Monday, January 30, 2012

Bloomfield Farms Pancake and Waffle Mix Review

I love breakfast food!  I have lots of pancake recipes, casserole recipes and even skillet recipes.  I was super excited when Bloomfield Farms gave me a box of their pancake and waffle mix to try. 

I doubled the recipe because I wanted to have extra that I could heat up during the week.  I also added GF vanilla and a dash of cinnamon - a family secret for perfect pancakes!

They were easy to make and even rose well!

I ate mine with margarine and maple syrup.

I thought the taste was very good.  It wasn't as sweet as the GF Bisquik mix, so if you like a sweeter pancake you may want to add some sugar.  The texture was on point - not too dense and not gritty.

For a fun twist I also used the mix to make mini-donuts that came out great too!
For the donuts I added 1/4 cup sugar, doubled the oil, added 1/2 cup milk, and 1 tbsp of baking powder.  A big hit with the toddler!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sausage Breakfast Skillet

If you are looking for a filling and hardy breakfast this is it!   This is my version of the store bought frozen skillet meals.   You know the $6 frozen bag that you add eggs to and heat up.

I wanted to create a fresh and healthier version so here you go!

What You Need:
4 cubed potatoes
2 tbps butter/ oil
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 lb GF sausage - I used Jimmy Dean
1/4 cup milk
7 eggs
Season salt


How to Make It:
Melt butter in skillet on medium heat, add potatoes and season salt.   Cook covered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once cooked remove from skillet.  Cook sausage and peppers.  Before adding the eggs move the sausage and peppers to one side.  Mix the milk and eggs together, pour into skillet and scramble.  When the eggs are cooked add potatoes back to the skillet and heat for 5 minutes.  Serve with shredded cheese!

A super easy and filling breakfast!  We make this over the weekend and eat it for about 3 mornings during the week.  My hubby adds hot sauce to his.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mexican Shepherd's Pie

This is a fun Mexican flavored twist on traditional shepherd's pie.  This is an easy throw together meal that you can adjust based on your taste and what you have on hand.  Add any veggies you have available.  It is also awesome on day 2 for lunch!

Here is my version of regular Gluten Free shepherd's pie.

What You Need
1 lb ground beef
1 packet of Gluten Free taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
2 cups prepared Gluten Free cornbread mixture - I used Bloomfield Farms mix
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 onion chopped
1 can corn drained
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

How to Make It
Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Brown beef with onion, drain fat.  Add corn, tomatoes, water and taco seasoning to meat and cook on medium for 5 minutes.  While this is cooking prepare your cornbread.  Mine called for 1/2 cup water, 1 egg and 1 cup cornbread mix.   Put meat and veggie mix in a casserole dish, cover with cheese and cornbread mixture.  Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until cornbread is cooked.

Top with more cheese, salsa, or sour cream!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bloomfield Farms Cookie Mix Review

I recently found out about a new company, Bloomfield Farms, making Gluten Free baking mixes and flour.   I jumped at the opportunity to give them a try!  They sent me a number of products to try so stay tuned for future reviews!

I started with their Gluten Free Cookie Mix.  The box had easy to follow instructions on the back.  I decided to use white chocolate chips for mine.  The only other variation that I did was add 1/4 cup of Gluten Free oats and another 2 tablespoons of water.   I find that oats in cookies make them chewy!  Even without the oats I think the extra water may be necessary as my batter was pretty dry without it.   The instructions say to flatten the dough - make sure you do this!  I didn't flatten my first batch and they just stayed roundish balls.  The flattened second batch came out better and didn't take as long to cook.

The cookies came out super tasty and they had a good texture.  I have tried a number of Gluten Free cookie mixes and this is the first one that didn't have a gritty texture.

I also liked that the box had a number of varieties of cookies you could make like Peanut Butter and Ginger Cookies.

My Gluten eating hubby and mom both raved about how good they were!  They are also very reasonably priced.

Bloomfield Farms makes 10 Gluten Free products in a dedicated Gluten Free, peanut free and kosher facility in Kentucky.  The products are certified by the Celiac Spruce Association.  They do make Gluten filled products but they are made in a separate facility.

**I was given the products to try but the opinions are my own.**

Saturday, January 7, 2012

123 Gluten Free Poundcake Review

I received two boxes of 123 Gluten Free products for Christmas from my sister-in-law.  Love how support our family has been!

I decided to make the poundcake for a family holiday gathering.  The biggest compliment for the cake was, "Wow, this tastes like cake!"  I have to say this mix is super tasty and makes a WONDERFUL poundcake.  Gluten Free cakes are typically pretty dense so it works perfectly for a poundcake!  

The recipe was easy to follow.  The only somewhat different ingredient was orange juice.  Surprisingly there was no orange taste in the cake.  

We served the cake with strawberries and cool whip.

She said she found it pretty cheap at TJ Max so I will have to check that out!  Having a box of this on hand would be a great emergency dessert!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One Year Anniversary!

Today marks one year from my official diagnosis of Celiac Disease!  It has been a crazy and full year!

Highlights from the past year:
- Totally Gluten Free!
- Had a Gluten Free pregnancy with TWINS!
- Attended my first Gluten Free Expo
- Weight loss pre-pregnancy and post-delivery
- Being a part of a wonderful Gluten Free community!

The decision to go Gluten Free was easy - Dr. said it would make me feel better.  However the process of learning to be Gluten Free is a very long road that I feel that after a year I'm just starting down.

When I first cut Gluten out of my diet it took all of a week for me to start feeling better, after two weeks I was convinced that a Gluten Free lifestyle was the answer.  I am proud to say I haven't "cheated" in the past year, but I have had a handful of "Glutened" experiences where I unknowingly ate Gluten.  It is amazing that the longer I go without Gluten the more sensitive I get to it.

What I miss most:
- The ease of ordering a pizza
- The ability to order anything off a menu
- Fried food

What I look forward to:
- Continuing to feel good
- Learning more about what I can eat and discovering new recipes
- Finding more Gluten Free pizza restaurants!

Thank you for taking the time to join me on this journey and read my blog!  It means a lot to know there are people out there reading what I have to say and encouraging me to continue down this road.  I could not have made it this past year without you!
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