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GF No-Wheat Thins

 

 crackers, gluten free, wheat thin copy, homemade

 

Don’t worry I haven’t gone crazy posting a recipe with wheat in it! These are (No) Wheat Thins :) It is just another one of those simple things that I miss. When I go to parties now I bring my own Nut Thins just in case there are dips that I can eat like Hummus, etc. but obviously cannot eat the pita or crackers. I love my Nut Thins, but sometimes I just want a real cracker! I found this recipe on Pinterest and was so excited to try it. It is super easy to make, and very little ingredients! I think they taste pretty close to the original and Austin and I enjoyed some with our Hummus yesterday! These will be great for taking to parties or just as a snack!

What you need:
*1 1/4 cups GF White Rice Flour
*1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp paprika
*4 Tbsp Earth Balance butter
*1/4 cup water
*1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2.) Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and paprika.
3.) Cut in the butter, I mixed everything with my hands until the dough was crumbly.
4.) Add in the vanilla and water and mix together until dough starts to form.
5.) Roll out dough and cut into squares with pizza cutter or knife. They dont spread so you can put them pretty close together on the pan, which I lined with parchment paper. I totally forgot to do this, but I wish I had sprinkled so more salt on top of mine before baking, so that is optional.
6.) Bake for about 10 minutes, but watch them because some of mine got brown faster than others and some took a little while to cook, so dont leave unattended for to long!

ENJOY!

GF/DF Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast

french toast, gluten free, overnight, creme brulee, dairy free, baked

 

Breakfast foods are one of my favorite things, but they all mainly consist of breads, flours, and pastries. Going out to a brunch or breakfast now means bacon and eggs, much to my dismay. I love biscuits, pancakes, crossaints so just having bacon and eggs is a total bummer!! Thankfully at our house we have breakfast for dinner once a week and pancakes are always involved! This week we tried something new and had french toast. I cannot tell you the last time I had french toast, it was awhile ago! Van’s has GF french toast sticks that you can buy at the store that are pretty good, but there is nothing like homemade french toast! I found this recipe on Pinterest of course, and had to try it because it sounded so delicious. Well, it IS!! I really loved it and even with GF bread it tasted like regular french toast. It would be perfect for Christmas Day brunch, if you have guests, Sunday brunch, or you just want breakfast for dinner like us :)

What you need:
*8 pieces of GF Bread (I used Rudi’s)
*1/2 cup Earth Balance Butter
*1 cup brown sugar
*2 tbsp light corn syrup
*5 eggs
*1 1/2 cups coconut milk/cream
*1/4 tsp salt
*1 tsp vanilla
*1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
1.) Melt the butter, sugar, and corn syrup together in a pan. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and spread evenly.
2.) Place the pieces of bread on top of the mixture in the dish.
3.) Mix the eggs, salt, cinnamon, coconut milk, and vanilla. Pour this over all the pieces of bread evenly.
4.) Cover and refrigerate overnight. To bake the next day preheat the oven at 350 and bake for 30 minutes.

ENJOY!!

GF/DF Tagalongs

 

 

 

 tagalongs, gluten free, dairy free, girl scout cookies

 

It is that time again! Time for Girl Scout Cookies!! I used to be VERY excited about this time of year, now it is a sad reminder, but it doesnt have to be all sad though! I have found that making your own GF Girl Scout cookies is actually better because you get MORE! :) You can make way more cookies than there are in those little boxes, that are pretty expensive I might add! And in my mind these are also alot healthier! :) My first attempt at GF Girl Scout cookies was last year making these and they were good, but very very time consuming! This year, I tried Tagalongs. Tagalongs were my all time favorite! Thankfully these are really easy to make and taste pretty close to the original! I told Austin not to judge the way they look because im not a Girl Scout with a manufacturing plant that can have my cookies come out looking perfectly coated :) So, just ignore the messiness of the chocolate coating and enjoy the cookie! :)

What you need:  (Adapted from here )
*2 sticks Earth Balance Butter
*1 cup sugar
* 1 egg
*1 tsp vanilla
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp xanthan gum
* 3 cups GF White Rice Flour
*1/2 cup peanut butter
*1/2 cup powdered sugar
*2 cups DF chocolate chips (Enjoy Life)

Directions:
1.) Make the cookies-mix together the butter and sugar. Add in egg and mix. Now add in the vanilla and continue to mix. Next add in salt, xanthan gum, and flour. Mix together until the dough begins to form. Shape the dough into a log and wrap and place in freezer for about 30 minutes.
2.) While the cookies are freezing you can make the filling. Mix together the peanut butter and the powder sugar. Boom, your done! Now wait for  25 more minutes until cookies are done freezing.
3.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and slice the cookies up into disks break and bake style and bake for 12 minutes or until golden.
4.) Let the cookies completely cool, and then press the peanut butter mix on top of each disk. Place in freezer for another 20 minutes to let peanut butter harden to cookie.
5.) Melt your chocolate chips and maybe add oil to make it a little bit more easy to dip and coat the cookies with chocolate. Place on parchment paper and freeze again until set.

ENJOY with some DF Almond Milk! :)

GF Puff Pastry Exists! I Made Chocolate Crossaints..

chocolate, gluten free, crossaint, puff pastry, homemade

 

This is more just a post about the fact that there is GF puff pastry out there that you can make, it is possible! I did not make this up, found on another GF blog, but I just made crossaints out of it because I LOVE chocolate crossaints and havent had one in a LONG time! But, there are many other things you can make out of puff pastry. I just wanted to share this with anyone who has ever felt so annoyed, frustrated, exasperated, when they found a recipe that sounds so good, but it requires puff pastry. I dont know why there isnt GF puff pastry you can buy in the stores, but someone needs to invent it, it would make my life easier!! This was the best recipe I found online, the rest were much more tedious and required many more ingrediants. This is a time consuming process, but so worth it in the end! There were actually flakes and it actually tasted kind of like a crossaint! I was thrilled! Here is where to go and find out how to make puff pastry: Gluten Free Girl’s Puff Pastry
Thanks to Gluten Free Girl!! Now go out there and make some puff pastry and make something delicious!!

GF Skillet Baked Mac n Cheese

mac, cheese, baked, gluten free, skillet

I really dont know anyone that doesnt enjoy some good Mac n Cheese! I think to be an American you have to like Mac n Cheese, it is a rule!!! This is a little twist on the typical box Kraft kind, and this one is a little more grown up! The caramelized onions on the bottom give it a sweet taste, and the bread crumbs give that crunch. I thought it was really really good and it was so nice to have Mac n Cheese again, it has been awhile!!! The only thing non DF about this is that I used mozzarella cheese, but it could easily be made DF with Daiya or another type of DF cheese! Enjoy a twist on an old classic!

What you need:  (Adapted from recipe in House & Home magazine)
-1 box DeBoles GF penne pasta
-1 tbsp Earth Balance Butter
-1 onion, diced
-1/4 cup Earth Balance Butter
-1 1/2 cups Almond Milk
-1/2 cup coconut cream
-2 tsp dijon mustard
-salt
-pepper
-shredded mozzarella cheese
-1/4 cup GF breadcrumbs

Directions:
1.) In cast iron skillet heat 1 tbsp butter and add the onions with a pinch of salt and sugar. Cook until the onions have caramelized, set aside.
2.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3.) Cook the pasta, drain, and put back in the pot. Stir in butter, add milk, cream, mustard, salt, and pepper and desired amount of cheese to the noodles. Stir until combined and poor into skillet. Sprinkled top with breadcrumbs and a little more cheese.
4.) Cook for 30-40 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the crumbs are golden brown.

ENJOY!

GF/DF Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

salted, caramel, chocolate, cupcake, dairy free, gluten free

Just a disclaimer that this frosting is addicting and I couldnt stop sticking my finger in it! Not to worry, I did that AFTER I frosted all my cupcakes that I’m taking to other people :) This stuff is delicious and I love it because it is different and not a typical frosting. Of course I found the recipe on Pinterest and it sounded so good I had to try it! It was a little involved making the caramel but definitely worth it! I give these two thumbs up! I hope everyone else likes them tonight too! :)

What you need:
* 1 chocolate cake recipe see here from another recipe for the cupcakes
*1 cup sugar
*4 tbsp water
*2 tbsp light corn syrup
*1/2 cup coconut cream
*2 tbsp Earth Balance Butter
*1/2 tsp lemon juice
*1/2 tsp sea salt
*2 sticks Earth Balance Butter, room temperature
*8 oz Tofutti Dairy Free cream cheese
*3-4 cups powdered sugar
*1 cup of the prepared caramel

Directions:
1.) Prepare the cupcakes using the recipe above, but place in muffin tins instead of making a cake! Bake on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
2.) While the cupcakes are cooling make the caramel. Combine water, sugar, and corn syrup together. Cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
3.) Cover the pan with lid and let cook 3 more minutes. After the 3 minutes take off the lid and heat on high until boiling. DO NOT stir from here on out, just swirl in pan so it doesnt stick.
4.) Keep cooking until it turns brown or the color of caramel :) Remove from heat and let stand for 30 seconds and then put in the heavy cream.
5.) Now add the butter, lemon juice, and salt.
6.) Pour into glass container and let sit for 20 minutes to cool.
7.) Now make the frosting: mix together cream cheese and butter. Add in the powdered sugar and combine. Next, add in 1 cup of the caramel and combine. Add more powdered sugar if you want a thicker consistency.  Now frost the cupcakes!!

ENJOY!

GF/DF copycat TGIFriday’s Sesame Jack Chicken

TGI Friday's, sesame jack chicken strips, gluten free, copycat, homemade

 

TGI Friday’s for me evokes memories of growing up, especially high school. We would go there ALL the time! It was definitely the place to go on the weekends and celebrate your birthday there, which I did a number of times! I ordered the same thing pretty much everytime-a chocolate coke (DELISH!) and Sesame Jack Chicken Strips. These things were delicious, mainly because of the sauce! I found this recipe in hopes of trying to replicate it somehow and make it GF! The verdict is that it is yummy! Not exactly like the original, but good and close enough! Austin ate all of his and wanted more, so I think it was good :) He is always my gauge as to whether or not I should make something again or post on here! haha. Hope you enjoy!

What you need:
* 8 boneless, skinless tenders
*3 cups almond milk
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 4 garlic cloves
*2/3 cup water
*1 cup pineapple juice
*2 tbsp GF soy sauce ( la choy or san-j)
*3 tbsp GF Teriakyi Sauce (kroger brand was actually gf)
* 1 &  3/4 cup brown sugar
*1 tbsp crushed pineapple
*1/2 onion, finely diced
*2 tbsp Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
*1/2 tsp lemon juice
*1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
*1 & 1/2 cups GF brown rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
*4 tbsp salt
*1 cup sesame seeds
*Oil for frying ( I used coconut)

Directions:
1.) Place chicken in a bowl and cover with 3 cups of almond milk and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
2.) Combine the flour, salt and seeds together in a bowl and set aside.
3.) Now, work on the sauce. Cook garlic cloves in olive oil until tender and then set aside.
4.) To the same pan now add: water, pineapple juice, soy sauce, teriakyi sauce, Jack Daniel’s, brown sugar, crushed pineapple, onion, lemon juice, & cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and then place on low heat.
5.) Press the garlic into the paste and add the pan, let sauce cook for 45 min.
6.) Now, lets work on the chicken. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and dip in the flour mixture. Now, place in the hot oil and fry until completely cooked and then let drain on paper towel.

Now serve with sauce and enjoy!!!

Gluten Free Bagel Chips

bagel, chips, homemade, gluten free, garlic, cinnamon, sugar

  As Im sure all you Gluten Free people know, some GF products are not cheap! I rarely by things like bagels, chicken nuggets, etc. unless it is a special occasion. I ended up having some DF cream cheese left over from another recipe so I decided that I would buy some bagels for fun!

I LOVE bagels! I used to eat them all the time in college when I had time in between classes I would go to Einstein’s and get a plain bagel with honey-almond cream cheese. MMM it was so good! At my old office we had breakfast provided for us every Friday complete with bagels, coffee cake, fruit, sausage, etc. Bagels were in my life in a regular basis, until 2010 :(

I bought some Glutino bagels last week and they are alright. They definitely have an aftertaste that I cant put my finger on, but they are not bad. They are alot better toasted and lathered in cream cheese! So..I remembered how I also used to love eating bagel chips! The cinnamon raisin were my favorite snack! So, I figured that might be something good to do with these and that you probably wouldnt be able to taste the funniness of them once they were baked!! Well, I made one batch and got about 3 of them because while I was gone Austin ate the rest :) So.. I made some more. They are really good and dont have a weird taste! Especially with all the seasonings on them too! If you need a bagel/bagel chip fix, these are definitely close to the original!

What you need: (Adapted from this recipe)
- 1 package GF bagels (Udi’s, Glutino, any brand)
-Melted Earth Balance butter
-Any seasonings you want- I did garlic & cinnamon sugar

Directions:
1.) Set your oven on Broil LOW-you will have to watch them to make sure they dont burn.
2.) Cut your bagels into the thinnest slices that you can. You can cut up into smaller pieces or just in halves, whatever you feel.
3.) Melt butter and coat all the bagel pieces.
4.) Sprinkle desired seasonings on.
5.) Bake on broil, watch closely! Flip them over when one side gets brown so that the other can cook. Takes about 10 minutes or so.

ENJOY!

GF/DF Breakfast Casserole

breakfast, casserole, gluten free, sausage

On Christmas Day we had breakfast casserole at Austin’s parent’s house and it got me thinking that there must be a way to have a breakfast casserole where we dont have to take out all the goodness!! Breakfast casserole is an awesome holiday dish, or just something special on the weekend :) We had friends over for dinner on Friday and had breakfast for dinner and this was part of the menu! I really loved it and I think everyone else did too! :) You definitely cant tell that the bread is gluten free and especially once everything is cooked together, it was so good!! I highly recommend this one for any holiday gathering at your house or just a yummy Sunday Brunch!!

What you need: (Adapted from this recipe)
-1 package mild pork sausage
- 10 eggs
- 3 cups almond milk
-2 teaspoons dry mustard
-1 teaspoon salt
-6 cups cubed GF bread ( I used Rudi’s & toasted mine)
-1 cup mozzarella cheese (Daiya for DF)
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 green pepper, diced
-1/2 cup green onions, sliced

Directions:
1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2.) Cook the sausage until brown. I also toasted my bread cubes so feel free to do this at this time as well.
3.) Mix together eggs, milk, mustard, and salt.
4.) Grease the baking dish and spread a layer of half  bread, then peppers, onions, black pepper, cheese, and sausage. Repeat the layers again. Pour the egg over everything.
5.) Bake for 1 hour.

ENJOY!!!

GF/DF Oreo Filled Chocolate Chip Crust Brownies

gluten free, dairy free, chocolate chip, cookie, brownie, oreo

As you can tell by the title of this it is really hard to explain what these are but they are good! haha. I found the recipe on Pinterest and the called it “Slutty Brownies” because it was so easy! haha. I converted mine into personal serving sizes by putting them into muffin tins, so they are more cupcake looking than brownie!

I have a few things that I would definitely change about this. She used box brownie mix and box chocolate chip cookie mix. I was SO happy that Betty Crocker had GF mixes as well so I could make the recipe easily! Well, folks sometimes easy isnt always better! I dont know if any of yall have tried the Betty Crocker mixes but I did not like them at all. The chocolate chip cookie mix is so crumbly I could barely piece it together to make the crust and had to add more oil so that it would stay together. The brownie mix is insanely thick and doesnt spread at all. So it was a task to actually put these little things together! I didnt have time this time around but next time I would go ahead and make each mix from scratch so that the taste and consistencies would be better! But, overall I really liked them but I think homemade is the way to go instead of opting for the box mix!

What you need:
-1 GF Betty Crocker Brownie Mix ( or homemade recipe)
-1 GF Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix ( or homemade recipe)
-DF Earth Balance butter, amounts on boxes
-Vanilla, amount on box
-Eggs, amounts on box
-1 package Kinnikinick GF Oreos

Directions:
1.)Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Make Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie Mixes according to the box. I had to add oil to each mix because of the dough being crumbly on one and too thick on the other.
3.) You can either make them in a baking dish, or in muffin tins like I did. Grease either the pan or tins. Place a tablespoon of cookie dough in each tin or a layer of dough in your pan.
4.) Next, put the layer of Oreos down. Now, spread the brownie mix over the Oreos. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until there is no batter when you stick a toothpick in! Best served warm!

ENJOY!

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