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Easy Baked Macaroni & Cheese Casserole (Gluten & Dairy Free)

If you’re like me, you’re always in a rush for dinner and not enough time or energy to make it, at least not a very healthy one! Luckily for us gluten and dairy free eaters, we pretty much have to make something from scratch, as there aren’t many ready to eat meals. Thank goodness I love to cook or these dietary restrictions would be a nightmare! But, when you’re dead on your feet,聽 have a baby kicking you non-stop in the ribs and haven’t slept in days, this recipe is a total lifesaver! LOL Seriously though, this casserole is super easy to make, and since it has so many variations, it never gets old! This is a great way to have a one-dish meal with plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week! I make this at least once a week for dinner,聽 (in fact I have the tuna noodle variation in the oven right now!) and then the extras are great for lunches for me. It is a huge time saver, plus its full of protein and other nutrients! YAY for eating healthy, especially important for me while I’m prego. This recipe puts alot of my other pasta dishes to shame in both taste, time and convenience, its my new ultimate go-to recipe! I’m sure there are many other variations you could make, these were just a few of the ones Ive tried and were really tasty! If you’ve got suggestions please feel free to share! You really cant go wrong with any combo of extra add-in ingredients, so add away! I hope you give this one a try next time you’re strapped for time or just want some delicious comfort food! Enjoy 馃檪

Easy Baked Macaroni & Cheese Casserole (Printable Version)
Mac and cheese
Ingredients
6-ounces (gluten free) pasta:
*elbow macaroni, rotini, fusilini, or shells
1 cup (plain, unsweetened almond) milk
2 Tbsp (gluten free) flour
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup plain (gluten free) breadcrumbs, panko or regular
1-2 Tbsp (non-dairy) butter, melted

Directions:
COOK pasta according to package directions; drain well. Set aside.

PLACE milk, flour, and onion salt in a jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously 1 minute.

STIR together flour mixture, 1 cup cheese, and macaroni. Add in any other items: meat, veggies, etc. (see below for variations)

POUR macaroni mixture into a lightly greased 1 & 陆 qt baking dish.

SPRINKLE evenly with breadcrumbs and a little more cheese; drizzle evenly with melted butter.

BAKE at 380 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

* Variations:
Macaroni & Cheese with ham, corn & green bell peppers
Tuna Noodle with peas and carrots OR broccoli
Chicken, Bacon & Ranch (seasoning) with green onions
Chicken Cordon Bleu with chicken, ham and parmesan cheese
Taco Bake with bell peppers, corn, olives, ground turkey/beef/shredded chicken, beans and taco seasoning

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Corn Dog Casserole

I know, I know…..its been WAY too long! And I HAVE been cooking…..it’s just that between a new career and a baby on the way, things have been a little busy lately! But… I’m making it a point to get back to blogging, as I have a huge stack of recipes to post sitting on my desk! And plenty more that Ive been wanting to try! That said…..this is one of my all-time favorite meals and Ive finally gotten around to converting it so I can actually eat it again! That’s right…….gluten free, dairy free (if you want it to be) and NO hot dogs. Hot dogs don’t like me for some reason, I think its all the fake stuff in them, that and the nitrates, so I just use cooked chopped ham, and viola, corndog casserole! YUM!聽 The cornbread is moist and delicious with melted cheese and chunks of ham in each bite! The corn and celery give it a nice crunch too! I miss having cornbread, this recipe used to call for a box of Jiffy cornbread mix, but obviously that’s not gluten free so i had to copy-cat it. It turned out really well too! Just as i remembered. Hope you give this one a try…. and i promise, more recipes to come! Enjoy 馃檪

Corn Dog Casserole(Printable Version)corndog casserole

Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 tablespoons non-dairy butter

1/4 cup sliced green onions

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2/3 cup GF flour

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 tablespoon baking powder

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/4 teaspoon salt

Dash rubbed sage

Dash pepper

1 egg

3/4 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup diced cooked ham (or hotdogs)

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

1 cup cooked, drained corn kernels

Directions

In a small skillet, saut茅 celery and onions until tender.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, gum, cornmeal, sugar, powder, salt, sage and pepper. Whisk the eggs, milk and oil together and add to the flour mixture. Stir until combined. Stir in the ham/hot dogs, corn and 3/4 cup of cheese. Spread into a greased shallow oblong 1 & 1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with reserved remaining cheese.

Bake uncovered at 400掳 for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes (Gluten AND Dairy Free!)

Who doesn’t love creamy delicious comfort food!? I had thought that most casserole dishes were out for me because they are either loaded with dairy or tomatoes, or both! LOL聽 I needed to make something to last at least partially thru the week, cause I’ve just been too busy during the week to cook dinner! This recipe came to mind….it started out originally as my mom’s scalloped potato recipe (thanks mom!) but I have adapted it to be gluten and dairy free! And ya know what?! You honestly cannot tell the difference! Ok, I’ll be honest, I DID use some sharp cheddar cheese but that’s just cause i seem to be able to handle a little of that, and I’m avoiding soy which is what most non-dairy cheeses are made of, so i went with the seemingly less of 2 evils! You do what ya have to! I doubt I used a whole cup though….that just means yours is gonna be even cheesier!! YUM! Lucky you! And you can switch back the flour and milk if you don’t have food restrictions. I made this over the weekend, with the help of my hubby (thanks love!) because my weekend was slammed as well, but we’ve been eating off this and the huge batch of apple sausage risotto i made. It’s been a blessing not to have to cook so far this week! Although… since it’s V-Day tomorrow I guess I’ll be baking treats tonight! Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day tomorrow, please remember to do something special for your special someone! Enjoy 馃檪

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes (Printable Version)creamy scalloped potatoes

Ingredients:

2 lbs. potatoes (5-6 med)

3 Tbsp non-dairy butter

3 Tbsp gluten free flour

Salt & pepper to taste

2 陆 c almond milk

录 c finely chopped onion

1 cup shredded (sharp or non-dairy) cheddar cheese

1 cup diced cooked ham

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 F. Wash potatoes (peel if desired) and cut into thin slices (or use a food processor.) Melt the non-dairy butter in a saucepan over med-high heat. Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly. 聽Stir in the almond milk and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 min then add the onion & cheese. In a greased 2 qt casserole dish, arrange a layer of potatoes. Add 1/3 of the white sauce and ham. Repeat layers ending with white sauce only on top. Cover and bake 45 minutes, then uncover, and bake 30-45 min longer, or until the potatoes are tender. Let stand 5-10 min before serving.

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