A Gluten Free Merry Christmas

Christmas week is here and life is busy. So much to do, places to go, people to see, food to cook. A person can get lost in all of that and be tempted to grab a box of something or stop for fast food that you’re not totally sure is gluten free. DON’T DO IT!

This is the time of year you need to take extra special care of yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and that you are drinking lots of filtered water. That will go a long, long, long way to keeping your energy up and protecting you from getting sick.

For your quick meals grab something you’ve already cooked and put into the freezer. All you need to do is heat and eat. Another option is to search on my Minute Meals Category. There you will find meals that take less than 30 minutes to make. Here are a few of my favorite:

Have on Hand Gluten Free and Dairy Free Soup

Whole Roasted Rockfish

Chicken Chow Mein with Gluten Free Soy Sauce

Chilean Sea Bass with Spinach and Mushrooms

Shrimp Tostados

Black Bean Cakes

What is your favorite fast food to make?

These take a few minutes to prepare, put them in the crockpot during the day and dinner will be ready when you are at night.

Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Figs and Onions Via Crockpot

Kalua Pork

Beef and Cabbage Stew- Better Than I Thought

Gift Giving!

Are you still looking for that last minute gift. Here are some of my favorite gluten free cookbooks for the gluten free cooks in your life. shhhh….. If that’s you, Santa could always buy you the book. I won’t tell.

You can visit my Store for a quick purchase (thank you, Amazon gives me a small tip when you purchase) or visit the authors blogs.

Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook – Elana Amsterdam

Make if Fast, Cook it Slow –  Stephanie O’Dea

Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook – Ali Segersten

Gluten Free Girl:  How I found the Food That Loves Me Back – Shauna Ahern

Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook – Robert Landolphi

Gluten Free Sugar Free Cooking and Gluten Free Vegan- Susan O’Brien

Other cookbooks I’m enjoying that are not gluten free but you can make the adjustments:

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl – Ree Drummond

The Steamy Kitchen – Jaden Hair

I’d like to wish you and your family peace and joy during this holiday season.  I hope you get to take a little break along with me.  I will be taking some time off to visit with family, relax and do a little planning for 2010.  I have some exciting things in the works that I can’t wait to share with you.  Those who receive my newsletter will read about it first!

If you’re celebrating this week, Merry Christmas.

Andy Grinch, Shades reindeer

Andy playing the Grinch, Shades playing Max

9 Responses to A Gluten Free Merry Christmas

  1. Lauren December 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. Iris December 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    Lovely post and nice reminder to take care of ourselves. I think we all have a tendency to get so wrapped up in shopping, baking, wrapping, parties, etc. that we forget that our first priority is making sure we stay healthy! My mom had to remind me of that when I kept offering to bake more and more food for Christmas day.

    • Diane December 24, 2009 at 4:11 am #

      Iris- Isn't funny how we keep taking on more and more. I do the same thing way too often. It's nice that others are looking out for us and say hey, slow down. I think I might have to post a sign like that in my office. 🙂

  3. Andy December 23, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Oh goodness, I'm on the blog in half-asleep mode.

    Nice post otherwise!

    • Diane December 24, 2009 at 4:12 am #

      Andy- Thank you. Not to worry, Shades was in half-sleep mode too.

  4. gfe--gluten free eas December 24, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    Merry Christmas, Diane! Great post! Thanks for the reminders. Tell the "Grinch" and "Max" they both look fine. How did I miss meeting Shades when I visited you? Bummer.

    Back to baking and wrapping … packing tonight 😉 ,



    • Diane January 4, 2010 at 9:50 am #

      Shirley- I'm finally getting back to my comments. Loved this one. Thank you.

  5. Heather December 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Nice, and helpful post. Enjoy your time with your family. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Diane January 4, 2010 at 9:51 am #

      Heather- sorry for the slow reply. Hope you had good holiday.