Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

5 Day Gluten-Free Meal Plans That Are Tasty and Delicious!

I know sometimes finding a great tasting gluten-free meal can be hard.

My goal has been to perfect recipes to create wonderful tasting gluten free meals.

I hope you enjoy these meals, and enjoy eating with your family!

family preparing food in the kitchen
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*Note- my favorite gluten free flour to use when cooking and baking is Cup4Cup flour. You can find it on Amazon for $14.95

Meal Plan 1: The Best Gluten Free White Chicken Chili. This soup makes great leftovers as well. I add more jalapeños to add more spice.

Meal Plan 2: Gluten-free Sweet & Sour Meatballs. To be honest, I feel like I could eat this meal everyday without getting sick of it. I love these meatballs!

Meal Plan 3: Progresso Brand Chicken & Rice Soup with Banana Pineapple Fruit Salad as a side.

Meal Plan 4: Delicious Gluten-Free Taco Dish, crockpot meal. This dish is easy and tasty. We love adding gluten free tortilla chips on top!

Meal Plan 5: Gluten-Free Korean Beef is another family favorite that we love! You can add green onions, and sriracha on top if you’d like. And we love serving it over gluten free rice noodles, or rice.

Don’t Forget Dessert! For Dessert this week, here is our tasty gluten-free Peanut Butter Bars.

Hopefully you will enjoy these delicious recipes!

Gluten-free should still be tasty and delicious!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, kids, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Newly Diagnosed With Celiacs Disease? 4 Important Steps to Help You….

It can be hard to step into a gluten free lifestyle, however, it shouldn’t be overwhelming.

Our works is understanding the gluten free lifestyle more so thankfully there’s more awareness.

After my own experience with being new to the gluten free world (back in 2008), I came up with 4 steps to help you:

  1. Share the News

Why share the news?

I have learned it’s important to be up front and honest about your gluten free lifestyle.

Be tactful and nice when you explain your gluten free guidelines. But let others know the importance of following gluten free food guidelines.

Gluten free living is more common now so there’s no need to feel like an “inconvenience” in any way.

It’s best just to let others know that you eat gluten free to stay safe and healthy.

2. Find Support Resources.

I am on multiple Gluten free Facebook groups.

I also follow a lot of gluten free accounts on Instagram and tik tok.

When you’re surrounded by helpful resources you don’t feel alone in the gluten free journey.

3. Download helpful gluten free apps

I currently have 2 apps on my phone that I use to help with my gluten-free lifestyle:

-Gluten free scanner: you scan food items snd it tells you if it’s gluten free or not.

-Find Me Gluten Free: it’s a resource mapping out gluten free restaurants and bakeries in your area. This is so helpful and nice.

4. Keep track of Gluten-free Recipes You Enjoy

One of the reasons I started this blog was to keep track of gluten free recipes that we love.

Pinterest is a great resource to organize recipes too.

Whatever way you choose to do it, make sure you can easily find your gluten free recipes..it helps make life simpler and easier when it comes to cooking gluten free.

If there’s any way I can help your gluten free journey easier, please reach out I’m here to help!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

bread food toast dinner
Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

The Emotions That Come With Living a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Here’s a topic that I feel must be discussed when it comes to living a gluten-free lifestyle.

Without a doubt a life change can be hard on emotions.

Throw in a FOREVER life-change of avoiding gluten, and that can be tough.

Some may argue that it shouldn’t be so hard to avoid gluten. A gluten-free lifestyle shouldn’t cause emotions and such to surface.

However, at the end of the day…any lifestyle change, for better for worse, is hard.

Cutting out a HUGE source of what you used to eat, can be hard.

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And it’s ok to feel the emotions that come with it all.

When I was first diagnosed with celiacs I cried most every day for the first two months. I didn’t know what to eat, it was a lot of stress to do something so simple…to eat!

However, as time went on my tears faded and things got easier.

Even now…after years of living a gluten-free lifestyle, I still would say I have a few days in the year where I get annoyed or emotional about the food limitations.

And that’s ok.

The world has improved access to gluten free foods which is wonderful. But I guess there’s still a bit of a “mourning” that surfaces just realizing that all flour and wheat are cut out of your life forever.

So my advice is, feel the emotions, don’t dwell on them, look at all the resources there are in the world now for living gluten-free, and move on.

Do you have days where the emotions catch up to you when it comes to living a gluten-free lifestyle?

I would love to hear.

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Beauty & Skincare, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Seint Beauty Spotlight/The loved Blush+Bronzer Brush!

This week from Seint Beauty I wanted to spotlight the Blush+Bronzer brush or nicknamed B squared brush.

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Not only is this brush beautifully shaped, it is useful in so many ways!

-Its the perfect blending brush.

-It’s wonderful for applying blush and bronzer but can be used to apply highlight and contour as well.

Basically, this brush is a “must-have” in your makeup drawer.

Even better?

This high quality brush is only $36.00, and it will last a lifetime.

The blush+bronzer brush

So even if you don’t wear Seint makeup, start out with the brushes and you will love them.

Seint ships to the USA and Canada only .

e-mail me with any questions at: christyleeaustin@yahoo.com

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

10 Fun & Unexpected Facts About Me

It’s been almost three years since I started this blog and sometimes I forget to share about the person behind the posts.

So just for fun, here are 10 Fun & Unexpected Facts About Me:

1. I have traveled to 5 out of the 7 continents… I haven’t made it to Australia or Antarctica.

2. Because I was so indecisive on my major in college I have a double minor in health and English as a Second language.

3. I hate germs.

4. I love anything crafty… except for sewing!

5. My favorite sport to watch is football.

6. My favorite gluten free dinner is roast with potatoes and gravy.

7. I do not like seafood.

8. My husband and I were set up on a blind date.

9. I’m married to an identical twin.

10. One day I would love to learn the electric guitar!

So do we have anything in common ?

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

A Children’s Book All Mother’s Need To Own!

This book “You’ve Got This Mama!” by Megan Park is incredible!

The book is so relatable to all mothers who have ever had young children or any children at all!

This cute book is a reminder that being a mother is a full time job with hard days, but oh so wonderful days as well.

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I personally have a hard time reading it without getting emotional, it’s beautifully written.

The illustrations are beautiful too, and my kids love it when I read it to them.

And at the price of only $11.99, you’re getting a great deal for a wonderful book!

Hope you enjoy it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Gospel Topics, Lifestyle, Parenting, Relationships

Teaching the True Meaning of Christmas to Children

My six year old son asked what I’d like for Christmas …and I told him that I enjoy giving gifts more than receiving ..so I didn’t really want anything.

As a child I think it’s hard to understand the concept of being truly happy to give gifts versus finding happiness in just the receiving of gifts.

We have our children give gifts to their siblings and friends, to practice the importance of giving.

As a family we make our favorite treats and give them away to friends and neighbors.

I think anytime we can remind children that giving and serving makes Christmas special …we are teaching them to be selfless and charitable.

What do you do to teach your children the true meaning of Christmas?

Here is access to a free printable for 20 days of True Christmas.

Merry Christmas !

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

Gluten- Free Tip of the Week: Keep Trying New Recipes

Sometimes when you are moving the gluten free lifestyle you can find yourself in a rut with cooking and baking.

I have been there myself snd it can be hard to make food that doesn’t taste the way you’d like it to.

My tip for this is:

Keep cooking and baking and trying new recipes.

We all know practice makes perfect … and it’s the same with gluten free cooking and baking.

The best part ?

Once you finally perfect a recipe it can ignite a spark in you to keep trying more and more.

And pretty soon… you’re excited to cook and bake gluten free and you’ll be the one sharing all your recipes!

So don’t stop don’t quit! Keep finding new recipes and you will excel I promise!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Beauty & Skincare, Family, Lifestyle

A Stocking Stuffer That Any Woman Would Love!

Sometimes it’s hard to find a gift for that woman in your life.

Well, have you thought about an item that could be relaxing and enjoyable?

This Dr. Teals Foaming Bath is my personal favorite for a bubble bath.

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Such a wonderful bubble bath!

Not only is this foaming bath relaxing and enjoyable, it also comes at a great price of only $4.87 through Amazon.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Christy Lee