In my niece Christine’s article – which is in my site when you click on Autism/ADHD, she talks about a suggestion she found in The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook.

Picture a SQUARE MEAL. For this I bought easy to find (Walmart) divided plates for kids. When you picture a square, the right half should consist of vegetables; the left is split in two – one for good proteins and one for starches and fruits. (Fruits count as starch.)

I made two samples of this idea. The first has raw veggies – cucumber and tomatoes. The protein is Vienna Sausages, and the starch is fresh peach slices.

For the next, I’ve chosen green beans and olives for veggies; chicken nuggets (from my ebook – GFCF recipes for Special Kids) and applesauce for fruit.

These meals are easy to prepare with the “square” concept! Your own child may enjoy carrot sticks or corn, apple or orange slices, and even a peanut butter sandwich on a rice cake or gluten-free bread – it’s a great protein!

This is a SUPER EASY way to feed my granddaughter Joscelyn, who eats gluten-free. She loves the colorful divided plates, and how fun the food looks on it! She can’t resist eating these easy “square” meals.


Today my husband and I made our dinner together. He GRILLS; I cook. He was doing chicken, so I made him a marinade of balsamic vinaigrette, lemon juice, creamy honey and crushed red pepper. We had some Anaheim peppers and put them on the grill also. I found a crookneck and a zucchini squash, which I sliced and cooked in butter. Yes, BUTTER. I love the way it glazes the squash.

Our dinner turned out so delicious – I knew I’d have to share! If you haven’t cooked peppers on the grill, you’ve got to try it! The Anaheims were meaty with just enough of a kick! The trio of the marinated chicken, the Anaheims and the squash was an absolutely perfect dinner for us today!

I love leaving my honey with a satisfied tummy when he’s off to work, with a good memory of our meal we shared together.

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cookies-mini-cocoa-2-277x300These cookies have been a hit at birthday parties, preschool and family gatherings! We started making them “mini,” since we were sending them to places with my granddaughter who is gluten intolerant. These are great to give to a teacher to store in a freezer so your child will have a goody on special days. It’s a good idea to make a double batch to store in your freezer too. These are not just for little ones – my husband and daughter beg me to make them!   Mini Cocoa Cookies

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My family loves recipes made with salsa, especially since I made my own Farmer’s Market Salsa. This meatloaf combines ground beef and sausage, and is full of great spicy flavor! If you are tired of ordinary meatloaf you will be pleasantly surprised by this recipe! Spicy Salsa Meatloaf can be found in my Gluten-Free Recipes.


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I have been using this delicious lunch or goodie idea from the start. I use rice cakes and make wonderful sandwiches. I made these rice cake sandwiches “open face.” I love having the variety of peanut butter and jam AND tuna fish in the same meal! Now that my granddaughter eats gluten-free too, we are able to share this tasty lunch.

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I had never been to a Farmer’s Market before last week! I really thought they were only in California, since I read about people going to them in pop culture magazines. My daughter told me she goes to hers in another state, and I got curious and started checking. I found some local ones, and the one I’ve gone to twice now is only five miles from my house! It’s held at a nice Botanical Center in the parking lot and pavilion.

I thought it would be nice to take some of my kitcheny crafts and sit and talk to people about this website. I fell in love with the open market ambiance and the friendly people in their booths and those walking, looking and buying. It was very tempting having beautiful fresh produce being sold by the farmers AND seeing the jewelry stands – I have a thing for ankle bracelets!

My granddaughter is always my little helper, and it was fun to see her playing with other kids there, watching pollywogs and frogs, getting her face painted, and making friends with the family of farmer boys, who at first wanted NOTHING to do with a girl! She always gets her way! My daughter visited with her boyfriend, who talked her into getting FULL face painting!

The first week I took home some delicious crookneck and zucchini, plus some wonderful tomatoes. I LOVE fresh tomatoes cut up with SUGAR on them! I think I got that from my maternal grandpa!

The second week my booth was in between two farmers – both were selling tomatoes and many kinds of peppers. As I sat, my mind started putting together a recipe for salsa. The cute boys at one side of me sold me some interesting peppers, and I bought tomatoes, onions and some different peppers from the guys on the other side.

It was very fun chopping up all the pretty colors, and being helped by my little helper! She even used a small knife, and helped cut each kind of vegetable. Pretty good job for a 4-year-old!

I had some of the salsa last night after it was done – and thought it turned out pretty well. My hubby was the REAL test – he eats salsa with his scrambled eggs in a tortilla. This “Farmer’s Market Salsa” passed his test! So please feel free to try the recipe I have in gluten-free recipes, and to add your own selection of different peppers if you’d like! Enjoy!

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