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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

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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

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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

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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!
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The Best Eclair Dessert/ Gluten-Free

Do you like eclairs? If so, you are going to love this dessert.

Even better? This eclair dessert is gluten-free and many people don’t actually realize it’s gluten-free!

This recipe is great for family gatherings, or larger groups. One thing I can guarantee about this recipe is that it won’t last long!

I would recommend taking at least two hours to complete this recipe since you need the crust to cool before adding the pudding mixture.

If you follow the recipe, you will see it’s quite simple to make this eclair dessert, and I am sure you will add it to your favorites.

Enjoy!

ECLAIR DESSERT

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 C. gluten-free flour (I prefer cup4cup)

1 stick of butter

4 eggs

1 cup water

dash of salt.

FILLING:

1 8 -oz. pkg. softened cream cheese

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 6-oz pkg. instant vanilla pudding

3 Cups milk

1 8-oz. container Cool Whip

Hershey’s Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil then add butter. Once melted, stir in flour. This will form a stiff batter.
  2. Remove from heat and add one egg at a time, stirring to fully incorporated each time (a mixer works great).
  3. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan that has been sprayed with vegetable spray.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  6. Mix softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, 1 cup of milk, and package of instant pudding. Mix well.
  7. Add remaining 2 cups milk, gradually mixing in well.
  8. Pour pudding mixture on top of the cooled crust.
  9. Top with cool whip.
  10. Just before serving, drizzle Hershey’s Syrup on top.
  11. Enjoy!!

I would love to hear if you end up making this. This recipe is sure to be a delicious dessert that all will enjoy….AND it’s gluten-free!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Easy and Delicious Cherry Limeade Drink

This cherry limeade recipe is a family favorite!

It’s a simple recipe and it tastes delicious and refreshing.

If you have never tried Cherry Limeade… you’re in for a treat!

In the video above I mention a few tips and tricks, but I would suggest using some pebble ice in the drink if you have access to it… it’s my preferred ice —but really any kind will do.

I would love to hear if you make this recipe and how you like it!

Ingredients:

1 can limeade

A 2 liter bottle of sprite

1/2 lime

1 1/2-2 cups cold water

1 large pouch of cherry -pomegranate drink flavoring

Ice

Instructions:

1- Cut lime into 1/4ths and set aside

2- Combine all ingredients except lime and ice and mix well.

3- When the drink is mixed well put the pieces of lime in the drink and top off with ice.

4- Enjoy !

Do you have a favorite drink?

I would love to hear your favorite drink mix.

Until next time,

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Delicious Pink Berry Salad

Here is the link if you would prefer to watch the video. 

*Clicking on the link will make all of your wildest dreams come true.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen berries (1 large bag from the store)
  • 1 container of Cool Whip (8 oz.)
  • 1 cheesecake flavored instant pudding
  • 1 2 lb. container of strawberry yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional… but it does make it yummy)

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Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except for the frozen fruit in a large bowl.
  2. Mix well with a spatula until it is smooth.
  3. Add the frozen fruit and mix well.
  4. Serve immediately, or put in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

I hope you enjoy this simple and tasty berry salad.  I would love to hear what your favorite fruit salads are.

Until next time… go watch some baseball and go backpacking…. XOXO!  Christy Lee

 

*May not actually happen, but it sounded amazing. Christy’s husband helped edit this post… if you couldn’t already tell.

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5 “Go-to” Meals that Our Family Loves…

Isn’t it wonderful when you make a meal, and you’re ENTIRE family eats it?!

As a mom with young kids, it makes my day when I can focus on one meal instead of feeling like a short-order chef, cooking multiple items.

I wanted to share with you our families’ FIVE “go-to” meals that even my pickiest eater enjoys!

1- Korean Beef

This Korean beef recipe is easy and a favorite. We make it at least once a month.. sometimes more.

You can eat this meal with rice, noodles or really anything that sounds tasty with it.

2-French Toast Bake

Do you ever make breakfast for dinner? My kids love when I switch it up, and they LOVE this French toast recipe.

Many of you may know that I have to eat gluten free, so I figured out my own way to make this recipe gluten free. But if you want the regular recipe click here . I found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s delicious.

For the gluten-free version click below :

3- Roast Beef & Corn on the cob

You may be thinking, why not potatoes and gravy with roast beef? Well, my kids aren’t big fans of potatoes and gravy.. but if you throw in corn on the cob … they are happy!

To cook roast beef just right I follow this steps:

1-Thaw it in the fridge the night before

2- stick it in the crockpot.

2-Pour 1 cup of beef broth over it and cover it with salt and pepper.

3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, to your desired tenderness.

4-Grilled Chicken & Carrots

My husband is a master on the grill and we found that if we wanted to get my kids to eat chicken, they love it grilled!

We add BBQ sauce or ketchup on the side depending on preference.

We add raw carrots for a veggie and my kids love it.

5- Rice & Meatballs:

My kids love meatballs but don’t always eat the sauce so I always make sure to make some meatballs that aren’t covered in sauce.

Here is the recipe I use, it’s actually gluten-free but my kids love it!

I hope some of these recipes can be useful to you!

Now the question, what are your “go-to” meals?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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My Favorite Places to Find Gluten-Free Recipes

After years of eating gluten-free I have found some GREAT resources when it comes to finding tasty gluten-free recipes and meals.

I hope you will find these resources helpful, even if you don’t have to eat gluten-free I think you’ll enjoy it!

To watch my YouTube video on this look below:

1- Download the “Tasty” app! This app is so helpful and has so many gluten-free recipes. It shows ratings on how well people have liked the meal and the instructions are great and easy to follow.

You can also save your favorite recipes to come back to.

2- Get meal plans from :

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

The best option is to buy them for a year which is only $48.00

The recipes are sent to you weekly via email.

It’s 6 days worth of dinner meals and each meal has the main meal, a side dish and dessert.

I printed my recipes off on paper and created my own cookbook with these meal plans and I use them frequently.

I love the Six Sister’s Stuff and think you will too!

3- Go to: https://cleanmondaymeals.com

This website has endless meal prep recipes and even better?! They are ALL gluten free!

The recipes on the website are tasty and easy to follow.

JaNae Cox is the founder of Clean Monday Meals and she has wonderful ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Check out her website, and she also has book options available for purchasing!

4- Don’t be scared to pull out those delicious family recipes books and replace regular flour with gluten free flour.

Sometimes it takes experimenting but it’s so rewarding to create that delicious meal you loved from grandma .. and make it gluten -free!

Create your own gluten-free recipes with just a bit of an adjustment

My favorite flours that are gluten free are: cup4cup, namaste, and better batter flour.

5- Pinterest!

You can find me on Pinterest “christyleepixx” and I have pinned a lot of great gluten-free recipes.

Even more, start finding some yummy gluten-free recipes and save them to your Pinterest page.

Pinterest app

Yes you may make some “Pinterest fails,” but it’s worth it to find some of those tasty “Pinterest wins.”

I hope this helps you find more gluten-free recipes!

The resources out there are wonderful these days and I’m so happy to see gluten-free friendly meals popping up all over now.

Do you have any great places YOU look for gluten- free recipes?

Until next time!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Gluten-Free Homemade Oreos!

If you want a delicious homemade Oreo cookie and you are gluten-free….I have just that!

The best part?

If you DON’T have to eat gluten-free, then you follow the same instructions, just swap out the cake mix for regular devil’s food cake mix, and don’t use xanthum gum and you are GOLDEN!

For the step-by-step video on how to make these TASTY Oreos watch below:

 

For written step-by-step instruction, read the following:

oreo ingredients

(minimal ingredients makes for a simple recipe with these tasty Oreos) 

 

GLUTEN-FREE HOMEMADE OREOS:

Ingredients:

-Gluten-free Devil’s Food Cake

-3/4 cup shortening/crisco

– 2 eggs

-1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum

 

*Duncan Hines cream cheese frosting OR your favorite frosting recipe.

 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray Canola Oil on cookie sheets and set aside. 
  2. Combine cake mix, crisco, eggs, and xanthum gum. 
  3. Mix well, this is easiest to do by hand with a wooden spoon, or sturdy spatula as it makes a stiff batter. 
  4. Scoop 2 inch balls on cookie sheet. 
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 
  6. Let cool on cooling rack. 
  7. When cool, place Duncan Hines frosting between 2 cookies OR for a less chocolate flavor scrape Duncan Hines frosting on top of just one cookie. 
  8. Enjoy!! 

oreo complete

**The cookies are a bit thicker than regular, but if you don’t use the xanthum gum they will be extremely flat and crumbly.

***Another yummy idea is to put ice cream between the cookies instead of frosting.

 

I hope you enjoy cooking and enjoying delicious food with your loved ones!

 

More Gluten-Free Friday Flavors coming next week!

 

xoxo-

 

Christy Lee