How is everyone doing? We are on week two of our slim down and I haven't felt better! I am really enjoying my food again, because it is all wholesome and every ingredient counts. I hope you are all finding some healthy recipes you like!
My husband is not a chicken fan. If he had it his way, he would have beef or pork every day. I am always trying to find new ways to serve him chicken
I have been so excited to share this recipe with you! A while back I saw a recipe for avocado coconut ice cream. I kept it tucked away in my mind, waiting for Avocado season here in California. While I can get avocados any time of the year, you can get them for next to nothing this time of year. Wholesome healthy California Avocado's, Yum!
So I got busy with my ice cream mac
This week I am bringing you the "Weekly Healthy Gluten-Free recipe round-up". For those of you wanting to get fit and eat right as well as gluten-free. I am enjoying this healthy journey and I hope you are too! Here are the recipes I brought you this week:
Low Calorie Tuna Salad Wrap
Healthy Raw Carrot Cake Bars
Lemon Garlic and Herb Halibut
Raw Vegan Apple Pie Protein bars
Tuna salad sandwiches have always been my favorite, but traditional tuna salad is high in calories from the mayo. This wrap is 240 scrumptious wholesome calories.
If you are not a tuna fan, you can easily use canned chicken instead of tuna. You can change this recipe up to include what you like in a tuna salad. I am a plain Jane when it comes to my tuna salad. I like dill pickles, lettuce,
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How is everyone doing on their healthy eating trail? We are doing fabulous over here! I am full of energy and loving it!
It is time for me to share with you another wonderful healthy treat! If you like carrot cake, you are going to LOVE this bar! My husband who is always the skeptic said he likes this bar more than actual carrot cake. It is full of all things wholesome. You will feel lik
Yesterday I brought you a scrumptious healthy recipe for Apple Pie Larabar's. It was an instant hit. I have not had that many instant hits since my recipe for cheesy garlic cauliflower bread! That shows me that a lot of you are struggling to find healthy food like I am. I am excited to be on this journey with all of you!
I have a really hard time getting motivated to exercise. I love
As most of you know, I took a week off from blogging to start a cleanse and focus on getting back in shape. Balance is a huge thing for me, and when I feel things getting out of balance, it is time to take a step back, do a little self reflection, and get back in balance. I am super blessed to have a very active life. We have a lot of friends and family that come visit and that can rea
Swimsuit season is upon us. That means time to get extra busy watching calories. Yet, I refuse to give up my creamy ranch dressing. So I was super excited to get the idea to make Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing from See Aimee Cook. After a few adjustments, I have here what I think is the perfect healthy creamy dressing.
Whenever you are going to have a creamy dressing, fat co
Just when I thought that my local farmer's market couldn't get any better, A new booth opened that has live fresh caught local crabs. Since last week, I faced my fear of cooking crustacean. This week I faced my fear of murdering one. As I approached the booth, I got stressed out. One crab in particular was staring at me saying: "please save me!". Confidently I handed the owner the money for
I was so excited last week, because at the farmers market I go to in Little Italy, one of the organic produce stands had baby cucumbers!
I have been wanting to make my own pickles for a while now, but never could find the baby cucumbers. I got busy right away. It only takes a few minutes to make these pickles, and they are ready to eat in one week. You can adjust the garlic and pepper
Hello happy readers! I wanted to start today's post explaining why the weekly round-up is on a Saturday. I am going to change things up a bit on my blog. For the past 2 years I have posted 7 posts a week. Thanks to all of you great faithful readers, I have been picked up by some major media companies. Now I am writing for several publications besides my blogs, so I need to take a step back
Let me start off by saying that Orange Chicken is named for it's color, not because it tastes like oranges. In fact, there are not any oranges in the traditional orange chicken recipe. This recipe is very easy to make gluten-free, because it is traditionally made with corn starch and not flour, as a lot of asian dishes are. So eat up and enjoy a big plate!
Gluten-Free Orange Chicken
Hashbrowns are a weakness of mine. I like them extra crispy. I can't stand it when I order some hashbrowns, and they come out soggy and barely crispy on one side. This recipe gets the perfect crust on both sides of the hashbrowns, which makes them extra crispy and perfect. They are not hard to make. If you have a couple potatoes in your pantry you can make these easily.
I know what you are thinking. "I am a Mom, I am too busy, and on too tight of a budget to make Lobster bisque!". I feel ya. I understand. That is why this recipe is so great. Now while I can't help too much with the cost, I can really help you with the time issue. We are fortunate and have a lobster guy at our Farmers Market who sells nine small lobster tails for $20! So I made this big pot o
Let me start off this recipe by saying I am using gluten-free orzo by pastamore. If you do not have a gluten intolerance you can use regular orzo. If you are Celiac or Gluten-intollerant you can now have orzo again. I used PastAmore's sweet potato orzo for this recipe and it turned out divine! You can get yours here: http://www.pastamore.com/. I started off with that disclaimer because
Before I start, I wanted to recommend what gluten-free pasta I use. I have not received any samples or compensation from this company, but I have to tell you it is the best pasta that I have tried on the market. Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta is the one. Packed with protein and flavor, this pasta stands up to traditional pasta. If you are not gluten-free you can use any pasta you wish on
This week has been full of all things wonderful. My husband and a close friend had their birthday (they share the same birthday), so we all got to hang out all weekend and dance the nights away to some great bands. Then on my husbands actual birthday we got to open a very exceptional bottle of wine to celebrate. (Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve... still our favorite from Oregon). I spent a
Sometimes the need for donuts just can't be stopped. I was having one of those times. It could be because my Saveur magazine with the world's most popular donuts on the cover is staring at me on my coffee table. I realize that a lot of you just want the fried traditional donut. For the rest of us that are trying to watch our waistlines, this is the next best thing. These donuts are full of fla
Today I am excited to share a recipe using Lucy's Cookies. These are my daughters all time favorite store bought cookie. They are Gluten Free, Vegan, No Peanuts, and No Tree Nuts. They have a Dedicated Bakery. Their Ingredients are Tested. They have O g Trans Fat, O mg Cholesterol, Non-GMO, and All Natural. So if you are going to have a treat, th
We actually had two cloudy days here in San Diego. Shocking I know! It was still in the high 60's, but when you are used to 75 degrees and clear sunny skies every single day, it feels like winter when some clouds roll in. We even had a 20% chance of rain! Everyone talks about rain here like it is this amazing thing that is only seen once in a lifetime. "Did you hear we might see some ra
There often is not enough time in the day. I find myself skipping breakfast on accident a lot. Simply because I am in a hurry. This leads to me grabbing something that is not so good for me later on in the day. That is why I was so happy to find this recipe on Dinner Dishes and Desserts. You can mix in anything you want really. If you don't want chocolate, then substitute for raisins, or
Phew! This week has been CRAZY BUSY! It has been one thing after another. I find from the moment I wake up, until the time I go to bed, I am running non-stop. How do you all fit everything into your day? I could use some tips!
Today was just as hectic as the ones before and by the time my husband text me and said he was on his way home, I had just got back from walking home from the gro
My good friend is having a birthday party this weekend. We all packed up and are staying out on the Settles Ranch. So I wanted to make some yummy mocha cupcakes for the party. The picture was an after thought. Sorry about that. I think you can still see how yummy they are. I used Manini's gluten-free flour and they turned out great. Happy birthday Deb!
Gluten-Free mocha cupcakes
I think one of the most frustrating things for me is that my husband isn't a fan of Chicken. Since Chicken is one of the only meats I enjoy, it can be hard to please both of us. Today I decided to just make what I wanted for once. I walked to my local organic market to get some free range organic Chicken thinking: "oh well, if he doesn't like his, I will eat it". Boy oh boy was I w
I love this time of year. Our local farmers market in little Italy is so much fun to shop! The tomatoes are sweeter, sweet onions are available everywhere, my herbs in abundance on my window. Spring is here. Veggies are a staple.
I wanted to make a lite salad that let the sweet natural flavors in Spring Veggies shine. This salad hit the spot. So healthy and wholesome! E
Hi everyone! I know, I know, I took 2 days off. Seems like forever! I was busy reading some new books on cooking technique and presentation. I needed to get re-organized and re-focused! Glad to be back with some new great recipes!
We have been trying to watch our portion sizes. I have found that I can eat what I want, as long as I eat small portions. One of my favorite things to eat is good
Phew! What a week! I was blessed with a visit from my sister this week. It was a lot of fun! We spent our time exploring, shopping, dining, and dancing. It was tough for me to keep up on my blog, but I am happy to say I did it!
Here are the gluten-free recipes I brought to you this week:
Gluten-Free Weekly Recipe Round-up:
Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix
Seared Salmon with Musta
This past week I spent a day with some girlfriends in Little Italy. I was so pleased to find gluten-free farfalle (bow tie pasta) at one of the little Italian markets! That night I put it to good use and made a big bowl of avocado basil pasta! It was so good. I am keeping this one in rotation for our days on the sailboat. Nothing beats a great cold pasta salad! If you can't find gluten-free
One of my favorite foods to eat is Salmon. It is funny because I used to think I didn't like fish. Now I can't get enough. Turns out I love fish! Especially fish caught in the wild. I just need it to be fresh and cooked right. I know fresh costs more, so if you like frozen fish, go for it!
This fish was perfect. Crisp on the outside, buttery in the middle. I could make it every day. Yo
When we used to live in Oregon, we loved going to Benihana. They have Benihana here in California too, but we don't live near it. The closest one is an hour away. Our favorite part of the meal was their salad dressing. Whenever we would go, we would order a side of the dressing to take home. The Ginger in the dressing just calls our name.
Since we can't get it where we live. I set out t
The other day I brought to you the fabulous breakfast Quinoa parfaits. I was surprised how amazing Quinoa worked as a breakfast that I wanted to try it again. The thing I love the most about Quinoa, is how it adapts to whatever flavors you are working with. So it works well with both savory and sweet flavor profiles. This super food is so full of nutrients, I can eat it morning noon and nigh
Today I am excited to tell you about Jilz Gluten Free Crackerz. I had not heard of these fabulous crackers until Jill contacted me. Turns out we had a mutual friend in common. Small world! She asked if I wanted to try the crackers out, and the love for these crackers began.These are not overly processed crackers. Their simple, nutritious ingredients include almond flour, ses
It is spring here in California and strawberries are everywhere. You can get a huge container of organic strawberries for $2 at my local organic market. I never have a problem finding something to do with strawberries! They are my all time favorite fruit to work with in the kitchen. Things are also heating up outside. I wanted to make a very low cal refresher for during the day. So I pu
I make a lot of ranch dressing. I also make a lot of ranch flavored potato chips. Anything ranch in our home is devoured pretty quickly. There was a time and place that I would buy the ranch packets at the store. Then one day I decided to look at the ingredients. Yeah. I would rather not have fillers and preservatives in my food. Time to make it from scratch and keep it on hand. I do have all
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this week has been as good for you as it has been for me! As promised this is your weekly gluten-free recipe round up.
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Enchiladas
Vegetarian Chicken Fried Quinoa
Twice Baked Cauliflower
Cheesy Creamy Roasted Onions
Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait
Lite Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
I want to start off today's post with some very exciting news! I was chosen by Google to be a Glass Explorer! Have you heard of this cutting edge technology? Google Glass is an amazing hands free way to take pictures, videos, get instant information, share what you see live, get directions, send messages etc. This is going to be so amazing because I will now easily be able to share with y
It is that time of year again. Time to start thinking about slipping that swimsuit on. Time to start regretting those bad food choices you made over the holidays. We have all been there. It is even harder when everywhere you turn there are yummy treats just screaming your name. It is tough. I know first hand. I have a solution for your sweet tooth. While no dessert is always better than
Today folks I am going to introduce to you my new favorite side dish. Nothing beats a creamy cheesy roasted sweet onion. I am a sweet onion lover. I buy them year round. I never use yellow or white onions, simply because the flavor is nowhere near that of a sweet onion. If you aren't watching calories, you can use heavy whipping cream instead of Greek Yogurt. I prefer the healthier vers
If your kids like potatoes, but you have a hard time getting them to eat their cauliflower, try this glorious twice baked cauliflower dish. You can even make it healthier by using turkey bacon and low fat cheese. It tastes like a loaded baked potato. You will have the kids loving their veggies before they even realize they ate them.
Twice Baked Cauliflower
adapted from the dainty che
One of my all time favorite things to eat is Chicken Fried Rice. I love to keep it in the fridge for a snack. In an effort to eat more healthy, I decided to give it a try with Quinoa instead of rice. My husband calls me the queen of quinoa because I have been making it for years, long before all the hype started.
Since Quinoa is full of protein and has less calories and carbs than rice,
Life comes at you fast. Lately I find my time more and more limited, with so many tasks to finish, I sometimes have a hard time keeping up. This is the main reason I love my Crock Pot so much. I love that I can throw something in there and let it do the work for me on a busy day.
The Men in my life love shredded beef. These Enchiladas are a big hit. I actually make a bunch of the
Happy Easter everyone! Whatever your beliefs are; I hope this is a blessed day for you all.
As usual I have a round up for you of this weeks recipes for ease of use. Enjoy!
Savory Vegan Vegetable Soup
Easter Recipe Round-up
Bleu Cheese Dressing
Risotto is a type of Italian Rice cooked in broth to a creamy consistency. The broth may be meat-, fish-, or vegetable-based. Many types of risotto contain butter, wine and onion. It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. It also happens to be my absolute favorite style of rice. I like it as a main dish. Since Mexican food is one of my favorite types of food, I n
Mom has had a hard week. Having a friend pass away, my son moving to another state, and some health issues, makes for the need for a break. Enter Strawberry smash. Just enough citrus, fruit, and rum to make me close my eyes and feel like I am on vacation. Just what Mom needs right now. TGIF!
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup ice
1 ounce s
As I am sure you already know from reading my blog, I like to have a lot of soup on hand for lunches during the week. I get busy and then hungry and I don't want to make bad food choices. Having a healthy soup in my fridge, keeps me on track. I love that I can have a cup of it in the late afternoon and it will tide me over until dinner, without blowing my diet out the window. This makes
Easter is this Sunday. Time to round up all my favorite Easter recipes for you in one place!
Gluten-Free Easter Brunch Recipe Round-up
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Bruschetta (gluten free)
Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes
Olive and Artichoke dip
Gluten free stuffed mushrooms
Glazed Sea Scallops
When it comes to iceberg salad, you either love it or you hate it. My kids and husband love it. When we eat out, it is something that is ordered more often than not. So I have learned to make it just the way they like it. I am always shocked at how much they charge for a corner of an iceberg lettuce head. So simple to do on my own and for a fraction of the cost. Here are instructions on how to
Having Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, I am sure you struggle with finding dressings you can trust not having cross contamination, or hidden gluten. A long time ago I just moved to homemade dressing. It tastes much better and eliminates the worry of accidental gluten exposure. One of my families favorites is Bleu Cheese Dressing. Making it fresh makes it over the top amazing, and it is re
Here is your weekly Gluten-Free Recipe Round-up for this week!
Parmesan Dill Sea Bass
Crock-pot Beef Roast
Spicy Oven-Roasted Fries
Loaded Breakfast Skillet
Cauliflower, Black Bean, and Quinoa Salad