Sunday, 07 August 2011 13:13

Spinach-Mushroom Soft Tacos

 
Here's another fantastic gluten-free recipe from my best friend Sarah, who couldn't keep her paws out of my kitchen! Though we enjoyed going out for meals, we also had fun taking home food from the farmer's market, Co-Opportunity, and Whole Foods and turning it into to some amazing dishes...or rather, Sarah made them and I ate them. ; )
 
After falling in love with Daiya and some Food For Life's sprouted corn tortillas, she whipped up this scrumptious fare:
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The gluten-free soy-free diet is going really well - I feel wonderful. But it is a little tricky trying to keep my meals varied and exciting. I went to Whole Foods last night and was in the mood for something Mexican, so I grabbed some things and threw this dish together. Though it is really simple, it's insanely delicious. The tortillas have a great flavor and texture, the Daiya melts wonderfully, and the salsa gives it  kick and the satisfaction of fresh veggies.

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A friend of mine saw this recipe from French Women Don’t Get Fat on the Today Show and thought it looked great. It's super simple and gluten-free & soy-free - my favorite kinds of recipes! I'll let you know when I try it, and please comment below if you've made it.

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Since going gluten-free, soy-free, and moving towards sugar-free my food choices have become pretty limited and basic. Well, limited in the processed food sense. One of my favorite snacks right now are LÄRABARs, especially the Peanut Butter Cookie flavor, however they can add up in price and packaging. So I decided to try making them myself since the ingredients are just dates, peanuts, and salt.
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Sunday, 07 August 2011 06:00

Quinoa with Pine Nuts: Easy & Quick


Here's another recipe I made up as I went along. It is gluten-free and soy-free. Did you know that quinoa has more protein than any other grain?

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I'm on a mission to cook more for myself in order to save money, eat healthier, and reduce packaging. Now that I'm a gluten, soy, & sugar free diet I have to be more creative. Last night I put together a great dish with 3 elements - it was flavorful, satisfying, and extremely healthy.


Minted Quinoa with Pine Nuts, adapted from Whole Foods recipe:

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I rarely drink soy milk for a couple of reasons:
  1. I don't drink/use it fast enough and most of it goes bad
  2. I try to avoid soy
Instead of soy, I like almond, rice, hemp, or coconut milks; but I rarely buy those either because of the 1st reason.
 
However, occasionally I'll make a recipe that calls for a nut milk, so instead of going to the store and buying it, I make my own. Believe it or not, making almond milk is very easy and fast. It requires a little planning because you need to soak the almonds (you can skip this step but it won't turn out as well).
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I recently bought millet to cook with for the first time, and this dish was a perfect introduction. I love lentils and wanted to make something without gluten, soy, sugar, and oil - I succeeded. This easy and quick recipe has been adapted from The Way of Happy Woman.

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I recently bought a frozen gluten-free crust by Nature's Hilights from Whole Foods and decided to give it a try today. Unfortunately it is not organic, but it was the only pre-made option there (I'm going to make my own soon, which will also save on packaging). However, it only has 2 ingredients (brown rice and potato) and is pretty tasty - thin and crunchy.
 
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This yummy treat is free of gluten, soy, oil, and sugar: ants on a log! This childhood favorite is incredibly satisfying and easy to make - a great summer treat. In case you need a reminder of how to make it:

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