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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

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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 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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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 Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Gluten-Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs are a family favorite around our house.

This recipe is tasty and delicious. Hopefully you enjoy this gluten-free meal, and remember if you don’t need it gluten free you can just swap out the gluten free breadcrumbs for regular.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 lb hamburger

1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs

1/4 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Braggs Liquid Aminos

1 egg

Black pepper to taste

8 ounces crushed pineapple (reserve juices)

Sauce ingredients:

With reserves pineapple juice, add water to get 1 1/2 cups of water and pineapple juice mixed together.

2 teaspoons liquid aminos

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Create a cornstarch slurry with 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed

Sauce instructions:

1. In a saucepan combine all ingredients and stir constantly for 5-10 minutes over medium heat.

2. Once the sauce has thickened a bit it is ready to be poured over the meatballs.

Directions for Meatballs:

1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl (do not include reserves pineapple juice). Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix ingredients together well with your hands.(gloves)

Meatball mixture

3. Form meatballs into circles … just a bit smaller than a golfball.

4. Place meatballs on cookie sheet pan.

5. Place meatballs in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

6. Take meatballs out of the oven .. pour sauce mixture over meatballs and cook for another 5 minutes.

7. Serve meatballs over rice or noodles.

8. Enjoy your meal!

*Yields abt 15-20 meatballs*

I hope you enjoy eating a tasty gluten free meal!

Until next time,

Xoxo,

Christy Lee

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Tasty Korean Beef/Gluten-Free

 

This Korean Beef recipe has been a family favorite for years. The best part with this recipe, is that if you use Braggs Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce … it’s a simple way to keep it gluten-free and also flavorful.

This recipe only takes about 30 -40 minutes to prep and make.

Our family loves eating this Korean Beef over rice or rice noodles.

The recipe and instructions are below, go make it for your family this week!

Korean Beef Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb hamburger
  • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • sprinkle lawrys seasoning salt

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Braggs liquid aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • dash of white pepper
  • dash of crushed red pepper 

 

Directions:

1. Place frying pan on medium heat.

2. Add olive oil and spread it across the pan.

3. Add minced garlic and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.

4. Place hamburger in pan and cook thoroughly.

5. Drain fat from hamburger, set aside.

6. Start making the sauce in a separate bowl.

7. Add all sauce ingredients and stir thoroughly so there’s no clumps.

8. Turn hamburger pan back on low heat and stir in sauce.

9. Let the sauce cook in for 5 minutes.

10. Place Korean beef on top of rice.

11. Garnish Korean beef with green onion.

12. Enjoy!  

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Until next time!

Xoxo,

Christy Lee