The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chips

We have recently found the Enjoy Life Chocolate chips!  They are allergen friendly, including gluten free and have only 3, yes 3, ingredients!  Evaporated Cane Juice, Natural Chocolate Liquor (non-alcoholic) and Non-Diary Coca Butter.

I have used these in gluten free chocolate chip cookies, my double delicious cookies as well as our peanutbutter cup sandwiches.  I haven’t found anything yet they aren’t good in!


Enjoy!  🙂


Gluten Free Pizza Tastes like Delivery – Part 2

Since writing my original Gluten Free Pizza Tastes Like Delivery post, I’ve found another Pizza crust that also does a great job of tasting like delivery!  Here’s the crust that is our current favorite:

You can find this in our Kroger for around $7 for 4 pizza crusts!  So it’s a pretty good value.

Gluten Free Pizza that Tastes Like Delivery Part 2:


Preheat your oven to 425 if you have a pizza stone.  You may want to bake this at 350 if you do not have a pizza stone. Take the frozen pizza crust out of the freezer and prepare the pizza.  I like to put the sauce on first, then garlic and onion powder as well as the oregano.  Then I like to put the cheese, toppings and a sprinkle more cheese to hold the toppings on.  Bake for about 15 minutes depending on your oven.  If you are not making it on a pizza stone, then raise your oven to about 425 for just a few minutes (Keep an eye on it!) to slightly brown the pepperoni and cheese.  The key to making this taste more like delivery is the optional spices and the ending baking it at 425 or baking it on a pizza stone at 425.

Here’s what they look like before baking:

Pizza Uncooked

Gluten Free Sausage, Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza

Here is the typical 4 different pizza’s I make at the same time.  I like to prepare mine on a cookie sheet so I can easily scoot them off onto my pizza stones that are preheated in the oven.

Gluten Free Pizzas

4 Different Gluten Free Pizza Varieties

Here’s the Sausage Mushroom and Pepperoni Pizza after baking.

Gluten Free Pizza Baked

Gluten Free Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushroom Pizza

Close up!

Gluten Free Pizza Close Up

I used the tube Tennessee Sausage on these pizzas.

Gluten Free Sausage

When you are Celiac and want to eat sausage, you really have to look carefully at the ingredients. There can be hidden gluten in them! I’ve recently found out that MSG (monosodium glutamate) can sometimes be made from Gluten. MSG in general isn’t good for you and it’s hard to find sausage without it or with it being one of the last ingredients.

In our local Krogers, I have found a really good sausage that has very little MSG and tastes great! The biggest plus is I can eat as much of it as I want and have no symptoms! In recently looking at their website, they state that the ‘sausage’ only products do not have gluten in them. Just the obvious ones like the sausage sandwiches, etc.

I get this in the roll like below in the fresh sasuage isle:

And they have awesome frozen patties in the frozen meat section of Kroger. Those are great to keep around. You just throw them in a pan and cook them straight from frozen! Here’s a Sausage Sandwich I make frequently for us.


Peanutbutter Cup Sandwich

Now this one is super simple and a staple for school lunches around here. What’s better than chocolate and peanut butter? For me, not much is. You just simply need 3 ingredients for this quick sandwich!


  • Peanut Butter

Be careful what brand of chocolate chips you use! Many are used on the same lines or with other gluten containing ingredients. Enjoy Life brand is the only one I’ve had that is delicious AND certified gluten free!

Just spread peanut butter on bread, sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and enjoy!

Gluten Free Granola

Eating Granola when you need to be gluten free can be tricky. When first learning about how to eat, one thing people don’t know is that you must make sure you eat Certified Gluten Free Oats. Udi’s makes some really good granola. I haven’t tried

Udi’s Gluten Free Granola, Original, 12-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 3)

Udi’s Gluten Free Granola, Cranberry, 12-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 3)

Lately I’m a huge fan of the Kind brand of gluten free granola bars. They also make granola, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The Peanut Butter are my favorite:


These are also good as well.

Some people with Celiac disease cannot tolerate oats at all even if they are certified gluten free.  So listen to your body when you do eat them and don’t over do it the first few times!  I personally can eat granola and granola bars that are certified gluten free.  However, if I eat too many gluten free oats in general, I do have digestive problems.

Dining Out Gluten Free in Athens Ohio – Part 3

Since I originally wrote Dining Out Gluten Free in Athens Part 1 and Part 2, I’ve tried several more restaurants and had more experience with old ones.

Restaurants I eat with No Issues


This one to me was a surprise and I walked by it many times before deciding to take a risk and try it.  Well to my surprise I have been able to consistently eat their Shish Kabob without issues!  I just have them create it without the wrap and put it all on a plate with the hummus and they substitute rice for the wrap for me.  It’s pretty tasty, especially when dipping the meat into the hummus.   Here’s a photo when I got a salad instead of the hummus.

Habibi's - Shish Kabob on a platter


We don’t get a chance to frequently go out in the evening to eat but we have had a chance now to try Zoe’s.  I was told they are very accommodating for Gluten free and they were right!  I had a super delicious dinner and had no issues after eating it.  The staff seemed very knowledgeable.  I will definitely go back again when we get the chance to!


Since writing Part 1 and Part 2, Donato’s now has Certified gluten free pizza!  It’s a ‘take and bake’ using Udi’s gluten free crust and made in a gluten free facility.  These pizzas are pretty good and a nice in between takeout and cook at home as you just pick one up and bake it!  They have Pepperoni and Cheese options, we sometimes add our own toppings to them when we get home before we bake them.

China Fortune

So one of my favorite restaurants before going gluten free is now my favorite again!  I can eat a variety of items here gluten free!  My favorite is the Mongolian Chicken.  I’ve also had rice noodle stir fry, chicken fried rice, rice noodle soup bowl.  They can do almost anything gluten free except for the premade sauces like they use for the Garlic Chicken for example.  Just be sure to emphasis the Tamari Soy sauce and not the regular soy sauce!  Always check with the owner Sandy if you aren’t sure!

Ohio University Inn – Cutler’s Restaurant

Another really nice dinner place to eat is Cutler’s Restaurant in the Ohio University Inn.  This is a more expensive place to eat but they do have very good food.  Hubby and I went here once for a nice meal and the staff was very knowledgeable and my meal was great.  Another highly recommended place to eat out for fine dining and Gluten Free!


I hope this is helpful!  Feel free to comment if you have experience eating out Gluten Free in Athens, Ohio!

Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of dining out gluten free in Athens Ohio!

Gluten Free Chicken Strips

With 3 kids (and a Husband…) chicken strips are always a hit!  These lightly breaded chicken strips are perfect for a quick tasty meal that’s not too heavy like the really processed chicken strips!


Salt and pepper the chicken strips.  Lightly bread with the flour.  Heat oil or butter in a pan, just enough to cover the bottom, adding more if needed.   Nonstick is the easiest but I’ve done these in my stainless steal as well.  Once oil is nice and hot, place strips and turn every few minutes to keep from browning too much.  Takes about 5-7 minutes to cook depending on the thickness of your strips.  Enjoy!

Some may ask why I don’t do an egg wash.  I truly like my fried foods much lighter.  My Grandmother always just directly breaded the food she was cooking too.  I just use the natural moisture in the food to get the breading to stick.  Much simpler than doing an egg and/or milk wash!  Less calories too!

Long Break from Posting!

Well I’ve been extremely busy over the holidays and had to take a break from posting.  I couldn’t believe when I checked in that it had been since October!  A lot has happened in the past few months.  I have lots of recipes and possibly another member in our household needing to be gluten free!  More details later!



Gluten Free Baked Penne

Lasagna and baked penne is one thing I really missed after going gluten free. You can easily make this gluten free or with regular wheat penne.


  • 2 Jars Barilla Pasta Sauce (should say gluten free on the jar)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Gluten Free Penne or Ziti (corn based – I like SamMills for this recipe)
  • 1 pound low-moisture mozzarella, shredded or cubed
  • 1 cup grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (gluten free! I use Boars Head or grate my own)
  • 1 pound ground beef(optional)

Preheat oven to 375.  Start a big pot of water and add the salt.  While the water is coming to a boil, if adding ground beef, cook and drain.  I like to add some salt and pepper when I do this to add flavor to it.  Put the Pasta Sauce in a pot and add the beef.  Warm up while your water is boiling.  Once your water is boiling, add pasta and cook for 6-7 minutes.  Your pasta should be firmer than Al Dente as you will be baking it too.

Pasta Sauce for Baked Penne

Pasta Sauce for Baked Penne

While pasta is cooking, put about 2 cups of your pasta sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Once pasta is done, drain and quickly rinse with cool water.  Return it to your large pot.  Add remaining pasta sauce to the Penne and stir in about 3/4 pound of the mozzarella and about 3/4 cup of the Romano or Parmesan Cheese.  Stir to incorporate.

Spread pasta mix over pasta sauce in the 9×13 pan.  Spread evenly and then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese.

Baked Penne Prepared

Baked Penne Prepared

Cover with aluminium foil and bake until the corners are bubbling, about 30-40 minutes.  Bake uncovered for 7-10 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

Remove pan from the oven, recover with foil and let sit for about 10 minutes.  Enjoy!


Gluten Free Baked Penne

Gluten Free Baked Penne

Oven Fries – Naturally Gluten Free!

These oven fries are Delicious and naturally gluten free!  Super simple to make too!


  • 6-8 Medium Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper

Cut potatoes into wedges. I like to do this by cutting mine in half, then slicing the wedges, then cutting the wedges in half so they cook faster. Toss with oil, salt and pepper.


Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 400F for 45 min. Stir potatoes every 15 minutes while baking. Serves 6.