Apple French Toast Casserole (Gluten-Free)

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I’m back!! Yahh! Sorry to all my little debbie’s kitchen followers for taking such a long hiatus. The holidays really took up all my time but now I am back, and back with an awesome recipe at that! This is the best version of any puffed pancake that I have ever had and guess what folks, it’s gluten-free. I found this recipe on a non-gluten free website and changed it to be gluten-free as well as dairy free. I made this for Christmas brunch for my family and it was a huge hit! Once I took a bite I thought I was eating heaven on earth for breakfast, it was divine. Besides tasting amazing, this recipe is super easy to make. I can’t wait to hear what you think after you’ve made this for yourself! Please leave a comment down below!

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used rice milk)
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter ( I used a dairy free, soy free butter)
  • 2 green apples sliced thinly (I peeled my apples)
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • In a large bowl mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Batter will be slightly lumpy
  • Melt butter in a 9 x 13 pan in the oven as soon as butter is melted remove from oven
  • Add apple slices to baking dish. Return to oven until butter sizzles. (Do not let it brown)
  • Remove dish from oven and immediately pour batter over apples
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake in middle of oven 20 minutes or until puffed and brown
  • Serve with Maple Syrup, powdered sugar, or your favorite pancake topping! I actually love mine plain, it’s that good!

Little Debbie’s Tip: If you don’t need to be gluten-free you can use regular All Purpose Flour. I use Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour which I think is the best.

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken

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Today’s recipe is one of my new favorite chicken recipes. I used a whole chicken, but this spice rub would work great on whatever you’ve got in the house–it might be really fun to do party drumsticks or wings, too. This dish is not only super delicious, but it is also one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. If you are a beginner in the kitchen, this is a great recipe to boost your cooking confidence. This is also a great dish to throw in the slow cooker in the morning before you go to work, and it will be all done by the time you get home. How amazing is that? I love coming home to the wonderful smell of food that I had very little to do with cooking. Let’s face it, life is just so busy sometimes that it is very easy to just go get some convenience food that is already cooked for you. The problem with that is that you have no idea what’s in that food or how it was processed. Do you really want to feed your kids food that you have no idea what’s really in it or what’s going into their bodies? As parents you have to remember that you are setting your kids up now for the rest of their lives as far as habits are concerned. Cooking can be so much easier than you think, and that’s one of the things I love about slow cookers. Make it fun and involve your kids too. They will love it and at the same time feel so much confidence!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pound whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 limes juiced

Directions: Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Place it into the slow cooker. I prefer to cook my chickens upside down, to keep the breast meat as juicy as possible. Make sure all the giblets, neck, etc. are out! In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and dry spices. Rub this spice and sugar mixture all over the bird, inside and out. Pour on the lime juice. Cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4. Check doneness with a meat thermometer, or cut in to make sure the meat is no longer pink. Usually the bird falls completely apart–which is great. Moist, juicy, wondefully-flavored meat. I served this dish with dirty rice which was just the perfect combination!

Little Debbie’s Tip: This was so simple that I couldn’t think of any tips! That’s a first!! Sorry guys but I’m speechless when it comes to this easy recipe.