I know it’s not really the height of sweet potato season. That being said, it’s sweet potato season around our house for much of the cooler months. Plain and simple – they’re healthy, easy, and we love them. Most often, we enjoy them in the form of a sweet potato puree. Of course, as evidenced [...]
curried kabocha squash with rosemary Sometimes, it seems I get stuck in a rut. Particularly this time of year, when there isn’t something new popping up in the garden or at the farmer’s market every week. I feel like I can only do so much with the same ol’ stuff (potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, cabbage, [...]
It’s no secret that I have a thing for bold, spicy flavors. I blame my Native Texan roots. I mean, when you have access to just about every variety of chile around all the time, how can you not love the punch and character they bring? Especially in big chile-centric dishes such as mole, a [...]
Are you ready for some tasty comfort foods? Of course you are – everyone is always up for comfort foods, right? This month’s theme for Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free was Comfort Foods. We had a small but mighty group of participants that definitely brought some comfort to our meals. I’m definitely going to try [...]
So here I was, on a Friday night, with no plan for dinner. Apparently my usual meal planning ways had failed me. Hubby and I had no plans, and I didn’t have a soccer game that night. Still, there was some food in the house, so I nixed the idea of grabbing something on my way [...]
Who here remembers Ding Dongs? Those delicious little chocolate cakes with a creamy white marshmallow-y center, coated in a thin shell of chocolate were one of the only Hostess treats I enjoyed. Twinkies? Nah, I’ll pass. Cupcakes? Meh. But Ding Dongs? I was definitely game. I wasn’t much for cake as a child (I know, [...]
Have you ever had broccoli leaves? I don’t mean the tiny little one-inch leaves that are typically on the broccoli stems you get at the average grocery. I’m talking about a full, big leaf – the leaves that surround the broccoli plant. Up until recently, I’d never given a thought to whether these leaves were [...]
Potato salad is a staple side dish in just about any household. I’ve had many versions – salads heavy on the mayonnaise, versions with a ton of pickles and yellow mustard (like my Mom’s recipe), German-style potato salad, and I’ve even made a dill and caper salad for a Daring Cooks’ challenge. I imagine that [...]
Need a one-stop shop for all your gluten-free needs? The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free by Jeanine Friesen might be just the thing. As you probably have seen, there are quite a few gluten-free books showing up on the market. (I own a great many of them!) How do you decipher what’s worth your money? [...]
Here’s a Valentine’s Day thought: What if a rice crispy treat and a chocolate chip cookie met, fell in love, and had children? My bet would be that these treats would be the offspring. The other day, I was in my pantry and the Erewhon box of Crispy Brown Rice cereal was staring back at [...]
beets harvested from my garden Do you love beets? Wish you loved beets? Today over at The Balanced Platter, I’m sharing some reasons to love these beauties, as well as a collection of delicious beet-ful recipes, guaranteed to turn even the beet-averse into beet-lovers. Head on over and check it out!
On a day-to-day basis, I am a simple eater. It’s partially by choice, but very much driven by necessity. Trying to eat a whole foods-based, mostly grain-free, dairy-free diet with a full schedule means you often choose the fastest option. Snacks are often simply a handful of nuts or some fruit and vegetables. In fact, [...]
Need a Valentine’s Day breakfast idea? Or just want to sneak some healthy vegetables into your unsuspecting child’s diet? Moist, fluffy, and bright pink-red, these little darlings are sure to please. Personally, I love sneaking healthy ingredients into foods. My favorite meatloaf recipe is one that hides some carrot, celery, and ground chia or flaxseed. I’ve [...]
It’s my first time hosting the famous blog event, a brainchild of Naomi of Straight Into Bed, Cakefree and Dried, called Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free. I’ve admired it for a long while, but only participated once. I love the idea – every month, the host/hostess shares a theme, and participants create a recipe around that [...]
This coming weekend is the “Big Game,” and it’s time to get your menu together! While we’re not typically huge SuperBowl watchers, (that is, until the Cowboys start playing some decent football…) I’m all for some party fare. Of course, the typical spread includes lots of gluten and dairy, and therefore is off-limits to someone [...]
Let me start by saying this could possibly be the easiest pork chop recipe ever. Seriously. Historically, I haven’t been much for pork chops. Growing up, they tended to be tough (sorry, Mom!), and even as I became an adult and started cooking for myself, I found it difficult to make tender chops. I did [...]
Are you new to dairy-free and/or gluten-free living? Looking for some tips on how to transition to a healthier, whole foods-based diet? Hallie Klecker of Daily Bites and Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free have collaborated to create this amazing ebook just to help you out. Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free – A Whole Food Starter Guide [...]
Sometimes, the universe has a way of allowing the stars to align. Like when you walk into a store to realize that your favorite sweater you’ve been longing for is on sale 50% off. Or as you’re leaving late in the morning on your daily commute to the office, but for once, the traffic is [...]
Next Wednesday, January 23, 2013, we will be discussing gluten-free entertaining and cooking for the “Big Game”! Join us at 7PM CT/8PM ET over at Udi’s Gluten-Free Living Community (it’s free!) and share your favorite appetizers, drinks and party dishes. Hope to see you there!
It’s already starting. That itch, that impatience…you know, the kind that comes with this time of year. I’m already missing farm-fresh produce. I’m thankful that I live far enough south so that there are some things that grow through the winter. I have kale, cilantro, and oregano that are doing well in my garden, and of [...]
Over at The Balanced Platter today, I am sharing some tips on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle. (Hint: preparedness is key!) Head on over there and check it out!
I have a sneaking suspicion that a great many of you are focusing on healthy eating with renewed vigor. Am I right? Of course, if you’re changing up your routine, it can quickly become overwhelming. (Especially if you’re not accustomed to cooking all of your meals, and are now making an effort to do so [...]
photo credit: flickr ell brown Wanted to drop you a quick note to say HAPPY NEW YEAR, and also to let you know that next Wednesday, January 9th, at 8PM Central (9PM Eastern), we will be hosting a Live Chat over at Udi’s Gluten-Free Living Community, where we will be discussing New Year’s Resolutions. In [...]
Well, ladies and gentleman, we’re about to close out another year. 2012 has definitely been a year full of adventure and activities. For one, The Balanced Platter, of which I am a contributing editor, launched. It grew immensely and will continue to grow as a valuable resource for healthy and allergen-free living. I also discovered that canned [...]
Well, just in case you didn’t manage to finish all of that spicy gingerbread cake that I shared the other day, I have a solution. In fact, this might be such a tasty solution, you might hide away half of that cake just for this purpose. Or heck, even make a whole cake. I won’t [...]
For just about my entire life, I have never been much of a cake person. Most cakes, in my opinion, were dry, and much of the store-bought variety had tooth-achingly sweet frosting. Mostly, I preferred pies and cookies as my desserts of choice. For most every birthday, my Mom would instead make me an angel [...]
Today is Day 3 of the Gluten-Free Holiday Progressive Dinner! If you missed Days 1 and 2, visit Daily Bites for some delicious Figgy Cocoa Wedges and Cook It Allergy Free for an amazing four-ingredient appetizers, such as Pear and Arugula Stuffed Proscuitto Cups with Balsamic Drizzle or Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Chopped Pistachios and Chives! I’m [...]
Looking for an easy all-natural homemade gift for the holidays? How about treating your special someone to a spa-like experience with homemade bath products? Head on over to The Balanced Platter today, where I am sharing a recipe for homemade lavender olive oil sugar scrub.
Stay tuned, for next week, we’ll be having quite the gluten-free holiday party! I, along with five amazing gluten-free bloggers, will be co-hosting a Gluten-Free Holiday Progressive Dinner. So be sure to stop on by each day for tantalizing gluten-free holiday recipes. What’s more, there will be chances for PRIZES each day! What’s a progressive [...]
Years ago (in the pre-gluten-free days), I didn’t get biscotti. Why would anyone want what amounted to, in my mind, a stale cookie? Fast forward to present day, where I love a crunchy, not-too-sweet treat to accompany a cup of coffee or tea, especially if it’s studded with dried fruit and nuts. I suppose over [...]