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 salad can go in so many directions, depending on what you have on hand. It can be saltier, spicier, crunchier, and tarter - really up to what you're craving.
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If you're wondering, "what is a frappucino", clearly you don't go to Starbucks, and I don't blame you. While their coffee and tea drinks are tasty, they're certainly not healthy - they're full of sugar and usually not organic. Plus, there are only a few vegan options (though they're working on that and have been adding more to the menu). I recently tried their soy frappucino (which by the way is a sugary, blended iced coffee drink) and while it was good, I felt super guilty knowing what was in it. But every now and then I crave that sugary coffee taste, so luckily there's a healthy option!
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Here's a delicious, healthy recipe for vegetables that is quick, easy, and involves no cooking or baking that will give you tons of energy and nutrition: green juice! All you need is a juicer (such as the Omega 8004 like I have), a bunch of your favorite green veggies, and about 10 minutes of time. It's a great idea to have it for breakfast because it's a natural energizer and mood booster, so it sets you up for a great, happy day. (Jump to the bottom of the post for the video recipe)

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