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...]


Cooking With Kids & Resurrection Cookies

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The kitchen has always been the center of our home. My parent's kitchen has always been THE place to congregate- there is a huge island and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to their backyard. Whenever I go home, cooking dinner with extending family is what we do. The wine is poured, the appetizers are out and dinner in progress. It's always such a lovely time. Those face-to-face conversations in the kitchen are priceless and always flow so naturally over cooking food. Because of growing up with a focus on the kitchen as a place to gather, I love getting my children involved 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...]


Black Bean Sloppy Joes {Vegan}

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Hi friends, stopping in for a quick visit, a quick recipe along with some iphone pics. I'll I have to say is having 4 young children in the house is HARD, to say the least. My goodness, even with my mother helping we are barely getting a chance to shower at the end of the day. Only 1 of the 4 kiddos is in school full time so it's all about juggling drop off & pick up schedules, feedings, naps, extra curricular activities, etc. It is loud,crazy and wonderful. I am enjoying all my sweet cuddle time with my new baby girl. She is already 3 weeks old and I will have an update for you soon … [Read more...]


My Gluten Free Journey

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If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I don't follow a strict gluten free diet, but I do like to be aware of the challenges those face when eating gluten free. I feel like it's part of my job as a Dietitian to fully understand restricted diets; that's why I have experimented with both gluten free living and vegan living. I am blessed to not have any medical issues or food intolerances that require me to eat gluten free. I do appreciate finding and creating recipes that accommodate special diets and personally that is why I like to experiment. The only way for me to truly "get it" … [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...]