Gluten-FreeRecipesSides

Garlic and Butter Green Beans

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There's nothing wrong with boiling fresh or frozen green beans until they are soft, draining the water and seasoning them with butter and salt and pepper. However... cooking them in a covered skillet or wok with a dab of butter and garlic makes this simple side dish a show-stopper at the dinner table. They are perfectly crisp-tender and have a punch of flavor which will complement any main dish you are serving for dinner. Enjoy! Garlic and Butter Green Beans A flavorful side dish that adds some green vegetables to your dinner 6 cups fresh green beans (or frozen)1/2 cup

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Cucumber and Tomato Ranch Salad

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I planted wayyyyy too many cucumbers this year and I am having to get creative with how I serve them to my family during this harvest season. My kids have finally put their foot down and declared that they don't love the balsamic dressing I use in my Cucumber Caprese Salad. So, this new way of serving cucumbers and tomatoes is super simple and not that impressive, but my kids love it so much I had to share. Here goes: Cucumber Tomato Ranch Salad Kid friendly salad to eat up late summer vegetables 4 small cucumbers (3 Cups chopped)4 large

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Mom Life

Messes in the Kitchen

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I wish I had more pictures like these. Trust me-- there have been countless more messes like this one in my 11 years of motherhood--but my perfectionism and (I admit) short tempter has stood in the way of my reactions to these little blunders most of the time. This picture is a symbol of my messy progress. Yesterday, while preparing an after-school snack for my kids, I turned my back for just a second, and this crashed happened. Instead of yelling, I miraculously mustered the ability to take a deep breath, look away for half a second, and then snap

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Appetizers/ DipsGluten-FreeRecipes

Hearty 7-Layer Dip

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Football season is here, and tailgate parties are in full swing! Everybody loves a good 7-Layer Dip to munch on while watching the big game. For the beans, I usually pull some homemade ones from the freezer that I make in bulk with Mel's Kitchen Cafe's Recipe. That combined with a substitution in the sour cream mixture makes this recipe a bit lighter than most. I last served this at my son's sports-themed 9th Birthday party and the boys practically licked the pan clean. I hope you like it too. Enjoy! Hearty 7-Layer Bean Dip The best bean, guacamole, cream,

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RecipesTreats

Ice Cream Birthday Cake (Andersen Family Tradition)

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With five children, making a custom birthday cake each year was starting to get overwhelming for this very practical momma. I prefer to spend my effort on complete meals, so desserts are usually left up to my husband or kids. Mirroring their birthday cake to the ones they see on the Food Network is pretty stressful for someone who is not patient enough to make fondant-- or even frosting for that matter. Besides that, during my kids' birthdays, I'm busy planning parties and games, so it's just too much to do an elaborate cake on top of all that. Two

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Four-Ingredient Raspberry Fluff

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While visiting my parents in Northern Wyoming, we harvested raspberries galore from their garden, so I started finding creative ways to serve them. You know that means we had a TON of berries, because usually we pop them all in our mouths before they have a chance to go in any recipe. I have been craving a dish called "Raspberry Fluff" for a while. It often contains whipped cream, marshmallows, dry Jell-O mix...maybe some pudding... with a few strawberries in it. I used to love the stuff as a kid! Since I don't usually have marshmallows, Jell-O and pudding mixes

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Fresh and Fruity Green Smoothie

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Green smoothies have been my go-to side dish in the crazy busy days of Summer. Not only are they a fast and easy way to round out a meal, but they are so refreshing on a hot Summer day. While cycling through New York City's Central Park with my husband last month, I was totally parched and needed more than a sip of water to quench my thirst. We found a street vendor making smoothies and this one blew my mind! It was perfect! Here's my best attempt at recreating that delicious smoothie. Enjoy! Fresh and Fruity Green Smoothie Fresh

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Gluten-FreeRecipesSides

Mexican Cooked Corn

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Just spicing up a basic warm vegetable to make it fit into our Tuesday Mexican Night meal plans. Enjoy! Mexican Cooked Corn Cooked frozen corn with a Mexican flare 4 cups Frozen Corn1 Cup Red Bell Pepper (chopped)1 1/2 Tbsp Butter3/4 tsp Garlic Salt2 Tbsp Cilantro (chopped) In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups water to boil. Add frozen corn and cook until mixture begins to boil again. Drain water and return corn to pan.Add bell pepper, butter, and garlic salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Top with cilantro.

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Gluten-FreeMain DishRecipesSlow Cooker and Instant Pot

Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos

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In my freezer, I have several pounds of frozen ground beef that needs to be used up soon. As is quite typical for me, I have been forgetting to thaw it until about an hour before dinner. Never fear--the Instant Pot is here! And it saves the day every single time. Here's a recipe for cooking Ground Beef Tacos from frozen bricks to ready-to-eat in just 40 minutes in the pressure cooker. The kids love these and I love how easy they are to make. Enjoy! Instant Pot Ground Beef Tacos (from frozen) Beef tacos from frozen meat 2 lbs

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Appetizers/ DipsGluten-FreeRecipesSauces and DressingsSides

Cut Vegetables with Semi-Homemade Ranch Dressing

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"How do you get your kids to eat so many vegetables?" I get asked this question a lot. First of all, my kids don't eat an inordinate amount of vegetables. A couple of my kids are fairly "picky" and don't eat every vegetable I serve them. With that being said, the best way to get my kids to eat fresh vegetables is to serve dip with them. It's not earth-shattering--I know. But this totally works. My kids will sit down to a platter of cut vegetables and devour the whole thing if there's a good dip to go with it.

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