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Gluten Free Best Ever Corn Dogs

Corn dogs are a great meal for the whole family to enjoy. I came across this recipe on Gluten Freely. This recipe was surprisingly delicious and fairly easy to make.

Start to Finish: 30 minutes
Serves 6-8

Ingredients
Oil for deep frying
1/2 cup gluten free cornmeal
1/2 cups Bisquick Gluten Free mix
2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 (16 oz) pkg gluten free hot dogs
Sticks, if desired

Directions
1. In deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 3-inches oil to 375°.
2. In medium bowl, mix cornmeal, Bisquick and sugar. Beat in egg and milk with whisk. Batter consistency will be of thick pancake batter. If needed, add extra Bisquick mix to thicken.  Place hot dogs on sticks, or cut into bite-sized pieces. Roll hot dogs in batter until covered.
3. Fry in hot oil 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Hot dogs may need to be flipped once. Drain on paper towel-lined plate. This recipe makes enough batter for 1 package hot dogs. Serve with ketchup and mustard. Enjoy!

Double this recipe and freeze the leftovers for a busy day. Allow corn dogs to cool to room temperature, then place corn dogs on baking sheet and freeze. Once corn dogs are fully frozen, put them into freezer bags. Reheat the corn dogs in oven at 400° for about 20 minutes.

Gluten Free Chicken Enchilada Bake
This incredible meal includes chicken, corn tortillas and a deluxe cream cheese filling.

Easy One-Dish Lemon Chicken & Potatoes
This easy recipe is a complete meal in one delicious dish.

Easy One-Dish Lemon Chicken & Potatoes


This easy recipe is a complete meal in one delicious dish.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes (grill) or  1 1/2 hours (oven)
Serves 3-4

Ingredients
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Greek or olive oil vinaigrette
1/3 cup quartered Kalamata olives (optional)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp garlic salt
2 small tomatoes, chopped

Grill Directions
1. Mix all ingredients except tomatoes in a large bowl.
2. Add equal amounts onto 4 large squares of heavy-duty foil. Fold in top and sides of each to enclose filling, leaving room for air to circulate.
3. Grill over medium heat for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are soft. Carefully open packets and sprinkle equal amount of tomatoes over each. Enjoy!

Oven Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Mix all ingredients except tomatoes in a large bowl.
2. Add equal amounts onto 4 large squares of heavy-duty foil. Fold in top and sides of each to enclose filling, leaving room for air to circulate.
3. Place in preheated oven to cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are soft. Carefully open packets and sprinkle equal amount of tomatoes over each. Enjoy!

 

Plan Ahead - Prepare the meal ahead of time by completing steps 1 & 2, and simple throw the prepared recipe in the oven or on the grill to cook when ready, worry-free.

Gluten Free Taco Pizza
This delicious taco and pizza combination is a Midwest favorite.

General Tso’s Gluten Free Chicken
This recipe not only tastes great, but is also a lot of fun to make!

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Soup Recipe

This zesty sausage and potato soup is truly one of my favorite gluten free meals. This recipe taste just like the Zuppa Toscana soup served at the Olive Garden.

Start to Finish: 30 minutes
Serves 6-8

Ingredients
4 Tbsp or 1 (2.8oz) bottle bacon bits
1 large white onion, diced
2 tsp garlic, minced
10 cups water
5 cubes of chicken bouillon
3 large Russet potatoes
1 lb ground Italian Sausage (mild or medium)
1 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
1 cup (half pint) of heavy cream
1/4 bunch of kale

 

Directions
1. In large saucepan, cook bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for 10 minutes or until onions are soft. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes with the skins on.
2. Add chicken bouillon and water to pot and bring to a boil. Add sliced potatoes and cook until soft, approximately half an hour.
3. Meanwhile, cook Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in medium saucepan. Drain excess fat and set aside.
4. Add heavy cream, stir well. Stir in sausage and heat through. Add kale and serve. Enjoy!

 

Spicier To make this dish spicier add 2 Tbsp crushed red pepper and use medium ground Italian Sausage. This will give more of a hot, zesty kick to this filling soup.

I often freeze the leftovers to save for a day when I’m feeling under the weather. Nothing taste better than a delicious, homemade soup when your feeling under the weather. Best part is, all you have to do is heat the soup up.

Grandma’s Homemade Gluten Free Corn Bread
This delicious, moist cornbread recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods.

Classic Gluten Free Beef Stew
This comfort food is a complete meal in one simple dish.

Gluten Free JELL-O Cake

This moist, refreshing dessert is easy to make and gluten free! Be creative and make tasty cupcakes, holiday cakes, birthday cakes and even carrot cakes with this process. Have fun and enjoy!!

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook/Chill Time: 4.5 hours
Yields 16

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) pkg ‘Betty Crocker’ gluten free yellow cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg (3 oz) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
½ cup cold water
1 tub (8 oz) COOL WHIP whipped topping, thawed

Directions
1. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 9×13-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
2. In small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min or until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours
3. Frost cake with COOL WHIP. Refrigerate 1 hour.

For lighter options; use COOL WHIP LITE whipped topping. Feel free to use any flavor JELL-O Gelatin of your choice. For colored frosting, add a few drops of food coloring into the COOL WHIP and garnish just before serving.

JELL-O Recipes
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Delectable Gluten Free Chocolate Dessert
Check out this simple chocolate dessert the whole family will enjoy.

Gluten Free Supreme Pizza

Personally, there’s nothing like a tasty, home-cooked pizza on a Friday night. But since we’re heading to Chicago this weekend, I made it tonight. Growing up my mom would split up the pizza crust and let us top our own pizzas. Have some family fun this weekend with your food and let your kids add their own toppings. Enjoy! 

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Yields: two pizzas, 12 to 16 slices

Ingredients
1 (18.25 oz) package ‘King Arthur’s Flour’ Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 large eggs
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups pizza sauce
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1 lb ground sausage, cooked
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)
1/4 cup black olives, sliced (optional)
dash of fresh basil (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare pizza crust as package directs with water, eggs and olive oil.
3. Top each pizza crust with pizza sauce, red onion, green pepper, sausage, cheese, jalapenos, black olives and fresh basil.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

To make this dish spicier; use spicy ground Italian sausage, and top with spicy jalapenos and red pepper flakes. Be sure to double check the Italian sausage ingredients, I unfortunately made this mistake and got glutened :(

P.S. This dish also makes great leftovers!

Gluten Free Taco Pizza
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King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Pizza Crust
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Gluten Free Mexican Lasagna


Mix up your typical Mexican dinner with this tasty southwestern style lasagna.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook/Chill Time: 40 min
Yields 8

Ingredients
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 cup canned whole kernel corn or frozen corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup chunky salsa
1 (3 oz) package taco seasoning
1 (16 oz) low fat ricotta cheese
2 eggs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried leaf oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 9×13-in baking dish.
2. In medium saucepan, brown meat over medium-high heat until completely brown; drain. Add corn, tomato sauce, salsa and taco seasoning. Mix well, simmer about 5 min.
3. In medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese, oregano and garlic salt. Mix well.

4. In prepared baking dish, arrange 6 tortillas on bottom of dish, overlap as necessary. Top with half the meat mixture. Spoon half of cheese mixture over meat. Top with half the shredded cheese. Repeat.
5. Bake in oven for 40 min. Let stand 10 minutes before serving to allow lasagna to cool and firm. Serve with additional chunky salsa and sour cream. Enjoy!

To make this dish healthier, substitute turkey for beef and use 40% less sodium taco seasoning. We only add half the taco seasoning mix to reduce even more sodium and calories.

To make this dish spicier, substitute with hot & spicy taco seasoning and hot chunky salsa.

P.S. To my surprise, this dish also makes great leftovers!

 

Gluten Free Taco Seasoning
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Gluten Free Taco Pasta Toss
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Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

This delicious and easy recipe makes a great breakfast, handy afternoon snack and is easy to travel with. Enjoy these tasty muffins anytime in the day.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Yields 12

Ingredients
4 Tbs margarine, melted
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 (15 oz) gluten free cake mix
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 Tbs vanilla
3/4 cup blueberry pie filling

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Insert paper cups into two: 12 count muffin pans.
2. In large bowl, add eggs, margarine and sugar. Stir together until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the milk, cake mix, flour and vanilla. Mix together until well combined, about 2 minutes.
3. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan; fill cups 2/3 with batter to allow room to expand. Spoon the pie filling on top of batter.
4. Bake in oven for 40 min or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

Store the muffins in an air tight container to keep them nice and moist. This recipe can be made with any pie filling of your choice. Try using your favorite pie filling with this muffin recipe today!

This recipe can be used to make fun size mini muffins too. These mini muffins make a great snack for any holiday event. Simply use mini muffin cups in a mini muffin pan, and follow the directions included above.

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Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies
Easy gluten free cream cheese frosting taste great with these soft, easy to make cookies.

Gluten Free Pudding Cake

This rich pudding cake is extremely easy to make and taste great.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook/Chill Time: 3 hours
Yields 16

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) pkg gluten free yellow cake mix
2 (4 serving size) pkgs JELL-O Chocolate Cook & Serve Pudding
1 cup powdered sugar
4 cups milk
2 Tbs margarine or butter

Directions
1. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 9×13-inch pan. Pierce cake with round handle of wooden spoon in 1/2-inch intervals.
2. In medium saucepan, add dry pudding mix and sugar. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended. Add margarine. Bring to full boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Pour over cake.
3. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.

Mix up this recipe by using your favorite flavor cakes and puddings. Have fun and enjoy!!


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Gluten Free JELL-O Cake

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Gluten Free Yogurt Berry Parfait

Change up your morning routine with this simple, delicious parfait. This quick recipe makes a great breakfast, mid-day snack and light lunch. Try placing this parfait in the freezer for 10 min for a healthy, frosty late night snack. Enjoy!

Start to Finish: 5 min
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups yogurt
2 cups fresh or frozen berries
2 cups gluten free granola
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp cinnamon & sugar

Directions
1. In 4 small glasses, add yogurt and berries.
2. Spoon 2 Tbsp of yogurt into each glass, smooth surface.
3. Spoon 2 Tbsp of granola over top, smooth surface.
4. Spoon 2 Tbsp of fruit over top, smooth surface.
5. Repeat the process, adding honey and cinnamon & sugar here and there to taste.

Try these tasty fresh fruit options: strawberries (hulled and sliced) raspberries, blueberries, bananas (fresh or dried), mandarin oranges, mango, and peaches, peeled and sliced.

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake
What’s a better balance than fresh strawberries, whip cream and a sweet, moist shortcake underneath?

Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
This delicious, easy recipe makes a great breakfast and is easy to travel with.

Cranberry Pecan Gluten Free Coffee Cake

This recipe is a family favorite for our Christmas morning breakfast, and can be enjoyed for breakfast or snack for any event.

Prep Time:  10 min
Cook Time:  40 min
Yields 12

Ingredients
Cake
3 eggs
4 Tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 (15oz) package Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Streusel
1 Tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1/4 cup Gluten Free Bisquick
3/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9-inch spring form pan.
2.  In large bowl, add eggs, 4 tablespoons margarine and sugar. Stir together until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the milk, cake mix, flour and vanilla. Mix together until well combined, about 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. In small bowl, add 1 Tablespoon margarine and Gluten Free Bisquick, stir well. Add cranberries and pecans to mixture, stir until well mixed. Spoon the mixture on top of batter.
4. Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy! Store the coffee cake in an air tight container to keep nice and moist.

This recipe can also be used to make 24 regular muffins. Simply use regular size paper cups in two 12 cup muffin pans, and follow instructions included above. If you are short on time; replace the streusel with any gluten free granola of your choice. Enjoy!

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
This moist, rich pumpkin bread is truly one of the best gluten free recipes around.

Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
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