Gluten Free Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

It’s about that time of year again! Busy shopping malls, beautiful trees and baking…lots and lots of baking. If you are anything like me (other than the birth of baby Jesus of course), this is one of the best parts!! I love to do some Christmas baking for my family and friends when the weather gets cold.

Unfortunately, baking for myself and other people got a little tricky when I changed my diet. I could either make something for gluten free eaters like me or I could bake an entirely different recipe for my family and friends.

Now, thanks to Betty Crocker one cookie fits all! These Cake Mix Sugar Cookies are both delicious AND gluten free!

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Tasty Stuffed Peppers

If you like peppers, rice and turkey you’re in the right place. Stuffed peppers make for a great tasty dish at the end of a long day. This is a great recipe if you have a bit of extra time to prep dinner. This recipe has been taken and adapted from its original on All Recipes. Although I have added turkey to it, this meal can easily become vegetarian friendly.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked White Rice
  • 2 Green, Red or Orange Bell Peppers Halved
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Red Onion
  • 1 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tomato Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta Cheese

Begin by preheating the oven to 400° F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Next, cook up your ground turkey in a pan on medium to high heat with your garlic. You will then need to cook your rice up according to the directions on the box and set it aside.

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It’s Taco Tuesday! Taco Salad That Is…

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One of my favourite dishes to make for dinner is a classic taco salad. Even on a cold night this is a great choice! The spice and heat of the meat makes this dish a perfect balance of hot and cold. As you all know by now, cooking is not my forte. I am not terribly proud of this fact, but I’ve come to accept that I will never be Chef Ramsay. Thankfully, meals like this allow me to fake it.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Package Sodium Reduced Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Can Bean Medley
  • 1 Head Iceburg Lettuce (or baby spinach if you prefer)
  • 1 Package Tortilla Chips
  • 1 & 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
  • 1  Medium Chopped Tomato
  • 3 Tbsp Low Fat Sour Cream (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup salsa

Begin by browning the ground turkey in a large pan over medium-high heat. You will likely not need to drain your meat because turkey has much less fat than beef. Next, stir in your taco seasoning and rinsed bean medley. Continue to simmer on medium-low for approximately 10 minutes.

Chop up your lettuce and add it to a large bowl. Next, crush as many tortilla chips into the bowl as you like. Add in the cheese and tomato. Mix these ingredients together in the bowl before lightly tossing in your ground turkey and bean taco mixture. For garnish, add the sour cream and salsa on top of the salad and serve.

This is a very easy dinner to make for one or for friends and family.

Enjoy!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Looking for a snack that is both tasty and guilt free? These cookies are quick, easy and require no baking at all. This makes this a great recipe for kids and adults alike!

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Don’t be fooled by their appearance, these will soon become a family favourite!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chips (optional)

You will first need to mix the wet ingredients. In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Next, you will want to add in the oats, Rice Krispies, coconut, flax and chocolate chips. Using your hands, roll the mixture into approximately 1-inch balls. Place in a resealable container and pop them into the fridge to chill.

These make for a quick breakfast or a great mid-day snack!

Enjoy!

The Grey Cup Calls for a GREAT Cup of Chili

I’m not a big football fan…it’s not that I don’t like the game, I just never really got into it. My idea of football fandom is crushing hard on the ever-so-sexy Tim Tebow. Never the less, my friends and family get pretty into it and with the Grey Cup rolling around this weekend it will be no exception.

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Usually when I am hosting on game night I like to serve the healthy stuff, like nachos and a pot of my Dad’s chili. The best part about these dishes is that they are gluten free and no one thinks twice about it!

What You’ll Need:

  • Large crock pot
  • 2 Pounds of ground beef or turkey
  • 3 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 large tins of red kidney beans
  • 2 large tins of white kidney beans
  • 2 Cups of kernel corn (frozen or canned)
  • 2 Packages of Old El Passo Chili Seasoning Mix

Begin by cooking ground beef/turkey until browned, then drain and place into the slow cooker. Next, drain all canned ingredients and add them to the meat. Finally, add your two packages of seasoning to the crock pot and stir well. Replace the lid and cook on medium heat for 4 to 5 hours.

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Once cooked, turn your crock pot down low and serve your chili buffet style with some nachos and cheese! If you want to really let the flavour out, cook the night before, cool and reheat in the crock pot the next day.

Now get out those pom poms, cheer your heart out and eat up!

The Works: A Gluten Free Burger Joint? Finally!

I have a dirty little secret…I love burgers. I mean a deep eat the fries second kind of love. When I changed my diet I would get so frustrated when I would go out with friends to our local burger joint. They would be sitting there with their lovely greasy platters filled with gluten-esque goodness, while I sat with a leafy salad in dire need of croutons. Until one day when I walked into God’s gift to earth, The Works.

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The Works has one of the best gluten free menus for burger lovers. Not only are all of their patties gluten free, they also come in many different forms. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or a regular meat lover you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

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If that isn’t good enough, the restaurant also offers tasty gluten free buns and 49 gluten free toppings. The only thing you have to watch for is cross contamination in the fryer. Although the fries are gluten free, they are cooked in the same fryer as other non gluten free items. So, if you are highly sensitive you may want to go for a side of greens instead.

Have fun choosing from the extensive menu and bizarre taste combinations! My favourite is the Crappy Tire! My only warning is that once you try it once, you will be hooked!

Eat up!

Soft Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

There is nothing more comforting on a cold winter’s day than a fresh batch of cookies baking in the oven! When I first decided to go gluten, egg and dairy free, I was so sad to realize my baking would never be the same. I went on a search to find a recipe for homemade oatmeal cookies that I would be able to enjoy as well as my friends and family without dietary restrictions. These cookies are soft and taste just like Grandma’s!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs substituted for RaneRiso Egg Replacer
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Robin Hood all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats

Begin by creaming together the margarine, white sugar and brown sugar. Next, add in your egg substitute and vanilla. In another bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add that mixture to your previously creamed ingredients. Finally mix in your oats. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease your cookie sheet before rolling your dough into small to medium sized balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, let them cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

*Note: All-purpose gluten free flour has a slightly different texture, so you may find your cookies have a faint gritty consistency. This doesn’t hurt the overall flavour though so don’t panic!

Happy Baking!