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Gluten Free Pizza

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pizza is one of those things since I’ve been gluten free that I’ve failed at… a LOT! I have tried countless recipes, mixes and frozen gluten free versions which all have been extremely expensive and pretty much resemble cardboard.

That was at least, until I discovered these little beauties: Udi’s Pizza Crusts. I have raved about Udi’s products before, and honestly knew they would probably be great before I even tried them!

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I was right! I loaded on my favorite toppings of canadian bacon, pineapple, and fresh mozzerella, and broiled for 10 minutes. They are for sure the best gluten free pizza I have had yet and cost only $4.99 for a two pack which is less expensive than most other gluten free options.

Do you have any gluten free secrets? I’d love to hear your tips!!!

 

Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Friday, April 11th, 2014

These days two little girls are giving us a hard time getting out the door for our usual lunches. The other day we got creative when the fridge was looking sparse, but we wanted something fresh and filling. We came up with this gluten free pasta salad that turned out delicious!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Gluten Free Pasta (we used Barilla’s GF Penne and were pretty impressed)

Any vegetables you have on hand

Italian Salad Dressing

Cheese for garnish

We cooked our pasta, tossed with pepper and olive oil and added fresh tomatoes, celery and beets. We then added canned corn and black beans, tossed everything together with Italian salad dressing and garnished with Parmesan cheese.

When we make this again, we will for sure add beets at the very end with the cheese, as it made the pasta a little purple while being tossed together.

This was so simple and delicious, we hope you’ll give it a try! A large serving is definitely filling enough as a main course or this would be a great side dish to serve at any occasion.

Van’s Gluten Free Crackers

Friday, March 28th, 2014

I’ve been gluten free for six years now. The first year was so rough, but it has become so much easier through the years, especially with the help of new gluten free products coming out all the time.

I picked up these crackers at Target recently and discovered they are manna from heaven!

boxwoodclippings_vans say cheese crackersI had forgotten how delicious a cheesy cracker is…yum, yum, yum!

Not only do these crackers taste delicious, they are packed with whole grains and boast no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.

With a price tag similar to “normal” crackers, these are for sure my new favorite gluten free treat.

For any of my gluten free fellows out there or anyone that wants a healthy treat, you HAVE TO give these a try!

Easy Chocolate Rice Krispies Nests

Friday, March 14th, 2014

These little rice krispies nests are a tradition this time of year in our family. They are incredibly simply but look so pretty and festive for Easter time and spring.

boxwood clippings_easy chocolate rice crispy treats

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rice Krispies
Milk Chocolate
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cupcake liners

Directions:

Melt chocolate and mix with rice krispies. We haven’t put measurements because you only need a little chocolate to get the rice krispies to stick together. Use as little or as much as you’d like. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners and create a little well with your spoon for chocolate eggs. Next place eggs and let chocolate harden for about 30 minutes before serving.

These are the perfect treat to make with little ones who have a short window of attention.

We hope the whole family loves these crunchy and chocolatey treats as much as we do. Enjoy!

Pamela’s Gluten Free Coffee Cake

Friday, October 18th, 2013

I was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease in 2007. This was before the ‘gluten-free’ craze, and living G-free was hard. That was until I discovered Pamela’s Gluten-free baking mix. Honestly, it was a life-changer. A gluten-free flour mix I could replace 1:1 for regular flour in all my favorite recipes! This mix made life so much easier and although now there are lots of G-free flour substitutes out there, this one remains my favorite.

Today I’m happy to share Pamela’s gluten-free sour cream coffee cake recipe. It is my go-to gluten-free baking recipe because it is so easy, everyone loves it, and is perfect for this time of year.

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

2 c Pamela’s baking and pancake mix (most grocery stores carry this)

2/3 c butter

1 1/4 c sugar

1/4 c brown sugar

2 eggs

1 c sour cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp cinnamon

1 c walnuts

powdered sugar (for glaze, optional)

How To Make:

Blend brown sugar, 1/4 c white sugar, cinnamon and walnuts and set aside. Cream butter and remaining white sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and slowly mix until blended. Alternate adding baking mix and sour cream until blended. Add half of mixture to cupcake liners, add sugar/cinnamon/walnut blend and then cover with remaining batter. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

When cooled out of the oven, you can mix powdered sugar and water to create a glaze to drizzle over the top.

I used to make this recipe in a bunt pan, but it would drive me crazy if it didn’t come out 100% perfect. Now I make them as muffins, in cupcake liners. They are easier to serve this way too.

This is the best treat to have with a hot drink. Comfort food is the best this time of year!

For original recipe see HERE. Hope you enjoy!

Sweet Tooth Fairy Cookies

Friday, October 4th, 2013

We are big Sweet Tooth Fairy fans. We love popping in to one of their shops and buying a single cupcake instead of making a whole batch at home. Their baked goods are always so delicious and a perfect little treat.

Lately, their cookies have been catching my eye. There’s something about fall that makes me want a cookie and a big glass of milk…

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I was pleasantly surprised when I passed up my favorite cupcake to try a cookie instead. It was absolutely delicious and at $1.25 I can afford to pick a few up on the way to visit friends or to bring a little treat home to the hubs.

I’m also thinking of these stacked up in their brown paper bags as favors for the big baby shower.

Some locations are also offering gluten-free peanut butter cookies which are amazing!!!

If you haven’t these cookies yet, I promise it’s worth a try!

Perfect Fall Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats

Friday, September 6th, 2013

It’s back to school time! For most families, gone are lazy summer mornings and casual breakfasts and back is the early morning routine of everyone rushing to get out of the door. Sound familiar?

Today I’d like to share an easy and healthy fall breakfast: steel cut oats.

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These steel cut oats from from Jamba are delicious, but you can make the exact same thing at home!

I whip up a batch of these each week and zap a portion for a minute on my way out the door. It warms up my bones, is a whole grain filled with protein, fiber and iron, and costs next to nothing per serving.

For all you mothers, if your kids like instant oatmeal, they’ll love this. They tastes so much better, are much healthier and are easy to customize to your child’s taste by adding all sorts of toppings. My favorite topping combo is banana, brown sugar and sunflower seeds, but you could do anything from cinnamon to nutella..yum!

You can buy in bulk from Costco or for those that need gluten-free you can buy GF HERE. Even the more expensive gluten-free steel cut oats work out to only be $.10 per serving, which makes this breakfast one that both my body and my purse are happy about!

Gluten-Free Martha Stewart Macaroons

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Baking gluten free can often be complicated and expensive, so I am always thrilled when I find a delicious recipe that is simple and inexpensive.

You can whip these Martha macaroons up in 5 minutes for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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What You’ll Need:

3 egg whites

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c sugar

140z bag sweetened coconut flakes

Directions:

Whip egg whites, salt, and sugar until frothy and then stir in coconut flakes.

Bake at 350* for 25 mins until golden brown.

* My new oven is baking way too quick, I get the best results at 300 for 25 mins.

See Martha’s full instructions HERE. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

A Favorite Summer Treat: Gluten Free Red Mango

Friday, July 13th, 2012

It is sizzling outside and there is no better way to beat the heat than with a tasty, cool treat. My absolute favorite is Red Mango.

Their yogurt is certified gluten-free, contains no artificial ingredients like other frozen yogurt, is very low in calories, fat and sugar, and is crazy delicious…see, I told you it was good!

The only downside is that it is more expensive than traditional frozen yogurt or ice-cream, but with all those healthy pros, I think it’s worth the splurge!

Make sure to pick up a club-mango card on your first visit and register HERE to start accumulating points for free yogurt.

Cupcake Wars Winner: Sweet Tooth Fairy Gluten Free Cupcakes

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Way back in 2009 the cutest little bakery opened in Provo, Utah named The Sweet Tooth Fairy. I used to go with my mum, buy a cupcake and just eat the frosting because I couldn’t have the gluten cake.

Since then Sweet Tooth Fairy has spread it’s wings as a Cupcake Wars winner and by adding 8 additional bakeries, one of which being in my neighborhood in Salt Lake City.

A few weeks ago I went to pick up a birthday cupcake for a friend and low and behold a glorious cake stand full of gluten free cupcakes was staring right at me! I am so happy The Sweet Tooth Fairy is extending it’s love to us gluten free peeps!

If you need a seriously delicious treat, this is the place.

Of course my favorite is gluten free PB and chocolate. Sarah’s is salted caramel. Yum, yum! Check out their current menu HERE.

Also, make sure to subscribe to their monthly newsletter to receive a coupon for your birthday.

Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels

Friday, March 30th, 2012

I’ve known for a while now that Snyder’s of Hanover have been making Gluten Free Pretzels. I’ve had my eye out for them but haven’t seen them around town until a recent trip to the beautiful Whole Foods at Trolley Square. I immediately purchased a bag. I couldn’t wait to give them a try, the bag was ripped open before leaving the store!

These things are amazing. They taste delicious, are low in calories and fat and are a perfect little snack. I don’t know how they did it, but it tastes like I’m eating ‘normal’ food, which makes this gluten-free girl very happy indeed. The only problem now is feeling a little glutinous, it’s hard to stop eating them! I also found them at Sunflower Market last week for $2.50/bag. This is a perfect treat to have in stock for a family that houses both gluten and gluten-free, as the gluten peeps say they are super tasty snack too.

Sign up for Sunflower Market weekly ads HERE .

Gluten Free Products: Udi’s

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Usually I don’t buy Gluten Free bread, it’s always so expensive and terribly disappointing; tasting nasty and full of fat. However, while visiting Whole Foods sometime last year, a new brand of Gluten Free bread caught my eye…

The bright and fresh packaging of this bread though made me think twice, and with the loaf on sale I thought I should give it a try…I’m sure glad I did.  Oh how my life has changed!  I finally have a decent bread to call my own!  This bread has a wonderful texture that doesn’t crumble apart, and it looks and tastes like normal bread… delicious.

For years, I was completely bread-free, no sandwiches, toast, bread pudding…now the possibilities are endless, it feels good to feel “normal”. Thank you Udi’s!!!

Are any of you G-free or considering a gluten free lifestyle? If so I would highly recommend Udi’s.  Don’t waste your time trying different brands, Udi’s is the best out there!

Gluten Free products are usually more expensive than the wheat alternative, so make sure to buy when items on sale or when you have a coupon. You can freeze the load you stock up on, all of the Udi’s products I have tried freeze great. It’s hard for me to go through a whole loaf while it is fresh, so it’s perfect to take out a few slices at a time from the freezer.

Coupons.com and Whole Foods (coupons also found at the store entrance) often have Udi’s coupons.

Go HERE to sign up for a $1 off any Udi’s GF product and to sign up for emails and make sure to browse Udi’s website to find dozens of GF recipes, where you can buy products, and much, much more.

GF living is now a piece of cake! Hmm, I wonder if they’ll be coming out with cake soon?!

 

 

Pei Wei BOGO

Friday, November 4th, 2011
spicy chicken salad…yum, yum

Remember how much I love Pei Wei?  It is definitely one of my top 5 go to dinner picks, I am totally obsessed with the Gluten-Free Asian Chopped Chicken Salad.

Today I received an email too good not to share.  It said to go to HERE before November 10th to watch the video, and submit an email address to receive a buy one, get one free entree coupon redeemable until November 15th.

Offers like this don’t come around too often, so I think we’ll take full advantage and eat here this weekend!  Hope to see you all there :)

Wendy’s Free Frosty’s

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Wendy’s is for sure my go-to place for lunch.  It’s only one mile away from work and offers lots of gluten-free options.  The other day while going through the drive-thru I eyed a deal.  Purchase a $1 frosty keyring and receive a free Jr frosty whenever you show your keyring until the end of the year.  Probably not the greatest deal for you waistline, but awesome for the budget :)

Gluten Free Chinese Food: Pei Wei

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Have you guys been to Pei Wei?  I love it very much because it is one of the only places I can eat Chinese food because of their fabulous gluten free menu.

My Favorite dish is the spicy shrimp salad.  It is packed with lush lettuce and cabbage, scallions, snap peas and much, much more.  The lime vinaigrette is to die for.

I simply love not having to worry while I am eating if I am accidentally eating gluten.  I love it even more when my gluten free food is scrumptious, affordable, and portions are large enough for left overs :)

They have a fantastic menu for the gluten tolerant and kids too, this BBQ korean dish looks delicious.

Is anyone else out there gluten free?  Where are your favorite spots?

PS. Right now you can sign up for their emails, and get a buy one get one free on their caramel chicken (NOT gluten free) see Hip to Save for more details.

Sprinkles Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Monday, April 4th, 2011

While in California, Sarah requested a stop at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Newport Beach.  I happily obliged, and was enjoying the decor and overall chicness of the place while Sarah put in her order for a luscious, gluten loaded cupcake.

Sar happened to ask if they had any gluten-free cupcakes when picking up her order, and surprised me with a red velvet and cream cheese frosting gluten-free cupcake!!  I was over the moon that Sprinkles offered a gluten-free cupcake and even more thrilled to discover that it was absolutely delicious!

gluten free red velvet...yum

Sarah ordered a vanilla milk chocolate cupcake

These cupcakes are seriously scrumptious!

Sprinkles is dedicated to charitable giving and being as earth friendly as possible.

cancer research cupcake

earth day cupcake

With these great causes, and a majorly delicious gluten-free cupcake, it is going to make it very hard to resist this place.

Thanks Sarah and Sprinkles for my yummy treat!