posts tagged "vegan"

Granny Smith Apple Crisp

Posted on October 6, 2011

Baked green apples topped with high protein almond flour crisp; low carb and low sugar, sweetened with xylitol.

Here’s a lovely seasonal treat –gluten free apple crisp that’s simple and easy to make with very few, and very healthy ingredients. This recipe for Granny Smith Apple Crisp is particularly low carb because I use the low glycemic sweetener xylitol.

Since so many people have written to me to tell me they do not use agave, I thought it would be nice to ... read more →

How to Make Applesauce

Posted on September 23, 2011

Easy homemade applesauce with apples picked from the tree in our backyard.

This is my favorite applesauce recipe, I give it out whenever people ask me how to make homemade applesauce. It’s a simple recipe, easy, delicious and healthy too. On top of that? Kids love it –at least mine (and their friends) gobble it down every time we make it.

Another benefit of making applesauce from scratch? It’s an easy and nourishing recipe for children. Mine really get involved in peeling ... read more →

Paleo Dirty Rice

Posted on September 20, 2011

Using anitoxidant rich low-carb cauliflower, this dirty rice recipe makes one heck of a savory Paleo side dish.

For those avoiding starchy high carb foods such as white rice, cauliflower rice is a wonderful alternative that is highly nutritious.

When I posted my recipe for Cauliflower Rice a year ago, I received numerous requests for various flavored varieties of that dish. So when I opened one of my new favorite books, Paleo Comfort Foods and saw that they had a recipe for ... read more →

Paleo Spiced Nuts

Posted on September 15, 2011

With black pepper, chili powder and cumin, any nut lover will enjoy the supercharged flavor of these spicy nuts!

I’m always looking for high protein snacks to keep me going during the day, and especially after a good workout at the gym. I find this little Paleo snack (my favorite recipe for spicy nuts) slightly addictive and nicely satiating.

I like to eat nuts because they’re full of good fiber, fill me up and don’t leave me hungry and lagging. In ... read more →

Strawberry Sorbet

Posted on August 22, 2011

Strawberries are higher in antioxidants than just about every other fruit.

Strawberry Sorbet is the perfectly refreshing dessert for any summer meal.  This sorbet recipe is loaded with wholesome strawberries, which have numerous health benefits.  Strawberries are thought to be a cancer fighting food as well as high in vitamin C, anti-inflammatory and good for the cardiovascular system.  Research has also shown that strawberries can help to regulate blood sugar and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.

I’m highlighting this sorbet ... read more →

Lemon Almond Biscotti

Posted on August 19, 2011

I’m a big fan of gluten free cookies, especially gluten free biscotti.

These Paleo friendly gluten free treats are a great addition to a high protein breakfast and also perfectly suited for dunking in healthy coffee for an afternoon snack that won’t leave you dragging.  My children like them too.  So do their friends.  I wish I could certify certain gluten free desserts that I make as “kid friendly,” like some sort of good housekeeping seal of approval.  Alas, no ... read more →

Simple Braised Greens

Posted on August 16, 2011

As I type this, my yard is overflowing with dark green leafy vegetables; they are literally taking over our tiny property.  So what’s a girl with a garden to do?  Every morning I go outside, bowl and scissors in hand, and harvest greens.

I braise the greens with a bit of garlic and red pepper and eat them with a side of scrambled eggs, starting my day with a glorious Paleo breakfast.  If I’m really hungry, I’ll add a side ... read more →

Piña Colada Ice Cream

Posted on August 12, 2011

Serve a couple scoops with a slice of Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Hey all you vegans out there, this dairy free Piña Colada Ice Cream might be just what you’re looking for on a hot summer day.  With a mere 3 ingredients (coconut milk, agave and pineapple), this simple vegan ice cream recipe will appeal to moms too.  I like the quick and easy dimension of the recipe and my boys love the flavor –they’ve been lapping it up all summer.

After ... read more →

Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Posted on August 9, 2011

There’s nothing like a refreshing salad on a hot summer’s day; this gluten free Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette hits the spot.  Finding gluten free salad is easy (arugula and raspberries don’t contain gluten).  Finding gluten free salad dressing is another story altogether.

Gluten lurks in the strangest places.  And salad dressing can contain various binders and flavorings (such as soy sauce) that are not gluten free.  That’s why I like to make my salad dressings from scratch –it’s a lot ... read more →

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on July 29, 2011

These peanut butter cookies are gluten free, grain free and vegan to boot.  I based them on Heidi’s Peanut Butter Cookie recipe over at 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite websites.  Though I did cut the amount of sweetener in half and make a couple of other changes.

I have been on a bit of a peanut butter kick lately.  I didn’t eat peanut butter for a long time.  I just didn’t feel great when I ate it, however, I’m feeling ... read more →

Porridge

Posted on July 27, 2011

I discovered this hot cereal on Ricki Heller’s blog, Diet Dessert and Dogs, after she tweeted it a couple of days ago.  I’ve had it for my gluten free breakfast every day since!  You can call it hot cereal or porridge, either way, it’s a superfood way to start your day, and quick and easy at that. What is porridge?  According to Wikipedia, porridge is a dish made by boiling grains such as oats or other cereal meals in water, ... read more →

Iced Ginger Chai

Posted on July 7, 2011

I love a good cool, yet spicy drink in the summer.  This Iced Ginger Chai recipe is based on one of my favorite products, Bhakti Chai.  It’s heavy on the ginger, cardamom and black pepper which I love.

While I love Bhakti Chai, it does not like me; there is way too much caffeine in this drink for my body type (vata). Even the decaffeinated product contains small amounts of caffeine, so in my version, I use roiboos tea as ... read more →

Popsicles from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Posted on June 28, 2011

Summer is definitely here and our house is the place to be.  The neighborhood boys congregate on our trampoline –with the sprinklers aimed at it for a good cool down and a great deal of healthy fun.

With all of this activity I keep the food flowing morning, noon and night.  From the time they arrive until dinner (sometimes a bunch of them stay for the evening meal too) I am setting out munchies –snacks, lunch, etc.  They really are a ... read more →

Ginger Lime Mocktail

Posted on May 31, 2011

Spicy ginger and tart lime team up to make a mean mocktail.

I don’t drink alcohol, however, I absolutely love fun, girly drinks in fancy glasses.  Hence, this deliciously refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage that I am calling a Ginger Lime Mocktail.  I think you could also call this sparkling zesty drink liquid superfood.  The ginger is full of anti-oxidants, good for digestion and is also anti-viral and anti-fungal.  The lime juice is packed with Vitamin C and bioflavanoids.

Today was our first beautiful ... read more →

Wheat Thins

Posted on May 24, 2011

When I was a child I loved crackers.  Still do.  I especially loved Wheat Thins.  Can’t have those anymore.  Solution?  I’ve made my own.  These tasty Wheat Thins remind me of the yummy little crackers in the yellow package of my childhood.  The ones my mother bought for parties.  The ones that weren’t gluten free.

That was back in the days before we knew about celiac disease and gluten free living.  Before my mother was diagnosed with celiac.  Before I was ... read more →

Nettles Pesto

Posted on May 20, 2011

A giant stinging nettles bush climbs up the side of the little red barn in my backyard.  Although we’ve been in this house for 9 years, it’s taken me half that time to pay any mind to it.

The bush literally caught up with the boys first; they complained that it “bit” them whenever a 3-way collision of plant, child and a baseball occurred.  Back in those days, with 2 little ones, and always in a rush to clean something, cook ... read more →

Cherry Vanilla Power Bars

Posted on May 6, 2011

Way back when, in 1997, during the dark ages of gluten free, I was diagnosed with celiac disease.  Now, 14 years later, this disease has had a devastating effect on my family –my mother has celiac, my sister has it, even my 12 year old son was diagnosed with celiac when he was 3 years old.  On the other side of the family, my mother-in-law lives with celiac disease.  This disease has been a scourge on my loved ones.

Celiac is ... read more →

Will the Real Fudge Baby Please Stand Up

Posted on April 29, 2011

These super duper healthy, yet easy to make Fudge Babies have recently been the source of much contention.  You see, it all started when I did the giveaway for a Cuisinart Food Processor a couple of weeks ago.  In that post, I asked readers to let me know of their favorite recipes using a Cuisinart.  There were 2,204 comments on that post.  Guess what? I read each and every one of them.  No joke.

The comments were fascinating.  First, I love ... read more →

Chocolate Power Bar Balls

Posted on April 26, 2011

This scrumptious, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, super transportable snack is a power bar in the form of balls.  What I love most about it though is the flavor –they taste like raw cookie dough!

This recipe came from a comment on my Cuisinart Giveaway post, left by Karen; it is also similar to another recipe that many people mentioned on that post as their fave recipe, called Fudge Babies. Since these have just a tad sweeter than Fudge ... read more →

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Posted on April 14, 2011

I love fudge, I do.  The only trouble with it is that most fudge is so sweet I usually feel sick to my stomach after eating it.  Needless to say, it’s been years, maybe even decades, since I’ve had fudge.

However, when I stumbled across this recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge by Laura Dolson, I knew I could have my fudge and eat it too!  Her recipe uses peanut butter (instead of the usual butter), and alternative sweeteners, rather than sugar.  ... read more →