Need a quick and easy snack or dessert? Or a fun and tasty project for your little helper? Here’s a fun idea that’s also easy on the budget!

At the grocery store, collect one each of 3 oz lemon, lime and orange Jell-O. Pick your favorite 6 oz citrus yogurt – orange, lemon or lime (I bought Key Lime Pie) and buy two. In the paper and plastic section, find some 9 oz clear cups, then get a lemon and lime from the produce section. Now you’re set!

This is FUN for little helpers who love to STIR! Just be careful when pouring the boiling water, or carrying it to the freezer. They will LOVE watching as the pretty colors add up! And WHO doesn’t LOVE Jell-O?

Find Citrus Jell-O in Gluten-Free Recipes.




If you haven’t discovered them yet, there’s a new alternative to snack chips that are tasty and satisfying for all ages! Rice Works are made from whole grain brown rice and have no preservatives, artificial colors, wheat or glutens. They come in SWEET CHILI, SEA SALT, SALSA MEXICAN and SESAME JOY.

Rice Works can be found at Costco, Walmart, Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Smiths and Jamba Juice, depending on what part of the country you live in.

My favorite are the SWEET CHILI, but they’re all delicious!



This June two companies are expanding their food lines to include some gluten-free foods!

Chex will have some gluten-free cereals including corn, honey-nut, chocolate, strawberry and cinnamon chex.

Betty Crocker will have mixes including cookies, cakes and brownies.

I’m SO EXCITED to try them all!!!




I just got a brand new crock pot, after living for five years without one, since my old one gave up. I immediately put it to use!

There are so many ways of combining things of which you probably have on hand, to make a wonderful hearty vegetable soup.

Today I used 2 cups of pinto beans that I had soaked overnight, fried one pound of ground beef, peeled and shredded potatoes (3 cups), carrots (2 cups), chopped one small onion and added canned peas. I poured one tall can tomato juice (V8 is great too) into my crock pot and then added the other ingredients. I then seasoned the soup with salt, pepper, one teaspoon celery salt, and added one cup water, then cooked it on low for 8 hours. It was thick and delicious!

It’s fun to be creative, and try different things, like using chicken or beef broth instead of tomato, using Knorr’s Caldo de Pollo or Res, and adding whatever vegetables, beans or gluten-free pastas you’d like.

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Being a fan of breaded or Shake-n-Bake Chicken can be difficult if you have to eat gluten-free! I have come up with a quick and simple recipe for Shake-Bake Chicken. Here is a side dish that goes well with it:  Easy Cheesy Potatoes.


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I am constantly checking out new gluten-free pastas. On my last trip I found this Living Bean brand lasagna noodles, made from milled bean and corn. What I really like about it is it doesn’t have to be boiled first, which means no crumbly pasta!


For my lasagna I used things I had on hand including hamburger, regular sausage and onion, both spaghetti and tomato sauce, and cottage & cheddar cheese. I put the dry pasta in-between the layers. The result was just delicious!