Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Bowl Snacks

The Super Bowl is a great opportunity to watch really good commercials and eat yummy food!  The actual game is just background noise :)  I like to focus on appetizers and other finger foods.  Here are some great options that are Gluten Free but will be crowd pleasers for Gluten eaters too! 

Onion Rings

Corn Dog Muffins

Baked Potato Skins

Mozzarella Sticks 

For more yummy recipes check out the Recipe page!

What are some of your favorite things to make for the Super Bowl watching?

Friday, January 25, 2013 3rd Annual Gluten Free Awards Video

I was super honored when Josh from contacted me about being a presenter for the 3rd Annual Gluten Free Awards!   So I put on my best Ducky PJ's and announced the winner for the best cold cereal!  Check out the video here!

Once I get organized I have a 2nd video to make for the Best Breakfast on the Go!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tall Papa Gluten Free Bread Crumbs Review

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will have noticed that I've been mildly obsessed with a new Gluten Free product.  I have used them in a number of meals and even covered a few meals with them.  What is my new obsession?  Tall Papa Gluten Free Bread Crumbs!  When I was contacted by Tall Papa to try their bread crumbs I was very intrigued.  My previous experiences with Gluten Free bread crumbs have not gone well.  Most are either tasteless, gritty or just absorbed into the meal.  

They sent me a bag of each flavor: Italian Seasoned Multi-Grain Bread Crumbs, Cajun Spice Bread Crumbs, and Citrus Lime Bread Crumbs.

It was actually very convenient the day they came.  I had already planned to make Pepperoni Pasta Bake and decided to check the mail while the GF pasta cooked.  When I opened the box to find the Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs I knew just what to do with them!  Instead of just covering the top of the casserole with mozzarella cheese I used the bread crumbs.  The result was amazing!  The hubby and I both agreed it was awesome and the bread crumbs definitely took the dish over the top!

Next I topped some mini pizzas with the bread crumbs.

Then I made Quinoa Pizza Treats and used the bread crumbs instead of Italian seasoning.

Then I created this awesome recipe!  Baked Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks!

With half the bag gone I decided to move to a different flavor.  Next I hit the Citrus Lime bag to make...

Citrus Lime Chicken

What You Need:
1 beaten egg
3-4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup of Tall Papa Citrus Lime Bread Crumbs

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 400.  Grease a shallow casserole dish.  Put the egg in one dish and the bread crumbs in another.  Dip the thawed chicken into the egg, then cover with the bread crumbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 

This was so good I didn't even have to dip the chicken in any sauce!  The flavor was very good and there was a nice crust around the chicken.  

I haven't even started on the Cajun Spice bag yet, but I'm looking forward to some buffalo wings!

If you are looking for a GOOD Gluten Free bread crumb mix Tall Papa has some great options.  The Italian Seasoned is definitely my favorite!  I will have to order a bag soon since I'm almost out!

To quote my Gluten eating hubby "That stuff is legit good!". 

Disclaimer: Tall Papa provided the products for me to try.  The photos and opinions are mine.  If I didn't like the product, I'd tell you :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weekly Menu January 21st

We are back to normal this week with everyone home and the kids are all healthy finally!  Having the twins sick at the same time wore us out!  Now to the important part - the food!

Monday - Sausage and Peppers - cooked in the skillet

Tuesday -  Baked Citrus Lime Chicken using Tall Papa Bread Crumbs

Wednesday - Chicken nuggets - store bought kind *I'm working late so trying to make it easy on the Hubby

Thursday - BBQ Pork Chops from The Everything Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cookbook see page 245

Friday - Chicken Pie - using GF Whole Food Pie Crust and GF cream of chicken soup

Saturday - Eating out 

Sides: Mac n Cheese, steamed veggies and baked potatoes 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Baked Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks

Appetizers and desserts are two of my favorite types of foods.  However when eating Gluten Free both can be a challenge!  Restaurants especially seem to have limited options for these foods.  So I have been slowing working on making Gluten Free versions of some staple restaurant appetizers like onion rings and potato skins.  My most recent creation is Baked Gluten Free Mozzarella Sticks!!  I baked them so they'd be healthier and to be honest I stink at frying things!  Like fill the house with smoke stink at frying things.   My hubby and I ate these for a late night snack the other night!  So amazing!

What you Need:
12 part-skim mozzarella sticks
1 egg
2 tbsp GF flour
6 tbsp GF bread crumbs - I used Tall Papa Italian GF Bread Crumbs
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

How to Make It:
Cut mozzarella sticks in half and freeze for at least an hour on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Get your prepping bowls ready.

1 with the GF flour
1 with a beaten egg
1 with the GF bread crumbs and parmesan cheese

Pull out frozen cheese sticks and take them through the prep bowls.  Flour - egg - bread crumbs.

Place back on the parchment paper and freeze for at least 10 minutes. 

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a foil covered cookie sheet.

Cook the mozzarella sticks for 3 minutes on one side then flip and bake for another 3 minutes.  Keep an eye on them!!   

Serve with GF marinara sauce!

If you don't want to cook them all at one time just freeze them already breaded for later!  

This one is life changing!


I used this recipe as a guide. 

This recipe is linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three Bakers Gluten Free Bread Review and a Giveaway

While eating Gluten Free there is always a search for good, tastes like bread, Gluten Free bread.  Luckily there is a growing number of companies who are introducing new GF bread products.  When Three Bakers contacted me about trying their products I jumped at the chance.  I'm a carb girl so when given the opportunity to eat bread I take it!

Three Bakers was started by a woman and her husband when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Here husband was a baker and they actually already had a family gluten-filled bakery, but with the Celiac diagnosis they needed to change and create Gluten Free products.   This is their promise. 

We promise to not only make products that taste good but to be better for you by using whole grains whenever possible, providing fiber and other essential nutrients. All of our products are also all natural and have no artificial ingredients. Most are soy and dairy-free (except of course for the pizzas). We try to keep salts and simple sugars low without sacrificing great taste.

They sent me their 7 Ancient Grains, Whole Grain White and the Whole Grain Hoagie Rolls.  

They arrived via overnight ship FRESH!  I immediately opened the bag of white bread and ate a slice.  Yes, I ate a plain piece of GF white bread and it was awesome!  It has been years since I ate a plain, fresh piece of white bread. 

I took a hoagie roll and four slices of the white bread and put them in the fridge for immediate consumption.   The rest went in the freezer for later.  

For the white bread I made post workout snacks of peanut butter and honey sandwiches.  I made the sandwiches at 5:20am put them in a plastic sandwich bag and ate them at work around 9am.  The bread held up to the time and ingredients!

The Three Bakers hoagie rolls are my favorite!  I made a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch that was awesome!  The bread wasn't too dense or chewy.   It tasted and had the texture of real bread!  They even come pre-sliced. 

My next meal with the hoagie rolls was to make mini-pizzas.  You know like you used to eat in school!?

To make them I put GF red pasta sauce on a thawed hoagie rolls, covered them with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and GF Italian bread crumbs.  I then broiled them for about 5 minutes.  Fantastic!!  I will be making these again soon!

I haven't tried the 7 Ancient Grain yet but plan to make french toast with them this weekend.

Overall I was very pleased by how good the Three Bakers bread tasted and that the texture was light and fluffy.  The hoagie rolls will be a staple in my house!

And since I love the hoagie rolls so much I'm giving away a pack!

The Giveaway is Closed - Congrats to Sandra A. entry #55!

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Disclaimer: I was given the products to try by Three Bakers.  The opinions and images are my own.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Weekly Menu January 14th

I'm looking forward to a good week with healthy kids and a calm week at work!  I'm trying to will it to happen :)

Monday - Cheesy Chicken Skillet - use GF pasta and leftover rotisserie chicken 

Tuesday -  Pasta Taco Bake

Wednesday - Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Thursday - Scalloped Potato and Hamburger

Friday - Sliced Ham

Saturday - Leftovers 

Sides: Mac n Cheese, green beans, steamed veggies

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Some Weeks

Some weeks just kick your tail!  Well this has been one of those weeks for me.  The twins are sick and I mean throw up, go to Dr. get inhaler thing sick.  Sleep has been limited due to multiple trips up during the nights.  And work has been crazy!  So Wednesday I said enough!  I ran away for the afternoon and had a mini-mom vacation.  I have at least three blog posts to write about some amazing food I've eaten in the past week.  Here are some teasers for you!  Follow me on Instagram to get more details!

I hope to have the blogs up soon but for now I'm going to watch You've Got Mail and eat junk food!  I heart Meg Ryan!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

50 Best Gluten Free Recipes of 2012

Guess what ?!  One of my recipes was chosen by as one of the 50 Best Gluten Free Recipes of 2012!!  This is the first time one of my recipes has received an award!!

The recipe that won is the Green Bean Casserole!  I love this recipe and make it for most Holiday gatherings including this past Thanksgiving!  

The winners were chosen by page views so that means lots of people have been looking at the recipe and hopefully they enjoy it as much as I do!

So excited!  Thanks for your support!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Two Year Anniversary!

Today marks two years since I got the phone call from my Doctor saying I had Celiac Disease.  At the time it felt like a relief!  I finally had answers to so many questions.  Why did I feel so bad after eating? Why did my body hate me?   I had my answer and all I had to do was figure out what living Gluten Free meant...  

So two years later here I am Gluten Free and feeling great!  Has it been easy - NO!  Have I missed the tasty gluten filled foods I once devoured - YES!  Have I ever knowingly eaten Gluten - NO!  For me everything changed that day two years ago.  I had a solution to my problems and a plan for how to feel better.  After only two weeks of eating Gluten Free I was a new person and it has been wonderful since!  To read my full story go here.  

I have a whole new community of friends that I love from the Gluten Free tribe!   Social media and blogs are what have kept me going on my discouraged days.  I am so blessed and honored to do life with you people!  Thank you for picking me up on days when I was down, giving me good recipes to make and yummy food to try.  There is no way I could have made it these past two years without you.

So... THANK YOU!!!  My life will ever be changed for the better because of your support and this community!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Working Out

I have had a love hate relationship with running and working out for most of my life.  There are seasons where I love it and seasons where I'm not gonna do it (read using a toddler whining voice while stomping your foot).  After the twins I dropped a ton of weight due to massive milk production, but once I closed down the dairy some of the weight came back.  

I enjoy running 5K's and have run two since having the twins.  But now that it is cold I needed to do something else, so I swallowed big and we joined the Y.  I've been there three mornings a week for the last three weeks.  And when I say morning I mean 5:30am!

Let me say I'm by no means saying I'm awesome and you should do what I do.  I'm not saying what I do will work for everyone and I'm not saying that in six months this will still work for me.  I just want to share what I'm doing now that gets my rear out of bed and to the gym.  

My Tips

First - Have your bag packed.  This way when the alarm goes off there is nothing that has to be done.  No excuses.

Second - Have a filling Gluten Free breakfast ready.  I have made Bacon Cheeseburger Puffs, Birds' Nest Breakfasts and Sausage balls as my go to breakfasts.  They are easy to eat while I'm driving to the gym and can heat up easily when I get to work.

Third - Find a time that works for you.  As a mom my only "me" time happens when the kids are sleeping so that means before 7am or after 8pm.

Fourth - Make it fun.  Create a fun music mix to listen to while you work out.  Get fun running gear.  Use this app to track your work outs.  If you go you get paid if you don't you have to pay!  Go with a friend.  Take a class.  Sign up for a race so you have to train for it.

What other tips or tricks do you use to get to the gym? Please share!  
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