October 2017 - Simply Samantha
gluten free

Tuna Burgers

8:00 AM

I feel I've made Tuna every which way. From Chickpea to StoveTop. I felt it was time to update this from a couple years ago. It's a family recipe that I grew up on and my husband has come to love.  
The main ingredient is canned tuna. My favorite is Wild Selections Tuna. It's Non-GMO, Certified MSC Sustainable, and sustainably caught.  The way nature intended for tuna to be!
This recipe could also be made vegan if you want to use vegan tuna. I know the products are out there I just have never tried them myself.

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Tuna Burgers - Gluten and Dairy Free
A quick and tasty burger for those busy weeknights. Gluten + Dairy Free too
  • 2 5oz cans Tuna
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Bread Crumbs*
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Mayonaise*
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • Diced Small Onion
  • 4 Gluten Free Hamburger Buns*
  • *Optional Old Bay
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If you feel like the mixture is too wet, add more breadcrumbs If you feel the mixture is too dry, add more mayonnaiseForm into patties. You can do this ahead of time but I wouldn't do it more than a couple hours before (I did mine in the morning to cook at night)Cook patties till brown on each side. Make sure the middle is cooked through. I say the cooking time varies depending on the size of your pattiesServe on your favorite GF/DF Bun and enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 patties

*GF Breadcrumbs are a must. I would assume you could use Panko breadcrumbs too if you had them on hand.
*I used Just Mayo - but feel free to use whatever Mayonaise you'd like
*My favorite buns in the entire world are BFree. If you can find them near you, get them. They will change your life. 

chili mac

CrockPot Chili Mac - Gluten & Dairy Free - Vegan

8:00 AM

I LOVE this recipe. It is tasty, easy to throw together, feed a crowd, and perfect for those busy days when you need a good set and forget meal.

CrockPot Chili Mac - Gluten & Dairy Free - Vegan

My husband took the leftovers to work and as he was eating lunch his boss came by and told him that his wife needs to make enough for everyone. Nothing says proud wife moment like you husbands dinner leftovers being the envy of his work office. ;)
CrockPot Chili Mac - Gluten & Dairy Free - Vegan

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CrockPot Chili Mac - Gluten & Dairy Free - Vegan
Set and forget this Gluten and Dairy Free Vegan Chili Mac!
  • 1 small/medium diced Onion
  • 1 chopped Bell Pepper (red or green)
  • 15oz can, drained Pinto Beans
  • 15oz can, drained Kidney Beans
  • 28oz canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 8oz Gluten Free Elbow Pasta
  • 1 package Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese
Throw all the ingredients in the crockpot EXCEPT the pasta and cheese Cover and cook 4 hours on high OR 6-8hours on low. At the end of the cooking cycle. turn up the crockpot to high (if not already there) and add pasta. Stir and cover till pasta is soft.When pasta has absorbed the liquid, add cheese to desired taste (the more the creamier). Save a little to top the pasta and beans. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes to let the cheese melt
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 - 8 Serving

*Gluten Free Pasta is temperamental. So depending on what brand you use it made get too soft too quickly. I find this brand to work best.

Happy Cooking Friends!


SnickerDoodle Cupcakes - Gluten and Dairy Free

10:47 AM

A couple weeks ago I got to try Color Garden plant-based food coloring a couple weeks ago over on my Instagram. I shared a quick recipe for a super easy boxed SnickerDoodle cupcake.

I am not a baker.

I will always be the first to tell you that. I love a good boxed cupcake/muffin/cake mix that I can doctor up and make special. It's just much easier for me to do that then try to mix 5 different flours to make a dozen gluten-free cupcakes. 

That's where these SnickerDoodle cupcakes came about.
1. I wanted to top the cupcakes with some colored icing. 2.I wanted to have fall inspired cupcakes without the hard work (i know, I'm lazy).

You can use other colored dye if you aren't particular. However, I highly HIGHLY recommend spending the couple more dollars to buy the color garden brand.

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Snickerdoodle Cupcakes - Gluten free + Vegan
Super easy boxed snickerdoodle cupcakes
  • 1 box Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix*
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Icing*
  • Optional Colored Dye
Make cupcakes according to box (including baking temperature and time)After making the batter - add cinnamon and nutmeg* and mixPour batter into cupcake liners- Bake according to box instructions.Sprinkle Cinnamon Sugar on topAfter the cupcakes are baked in cooled, top with your colored icing (or plain icing if you don't want colored icing)
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10-12 cupcakes

*I used Cherry Brook Gluten Free Yellow cake mix with Earth Balance Butter
* I also used simple mills frosting/icing 


Cranberry Whiskey Sour | Gluten Free Fall CockTail

8:00 AM

I'm not one for casual drinking. But coming from a strong Irish heritage, I would be lying if I didn't say I enjoy a good whiskey.

A good Irish Whiskey. 
Whiskey is just so versatile how could you not love it! I love this sweet Whiskey Sour inspired by Skinny Pop because it pairs PERFECTLY with their cheddar popcorn.

I'm a huge fan of Skinny Pop...

Especially their Skinny Pop Cheddar popcorn. It's VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE, two of my favorite things! Their popcorn is also
No Artificial Ingredients
Peanut Free
Tree Nut Free
No Artificial Flavors
Zero Transfat

This drink is a perfect pairing with the cheddar popcorn, a lovely fall candle, as you lay on the couch surrounded by decor pumpkins. Because who doesn't love a good decor pumpkin to display in the fall!
If you didn't know Jameson is gluten-free from what I've read and seen (I toured the Dublin Jameson Factory). Their distillation process takes out the gluten component making it safe for those living a gluten-free lifestyle.
However, I know everyone is different in their gluten free/celiac life so please take what I say with a grain of salt. I know I am able to drink Jameson but other may not. So just be careful.