Looking for a healthy dish to pass this weekend? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.
Sweet, tangy, and so healthy I don’t even feel bad eating this with tortilla chips.
Because really, I’m just looking for any good excuse to eat chips.
Quickly throw these ingredients together for a delicious side dish. My husband (who isn’t a huge fan of beans) will eat this by the bowl full! It marinates in the refrigerator overnight, making it an easy dish to pass at your summer Barbecue!
This dish is naturally gluten free. Which just adds to the awesome. Continue reading
If there’s one question that makes me cringe inside, it’s the one that awaits me at the end of every day.
What’s for dinner?
Ugh. Another reminder that I forgot to plan. Again.
It’s not like I don’t know it’s coming. We literally eat every day. So why does the task of putting together a plateful of meals feel like nails on the chalkboard of my food soul?
Why is meal planning so dang hard? Continue reading
Want a fabulous way to start your day? A quick breakfast that leaves your taste buds happy and you full of energy?
Oatmeal. You know…those little flakes collecting dust in your pantry?
This breakfast is classic but I just HAD to share this recipe. Watching my husband eat this concoction lately inspired me. I tried this combo at work and was all smiles. I may have greeted those around me with, “Good morning!” and then with added gumption, “I’m really enjoying my oatmeal!!” Awkward. Just awkward.
So in light of not scaring my co-workers, I decided to share my enthusiasm with you all instead! Be glad. Be very glad. Continue reading
Ok, it’s official. I think I’m in love. With sausage and cherry peppers, that is. Whoever arranged this marriage was genius.
I discovered this meal at a fancy Italian bistro and truth be told, I was a little timid. I mean, who can pronounce all those fancy words like scarpariello? And what the heck were cherry peppers anyway?
To my surprise, recreating the dish at home was quite easy and successful! Which left me wondering, what would Scarpariello taste like with tomato sauce and red wine? In one word? Awesome. Delicious. Fan-freakin-tastic. Ok, maybe that’s three words.
Did I mention this is also Low-Fodmap and Gluten Free? Continue reading
In stubborn defiance of the storms descending upon us, we grilled Brats. In hats and gloves. Because we can. I even put tulips on my table and made some pasta salad to top off our little mutiny.
Whether rain or shine (oh look, more snow), it can still be Spring in my heart. Ergo, pasta salad. Who says you have to wait til summer?
This gluten free, low fodmap pasta salad got my seasonal taste buds going! A classic combination of tomato, basil, and mozzarella that is fresh and satisfying. Pretty sure I had two helpings and then went back for more. I threw this together in 15 minutes. You could add onion too if you so desire. I gave the flavors at least an hour to get friendly in the fridge. Or you could eat it right away. I won’t judge. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day brings out the sweet tooth in all of us. And nothing says love like those little heart shaped sugar cookies. So cute and tiny and practically guilt free. At least that’s what I tell myself.
I baked an entire batch of these at Christmas (reindeer shapes, of course) and they were gone immediately. I was literally rolling out my last ball of dough, watching sneaky little hands do a drive by on the other side of the island, swiping fresh cookies off the plate. All night my family kept dipping into my gluten free container when I wasn’t looking (you know who you are). Continue reading
When the weather man calls for a blizzard, you batten down the hatches…and make coffee cake. Because when the power goes out, you want a flashlight in one hand and a fork in the other.
Home made coffee cake is so easy, and it fills your home with bold aromas like nutmeg and cinnamon! Soft, warm, sugary goodness. A great companion for breakfast, afternoon snack, and dessert. Or when there’s a white out in your backyard.
So let’s procrastinate that shoveling a little while longer. Enjoy some cake and coffee while that snow piles up on the driveway. Continue reading
Cold and flu giving you the sniffles? Too exhausted and achy to make dinner? Try this simple and easy make-it-while-you-nap recipe! Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup simmering in the slow-cooker might just be what you need to get back on your feet.
This recipe is low-fodmap and can easily be made gluten free but is still a soup the whole family can enjoy! The only store-bought broth I have found that is low-fodmap (contains no onions or garlic) is Progresso’s Chicken Broth. It contains only six ingredients and can easily be found at most local grocery stores and opens up a whole new world of soups for those following the low-fodmap diet! Continue reading
Ever hear someone mutter healthy mumbo jumbo and it makes you cringe inside? Welcome to my top 10 pet peeves when it comes to health and nutrition. If you think these are healthy, think again.
Don’t fall for this popular nonsense. Take a look at these 10 misconceptions:
Natural is the same as organic. Not even close. “Natural” can still refer to minimal processed foods. Your “all-natural” blueberry yogurt does not guarantee it will have real blueberries in it. That mysterious “natural flavors” label might as well read “artificial chemicals for your flavor enjoyment”. Companies are getting smarter by using words like “all-natural” and “wholesome” for products that can still contain corn syrup, modified starches, and additives. Organic foods, on the other hand, have legal implications and must follow a set of strict processing, handling, and production standards determined by the USDA. These foods are generally free of pesticides, chemicals, and preservatives.
Rule of thumb: How do I know if the food I’m buying is organic? Look for the seal of approval.
Gluten-free is healthier for me. Only if you have a gluten intolerance. This one drives me nuts. I don’t get it. Unless you have celiac, an intolerance, or have been told by a medical professional to follow a gluten-free diet, don’t put yourself through that. Trust me, most of us who have to be gluten-free would rather eat gluten! Truth is, many gluten-free foods are still highly processed, loaded with starches, and low in nutritious value. Gluten-free foods can wreak just as much havoc on your system as eating gluten in the first place!
Rule of thumb: If you still enjoy the thought of being gluten-free, choose foods that are naturally gluten free (oats, buckwheat, rice, produce, etc.). Browse some gluten-free recipes here.
Superfood means super healthy. Superfood, shmuperfood. I don’t buy it. Contrary to popular opinion, Continue reading