Category Archives: Fast & Easy

Gluten Free Chicken Salad Sandwich

This fresh, easy chicken salad sandwich is the perfect lunch that can be easily served on gluten free bread, and served on traditional sliced bread for gluten eating friends and family.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Yields 4 sandwiches

Ingredients
8 slices ‘Udi’s Whole Grain Bread’
3/4 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cut into small pieces
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp green onions, sliced
3 Tbsp silvered almonds, sliced
1/2 cup red grapes, sliced (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. In medium bowl, add chicken, mayonnaise, celery, green onions, almonds and grapes. Mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Toast the slices of bread in a toaster or toaster oven.
3. Spread the chicken mixture onto the slices of bread to complete the sandwiches. Top with lettuce, tomato and cheese if desired. Serve with chips and fresh veggies. Enjoy!

This recipe works great with leftover grilled chicken. Double this recipe for an easy, delicious lunch during your busy week.

Easy Gluten Free Croutons
This real easy recipe shows you how to make tender, satisfying croutons out of store bought sliced gluten free bread in minutes.

Gluten Free Soup Recipes
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Gluten Free Pudding Dirt Cups

Dirt Cups were one of my favorite recipes to make when I was a kid. This recipe includes the gluten free version of Oreo cookies, chocolate pudding and gummy worms. Your kids will have a blast making this simple recipe with you.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Serves 5

Ingredients
15 cookies or 2 rows of KinniToo’s Chocolate Vanilla Sandwich Cookies
1 (3 oz) box Sugar-Free JELL-O chocolate pudding
3 cups skim milk
8 gummy worms

Directions
1. Transfer cookies to a sealed plastic bag. Smash cookies with rolling pin until crushed into crumbs. Set aside.
2. Mix instant chocolate pudding with milk as directed on package.
3. In 5 small cups, add half the cookies crumbs to the cups. Scoop pudding into cups, adding a gummy worm in the middle of the process. Sprinkle the rest of the cookie crumbs to the cups. Top each cup with a gummy worm. Enjoy!

Be creative and have fun with this recipe. Mix it up and use your favorite gluten free cookies and pudding flavors. If you’re not in a chocolate mood; try using gluten free shortbread cookies with cheesecake pudding – topped off with fresh berries. Simply delicious!

Gluten Free Chocolate Snicker’s Cookies
These cookies are truly divine. They are soft, rich and use two of my favorite candy bars; Dove Chocolates and Snickers!

Easy Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese cookies are one of my families favorites! The cookies stay soft and moist for days… if there are any left.

Easy Gluten Free Croutons

This real easy recipe shows you how to make tender, satisfying croutons out of store bought sliced gluten free bread in minutes. Get great use out of all your sliced gluten free bread, butts of bread included, by turning it into croutons.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients
2 slices of ‘Udi’s Whole Grain’ gluten free bread, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp olive oil

Stove Directions
1.  In medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add bread to skillet; cook on each side until the bread begins to brown evenly, about 4 minutes on each side.
3. Transfer the bread to cutting board. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, about 9 cubes per slice of bread.

Toaster Oven Directions
1. Lightly brush bread with olive oil.
2. Bake in toaster over a little longer than you would for toast; about 4 minutes at 450°. Keep a close eye to ensure the bread doesn’t come out burnt.
3. Transfer the bread to cutting board. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, about 9 cubes per slice of bread.

Croutons – Store croutons in a Ziploc bag to use for salads and soups during the week.

Bread - Any sliced bread can be used for this recipe. Store gluten free bread in the freezer if you don’t plan to use it any time soon, and use a toaster oven to quickly thaw the bread.

I enjoy making a few slices over the weekend, so I have easy access to great tasting croutons for my soups and salads during the week. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Bread Recipes
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Flavorful Gluten Free Mexican Bean Salad
This healthy, refreshing recipe makes a great side dish and lunch.

JELL-O Majic Mousse

Mix up your tradition JELL-O recipe with this fun, easy recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Yields 5 ½ cups

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg (3 oz) JELL-O Brand Gelatin
1 tub (8 oz) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, frozen or thawed

Directions
1. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 minutes or until completely dissolved.
2. Remove from heat, whisk in COOL WHIP until blended.
3. Refrigerate 8 hours or until firm.

JELL-O makes a great, light snack with lunch or bedtime treat. Have some fun with your kids and use cookie stencils to cut cute shapes out of the jello. Enjoy!

 Is JELL-O and Pudding Gluten Free
Check to learn more on purchasing safe gluten free JELL-O and Pudding brands.

Gluten Free JELL-O Cake
This moist, refreshing dessert is easy to make and gluten free!

Gluten Free Bisquick Pancakes

This recipe is from GlutenFreely, and commonly located on Bisquick Gluten Free Mix. I found this recipe to be simple to make, and taste just like traditional pancakes.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Yields 8-10

Ingredients
1 cup Gluten Free Bisquick mix
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions
1. In medium bowl, stir ingredients until well blended.
2. Heat greased griddle, pour slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle.
3. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden. If the pancakes are browning too fast and turning out darker than you prefer, turn the heat down.

Pancakes are endlessly versatile. Add blueberries, raisins, cinnamon, or nuts to boost nutrition or calories. Make pancakes for dessert by adding chocolate chips, cinnamon and sugar, and whip cream. Top pancakes with fresh fruit, powdered sugar, butter and/or syrup.

Double your batch to save leftovers for a busy week. Place leftovers on a  plate with plastic wrap, and store them  in the fridge. Reheat them in the toaster over for breakfast, quick snack or dessert.

Babies and kids love pancakes, but then again don’t we all. Pancakes are suitable for babies over the age of one. Enjoy and have fun!

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
This moist, delightful pumpkin bread is truly one of my all time favorite recipes!

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

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.

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.

Giant Fruit Salad

A fruit salad is the perfect gluten free side dish to share at any event.


Fruit Options

Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Honeydew, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon

Tasty Extras
Almonds, Walnuts, Raisins

Save money and enhance the flavor by purchasing more of the fruits that are in season. Enjoy!

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Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
This is a delicious, easy way to cool off on hot summer days.

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Truly one of my all time favorite recipes! The main reason I always make several loaves of this Pumpkin Bread is because it freezes so well. I can keep it in my freezer for several weeks and then simply set the loaf out on the counter to thaw for breakfast the night before. This delicious gluten free bread tastes as moist and fresh as the day I made it.

This recipe works great with three-2lb loaf disposable aluminum pans.  These pans are easy to give away, freeze and reuse.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 2-3 loaves

Ingredients
3 ½ cups ‘King Arthur Flour’ multipurpose gluten free flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups Libby’s pumpkin puree
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour 3 bread pans.
2. In large bowl, add all dry ingredients, mix well.
3. Add all other ingredients, mix until smooth and creamy.
4. Bake in preheated over for 1 hour or until toothpick poked in the middle of each loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pan. Enjoy!

I usually end up giving away the other two loaves, because otherwise I will eat all them all myself. This recipe truly is too delicious.

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

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

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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