Monday, November 6, 2017

Easy Gluten-Free Traditional Holiday Dishes

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I converted some favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes into gluten-free ones to help you all on your way to ENJOYING THE GLUTEN-FREE DRESSIN', WITHOUT STRESSIN'!

Green Bean Casserole
Gluten-Free Alternative:  This turned out fabulous, actually better than I thought it would. Thanks to ALDI liveGFree French Fried Onions (pic at bottom of post) and Pacific Cream of Mushroom Soup! I was so excited to find GLUTEN-FREE FRENCH FRIED ONIONS!! They taste just like the, you know, THAT "GLUTEN" brand, if not better. Make sure to check out your local ALDI store - it's a seasonal item.

2 Boxes of Pacific Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Cans of Green beans (drained)
2 C. of LiveGFree French Fried Onions

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: ALDI liveGfree stuffing! It tastes AWESOME!                     It reminds of Stove Top Stuffing.  

Note: I used Chicken broth and added celery and onion for more flavor.  

If you're unable to find ALDI stuffing, I would suggest following one of Pamela's recipes. If don't know already, I'm a HUGE fan of Pamela's products and her recipes, so I think you will be pleased as well. A couple of options - use Pamela's Cornbread Mix to make Cornbread Stuffing or you can you use Canyon Bakehouse bread (or whatever bread you prefer) for Pamela's Traditional Stuffing.

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 (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.

Pecan and Pumpkin Pies
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! 


YUM! I followed Libby's Pumpkin Pie recipe below. It calls for a "DEEP DISH" pie crust and pan. 

These ARE NOT deep dish pie crusts, so I poured in the mixture and had some left over. I mean, what do you do?? These pie crusts are awesome and I don't think I want my pie any "DEEPER", so I will definitely use them again.

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream (optional)

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Pecan Pie Ingredients: 
This is the first time I had ever made a pecan pie! It turned out AWESOME!! I used this recipe: Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie

See y'all, you got this! SUPER EASY DISHES! You can find the pie shells in the organic/health freezer section at most popular grocery stores. Libby's as well. Do you have an ALDI near you? Pamela's Cornbread can be found at most grocery stores or online.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List & Trick or Treating Tips

It's that time of year again! TRICK OR TREAT! The kids are excitedly, indecisively, going back and forth on what they want to be for Halloween. From an army guy, to a ninja to Hulk, the options are endless! I mark on the calendar a day and I say, "This is the date you have to decide by. Once we buy your costume, there's no turning back, understand?" And they just look at me like, "Huh?" ;)

So, as my children decide on the their Halloween costumes, I take some time and share with you an updated gluten-free candy list, tips to dealing with "gluten" candy and some of Jack's FAVORITE candy that he looks forward to eating the days following Halloween.

Let's get started with 3 tips to get you all ready for Halloween!


  1. Refer to an (Updated) List of Gluten-Free Candy  a couple weeks before Halloween so you have a good idea of which candies are "SAFE" for your gluten-free child.  
    2013 and 2014
  2. Before Trick or Treating, tell your children candy will be eaten after they return home and candy is sorted through. "Gluten" candy will go in one pile to trade with siblings. And for any generic candy, with no name, I usually throw it away - Play it safe ALWAYS. If you don't know what it is, DON'T EAT IT.  
  3. Lastly, have a gluten-free stash of candy at home so your child can replace any "gluten" candy from his trick or treat some of his/her gluten-free favorites. Even though he or she will probably be able to trade "gluten" candy with his/her friends, neighbors and/or siblings for gluten-free candy. ;)

Jack's TOP 5 Favorite Gluten-Free Candy:

1) Reese's Pieces (Just like E.T.)
2) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
3) Snickers
4) Peanut M&Ms
5) Enjoy Life Foods Semi Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

There you have it friends - a gluten-free Halloween that will be FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY!! Enjoy and eat lots of gluten-free candy!