What To Call These… Yummy Brownies

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Thank goodness, or should I say thank you Betty Crocker, for Gluten Free Brownie mix!!

Not sure what to call these. I needed more then your standard brownie this morning and this is result.

Yummy Brownies

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1. Make brownie mix according to directions.
2. Pour half of brownie batter into pan.
3. Place single layer of milk chocolate bars on top of batter you just poured into pan.
4. Pour remaining half of batter over later of chocolate bars.
5. Bake according to directions less 3-5 mins.
6. Remove nearly done brownies from oven and sprinkle with marshmallows and a chopped up chocolate bar.
7. Return to oven for remaining 3-5 minutes until marshmallows are puffed.
8. Let cool a couple moments, if you can stand it, before enjoying.

Gooey goodness. Hello yummy brownies! Good-bye worries! Good-bye any thoughts of trying to diet today!

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Mexican: the GF friendly cuisine

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Tacos!!! Mexican cuisine is really GF friendly and full of flavor.

So I have had to learn to love corn tortillas over flour… Big deal! The food is still yummy!

Tacos are super easy to throw together as well.

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I warmed my cast iron skillet to med high and added about a tbsp vegetable oil. Then I added two 20oz packages of lean ground turkey. I started to brown the ground turkey, but since it was so lean, I worried it was getting to dry. I added about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water and two tbsp of My Taco Seasoning. Once the meat was browned, I let it simmer in liquid for a couple minutes. Also, I added a tbsp or two of masa and a bit more taco seasoning so it would thicken up a bit.

These tacos turned out awesome! And adding avacado (that had been splashed with lime juice) made them all the more delicious. My avocado craving has paid off the last two nights! Other toppings include 4-cheese mexican blend, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and cholulu hot sauce.

I always keep my taco seasoning on hand.

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I always make too much of the ground meat when I make tacos. I forget that there are other ingredients involved, I guess? Whatever! I have plenty of leftovers for me to have an easy, fast, yummy GF lunch!

Boss wanted S’mores. No way I am lighting a fire just for dessert… Well, at least not on a weeknight. I have made them in oven before but wanted an even less fussy option. As I stood there in front of my toaster oven and Boss brought me the ingredients… I devised a plan. And I was staring right at it.

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Why haven’t I thought of this before!?!? No these are not GF but could be if you had gluten free graham crackers on hand. We used the toast setting on #4 which was about 2min 30secs. They were perfect!

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Chocolate Cake (gluten-free!)

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I made this as a dessert on Fathers Day. Hubbs says to me, “this cake is really good.”. When Hubbs goes out of his way to complement my food, I know he’s being for real.

(Hubbs doesn’t BS me about my cooking. He may BS about a lot of other things but cooking?? Uh, No. And I appreciate it. When I make a dish that isn’t good, he tells me. It usually sounds something like “this is not my favorite” … I know what he means. I can try to fix it or it goes on the never-again list. I want my family to love what I make them so it helps to know when something doesn’t work.)

I used the Betty Crocker Chocolate cake baking mix and your basic chocolate frosting. To our surprise, it did turn out really good! Yay! Winning! I can have chocolate cake!!!!

Father’s Day = Man Food

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Buffalo Chicken Dip is Gluten free!!! Yay!!!

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On the menu for Hubbs and Grandpa today was Buffalo Chicken Dip, Buffalo Chicken Wings, BBQ Chicken Tenders (my GF version turned out better then the non GF!!), Mac & Cheese, Sugar Cookies, GF Chocolate Chip Cookies, and GF Chocolate Cake. Man and kid friendly. Everyone was happy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip. Many of the recipes call for canned chicken. For some reason, this freaks me out. I normally poach 4 small/medium chicken breasts instead. I like to throw some chili powder, peppercorns, smashed garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin seeds, cayenne pepper and oregano into the cooking liquid – you could use water or low sodium chicken broth. I let boil for 10-12 mins, turn off heat and leave covered for a few minutes… Maybe another 10. I think it adds great flavor to the chicken (and the kitchen smells amazing). I pull chicken out and chop/shred into nice bite size pieces.

Then onto dip assembly!

In an oven safe/microwave safe dish combine:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I like the 4 cheese mexican blend)
Chopped/shredded chicken, 2 cups or so…(rotisserie chicken would probably be excellent in this dip!)

Once it’s all blended up nice, I like to sprinkle with more cheddar cheese and bacon pieces. Ummm bacon makes everything better! 😉

Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly… 20 mins or so. Some recipes call to mix before serving. Just get the corn chips and dig in. Yummmmmmmm

GF Fried Shrimp

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Originally, we were going to try to just eat random leftovers tonight. I couldn’t do it. I wanted fried shrimp. And so it was.

I thawed a bag and half of frozen wild-caught gulf shrimp that I had on hand. Probably like 2.5 lbs… I know it sounds like a lot… This family of mine eats a lot okay. Plus, we are more apt to stuff ourselves into a food coma when seafood is involved. I peeled, deveined, and detailed the thawed shrimp. I am not interested in looks or having a “handle” on my fried shrimp… I don’t need anything slowing me down! 🙂 oh and keep shrimp in frig or on ice while you prepare the batter.

Heat oil to 350 degrees in deep fryer, or a heavy pot.

The batter… Uh… I didn’t exactly make measurements. Here’s my best guess… Mix together the following in a large bowl:

1/2 c water
1/2 c half & half
1 egg
1 cup of gluten free baking mix (Betty Crocker)
1/4 c buffalo hot sauce (we like Texas Pete)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp sugar

Dip shrimp in batter and gently drop into oil in batches… Like 6 or 8 at a time. Mine only took like a minute or two to cook to golden brown and opaque and curled like a “c”.

Drain on paper towel… Try to wait until they are a little cooled before shoving them in your face – you don’t want to get burned! 😉

I also fried up some French fries. Literally, cut up a potato, fried until golden brown, and sprinkled with a little salt immediately after taking them from the oil to drain. I actually made these first and put them in the oven to stay warm and crispy – like 175 or 200 degrees – while I fried the shrimp.

The dipping sauce was about equal parts light mayo and chili sauce with a splash of hot sauce.

For being a last minute, thrown together meal, this turned out awesome.

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Cakes is going through that 2 yr old stage where she thinks its appropriate to only wear her diaper. Not to mention, she’s a dirt ball and in an effort to save her clothes from getting ruined, I usually let her eat without a shirt (and wrap her in paper towels lol).

Grilled Ribeye with Tomato & Poblano Chile Sauce, Shrimp Mashed Potatoes

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Hubb’s birthday was yesterday and I didn’t do anything for him. Nothing. Nada. I didn’t even get a store-bought cookie cake.

This is NOT typical. Normally, I throw him a party of some sort, whether it be just a small cookout or a big surprise, I always do something for him. This year, we just have so much going on, I couldn’t pull it together. It makes me feel terrible. I love to celebrate my family.

So, in some sort I effort to make up for my lameness, I wanted to make him a nice dinner. The evening didn’t go as I had hoped, because once again, work got in the way. I manage to have dinner done by 7:30pm. A good two hours after our normally dinner time. Please, make me feel worse about this…

Well, at least the meal turned out well.

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Giada de Laurentiis Grilled Ribeye with Tomato and Poblano Chile Sauce

The only adjustment I made to this recipe was the I only ended up using one chile… It was the perfect heat so that the kids would still eat it.

Also, I don’t think I would put steaks in freezer as she calls for… It was a bit to rare in the middle. I think 30mins in frig would have been fine.

SHRIMP MASHED POTATOES

Seriously, why hadn’t I tried this before. My two favorite foods, shrimp and potatoes, together?!?!? Loved it!!

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes – gluten free

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Honestly, I never attempted meatloaf until recently. I grew up on meatloaf that I despised and I guess it turned me off of it. I wasn’t a huge red meat fan when I was a kid and onions made me gag. My mom’s meatloaf was comprised of your standard ground chuck and tons of onions. Dad loves onions. Now, I enjoy onions and quality red meat. I know I have said this before, but funny how our tastes and preferences change as we get older.

I tried this recipe for the first time a couple months ago. For the most part, it got good reviews. Hubbs thought it was about this best meatloaf he’d ever had but felt it could have used a little more salt “or something” and he didn’t care for the ketchup sauce. I can work with that!

Pioneer Woman’s Meatloaf

So, this time, I made a few adjustments.

Meatloaf:

#1 – Subbed white bread for slices of gluten-free tapioca loaf.

#2 – Instead of 2lbs of ground beef, I used 1lb lean ground turkey and 1lbs 90/10 ground beef.

#3 – Throw an extra pinch or two of salt in the meatloaf mix.

#4 – I used center-cut bacon. It’s yummy. You may have to stretch slices a little to get them to wrap around the loaf and tuck under.

Ketchup Sauce:

#1 – Add a splash of the pickling liquid from a jar of pickled jalapeños to the ketchup sauce mixture … Probably like a tablespoon.

I had this on the weekly menu with intention that it would last for two dinners. Hubbs made his comments about how much meatloaf it was… Was I feeding an army????

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Not kidding, they ate so much of it, I have revise my meal plan for tomorrow. So we will not be having meatloaf sandwiches… I am thinking we will do breakfast for dinner. Hey, I am stoked for the little bit of leftovers I am going to have all to myself for lunch tomorrow.

Oh, I used PW’s mashed potato recipe too… I subbed a big a sweet potato for a potato or two… Yum!!!

Pioneer Woman’s Creamy, Mashed Potatoes