Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle

A Tasty Gluten-free Beef Shephard’s Pie You Need To Buy!

It’s always a good day when I try a gluten free product and it tastes good!

Even better—I love when the texture is great too!

This Beef Shephard’s Pie will check all the boxes for being a good, tasty meal ..that’s gluten free!

Here is how the box looked:

And I found it at multiple stores online!

To check out the link for this product … click here

Let me know if you try it and enjoy it!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Gospel Topics, kids, Lifestyle, Recipes, Relationships

A Gluten-Free Dessert for the Family!

Growing up whenever we would go to my grandmas house she would either have cookies or these tasty peanut butter bars for us to eat.

My 4 year old loves to help me bake !

It took me a bit, but I finally figured out how to make these peanut butter bars taste great using gluten free flour and such.

Making these peanut butter bars can be a fun family event. Click here for the recipe.

My two kids helped with all the ingredients and even helped me flatten down the cookie mixture onto the pan.

We don’t do dessert nights every night, but sometimes having dessert with a scripture lesson is fun and enjoyable.

Our family will study lesson topics from “Come Follow Me.”

We are members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We love to learn and grow in our gospel, and Come Follow Me is such a great resource.

If you’re interested in the Come Follow Me resources from the church, click here.

Happy Sunday !

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Family, Food, Gluten-Free, Lifestyle, Recipes

What’s on the menu for Sunday dinner for our family …

Sunday dinner is always tasty and fun to prepare for.

Since I have to eat gluten-free it does take some planning ahead.

Luckily this Taco-chicken dish is easy, delicious, and doesn’t take very many ingredients.

Taco Chicken Dish

The best part about this meal?

You can literally dump all the ingredients in the crockpot and the crockpot does the cooking.

If you want to enjoy this tasty meal, click here

Also— our family loves to crush tortilla chips over the top of it… it adds a tasty crunch!

For sides we have garden food: green beans, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini.

My family also loves Krusteaz gluten free cornbread so we will cook that up as well.

What are you having for Sunday dinner?

I hope you enjoy your dinner and time with loved ones !

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Gluten Free Tip of the week

Know your grocery stores!

Why?

It can save you a lot of time.

Whether you do “pick up” at your grocery stores or perhaps you go inside … know what gluten free items each grocery store has.

Why does this help ?

Options —when you love a gluten free lifestyle options are key.

I rotate between three different grocery stores because I have learned that each store offers different items that are gluten free that I enjoy.

Yes it takes time to learn your grocery stores … but it’s worth it.

The three grocery stores I rotate:

Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Harmons

Good luck living your best gluten free life!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Gluten-Free Tip: Don’t Focus on What You CAN’T Eat, Focus on What You CAN Eat!

Yes whether you’re gluten intolerant or have celiacs disease, living a gluten-free lifestyle can definitely be difficult at times.

Sometimes, a gluten-free lifestyle can feel like you are extremely limited in what you can eat.

Yes, flour and wheat are foods that are found in MANY food products.

However, in today’s world there are SO many gluten-free options.

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Yes it may take a bit more planning and a bit more time grocery shopping, but made sure you set your mind to realizing that you have so many food options in today’s gluten-free world.

If you study anything about mindset you know just how very powerful the mind is.

When you focus solely on all the foods you miss eating, or that you wish were gluten-free….quickly replace those thoughts with your favorite foods that are gluten-free or some new gluten-free options that you are enjoying.

Mindset is everything with a gluten-free lifestyle.

So what if you bring your own bread to the party?

At least you have gluten-free bread right?

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Shop at different grocery stores…diversify your food options and you will see just how blessed we are to live in a time when gluten-free options are widely available.

It takes practice to not feel disheartened about gluten-free living, but over time, with a lot of work…you will see that gluten-free living with a positive outlook is possible.

Best of luck on your journey!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

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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

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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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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

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