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Here is a simple recipe to make Gluten Free Apple Fritters.

To be honest, you can never go wrong with fried dough. And if you add apples and cinnamon you take it to a whole new level. This magic creates: Gluten Free Apple Fritters.

On a recent school field trip, our oldest made apple fritters. Of course they were the gluten-filled kind. She absolutely loved them and came home asking for them. I couldn’t remember the last time I had an apple fritter, it has to be at least 8 years! On a recent Saturday morning, we didn’t have anywhere to be so we had the perfect opportunity to attempt Gluten Free Apple Fritters.

I searched Pinterest for some inspiration and some recipe ideas. I couldn’t find a Gluten Free version that looked good. All the gluten-filled recipes looked amazing, but I knew my dough would do better as balls instead of the traditional flat type. I also figured they would cook faster and I only have a small deep fryer.

Gluten Free Apple Fritters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup GF flour blend
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • GLAZE
  • 1/5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Pour oil in the fryer and heat to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, milk and egg.
  3. Stir until combined
  4. Fold in apple pieces
  5. Scoop 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls of dough into the hot oil.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes, flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from oil and let drain on a paper towel covered plate.
  8. Repeat until all the dough is used.
  9. MAKE THE GLAZE
  10. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  11. Drizzle the glaze on the cooked apple fritters
  12. Enjoy warm

Notes

We got around 15 apple fritter balls from this recipe.

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We ended up with around 15 apple fritters from this recipe. I lost count because my “taste testers” were eating them so quickly. I literally had to kick them out of the kitchen just so I could take pictures.

These were an absolute hit! We all loved them and there wasn’t even a crumb left on the plate.

TIPS

Dice up the apples into very small pieces, they will go further

Make sure the oil is hot enough, or they will be soggy

You can dip the apple fritters directly into the glaze if you find that is easier, I went for the drizzle method

We do not fry food very much so these Gluten Free Apple Fritters were a real treat for our family. We have a very small deep fryer so I could only cook 3-4 at a time. If you don’t have a deep fryer, you could just heat up the oil in a deep skillet.

Since our deep fryer was already out… we decided to have onion rings and fried chicken tenders for lunch. It was all fabulous!

After we rolled ourselves away from the table, we hit the woods for a 3 mile hike. I’m pretending the hike zeroed out all the caleries from the apple fritters, onion rings and chicken tenders!

Enjoy

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I had the amazingly rare opportunity to spend an entire day in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom BY MYSELF!

That is right, just me. It has always been a dream to do this. The idea was that I could eat what I wanted, ride what I wanted, rest when I wanted, and stay as late as I wanted.

To be honest I decided at 10PM the night before I went, so my pre-game planning was limited. I was in Florida for work and decided I could carve out a day to spend with Mickey, so I went for it.

I got to the park around 11:30am on a Friday in April. I was hoping for rope drop but had to attend a few meetings first.

I was on my first ride by 12:10pm and it was off to the races from there. I rode everything I wanted to! I found a comfy spot for the parade and peacefully waited 45 minutes for it to start. I was blown away by the Happily Ever After fireworks display. Seriously, go to Magic Kingdom just for this show – amazing!

PERKS OF VISITING DISNEY WORLD SOLO
  • You ride what you want
  • You can cover more ground, quickly (I did over 7 miles of walking in 10 hours)
  • You can choose to wait in lines or not
  • It is easier to get just 1 Fastpass for a ride
  • When you get close to the front of the line, they are always looking for single riders. I got pulled up on 4 different rides, saving me a ton of waiting time
  • You eat what you want, when you want

DOWNSIDE OF BEING SOLO IN DISNEY
  • You have no one to talk to while you wait in line. I read kindle books to pass the time.
  • You have no one to share the experience with.
  • You feel slightly guilty that you are there without your kids. I didn’t actually tell them until dinner time the day I was in the park! Big time mom-guilt!
Tips for a Disney solo trip
  • Wear walking shoes, flip-flops or sandals will kill your feet
  • Bring a backpack to carry your goodies – I used this one
  • Bring sunscreen
  • Bring bottles of water or a refillable water bottle
  • Eat your meals early or late to beat the crowds
  • Bring a cooling towel if you will be there in warmer months
  • A small towel to sit on for the parade and fireworks helps a lot
  • Download the Disney World app and live by it
  • Bring a backup phone charger, you will drain battery quick looking up wait times
EATING GLUTEN FREE IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM

The Gluten Free options in Disney World are ridiculous. You can seriously eat anywhere and you have so many options!

LUNCH

Columbia Harbour House – Chicken tenders, fries and green beans

This is a quick serve restaurant so you place your order and then wait for them to prepare your food. If you order off the allergen menu they give you a pager. Expect to wait 5-10 minutes for them to make your food.

DINNER


Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Bacon cheeseburger and fries

This is a quick serve restaurant but they didn’t give me a pager, they just told me to wait on the side. My food came out on a green tray to show it was an allergy meal. They have a toppings / condiment bar that is use at your own risk. They bar has gluten items that can cross over between items, so use your own judgement on if you feel the lettuce, tomatoes and pickles are safe.

SNACK

Food cart – Olaf Strawberry Lemonade Bar

The allergy binder with ingredients gave the standard “shared facility” warning but the ingredients were safe. On a 84 degree day in Florida it was just want I needed while waiting in line for a ride.

GLUTEN FREE BEIGNETS

I did slip over to the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Saturday morning before my flight. Why you ask… Gluten Free Beignets. These will change your life and so worth the time in the car, the calories, whatever. If you are close – get these beignets.

I ordered 3 to go and enjoyed them outside. I ate every last crumb. When you order them, they tell the chef who goes into the kitchen and makes them for you in a dedicated fryer. You have to wait a few extra minutes, but come on just look at the air bubble!

If you and your family are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL know that you will be well feed and taken care of.

I will be back in July WITH the family. We will hit all 4 parks so I will have the full details then.

NOTE: if you ask an employee if something is Gluten Free they will not answer (thanks lawyers) but will hand you a book/ binder with the ingredients list. I was told this was so they didn’t tell someone something was safe and it not be. I was able to ask broad questions many times to find out what I needed to know. Like if the restaurant had GF bread options or a dedicated fryer.

Hopefully this has been helpful. Enjoy your next trip to visit Mickey Mouse and eat some Beignets for me!

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If you or someone you love has Celiac Disease, it is time to encourage those around you to get tested.


May is Celiac Disease Awareness month and it allows us the opportunity to shine a big light on this auto-immune disease and the challenges we face.

Celiac Disease Facts
  • Celiac Disease can develop at any age
  • There are over 200 symptoms
  • Celiac Disease is hereditary
  • The only cure/ treatment is to live a 100% Gluten Free life
  • An official diagnosis includes a blood test for antibodies and then confirmed by an endoscopic biopsy
  • An estimated 1 in 133 people in the US have Celiac Disease and 83% are mis-diagnosed

I have been living a 100% Gluten Free life since my diagnosis in January 2011. But it took 15 years of mis-diagnosis to finally get my answer. You can read my full story here.

Take this month to education those around you. Chances are 1 of your 133 friends/family members/ co-workers have Celiac Disease and don’t even know it.

On a personal note, I will spend May 1st at the Pediatric Gastroenterologist to get more tests run on our youngest. She is 6 and has many of the Celiac Disease symptoms. It is time we have an official diagnosis for her and know for sure one way or the other.

Take the step – educate others – get tested – live Gluten Free Resources

Celiac Disease Foundation

Beyond Celiac

Gluten Intolerance Group

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Need help with meal planning? Let Home Chef help!

Life has been crazy lately and my meal planning has dropped off.  There is a big difference in working 40 hours a week and 60 plus hours a week. So, I have been looking for some extra help to save time and effort. After reviewing the multitude of meal home delivery options, I decided to try Home Chef first.

We have used Home Chef for 2 weeks and here are all the details.

WEEK ONE

Steak Moutarde

Pork Chop with Garlic-Butter Mushrooms

Acapulco Fajita Beef Skillet

WEEK TWO

White Wine Chicken Scaloppine

Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

Mesquite Chicken with Loaded Potato Wedges

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

Plastic Binder to hold the recipe cards (in your first order)

Recipes cards for what you are cooking that week

Tons of ice packs and insulation to keep the ingredients fresh

A bag containing the meat

A bag for each meal, containing the veggies and sauces you need

PROS

Very economical compared to other plans. $6-10 per person per meal depending on coupons and discounts.

There is a big variety in recipes.

The recipes are simple and help get you out of a recipe rut.

High quality ingredients and very good cuts of meat.

Everything but oil, salt, and pepper is in the meal bag, even small tabs of butter if required for a recipe.

CONS

Veggies do not come cleaned, peeled, chopped, or sliced so it takes a little longer to prep the veggies.

The serving size is only for the number of people you order, don’t count on leftovers the next day for lunch.

They set you up on a weekly schedule and if you want to skip a week you have to login and select that option, otherwise the box ships.

OVERALL

Hubby and I really enjoyed these meals and they were crazy easy to make. Seriously, 30 minutes or less and we were rolling. Hubby whipped up a few on my long days and nailed it.

The profile lets you select the types of foods you like and what you want to avoid. I was able to make sure all the recipes we receive are 100% Gluten Free. I also selected them to be low-carb and no fish.

Home Chef will auto select meals based on your profile and you have until Friday (for a Wednesday delivery) to change the recipes. There was a week where there were not 3 Gluten Free meals available so I just skipped that week.

The website gives the usual “shared facility” disclaimer regarding allergeans. However, it does state that they pack each meal individually so the risk is very minimal. If all the meals you order are Gluten Free, there should be no reason for a gluten containing ingredient to get in.

The recipe cards are great. One side shows what the end plate will look like and the other has step-by-step instructions with pictures. I did find it helpful to read all the steps before starting, as I was able to combine steps and multi-task.

Our third box will be here on Wednesday and I’m excited to see how those recipes come out.

If you want to give Home Chef a try, use THIS LINK for $30 off your first order.

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Need an easy dinner for your Gluten Free family? Try this simple recipe for Cream of Mushroom pork chops. 

This recipe was the product of a long day of work, a stocked fridge, and a short window to make dinner. We had pork chops in the fridge and some left over Gluten Free cream of mushroom soup so put them together and viola dinner!

The weather has been great so Hubby was at the park with the kiddos. The goal was to make them tired while I whipped dinner up. It was so nice that we even ate dinner outside.

Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops was crazy easy to make. I was done in under 30 minutes from start to finish.

Gluten Free Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops

To start, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add in the oil, onions and mushrooms. Sautee them for a few minutes so they can get tender.

Then add in the pork chops. I recommend seasoning both sides with salt and pepper before you place them in the skillet. You could add garlic powder or similar spices if you like.

You want to cook the pork chops on each side for 3-4 minutes so they get a nice brown to them.

In a bowl combine the Gluten Free cream of mushroom soup and milk. Pour the mixture into the skillet and mix in with the pork chops, onions and mushrooms. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let cook for 15 minutes.

While the pork chops were simmering cook some rice. This recipe makes a great sauce/gravy that was perfect over the rice.

Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 2 cups Gluten Free cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add olive oil, onions and mushrooms to the heated skillet
  3. Stir and cook for 3 minutes
  4. Add the pork chops and season to taste with salt and pepper
  5. Brown on each side for 3 minutes
  6. Combine the cream of mushroom soup and milk
  7. Pour the soup mixture over the pork chops
  8. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes

Notes

If using thick pork chops extend cook time to 20 minutes.

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So all total you have 1 skillet and 1 pan to clean. Not too bad for a busy week night dinner!

Enjoy!

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Time to plan your Gluten Free family’s meal plan for dinners. Also check out our gluten free birthday party menu!

Life is crazy busy and in full disclosure I have been totally slacking in the meal prep department. I’ve been working 10-11 hour days so either Hubby makes dinner or we eat out. I have food in the fridge, just no energy to do anything with it. So this week, I’m going to try and get back on meal planning. Our wallet and my sanity need it!

This week is a busy one too. We have kid activities 2 nights and our oldest birthday is Friday.

GLUTEN FREE MEAL PLAN

MONDAY – Easy Peasy Chicken Casserole

TUESDAY – 5 Ingredient Baked Pork Chops with roasted veggies

WEDNESDAY – Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Chops with rice

THURSDAY – Chicken Primavera

FRIDAY – Birthday dinner at Red Robin

SATURDAY – Grilled burgers and hot dogs

Gluten Free Birthday Party Menu

For the birthday party Saturday we will have a ton of kiddos and adults celebrating our oldest turning 9 years old. We will be serving lunch, desserts and sides.

MENU

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Chili

Toppings: bacon, cheese, hot dogs, pepperoni, salsa, avocado, sour cream

Veggies, chips, and apple slices

Desserts

Cupcakes

Brownies

Candy covered marshmellows

Have are your tips to planning a Gluten Free birthday party?

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Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants now offer Gluten Free bread for their sandwiches.

Yes, it is true, you can once again enjoy a Jersey Mike’s sandwich! Udi’s has partnered with Jersey Mike’s to offer safe Gluten Free bread for the sandwiches. You can get all the sandwiches on Gluten Free bread, I’d stay away from the meatball sub though. I have been 3 times in the past few weeks and have loved it every time.

So far I’ve had the #8 Club Sub and 2 of the #17 Famous Philly.

The trick with the cold sandwiches is you are dealing with Udi’s bread, so it can be dense and fall apart. I ended up not eating all the bread with my cold sandwich just because it was too much. The hot sandwiches are way better in my opinion. Gluten Free bread is most always better heated up or toasted.

They had good protocols at all 3 restaurants I went to. They changed gloves, had separate utensils, used paper, wiped down the counter and used separate condiments. I felt very safe and enjoyed the sandwiches!

If you get a hot sub, ask them to wipe down the grill so they can toast your bread. Need to make sure it doesn’t have any gluten crumbs on it.

There is an up-charge for the Gluten Free bread. It is only $1.50 per sandwich, which I didn’t think is bad.

Tips for a Gluten Free Sandwich at Jersey Mike’s:
  • Ask them to clean the grill for hot subs
  • Use their app so you don’t have to wait
  • Don’t go at busy times, want to give them time to clean everything without being rushed

These sandwiches are crazy good and I can’t wait to enjoy more. It is just awesome to have another safe place to add to the restaurant list.

Have you been? What did you think?

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Dinner is coming, might as well make a Gluten Free meal plan for the week. 

This week is going to be crazy. I’m traveling to Florida for work so Hubby is holding down the fort. This means a meal plan is 110% more important than normal. I need to make sure the meal plan is set and make sure the ingredients are in the house to make life easier for Hubby.  I’m also going to do as much meal prep as I can. To be fair Hubby is completely capable, I just want to make life as easy as possible for him.

Gluten Free Meal Plan

MONDAY – Slow Cooker Lasagna

TUESDAY – Shredded Chicken and Veggies in the slow cooker

WEDNESDAY – Homemade Gluten Free Hamburger Helper

THURSDAY – Quesadillas with leftover chicken from Tuesday

FRIDAY – 5 Ingredient Baked Pork Chops

SATURDAY – Leftovers

Orlando, Florida

During my trip I plan to visit Walt Disney World and eat at as many places as I can. Disney is one of the safest places to go as a Gluten Free eater because there are so many safe options.

Here are my reviews from our last trip to Disney world.

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

What are you favorite places to eat in Orlando?

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Ready for another week of Gluten Free dinners? Here is a meal plan your whole family will enjoy. 

Hello friends! Did you survive the holidays? We had a blast with family and went on some fun adventures.

Last week we had a nasty bug work it’s way through our house, so this should be a good week where everyone is healthy and ready to eat.

Here is our Gluten Free Meal Plan

MONDAY – Baked Sticky Chicken from Meaningful Eats

TUESDAY – Taco Salad with homemade Easy Guacamole 

WEDNESDAY – Slow Cooker Roast Chicken, roasted veggies, and mac n cheese

THURSDAY – Baked Spaghetti Pie

FRIDAY – Dinner Out

SATURDAY – Fried chicken, onion rings, and tater tots – cause fried food is fun!

Meal Planning Tips

Are you new to meal planning? Here are a few tips to make it easier and save time.

  1. Write your menu down and make it visible in the house
  2. Make your grocery list from the ingredients for those recipes
  3. Prep as much as you can ahead of time. Examples: pre-cook meat, chop veggies, make sauces
  4. Be flexible, life happens. If Monday is crazy and you didn’t get the chicken in the slow cooker before work, just make tacos from Tuesdays instead.

We hope you have a great week!

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It has been 7 years since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. What a ride!

Many things have changed in the past 7 years.  Here are just a few:

  • The Gluten Free products available are 1000 times better than 7 years ago
  • There are a ton more restaurants offering Gluten Free menus
  • Our community is larger, stronger and more supportive

Some personal changes in the past 7 years:

  • I’ve had the pleasure of traveling the country to talk to Celiacs, do cooking demos, and advocate for our community
  • We had twins that we kept Gluten Free for over 3 years that now eat gluten
  • I have found some of my closest and dearest friends

Here is my complete story.

This blog has been an outlet, my therapy, and my motivation over that last 7 years. Thank you for being a part of my story!

If you are looking for some Gluten Free resources here are a few I have been honored to create!

The Celiac Cookbook and Survival Guide

Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes

Succeed at Living Gluten Free

Easy Gluten Free Holiday Recipes

It’s Celiac Disease, Now What?

Thank you friends!

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