I'm a working mom with 9 years experience raising a celiac kid. I have to eat dairy and gluten free, but my daughter only has to eat GF. I'm by no means an expert, but I'm happy to share a few of my cooking tips, school lunchbox ideas, and recipes with you. I'll be posting something new once a month.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Recipe for the Holidays

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This is the gingerbread recipe that I use for my GF holiday gingerbread.

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 c. shortening
1/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. molasses
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk or soy milk

Dry Ingredients:
1 c. rice flour
1 c. potato starch flour
1/2 c. almond flour or amaranth flour or corn starch
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. xanthan gum

Final Touch:
powdered sugar


Beat all the "wet ingredients" together (which includes a few dry things, like salt and spices). In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together until they're thoroughly mixed. Blend the two mixes until the batter is sort of cake-like (but a bit thicker than a gluten-containing cake would be).

Bake in a 9x13 inch greased pan at 350 F for 30 minutes. (I believe 350 F is approx. 175 C for those of you working with a metric oven.)

Once the gingerbread has cooled, sprinkle powdered sugar on top with a sifter, for the final touch!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Gluten and Dairy-Free Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe NO Strawberries!

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I made this dish for our Celiac Support Group's yearly pot luck dinner, over the summer. My aunt had asked us to harvest her overgrown rhubarb recently, so I tried making this rhubarb cobbler for our dessert dish. I adapted a regular recipe to be gluten- and dairy-free, and I was surprised it turned out as yummy as it did.

A lot of people make rhubarb pies with strawberries in them, but the lady who runs our Celiac Support Group is allergic to strawberries. Not only that, but I think strawberries can make the cobbler too sweet. I enjoy the tangy-ness of rhubarb. So we made it nice and tangy.

Ingredients:
2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
8-9 C. rhubarb, fresh or frozen, chopped to 1/2"
3 C. water
few drops red food coloring
4 T. margarine dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance)
1 C. rice flour
½ C. almond flour
½ C. potato starch flour
¼ tsp. xanthan gum
12 T. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. dairy-free margarine (Earth Balance)
12 T. soy milk
1 ½ tsp. grated orange peel

Directions:

In saucepan combine 1 C. sugar and cinnamon. Add rhubarb, water and coloring. Cook and stir until mixture boils; cook 2 min. more. Stir in 2 T. margarine. Pour mixture into a 1 1/2 - 2 qt. casserole or baking dish. Keep bubbling hot in oven. For topping, sift together flour, 6 T. sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in 1/4 C. margarine; stir in soy milk and orange peel. Push topping from spoon into dollops atop bubbling hot fruit. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 - 30 min. Serve with non-dairy ice cream, like Rice Dream.

Results:
YUM!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Yummy Gluten-free Mango Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

4-5 mangoes (firm, not quite ripe)
4 Serrano peppers (more or less depending on how spicy you want it
1 Jalapeno
10 cloves of garlic
6-7 firm avocados
10 firm roma tomatoes 
1 cup chopped cilantro 
2 limes squeezed throughout
1 tsp of olive oil
1/2 of a red onion
Dash of salt

Chop mangoes up first in medium sized chunks, then add the diced red onion and squeeze half a lime over it. Let this marinate for an hour.  Dice the tomatoes, add chopped cilantro/peppers/garlic to the tomatoes.  Squeeze half of lime over and let marinate for an hour as well.  Halve the avocados right before you are ready to serve it, and cut them up in cubes.  Pour the olive oil and squeeze a half of lime over avocados before adding the other two bowls.  Finally combine three bowls, lightly mix it all together and squeeze another half of lime over entire dish. Lastly add salt as needed. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gluten-Free Chicken Wraps Recipe Like PF Chang's!

When our gluten-free family wants a real treat, we eat at PF Chang's in Boise. But for us, it's a two-hour drive.

So when my cousin's wife, Andrea Musick, posted her recipe for PF Chang's-style gluten-free chicken wraps on FB, I asked if I could include this on my recipe blog. Because YUM! So here you go:

4 large chicken breasts
1/2 can of water chestnuts
2 chopped green onions
1/4 c of Hoisin sauce
2 tsp chili sauce (I used the garlic chili sauce from the Asian isle)
2-3 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup of peanuts. ( I used the salt and pepper peanuts but anything will work just don't buy any sweet flavor)
1 tbsp. fresh ginger
2 tbsp. Tamari GF soy sauce
head of lettuce ( butter lettuce holds it better but cost wise iceburg lettuce will work fine)

1) use a small amount of olive oil and a little crushed garlic to sauté the chicken. (garlic and oil  is in addition to above list)
2) while the chicken is cooking (at a point when it is almost done), in a separate pan add oil and garlic on a med to low heat. After a min or so add ginger, soy sauce, Hoisin, chili paste and mix together for a couple mins. you have to constantly stir these or they will burn or reduce down to nothing.
3) once the chicken is cooked through take it off the heat and chop in up into very small pieces. bite size or smaller.
4) Add the chicken into the sauce mixture with the chestnuts, 1/2 the onions and peanuts. The cooking tends to make the peanuts and onions soft so I only put half in so I still get some fresh and crunch. at this point just let it cook for 8-10 mins on low heat to get it well flavored. There shouldn't be any running sauce the ingredients should suck up all of the sauce mixture.
5) Add the rest of the onions and peanuts and cook for maybe a min or so longer.
6) wash lettuce and leave in large leaves. Add a few scoops to the lettuce and roll like a burrito. I sometimes will cut the lettuce down the middle if I use iceburg lettuce because it can be quite big.

I'm not sure where to buy Hoisin sauce gluten-free, but I'm going to look for it in my local Asian store before making this recipe. I'll post information on GF brands if I find any. If I can't find any GF, I'll work on finding a good substitute.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ideas for Gluten-Free Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School

School is about to get underway again. We parents of kids with celiac disease struggle, every year, brainstorming new things to put in our kids' lunchboxes. There's only so many times a kid can eat a PB & J with Fritos before they lose their minds!

So this is my list of the many great things you can put in your kid's lunchbox. They're all GF, and many of them are things a working mom can just purchase at a grocery store, so you're not spending a half hour every morning, rushing to get that lunch made:

  • cold gluten-free pizza
  • stuff for making mini-pizzas on a GF cracker (Lunchables style)
  • home-made GF lunchables (my daughter's favorite)
  • GF stick day (GF pretzel sticks, cheese sticks, and pepperoni sticks)
  • GF chips and salsa with bean dip
  • cookie-cutter mini sandwiches
  • bag of GF cereal
  • Udi's muffins
  • Udi's cinnamon rolls
  • Yoplait yogurts (read labels) or Go-Gurts 
  • Del Monte fruit cups/jello fruit cups
  • plain Jell-o cups
  • pudding cups (read labels)
  • carrot sticks
  • celery sticks
  • peanut butter celery sticks
  • cream cheese celery sticks (read labels on the cream cheese)
  • thermos of soup (see my "soups" recipes for ideas)
  • S'moreables graham crackers

  • Quaker GF rice cakes
  • Glutino breadsticks
  • Glutino bagel chips (YUM!)
  • GF fruit chew snacks (read labels)
  • fresh fruit
  • Easy Cheese (but the bacon one has gluten)
  • Fritos
  • Lays Stax
  • cottage cheese
  • cheese sticks
  • Old Wisconsin beef sticks
  • Old Wisconsin summer sausage (check for GF label)
  • Hormel Canadian bacon
  • Hormel pepperoni slices
  • K-Toos (Oreo-style cookies)
  • boiled eggs
  • deviled eggs
  • egg salad with GF crackers to spread it on
  • Cheetos
  • Juicy-Juice
  • Shasta sodas
  • raisins
  • yogurt-covered raisins
  • home-made trail mix (find my recipe on this site under "lunches")
  • EnviroKids rice "granola" bars
  • Fruity Pebble/Cocoa Pebble Treats (now available in stores, always check labels)
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn balls made with Kraft marshmallows
  • Kraft colored mini-marshmallows
  • PB&J made on Glutino crackers
  • Jell-o Knox blocks 
  • apple slices
  • Glutino pretzels or EnerG pretzels
  • California roll (sushi nori) home-made with tuna instead of raw meat (for safety)
  • beef strips cut from leftover pot roast (send them some BBQ sauce for dipping
  • cold quesadilla on GF tortillas 


I post recipes for some of this stuff on this site, so follow me, and you'll get a new recipe once a month. My specialty is the lunchbox-stuffer, but I sometimes offer recipes for other meals and desserts as well.

Happy lunch-boxing!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

What to Serve at Your Gluten-Free and Diary-Free Tea Party


Summer's here, and little girls are going to want to have a tea party outside, with friends. But what can you offer little girls who are used to eating gluten? You need to offer them something they won't turn their noses up at.

If you want to bake something, I suggest getting a miniature muffin tin and using Pamela's gluten-free vanilla cake mix and Pamela's GF chocolate cake mix to bake some cupcakes everyone can frost. You can also buy miniature bundt cake pans, which make adorable little bundt cakes. We did this at my daughter's 10th birthday party, and it was a big hit. (See pictures.)

We bought Betty Crocker's GF white frosting (check labels), but be aware that this stuff isn't usually dairy-free too. So if you have a dairy-free person in your household, I recommend using powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar), Earth Balance spread, and soy milk to make your own frosting. Also check to make sure your food colorings are gluten- and dairy-free.

Candy sprinkles are usually safe, but it's always a good idea to check those labels too.

We also included marshmallows, GF hot chocolate (but that's not dairy-free, usually), strawberry guava juice, lemonade, and K-Toos GF and DF cookies on our tea party menu.

I had the girls frost the cupcakes and bundt cakes, so they had a lot of fun with that (although expect a mess). By frosting the cupcakes themselves, each person at the tea party takes pride in what they've made. You'll have fewer problems with non-gluten-free eaters turning their noses up at a cupcake they frosted themselves.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Jo-jo Potatoes Recipe

When I first started eating gluten-and-dairy-free, I remember going into a mini-mart and seeing all those deep fat fried foods and wishing I could eat them. Well here's a recipe for one of my favorites: Jo-jo potatoes! Yum!

Ingredients:

5 Tbsp. Olive Oil
5 Medium-to-Large Potatoes

1 Lime
1 tsp. Coarse Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
4 Tbsp. Yeast
2 tsp. Paprika
Large Dash of Cayenne Pepper (or Arizona Mesquite Seasoning from DTN Spices in Phoenix area)
3 tsp. Celery Salt
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Mustard Powder

Directions:
  1. Cover a cookie sheet in aluminum foil. Pour 1 Tbsp. of olive oil onto the aluminum foil and rub it all around with a paper towel or napkin. (Make sure your cookie sheet has a lip or rim around the edge so the oil doesn’t drip into the oven!)
  2. Slice potatoes into eight wedges of equal size.
  3. Slice the lime in half and squeeze lime juice out until you have 4 Tbsp. of juice. Mix 4 Tbsp. of lime juice with 4 Tbsp. of olive oil.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Saturate potato slices in liquid lime/oil mixture. Then transfer them to the dry mixture and coat them completely.
  6. Lay them on the baking sheet. Bake them for 45 minutes or until golden brown, turning them half-way through.


Serves 4

Here's what my lineup looked like while I was making the Jo-jo potatoes:


For GF/DF ranch dressing, either click on "sauces" in the side margin or go back about three recipes. Yes! You can have your Jo-jo potatoes and dip 'em in ranch dressing too! Isn't that fantastic?!