Gluten-FreeRecipesSides

Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash

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Nothing smells like Fall more than a butternut roasting in my kitchen oven. YUM! This is a great side dish to Thanksgiving turkey, steak, chicken, or pork. Round out your next Autumn dinner with this delicious, nutty squash. Enjoy! Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Easy Seasonal Fall side dish 1 Large Butternut Squash (4 Cups Cubed)2 Tablespoons Olive Oil1 1/2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt2 cloves Garlic (sliced) Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Prepare squash by cutting in half, scooping out pulp and seeds and peeling off the skin with a vegetable peeler. Cut into 1 inch cubes.Line a large baking sheet

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Cooking Tips & TricksGluten-FreeRecipesSauces and Dressings

Freezer Pesto Sauce

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One of the best things about my summer garden is fresh basil for sauces and other dishes. Buying fresh basil from the store is never the same--it's wilted, spotted and expensive. If you have ever grown basil, you understand how HUGE the plants can get. There's no way one family can use so many basil leaves before the plant goes to seed or the growing season ends. Because I can't stand to see my beloved basil go to waste, I make it into pesto and freeze it to use all winter long. I make Pesto Chicken Pizza with it or

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Simple Cold-Pack Method for Canning Peaches

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For years I told myself that canning peaches was too hard and added too much sugar to an already sweet fruit, so I never tried to do it. Well, I swallowed my pride and gave it another whirl this Fall, and I am so glad. I (of course) found a way to use even less sugar than the lightest version of syrup called for in my "Ball" Canning book, and the peaches have so much more flavor than the ones I froze. Now that I have these pretty jars of peaches carefully stacked on my storage shelves, no one is

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BreakfastGluten-FreeRecipesSides

Avocado Toast with Everything Seasoning (Gluten-Free)

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A great way to get a piece of toast to stick to your ribs and taste amazing is to add mashed avocados and some "everything but the bagel seasoning." (aff. link) YUM! I made this with sliced Udis Multigrain bread and it was delicious. Enjoy! Avocado Toast with Everything Seasoning (Gluten-Free) Udis Multigrain bread with mashed avocados 4 slices Gluten-Free Bread (Udis Multigrain)1 large avocado (mashed)1 tablespoon Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Toast bread. Top with mashed avocados and seasoning.

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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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Gluten-FreeRecipesSaladsSides

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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Buttery Steamed Red Cabbage

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Red cabbage is full of vitamin K and antioxidants called anthocyanins which fight cancer and prevent nerve damage. It has a peppery, zingy flavor when eaten raw, but it gets more mild and sweeter as it cooks. I was shocked when I saw how much my kids loved buttery steamed cabbage when I first served it. They just love it! I think the salt and butter has something to do with that, but if it pleases their palate enough to eat a huge serving of this nutrient dense vegetable, I'm game! This is a perfect side dish to my Hearty

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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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