One night recently I asked Alan what would be an interesting flavor for a chicken. We were low on groceries and when he opened the fridge he asked whether salsa would be good. I don’t know why I had never had such a delicious idea. I pulled together a few other things I had on hand and made the easiest tastiest chicken I have ever had come out of my crock pot. This chicken fell off the bones and had an amazing flavor. I thought the leftovers would be great as chicken tacos, but I had an even better idea for the leftovers. I grabbed my clean slow cooker and made this… gluten free easy chicken and sausage gumbo.
I love to take leftovers and transform them into something amazing. thus the leftovers from my fantastic Gluten Free Crock Pot Salsa Chicken morphed into this outrageously good gumbo.
We live in the south. While at the grocery store I came across some frozen okra and asked Alan if he had ever tried it. Surprisingly enough he had never had this southern staple vegetable. I had always had it fried as a child. I was wondering how to make it delicious and gluten free and then it hit me… gumbo. I had picked up some Aidells Cajun Style Sausage
on special and could not wait to try it. I was super excited to get home and begin filling up my slow cooker with yum.
This recipe turned out to be so simple and so good I had two bowls. I didn’t even need to chop onions or peppers as I had reserved the leftover salsa chicken liquid and it was plenty flavorful.
Simple Gluten Free Crock Pot Gumbo ~ The Leftovers Version
The holidays are often a time of rushing around to get things done. I wanted to create a peanut butter cookie recipe that was simple but more sophisticated than my Easy Low Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies. I came across Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour at my local Walmart. It contained sorghum flour which I know adds great texture and chew to gluten free baked goods. I searched the internet and realized that this flour had no recipes created using it that I could easily find. I took this as a challenge to make a few tasty cookie recipes with this awesome blend. I made these easy peanut butter cookies and Gluten Free Italian Anise cookies as well. Both exceeded my expectations on the first try. I am excited to try this flour in more recipes and see how well it turns out. This flour bend works very well for cookies and I will be using it as long as the price stays low (four bucks for two pounds!). I tend to use the least expensive ingredients that I can find and usually do not use premade flour blends because of high prices. I was extremely happy to find such a good deal on Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour and that it worked better than some of the more expensive blends I have tried. If you cannot find this blend, I would try another blend that contains sorghum flour as an ingredient.
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Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour
I never thought I would like anise until I moved to Pittsburgh. Many of my friends were Italian and made the most wonderful cookies. I fell madly in love with Italian anisette cookies and could’t wait for the holidays to savor the wonderful sweet and slightly licoricey flavor. I was diagnosed celiac and left Pittsburgh around all in the same year. When Christmas came around this year I knew I had to figure out a gluten free version of my now most favorite Christmas cookie. I had been having trouble finding anise flavoring in my local grocery stores, until one day I came across a bottle of anise emulsion at my local Ross. Emulsion and extract or anise flavoring will all work interchangeably in this recipe.
I wanted these cookies to be easy without any complicated mixing of flours. I also knew I wanted them to be soft chewy and cakey. I went to my local Walmart and looked at the gluten free flour blends that they had available. I spotted one I had never heard of before Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Mix. I liked the fact that it contained sorghum flour which I know gives baked goods a great chew and consistency. I decided to give it a whirl. It is now my new favorite all purpose cookie flour. I created two recipes that I love so far using this flour; this recipe and a fantastic gluten free peanut butter cookie. If you like anise then these cookies will soon be your favorite too. The flavor is strong enough that I did not feel these needed the sugary icing that the original Italian version has. They stand alone well. If you feel like icing them anyways a simple glaze made of confectioners sugar, milk, and anise can be easily made.
Gluten Free Italian Anise Cookies ~ Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour
It was a few days before Christmas and I was out of my favorite corn free (corn lite actually) powdered sugar. There was no way I was driving the 30 minutes to whole paycheck to get some during the height of last minute Christmas shopping craziness. I needed a tasty frosting to ice my Betty Crocker Devil Food Cake Mix cupcakes that I planned to have as part of our Christmas eve calorie fest. I decided to try my hand at german chocolate frosting as no powdered sugar would be necessary. I drove the 2 minutes to the local Food Lion and grabbed the pecans and coconut shreds. The line was fairly short and the whole trip took less than the 30 minute drive out to whole foods would have. Yay! I had never made german chocolate icing before. I had always been the girl who grabs the convenient tub of Dunkin Hines and applied it liberally to cakes and cupcakes. Easy peasy. Of course with my new intolerance to corn that is no longer an option. I was surprised at how fantastic this frosting was. I couldn’t quit eating it by the fingerful. If you love coconut and pecans this frosting will amaze you too.
This recipe makes a lot of frosting. That left a bunch leftover to freeze,or eat by the spoonful or better yet slather on my Best Coconut Flour Chocolate Mug Cake Ever. I like that I can pull out premade frosting from the freezer for those unexpected “crap I need to bring a dessert” moments.
Combine the first five ingredients in a large pan over low heat.
Stir constantly until thickened which will take about 10 minutes.
Mix in coconut and pecans and stir.
If you want the icing to make pretty dribbles down the sides of your cake ice the cake before the icing cools. To ice cupcakes or for a thick easily spreadable icing wait until icing is completely cool before use.
This will ice a two layer cake. It freezes well for later use if you have too much or you can eat it with a spoon.
Just look at that delicious gluten free German chocolate goodness
Now that we live in our RV full time I have begun to cook a bit differently. I use my crock pot now more than ever before. I love the ease of crock pot meals and the variety of flavors I can produce with little effort. I love being able to throw a meal together and set it to cook while I go out and enjoy life. I will be posting many of my favorite easy crock pot recipes over the coming weeks. Continue reading →
I was scrolling through Pinterest one day a few months ago and stumbled upon an amazing looking grain free foccacia bread recipe from Gourmande In The Kitchen. I tried it and it was pretty flippin tasty. Ever since I tasted that bread I wanted to recreate it for use as a gluten free deep dish pizza crust. I tweaked the ingredients, subbed a few out, and added my own spices then doubled the recipe ending up with my own fantastic gluten and grain free pizza crust creation. Continue reading →
I often blog about my breakfast. I can’t help it. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. The foods are simple, the coffee is hot, and I am still in that warm half asleep state. It is my time to relax first thing in the morning before I switch over to my always on the go super busy life. I have been eating this meal everyday for about a month. It is so simple I did not think to share it with you guys, until now. After eating it everyday for a month and smiling every morning over this hot bowl of banana breakfast pudding (aka paleo oatmeal) I decided this recipe was long over due for sharing. Continue reading →
I love coconut flour. I bake with it as often as I can and eat it at least once every day. Some people would call me obsessed. Low calorie, high protein, low carb, high fiber, this flour has amazing benefits! What’s not to love? I have tried my fair share of coconut flour recipes from other food bloggers. Most worked out fantastically, but some flopped. After reading a bajillion comments on those recipes the common consensus was that the brand of flour may be the reason for the recipe failure. Coconut flour absorbs a ton of water. Coconut flours differ in how finely they are ground and how much fat they contain as well. I really wanted to figure out which flours worked best and why. Continue reading →
Do you ever find yourself with an ingredient that you bought once a while back and never used again? Before we moved into our RV, I would just let those items hide out in the backs of cabinets and linger on top of the refrigerator. Sometimes those ingredients would get lucky and I would need them for a recipe before they expired, sometimes they ended up being tossed out during spring cleaning only having been used once. Our RV is only rated to hold 1483 pounds worth of “stuff”. When I began weighing out the items in my life, I realized just how much stuff I had. I was amazed to find I had around 35 pounds of weight just in flour and another 20 pounds in spices. Continue reading →