Marinated Three Bean Salad

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Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]


Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}

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  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]


Gluten Free Living: Where to Begin?

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Some of my family members have expressed interest in trying a gluten free diet so I thought I'd briefly share some tips on how to get started. The majority of gluten is consumed in the form of bread, cereal, pasta and baked goods so let's start there.   Switch out your bread products. Most grocery stores carry at least one brand of gluten free bread. Experiment and see which ones you like best. The texture is slightly different than regular bread but microwaving or toasting can improve that.  Buy or make an all-purpose gluten free flour mix. This is a must because you can … [Read more...]


Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs

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Hi friends! I ended up with a short blogging week last week because my mother-in-law was visiting. You would think I would get more done with family in town but I prefer to take the time off rather than hide out in my office trying to catch up. It was great having her, but now I am back to business! Hassleback potatoes, did you know that is what they're called? These accordion-like spuds were named after the Stockholm restaurant that first served them, Restaurant Hasslebacken. I have been wanting to try these for ages, I'm sure you've seen them all over the blogosphere. I have seen them in … [Read more...]


Veggie Burger Salad & Tips For Eating More Vegetables

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Hi friends. Happy Hump Day! It's a going to be a fabulous rest of the week because my mother in law is coming in for a visit. It will be great to have her company and some help with the children. Plus she likes to cook so it will be awesome to have help in the kitchen too! Sunday night meal planning had burgers on the menu so I decided to go with a veggie burger salad. It's been awhile since I've made this and I forgot how satisfying and good it is! Some veggie burgers can be full of junk so make sure to read those labels and chose ones with ingredients you know, that are real and … [Read more...]


Multigrain Gluten-Free Pancakes

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One of my favorite parts of the weekend is leisurely waking up to a big pot of coffee and cooking a nice breakfast. In fact the minute the kids roll out of bed they ask "what are you making for breakfast?" They love their weekend pancakes and  I love playing with pancake recipes. There are just SO many options when it comes to pancakes- blueberry, buttermilk, peanut butter, cinnamon raisin, oatmeal, chocolate chip, the list goes on. I always make them from scratch because they are too easy not too. I have, however, tried a pre-made gluten-free all-purpose mix, simply for test purposes … [Read more...]


Gluten-Free Health and Wellness

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Many people are looking to change their diet and exercise routine as the new year starts; whether the goal is to improve health, lose weight, have more energy or just feel better, diet and exercise make up a lot of New Year's resolutions. Some people are interested in eating paleo, some vegan, some gluten free. One diet does not fit all so it's important to find what works for you and that can be done simply by experimentation. Today I want to talk a little more about a gluten free lifestyle- the health aspect of it all, how to manage your diet along with your physical activity. Let's … [Read more...]


10 Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

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Just because I don't follow a strict diet doesn't mean I don't like to experiment eating gluten free. There are so many more options available these days as compared to 15 years ago! Remember when I posted here about gluten free entertaining and explained there are plenty of naturally gluten free foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, meats, seafood and dairy products that will make up a large part of your diet. Today, however, I want to talk about my favorite gluten free snack food. One of my good friends in gluten free and I always think about her when I grocery shop. Is … [Read more...]


Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant

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I wouldn't say rice is my favorite grain; I do love it with Asian food but it doesn't make a very regular appearance in my weekly menus. A couple years ago my kids tried the traditional cheesy broccoli rice casserole during the Holidays and loved it. When I saw this dish, Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant, in Cooking Light I thought it looked like a tasty, healthier variation. It calls for brown rice instead of white, no processed cheese sauce, just a little good quality parmesan cheese for flavor and 2 pounds of eggplant and zucchini. When I first saw the bread … [Read more...]


Tips for Easy Gluten Free Entertaining

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Most people today have a child, spouse, friend or family member that is gluten intolerant and with the Holidays quickly approaching there will be many opportunities for entertaining gluten free guests.  Entertaining can be stressful and intimidating enough but by adding food allergies or special dietary restrictions it can make the experience overwhelming if you don't plan properly. Hopefully these tips will help you feel more confident and at ease when serving your gluten free guests. Don't worry, it's not as difficult as you might think! Talk with your guests first- get … [Read more...]