BBQ Beef and Sausage Meatballs

This is great for parties, and you can make it ahead of time!

3 Pounds lean Ground Beef

1/2  Pound Gluten Free Pork Sausage ( I used the mildly seasoned, but you prefer you can use spicey sausage)

1- 8oz. Block of Cream Cheese (softened)

2 Teaspoons Gluten Free Season Salt

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free pure Garlic Powder

1/2 Cup Gluten Free Barbeque sauce ( I used Sweet Baby Ray’s original)

Topping: 1-2 cups of more Gluten free Barbeque sauce, depending on how much sauce you prefer.

Preheat oven to 375*

Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and dive in with your hands. ( you should wear gloves, it gets a little messy!) To mix well, it will take awhile. Then when all ingredients are incorporated, roll into balls or use a 1 ½ inch scoop. Place each ball onto a greased sheet pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until firm and browned. Remove from oven and place meatballs into a covered storage container, (also draining off any grease)and refrigerate until ready to serve. (These can be made several days ahead of time, if refrigerated)

Top with more barbeque sauce when ready to reheat and serve.  Place back onto sheet pan and brush with more barbeque sauce onto each ball and bake at 400* for 8 minutes, or until well coated. Remove from oven and serve. I like to put a toothpick into each BBQ ball to serve.

This will make about 3 dozen meatballs. Depending on how big you make them.

Gluten Free Stuffing, or Dressing

Reposting my Cornbread Dressing just in time for Thanksgiving

Jan's Gluten Free

by Janet Monk

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing

2 Sticks of Salted Butter

2 Medium Onions Chopped (about 4 cups)

2 Cloves of Garlic Crushed

2 Tablespoons Additive Free Dried Celery Flacks

2- 14 oz. Cans of 100% Chicken Broth (Swanson’s)

1 ½ Teaspoons Salt

1 Teaspoon Pure Ground Black Pepper

1Container of Frozen GF Cream of Chicken Soup (See Recipe in previous post)

¼ Cup Pure Additive Free Ground Sage

2- 10 inch Pans of Baked GF Corn Bread (See recipe in previous post) (this should make about 12 cups when crumbled)

4 Cups Gluten Free Croutons ( See recipe in previous post)

2 Eggs beaten.

1 Cup of Turkey Drippings (if you like your dressingReallymoist you can add another ¼ to ½ cup)

In large sauce pan melt butter, and add onions, garlic, and celery, sauté until onions are translucent. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, GF chicken…

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Thanksgiving Prep Continued with Gluten Free Cornbread

Gluten Free Cornbread

Today I’m working on the cornbread for my Stuffing. ( if your from the South, we call it Dressing) The Stuffing or Dressing recipe I use calls for 2 pans of corn bread, which equals about 12 cups of crumbled corn bread. So I double the recipe below. I try to make my corn bread early, That way when it’s time to make my dressing for Thanksgiving, all I have to do is add it to the recipe.

Gluten Free Corn Meal Mix

1–24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Stone Ground Whole Grain Corn Meal

2- 24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Flour

Mix well with whisk, in a large mixing bowl, and pour in air tight container. Be sure and label container.The reason I like to use the mix of corn flour and cornmeal, is because the GF corn meal is coarser than regular cornmeal. So when you add the corn flour it just evens it out. If you like the grit of the corn, then just use the cornmeal. ( I have a thing about texture. I don’t even like regular pears because of the grit!)

If you like the finer grind of the Corn Flour, just use the Corn Flour alone instead of adding the Whole Grain Corn Meal

Gluten Free Corn Bread

2 Cups GF Corn Meal/Corn Flour Mix (2 bags Bobs Red Mill Corn Flour, 1 bag Bobs Red Mill Corn Meal)

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Sugar

¾ Stick of softened Salted Butter (6 Tablespoons or 3/8 cup of oil)

1 Cup Water or Milk

2 Eggs Beaten

In large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add butter, water and eggs. Mix well and pour into a greased, 9 – 10 inch skillet, or baking dish. Bake at 350* for 25 – 30 minutes, or until set and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.

Reposting my Holiday prep! Do you have your Croutons ready yet?

Gluten Free Croutons

Preheat oven to 400*

Gluten Free bread

1 Teaspoon additive free garlic powder

1 Teaspoon salt

Per 2 ½ Cups cubed bread

I use leftover Gluten Free bread if I can, and I like to save the ends for croutons also. But if you need several cups at a time, one 9×4 inch loaf will make about 4- 5 cups of baked croutons. To cut each slice into small crouton size squares, I usually stack the slices of bread, then cut so it goes faster. And spread the little squares on a cookie sheet, or baking pan one layer thick. Sprinkle on garlic powder and salt, and bake. About 20 – 25 minutes or until crisp. Make sure to check them at about 15 minutes, they will need to be stirred. When done, let them cool, and store in an air tight container in the freezer until needed. To use in a salad, take out what you need and microwave about ten seconds. Or save them for stuffing. My dressing (or stuffing) recipe calls for 4 cups of croutons. My baking pans will hold 2 ½ cups of cubed bread at a time, which equals (after shrinkage) 2 cups of croutons. So after baked and cooled the 2 ½ cups will shrink to about 2 cups.

Another Getting Ready for the Holidays Recipe

I’m reposting this Mushroom Soup Recipe upon request. Hope yall enjoy it!

Quick Gluten Free Cream of Mushroom Soup

1- 8oz. Can of Pieces and Stems Mushrooms ( blended slightly in food processor)

3 Tablespoons Salted butter ( or butter substitute)

1 Cup of Water or Milk ( I use water)

2 Tablespoons Corn Starch

1 Teaspoon Salt

Pour Mushroom pieces with liquid into medium sauce pan, turn heat on medium high and add butter. In small bowl mix water (or milk) with corn starch and whisk together until dissolved, and add to sauce pan along with salt. Stir and let mixture come to a bowl and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Use in casseroles, or eat as soup with crackers.

Variations: Add ¼ teaspoon black pepper or garlic for a little kick.

To make a larger batch to freeze for later, just double or triple the recipe.

This is an updated version of my getting ready for the Holidays Gluten Free cooking

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken Soup

(also Preservative Free)

3 Pounds Chicken Breast

(I buy 3 lbs. of organic 1farmpoultry.com/ frozen chicken breast and just let it thaw in the fridge overnight) here is the link to their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100081300885697

1 stick Salted Butter

3 – 14.5 oz. Can of Swanson 100% natural Chicken Broth (with no MSG)

2 Teaspoons Salt

1/3 Cup Argo Gluten Free Corn Starch

Wash chicken breasts, and place in crockpot whole. Chunk up the butter and place on top of chicken, sprinkle with salt, then pour in the cans of broth. Set crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. In that amount of time, chicken breast will be completely cooked and tender. Turn crock pot up on high heat, and dip out some of the liquid into a small mixing bowl, add corn starch, and whisk together. Add this back to crockpot, leaving the lid off, for 10 – 15 minutes. When liquid starts to thicken turn off heat. Using a potato masher, mash all of the chicken breast and it will shred the chicken into small pieces. Let cool, and dip out about 1 ¾ cups into 5 small plastic storage containers, dividing equally. Label and date, and freeze until ready to use. This will make enough to equal about 5 – 14 oz. cans.For those of us that cannot eat a can of soup boughten from the grocery store, this recipe will be a staple for the Holidays.

It is real food no chemicals, no preservatives, & and it is much better tasting than what you can buy in the store. Hope you enjoy it!

Garlic Pork and Peppers

This is one of my quick go to meals. Hope you try it.

GARLIC PORK and PEPPERS

1 pound Ground Pork or Ground Turkey

1 Teaspoon Gluten Free, Season Salt

1 Large Bell Pepper ( deseeded and chopped)

1 Small White Onion (chopped)

2 large Cloves of Garlic (Minced)

1/4 Cup Gluten Free Coconut Amino Acids

In large skillet, on medium heat start browning meat. Add Season Salt, and stir in chopped peppers and onions until meat is brown and peppers are tender. Then add in garlic and and coconut amino sauce. Continue to stir and cook until sauce is hot. Remove from heat and serve over rice or Gluten Free pasta.

Pina Colada Cream Custard Pie

Remember the old Impossible pie recipe? That makes its own crust. Well I’ve been getting so many eggs, that I’ve been trying to use them in many different recipes.

This is the version I’ve finally decided works the best.

Ingredients:

5 Large Eggs ( I use Duck Eggs)

1 Cup White Granulated Sugar

1, 3 oz. box of Gluten Free Coconut Cream pudding. ( I use cook and serve, Jello brand)

1, 8 oz package softened Cream Cheese

1, 20oz. Can of Crushed Pinapple ( with the juice, don’t drain it)

Preheat oven to 350* F.

In medium size mixing bowl with electric mixer, blend all Ingredients until well mixed. Spray a 9 in. pie plate with olive oil or any gluten free spray you prefer. As long as you completely spray sides as well. Pour pie Batter into pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until pie is set in the center.

Remove pie from oven, let cool completely and refrigerate for a couple of hours before slicing. Serve cold with wipped cream or plain. Whatever you like. Enjoy!

Sausage Kale Soup

Sausage Kale Soup

     This is my version of Zuppa Toscana soup. Since my Kale and garden Onions are ready to start harvesting, I love using them in so many dishes.

3 Cups Peeled and cubed Potatoes ( about 4 small potatoes)

3 Slices of Gluten Free Bacon

2 Tablespoons Oil

1 Pound Gluten Free Pork Sausage ( You can use Gluten free Turkey Sausage or Italian Sausage)

5-6 Garden Onions

2 Cups washed and chopped Kale Leaves ( don’t use the stems they can be a little woody)

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 – 14.5 oz. can of Gluten Free Chicken Broth

4 oz. Block of Parmesan Cheese

3 large Cloves of minced Garlic

 Wash potatoes and bake in microwave until soft. In  medium size skillet fry bacon in oil until crisp, remove and set aside. Then using the same oil crumble up sausage and brown until no longer pink. Chop garden onions along with kale and add to meat and sprinkle with salt. Sauté, stirring on medium heat until onions and kale are limp. In medium stock pot add Chicken Broth and slice or cube parmesan cheese and heat on medium heat until cheese is softened and melting. Turn heat down and add meat, kale, and onions. Chop Bacon and add to soup mixture.  Then peel and cube baked potatoes and add along with minced garlic, to soup. Simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm with Gluten Free Cheese Biscuits. Enjoy!   

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chia Seed Breakfast Cookies

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe, we’ve been dealing with alot here at home besides the pandemic. My Mom had a stroke and we’ve been short handed. So I’ve been very busy! Anyway I needed a boost of energy and these cookies really help! Hope you give them a try! Enjoy

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chia Seed Breakfast Cookies

4 Large Eggs

1 ¼ Cup (Packed ) Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 Cup Ground Chia Seeds

1 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter ( I use the all natural Gluten Free kind)

1 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Optional 1, 12oz. package of Gluten Free White Chocolate Chips.

Preheat oven to 350*

In large mixing bowl beat eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and ground chia seeds, using electric mixer. When completely mixed, slowly add peanut butter then rolled oats. Dough will be very stiff so you will have to fold in the white chips by hand.

Scoop or spoon cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet, and flatten each dough mound with wet fingers. Bake for 18- 20 minutes or until browned at the edges. Let cool before removing from cookie sheet.

This will make about 24 cookies.

Gluten Free Corn Bread

Today I’m working on the cornbread for my Stuffing. ( if your from the South, we call it Dressing) The Stuffing or Dressing recipe I use calls for 2 pans of corn bread, which equals about 12 cups of crumbled corn bread. So I double the recipe below.   I try to make my corn bread early, That way when it’s time to make my dressing for Thanksgiving, all I have to do is add it to the recipe.

Gluten Free Corn Meal Mix1–24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Stone Ground Whole Grain Corn Meal2- 24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn FlourMix well with whisk, in a large mixing bowl, and pour in air tight container. Be sure and label container.The reason I like to use the mix of corn flour and cornmeal, is because the GF corn meal is coarser than regular cornmeal. So when you add the corn flour it just evens it out. If you like the grit of the corn, then just use the cornmeal. ( I have a thing about texture. I don’t even like regular pears because of the grit!)If you like the finer grind of the Corn Flour, just use the Corn Flour alone instead of adding the Whole Grain Corn MealGluten Free Corn Bread2 Cups GF Corn Meal/Corn Flour Mix (2 bags Bobs Red Mill Corn Flour, 1 bag Bobs Red Mill Corn Meal)½ Teaspoon Salt2 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder½ Teaspoon Baking Soda1 Tablespoon Sugar¾ Stick of softened Salted Butter (6 Tablespoons or 3/8 cup of oil)1 Cup Water or Milk2 Eggs BeatenIn large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add butter, water and eggs. Mix well and pour into a greased, 9 – 10 inch skillet, or baking dish. Bake at 350* for 25 – 30 minutes, or until set and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.

Getting ready for the Holidays

If yall are like me, then you are always busy! So to make life a little easier I try to start early and prepare some of my ingredients early.

To begin my stuffing I like to start preparing now. So first I make my croutons. Then I make my cornbread. That way I only need to assemble the stuffing on Thanksgiving.

Gluten Free Croutons

Preheat oven to 400*

Gluten Free bread

1 Teaspoon additive free garlic powder

1 Teaspoon salt

Per 2 ½  Cups cubed bread

I use leftover Gluten Free bread if I can, and I like to save the ends for croutons also. But if you need several cups at a time, one 9×4 inch loaf will make about 4- 5 cups of baked croutons. To cut each slice into small crouton size squares, I usually stack the slices of bread, then cut so it goes faster. And spread the little squares on a cookie sheet, or baking pan one layer thick.  Sprinkle on garlic powder and salt, and bake. About 20 – 25 minutes or until crisp. Make sure to check them at about 15 minutes, they will need to be stirred. When done, let them cool, and store in an air tight container in the freezer until needed.  To use in a salad, take out what you need and microwave about ten seconds. Or save them for stuffing.

My dressing (or stuffing) recipe calls for 4 cups of croutons. My baking pans will hold 2 ½ cups of cubed bread at a time, which equals (after shrinkage) 2 cups of croutons. So after baked and cooled the 2 ½ cups will shrink to about 2 cups.

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing (or Dressing)

by Janet Monk

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing

2 Sticks of Salted Butter

2 Medium Onions Chopped (about 4 cups)

2 Cloves of Garlic Crushed

2 Tablespoons Additive Free Dried Celery Flacks

2- 14 oz. Cans of 100% Chicken Broth (Swanson’s)

1 ½ Teaspoons Salt

1 Teaspoon Pure Ground Black Pepper

1 Container of Frozen GF Cream of Chicken Soup (See Recipe in previous post)

¼ Cup Pure Additive Free Ground Sage

2- 10 inch Pans of Baked GF Corn Bread (See recipe in previous post) (this should make about 12 cups when crumbled)

4 Cups Gluten Free Croutons ( See recipe in previous post)

2 Eggs beaten.

1 Cup of Turkey Drippings (if you like your dressing Really moist you can add another ¼ to ½ cup)

In large sauce pan melt butter, and add onions, garlic, and celery, sauté until onions are translucent. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, GF chicken soup and sage, until soup melts do not boil. In large mixing bowl, crumble cornbread and add croutons. Pour onion and broth mixture over bread, (make sure broth & drippings is not too hot to cook eggs) add beaten eggs and turkey drippings. Mix well and add to turkey roasting pan. (as per directions above) Or if you would rather not stuff the turkey with dressing, you can always bake the dressing independently, at 325* for 40 – 45 minutes. This will fill 2,  greased 9×13 pans, and will feed a large gathering for the holidays.

When I make dressing for us during the year, not on any holiday. I half the recipe and buy a small 1 – 1 ½ pound turkey breast, thaw it, wash it well and slice it into about ½ inch x 2 inch shreds and add it to the onion and chicken broth mixture to cook. Only when you add the frozen GF cream of chicken soup, go ahead and add the whole container. Then you must let the mixture come to a boil to help cook the turkey pieces. Let this cool before adding to bread and both beaten eggs. Bake as above in one greased 9x 13 pan.

Fried Corn Cakes

1 Cup Gluten Free Corn Meal ( I like to use the fine ground Corn Flour)

1 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Gluten Free Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons White Sugar

1/2 Cup Water

1 Large Egg

1/2 Cup Oil for frying

In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients, then add water and egg. Whisk all ingredients until smooth and there are no more lumps.  Heat oil in a cast iron skillet, on high to medium high heat until hot. Using a large spoon dip out a large scoop of batter and drop into hot oil. Repeat this process until you’ve used all the batter. Fry corn cakes for 1 ½ to 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown on both sides and done in the center. Remove cakes from oil and drain on paper towels and serve. Enjoy!

My bunch loves to eat them with Stew or just split them open and spread butter in the center and eat them for a snack.  

Recipe For a Successful Gluten Free Lifestyle

     In the day and times that we live in now, everyone needs to take care of their health. Especially anyone with an autoimmune disease. And the way we do that is by eating a totally gluten free diet.

     If you’re new to gluten free, and you were not given the tools to start that Gluten Free life style, here are a few of my tips. Obviously nothing with Wheat, Rye, or Barley, or the hybridized gluten plants such as triticale, spelt, kamut, farro, bulgar, and semolina.  

     Don’t get discouraged though, there are so many other foods that are naturally gluten free! To start out stick with whole foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and non processed meats. Your grocery bill with go down as well. When you stop buying prepackaged, processed foods, you will find that you are spending a lot less at the grocery store.

     Learning to cook gluten free, is so easy! Just use pure natural gluten free ingredients. Start out with basic ingredients.  For example, potatoes, green beans, or broccoli, and a meat. Pork chops, chicken, fish or steak. Easy Peasy!

     Be aware of seasonings. Read Labels!!! To start out, just regular salt and pepper are your best friends. Make sure to use a name brands that states on the label pure salt or pure pepper. I’ve found that a lot of the discount brands are made in facilities that run other gluten containing products on shared lines. Which will contaminate the seasoning. Some spices will state that they are gluten free.

     Always, Always, wash ingredients, even whole potatoes. Because if they were packed in containers to ship that previously had gluten products or were packed in wheat straw to ship, then they will have gluten on the outside and as you peel them you will transfer the gluten to your vegetable dish. Also wash fresh fruits very well, for exactly the same reason. I even wash my bananas before I peel them.

     These are just a few of my Gluten Free tips. Hope this helps!

Stay healthy!

Tator Tot Casserole

Tator Tot Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound ground Beef

1/2 Teaspoon additive Free, Gluten Free Season Salt

1 Tablespoon Gluten Free Worchester Sauce

1  10 ounce package of mixed frozen Vegetables (I use the carrot, green bean, peas, and corn mix)

1  18 ounce can of Gluten Free Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 ½ cups of freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

1 Small package of Gluten Free frozen Tator Tots

Preheat oven to 400*F

Brown ground beef in medium skillet, add season salt and Worchester sauce. Stirring in vegetables, and cream of mushroom soup. You can either leave it in the skillet or pour this mixture into a greased 9 X 11 inch  baking dish. Top with ½ cup of the grated cheese, then add Frozen tator tots, completely covering top of mixture. Place casserole into oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven when tots are crispy, top with remaining cheese and serve.

Enjoy!

Quick Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

These will go fast! Be prepared to make several batches.

2 Large Eggs ( I use Duck Eggs)

½ Cup Gluten Free Oil

1 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

1 Cup GF Flour ( I used Better Batter)

2 Teaspoons  Pure Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon  Baking Powder

Whisk eggs, oil, and brown sugar together  until well blended. Add GF Flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into oiled 9×9 inch glass baking  pan. Spread Batter to edges of pan, ( let set for 10 to 15 minutes) and bake at 350* for 23-25 minutes or until set in the center.  Remove  from oven spread melted Butter on top, then sprinkle with sugar and Cinnamon.

TOPPING

3 Tablespoons  Melted Butter or Butter substitute

1 ½ Tablespoons  Granulated Sugar

1 Teaspoon Pure Ground Cinnamon

Mix sugar and Cinnamon  and set aside until Bars are done baking.