Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Morning Pancakes (Make on Sunday and eat all week)

As I have said in previous posts- If I am going to go through the trouble of getting the ingredients together and making something that my family loves then I am going to make a lot and having left overs and freeze some to make the week a little easier for me.

Getting up and being pregnant with a demanding toddler is enough but on top of that I need to feed both of us and quickly! This morning while my Husband is home and can help entertain my boy I made these pancakes and there are plenty to last us for some quick easy AM breakfast's.

The lovely flapjacks are made with eggs but you can easily swap out the milk for almond or coconut milk if you would like. My choice of oil is most recipe's is coconut but you could use olive if you are not a fan.

It is very simple to toss on every one's favorite ingredient while the first side is cooking. Some of our favorites are chocolate chips, blueberries, walnuts and banana's. Add a few teaspoons of flax seed if you need to sneak in some extra goodness.

Total prep was about 8 minutes and it took me another 30 to cook all of them. This makes about 20 or so reasonable size pancakes. So whether you are hosting breakfast for a holiday, you need easy go to breakfasts or if you have a big family- Everyone will enjoy these melt in your mouth easy pancakes and would never guess they are gluten free.

Happy Sunday everyone!!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 Cups White Rice Flour
2/3 Cup Potato Starch
1/3 cup and 1 tsp of Tapioca Flour
2 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 cup Organic Sugar or Coconut Sugar
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
4 Eggs
4 cups of Milk (Your Choice)
2.5 tsp of Vanilla
2/3 cups of Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:
In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients, then add in the liquids adding the coconut oil LAST. Mix very well until all the clumps are gone and you a smooth mixture. Heat your skillet on medium and grease your pan with non stick spray or oil. Measure 1/3 cup of batter and pour into rounds on your pan. Flip once the side that is up start to bubble and the bottom is slightly golden brown. The second side cooks faster so keep an eye on it.
Top with your favorite topping. Syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, strawberries ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day

Today was the V-day party for my son at pre-school. Anytime there is a party it is always extra stressful on me, particularly because whatever "treats" they are having I have to come up with a safe alternative. Today they had cupcakes and did cookie decorating. We also do not eat artificial dyes or chemicals. I sent a gluten free cupcake with him and I made brownies and homemade butter cream frosting and sent chocolate chips so he could decorate his brownie. Luckily, he was very happy and satisfied with his substitutions. 
I then made a small goody bag with some treats. Of course what I bought was gluten free and artificial dye free. I did go a little out of the box and bought bite size snickers. I also included a pencil and organic gummie bears. He got a few bags from other children and most of the things I did have to throw out. We typically do not eat the crappy candy like "Snickers and Hershey's"but I am making an exception and letting him keep the Hershey kisses because I get really sick of being the "No" Mom. 
This is the first time I had to do a V-day party but I am hoping that with each year it becomes easier and smoother. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Jambalaya

I had never made jambalaya from sctrach before. This was crazy good!! It was fairly simple too, it just took a long time to cook because I used brown rice. I loved the way it tasted with brown rice and this was a little bit spicy, too spicy for kids and it had a kick. If you want it spicier add more hot sauce if you do not like spicy opt out of the hot sauce all together.

Ingredients:
12 oz shrimp
12 oz sausage or chicken
1 onion chopped
2 tbsp. chopped garlic
Creole seasoning- this is the recipe I used and it was great http://lifewiththehawleys.blogspot.com/2011/02/creole-seasoning.html
4-5 cups of the broth of your choice I started with 2 cups and added broth as needed
1 green bell pepper diced
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 cup brown rice
1 tsp. hot sauce
2 tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
First make the creole seasoning and season your meats with it. In a stock pot on medium heat add your olive oil and the saute your onions, garlic and bell pepper. Add your meat and tomato sauce and then add your hot sauce, rice and broth. I started with 3 cups of broth and added more one cup at a time until it was tender.





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo San Francisco 2014

This was my first time attending the #GFAFEXPO and I was lucky enough to get to do it as an official blogger! My BFF who is #VEGAN came along with me and was able to join in on all of the fun festivities.

Amazing cake from a local bakery
I anticipated the expo for months ahead of time. I was late in the game last year and missed it by a few weeks (I was still a newby then). I planned ahead of time and was ready this year! I was lucky enough to have the honor to attend as an Official Blogger. I got to meet with other Blogger's in the area and talk about our journey's and share info with each other. Not only was this a super fun time, but I learned a ton!

I arrived early and met with my fellow bloggers. The excitement was overwhelming and I felt like a child heading to Disneyland. I peeked inside and I had butterflies in my stomach. Being in a building with other's who had the same problem as me all together and united gave me a calming sensation.

After I walked in I did not know where to start. There were rows and rows of gluten free vendors and support groups who where spreading the word. There were scheduled classes of many different fun topics. I tasted lots of delicious snacks from well known companies and brand new companies I did not know of. I got to meet the people with the passion behind these products and give them my honest input on what I thought. I went hungry and left full.

Being a blogger I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of companies who were excited to bring their products to my readers. In the near future I am going to start doing give aways! Keep checking regularly so you don't miss out. Also, look for local support groups. They are national and can help you on your journey!

Last but not least, go to this expo!! Check out their site so you don't miss out when they come to your town!

http://gfafexpo.com








Monday, February 3, 2014

Shopping GF on a Budget




After deciding to go gluten free due to my chronic dermatitis and constant stomach issues- I have embraced the gluten free life and NEVER turned back. My life has changed in so many incredible ways. Not just with my health, but with who I am as a person. I see life in an entirely different life now. I now have the energy I always lacked to live each day to its fullest and embrace each moment.
My family has always lived on somewhat of a budget, but after having a child and working much less than I used to I had to learn to cut costs. I put my family on a real budget. Now, there are times when I do spend a little more and times when I spend less. We are a family of three, living in the very expensive Easy Bay area of California.

Being gluten free can be very expensive especially when you are just starting out and do not know where to shop. For the first year of being gluten free I was spending DOUBLE my grocery budget because I thought that I had to! I started talking with others and looking and comparing prices at every single store in the area I lived in. I narrowed my shopping down to three stores… Costco, Winco and Trader Joes with an occasional Target run (I use double coupons here).

Costco- This is the only place to buy your organic dairy- milk, butter, eggs, yogurt, cheese. The other things I only buy at Costco- Paper Towels, toilet paper, bottled water, rice chips (or whatever gluten free chip they carry at the time) coffee, frozen shrimp, organic salad mix, agave sweetener, sugars, vanilla, coconut oil, All Purpose gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill) and some spices. The Kirkland wine tastes great and the prices usually vary from $5.99 and up! I also get my son’s applesauce squeezers and things like floss and toothpaste, vitamins, and some other snacks that I see for a good deal. If something that I regularly buy has a coupon out then I will stock up.

Winco- Winco is a diamond in the rough. I had shopped there before but stopped going because I felt I could find everything I needed at other stores. I then discovered the bulk bins! The things I will buy at Winco- apples, bananas, fruit that is on sale, carrots, celery, onions, all potatoes, onions, mushrooms, fresh herbs, spaghetti sauce, Hansen’s soda, Udi’s bread, applesauce, gluten free cereal, and then to the bulk bins! Bulk bins- gluten free pasta, many different kinds to choose from, all of my beans, rice, quinoa, spices, nuts, dried berries, gluten free oats, fresh peanut butter, and now Winco offers a huge selection of gluten free flours at excellent prices! Winco also sells xanthan gum and I have compared the prices everywhere and Winco is cheaper or the same, so I buy it there since I am buying all of my other gluten free goods. I save old containers such as large yogurt containers and then use Glad or Rubbermaid containers to store all of my goods from the bulk bins. You can catch me in the bulk bins every week. I’m obsessed.

Trader Joes- I love Trader Joe’s and everything that they are about. My favorite thing about shopping there is I don’t have to read all of the labels. Everything is mostly preservative free, non GMO and they label if no gluten ingredients have been used. I spend the majority of my weekly budget here because all of the little things add up. What do I buy at Trader Joes? Hummus, 3-4 vegetables, avocado’s, herb plants, ground beef, turkey bacon, lunch meat, a gluten free goodie, yogurt, milk, parmesan cheese, gluten free frozen pizza, frozen tamales, a few frozen veggies, corn pasta, olive oil, Pop chips and rice chips and wine. I love the Trader Joe’s brand of chardonnay and Pinot Noir! TJ’s coconut oil is also great if you can’t make it to Costco. I believe their brand is unrefined and that means that you can still smell and taste the coconut slightly. I love coconut so this is not an issue for me.

There are weeks when I spend $250 on grocery’s and then weeks when I only spend about $60, because I have a lot of the needed ingredients in the pantry already. I also do my very best to eat clean. I do not buy sausage, bacon or lunchmeat that has nitrates. I will only buy things that are preservative free and do not have unnecessary additives. I buy organic dairy and I wash all of my produce with organic fruit and vegetable wash. On average I spend about $150 a week on our grocery’s and about $125 on household needs such as toilet paper, cleaners, detergents, and other household necessities. I do not feel deprived and I feel that my family has everything it needs and more.

Meal Planning
This is essential in order to live within a budget. I shop every Thursday and Friday of each week. That means that I sit down and start planning the next week worth of meals on Monday and Tuesday. I start by looking in my pantry and fridge. What do I have excess of? What frozen meats are left over from last week? What vegetables need to be used up ASAP? Then I start planning. A great tip is finding a way to use an inexpensive ingredient for multiple nights. For example, a whole chicken. There are so many things you can do with a whole chicken and spread it out to save money. Beans, I can pressure cook pinto beans and black beans and use them for multiple nights in different recipes. Celery, I can make a potato salad and some soup and so much more with $1 worth of celery.
I am a busy mom and we do eat out once a week. Typically on Thursday nights. I love Chipotle and that is our once a week gluten free go-to. Maybe once a month we go to a restaurant that has gluten free offerings such as Red Robin. When I’m in a pinch we go to In-N-Out burger.
I am very excited to share my weekly meal planning with you and I hope it gives you a little inspiration in your own kitchen. Planning the week ahead of time makes shopping easy and each day you know what you’re making so you don’t have to dread all day thinking about what’s for dinner. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Peete's Coffee

I love Peete's and I recently came across this article on glutenfreeville.com. It looks as though Peete's is a safe place for us to enjoy any of our favorite beverages. Kuddos to Peete's! 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Join me on Facebook


Have you liked me on Facebook yet? Please do!! I post different things often and I would love to share it all with you! I would also love have interaction with you and hear your thoughts. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Personal Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend

I have previously shared a GF AP Flour recipe that I used very often. Throughout my baking I found my own recipe that I tweeked and I love for all of my baking. I use it for cakes, cookies, muffins, breads, anything.
I like to double this. I use a lot of AP flour and there is nothing worse than feeling inspired and having to mix up a new batch. Feel free to double or triple.

Here is the recipe:

4 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1 Cup Tapioca Flour
1 Cup Potato Starch (You can substitute this for corn starch if needed, but I reccomend potato)
3 tsp. of Xanthan gum (Optional- but remember to add it to your recipes if you do not put it in your flour)




Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

My transition into the gluten free lifestyle was not easy at first, as I am sure you are either experiencing that now or you remember the mourning process of it all. After I truly learned the lifestyle I tackled it full on and I embraced it. For the first time in my life I actually felt like I was living and I never wanted to go back. I do still feel that way, however now being almost 11 weeks pregnant I feel like I am going back to that place.

I know we all go to the dark side sometimes, and that is why I am writing this post. Even the best of us who love and embrace this new life have our moments. I feel like I am having one of those moments now...

I don't know if it is the hormones or my fatigue, or a combination of it all, but I see my food allergy all over again. I think part of it has been because I want certain foods and I can no longer go out to a restaurant and have a wonderful meal that satisfies the craving. If I want something I have to make it myself. I often don't have the energy to always make everything I want from scratch and I so miss the convenience of running to the store for a fresh loaf of bread to go with dinner that would cost less than $2. The other downside is anything that comes pre-made is insanely priced and I feel like I can't afford this lifestyle! Uggg! 

It wasn't so bad when I was the only one GF. I cut out all of the costly foods like bread, crackers, and other snacks. However, once my son who is now almost 3 went GF I felt like I needed to buy these things for him so he felt normal. I constantly have to have a back up plan for him in my bag just in case we end up in a situation where someone is offering him a treat that he can't have. I am so sick of constantly having to say, "no baby that will make us sick". I am forever thankful though that he never questions it and leaves it at that. I will then offer him whatever emergency treat I have and he is more than happy and satisfied. I have to bring his own food and cupcakes to birthday parties so he still has something to eat and doesn't feel like an outcast- even though I know someday he will notice the difference and I hope he takes it in stride, and I know this is just the beginning.

I know that someday I won't be around to tell him no, and he might not resist it. He will have to learn on his own, and now he doesn't know the difference between safe food and non-safe food so he will take anything someone gives him- especially the glutenous cookies my Grandpa offers him. I must hoover like a hawk. The worst is when people give him crap that they know he can't have. It breaks my heart when family member's don't have the decency to respect my decisions for him as a Mother. He is not celiac that we know of but he has major behavioral issues on gluten. My sweet loving boy turns into a monster that won't sleep and is very very angry. When he is GF he is a normal happy, loving and curious 2 year old. Since he does not get "physically" sick from gluten and the symptoms often come on 2-4 hours after eating gluten some people don't take me seriously. They don't get to see the side I do. I'm his caregiver and I am the one who has to deal with it. Now that I am pregnant my tolerance is much lower and I may lose it with anyone who goes against my wishes or that second guesses my choice for us. 

I have come to a place where people who joke about it or make me feel picky and ridiculous just straight up piss me off. I don't have the patience for other's ignorance about my intolerance or for their uneducated remarks. Thank you for letting me vent! How do you all deal with other's rude remarks?
http://gfafexpo.com
I am super duper excited to announce that I am an official blogger for the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo that is going to be in San Francisco this month! I have only attended one expo before and it was considered small in comparison to this expo.
For those of you who may not have attended an expo before- this is the one to go to! It USA's largest GF Expo and you get to come and taste foods, buy products, get coupons, and there are cooking demonstrations as well as gluten free author's. This Expo is a Celiac's dream and I am beyond excited to get to go. Will any of you be attending? I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Eating out gluten free

So, we recently sold our old home and bought a new home and moved in. During this time we ate out A LOT. There are not any guaranteed GF options where I live. Cross contamination is something that I risk everytime I eat out. However, I came across something that really ticked me off on my recent trip to San Francisco.
I went to the Cheesecake Factory because they offer a GF menu. I was very excited to get to dine somewhere new! The menu was huge, I was overjoyed. That was until I read the disclaimer at the top of the menu. They stated that there can be cross contamination and some of the dishes tested up to 20 ppm of gluten. All it takes is 5 to make a celiac sick. I ate my lunch in hopes that the dish would not make me ill. Within 20 minutes I was lightheaded, thirsty, swollen and felt horrible. I cut my trip short because I wanted to head home before the stomach sickness came and luckily I got home just in time.
I get angry because they lure us in with a "gluten free" menu when the dishes are not gluten free! What places have you experienced this? What places do you have nearby that you consider safe?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Homemade Ice Cream

I stopped buying ice cream a while ago. We pretty much stopped eating it. I wasn't interested in all of the unnecessary ingredients and the high cost of any decent ice cream. For Christmas I wanted an ice cream maker and I finally got one. Oh my was it worth it! I control the ingredients and nothing tastes this good. This one is vanilla and I used coconut sugar in place of refined sugar. Yummy!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I know it has been a long time...


I am really very sorry for the lack of posts. We recently sold our home and bought a new home. Anyone who has done that knows how time consuming it can be! During this I was also working and caring for my almost 3 year old boy who is a maniac! We are finally settled into our new home and I am almost done Christmas shopping.

I am in the works of starting a new career. Unfortunately I have not been able to turn blogging into a means of income. I have tried a bit but I am lacking some of the savvyness that could take this to the next level. Once I start working full time in my new job I do not know where exactly this blog will stand but I hope to still add to it here and there when I can. I thank you all for taking the time to look at Living Freely Gluten Free and I hope that you see what you like. I love feedback and anything you want to see please ask! Happy Holiday's!

Organic Chili Cheese Fries

These were pretty awesome. I used organic potatoes, chili and cheese. I bought a can of organic chili...yes, I know. However, this is the perfect recipe for your leftover chili.
Ingredients:
6 organic potatoes peeled and sliced into fries
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. of my seasoned garlic salt
3-4 cups of chili
1 cup of shredded cheese
Directions:
It is as smiple as washing and peeling the potatoes, pre-heat the oven to 425. Chop the potatoes into fries and then toss them in the olive oil and garlic salt and then cook them in the oven until tender and golden. About 35 minutes. Then make your chili cheese fries by smothering the fries in chili and cheese. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sweet Heart Polish



I recently received my first order of Sweet Heart Polish! 
Sweet Heart polish was founded by Cassandra Lebeau. After being a long time polish lover she decided she wanted to come up with a formula that was excellent quality and animal friendly. After researching it for 6 months she decided to go for it and has created something that polish lovers can not get enough of! 

When I heard of this polish I thought, "What a great idea, and how come I haven't heard of this before?!"This fabulous polish is vegan, 4-free (4 free is actually free of cancer causing carcinogens Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Toluene and Formaldehyde Resin. (most of these are found in big name polishes and the polishes that come from China. They are also gluten free (for people who bite their nails or who it may affect to have in any contact) and cruelty free. On top of that it comes in every color you can think of and lot's of super cute glitter and confetti style designs. There are sports team colors and holiday colors. 

This is the perfect Christmas gift for that girl in your life that likes to be stylish and that might have an allergy or wants to make sure that no fur babies were injured for the price of beauty. 
She also has awareness colors and these polishes have a certain amount donated to charities. I love nothing more than a product that we all use, that is doing something for the greater good and we can feel good about making this purchase and using the products. I love Sweet Heart Polish and I know you will too! 

And don't forget to head over to facebook and like the page https://www.facebook.com/SweetHeartPolish

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Contest!!!

I am doing my first contest for all of you! I am so excited. I am going to give away one dozen of Jenny B's Gluten Free Treats chocolate chip cookies. One of my best sellers!! I will also be giving away coupons for a free box of Erewhon cereal. All you have to do is comment on this post and then go to facebook and like my page https://www.facebook.com/Livingfreelyglutenfree. Thank you everyone and good luck! You all have until Sunday night 8pm EST.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Easy 3 Ingredient Guacamole

This guacamole is easy and delicious. When we don't have all the extra's in the house we threw this together and it was great!

Ingredients:
2 avocado's mashed
1 tomato chopped
1 tsp of my homemade garlic salt

Directions:
Mix well and serve with your favorite chips. Enjoy!

Snack Time

This is so yummy and super good for you. I try to give my 2 year old smoothies daily so I know he's getting his raw greens. He thinks he's having dessert.

1 cup pineapple
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 1/2 washed chopped kale
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp. flax

I blend this baby up and my son drinks a healthy blend that makes me dance. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Gluten Free Preschool Snacks

I have wanted to put my son into a fun but educational program for a little time now. He is almost three and is very bright for his age. (I know we all feel this way about our own) I have been with him almost every single day since he was born. I very rarely leave him other than a trip to the store solo every now and then (my vacation time, lol).
I went and looked and several places and I am a bit picky so I was turned off a few times and gave up for a little while. He has since started asking to go to school and has been craving more play time with children other than our once a week gym class we attend. I am finally in a place now where I feel that we could use a little space, and he needs more craft fun time in a structured setting. I am not ready to fully let go though, so a 2 and a half hour class twice a week seemed like the perfect solution.
My son is gluten free and preschool is not! I knew going into this that I would be taking a chance of him getting glutened while at school. Especially because he is still too young to understand what he can and can't have. At home there are no restrictions. Everything in our house is gluten free and he eats like a king. He would never know that he has to eat different.
I was lucky enough to find an in home ran preschool with a lovely lady who was more than happy to hear my concerns and do her best to keep my son safe. We agreed that I would pack his snacks and that she would run everything by me before giving him anything. I even volunteered to bake the Halloween cupcakes for all of the kids so my son wouldn't have to feel left out. I am more than happy to make the treats and share!
Every few weeks I will make a snack bag and pack it for my son for his snack time at school. These things need to have a little bit of a shelf life and the teacher will provide fresh fruit and vegetables along with cheese and yogurt. Here is what I am packing:

-Sweet Potato Corn Chips (Costco) They are really yummy
-Annie's Snicker doodle bunnies
-Organic Pomegranate Fruit Strip (Target)
-Trader Joe's soft snicker doodle cookies
-Organic Banana Chips (Trader Joes)
-Organic Fruit Snacks (Costco)
-Organic Lollipops (Trader Joes)
-Qwakers Crackers- I got these samples at a gluten free expo. They are good but expensive.
-Organic Gluten Free Honey O's (Raley's)
- Cashew's

These are things I always keep in the house for snacks.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Coconut Crusted Mahi-Mahi


This lightly sweet crunchy mahi-mahi is a party in your mouth. Drizzled with a red Thai curry sauce and served on top of a bed of brown Jasmin rice this was fabulous. I served it along with sauteed kale and we had a deliciously healthy dinner. Even my 2 year old loved it.

Ingredients:
This made 4 servings, double as needed
2 5 os mahi-mahi steaks cut in half
1 egg beaten with 1/4 cup of water to make an egg wash
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup shredded coconut

Thai red curry:
3 tsp. red thai curry paste
2 tbsp. honey
2 cups coconut milk

Directions:
Start your rice and then begin making the steaks and sauce. 
Wash your steaks and set aside. In 2 bowls make your egg wash and then make your coconut mixture. Add your olive oil to a skillet and heat on medium heat. For each steak take them and first dip them in the coconut mixture, then the egg wash and back into the coconut mixture. Fry until they are golden brown and cooked through.
Once the steaks are cooked put them on a plate lined with a paper towel and in the same pan start the curry. Add the curry paste, honey and coconut milk and stir until well combined. Allow to simmer and reduce slightly. While this was cooking I made my kale. http://www.livingfreelyglutenfree.com/2013/06/sauteed-kale.html

To serve I first put a cup of rice and tbsp. of curry I then added my mahi-mahi and drizzled it in curry sauce I then topped it with kale and added some on the side. Enjoy!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beef Stew

The weather is finally in the 70's here in sunny California and I am soooo ready for fall! I almost live in a slight depression during the summer months because I am trapped in my house. The heat makes me feel like I'm dying and I am extremely pale and sensitive to the sun and heat. For 3-4 months out of the year it is unbearably hot. Typically during these months I fantasize of moving back to the Portland Metro where we lived for 3 years and I got to spend pleasant summers outside doing fun things. Someday I dream of being able to split my time between the two. Winter's in Cali and summer's in Portland.
To celebrate the cool breeze and being able to open my windows and enjoy the fresh air I decided to make one of my favorite cool weather dinner's. A delicious hearty beef stew. My family loves this recipe and everyone get's excited for the cooler weather because of all of the yummy creations in my kitchen.
Feel free to add any of your favorite veggies to this. Green beans, peas, bell peppers would all taste great!

Ingredients:
1.5-2 lbs of cubed beef steak cut into half inch pieces
4 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup white rice flour
3 potatoes washed, peeled and cut into bite size cubes
4 carrots peeled and cut
1 onion cut
1 can of corn drained
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
2 bay leaves
3 cups of beef broth
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. of my homemade seasoned garlic salt http://www.livingfreelyglutenfree.com/2013/09/gluten-free-seasoned-garlic-salt.html
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:
In a shallow bowl pour in your rice flour. Cut your steak cubes to be bite size. In a large pot heat your oil on medium heat. Coat the steak in the rice flour. Brown your pieces of steak and then add the onions and let them cook up for about 2 minutes. Add your broth, potatoes, carrots, corn, garlic, bay leaves, paprika, garlic salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then turn heat down to simmer covered for about 25-30 minutes until carrots and potatoes are tender. Enjoy!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sorry for the lack of posts!

I know I haven't had much up lately, especially recipes, but I've been so super busy that there has not been a lot of cooking going on here.
We decided to sell our home and move into something with a little more room (especially in the kitchen!) and that has been a lot of work!!!! Our house has been showing almost daily for the last few weeks and that means I have been cleaning like a crazy lady. When I cook- I get messy, so I've been avoiding cooking anything but my simplest meals. 
Good news is we are finally in escrow but now its time to start packing. My goal is to share a new recipe with you weekly and around the holiday's have some great ideas and recipes up for you. We hope to be in our new home by Thanksgiving. If there's anything you want to see please let me know. I love hearing feedback. You can always like my page of Facebook too. I share info on that page daily. Thanks and happy Sunday!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Celiac Awarness Tour SF

I was lucky enough to attend my first gluten free expo over the weekend in lovely San Francisco. I some how always missed the expo's in this area usually by a week. This time around I am prepared and planning ahead. It was smaller than expected but I had a wonderful time! I was able to get in with a coupon so my admission was only $8. Upon arriving I received a bag full of goodies and a gluten free chef was doing a cooking demonstration. I made my way around the room table to table tasting delectable safe treats and learning about companies breaking into the gluten free world. I was able to purchase some delicious sweet breads, sourdough bread and bean pasta's. I left with tons of loot and some excellent coupons. It was wonderful to be in a room with others who understood my struggles and who have embraced it and are making a living from it. I can't wait to go back!