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Menu Plan

Easy Pasta Sauce

It is back to normal this week at our house. Or as back to normal as it gets with three college kids with crazy schedules living at home. All three kids started back to college classes on Monday. 

I am glad our kids can live at home while going to college. It is saving them a ton of money. However, keeping up with schedules and who will be home when and for what meals is a challenge. 

Here is the menu plan for this week. 

Breakfast

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Eggs and Sausage

Crispy Homemade Granola

Dinner

Easy Cabbage Stir Fry

Cabbage Stir Fry

Easy Pasta Sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce over pasta and salad

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Broccoli Beef Stir Fry

Bacon Salmon

Bacon Salmon and Salad

Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Applesauce Bread

Applesauce Bread

I hope you have a great week of delicious eating!

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Oven Grilled Cheese

January for most people means getting back to a more normal routine and schedule. Last week all three of my kids started back to college classes, so our house is back to a regular routine. Or at least as normal as it can get with three college kids with crazy schedules all living at home. 

I am keeping the gluten free menu plan fairly simple this week. But that is pretty normal. Quick and easy gluten free recipes are my favorite. 

As always be sure to read labels to make sure the ingredients are safe for your family. 

Breakfast

Bacon and Cheese Microwave Omelet

Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Dinner

Oven Grilled Cheese

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches– This works great with gluten free bread.

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs

SW Baked Spaghetti-use gluten free pasta

Chili Relleno Casserole

Chili Relleno Casserole

Beef Enchilada Soup

Enchilada Soup-Make sure your enchilada sauce is gluten free. 

Breakfast for Dinner- Waffles

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Chewy Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Everyday Adventures

Pond

It has been way too long since I shared an Everyday Adventures post. I used to do them all the time, but haven’t shared one in awhile. It is a fun way to share a look at my everyday life that you do not normally see. 

Showing everyday life, what I am loving, and keeping it real is part of old school blogging that I miss. Those of you that remember blogs from several years ago probably know what I mean.

I love my site and what I do, but part of me does miss the sharing of real, non staged, life that so many people no longer do.

So much of online and social media life now is about creating an imagine and a brand. I get that, but I also wish it was mixed with more keeping it real. 

One of my goals for 2020 is to bring some of that back. The keeping it real, this is what I am cooking and doing right now, type of posts. I hope to bring back Everyday Adventures to at least a few times a month, if not every week. 

I hope that these types of posts are something you enjoy. Please share your thoughts letting me know. Do you love these types of posts? 

Now to keep it real. 

2019 wore me out. Some years are like that. They stretch you in new ways. They force you to grow and change and make you who you are. I am pretty sure 2019 is a year our whole family will look back on as one of those years. 

One of the main things we dealt with in 2019 was health issues. Nothing major, but lots of minors. My son had knee surgery in the spring which went well, but was much more involved than they thought it would be. My daughter had minor surgery during the summer, which also didn’t go as planned.

And then in November I ended up having surgery. It was a surgery I had put off for years and finally couldn’t put off any longer. Thankfully, my surgery went well and I am feeling better than I have in several years. 

Because life was a bit crazy in 2019 I lacked creativity. For the first time since I started this site I really had trouble creating new recipes and being creativity in the kitchen. My mind was focused on other things.

Instead of creating new recipes and working on new content, I kept turning to the old favorites. It was exactly what I needed at the time, but it really cut down on what I shared here with you. 

Over the last month or so I feel like I am getting my creativity back. My schedule and routine are getting back to normal and I have already worked on quite a few new recipes that I am excited to share. 

Egg Roll In a Bowl

One of my go to dinners lately has been Egg Roll In Bowl. We have had this twice in the last month. I have been making this for years, but we have been eating it a lot recently.

It is easy to make and is a one dish dinner that we love. The leftovers are also great for lunch the next day. If you haven’t tried it you should! 

Martha Stewart's Banana Bread Recipe

I have also been making a lot of my favorite banana bread. When life is crazy comfort foods are a must. I have been making Martha Stewart’s Banana Bread for years and it is still a favorite. 

Over the holidays we always do a puzzle as a family. The last few years we have finished our puzzle in just a few hours. This year I decided to get a puzzle that would take us awhile. Well I accomplished that with a 3000 piece puzzle

We have never tried one this large before and I doubt we will again. It is the first puzzle we have ever given up on. We might have kept it out, but we had no space to leave that big of a puzzle out for a month or two while we worked on it. We put it away after putting less than 20% of it together. I think 3000 pieces might just be too big of a puzzle for us. 

Favorite Books 2019

If you love reading I shared my favorite books of 2019 over on our book site. One of my daughters also shared her favorite books of 2019. And I recently shared a fun book date idea for teens and adult kids. If you love books and reading be sure to check out our book website

That is a quick look at life at our house the last few weeks. I hope that you have a great weekend!

And again I would love to hear your thoughts on these types of posts. Do you like to occasionally see a look at my everyday life? 

The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe is full of chocolate and so good that no one will know that it is gluten free!

The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I have eaten gluten free for over ten years. In the last ten years I have tried so many gluten free cookie recipes.

Some have been from cookbooks, some have been from other people, and many I have developed on my own.

Many of those recipes were good. Some were so good that I shared them here with you. 

But it took me ten years to say that I think I finally found the best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe. 

Yes, I know calling something the best is risky. But these cookies are so good!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Why do I call them the Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies?

I call them that because people love them. People that eat gluten free and people that don’t. 

My daughter recently made these for a movie night at a friend’s house. My two daughters were the only ones that ate gluten free, but since we don’t cook with regular flour at our house, she made these cookies and took them. 

Everyone loved them. Multiple of the guys had three or four cookies. You don’t eat three of four cookies unless they are good. 

You might eat one or two to be polite, but eating four cookies pretty much says that you really liked them. 

When I found out that the cookies were a hit. Not just with my family, but with a group of other people as well, I knew I had found the best gluten free cookie recipe. 

This recipe took some work though to get just right. 

The original recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection Cookbook. The cookbook is not a gluten free cookbook. It is a regular cookbook and the original recipe is a regular recipe, not a gluten free one, so I came up with a gluten free version. 

I love doing this to a recipe. I start with a great recipe and I convert it to gluten free. Most of the cookbooks that I own are not gluten free cookbooks. They are regular cookbooks that I take the recipes from and make them gluten free. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I will often use a gluten free flour blend in recipes when I make them. You will see many of my recipes that contain a blend like Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free blend.

I will often start by trying a blend in a recipe and if I don’t like the results I try the individual gluten free flours.

The reality is that I have found that in order to get the best desserts you need individual gluten free flours not blends. That is against popular opinion but I have found it true more times than not. 

Yes, a blend will get you good results. Using the individual flours will get you the best results. They will get you a cookie that will have people coming back for more. 

For this recipe it is worth it to make it just as it is written with the individual flours. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

There are two things that make this recipe the best gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe. 

The first is the amount of chocolate. These have 4 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. That is what Martha Stewart’s original recipe had and I left it the same for the gluten free version. Believe me it is worth it to use that much chocolate. 

The other thing is the individual flours, especially the sweet rice flour. Using sweet rice flour in gluten free baked goods gives you the best taste and texture.

It can be hard to find, but it is worth it. You can find it at some Asian or health food type stores, but I usually get it from Amazon or directly from Bob’s Red Mill

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on a Plate

What do you need to make the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies?

  • rice flour
  • sweet rice flour
  • cornstarch
  • xanthan gum
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • regular sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla 
  • gluten free chocolate chips

Need more gluten free cookie recipes?

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Yield: 36

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie that is full of chocolate and so good that no one will know that it is gluten free.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 31 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 1/2 gluten free cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk together white rice flour, sweet rice flour, cornstarch, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and sugar until pale and fluffy. This will take 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. Mixing on low gradually add flour mixture. Mix just until combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and mix just until mixed in.
  7. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Don't skip this step it gives it a better texture and keeps the from spreading out too much.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Using a 2 inch cookie scoop, scoop batter on two cookie sheets placing 12 per cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly golden around the edge.
  11. Let cool 5 minutes and remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Six Favorite Chicken Soup Recipes

Need some easy soup recipes? I am sharing six of my favorite soup recipes with you! 

Six Soup Recipes

Chicken soup is comfort food in a bowl. It is a comforting meal to serve for lunch or dinner on a cold day. 

Today I am sharing a few of my favorite chicken soup recipes.

Several of these recipe freeze well. Freeze the leftovers in small contains for easy lunches or dinners during the week. 

These recipes are also great ways to use up leftover cooked chicken, leftover rotisserie  chicken, or cooked shredded chicken that you have in the freezer. 

Favorite Chicken Soup Recipes

Burrito Bowl Soup

Burrito Bowl Soup

Slow cooked burrito bowl soup is an easy dinner perfect at the end of a long day. Or really any day. It is no secret that I love my slow cooker. I love that I can put dinner in the slow cooker early in the day and have a meal ready for my family at dinner time.

Burrito Bowl Soup is one of those recipes though that doesn’t have to be cooked in the slow cooker. You can just as easily heat this up on the stove top. 

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Copycat Chicken Enchilada Soup

We love soup, and we love Mexican type food, so my family thinks this soup is a perfect combination. This is similar to the chicken enchilada soup I have had at like Chili’s or other restaurants. It is not exactly the same, but we think it is pretty close.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Love chicken pot pie? Then you will love Chicken Pot Pie Soup. This is a great comfort food for fall and winter. Chicken pot pie can be made quick and easy? How? You serve it in soup form!

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Chili is the perfect meal at the end of a long day. Chili cooked in the Crock Pot, so that it is ready to serve at the end of that long day, is even better.

Chili is one of my go to easy dinners. Almost everyone enjoys chili and it is easy to make using basic ingredients. This chicken chili is a favorite. 

King Ranch Chicken Soup

King Ranch Chicken Soup

King Ranch casserole is a recipe that has been around for years. This King Ranch Chicken Soup is that classic casserole put into soup form. It is delicious!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

When it comes to soup I want quick and easy recipes. Actually I need quick and easy recipes. I love to cook, but like you I don’t always have a lot of time to spend hours in the kitchen.

This time of year I love crock pot recipes where I can quickly make a crock pot meal by putting a few basic ingredients in the crock pot, set it to cook, and have dinner waiting for me at the end of the day.

This is pretty much a dump a bunch of cans in the slow cooker, add some chicken, and dinner will be waiting for you at the end of the day. Perfect dinner for a busy day and a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken or cooked chicken that you might have in the freezer. 

Easy Overnight Eggs

Easy overnight eggs are an easy make ahead recipe that works well for breakfast or breakfast for dinner! 

Easy Overnight Eggs

Easy Overnight Eggs make breakfast easy and delicious. They are easy to make and can be made for a crowd. They would be perfect for a simple weekend breakfast or brunch. 

My favorite way to serve overnight eggs though is for dinner. Yes, dinner. Breakfast for dinner is always a hit at my house. 

Serving breakfast for dinner is an easy inexpensive meal that everyone loves. You can serve pancakes, waffles, breakfast casserole, french toast casserole, or an easy make ahead egg dish like today’s recipe. 

Overnight eggs can be made in the morning or sometime during the day. Then you can just put them in the oven at dinner time. 

Serve with bread or fruit and you have a simple inexpensive dinner. 

Easy Overnight Eggs Recipe

Ingredients for easy overnight eggs

  • cheese
  • oil
  • onions
  • peppers
  • mushrooms
  • eggs
  • flour or gf flour blend
  • milk
  • ham, cooked bacon, or cooked sausage (optional) 

Are overnight eggs gluten free? 

Overnight eggs contain flour so they are not gluten free, but they can easily be made gluten free by using a gluten free flour blend. I make them using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour Blend and it works great. 

Can overnight eggs be doubled or halved? 

Yes, you can easily make a double batch of overnight eggs to feed a crowd. Or you can cut the recipe in half and make it in an 8×8 pan. 

Do overnight eggs have to be made ahead?

No overnight eggs do not have to be made ahead. You can just make the recipe and bake it. 

Easy Overnight Eggs with cheese

Yield: 12 servings

Easy Overnight Eggs

Easy Overnight Eggs

Easy overnight eggs make an easy inexpensive breakfast or breakfast for dinner. They can be made gluten free for an easy make ahead gluten free meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups shredded cheddar, colby jack, or Monterrey jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 green, red, or yellow pepper, chopped
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour (or gluten free flour blend for gf version)
  • 1 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle half of the cheese in baking dish.
  3. Heat oil in skillet. Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Cook over medium low heat until vegetables are tender.
  4. Spread cooked vegetables over cheese.
  5. Sprinkle remaining cheese over vegetables.
  6. In a large bowl beat eggs. Whisk in flour and milk. Whisk until combined.
  7. Pour over vegetables in baking dish.
  8. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for 4-6 hours.
  9. Remove from fridge.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Uncover baking dish and back for 55-60 minutes or until mixture is set and top is lightly browned.
  12. Let set for 5 minutes before cutting.

Notes

Cooked bacon, sausage, or ham can be added to make this more filling or stretch to serve more people. Sprinkle cooked meat over vegetable mixture before adding eggs.

Menu Plan

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Between a busy schedule and really cold weather, Crock Pot meals have been been happening several times a week at our house.

There is something about a big bowl of soup, chili, or comfort type food, at the end of a long winter day that is so good. So this week you will see several Crock Pot meals on the menu plan.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Eggs and Sausage

Oven Pancakes

Dinner

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Carnitas

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken and Buttered Rice

Crock Pot Tomato Soup from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Crock Pot Tomato Soup

Eggs and Soy Sauce over Rice – Breakfast for dinner

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza

Dessert of the Week

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake (works with a gluten free flour blend too)

 

Gluten Free Menu Plan

Gluten Free Meatballs

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal– Use gluten free oats

Microwave Omelet

Microwave Omelet 

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Dinner

Gluten Free Meatballs

Gluten Free Meatballs

Breakfast Chili

Breakfast Chili

gluten free dinner roll

Instant Pot Potato Soup or Crock Pot Potato Soup and Gluten Free Dinner Rolls 

Refried Bean Soup

Refried Bean Soup

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza -Use gluten free tortillas

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Gluten Free Biscuit Bread with Cheese

Need an easy gluten free bread to go with dinner? Gluten Free Biscuit Bread with cheese is so good that you will not know that it is gluten free. 

Gluten Free Biscuit Bread with Cheese

Before going gluten free I loved to make biscuit bread or a biscuit cheese bread all the time.

It made a great side dish for so many meals. It went especially well with soup during the winter. 

Gluten Free Biscuit Cheese Bread Recipe

Over the last few years I have tried making many different kinds of gluten free biscuit bread. Some had cheese and some didn’t. Some turned out okay and some were disasters. 

I tried some of the recipes with gluten free blends and some with individual gluten free flours. The results were mixed with both.

It wasn’t until recently that I finally found a version that was good enough to share with you. 

This version is so good that you will not know that it is gluten free. My husband and son, who eat gluten, loved it. 

Gluten Free Biscuit Cheese Bread

What do you need to make gluten free biscuit bread with cheese?

  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Flour Blend ( Other blends might work, but I only tried it with Bob’s Red Mill
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • egg
  • buttermilk
  • butter
  • cheese

All the ingredients are fairly basic ingredients. You probably always have most of them on hand or can easily buy them. That makes this a great recipe to make when you need a little something extra to go with dinner. 

Gluten Free Biscuit Bread with Cheese (1)

Yield: 1 loaf

Gluten Free Biscuit Bread with Cheese

Gluten Free Biscuit Bread with Cheese

Gluten Free Biscuit Bread is so good that no one will know that it is gluten free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan or similar in size loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine gluten free flour blend, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Stir in shredded cheese. Set aside.
  5. In a bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and melted butter. Stir into flour mixture until well combined.
  6. Spread into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until bread is done and top is lightly golden brown.
  8. Let cool in pan about 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  9. Let cool before slicing.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 179 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 642mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Some of the best recipes are the simple ones like this Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage recipe. The type of recipes that contain only a few ingredients that you almost always have on hand are the ones we turn to the most. 

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage is a recipe that I have been making for years. I have probably been making this recipe for close to twenty years. I think I first adapted the recipe from an old Taste of Home recipe.

I love this recipe because it is a simple and basic dinner that goes together in no time. It is not a pretty dinner, but it is delicious. 

Crock Pot Beans and Sausage

When my kids were little they loved me to make this for dinner.

This recipe also works great for have taking to church dinners and potlucks. I have taken it to so many potluck type meals over the years. 

The recipe is a fairly basic baked bean recipe with kielbasa added to make it a main dish. 

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Recipes like this are so nice because you can put it quickly in the crock pot early in the day and have dinner waiting at 6:00 or whenever time you need it.

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage is also an inexpensive meal to serve, especially if you find the kielbasa on sale. 

This is also an easy gluten free meal. All you have to do to make this gluten free is to make sure that the kielbasa is gluten free. 

Crock Pot Beans and Sausage

Yield: 8 servings

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage

Crock Pot Baked Beans and Sausage is an easy dinner that won't break the grocery budget.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound  kielbasa type sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions

  1. Mix together ketchup, sugars, vinegar, molasses, and mustard. Set aside.
  2. Cut kielbasa into bite sized pieces.
  3. In a crock pot mix together the kielbasa, onion, and beans. Add ketchup mixture and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hrs.

Notes

To make this gluten free make sure the kielbasa is gluten free.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 463 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 995mg Carbohydrates: 60g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 41g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g
Need more crock pot bean recipes? Try my slow cooked homemade refried beans

Posted January 2010. Updated January 2020. 

 

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