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Gluten Free Taco Night With A Leftover Twist!!

Gluten Free Taco Night With A Leftover Twist!!

Gluten Free Taco Night With A Leftover Twist!!

Today I am not sharing a recipe but more of an idea / experience….

Recently, we had a fun and exciting night out in our motorhome.  A group of people out together in the desert for the weekend.  “Boondocking”  which means we only had the water and electricity that we brought with us.  Trust me, I enjoyed the weekend BUT I am kind of a  spoiled lady who would be more of a “glamper” than a camper…  I like to go to campsites that have utilities simply because its more like being at home away from home.

To make the best use of the utilities we did have we tended to do a lot of our meals on the grill.  Also, due to the fact that you are out in the desert and there are not grocery stores nearby, you tend to bring lots of food because making a quick run to pick up supplies is not an option.

On our last night there we had a big steak dinner.  It was a blast because everybody brought a side dish and grilled their own steaks.  It was fun to sit around the campfire and enjoy dinner and drinks while also enjoying the beautiful stars and cooler weather, because the desert does cool off dramatically at night in the springtime.

Well I brought two steaks with us to grill that night but there was so many side dishes brought by the other campers that we ended up sharing one steak and taking the second steak home with us.

Well, as you might have seen in previous postings… I do not enjoy to let leftovers be served as they are…. So the next day, after returning to our home I had to come up with an idea of how to serve that steak for dinner.  Let’s face it, steak reheated and served as it is really isn’t an appealing idea simply because a reheated steak will never taste as good as it did the night it was grilled.   So I walked into my pantry to see if I could find something to spark an idea into my brain.

That is when I saw my Gluten Free Taco Seasoning!!

We love taco night… but could taco night be as good as it usually is when using leftover steak??  Well we were going to find out.

I sliced the cold steak as thin as I could with a very sharp knife.  I then heated up a cast iron skillet and got it really hot.  I placed just a small amount of olive oil and the sliced steak in the skillet and let it sit for a moment without stirring it so that it got a nice crispy brown to it.  Then right before mixing it around in the skillet I sprinkled a few tablespoons of of the gluten free taco seasoning and then mixed it around in the skillet.  I left it continue to cook for another minute or two so that the other side got the nice brown color but then I added about 1/4 of a cup of water and mixed it really well to help insure the steak pieces got a nice even coating of the seasoning.  I let the steak simmer just long enough for the water to evaporate from the steak and then pulled it off the stove.   We made tacos for dinner with pico de gallo salsa and some refried beans was served.

Taco night was a hit.  Not only did it taste wonderful but it was a great way to stretch one thin cut New York strip steak to make 8 tacos!!  They were delicious and If I didn’t know better I would never have guessed it was made with a precooked leftover steak.

Yes I get excited to be able to use leftovers and make a whole new flavor profile for a second dinner… but these were so good that it was down right thrilling!!   In fact, the next time I make steak for dinner I might just throw an extra one on the grill to specifically make this again… yes, it was THAT good.

So to conclude… keep an open eye and mind on the leftovers in your refrigerator… AND remember “camping” in an RV is a fantastic way to be home away from home… especially when you are hooked up to utilities!!

We hope to have another gluten free road adventure soon… I will keep you posted!!

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars Recipe

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars Recipe

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars Recipe

Well my crispy treat addiction continues on…..

I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what flavors I wanted to experiment with next.  That is when I saw the peanut butter in my pantry.

OHHHHHH ya!  That’s right… we are a house of peanut butter lovers and the only way to make it even more indulgent… let’s add some chocolate to it and really hit a home run!!

And that is exactly what I did… hit a home run!!  Handsome Hubby was hooked on the first bite and declared that he thinks this might be his favorite of the crispy treats we have been enjoying.

If you have a peanut butter and chocolate lover in your home… this is the recipe for you!!
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Gluten Free Product Review – McCormick Thick and Zesty Gluten Free Spaghetti Sauce Mix 

Gluten Free Product Review - McCormick Thick and Zesty Gluten Free Spaghetti Sauce Mix 

Gluten Free Product Review – McCormick Thick and Zesty Gluten Free Spaghetti Sauce Mix

Okay, so I will admit it here and now… I have never used a packet to make spaghetti sauce before.  To be honest, I am not really a fan of spaghetti.  However, Handsome Husband is a HUGE fan of spaghetti so I make it all the time for him.

Today’s product review was based simply on the fact that I liked the idea of having a product I could whip up fast for him.  And that it did, vey fast sauce.  Now not being a huge fan of spaghetti I will tell you his opinions.  He said it is not like the sauce I make but it was good and he liked it.  Would it be his first choice of sauce?  No.  However, if it meant the difference between his beloved spaghetti or no he would take it in a moment.

 

 

Gluten Free Product Review - McCormick Thick and Zesty Gluten Free Spaghetti Sauce Mix 

Gluten Free Product Review – McCormick Thick and Zesty Gluten Free Spaghetti Sauce Mix

So I would purchase this product again, but I will also continue to make my sauce from canned tomatoes more often.

McCormick’s info page:   http://www.mccormick.com/Spices-and-Flavors/Recipe-Mixes/Gluten-Free/Gluten-Free-Thick-and-Zesty-Sauce-Mix

This product is a good recipe for people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, Gluten intolerance or on a gluten free diet because none of the ingredients contain gluten.  Packet is marked as Gluten Free

I was NOT provided with product or financial support for this product review.  The opinions stated here are simply my own.

Gluten Free Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe 

Gluten Free Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe 

Gluten Free Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot cake?  Why in the world would you want to eat a cake made of a vegetables?!?!

At least that is what I said as a kid.  Of course I said the same thing about cheese cake.  It didn’t take me long to figure out not to let that kind of thinking deter you because they turned out to be two of my favorite desserts.

Back in the day… back when I was in my early twenties.  Which of course was quite some time ago I had the best carrot cake in the world at a co-worker’s house.  I begged her for the recipe.  She kindly shared it with me and then over the years I made a tweak here and there but for the most part this is her recipe.  We were co-workers but we were never close so I can’t even remember her name all these years later.  I do wish I had stayed in touch because she was a GREAT cook and we would now have so much in common since I have developed a passion for cooking as she had back then.

This was always my pride and joy… I was known for making amazing carrot cake.  Friends would request it if I offered to make something for a party or a dinner.  After making it, I even got to the point that I stopped ordering it in restaurants because I always liked my cake so much more.  Egotistical??  Maybe a bit, but I think its more of a culinary pride or just a love of yummy cake!!

I am going to admit, this is the FIRST time I have made this recipe, from scratch, since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 6 years ago.  WHY you ask??  Well that is because I have always feared that it just wouldn’t be the same.  Being my favorite recipe I always had a sinking feeling that a gluten free version would just be different or heavier or just not the same.  I know this is silly but deep down I have feared it.

Well, recently we were having a family dinner and the subject of carrot cake came up.  My jaw dropped when I heard my beloved family talk about a carrot cake purchased in the bakery section at Walmart being the best cake ever.  Well, my feathers got ruffled and I felt that regardless of whether or not they realized it, in my head I heard the challenge!!  Silly.. yes, most definitely… but I am never going to back down from something like that… so it was on.  I was going to make the best damn carrot cake I have ever done and smear that Walmart cake into the ground… oh and I am going to make it gluten free too!!

Now my family does not have to be gluten free except for the fact that I am the one who loves to cook and I am not going to make them a carrot cake that I can not eat.  That  would be cruel torture!!!  Especially considering how much I loved this cake “back in the day”

Well folks I am here to tell you… don’t make the same mistakes that I did.  Do not let your fears of ruining memories hold you back because let’s face it… gluten free flours have come a long way… even in the 6 years I have been diagnosed… they are a world apart!!

This is still going to be my favorite cake and now I know I can make it anytime I want.  Of course, my hips might pay the price for this discovery but life is short… eat cake.

And just in case you are wondering… yah thats right… I did it… I beat out that stupid cake.  The response I got was a text message “OMG… Just had my first bite of cake.  IT’S AMAZING!!”

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