Welcome to today’s edition of Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style, hosted by Shirley at gfe—gluten free easily! Thanks for joining me, Shirley, and 23 other gluten-free bloggers as we share recipes that mean both home and holidays to us. You all have those recipes. When you think of being home for the holidays, you can almost taste the pie, the turkey and stuffing, the Christmas Eve ravioli, the Christmas morning egg casserole… My friends and I have been sharing the gluten-free versions of recipes that have been passed down through our families for generations. Some have shared new, naturally gluten-free favorites. But each recipe is one that we enjoy sharing with family and friends. Hopefully you’ve been following along since November 28th and have enjoyed the delicious recipes AND the GIVEAWAYS!!! If this is your first experience with Home for the Holidays…Gluten-Free Style, then welcome, and do I have some treats for you! But make sure to check out Shirley’s announcement post for links to a host of incredible holiday goodies.
In addition to Home for the Holidays recipes, we’ve been giving away some of the resources you value the most … cookbooks, resource books, apps, and much more. Daily giveaways will continue to be announced. But hold on to your spatulas and listen to the final prizes. Each entry that you make on the individual blogs will be eligible for the final prizes. Entries that you make on my post today will be eligible to win these three grand prizes.
The third prize is a Caveman Cookies giveaway package. Caveman Cookies contain combinations of the following “real food” ingredients: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, honey, coconut, raisins, and carob. Their new flavor coming out at the end of December is a more savory cookie containing honey, almond meal, Brazil nut meal, chopped almonds, dried cherries (cherries, sunflower oil), nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Caveman Cookies contain no preservatives, but have a shelf life of one year. They are gluten free (certified by GFCO), grain free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, certified kosher, and delightfully satisfy a number of dietary lifestyles, including gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo, primal, and vegetarian lifestyles.
The second prize is a $150 shopping spree from Free From Gluten. Gluten-free shopping spree? Is your heart pitter pattering? Spending $150 at freefromgluten.com would be amazing!
The grand prize is my favorite kitchen appliance ever created…the top-of-the-line Vita-Mix professional blender 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle package. It comes with a 32 oz. dry grains container for grinding your own, gluten-free flours and is a $550 value. Are you excited or what??? If this is your first visit to a Home for the Holidays…Gluten-Free Style blog post, you still have until Friday, December 23rd to enter, which means you have 8 more possibilities of winning these incredible prizes.
Now that you have access to a wealth of resources from 24 beautiful gluten-free bloggers and the potential to win incredible prizes, would you like to know what Home for the Holidays means to me?
It’s Christmas stockings and Christmas breakfast. In our family, my mom makes everyone a Christmas stocking. Whether you’re born into our family or you marry in, you get a handmade Christmas stocking complete with felt, sequins, and your name sewed across the top . My stocking was hand-lettered by my dad in 1971. (Note the color difference in the whites between my Christmas stocking and the Husband’s!)
That same stocking follows every family member Christmas after Christmas regardless of where the holidays are celebrated. As life changes, this one thing always remains the same. Our stockings show up days before Christmas and are suddenly filled with goodies by Christmas morning. Whether young or old, the stockings will bulge with Christmas happiness.
As a child, these stockings were the only things preventing total mayhem on Christmas morning. You see, we had a rule. We couldn’t open any presents until after breakfast. And breakfast always took an eternity to make. Well, almost an hour anyway, but to a kid waiting to see what was wrapped in those brightly colored boxes, breakfast took forever.
For me, this is being Home for the Holidays.
My family’s version of Christmas Breakfast Casserole contains several things that I no longer eat. First and foremost, gluten-filled white bread. It also has butter and sausage. I have never really enjoyed sausage, and I’m currently not eating meat, but I do love most things spicy and hot. I’ve transformed our family’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole to be gluten-free, vegetarian, and just a tad healthier. (Yes, just a tad. It’s still laden with delicious cheese.) Instead of sausage, I’ve tried to keep the flavor of our spicy breakfast with red and green peppers.
I hope you enjoy it, and keep reading for today’s giveaways!! Thanks, Mom, for making our Christmas mornings so special. See you soon, stocking in hand.
And will you be making this? No pressure, but it won’t be Christmas without it.
Christmas Breakfast Casserole, Gluten-Free
by Heather and Family
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/4 c. finely chopped yellow onion
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 6 slices of gluten-free bread (Rudi’s) cut into 1/2 to 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 cups of shredded mild cheddar and monterey jack
- 7 eggs, lightly beaten by hand
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dried mustard
1. Heat olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic, peppers, and onion. Cook until soft. Set aside to cool.
2. Lightly oil a 9×13-inch glass casserole dish and place the bread cubes in one layer at the bottom of the dish.
3. Sprinkle bread cubes with cheese.
4. Lightly beat the eggs, and add coconut milk, salt, ground mustard, and mix in cooled veggie mixture.
5. Pour the egg and veggie mixture over the bread and cheese.
6. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
7. Preheat oven to 350.
8. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Today I am excited to give away three wonderful prizes!
1. Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone
2. Sugar Nation by Jeffrey O’Connell
3. A subscription to Easy Eats, an electronic magazine
So let the winning begin! To be entered to win, leave a comment on this blog post sharing what “Home for the Holidays” means to you.
Remember, you’re not just entered for these prizes, but also for the three grand prizes. Winners will be announced weekly on gfe. Comments on this blog post will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 18th.
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