Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Let’s face it.  Life is busy.  We are busy.  Sometimes dinner doesn’t get started until 6:00 or later.  We run kids, we have jobs, life happens.  But I get tired of eating out.  I like a home cooked meal, even if it is a throw together.

That happened tonight.  Kids have gymnastics, kids have soccer, car is in the shop, lots of juggling.   So, I did what any other mom can do.  I threw together a filling, delicious meal, in about 15 minutes.  Yes, I did.

We happened to have some leftover rotisserie chicken, the Costco one.  Gluten free.

So, I put together some pasta, some chicken, some broccoli, and some Progresso cream of mushroom soup, top it with some cheese, and Voila!  I have to tell you though, the gluten free pasta makes or breaks your meal, so choose carefully.

This is our favorite brand of pasta.  It’s rice.  It is not mushy.  It tastes like “real” pasta.



Here is the recipe: super easy, enjoy!

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta
  • 1 Package spiral pasta
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie is what I used)
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (Progresso is cheap and gluten free)
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli, not mushy
  • cheddar cheese
  1. Boil your pasta until tender, do not over cook.
  2. Shred your chicken, cook it first if you need to.
  3. Steam your broccoli.
  4. Mix all of the above and add your 2 cans of soup. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Top with cheese and heat it in the oven for about 15 minutes on 350 degrees.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6-8



New Recipe-Sloppy Joes


One of my favorite meals growing up was sloppy joes.  My mom would brown the meat and add the can of sauce.  I like to make things from scratch when I can.  I feel like it is better for you without all the added preservatives and such.

I am currently on a mission to find meals that I can make quickly because of our busy schedule.  I am pretty sure we will add this to our favorites.  It was super easy to make and it was a hit!

We like to use Udi’s gluten free buns.  Our favorite way to eat them is to toast them on the grill.  They get a little crispy on the outside but warm and soft on the inside.  Yummo!  If you don’t do the bread, you could certainly put this on a bed of lettuce or in a leaf of lettuce to eat like a lettuce wrap.



Sloppy Joes
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Cook time
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Serves: 8
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • ¼ cup onion
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1T brown sugar
  • 1T Worstershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  1. Brown meat, garlic, and onion together until cooked thoroughly.
  2. Add sauce, sugar, Worstershire Sauce, salt, and pepper.
  3. Let simmer for 15 min. on low.
  4. Serve on gluten free buns or on lettuce.


FREE Gluten Testing



Do you have unanswered health problems?  Do you feel sick after you eat?  Are you tired all the time?  Do you ever wonder if it could possibly be gluten causing your problems?  Maybe it is time you have yourself checked for gluten intolerance or sensitivity.  I have a way you can do this for free!

I am super excited to share with you that Health Labs is running a gluten/celiac outreach campaign this month and have reached out to offer my readers FREE gluten testing indefinitely.    There is also a discount on celiac testing through 12/31/2016.

The free testing is to see if you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity to gluten.  It will work best if you are currently eating gluten.  This IgG allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic or hypersensitive to gluten.  You can read more about this test here.   This test is normally $29 with Health Labs, but they are offering it to my readers indefinitely for FREE!

How it works:

You simply call in to Health Labs, or use the live chat  feature when you go to their webpage.   Let them know you are a reader of the blog Gluten Free Birmingham and are wanting to get the free gluten test.  They will ask you for your zip code and a few questions like your email where they can send you a confirmation with your nearest lab for the blood draw.  Then they will send you an email confirmation you will need to print and bring with you to the lab.  No appointment is necessary.  The blood draw should take you about 10 minutes.  Then your results will be sent to you within 1-3 business days.  They even have a physician available for consult for FREE once you get your results if you need help interpreting them.

If you would like to get the blood test done to reveal celiac disease, they are also offering my readers a discount of 50% off until 12/31/2016.  So, the price would be $124.50.  Same situation as above, as far as how to get the test done.  Since there would be payment involved for this test, you will pay Health Labs when you speak with them, so that part will be different.

From Health Labs website on Celiac testing:

Our Celiac Disease Antibody Screening Test screens for the presence of Tissue Transglutaminase antibody (IgG, IgA) and Gliadin antibody (IgG, IgA) in the blood. Celiac disease is characterized by the presence of Transglutaminase, Gliadin, and Reticulin antibodies. Such patients display a hypersensitivity to gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley) in their diet. The antibody is undetectable when patients with hypersensitivity are placed on gluten-free diets. Antibody IgA is more specific and IgG is more sensitive to Celiac disease.

This is available to my readers all over the U.S. where there is a lab near you.  The lab is Quest Diagnostics.

If you take advantage of this offer, I would love to hear your results!  Leave a comment and let us know how it went!  I wish we could participate, but since we are all already gluten free, it wouldn’t give accurate information.

Have a blessed day!

*I was not paid for this post, I wrote it out of my own free time because I thought this was a fabulous offer for our readers.  





5th Annual Gluten Free 5K in Birmingham



It’s that time of year again, my friends – The Annual 5K and Fun Run to help raise celiac disease and gluten intolerance awareness! Run, walk, skip, or dance with us to the finish line – where a great gluten free brunch will be ready to devour! We hope that you will partner with us, run alongside us, stand and cheer, or flip some flapjacks with us on Saturday, Feb 27th! Here’s the link for your tickets, and a flyer to share with EVERYONE! Let’s make this the biggest race yet! 

February 27, 2016 at Veteran’s Park in Hoover @8:30am

Fun Run 1 mile  @ 9:30am

Awards @ 10:00am

Gluten Free Family Brunch @ 10:30am

Go Here to register for the race!

Join us on Facebook for the event here.  

Gluten Free Baked Donuts


I know I haven't been around for a while, but we made these donuts this morning and I just had to share! They are absolutely wonderful! We are always looking to try new things especially for breakfast. I need QUICK and EASY and GOOD. It is hard to find recipes that meet all 3 criteria especially when you are baking from scratch!  They were truely a hit!  I made one batch just to try them (made 6 donuts) and the kids BEGGED me to double the batch and make more, so we did…..thought we would share 🙂

Here are the ingredients:

1 cup gluten free all purpose flour

3 Tbsp coconut sugar (can use regular sugar)

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. buttermilk

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2-1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Vanilla Glaze:

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. milk


Add all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Then add wet ingredients.  Stir until combined well.  Pour batter into a donut pan filling 2/3 the way.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Let cool.

Once cooled, mix together ingredients for vanilla glaze.  Dip top of donut in glaze and allow to set.  Repeat.


This gluten free recipe was inspired by:  Sally's Baking Addiction

Gluten Free Baking Giveaway

giftsetWho would like to win these fabulous baking utensils?  That's right!  One lucky winner can get this great prize pack sent to your doorstep.

How would you like to bake some…..

Gluten Free Eggnog Cake

eggnogor how about….

Gluten Free Ooey Gooey Rocky Road Bars

rockyroadThese fabulous recipes and more can be made with these gluten free mixes from Betty Crocker

productConvenience….it is a beautiful thing.  Gluten free is not always easy.  This summer has proved so as we travel and celebrate birthdays of friends and have summer get togethers.  So I love these mixes because they make my life easier.  🙂  I love that I can go into the grocery store and purchase a mix to make gluten free treats for my family to enjoy.  I love that I don't always have to make brownies or cakes and cookies from scratch.  I am so thankful to the companies who take the time to develop these products for us!

This is what it looks like at my house as we make gluten free goodies…..

bakingkidsWays you can enter to win the baking prize pack….

Please leave a separate comment for each of the following that you choose to do.  Each comment will become a separate entry.  Good Luck!

Leave a comment of your favorite Betty Crocker mix

Like Betty Crocker on Facebook then leave a comment that you did

Like Gluten Free Birmingham on Facebook then leave a comment that you did

Follow Betty Crocker on Twitter then leave a comment that you did

Follow Gluten Free Birmingham on Twitter then leave a comment that you did

This contest begins June 24th and will end on Friday, June 28, 2013

Disclosure:  The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through My Blog Spark. I was given a baking set in hopes that I would blog about the product.  As always, thoughts and opinions are all my own.


Gluten Free Kids Social -Tomorrow!

Gluten Free Kids Cupcake Social

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Indie Candy, The Funky Muffin Bakery, and Gluten Free Birmingham would love for you to join us for a gluten free cupcake social for the kids.  It is not often that our gluten free kids get to go places and not have to worry about the food that will be there.  I have a celiac child myself and I know those feelings.  Together we want to celebrate these kids and let them know that they are special!  So, we hope that you will come join the fun tomorrow. 

If you plan to come, please RSVP here so we have enough

Friday, June 21st, 2013

10am- 12pm at Wald Park in Vestavia  at the Pavillion




Kind Bars and Granola Review


Have you ever had Kind granola?  Oh my are you missing out if you haven't!  I don't typically buy oats and foods that contain oats because my daughter cannot eat it, even gluten free.  I do believe this has made my weekly grocery list!  My other kids can eat oats and it has been amazing to watch them ask for this for breakfast and snacks!   This granola is absolutely amazing!  Oh and we also put it on our ice cream!! 

Kind Granola flavors are:

  Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters
Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
Cinnamon Oat Clusters with Flax Seeds
Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia & Quinoa
Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters
Oats & Honey Clusters with Toasted Coconut

We got to try the Cinnamon oat clusters with flax seeds and the dark chocolate and cranberry clusters.  It was a tough decision on which was best, but we really enjoyed the cinnamon oat clusters.  We would eat it straight up in a bowl with almond milk, or my favorite, on top of greek yogurt with fresh fruit.  This makes a great snack, or meal!  I love that it is so fresh and not processed. 

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We also got to try what seemed like every flavor Kind makes of the granola bars!  Our favorites were:  Dark chocolate nuts and sea salt, Fruit and nuts in yogurt, Fruit and nut delight, and peanut butter dark chocolate.  There was not one that we didn't like, we just liked these the best. 

  Some of the things that attract me to Kind bars:

They taste amazing and make a great snack leaving you feeling satisfied

They are 100% gluten free

Non GMO (yay!)


Low in sugar

High in fiber

High in protein (I love this for my little athletes who need a protein packed snack bar after their practices)

Kind bars are pretty much sold in any health food store, grocery stores, and online.  If your family can eat nuts, I would invite you to give Kind bars a try!  Let us know how you like them!

Disclosure:  Kind sent me a box of granola bars to try and some bags of granola in order to do a review of their product.  As always, thoughts and opinions are all my own. 




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