Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Here we are in our first full week of school (last week was short due to the Holiday). The kids are both doing so well, but our schedule has officially picked up with the addition of after school activities like gymnastics, church class and soccer twice-a-week for both kids. The kids come home starving as it is, but now that we go straight to another activity I have to keep the house well stocked with healthy snacks. One of their favorites is the snack balls I make in a variety of flavors- they often have some sort of dried fruit, some form of nuts and/or oatmeal. Since I've had oatmeal … [Read more...]


Apple Pico de Gallo {#YahooFood}

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    When I was in graduate school I became friends with a fellow RD intern whose parents lived in Cabo San Lucas. She invited me and another one of our classmates to go hang out there one summer. I fell in love. Not only is it gorgeous, but the local fruit stands, taco shops and markets add such character to the Mexican town.   We stayed for a full month (yes, lucky us!) because her family was kind enough to make room for us, and I have such great memories of going to the market to pick out our produce. Tomatoes, cilantro, onion, lime and peppers were the usual suspects. Coming … [Read more...]


Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

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People love to talk about the weather. It's just part of human DNA. We also like to complain about the weather. You know we all do it. I was running today with baby E in the stroller and I checked the weather channel and it said it was 85 degrees at the time. I ran and boy was it hot. Then I recalled the days I lived in Texas and ran in much hotter temps, but I am simply not used to them now. On the other hand I hate running when it's too cold. If it's under 60 degrees I want no part of it. It seems like when it's summer I am longing for the fall and when it's winter I am eager for … [Read more...]


Love My Silk! Introducing Silk Almond Coconut Blend

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I can' t remember the exact year that I discovered I was lactose intolerant but it was over 15 years ago. I switched over to soy milk and cut back on a lot of dairy products. Now I can handle a lot more dairy in my diet than I used to (cheese, yogurt and cooking with small amounts of milk don't bother me anymore), however I still don't drink milk. I just never developed a taste for it and knowing I might not tolerate it as well as a non-dairy milk I see no point in trying. Silk has always been my preferred brand of soy milk, but you can also find their almond milk in my fridge as well. … [Read more...]


Asian Noodle Salad With Peanut Dressing

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The fun thing about being in charge of the food around here is that I get to cook whatever I feel like eating! Pasta with veggies tossed in a peanut dressing. That's what I wanted. As I mentioned before, we had company over a couple weeks ago (our good friends from Texas) and when hosting any guests, I do my meal planning before they arrive so that I am not grocery shopping or trying to figure out what we should eat last minute. This is especially important when there are lots of little ones in the house- 8 kids to be exact, ages 7 and under (4 for each of us). Heather is one of my … [Read more...]


Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About Gluten?

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I posted this hilarious video to my Facebook page last month from the Jimmy Kimmel show where they asked some people in LA, who follow a gluten free diet, if they knew what gluten was and none of them had a clue! It's pretty amusing (and embarrassing). A lot of people follow a gluten free diet for medical purposes, some self-diagnose and others just want to experiment, but what ever the case it's good to learn more facts about your diet restrictions. Don't let the staff of Jimmy Kimmel catch you in the streets unprepared to answer the basics of gluten free living like these folks - make … [Read more...]


My Gluten Free Journey: Part 2

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For the last three months I have experimented eating gluten free. At first I thought it would just be a fun challenge, but as time went along I found myself really not missing much. Now it's not to say I haven't had any gluten at all, there were a few occasions when I had regular pizza crust and once when I had a few bites of pasta and one regular cookie. Overall though, day to day meals and snacks have been gluten free. I personally have never had a problem ingesting gluten and now that I have tried not eating it for a few months I don't necessarily feel any different physically. With … [Read more...]


Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Gluten Free}

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I'm so glad the guide to gluten free flours was helpful to some of you. I decided to experiment with one of my all-purpose flour mixes and make some chocolate chip cookies using leftover Easter candy. I don't know when Easter became this Holiday all about candy. I swear my kids got more on the neighborhood egg hunt than they did trick-or-treating. Crazy I tell ya! I am pretty strict with sweets during the week because a while back my kids went through a phase where they begged me for dessert all day every day. Child 1: "Mommmmm can I have a piece of candy (9:30am)?", Me: "no". Child 2: … [Read more...]


A Guide To Gluten-Free Flours

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I know when I started experimenting with gluten free cooking, I was so confused about all the different flours and was worried that I would never be able to enjoy baked goods or bread again. Since there are so many to chose from I wasn't sure which ones I should use for which recipes. After some experimenting, I have a better grasp on it and hopefully it will help someone that is new to gluten free living. What's important to remember is that typically there isn't a single substitute for wheat flour since gluten is what gives wheat it's elasticity and doughy texture. In general, a … [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...]