Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Starting 2014 Off Right

Starting a new year makes me want to evaluate the last year and look forward to what is coming next.  I'm not a make resolutions kind of girl, I'm more of a make goals kind of girl.  To me they seem different, not sure why.  

What are your goals for 2014?  
What do you want to achieve?  Where do you want to go?  What do you want to overcome?  What are you working toward?

Here are some of my highlights from 2013...

Ran my first half-marathon

Published my first cookbook

Traveled to Chicago, Raleigh, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington DC and Vegas to attend Gluten Free events.

My 2014 goals...

Speak to groups about Celiac Disease and living Gluten Free.

Not worry what the scale says but focus on how I feel. 

Eat more vegetables.

Write more books

Love God and Love People 

So lets raise our glasses to a wonderful Gluten Free 2014!  Cheers!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Cuisine Cube Giveaway and Discount Code

I'm super excited about sharing this giveaway and discount code with you.  Cuisine Cube is a monthly subscription service that delivers Gluten Free products to your door every month!  The awesome thing is you have Gluten Free "foodies" finding the best Gluten Free products and mailing you full sized products.   It is like a Gluten Free gourmet delivery grocery service! 

I reviewed their November box here.  It was great and we all enjoyed it!

The cost is only $29.99 a month and you get free shipping.  Once you try all the items and find something you enjoy you can go to the Stock-Up page and order more at a discounted rate.   Each month you get a mix of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert items for your whole family.  

If you want to give Cuisine Cube a try use code: CELIAC5OFF for $5 off your first month!  This is cheaper than going to your local health food store and buying 5 to 7 full sizes products on your own.  

The giveaway is for ONE BOX from Cuisine Cube!  The giveaway starts December 30th and goes until Jan. 13th so the winner will receive the February box!  Login below to enter!  Open to US residents only. 

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Weekly Menu December 30, 2013

Christmas is over and 2014 is coming!  I hope you had a blessed Christmas with your families!  Our crowd had a blast spending time with both sides of our family, playing with new toys and eating loads of food.  

I'm blessed to have supportive family members that make and buy Gluten Free items for me!  My mother-in-law even scrubbed her toaster oven so I could have toast Christmas morning.  I pray this is your experience too!

Monday - Kale, Lemon Pasta - new recipe

Tuesday - Breakfast for dinner then some fun appetizers and champagne once the kiddos go to bed!  Thinking Baked Potato Skins and some Chicken Cheesy Ranch Dip

Wednesday - New Year's Day!  Chicken Piccata - eMeals recipe

#GFreefor3 starts!  Make sure you come back to get the details and to enter!

Thursday - Pork BBQ in the slow cooker

Friday - Chili and cornbread 

Saturday - BBQ pizza using left over meat from Thursday and Udi's Pizza crust!

The #GFreefor3 Party starts Wednesday!  Huge giveaways all month long from awesome GF brands!


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Crunchy Cheddar Chicken Nuggets

This is a super fun way to get kids to eat chicken!  The crust is made from Udi's Gluten Free Ancient Grain Cheddar Crisps.  They gave the nuggets a rockin' flavor!  These nuggets are cheesy, salty and sweet all at the same time. We ate every last nugget, minus what was dropped on the floor by the toddlers!

What You Need:
1/2 cup of GF flour mix
salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
2 chicken breasts cut into nuggets

How To Make It:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Pull out three bowls for your prep stations.  In the first bowl put the flour with the salt and pepper.  In a second bowl put the eggs.  And in the third bowl the crushed crisps.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Work the chicken through the bowls: flour, eggs, crisps.  Once all the nuggets are coated bake for 15 to 17 minutes.

Serve with your dipping sauce of choice.  We went with ranch!
We will be making these again soon! 

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Disclaimer: I was given the product to try by Udi's.  The recipe, photos and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Weekly Menu December 23 2013

Merry Christmas week!  I hope your presents are all wrapped and your refrigerators are stocked.  To be honest we are not 100% ready for Christmas.  We have to grab a few things tomorrow and wrap a few more gifts.  

This week will be filled with family, fun, good GF food and presents!  Can't get much better than that!

Monday - Dr. Pepper Roast in the slow cooker with roasted veggies

Tuesday - Dinner at my mother-in-laws.  I'm bringing an Udi's pizza!

Wednesday - Merry Christmas!  Dinner will be whatever is left from our big family lunch. 

Thursday - One Dish Wonder - so simple!

Friday - Dinner at my mom's house.  We are brining pizza from zPizza!

Saturday -  Family Christmas meal!

We are having a party and 
YOU are invited!


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Saturday, December 21, 2013


What food intimidates you?  I have been intimidated by a number of foods over the years.  Slowly I'm getting brave and trying them one by one.  My latest fear to overcome was ginger.  Let me say this was not an item that I grew up eating.  I never knew how to prep it, how to cook it or what to cook it in.  

Ginger was one of those things at the grocery store that I would just walk by and ignore.  This past week I got brave and intentionally purchased some.  My initial goal was to use it in some juices.  After asking my Facebook friends I got some other ideas.  This week I have used it in juices, Beef Lo Mein, my water, a salad and a Ginger Chicken Stir- fry. 


Holy cow it is awesome!  It has such a distinct flavor.  I can tell I've eaten food with ginger in it at restaurants now that I know what it tastes like.  Ginger seems to make other flavors come alive!  I have noticed that it goes really well with lemon!  

I have to say I'm now a ginger using convert.  I will no longer walk by it at the grocery store!  I will use it in my recipes!  I will spread the ginger-love throughout the world!

Here are how we enjoyed ginger this week!

Beef Lo Mein

Water - 2 slices lemon, 1 slice lime, 1 inch of sliced cucumber, 1/2 inch of peeled ginger.  Fill with water and let sit over night.  Refill throughout the day.  SO refreshing!

Kale Salad - olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, sharp cheddar cheese, grated ginger, salt and pepper

Ginger Chicken Stir-fry

Chicken Stir-fry adapted from this recipe.  Tip: cook your rice in chicken broth!

Your turn!  What foods intimidate you? 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Celiac and the Beast Book Review

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll spit out your wine as you enjoy Erica Dermer's fabulous book, Celiac and the Beast!  Erica is a Gluten Free blogger who just wrote her first book!  Notice I said "first" the girl needs to write more books!  The book is subtitled A Love Story Between A Gluten-Free GIrl, Her Genes, And A Broken Digestive Tract.  If you want to read a memoir / Gluten-Free how to guide / fart stories book this is it!  

Erica is 110% authentic about what her life has been like struggling with many health issues, life challenges and the process of getting diagnosed with Celiac Disease.   Everyone's experience with Celiac Disease is different and Erica understands that.  She starts her book with "My Celiac-not yours, but still awesome!"  

The book covers fun topics like dating while being Gluten Free, managing family gatherings, eating out and some first timer mistakes.  She covers real challenges Celiacs face like colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, bullying, shopping and finding support.  Erica also gets real when she talks about eating disorders. 

I love her authenticity with all that she shares!  As a Celiac I can relate so much to her journey.  Erica's sassy personality comes out so well in her writing.  

I have had the honor of meeting Erica in person and hanging out in Chicago and Las Vegas together.  I'm honored to call her a friend.  She is also a big supporter of my blog and cookbook. 

If you want a no holds barred, sassy, fart stories, poop your pants story version of what Celiac Disease is like this is the book for you.  It is a great read!  

Please support Erica and check out her book on Amazon.  If you love it as much as I do please write a review about it on Amazon so others will be encouraged to read it too!

Erica also has an awesome line of Gluten Free merchandize that you can find on her blog.  I have two of her shirts that I wear often!

Ok off you go - buy the book :)   

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Imagine Christmas morning.... the kids are playing with their new toys, grandma is drinking her coffee, grandpa is reading the newspaper and the house smells like cinnamon.   Breakfast is almost ready for this rowdy bunch and all you had to do was put a casserole in the oven because you did all the prep work last night!

This can be your Christmas reality!  Here is a super simple Gluten Free make ahead breakfast casserole.  Introducing Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
What You Need:
10 slices of Udi's Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread, cubed
2 granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp white sugar

5 eggs
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/2 tsp GF vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon

How To Make It:
Night Before
In a small skillet sauté the apples in the butter.  Stir in the cinnamon and the sugar.  Cook for 5 minutes. 

Take a greased 9x9 casserole dish and put half of the bread cubes in the dish.  Then pour on the apples.  Cover with the other half of the bread.  In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.  Pour over the bread and apples.  

Cover with foil and let sit overnight.


Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake covered for 55 minutes.  Top with powdered sugar, fruit or syrup.  

This dish also heats up well so you could make the whole dish ahead of time and then heat up what you need that morning.  

This make ahead french toast casserole was awesome!  The texture on top was slightly crunchy while the middle and bottom were soft and moist.  Note: not soggy!  The apples gave the dish a great flavor and a bit of crunch.  You could use apple pie filling if you didn't have any fresh apples on hand.  

We are doing Christmas morning at one of our parent's house and I plan to take this with us to enjoy.  It is super simple, super good and no one will know it's Gluten Free!

Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer:  I was given the bread to try by Udi's Gluten Free.  The recipe, photos and opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Announcing #GFreefor3

January 2014 marks my 3rd Birthday for my Celiac Disease diagnosis!  My life has been forever changed!  As a way to celebrate I have put together a HUGE giveaway with some of my all time favorite Gluten Free items from Gluten Free companies!

The celebration will start on Wednesday January 1, 2014.  I will be announcing some of the sponsors on Facebook over the next 2 weeks!  So far the prizes are worth well over $200!  There will be lots of opportunities to win goodies all month long!

This is my gift to you to say THANK YOU for being a part of my Gluten Free journey!   Also much love to the Gluten Free companies who are partnering with me in this celebration.  I hand picked these companies so you know I love them! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bella Monica Rocks it Again

To celebrate our eleventh anniversary I decided we needed to go to Bella Monica in Raleigh, NC for dinner.  I have been tons of times but my wonderful hubby has never been.  If you want a restaurant that understands Gluten Free, that remembers your name, has fresh Gluten Free bread, understands cross contamination, has Gluten Free desserts, a huge wine list, Gluten Free pasta and it all tastes fantastic: Bella Monica is the answer!  

From start to finish the dining experience is always awesome!  The staff is super friendly and helpful.  As soon as you announce you are Gluten Free a cute salmon colored plate shows up beside you to let everyone know that you are the Gluten Free person at the table.  

Since we were celebrating our anniversary our table was decorated with confetti and we got some Prosecco!  Such a fun touch! 

The meal starts with fresh focaccia bread.  As the Gluten Free person I was treated to Gluten Free bread!  And yes I order two servings every time I go.  

Then comes the house salad.  The dressing is on point and the fresh veggies are so good.

My favorite main dish is the stuffed shells.  It comes out pipping hot.  It is a large dish of GF pasta, cheese, and sauce.  And yes I ate all of it!  I even used my second piece of focaccia to wipe out any leftover sauce.

Dessert was another favorite of mine: creme brulee!  I promise you will love it!  The lightly citrus flavor with the hard sugar crust is almost too much.

My hubby had a tasty Gluten-filled meal that he enjoyed.  After dinner he understood why I love this restaurant!  The people, food and overall experience are just fabulous.  

Thanks Bella Monica for making our anniversary so special!  Hope to be back soon!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Weekly Menu December 16 2013

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner??   We still have some shopping to do but we are close to being done.   Then comes wrapping.   Are you a wrap the present kind of person or a put it in a bag kind of person?

I'm trying two new recipes this week using some of the Udi's Gluten Free goodness that came last week!  It they turn out well I'll share them!

Monday - Crunchy Chicken tenders - New

Tuesday - Apple Butter Pork Loin - slow cooker & new

Wednesday - Breakfast Casserole - New

Thursday - Pepperoni Bake 

Friday - Beef Lo Mein 

Saturday -  Girls night for me, hubby in charge


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Giveaway Hurry Ends this Week!

American Medical ID is giving away 2 $25 gift cards.  Enter here.

If you need over 50 easy to prepare, family approved Gluten Free recipes check out my cookbook.  You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry for most of the recipes!

Go here for details on how to get it 10% off!

My blog and cookbook have been nominated by Gfreek.com for the Best Gluten-Free Blog (category 17 -ImaCeliac.com) and the Best Gluten-Free Cook Book (category 27 - Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes).  If you have a minute please go here and vote!


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Gluten Free Cookbook DEAL

Do you need a Gluten Free gift for a loved one?  Does your aunt need a Gluten Free cookbook so you can eat safely at her house for family gatherings?  Does your Gluten Free teenager need an easy cookbook so they can start feeding themselves?

My Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes cookbook can now be purchases on the Living Without website as an ebook!

The cookbook is filled with over 50 Gluten Free recipes that use ingredients you already have in your pantry.  The recipes are easy to follow and don't use a ton of ingredients.

If you use this link and code IMACELIAC you will also get 10% off your purchase!!  Please note the code only works with this specific link.  You can use the code for other ebooks or cookbooks as well!

Happy Gluten Free shopping!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Honey Slow Cooker Chicken

If you have been around here a while you know how much I love to use the slow cooker.  It makes life so easy!  Throw a bunch of stuff in the pot, forget about it and a few hours later dinner!  For our busy life it is such a blessing.  I have been making this particular recipe for a while.  It is a big favorite with the kids.  They always gobble down a big bowl of it!  My version is adapted from this recipe.

Here is how I make Gluten Free Honey Slow Cooker Chicken

What You Need:
2 chicken breasts cubed
1/2 cup of honey
2 tbsp GF soy sauce
1 tbsp minced onion
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder

How To Make It:
Pull out your handy dandy slow cooker.  Place the raw chicken in the slow cooker.  In a bowl combine all the other ingredients and stir.  Pour over the chicken and stir to coat.  Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.  This dish is great with rice or quinoa.  

I normally serve ours with steamed veggies of some sort.  I have added carrots in the slow cooker before but make sure you cook them on low for 4 hours, the high on 2 hours isn't enough to get the carrots soft. 

I hope you enjoy this simple Gluten Free meal as much as we do!

For more slow cooker meals check our my Freezer Meals!


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Time to Vote

I am so honored everyday that people take the time to read this blog, follow on twitter, on Facebook and Instagram.  I absolutely love doing life with all of you!  It is a joy to get to know so many of you and be a part of your lives!

If you have a few minutes to spare please vote in these two contests to help this blog and my cookbook win an award.  I really appreciate your help with this!

Gluten Free Author Award

Gluten Free Author Awards Nominee
Simply go HERE and vote for Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes by Pam Jordan. 

4th Annual Gluten Free Awards
Go HERE to vote.  In category 17 Best Gluten Free Blog please vote for ImaCeliac.com and in category 27 Best Gluten Free Cookbook please vote for Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes by Pam Jordan. 

***Thank You! Thank You!  Thank You!***

Udi's Gluten Free just released their Fan-Favorite Gluten Free Blogs list today!  Guess who made the list?!

I also have HUGE news to share next week!  I about jumped out of my skin when I found out - it is that awesome!  Details to come soon! 

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