Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tonight's Dinner: Slow Cooker Bajio Chicken

My apologies for not blogging over the past few days!  However, I couldn't pass up blogging about tonight's dinner:  Slow Cooker Bajio Chicken.


This recipe was discovered on Pinterest, and was absolutely delicious.  I made a few minor adjustments:  instead of regular salsa, I used Natures Basket Black Bean & Corn Salsa, and skipped the green chilies.  In addition, I warmed a corn tortilla, added shredded cheddar...simply said...YUMMY!!!

Please be sure to let me know if you make it...and ENJOY!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tonight's Dinner: Hot Chicken Salad

This morning, I made my dinner before work, and I can't wait to get home to try it!  I replaced croutons for GF toast, and didn't add the almonds.  Also, for the breadcrumbs, I used Gilligan's.  For a little extra flavor, I sprinkled some Italian Salt Seasoning. 

If you make it, let me know what you think!

Hot Chicken Salad Recipe

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Great Article on how to cook for someone who needs to be Gluten Free

Thought I'd pass this on:


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Great News in the Celiac World!

Last Friday,  the NFCA (National Foundation for Celiac Awareness) made their announcement about resigning the "Amber" designation!!

In my opinion, The Celiac Chicks said it perfectly..."Basically, gluten sensitivity it not to be taken lightly. You know those people that tell you, "I'm just gluten sensitive, so I don't have to be as careful as someone with celiac..."? They are misinformed."  

Recently, more than ever, when I can't eat something and explain I'm on a GF diet, people have responded "My friend is on that diet to loose weight".   As a Celiac, this is very frustrating.  So many precautions need taken to prepare safe, gluten free food for a Celiac, not those without a medical condition.  Due to this, it is misleading for those who are misinformed or uneducated about Celiac Disease.  This month is Celiac Awareness Month -so, spread the word hand help educate as many as you can!! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday, All!  Today, was a typical Monday, and tough to find motivation to get moving!!  Because of lack of motivation, I didn't make what I originally planned to make (Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna)  However, I ended up with a simple yet, delicious dinner tonight.  Yesterday, I marinated chicken breast for dinner -but, ended up having PF Changs take-out instead!  So, this morning, I put the chicken marinated in Cookwell & Company's Olive & Lemon Vinaigrette (labeled GF) to  use, and cooked it on the grill!  The side dish I made was a corn & black bean salad recipe that I found on Pinterest:  1 can of black corn, 1 can on corn (since fresh corn on the cob isn't too flavorful yet), 1/2 of a red pepper chopped, juice of a lemon, 6-8 tablespoons of olive oil, fresh chopped cilantro, and topped with avocado.  This morning, I put the salad together, and grilled the chicken before heading out the door.  Then, when I got home this evening, I just had to warm up the chicken. All of it was so flavorful...and simple!  

Hope you all had a great Monday, and don't forget to let me know what you had yummy for dinner!!  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tonight's Dinner: Chicken Taco Bake

This morning, before I left, I made tonight's dinner, and can't wait to try it!!  I've been finding a lot of great recipes on Pinterest, and tonight's dinner is one of them.

Chicken Taco Bake Recipe

I made a few alterations to the recipe (no olives or chilie's, less taco seasoning, and no chicken since we had it last night)...and of course GF pasta!  I'm not much of a recipe follower , and always adjust to our liking or to make GF.  You can truly make any recipe to be GF, and delicious...I do it all the time! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Gluten Free food aren't always safe...

Lately, I've been hearing more and more of places offering Gluten Free foods -however, they aren't  safe for those with Celiac or Gluten Intolerance due to cross-contamination.  My mom just mentioned that she was down the strip district, and was tickled pink to see GF biscotti's only to find out they are GF -but, not made for those who have food allergies. In other words, they weren't GF!! 

Those with Celiac or Gluten Intolerance, please be careful, and verify product being made in a dedicated GF facility, and check your labels.  

To help our voices be heard on this issue, please take a moment to submit the following petition:

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, and stay tuned for more GF updates, and recipes! 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

We had a very enjoyable day. My amazing cousin, Kayla, hosted our family Mother's day get together, and made everything Gluten Free...and was delicious. We had a deli tray w/ Udi's gf buns, baked ziti, spinach strata, chicken waldorf salad, key lime fudge, cheesecake stuffed strawberries, pickle dip, fruit, and peanut butter chocolate pretzel cookies. I'm truly blessed to have such an amazing family that is supportive, and understand our gluten free lifestyle. As my cousin said today, "it's really no different than normal food, it's just being mindful". And I counldn't agree more. Hope you all had great day with special people...whether you are a mother, grandmother, and, or special someone in a child's life...Happy Mother's Day!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Friday!

I've completely slacked with cooking dinner, and meal planning this week!  Typically, I plan my meals out for 2 weeks, and do all the shopping at once to make less trips to the grocery store.  

So far this week we had the following:
  • Chicken Caruso (a family recipe consisting of marinara sauce, pineapples, celery, and pieces of chicken over rice); made in the crockpot
  • Grilled Chicken (marinated in hidden valley ranch seasoning, and olive oil) with Grilled Corn and Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese (GF pasta with Velveeta cheese sauce) & left over chicken!
  • Tuna Melt (tuna, mayo, hard boiled eggs, and cheese) on a GF bagel (Udi's)
  • Tonight just may be a Pizza night!!  
Even though I slacked this week, every meal was easy to make, and deliciously GF!   I stick by the KISS method (Keep It Simple & Safe)!  As often as I can, I use the crockpot so our dinner can cook while we are at work, and be ready for us to sit down to eat.  Now that the weather is nice, I also like to grill a lot.  Don't forget if your home isn't 100% GF, to make sure the grilled is cleaned or food is cooked on foil to avoid contamination. 

Stay tuned for more yummy dinner ideas! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

GF Food For Thought

A dear friend of mine passed on a very interesting article to me yesterday, and I thought I'd share it:

Gluten Free Glutton

When my daughter was born, my husband and I decided to keep our daughter 100% Gluten Free (GF) until she was able to communicate any symptoms to us.  Not to mention since our home is 100% GF, it just made sense.  

Recently, we did an oral swab test that another dear friend told me about that tested for Gluten Intolerance & Celiac Gene.  The results for  my baby girl were she carries both the Gluten Intolerance Gene and Celiac Gene -so, it was a good thing we kept her 100% Gluten Free.    

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thought I'd pass this on:
Yummy Trader's Joe's Find:
During my latest Trader Joe's trip I spotted their Sweet Potato Chip Rounds.  Last night, I finally tried them...and they are delicious!!  I had them with guacamole, and later with fresh salsa.  We all loved them, and so glad I found them!!  


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

PNC Park GF Options

Did you know PNC Park has Gluten Free Options?

New healthy options concession stand designed for health conscious guests and those with special dietary restrictions.  Options include:
  • Gluten Free, Kosher Hot Dog
  • Gluten Free Nacho served with Salsa
  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese (Brie with fruit compote) and Grilled Veggie Toaster (Seasonal grilled veggies) served on gluten free bread and toasted on a panini press.
  • Tomato & Mozzarella Salad with baby mozzarella and oven dried grape tomatoes tossed in fresh basil and a balsamic dressing.
  • Grilled Veggie Salad with grilled veggies topped with a balsamic reduction.
  • Gluten free, Kosher, Vegan Sweet Potato Chips
  • Fresh Fruit Cup 
Source:   http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120403&content_id=27865604&vkey=pr_pit&c_id=pit

Hello Blogger World!

I'm new to the blogging world -so, bare with me, please!! :-) This blog will hopefully be found useful to anyone with Celiac, Gluten Intolerance, or who are Gluten Free for any other reason.  

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease almost 9 years ago, and wouldn't change it for anything!  Our home is 100% Gluten Free, and we have a house rule of when in doubt, come without!  Most times, our guest don't even realize the food is Gluten Free!  

From time to time, I'll post recipes, gluten free finds, and anything I think others will find interesting.  Stay tuned....