Gluten-Free Quick and Easy - Post Three

This is my third post on Living Gluten-Free; you can find my second post here, and my first post here!

Over the coming weeks I am going to try and find the time to do some research on the history, and other area's of interest; as well as share some recipes and cooking tips... I don't want it all to be boring and dull!

Today however, I promised you some recipes - so I am going to share with you two different recipes; one a main meal that is quick and easy and tasty. It is a go-to meal at our house, for those nights where everything has gone wrong (or right in some cases) and there is just no time to prepare something hearty and nutritious; but you still need something filling and semi-healthy. This is a one-pot dish that everyone in my family, including the baby, likes. 

The other recipe is a 'Sweet Treat' (you seriously don't have to miss out on sweet treats just because you're living gluten-free), it is quick, easy and very impressive; together with being divine (read - not good for the hips). I get amazing feedback every time I bake it, and no one would know it is gluten-free (and can easily be adapted to be dairy-free also)!

Both recipes can be used in normal day-to-day cooking as well, they don't need to be cooked with specific gluten-free ingredients like I do!

Tuna Pasta Bake


1 tin of smoked tuna
1 tin of creamed corn
1 packet of gluten-free pasta
1 cup of tasty cheese
1 packet of gluten-free tasty cheese sauce



1) Cook up the packet of (gluten-free) pasta as per instructions.
2) Mix together a tin of smoked tuna and cream corn, together with the packet of cheese sauce (I don't include water, I just mix the packet in with the tins). IF you don't want to use a packet of sauce, or don't have one handy - just add in a cup of cheese (not included above, that is for later)!
3) Mix through the pasta once cooked, then sprinkle that cup of cheese on top.
4) Pour into a baking dish, and then pop into the oven at 180oC, and bake until hot through, and cheese is melted on top = approx. 20-25 minutes.

Peppermint Slice


1c of gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use this one)
1c of coconut
125g butter (or a dairy-free spread like sunrise)
1/2c sugar
1 tbsp cocoa

1) Preheat oven 180oC
2) Melt butter
3) Mix butter with all other ingredients thoroughly 
4) Press into slice tin
5) Bake for 10 minutes in oven
6) Remove and cool
7) Make peppermint icing (details below)
8) Ice the slice (make sure the peppermint icing is GREEN *grin*), then pop into fridge to harden
9) Make chocolate icing and ice on top of the peppermint, then return to fridge and harden again
10) Cut into pieces and EAT


Peppermint Icing:

1.5c icing sugar
1 tbsp melted butter (OR dairy-free spread)
Peppermint Ess to taste (I use about a small cap full)
2-3 tbsp warm water
Green food colouring

Mix everything together, adding the water slowly, until into a smooth paste that can be spread evenly over the slice (like you needed to be told that *grin*)! 

Chocolate Icing:

1.5c icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
2-3 tbsp warm water
1 tbsp melted butter (OR dairy-free spread)

Then mix together as above, and spread over top of peppermint icing once it has hardened enough in the fridge.

PLEASE - don't thank me, or hate me!!!!

PS - Unfortunately I cannot give credit to these recipes, as I have a habit of writing things down quickly in my notebook or copying and pasting into my computer; and not taking note of where I got them from (wasn't planning on blogging about them when I started this bad habit). These are two recipes I found a long time ago on the internet; and have used, adjusted and changed to suit our needs and likes. However, if you are aware of where the original details have come from, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! A few of my recipes will be like this, however the newer ones will always be given credit, as I am learning new habits *grin*!

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