank's Red Hot Sauce)

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 
  • 1 (8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup FRANK'S RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or FRANK'S RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce 
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing 
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or your favorite shredded cheese 

Directions:
  1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. COMBINE all ingredients and spoon into shallow 1-quart baking dish.
  3. BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired. Serve with crackers and/or vegetables.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Tips

As a busy mom of three, I don't have time to play hide and seek while shopping for gluten-free items. I need to know where the gluten-free products are as soon as I enter the store. As I'm cruisin' the store, I don't want to be running from one end of the store ALLLLL the way over to the other end and still not find what I need.

It can be overwhelming at first, especially for someone just starting out on their search for gluten-free items. I hope this post can help make your gluten-free grocery shopping more enjoyable!


5 TIPS TO MAKE GLUTEN-FREE GROCERY SHOPPING EASY:

1) FOCUS ON WHAT YOU/OR YOUR CHILD CAN EAT, NOT WHAT YOU/THEY CAN'T.

2) STICK TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE STORE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE - VEGETABLES, FRUITS, DAIRY/CHEESE, CHICKEN, FISH, PORK AND BEEF - you'll find that MOST, if not all of these items are GLUTEN-FREE. NOTE:  Of course, you have to watch out for the processed meats, but learning to love fruits, veggies, eggs, potatoes, chicken, fish and so on will be a big help along the way.

Fruits, Veggies, Meats, Cheeses and Dairy are mostly
GLUTEN-FREE and HEALTHY too!

3) ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD/GLUTEN-FREE Section is a MUST! Shop at a grocery store that has an established health food section.  This is where you will find speciality gluten-free items.

These items HAVE GLUTEN and you need to substitute by looking
for GLUTEN-FREE options in the frozen section or the
ORGANIC/HEALTH FOOD SECTION.

4) MEAL PLAN - I have to say, I'm not very good at this, but it's a new year, so I hope I can do better! It makes grocery shopping easier knowing the meals you plan to prepare for the upcoming week.

5) GETTING THE KIDS INVOLVED - My two oldest, Jack and his sister come along with me and make great suggestions. I'll ask, "What do you guys want for school lunches?" "What do you want for snacks?"



WHERE TO FIND GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS:

1) Cupcakes, Pancake and Bread Mixes + GF Flour Blends - you will find these products in the HEALTH/ORGANIC/GLUTEN-FREE section of the store. You will also find some baking mixes
in the regular "Baking" aisle, along with the regular cake and muffin mixes.

2) Bread, Pizza Crust, Pre-made Frozen Pizzas, Buns + Waffles - you can find these in the  HEALTH/ORGANIC/GLUTEN-FREE FREEZER section of the store. You can also find GF bread in the "Bakery" section in their "Frozen" section or on a display in the bakery section.

3) Oatmeal, Pretzels, Crackers, Breakfast Bars, Cereal + Cookies -  these items are located in the HEALTH/ORGANIC/GLUTEN-FREE section. Again, some stores may mix gluten-free products within the regular aisles, but I find that most are in the speciality foods area. You can find Chex Cereals in the regular cereal aisle.


SEE, Easy Peasy!

Grocery stores are becoming more and more gluten-free friendly.  And even though it's exciting to see more gluten-free products available, they are also products that are manufactured and processed. So that's why I say, stick to the outskirts of the store as much as possible and find a few of your favorite gluten-free snacks or treats within the aisles.


FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN EAT, NOT WHAT YOU CAN'T.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches


Italian Beef is something my mom made and now I make. The original recipe called for a bottle of beer and beef broth or bouillon, and of course, the best part, a hard crunchy outside, but soft on the inside french-like bun.  Luckily, I've found away around the gluten ingredients so we can still enjoy this comfort food on these very, very cold days.

Finding the right gluten-free french bread was a challenge, until I found Udi's dinner rolls, which I used the last time, but THEN, I found their FRENCH BAGUETTES and this just made it 10 times better!


Italian Beef
Cook Time: 7-9 hour

Ingredients:

Directions:
  • Place roast in Crockpot. 
  • Pour in all the beef broth
  • Add Peperoncinis. 
  • NOTE: Do not pour peperoncinis  - fork out about 8-10 peperoncinis - these pack some HEAT, so start out with 8-10 and if you like it with more heat, add more peperoncinis. 
  • Add 1sp. of garlic powder or minced garlic at this time as well. 
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hrs.

After 7 hours, the roast should fall apart when you use a fork to test the tenderness, if not, it needs more cook time. At this time, I taste the broth as well and add salt, pepper and more garlic as needed. Since we aren't big on heat, I don't add any more peperoncini juice from the jar, but if you want more heat, go for it. Keeping it kid friendly, so we avoid the heat. My daughter loves eating the roast by itself. Jack, we're still working on him trying it...remember, he's our picky eater.

I use a fork to pull apart the roast, again, it should easily pull apart, that's when you know it's done. If your roast has a lot of fat, discard the fat. My mom would take the roast out of the Crockpot and shred and remove the fat that way, but that's more time and I really didn't have that much fat on this roast, so I skipped that extra step.

Udi's Dinner rolls - so cute and YUMMY!
Follow directions on Udi's French Baguettes or Udi's Dinner rolls for smaller sandwiches. package - only 10-15 minutes in 400 degree oven. The package contains 2 loaves, which will make 4 sandwiches.

Put cheese on your french bread. Use tongs for the shredded beef and place on top of cheese. I then spoon some of au jus onto the sandwich. More au jus? Pour some in a small bowl and dip away.

For left-overs today, my daughter and I will have the Italian Beef over rice - it's delish this way as well!

We really enjoy this - give it a try!