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Any help with meal planning is a win for all of us busy Gluten Free people. I recently had the opportunity to try Healthy Food Kit’s pre-made meals. They prep, cook, seal and ship you an entire meal! All you have to do is heat it up in the microwave and enjoy. Seriously, it is that easy!

The kits are all Keto friendly and are created for the health and fitness community. So they are naturally Gluten Free and are made from real food!

I added cheese to the lettuce wraps!

The process is simple. You just pick the meals you want, they cook them and ship them to you. You heat them up whenever you are ready. You can order breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

We were able to try 6 different meals and loved the convenience, ease, and quality of the meals.

Our meals included:
  • Chimichurri Meatballs with Zucchini Zoodles
  • Chicken Pesto Roulade and Creamed Spinach
  • Bacon Cheeseburger (no bun)
  • Buffalo Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower 
  • Stuffed Pepper with Grass Feed Beef and Vegetables
  • Lettuce Wraps with Grass Fed Beef and Veggies

These were all single servings so Hubby and I had them for work lunches. My favorites were the Chicken Pesto and the Cheeseburger. The Chicken Pesto was cooked perfectly! The chicken was moist and the spinach pesto sauce was amazing. I had some left and used corn chips to finish it off. The Bacon Cheeseburger was bun-less and cooked with just a touch of pink on the inside.

All the packages had the ingredients clearly listed along with the nutritional information.

During the ordering process you can pick what foods you want to exclude like the top allergens. I’m not a seafood fan, so I can easily select to have those meats not sent to me.

The food was amazing and beyond convenient.

The prices range is around $10 per meal, which is less then eating out and worth it compared to the time you save from doing the shopping and meal prep yourself.

If you are looking for some real food that is easy, Healthy Food Kit is a great option!

Disclaimer: I was given the meals to try. The opinions and photos are my own.

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By now, you should know that I love Disney World. I went twice in 2018 and have already gone once in 2019. I have 2 more Florida trips on the books where I hope to squeeze in some time with Mickey.

On my most recent trip I went with my sister and ONLY my sister. That meant we were able to ride what we wanted, eat what we wanted, go where we wanted and shop where we wanted. With all my trips to Disney World I actually went on 4 new to me rides during this trip. When you have 3 young kids in tow, any wait over 20 minutes isn’t worth it!

DAY ONE

Disney Springs

  • Dinner at Raglan Road – chicken tenders and onion rings
  • Dessert – Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC for donuts

DAY TWO

Hollywood Suites

Rides

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania

Food

  • Woody’s Lunch Box – tater tots (not fried so they are safe) & cheese

Magic Kingdom

Rides

  • Space Mountain
  • Dumbo
  • Thunder Mountain 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • People Mover
  • Haunted Mansion

Food

  • Columbia Harbour House = chicken tenders and fries (crazy good!)
  • Dole Whip – cause you kind of have to!

Disney Springs

Food

  • Frontera Cocina – chips and dip with carne asada tacos

DAY THREE

Animal Kingdom

Rides

  • Flight of Passage
  • Navi River Journey
  • Everest

Epcot

Rides

  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Test Track
  • Mexican Pavilion Ride
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth
  • World Showcase Countries

Food

  • Electric Umbrella – Fries
  • La Cantina de San Angel – chips with guacamole and barbaco tacos
  • Coral Reef – Dinner was warm GF bread, steak, potatoes and chocolate molten cake. We sat right by the aquarium and it was epic! Will be back.

Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida has so many amazing options for Gluten Free and allergy friendly food. We did miss the most amazing GF beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter, but there is always next time!

If you are looking for a safe and fun place for your family to visit, Disney World should be on the top of your list! You can eat safely and have fun.


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When you find a safe place you can travel and enjoy safe Gluten Free food, you go a lot and it’s an added bonus if that place is in Mexico!

Hubby and I love to travel, with and without the kids. At least once a year we try to escape just the 2 of us to be together. Sometimes we go close by and other times we travel further to escape.

There is one resort chain that we have found that is not only beautiful, has amazing service, but it also can safely feed me Gluten Free food! We have been to Secrets Maroma Beach twice, Secrets Cap Cana once and our most recent trip was to Secrets Capri

Of all the resorts we have been to Capri had the most amazing food with a highlight of chocolate eclairs!

We went with some friends on this trip, which also made it more fun. We loved sharing our experience with them and one of them was dairy free, so I knew he would be taken care of.

Secrets Capri has 6 restaurants and we went to 5 of them during our visit. All the menus are clearly marked with vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free items. As soon as we told the staff that we needed gluten free for me and dairy free for our friend they made sure we had lots of options.

Oceana– we had lunch here. Lunch was soup with grilled chicken and veggies

Seaside Grill– we had dinner here. I enjoyed a salad, steak, and potatoes.

Himitsu– was of one of our favorite restaurants and we ate here at least 3 times. They have GF sushi, fried rice, and can even make gluten free food at the hibachi table. Epic!

Cactus Cafe– we had breakfast and lunch at this outdoor cafe

La Riviera– this is the buffet that is open all day.  Just find a chef and they will let you know what is safe to eat.

The most amazing part was a huge dessert table filled with gluten free treats. It had a sign that said Gluten Free, but I didn’t believe it because the food looked too good. I found the chef, threatened him in English and in Spanish to promise me the treats were safe. I then had him send someone to the kitchen to show me the gluten free flour mix. I then ate my weight in desserts to include the most amazing eclairs. 

Aside from the food, the resort was beautiful! We had a great room, with amazing views and staff that learned our names and had our favorite drinks waiting for us.

I enjoyed Secrets Capri so much I’m actually going back in March with my GFBFF Cindy from Vegetarian Mamma, so follow along on social media to see what we find!

So if you are looking for an all-inclusive, adult only retreat, I highly recommend visiting one of the many Secrets Resorts. You won’t be disappointed and you might even end up with an eclair!

 

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Need a quick dairy-free and gluten-free dessert? Chocolate snowflake cookies only have 4 ingredients and are super easy to make. 

We had some mid-week dinner guests coming over for dinner this week. Everything I cook is always gluten-free but one of our guests is also dairy-free. The menu was: salad, steamed broccoli and spaghetti. The issue was going to be dessert. After a full day at work I wouldn’t have time to make anything fancy or even have time to run to the store.

As I drove home I wracked my brain for something simple that I could make that everyone could enjoy. I remembered a recipe I created years ago for Lemon Cake Cookies. They were super simple and would fit all the food restrictions. Problem was I didn’t have yellow cake mix or lemons. What I did have was chocolate cake mix. With a few changes I made Chocolate Cake Mix Snowflake Cookies!

Snowflake Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box Gluten Free chocolate cake mix - Betty Crocker or LiveGFree
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl combine the cake mix, oil, and eggs.
  4. In a second bowl pour in the powdered sugar
  5. Once the dough is combined, use your hands to make 1 to 1 1/2" balls of dough
  6. Roll the dough in the powered sugar and place on the baking sheet
  7. Bake for 13-15 minutes
  8. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy
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For this recipe I used the LiveGFree brand from Aldi of chocolate cake mix. This mix is the same as the Betty Crocker cake mix, just in a different box. If you use a different brand make sure you read the ingredients to confirm they are both gluten-free and dairy-free.

The cookies came out gooey and held up well once cooled down. They are slightly messy due to the powdered sugar, but so worth it!

These were a huge hit with the adults and kids. Our guests even took a bag of cookies home to enjoy later.

You could even add mini chocolate chips if you wanted to add a crunch to them. I suggest Enjoy Life Foods since they are top 8 free.

So the next time you need a quick, dairy-free, and gluten-free dessert I hope this super simple recipe will be just what you need.

Enjoy!

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Time to plan another week’s worth of Gluten Free dinners. Here is our meal plan!

I think I blinked and summer is almost over. We have been busy traveling and enjoying the summer sun. We have been to Myrtle Beach and Florida twice. In the middle of that I’ve been busy working and Hubby has been doing church camps. Needless to say, meal planning has not been happening.

We are done with traveling for a while and I need to get us focused on having good Gluten Free dinners at home. Eating out is just too easy when you don’t have a plan and we have been eating out a lot lately!

Here is our Gluten Free Meal Plan

MONDAY – Shepherd’s Pie

TUESDAY –  Chicken Lasagna

WEDNESDAY – Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggies for burritos

THURSDAY – Grilled BBQ Pork Chops

FRIDAY – One Dish Wonder

SATURDAY – Out or leftovers

Need Meal Planning Help

Here are over 5 years worth of meal plans if you need some extra help.

Try Home Chef for home delivery meal kits. We have used them many times and love how easy they make dinner and how good the meals are. Here is my review and here is a link to get $30 off your first order!

We hope you have a great week!

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Pumpkin protein muffins are a great way to stay fueled on the go. 

Traveling Gluten Free is never easy, so anything you can do to make it easier is worth it. For a recent work trip I wanted to make some muffins that I could take and eat during my trip. My goal was to create a tasty muffin that would fill me up. I searched my recipes and remembered these Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. They are great but I wanted to take these muffins up a notch on the protein scale. I added ingredients and switched others around to make these pumpkin protein muffins.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Protein Muffins

To add some protein I mixed my Gluten Free flour blend with Gluten Free oats, added almond milk, and protein powder.

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, plain
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, plain
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Gluten Free oats
  • 2 cups GF flour blend
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 scoops of GF protein powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners
  3. In a bowl combine the egg, pumpkin, milk, sugar, syrup, oil and vanilla.
  4. In a second bowl combine the dry ingredients of oats, flour, baking powder, protein powder, spices.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet.
  6. Once combined gently fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Spoon into your muffin liners
  8. Bake for 23-25 minutes
  9. Cool and enjoy
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The muffins were super good! The oats made them dense, so they had great staying power.

I thought the muffins were great but the kiddos said they needed to be a little sweeter. If you want the muffins to be sweeter change the 1/3 cup of brown sugar to a 1/2 cup and double the maple syrup.

For travel, just allow the muffins to cool and put in an airtight container. They will be good for up to 5 days on the counter or 7 days if you refrigerate them.

If you don’t need them all now, you can take the extra and freeze them for later. Pull them out and heat them up in the microwave.

When using oats, always make sure they are Gluten Free oats.

Here are some safe oats brands

GF HARVEST

BOB’S RED MILL

NATURE’S PATH

Feel free to customize these muffins to meet your needs. There are so many ways to take these muffins to the next level: dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or even veggies!

Happy baking!

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By now, you should know that I love Disney World. I went twice in 2018 and have already gone once in 2019. I have 2 more Florida trips on the books where I hope to squeeze in some time with Mickey.

On my most recent trip I went with my sister and ONLY my sister. That meant we were able to ride what we wanted, eat what we wanted, go where we wanted and shop where we wanted. With all my trips to Disney World I actually went on 4 new to me rides during this trip. When you have 3 young kids in tow, any wait over 20 minutes isn’t worth it!

DAY ONE

Disney Springs

  • Dinner at Raglan Road – chicken tenders and onion rings
  • Dessert – Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC for donuts
DAY TWO

Hollywood Suites

Rides

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania

Food

  • Woody’s Lunch Box – tater tots (not fried so they are safe) & cheese

Magic Kingdom

Rides

  • Space Mountain
  • Dumbo
  • Thunder Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • People Mover
  • Haunted Mansion

Food

  • Columbia Harbour House = chicken tenders and fries (crazy good!)
  • Dole Whip – cause you kind of have to!

Disney Springs

Food

  • Frontera Cocina – chips and dip with carne asada tacos
DAY THREE

Animal Kingdom

Rides

  • Flight of Passage
  • Navi River Journey
  • Everest

Epcot

Rides

  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Test Track
  • Mexican Pavilion Ride
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth
  • World Showcase Countries

Food

  • Electric Umbrella – Fries
  • La Cantina de San Angel – chips with guacamole and barbaco tacos
  • Coral Reef – Dinner was warm GF bread, steak, potatoes and chocolate molten cake. We sat right by the aquarium and it was epic! Will be back.

Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida has so many amazing options for Gluten Free and allergy friendly food. We did miss the most amazing GF beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter, but there is always next time!

If you are looking for a safe and fun place for your family to visit, Disney World should be on the top of your list! You can eat safely and have fun.

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When you find a safe place you can travel and enjoy safe Gluten Free food, you go a lot and it’s an added bonus if that place is in Mexico!

Hubby and I love to travel, with and without the kids. At least once a year we try to escape just the 2 of us to be together. Sometimes we go close by and other times we travel further to escape. 

There is one resort chain that we have found that is not only beautiful, has amazing service, but it also can safely feed me Gluten Free food!  We have been to Secrets Maroma Beach twice, Secrets Cap Cana once and our most recent trip was to Secrets Capri

Of all the resorts we have been to Capri had the most amazing food with a highlight of chocolate eclairs!

We went with some friends on this trip, which also made it more fun. We loved sharing our experience with them and one of them was dairy free, so I knew he would be taken care of. 

Secrets Capri has 6 restaurants and we went to 5 of them during our visit.  All the menus are clearly marked with vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free items. As soon as we told the staff that we needed gluten free for me and dairy free for our friend they made sure we had lots of options.

Oceana – we had lunch here. Lunch was soup with grilled chicken and veggies

Seaside Grill – we had dinner here. I enjoyed a salad, steak, and potatoes. 

Himitsu – was of one of our favorite restaurants and we ate here at least 3 times. They have GF sushi, fried rice, and can even make gluten free food at the hibachi table. Epic!

Cactus Cafe – we had breakfast and lunch at this outdoor cafe. The Caesar salad and pizza were yummy. 

La Riviera – this is the buffet that is open all day.  Just find a chef and they will let you know what is safe to eat. 

The most amazing part was a huge dessert table filled with gluten free treats. It had a sign that said Gluten Free, but I didn’t believe it because the food looked too good. I found the chef, threatened him in English and in Spanish to promise me the treats were safe. I then had him send someone to the kitchen to show me the gluten free flour mix. I then ate my weight in desserts to include the most amazing eclairs. 

Aside from the food, the resort was beautiful! We had a great room, with amazing views and staff that learned our names and had our favorite drinks waiting for us. 

I enjoyed Secrets Capri so much I’m actually going back in March with my GFBFF Cindy from Vegetarian Mamma, so follow along on social media to see what we find!

So if you are looking for an all-inclusive, adult only retreat, I highly recommend visiting one of the many Secrets Resorts. You won’t be disappointed and you might even end up with an eclair!

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Let’s finish 2018 and start 2019 on the right foot. Time for a Gluten Free Meal Plan.

To say 2018 was busy would be a huge understatement. I traveled more with work and worked longer hours then I ever have. The only plus side is I’m working for myself so all the work and reward are ours.

Meal planning has been seriously missing and eating out has been the default. One of the biggest helpers has been having Home Chef help with the prepared meals with easy ingredients. It’s amazing to have someone else grocery shop and tell you what to make!

2019 already has 6 work trips on the books and many more in the works. We are going to try and do better in 2019 to cook more and eat out less. This will mean more meal planning and meal prepping on the weekends. But our wallet and our kitchen will appreciate it!

Since it is New Year’s Eve this week and I’m traveling, our menu will be slightly different then normal. The bonus for the kiddos is that when I travel Hubby takes them to all the restaurants in town I can’t eat at, so they love it.

Here in the South the traditional New Years Day meal includes: cornbread (represents gold), collard greens (representing money), black eyed peas (representing luck) and hog jowl (represents wealth). For the record I did not grow up eating this as a New Years Day meal, Hubby brought this to the marriage. I’m not a huge fan of all these items but my mother-in-law goes to great lengths to make it Gluten Free for me so I eat at least a bite of each.  And if they had just told me 16 years ago that hog jowl was bacon, I would have embraced it. But now…

GLUTEN FREE MEAL PLAN

MONDAY – Snack foods, see details below

TUESDAY – New Years Day meal as described above that the MIL will make

WEDNESDAY – Tacos and chips and pico da Gallo

THURSDAY  – One Dish Wonder

FRIDAY – Baked Pork Chops

SATURDAY – Hubby taking kids out while I travel

New Year’s Eve Snacks Cheese Dip

1 lb pork sausage

16 oz velveeta cheese

1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes

Brown sausage, drain fat.

Put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 2 Hours.

Move to Keep Warm once the cheese is melted.

Enjoy with Corn Chips.

Ranch Dip and Chips

1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch mix

16oz soup cream

Combine ingredients and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy with potato chips

Sausage Balls

1 lb sausage

1 cup GF bisquik

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl

Roll mixture into 1.5 to 2″ balls and place on baking sheet

Bake for 13-15 minutes

Bacon Cheese Puffs

There will also be milkshakes and cookies to keep the kids energized so they can stay up to midnight. Normal bedtime is 8:30pm, so we will see how they do!

What will your 2019 look like? Will you be planning or winging it?

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This recipe is a super easy way to make beef and broccoli that the whole family will love.

We are always looking for fun and easy recipes to make during the week. When you fly in the door after work and school, you need something fast that everyone will eat. This recipe came out of having a crazy busy schedule and limited groceries.

Do you ever get in a recipe rut? I had ground beef but didn’t want to make the usual taco meat or spaghetti sauce with it. Once I saw the bag of frozen broccoli, I knew what to make.

Beef and Broccoli is always a favorite dish when eating out at Asian restaurants. We actually have 2 restaurants close by that can make a Gluten Free version. Beef and broccoli is typical made with lean steak like a sirloin. This version uses ground beef since that is what I had in the fridge. I was very happy with how it turned out.

Gluten Free Beef and Broccoli

Start by cooking the onions and ground beef.  To make life easy I used frozen broccoli florets in a steamable bag.

Next combine your sauce. There are 2 options for this. One, just whisk the sauce together and pour over the beef and broccoli mixture. Two, bring the sauce to a low simmer in a small pot. If you go with option 2 make sure you watch it as it will burn if you aren’t careful.

Once the sauce is ready, combine all the ingredients. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes so all the flavors will mix together.

Serve with rice. To make dinner easier, you can use microwavable bags.

Gluten Free Beef and Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets (2 cups)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/3 cup Gluten Free soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp & 1/3 cup
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
  2. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes
  3. Add in ground beef and brown. Drain excess fat if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Cook steamed broccoli in the microwave - follow time on the bag
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add the cooked broccoli to the beef and onions
  6. In a bowl combine olive oil, garlic, soy sauce and cornstarch
  7. Pour sauce mixture into the beef and broccoli mix
  8. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes
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This dish smelled amazing and was inhaled! If you are feeding more than 3 people or want leftovers for lunch I would double the recipe. This will be part of our go-to dinner options from now on.

I hope you and your family enjoy this easy Gluten Free version of Beef and Broccoli!

Enjoy!

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