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Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

The Perfect Father’s Day Dinner/Gluten-Free!

If you have been following for a while, you know I have celiacs disease and have to eat gluten-free.

I have learned that gluten-free dinner can still be tasty and delicious.

So for Father’s Day, I had to share the perfect gluten-free dinner!

All the dinner items have recipes linked.

And let’s be honest, sometimes the dinner is the best part for dad’s that love and enjoy food.

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So for the main coarse on Father’s Day, we will be making Gluten-free Sweet & Sour Meatballs. These meatballs are one of my husbands top favorites! These meatballs are are full of flavor and the sauce is amazing! The hint of pineapple in the meatballs and in the sauce make for some very tasty meatballs.

Eat these meatballs on top of rice and you will definitely want seconds!

Let’s cook a great Father’s Day Meal!

For side dishes, we will eat this delicious pink berry salad. This fruit salad is simple to make and requires just a few ingredients.

The other side that will taste great with this meal is our favorite gluten-free potato salad. My husband loves potatoes so this potato salad is a must for Father’s Day. It’s very simple to make this potato salad gluten-free, and it is still packed with flavor!

For dessert—well it’s a tough choice, but we will be making the best eclair dessert/gluten-free!

Everyone will love this gluten-free Eclair Dessert!

This dessert is very tasty, and I am always told that people can’t believe it’s gluten-free because the texture tastes just like it would with regular flour….that’s a win!

And one thing we can not forget…a delicious drink.

For Father’s Day, add in this tasty drink, our Cherry-Limeade drink is simple, and easy to make, and tastes wonderful for this warm, summer weather.

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So there you have it, FIVE different gluten-free items to make for that special guy on Father’s Day!

I hope you enjoy these recipes, and even more, I hope you enjoy spending time with your Father’s!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

5 Favorite Gluten-free Instagram Accounts to follow!

As many of you know, I have celiacs and eat completely gluten-free.

One of the primary reasons I started this blog was to share gluten free recipes and tips.

Something that is very helpful when living a gluten free lifestyle, is learning about gluten free living from a large variety of people.

I personally follow a wide variety of gluten free Instagram accounts and wanted to share some of my favorite accounts with you!

Instagram can be a quick and easy source to finding great gluten free food ideas!

So here they are:

1- @glutenfreewithcoral-is a wonderful account to follow. She provides daily tips and motivation for people that love a gluten free lifestyle. She has great food recommendations too.

2-@gfmacros- her account is full of delicious food options and ideas for eating gluten free. She always tries to keep it as healthy as possible.

3-@cleanmondaymeals- this account has great gluten free meal prep ideas and endless recipes.

4-@glutenfree_longisland- this account is another favorite of mine that shares a variety of gluten free recipes and products.

5-@glutenfreedisneyfinds- if you happen to go to Disneyworld this account is wonderful to follow! The account documents all the gluten free food options on Disneyworld!

So there are just a few of my favorite gluten free Instagram accounts.

What others would you add to my list ? I’m always looking for more!

If you are new to being gluten free let me know if you have any questions I’m happy to help in any way I can !

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Tasty Asian Chicken Marinade/ Gluten-free

This delicious chicken marinade is not only gluten-free, it’s also simple and easy to make!

The key ingredient to help make sure this recipe is gluten-free is to make sure you use gluten-free soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos.

Hopefully you enjoy this recipe, let me know in the comments below !

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce

1-3 pounds of chicken

-1/2 cup brown sugar

-1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic

-1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

-dash of crushed red

-sesame seeds to your liking

-dash of pepper

We grilled the chicken and it tasted delicious !

Directions:

1. In a zip-lock bag combine all ingredients.

2. Zip lock the bag securely. Refrigerate the marinade for 1-24 hrs.

3. Cook the chicken. You can grill it, bake it, or fry it.

4. Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget That Everyone Needs!

My friend introduced me to this amazing kitchen gadget and I had to share!

This kitchen tool is called: Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper

I purchased this veggie chopper for only $15.30 on Amazon, and it works great!

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links. This means that I get commission from any link you click on…but of course it’s at no cost to you!

The blades are sharp and it works great with just a pull of the cord at the top!

I love that it’s not overly expensive, its’ easy to use, and it’s not extremely big which makes it easier to store.

Chopping onions, and garlic, or anything else was never so easy!

This chopper comes in a few different colors.

To purchase, click here!

And I would love to hear any other kitchen gadgets that you love in the comments below!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Life Lately

How is your January looking ?

For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.

Makell loves baby cuddles.

My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!

My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.

Cade -5 years old loving his Star Wars book

Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.

Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.

Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.

Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.

Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.

We find piles of dolls or stuffed animals neatly placed throughout the house.

Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.

We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.

Makell- 3 yrs. old

Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!

She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.

She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.

Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.

Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.

Taya 14 months

My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.

My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.

He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.

Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.

Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.

As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.

I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.

I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.

I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.

Mom and baby up early and getting some cuddles.

I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.

This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.

I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.

I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.

And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.

I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.

I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.

And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.

Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

The Best Gluten-Free Cookies and Hot Cocoa Mix!

With the holidays around the corner ..this is a fun time to enjoy family and friends company while enjoying some tasty treats.

When you love a gluten-free lifestyle, often times the common treat isn’t usually something that passes as gluten-free.

Well— don’t worry!

Below are two recipe links to our delicious gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, as well as our favorite homemade hot cocoa.

Here is our Gluten-fee cookie recipe. Keep in mind, when you take the cookies out of the oven they may not look quite right, but as you let them sit for a minute on the cookie sheet you will see they make great cookies with a delicious texture and flavor!

And for the hot cocoa recipe, you can find that here.

I have always enjoyed homemade hot cocoa better than store bought .. the flavor is more rich and vibrant!

However – if I do get a store bought hot cocoa, my top choice is Stephens mint hot chocolate.

We hope you enjoy these tasty treats… and even more, we hope you’re holidays are fun and memorable!

Xoxo-

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Delicious Gluten-Free Fried Rice

This Delicious Gluten-Free Fried Rice is sure to quickly become a family favorite!

The best part? It is VERY easy to make.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know if you end up making this delicious dish in the comments below!

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons olive oil

-1 cup chopped carrots

-1/3 cup sweet onion

-1/2 cup frozen corn

-1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

-1-2 stems green onion

-3/4 cup spam (or chicken, tofu, any meat of your choice)

-2 eggs

-1 cup cooked rice

-1 tablespoon sesame oil

-3 Tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce

-1/2 teaspoon white pepper

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Directions:

  1. Heat large pan to medium heat and pour olive oil in the pan.
  2. Saute the following: onion, garlic, carrots, corn. Cook and stir well for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. And rice and stir to combine with other ingredients.
  4. Add spam and stir to combine. (whatever meat you combine make sure it was previously cooked).
  5. Clear half the area of the pan to cook both your eggs. Cook the eggs well and scramble them.
  6. Once eggs are cooked combine them with the other ingredients by stirring well.
  7. Add sesame oil, gluten-free soy sauce, and white pepper. Mix together well.
  8. Optional- Top with chopped green onion and Sriracha sauce.
  9. Enjoy!
Gluten-free Fried Rice

Hopefully this can be a fun, new recipe to add to your dinner menu.

Let’s making eating gluten-free tasty and enjoyable!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Delicious Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

This recipe may be one of my favorites to share! It has taken me a VERY long time to perfect this recipe…but I think you will love it!

Growing up I LOVED my moms oatmeal chocolate chip recipe.

After becoming gluten-free I craved my moms cookie recipe.

It’s only taken me about thirteen years to get it right. But FINALLY I feel like the texture and the flavor is just like the original, delicious cookie that I loved growing up.

I experimented, and using parchment paper is best…it helps the cookie to rise more.

Enjoy this recipe! Share away! The video is below if you prefer that, if not, follow along and this recipe is simple and delicious!

Ingredients:

-1 cup softened butter

-1 cup brown sugar

-1 cup white sugar

-2 eggs

-2 Tablespoons water

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 1/2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon xanthum gum

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-2 cups quick oats (gluten-free)

-2 cups chocolate chips (nestle or hershey)

Instructions:

  1. Cream together butter and both sugars.
  2. Add eggs, water, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  3. Mix in flour, salt, xanthum gum, and soda.
  4. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon drop cookie dough on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes at 350 degrees until edges are set and golden brown.
  6. Transfer to cooling racks and enjoy!

Until Next Time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

Rookie Mistakes People New to the Gluten-Free Lifestyle Make

It’s no secret that being new to any lifestyle change is hard. So when it comes to beginning a new journey of becoming gluten-free, and cutting out all things flour and wheat, eating can get hard!

I myself have been gluten-free due to my celiacs disease for twelve years now, and I myself made some rookie mistakes at the beginning of my gluten-free journey.

Here are some mistakes that many people make as they start out gluten-free. Hopefully, you can learn from other people mistakes. Even more, hopefully this can help your gluten-free journey to be easier and simpler.

ROOKIE MISTAKES PEOPLE NEW TO THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE MAKE

#1- Buying way too much gluten-free food in one shopping trip without knowing how the products taste. Buying a lot of gluten-free items can be very expensive, and you may be disappointed in the taste and texture of some gluten-free products. Stick to trying no more than 3-5 new gluten-free food products in one shopping trip.

#2-Assuming that others know what gluten-free entails. Most people have heard about being gluten-free, but actually don’t know what it entails. I have heard everything such as “oh you can’t eat potatoes,” or “you only eat meat right?” Make sure that especially those in your inner-circle know EXACTLY what eating gluten-free entails. This drastically can help you avoid get accidentally “glutened” by friends.

#3-Not being specific and proactive enough when eating at restaurants. My biggest push on this is ask a lot of questions. I usually ask my waiter/waitress about 2-3 times that they made sure my meal was gluten-free. I have gotten sick the most from going out to eat so I can attest it’s ok to be the “buggy” customer at the restaurant. Your health is more important than trying to win best restaurant customer of the year.

#4-Making sure to question all the ingredients if someone tries to make you a gluten-free meal. Honestly, I politely turn people down when others ask if they can cook me a gluten-free meal. Why? Because there are so many seasonings and small ingredients that have gluten that get overlooked. My exception to this are people that eat gluten-free themselves, OR friends that I am comfortable with having them break down the recipe for me. Again, no one wants to be rude or ungrateful, however, getting sick from homemade fun is never fun either.

#5-Trying to cook gluten-free products the same way you cooked regular (gluten-filled) products. For example, gluten-free noodles turn to gooey, gross messes if you don’t watch them carefully while boiling them. The time limit for gluten-free noodles is different than regular noodles. When it comes to baking you have to remember products bake much differently than regular products. Gluten-free baked products usually don’t rise and fluff up like regular items. So just remember, cooking and baking gluten-free takes time and it can be frustrating at first.

#6- Not vocalizing your frustrations with your new gluten-free lifestyle. This may sound bizarre, but it’s hard to have a diet change, especially when it becomes a life long diet change. This change is not easy and it can be a struggle. I recommend finding Facebook groups, understanding friends and family members that you can lean on for support. Try your best to be optimistic, but also realize it’s ok to have days of frustration.

#7- Overlooking books and resources that can teach you more about living a gluten-free lifestyle. We are blessed to have so many resources to lean on when it comes to being gluten-free. Dig deep and find those gluten free blogs, books, Instagram accounts etc. the more knowledge you have about a gluten-free lifestyle, the better!

Hopefully your gluten-free journey can be a positive learning curve. Yes, it will be a learning curve but you will do well.

Best of luck on your gluten-free journey!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Recipes

The Best Loaded Sausage Jalapeño Poppers/Gluten-Free

These loaded jalapeño poppers are sure to be a new family favorite.

These jalapeño’s are naturally gluten-free, and quite easy to make.

You can follow the youtube video below for the step-by-step recipe. Or you can read below for the written recipe.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

-Softened cream cheese

-3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

-1/4 cup parmesan cheese

-1 package of hot sausage-cooked

– 6–8 jalapeños

-Package of pepperoni slices

-bunch of green onion.

Instructions:

  1. In a frying pan cook the hot sausage thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Slice jalapeños in half and de-seed. I prefer a few seeds left but its to your liking. Set aside. (wear gloves)
  4. Combine cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan and mix.
  5. Add cooked sausage to the cream cheese and mix well.
  6. (Wear gloves) put cream cheese and sausage mixture into the jalapeños –put a generous amount in each jalapeño.
  7. Once each jalapeño has the sausage and cheese mixture, place one slice of pepperoni on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Cook jalapeños in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  9. Allow to cool, then sprinkle green onion over the top.
  10. Enjoy!