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Nut, Cereal & Peanut Butter Snack Bar – Gluten Free

Gluten free, kid friendly, on the go, protein is HARD to come by so my husband came up with these:

ENJOY!

Slightly Messy but Tasty and Cheaper Than Storebought Energy Bars

  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts (the ones I found were not salted but they could be)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds (no shells)
  • ¼ cup flax seed
  • ½ cup (or slightly more) flavored craisins- I found them in orange, raspberry, and blueberry at WinCo
  • 4 cups Gluten Free Rice Chex (works better if you do not crush them)
  • ½ cup Natural Creamy Peanut butter (be sure to mix the oils in beforehand)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 t vanilla

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a big bowl and set aside. Heat peanut butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Combine ingredients until more or less evenly mixed with a scraper. Scoop mix into lightly greased 8×8 pan.  Press into pan firmly with a metal or non stick flipper.  Don’t be afraid to use some hutspa so that it will stick together.  Let sit for 1 hour.  Cut into desired size (10 bars in an 8×8 pan seems to work well).  It may be necessary to form up bars with hands when removing from the pan (so this is not for those of you who are grossed out by a little stickiness).  I cut them up and put them in snack bags to take camping with my kids.

July 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm 4 comments

Best way to make pizza rice cakes.

One of the hardest things for me is coming up with lunches that are simple, fast, kid pleasers. Simple and fast rarely goes along with gluten free. Not only that but the words cheap or inexpensive are almost a joke. But I’ve got no choice. With three boys and myself all eating gluten free, budget wise is a must!

Here is one of our simple meals using regular groceries (not specialty) that also saves precious time during the middle of our school day.

It doesn’t seem that there should be a science to making rice cake pizza’s but by trial and error I have come up with some helpful tips.

One – NEVER EVER put the sauce directly on the rice cake. Unless of course you like soggy food. Experience has taught me that the sauce can melt a hole right throught the middle and cause quite an interesting anomoly. Donut shaped pizza!

Two – Don’t ever let the boys make their own pizza rice cakes using cheese sticks! If you haven’t ever tried to microwave a cheese stick I am here to tell you, do not attempt!

Three – Well, I guess there isn’t a three. So here is a lovely picture of one of the Thinglets’ favorite lunch meals. Enjoy!

March 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm 7 comments

Chex Snack – puppy chow

My thinglets love this snack. With Chex now gluten free, it ‘s great to whip up when the sweet tooth hits. I snuck a batch last night after the thinglets went to bed so I didn’t have to share! Evil MOM 😉

Here is the original recipe from the Chex site.

What is your favorite 15 minute, gluten free snack. Healthy is great or not so healthy works for me too!

January 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm 7 comments

100 Random Gluten Free Foods

  1. chex cereal
  2. corn tortillas
  3. apples
  4. chicken
  5. rice
  6. coffee (is that food?)
  7. chocolate (okay that’s better)
  8. rice cakes
  9. peanut butter
  10. milk
  11. cheese
  12. steak
  13. potatoes
  14. green beans
  15. salad
  16. eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, omelets, green, “on a train”)
  17. sunflower seeds (careful of seasonings)
  18. hot dogs (read label)
  19. salsa
  20. corn chips
  21. fruit snacks
  22. nuts (but not all trail mixes)
  23. ham
  24. red hots 😉
  25. apple sauce
  26. yogurt
  27. soup (some Progresso brand or homemade)
  28. beef
  29. Frito’s
  30. cucumbers
  31. jasmine rice
  32. fish
  33. sushi (most- but beware of soy sauce)
  34. cheese sticks (definitely a different food group than plain cheese)
  35. spaghetti sauce (read label, try Classico Brand)
  36. ice cream
  37. M&M’s
  38. pears
  39. bananas
  40. humus
  41. black beans
  42. pinto beans
  43. refried beans
  44. carrots
  45. corn
  46. lettuce
  47. cabbage
  48. salad dressing (NOT asian dressings, most have soy sauce)
  49. tapioca
  50. jello
  51. bacon
  52. potatoes
  53. turkey
  54. rice noodles
  55. mushrooms
  56. sprouts
  57. zucchini
  58. Reese’s (I had to counter all those veggies)
  59. pudding
  60. peaches
  61. melons (and I don’t mean the Hooter’s kind)
  62. grits
  63. onions
  64. eggplant
  65. french fries (if they are fried in a dedicated vat- and no it’s not the same as potatoes!)
  66. non wheat flour alternatives – sorghum, rice, tapioca, corn starch, buckwheat (technically a cousin to the rhubarb family), potato starch.
  67. raisins
  68. popcorn
  69. pepperoni
  70. carrots
  71. snickers
  72. pop (D.P, Coke, Pepsi translation for you non Northerners)
  73. fudge (some)
  74. gravy (if made with corn starch and drippings)
  75. Ahhh I’m stuck…  oh how about berries
  76. shrimp
  77. lobster
  78. tartar sauce (I don’t know about all but I think so)
  79. cereal that is simply the puffed grain ie. puffed rice (check label, kamut and durum are WHEAT)
  80. some brands of rice cracker
  81. larabars
  82. nachos (okay people I’m running low on ideas)
  83. peaches
  84. tomatoes
  85. garlic
  86. chocolate chips (did I already say that?)
  87. fruit smoothie drink (be careful with protein powders)
  88. hamburger patty’s
  89. ketchup
  90. mayo
  91. salt and pepper
  92. crisco, butter
  93. creme cheese
  94. peas
  95. chick peas
  96. yams
  97. dried fruit (ha ha, not really another food but hey)
  98. alfredo sauce by classico (many have wheat as a thickener so beware)
  99. craisins
  100. pistachios

So call me obnoxious 🙂  It took two days to come up with this list and I’m sure I’m missing key items.  Do you have any to add?  Maybe we’ll make a secone 100 list!

November 24, 2009 at 10:21 am 15 comments

Pizza Please with a Cherry on Top!

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Continue Reading September 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm 8 comments

Gluten Free Me…

and super size me while you’re at it!  Unless you are aware that McD’s fries are NOT technically gluten free according the their own website. 😦  I have been informed however that the celiac foundation tested them and found them to be within the limit to be considered gluten free.

On other business…

Summer is officially over since Sunday marked the last day of the fair!

I can still smell the kettle corn cooking.  I’ve still got chicken poo stuck to my boots.  Thing 1 still has artificial freckles on his face, the kind you get from falling off the sheep in Mutton Bustin’ and yet it is time to get back to reality.  Time to eat meals from my own table and time to blog again lest the blog police shut me down. 

Every year I cling to the last morsels of the fair just like Templeton in Charlotte’s Web.  I love the fair; bad food, creative crafts, huge pumpkins and the rodeo!  “The bulls and the blood, the dust and the mud!”  Gotta love it.

What do you eat when you are on the go?

Thinking back on the fair and the mirage that was summer I wondered if it might be helpful to compile some of the fast food orders I make over and over and over again. 

When you have to eat gluten free you tend to avoid fast food like mothers across the nation avoid having to change dirty diapers on the primitive floor of the fair bathroom where there is no warm water, no soap and likely no towels when you are down to your last wet wipe!  None the less when the occasion arises most every mother will just get the job done.

Here is my “menu” for those times when fast food is inevitable.

What can I eat at McDonald’s?

  • yogurt parfait (NO oatmeal) 
  • salad (NO croutons and NO chicken- not even the grilled one!)
  •  fruit and walnut salad (DON’T eat the candies walnuts the second ingredient is wheat)
  •  100% beef patties (NOT the Angus patty)
  •  McRib Pork Patty.

The salad dressings do not contain gluten ingredients. All but one are soy free. The Italian dressing is the only one that does not contain milk.

I usually order a yogurt parfait and fries but I just read on the McDonald’s website that the number 2 ingredient is a vegetable oil which includes Natural Beef flavor in which one of the ingredients is hydrolyzed wheat.  And all this time I though fries were gluten free!  WAAAAAA!

I rarely order a plain meat patty because the chances that somebody puts a bun on accidentally then yanks it off and sticks the patty in a boat (crumbs and all) is something I don’t like to gamble on.

What can I eat at Wendy’s?

Wendy’s is my favorite.  In my town it is the best fast food bet if I don’t want to get sick, though I have had the occasional cross contamination issues that go along with chancing it “out on the range”!  Truly only 1 in 100. That’s pretty good.

  • grilled chicken patty
  • 100% beef patty
  • potatoes
  • gogurts
  • fries (I think but can’t verify online right now)
  • salads (minus croutons, NOT including the Asian salad-or just leave off the noodles)
  • most of the dressings are without wheat (be aware that soy sauce has wheat so stay away from Asian dressings/marinades)

I usually order one of their wonderful salads.

OR

A chicken patty with my favorite dressing to dip, a sour cream and chive potato and a big swig of good ol’ Dr. Pepper!

What can I eat at Carl’s Jr?

  • The low carb $6 burger-
  • fries

There is still hope for french fry eaters (unless you are allergic to soy).  I had stopped eating Carl’s fries when they changed to the “fresh cut” version because I noticed the breading and assumed it was wheat.  I actually spit a couple out in a panic and threw three boxes of fries away on that assumption.  Browsing their website I found that the “breading” is actually rice flour so it appears that french fries are still in my future! Don’t eat the zuccini or crisscut fries though.

Since they have the low carb option Carl’s will make any of their sandwiches on lettuce!  They even have real  lettuce!  The chicken (even grilled chicken) is not okay the marinade contains soy sauce.

View the complete Carl’s ingredients list here.

I hope this helps. Here are some other fast food chains and restaurants I’ve left off since I don’t have much experience with them,  our little town doesn’t offer a lot of options! 🙂

Please visit Linda’s new and improved “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free” and don’t forget to check out the other great recipes this week!

August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm 16 comments

Summer Slackin’

See I’m silly, do you suspect my serious compulsion? thing 1 pie I have a compulsion for words and I love alliteration! 🙂 

That aside, I spent the time it takes to brew my morning coffee swatting flies!  Why flies you ask?  My darling Thinglets can not resist the great outdoors but since mom doesn’t cook during the summer they also can’t resist multiple trips indoors for a snack.  During the summer I slack in the eating and the cleaning department, I reserve most of my cleaning rampages for the dreary days of winter.  Please pay close attention to the word MOST as I am not good at practicing what I preach! 

The result is a summer slackin’ mamma, several snackin saps and a serious amount of smackin’ stinkin’ segmented sailing suckers!

Since I’ve been a regular participator in Linda’s weekly blog carnival, previously “What’s for Dinner Wednesday” I decided I couldn’t let down the troops so this week I don’t have a recipe but more of a slackers gluten free survival map!

thing 2 pieNever fear though, I will be back soon with full tummy recipes since in the Northwest summer is but a passing fancy!  We have guests this week and I plan to bring you my brother in law’s (Lil Sis’ Hubby) “Famous Fish Taco” recipe.  So tune in next week!

In the mean time-

Gluten Free Goof’s Slacker’s Survival Map:

The first stop is my sock drawer!  No I don’t have any science experiments brewing in there just a “treasure map” of sorts that helps me get my head out of the clouds when it comes time to eat!  Food preparation is one area that I am somewhat of a procrastinator.  I am not confident, I am picky and yet I have grand ideas that often flop (unless my hubby is helping- he is an uninhibited cook)!  Sooo, it helps me to have a simple plan to fall back on and yet not be bound to! 

Sounds much too complicated for FOOD!  For crying out loud those six mouths are simply six pie holes!

After I have fished out my treasure map I wistfully make a paper airplane out of it and send it sailing off of the deck, past the pigs, the horses, and the vegetable garden where I am reminded there are numerous summertime bubba pietreasures we don’t get to enjoy everyday!  Second stop, garden of weedin where we get our veggies fix’!

If there is extra time and I want to impress the rats I might stop by the BBQ on the way back to the house and create a dish for the critics!

When there is no extra time my map ends up as fuel for the barbecue and I whip up my go to summer meal complete with Sweet Baby Ray’s drizzly grin!

Occasionally I forget the whole thing and let my seven year old create his own masterpiece!

So in case there is any question, my treasures are featured all over this page!  No need for maps or compasses my husband and I have been thoroughly blessed with the four adorable children God has trusted us with!

Psalm 127:3-5
3Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him.

 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
       are sons born in one’s youth.

 5 Blessed is the man
       whose quiver is full of them.
       They will not be put to shame
       when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

pee wee pieAaarg, I hope you’ve enjoyed this treasure hunt, come back next week for a seriously good installment of Linda’s new and improved “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free” and don’t forget to visit the others this week!

July 29, 2009 at 10:02 am 9 comments

Beach Bum Snack Kit Gluten Free Style

The Thinglets and I along with my best friend and her girls spent a good part of the week here…

lake

doing this…

lake5

visiting with friends…

lake1

and this…

lake4

The water is still quite cool at around 60 degrees but oh so refreshing!

lake3

Even the Bubba had his own water slide…

lake6

One of the hardest things about eating gluten free has been finding quick and easy snack foods.  You know, on the go food, ready made, throw in your picnic bag kinds of foods… 

lake2

Popcorn is a winner with all the kids.

Sometimes I throw in fruit snacks, nuts (be careful with trail mix it is often manufactured where they process wheat), larabars etc.  Here is what I had in my survival kit this week…

beach bum

Popcorn and rice cakes, with sunflower butter and/or tuna (the bag kind would have been better but the can was free this time), apples, cheese sticks (eat them 1st, they melt) lots of water and honest kids organic fruit juice (found recently at Wal Mart-my necessary evil).  Don’t forget the sunscreen and you will be set for a day on the lake, or at the park!

Enjoy

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

June 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm 11 comments

Guest Post- Thing 1’s Apple Cinnamon Grits

Today while I sip daiquiris and relax in my hammock Thing 1 is going to take care of dinner.  There’s no telling what will happen when a seven year old prepares dinner, but no mind I’m going to put my feet up and stare at the sky.

WAIT!

What’s this, who is in my hammock?hammock

You’ve never seen me drink you say?

Whenever my mom comes out to visit she asks, “Do you want me to bring anything? Coffee, chocolate?”

“Nice mom,” I tease but “how about some Whisky?”

Okay, okay! You are right 
“I love Jesus but I drink a little”!  Sorry, that’s a bad inside joke and you’d be in on it if you watched the Ellen Degeneres Show.  That is another thing I don’t make a habit of doing, actually we never got a converter box so we don’t even have TV but my dear Aunt sent me that little tid bit as an email attachment one day a couple months ago.  That’s the way to start your day, let me tell you.  At any rate I don’t drink but I do down quite a bit of caffeine to make it through the day. If you wonder why just ask Thing 2 he is the road rash king! He got a fresh one yesterday playing chicken with his brother on bikes.

If you don’t think Thing 2’s antics are enough or hammock stealing toddlers or a dinner cooking seven year old just ask Pee Wee, she has a few things to say about that…PeeWee's 2 cents

Then again maybe it’s just the hat!

It looked like a good idea at the time, but now that I think of it who wants a denim tulip plopped on top of her head.  After all she is a girl with some fashion sense  unlike her mother!

 

Thing 1’s Apple Cinnamon Grits:thing 1's gritz

Ingredients:

  1. grits
  2. water
  3. apple
  4. brown sugar
  5. cinnamon
  6. milk or non-dairy milk (I used Mocha mix)

I thought of a new way to make grits better. 

Here are the directions.

Okay, first make the grits.

First you pick the amount of grits that you want to make.  We make a lot everyday that we have some and we love it.  My brothers and I eat all of it every time.  Today I made six servings.

Start with putting 4 cups of water in a small pan (mom’s note- you’ll need a medium pan).  Then you put it on the front burner and put it on high (mom’s note-if your mom will let you or you can get help with this step).  Point the handle of the pan back so nobody can reach it and spill it.

When the water boils then you put 1 cup of grits in and set your timer for 5 minutes.  Turn the burner on low.

When the timer goes off then the grits is ready.

Oh wait I forgot, when you dump the grits in mix it with a mixing thing; a wisk. 

Then you ask your mom to cut one apple into small pieces without the skin.

Mom’s note- Thing 1 even took his own pictures to go with his recipe! 🙂

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apple3apple4Now what mom?

Oh yeah!

Then you put one splash of Mocha Mix in.

Last part of the ingredients is put a little less than a spoon full of cinnamon and a spoonful of brown sugar in.

Mix it and eat it!

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here. 

June 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm 18 comments

Thanks for Summer Two for One Special

Have you ever been in a deep cave or a long tunnel?  I’ve been in both. 

We have old mines in a town not too far from where I grew up that tell a story of the dreams of many ambitious families who hoped to build fortunes by sending there strong men into the dark day after day.  There are countless numbers who didn’t make it out of mines like this one.

I’ve also traveled through what is thought to be the worlds longest underwater tunnel on the Trans Tokyo Bay Highway in Japan though it is traveled by millions I thought I  might not make it out!

If you have ever experienced it you will understand the feeling of awe in the blinding reality at the “end of the tunnel” or at the top of the long climb out of that dark cave.  First, it’s the realization that you were holding your breath and you breathe in the air as if before you had been unable to inhale. 

Next its like the world is new as you experience the sun on your face and the many many colors of nature around you.  How could you forget in those short moments what beauty awaited you?

Emerging from winter this year has been like that for me.  I grew up here in the North so I’m no stranger to hard winters and I’m also quite fond of the clean blanket that is tossed out over all who tarry giving familiar surroundings a sort of ethereal curiosity.  None-the-less, this was an exceptionally long hard winter, both by natural purposes and emotionally, physically etc. 

I’ve never been happier to welcome Spring. It seems to me that the earth was just as ready and practically lept over the normal events of Spring and has puddle stomped it’s way into Summer in a matter of a few short weeks.

The sun is shining, the garden is planted and I’m so thankful for summer! 

Hubby says I’m “dripping with detail”!  I’ll take that as a compliment.  

Finally getting to it.

Here is my “Thanks for Summer Two for One Special”:

Veggie Tray Lunch:veggie tray

What you will need:

  • various yummy veggies
  • cheese (if desired)
  • dressing or hummus for dipping

I reused a disposable tray and lid I had from somewhere, it was perfect.  To note, DO NOT cut up the sweet pepper in advance it flavors everything in a 2 foot radius. It just so happens that’s almost the entire frig.

I filled this tray each morning and gave the kids free rein to eat from it at will.  It really helped curb the munchies and even took place of lunch one day this week.

My Thinglets had their reservations but when I sliced the sweet pepper and gave each a nice thin “shoestring pepper fry” they were pleasantly surprised.  They were also quite sure that tomatoes were not on the approved list until I sliced a few in half and had them try without the shock of that spurt of juice when you bite into it whole.  You guessed it, no complaints!

The veggies and cheese were such a hit I went one step further.

Summer Pasta Salad:

and toss

What you will need:

  • BroccoliGF noodles (16oz)- No that’s not a typo I did a little research and though Tinkyada calls this it’s Fussilli Pasta it appears to be truly the Broccoli Pasta shape.  Read the link it’s quite a kick!
  • chicken if desired (this is delicious as another use for the bbq chicken left-overs)
  • various veggies
  • parmesan cheese (if desired)
  • garlic
  • olive oil

If I can do it you can do it (Recipe):

If you’ve made the veggie tray or have vegetables on hand this dish is a cinch to whip up.

As soon as I got the The Bubba and Pee Wee down for their naps I boiled up the noodles.  The key is to make the noodles according to package directions and allow time to chill before your own clan is pounding down the door for dinner.  I like to rinse and pat dry before serving or chilling GF pastas.

Just before the door came crashing in (not really but you’d be surprised) I prepared my veggies.add veggies

I used 2 chicken thighs, 2 dozen cherry tomatoes (some cut in half for the Thinglets), 3-4sm sweet peppers sliced in strips, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and 1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic.

All you have to do now is drizzle in a little olive oil (just enough to coat the noodles and get the cheese to stick), toss in the vegetables and chicken then pour a glass of lemonade, put up your feet and soak in the sun!add oil

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here. 

June 16, 2009 at 10:49 pm 15 comments

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Sourdough Update

Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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