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The Best Gluten-free White Chicken Chili!

You will love the flavor of this chili!

This chili has literally taken months to perfect!

Finally, this white chicken chili has a tasty flavor, that you’re entire family will enjoy!

Even better? It’s gluten-free!

The key is to make sure that you use a gluten-free chicken broth!

Let us know below if you make this recipe, we would love to hear!

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

-48 ounces Gluten-Free Chicken broth/stock

-teaspoon lawry’s seasoning salt

-1/2 cup water

-2 or 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded

-4 ounce can of green chilis

-1 can of corn (drained)

-2 cans great northern beans (drained)

-1 teaspoon cumin

-1 teaspoon black pepper

-2-3 teaspoons chili powder

-dash of oregano

-dash of cayenne pepper

-1 teaspoon salt or seasoning salt

-1/2 cup heavy cream

-4 ounces (half of a block) cream cheese

Optional toppings: Jalapeno, cheese, chips

Directions:

  1. Cook chicken. Shred the chicken. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT heavy cream and cream cheese.
  3. Let these ingredients simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add heavy cream and cream cheese. Allow to cook until cream cheese has melted in.
  5. Add additional toppings if wanted.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Enjoy this gluten-free tasty chili recipe!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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3 Reasons Why Living A Gluten-Free Lifestyle Can Be Annoyingly Hard…

So before I continue on about this post I have to honestly say, I know there’s far worse things than having to eat gluten-free.

In fact, when I was diagnosed with celiacs disease my nurse told me that celiacs is the best disease you could ask for…meaning if you had to choose a disease, celiacs would be the easiest one to deal with.

And I agreed and still do agree.

However what’s easier than Celiacs or being gluten-intolerant?

Not having celiacs or being gluten-intolerant.

Really, this post may sound like a venting session, but it’s meant more so to be a validation post on how the gluten-free lifestyle can be hard.

Here are my 3 Reasons Living a Gluten-free Lifestyle can be Annoyingly Hard..

1.Limitations

Living a gluten-free lifestyle can be hard because your mind is constantly living in food limitations.

Yes there are so many great gluten free options these days, but there are still plenty of items that aren’t gluten free, which makes food choices seem limiting.

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Think of fast food , there’s a few fast food chains that have caught onto offering gluten-free food items, but not many.

So really, there are very few fast and convenient gluten-free options. Again, limiting the types of food for people with celiacs or gluten-intolerant.

The limitations can be hard.

2-Attention

There may be some people that like the attention that living gluten-free brings, but if you’re like me, you’d prefer to not drive all the attention that comes with living a gluten-free lifestyle.

For example, a group of close friends wants to go to dinner..they start discussing restaurants and the opinion always comes back to you because you’re the one that can’t eat gluten.

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Your friends want you to help choose a place that is “gluten-friendly.” Of course this is very kind of your friends, but sometimes you feel like it could be nice to say “I don’t care where we eat.” And yet, you have to care.

And then when you get to the restaurant, you ask the waiter/waitress for a gluten-free menu … more attention, and then when the server brings your meal they always say “this is the gluten free entree”… more attention.

There’s no way around the attention, it’s not a terrible thing, but some days I think it’s the simplicity of things that is missed the most.

3-Fear of Food

Honestly, this is one point I’m working on myself.

There is definitely a different connection with food when you have celiacs or are gluten-intolerant.

There’s a fear of getting sick from all types of food.

Sure there comes a point where we all feel more confident with finding gluten-free food.

And yet, there are still times where gluten can be disguised in different food items which can result in many side effects if consumed. For many with celiacs and gluten-intolerance , we get very sick if we consume gluten.

So yes there seems to be now a new relationship with food.

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Almost like a trust issue with food.

There’s somewhat of an anxiousness connected to food.

And food is something we have to have every day, throughout the day.

So yes if we don’t control that fear of food, it can quickly cause someone to be quite anxious.

And it’s no fun to live everyday worrying about what foods you can and can’t eat.

Yes it gets easier as you become more accustom to a gluten-free lifestyle.

However, it can be a constant battle to not gravitate to “fear” when it comes to eating foods.

All in all, living a gluten-free lifestyle is definitely something anyone can do.

A gluten-free lifestyle is not always easy, and yet, thankfully, things have improved in our day and age and there are many more gluten-free options than ever before.

Gluten-free living comes with many challenges, but I have learned a lot through my gluten-free journey, and I’m grateful that celiacs is a very treatable disease.

I would love to hear your experience with living a gluten-free lifestyle.

Please comment below.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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The Best Kimchi Cucumber Recipe/ Gluten Free

The Best Kimchi Cucumber Recipe/Gluten-free

Enjoy this step by step video

This cucumber recipe is the best and easiest way to jazz up your cucumbers.

Not only is this recipe delicious, it’s overall very simple.

Our family loves this as a tasty side to any meal.

This cucumber recipe is naturally gluten-free which is an added bonus!

Let us know if you try this recipe in the comments below.

Ingredients:

-1 cucumber (I use the English cucumber)

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/4 cup sugar

-1/4 cup vinegar

-1 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seed oil

-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

-Pepper to your liking

-A dash of crushed red pepper

-Sesame seeds optional

Directions:

  1. Cut and slice the cucumber.
  2. Using a salt shaker, salt the cucumbers and set aside.
  3. In a medium size bowl, combine: sugar, vinegar, sesame seed oil, garlic powder, pepper and crushed red pepper.
  4. Stir ingredients together well.
  5. Toss the salted cucumber into the liquid ingredients and stir.
  6. Eat and Enjoy!

Let us know in the comments below if you try this recipe. We would love to hear any other recipe ideas you have for us.

Gluten-Free veggies are always a great item to add to the dinner table!

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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New Gluten-Free Cereal Alert: Peanut Butter Chex.

Chex has really been diligent about making gluten-free products.

For those of us that live a gluten free lifestyle, I can tell you, it’s so wonderful to know that chex is a trustworthy gluten-free option, (minus the wheat chex, because..well wheat).

Just recently, chex came out with their new peanut butter chex...and guess what?

It’s my NEW FAVORITE chex cereal! It’s better than the corn or rice or ANY of them!

So if you haven’t tried the new peanut butter chex cereal, go grab a box at your local grocery stores!

And don’t you love that BIG, huge “Gluten-free” stamp of validation on the box?

I know I do!

As always, I have an amazon link here, to purchase the cereal for $9.99 if you prefer ordering online.

And don’t you worry, I will be working on creating some tasty recipes with this delicious chex flavor.

Let me know what you think about this new chex flavor in the comments below.

Until next time!

Christy Lee

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A Tasty, Simple Popcorn Treat/Gluten-Free

You will love this popcorn treat…it’s so easy and fun!

Let me know in the comments below if you end up making this fun recipe!

Ingredients:

3 small squares of almond bark

1 bag of popcorn

(colored sprinkles optional)

Instructions:

1-Cook the popcorn according to the directions. Pour popcorn into a medium -large bowl. (take out as many kernels as possible.)

2- Break off 3 small almond bark squares and place them into a microwave-safe bowl.

3- Cook the almond bark in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between.

4- Don’t exceed cooking the almond bark for more than 2 minutes.

5- Once the almond bark is melted well, scrape it into the popcorn bowl.

6- Pour sprinkles over if desired.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids

Here is the list and some clickable links to find out our favorite gluten-free snacks for kids.

We know kids can be “picky” but all of these ideas passed some of the pickiest eaters.

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  1. YumEarth Organic Licorice

2. Snyders Gluten-Free Pretzels

3. Chips & Salsa (Pace Salsa)

4. String Cheese

5. Any Fruits & Veggies

6. Cheese & Crackers (Miltons gluten-free crackers with sea salt)

7. Gluten-Free Candy Cane JoJo cookies (Trader Joes)

8. Gogurt

9. Fairlife lactose-free chocolate milk

10. Popcorn

11.Cretors carmel and cheese popcorn

I hope this list is helpful!

Here is the video link.

Let me know what you would add to this list.

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!