Sara's Open-face Monte Cristo Sandwich

Brunch is my favorite meal. I love playing with eggs as my protein of choice, since I'm a poor college student. Today, I had a bit of left over ham from Christmas and found gouda on sale at my local grocery store. With a bit of imagination, I made my own Monte Cristo. 


Ham, sliced or in small chunks

Gouda cheese

1 slice of gluten-free sandwich bread (I used Glutino, but my favorite is Schar.)

1 egg

1-2 tsp of jam (I like strawberry.)

Step One: Place bread in the oven to toast, unless you are special and have a toaster, unlike me. You could also pan fry it, your choice. 

Step Two: Put your ham in a skillet and fry it until hot. 

Step Three: When your bread is lightly toasted, spread on some jam and put the ham on top. Add gouda (grated) on top of the ham and put it back in the oven to melt.

Step Four: Fry your egg. I like mine over easy, as you know. 

Step Five: Take your toast out of the oven, top it with the egg, and enjoy with a fork! 



Christmas Cookies

These light (and no, not in the fat content sense), buttery, sweet little wafers will melt in your mouth. Plus, shortbread is perfect for making gluten free because it's supposed to be a little crumbly. I don't even bother making wheat shortbread cookies anymore because everyone likes these just as much, if not more. Shortbread is my husband's favourite Christmas treat, and he is just as happy with these GF ones instead.

Gouda Grits with Eggs and Peppers

I loooove adding gouda to my grits. Grits and eggs is soul food in my southern family, but I like to put a spin on it with bell peppers and green onions. 


  • grits for as many people as you are serving
  • 1 or 2 eggs per person
  • 1/4 bell pepper per person
  • handful of green onions per person 
  • Tony's Creole Seasoning 
  • 1/2 cup of Gouda cheese per person 

Step 1: Follow cooking instructions on the container of grits. 

Step 2: Sautee bell peppers and set them aside for later. 

Step 3: Fry eggs. I like mine over easy. 

Step 4: Add grits to a bowl and stir in Gouda cheese. Put eggs, bell peppers, and green onions on top and sprinkle with Tony's. Enjoy! 

Sauteed Spinach and Peppers with an Egg

I eat eggs like they are going out of style. This is a super simple dish, and it only takes about 10 minutes to throw together. 


1 egg
1 double handful of spinach
1 tbsp olive oil or oil of your choice
Tony's Creole Seasoning
1/2 bell pepper, any color, cut into strips
1 tbsp sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Step 1: Add olive oil to a skillet and turn to medium heat. 

Step 2: Add  bell peppers and sautee for about 2 minutes. Then, add spinach and sautee until slightly wilted. Put spinach and peppers onto a plate or in a bowl.

Step 3. Fry the egg. I like mine to be over easy, but sunny side up is the prettiest. Cook it however you like it! In order to achieve the pretty egg in the picture, fry the egg on high for a minute and add a few tablespoons of water and cover with a lid until the top is cooked a bit by the steam. 

Step 4: Put the egg on the bed of spinach and peppers, sprinkle with cheddar cheese and Tony's, and enjoy!