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Easy Gluten-Free Brownies

May 27th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am a baker that definitely enjoys spending some quality time in my Gluten-Free kitchen. But sometimes you have to put the proverbial pedal to the metal and the joy of baking is more about getting to that decadent bite as fast as you can.  The other night we were getting ready to watch a movie and we were craving something fabulous and fast.  The one thing we agreed on is that everyone wanted a chocolatey Gluten-Free treat. I love having a few mixes tucked away in my Gluten-Free pantry so that when the desire strikes, I can make it in a flash! So I went into the kitchen and started to make the perfect chocolate comfort food treat –  deliciously easy Gluten-Free Brownies from Kember’s was perfect!

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I love Kember’s mix because it is Dairy and Soy Free and because they use a variety of flours, almond and sorghum  that are a good source of protein and tapioca to keep it light.  The chocolate is Fair Trade. Kember’s products are made in a dedicated Gluten-Free kitchen and certified NON-GMO.

The brownies are so easy all you need to do is mix in 2-3 eggs depending on your cake or fudge-like-ness preference, oil (I use grape seed) and vanilla.  If you want to add more chocolate, nuts or whatever to the mix that is up to you.  I made the brownies in ramekins so that the brownies were portioned and my guests could customize their brownies.  We added M&Ms, walnuts, chocolate chunks and coconut in various amounts.  Believe it or not, one brownie was left as a traditional, nothing added, just pure brownie goodness.  Once the brownies were baked, we topped some of them with Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream so it would melt into the brownie.

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I added iced cold coconut milk to mine! Might sound odd I know, but I love that creamy-coconut-milky texture as it oozes into my gooey brownie. It is as if I had intentionally spilled my milk inside my brownie! Oops … Oh my! 

I have to share with you that all of my family and guests know that everything I serve is Gluten-Free.  When I went into the kitchen the others were distracted.  Just before I put the brownies into the oven I asked if anyone wanted to add a few … add ins. I threw the bag away before anyone knew that this was one of my super fast and deliciously easy Gluten-Free brownies from a MIX! So let’s just keep that our little secret, Ok?!

Everyone raved about my secret super deliciously easy Gluten-Free brownies.

I met Marilyn Roseburrough, the master-mix-maker, recently at a Gluten-Free event.  She shared her story with me and said she was told by her doctor to go on an anti-inflammatory diet which included no gluten, dairy, soy, potatoes, corn, sugar or coffee. So she went cold turkey and lucky for us she made it through with flying colors and better appreciation of food so she created Kember’s Gluten-Free.  Marilyn, her daughters and husband all help out with mixing, bagging and selling their products.  Her daughters are the sweetest and happily enjoy a Gluten-Free lifestyle to support mom.

Kember’s Gluten-Free also makes Pumpkin Bread, Crepe and Waffle Mixes.  Oh my goodness, I have tried the Pumpkin Bread and it was so soft, moist and flavorful.  I can’t wait to try the others. You can buy Kember’s Gluten-Free Baking Mixes online from her site direct – Kember’s Gluten-Free or you can find her with her family at either the Vancouver or Camas Farmers Markets.  Her products are also sold at Lingonberries and at Neighbors Market in Vancouver, WA.

Salud!

Lisa 

Disclosure – Marilyn shared a complementary bag of her Brownie Mix with me.  She asked me if I would try it and give her some feedback.  I told her the same statement as I do everyone, if I do not like it I will not write about it.  I was not paid for my opinions that I happily wrote in my post today. 

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Gluten-Free Food Fest at New Seasons Market – May 17, 2014

May 13th, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Mark you calendar and make plans now to attend the Gluten-Free Food Fest at New Seasons Market – May 17, 2014 at two locations – Fishers Landing in Vancouver, WA and Progressive Ridge in Beaverton, OR.  This is a must attend FREE event this month to celebrate Celiac Awareness.

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Try some new Gluten-Free foods from a variety of vendors, learn about some Gluten-Free options to add to your shopping list and attend a “Beyond Gluten” class taught by a New Seasons Market Nutritionist. In the class you will learn about avoiding gluten and a variety of dietary approaches that are designed to maximize digestive healing.  We will compare the guidelines for anti-inflammatory, Paleo, FODMAPs and GAPS diets and evaluate the advantages of adhering to one of these alternative food plans.

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I absolutely love shopping at all 13+ New Seasons Market in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area.  They offer the biggest selection of Gluten-Free products from the local area that are fresh and packaged.  They keep up to date with the newest products and if you do not find what you are looking for just ask!  The staff is always so friendly and love it when you add requests to their suggestion box. They will even respond to your request via email or phone call which ever is most convenient for you,  I requested some special culinary coconut milk from So Delicious, a local company and they were able to order it and get it on the shelf within a week!  Now they don’t make any promises but they will do their best to find what you are looking for to make sure you have a happy and fun shopping experience.

New Seasons Market, opened in 2000, is a locally owned, sustainable company. They are committed to their communities and give 10% after tax profits to various organizations. NSM -philosophy is to keep their customers happy by offering local products.  They also do their best to keep the earth happy by managing a small footprint that includes – company wide recycling program, printing on recycled paper and using plant based ink, facilities that are located within 1/2 mile along public transportation, low flow toilets and faucets,  grey water usage for irrigation, rain water harvesting, and more. New Seasons Market is the first B Corporation grocery store that was certified March 2013.  To learn more about New Seasons Market’s certification as a B Corp please go to the web site.

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New Seasons Market really is the friendliest store in town!

It is always fun to shop at New Seasons Market so be sure to sign up for their weekly specials email newsletter and look at the calendar for special events all month, every month!  All of their locations have events and classes.  Make sure you check each store for specific location events.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gluten-Free Food Fest at New Seasons Market this Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 12- 3 PM! It’s FREE so bring your friends, family and anyone you think would enjoy learning more about living Gluten-Free and celebrating Celiac Awareness month!

Salud!

Lisa

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Gluten-Free Everyone Soaps and Lotions

May 6th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of the year when I stock up on my unscented bath products.  I’m allergic to bees so I use unscented product when the weather gets sunny and warm so I don’t attract bees.  I found a new favorite, Gluten-Free Everyone Soaps and Lotions. I found them at New Seasons Market in Portland, Oregon. Everyone Soap, EO Products, are plant based soaps and lotions made with pure botanicals.  Everyone Soap and lotions are Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Polysorbate-Free, disodium EDTA free, sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate free.

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Everyone Soaps are created as a multipurpose body care product for your face, hands and body, including your hair! They offer scented products too – Lavender Aloe, Coconut Lemon, Citrus Mint and Unscented.  I love love love the soft feel of my skin when I step out of the shower.  The soap is so gentle on my skin and hair! I can’t wait to try the lotion! 

I decided to look up more information about the company after looking at their impressive label. The company actually has two brands EO (Essential Oils) Products and Everyone  with 12 product categories and over 250 products with 120 products that are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Certified Organic and B Corp.  I support products that take the time and extra expense to go through the process to become certified, verified and are sustainable!  Read more about EO labels here.

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To my surprise, I was very happy to find that EO Products created products for our furry family members as well – Pet Shampoo and Conditioner made with –

  • French Lavender Essential Oil is therapeutic and nurturing for coat brilliance.
  • Gotu Kola supports a lush, full coat.
  • Quinoa Protein, high in amino acids fortifies, conditions and repairs active coats.
  • Hibiscus, rehydrates keratin fibers adding luster and smoothness.
  • Organic Jojoba Oil, Coconut and Olive Oils lightly condition to restore coat softness.
  • Naturally derived Panthenol (Vitamin B) and Glycerin aid in moisture retention, hydrating the coat.
  • Allantoin, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E nurture and promote skin and coat health.
  • Rich Rice Proteins nurture the radiance of pet skin and hair.
  • pH balanced Formula for dogs.
  • Biodegradable, cleansing and extra gentle.

Additionally EO Products makes deodorants, hand sanitizers, bath salts, travel wipes, essential oils and more. You can learn more information about EO Products – Premium Natural and Organic Body Care Products on their website  and buy direct or find local retailers.  EO Products support their local community homeless shelters in Marin County, CA as well as relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, Haiti Earthquake, City of Joy Congo, Africa.

Bravo EO Products!

EO Products – Love Life. Live Clean  

Salud! 

Lisa 

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Celiac Disease Couples Study at PSU

May 5th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Now that I have your attention …

So what does Gluten-Free Pizza have to do with a Celiac Disease Couples Study at PSU? Do you and your significant other share meal time together?  I mean really share in the process of planning and creating meals together to support your dietary restrictions living a Gluten-Free lifestyle due to Celiac Disease?

May is Celiac Awareness month and I wanted to share some very interesting information with you about a local  “Celiac Disease Couples Study at PSU”.  I recently chatted with Lindsey Alley, a graduate researcher in the Social Psychology program at Portland State University, (PSU). Her work focuses on eating behaviors within romantic relationships, and the roles of dietary support, emotions, and social interactions on diet adherence.

Lindsey explained that she used to work at Whole Foods Market several years ago.  She found that a large number of people would go to the market in hopes of finding support for Celiac Disease and learning about Gluten-Free foods.  Ironically, around the same time, she decided to go back to college to get her graduate degree and further her research in human behaviors. Little did she know that the seed was planted within her to research the lifestyles of people with Celiac Disease and their relationships.

I asked Lindsey what the purpose of the study is and she said, “Eating is an integral part of the human experience, which affects every aspect of our social lives.  Celiac patients are in a particularly interesting situation, in that they have been required to alter their “normal” diet to adhere to a strictly Gluten-Free one in order to maintain, or return to, adequate health.”  

She also noted that “It seems intuitive, and psychological literature supports, that such a change in behavior would affect not only the emotional well-being of the patient but also that of their closest ties (e.g., spouse, children, best friends). Until now, research has yet to explore dietary adherence as it pertains to couple functioning within the Celiac community. Thus, the aim of this exploratory study is to gain a basic understanding of what romantic relationships look like for Celiac patients; and specifically, to explore what role dietary support may play in how these individuals and their partners appraise their relationship.”

Lindsey says, “She feels that Celiac Disease provides an exciting arena for food research since the only current treatment is the adoption of an “extreme” dietary shift”. She is excited to share her findings from this study, and knowledge of dietary support from previous research, with the Celiac community!”

Adults with celiac disease and their significant others

are needed for a research study!

 People with Celiac Disease are needed to participate in a nationwide survey. 

Questions will focus on how you eat, what your relationship is like, and your thoughts about the gluten free diet.

Both medically and self-diagnosed people with Celiac Disease can take this survey.

If you choose to take the survey, they will also contact your significant other or spouse by email to see if he or she would like to take it.

They are looking for couples that have been together for at least six months, and where both members are at least 18 years old.

The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, meaning you can decide to quit at any time.

You and your significant other are encouraged to take the survey separate from each other to maintain confidentiality.

Take the Celiac Disease Couples survey here.

Please share this post with your friends and family that have Celiac Disease.  The study will end on June 30, 2014.

So the next time you are in the kitchen preparing your meal, ask your significant other if they would be willing to support you and us – the Celiac Disease community by taking some time to answer some questions about your relationship and Gluten-Free food.

I look forward to following up with Lindsey and sharing results with you at the end of the Summer or early Fall.

THANK YOU in advance for your participation in the study! 

Lisa

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Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Frozen Yogurt

May 5th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The sun has been shinning and all I can think about is making something refreshingly slightly sweet and tart! I am not usually a lime person but for some reason I have been craving Limes and the perfect companion – Coconut!  I decided to make Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Frozen Yogurt. I love love love coconut and so for this fun frozen recipe I am using my favorites and newest products from SoDelicious – Culinary Coconut Milk and Unsweetened Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk.

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Maybe it is all of the talk about the lime shortage but no worries, I have an idea to get your lime craving fix right here. This is so easy, fast, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free.  Santa Cruz Pure Lime Juice is the perfect Organic juice to create the tart flavor to tantalize and quench your tastebuds on a hot day!  I used all of my favorite ingredients from SoDelicious, Bob’s Red Mill, Enjoy Life Foods and tools from Cuisinart and Weck Jars.  This was a fun and festive unexpected party in my kitchen when some new neighbors stopped by for a chat. 

Ingredients

11 oz So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk

16 oz So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk 

1 cup Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lime Juice

1/4 cup honey

1 3/4 cup coconut flakes

pinch of sea salt

1 lime zest

1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill almond flour

1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Enjoy Life – Dark Chocolate chips or chunks – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free optional 

Tools

Cuisinart Ice Cream/Yogurt Maker

6 – 8 Weck jars with lids

tall pitcher

mixing bowl

whisk

Silicone spoon or round spatula

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Directions

Mix the coconut milk, cultured milk (yogurt), honey and lime juice in a pitcher. Pour it into your ice cream/frozen yogurt maker.  Turn the machine on and slowly add 1 cup coconut flakes and sea salt.  Add the lime zest.   Allow the maker to mix and freeze the ingredients for approximately 20-30 minutes depending on your machine. (check the owners manual for time because the newer machines are faster). Set a timer so that you will hear when it is ready.

While the frozen yogurt is mixing and freezing, set up your jars to begin assembling.

In a bowl, mix the almond, hazelnut flours with the 3/4 cup of coconut flakes and cinnamon.  Use a whisk to incorporate.

Add a generous layer to the bottom of the jars.  Set the remaining aside to use as topping.

When the timer dings, turn off the machine and carefully remove the top. Use a silicone spoon to scoop out the frozen yogurt.  Add some to each jar.  Create layers with the nut and coconut to make a parfait or just add a generous portion to the top after you fill it with frozen yogurt.  Secure the tops on the jars and *chill in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

*Please note that you can serve the frozen yogurt right away, skipping the extra freeze time,  if you have an impatient crowd, it will have a softer texture.  

Take the jars out of the freezer and allow a few minutes – 2-3 before removing the lids.

Add some dark chocolate, extra coconut and a lime wedge if you are lucky enough to find some!

You can also store extra servings with the lid on in the freezer.  Just as above, allow a few minutes for the jar to warm to room temperature, 3-5 minutes.  Add your toppings – coconut and dark chocolate as desired.

I absolutely love the combination of coconut, lime and dark chocolate! The tart lime with the sweet coconut and the deep bitterness of the chocolate. Oh and then the nuts! Wow! It is a must try if even just one big bite.   Let me know what you think?!

I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream/Yogurt maker and I absolutely love it! It is a few years old but I use it all the time, especially in the summer! I suggest buying an extra freezer bowl to make additional flavors and keep everyone happy.  Nothing better than a full belly of delicious home made frozen Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free yogurt on a hot day!

 I hope you try my recipe for Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Frozen Yogurt and enjoy it as much as I do.  I can now say I am a Lime person!  Since I made this recipe I have also used other citrus flavors – fresh squeezed Meyer Lemon, tangerine and blood orange  I just love the citrus with the creaminess of the coconut. Try it! Which is your favorite combination?

Salud!

Lisa

Disclosure Statement – So Delicious sent me their new products used in this recipe.  I was not paid or influenced by the company for their gift. I buy SoDelicious products every week and absolutely love them!   As for the other ingredients and tools used I purchased them and was not paid to use them in my recipe. 

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Five Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals

May 4th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I created these recipes for anyone who is busy and hungry for learning new ways to make a meal Super Easy, Gluten-Free and Fast!  All of these Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals are flavorful and healthy for everyday celebrations.  So here it goes – just a few ingredients and you will be surprised as to how happy your family and friends will be with your Mexican cooking!

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I used Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey and Wholly Guacamole for all of these recipes.  I used my “Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe” for all of these ideas and cooked it the same way. 

The secret to my recipe is that is has all of the flavor without the mess of chopping and extra expense of buying a ton of ingredients.  I used a local fresh, Organic (Medium Hot) salsa that I bought at my Farmer’s Market.  I also use a Pico de Gallo in place of salsa as well if I want it more chunky.  Pick the heat level of the salsa that you and what your family and guests will like.  (I always have a spare hotter salsa on the side when serving any meal so that the extra brave people can add a little more to their liking.)

“Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe”

1 package – 1.25 lbs./ 20 oz.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey

2 tablespoons Olive Oil for the pan to cook the turkey and a little more for the individual pans to bake the enchiladas.

1 cup Organic Gluten-Free Salsa or Pico de Gallo – Mild, Medium or Hot

Cook the turkey over medium-high heat to 165 degrees.  I always follow the safe cooking tips provided on the Jennie-O Turkey Store site.   Lower the heat to simmer.  Removed some of the natural liquid. Add approximately 1 cup of the salsa to the cooked turkey and mixed well.  Let it simmer over low heat for 5-8 minutes, then removed it from the heat.  

I have been craving enchiladas lately and decided I just had to make them with a healthier twist.  I used ground turkey meat from Jennie-O Turkey Store. I came up with a recipe to cook the ground turkey that locks in all the flavor and moistness.  The Secret is my – Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe! 

#1 Super Easy Gluten-Free Red Chile Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas 

1 package – 1.25 lbs./ 20 oz.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey

2 tablespoons Olive Oil for the pan to cook the turkey and a little more for the individual pans to bake the enchiladas.

1 cup Organic Gluten-Free Salsa or Pico de Gallo – Mild, Medium or Hot

Tortillaland Corn Tortillas – Gluten-Free, no preservatives, no trans, sat fat or cholesterol – these are uncooked and you need to cook them before eating.  These are THE BEST GF CORN TORTILLAS! 

Frontera Red Chille Enchilada Sauce Gluten-Free, all natural, no preservatives - 1 package = 4 Enchiladas so please buy enough for the amount you are serving. I bought 2 packages to make 8 Enchiladas. 

2-3 cups Sargento Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican blend - Gluten-Free – *see Gluten-Free statement here

1-2 packages Wholly Guacamole  - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Kosher, No Preservatives and all natural.  I always buy extra for scooping up with chips and to make sure I have enough!

1-2 fresh Roma Tomatoes

Cook the GF corn Tortilla Land tortillas over medium-high heat on a comal or cast iron pan.

Add 1 tsp of olive oil to the individual pans. Place the tortilla in the middle of the pan and add 2 Tbs of cooked turkey to the middle.  Roll up the enchiladas tightly with the edges on the bottom.  If you are adding cheese add it with the meat.  Add the red chile sauce and then some cheese on top of the sauce.  This makes them extra creamy and  you know it has cheese if you are making 2 different kinds.  Place 2-3 enchiladas in each serving dish for a hearty meal.

To make the non-cheese enchiladas, add the meat and roll up with the edges down and then top with the red chile sauce. Cover the pan with foil while cooking to keep them moist.

*Please note you can make this in a large serving dish with all cheese or all non-cheese enchiladas as well for larger groups.  I like to make individual servings for a smaller group. 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook the cheese enchiladas, smaller potions,  uncovered for 10 – 12 minutes.

Cook the non-cheese, covered with foil for 10 minutes.

If you are cooking a larger serving, cook cheese, uncovered 15-20 minutes and non-cheese covered 15 minutes or until heated through.

Let cool slightly before serving.  Serve with a generous side of guacamole topped with fresh cut tomato slices.

 

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#2 Super Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Turkey Quesadillas 

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

Cook the Tortilla Land Corn tortillas

Add 1 Tbs of cheese and 1 Tbs of Turkey on top of one tortilla while it is still on the pan.

Add a little more cheese on top and then the second cooked tortilla.

Use a lid from a pan to press down the quesadilla, just like making a panini so that the cheese will melt and make it stick together.  Cook approximately 2-3 minutes.  Carefully flip over and use the lid again to press down.  Remove from heat and place on a cutting board.  Use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla into 4 pieces.   Top with guacamole and fresh tomato slices.

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#3  Super Easy Gluten-Free Tacos 

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

6 GF Tortilla Land Corn Tortillas

Romaine Lettuce

1-2 Roma Tomatoes

1 package Wholly Guacamole

Cook the Turkey as above and set aside.  Cook the tortillas and add the turkey, lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Fold the tortilla or roll them over to serve and eat.

#4  Super Easy Gluten-Free Taco Salad

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

Organic chopped green lettuce

Organic fresh Salsa or Pico de Gallo

Cilantro

Cheese – optional

Wholly Guacamole

The Better Chip – Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

In each bowl add the chips, lettuce, 1/2 cup of cooked turkey, cheese, salsa/pico de gallo, cilantro and guacamole. Mix together and enjoy!

#5  Super Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Nachos 

Secret Spicy Salsa Turkey

The Better Chip – Chips – pick your favorite flavor

Sargento shredded Mexican cheese -

Wholly Guacamole

1 medium, purple/red onion – diced

1 cup sliced jalapeños – serve on the side and add as desired

2- 3 cups extra Organic Salsa or Pica de Gallo

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add a layer of chips to the baking sheet.  Make sure the chips are close but not on top of each other.   Add some cooked turkey, cheese and diced onion on top.   Cook in the oven 5-10 minute or until the cheese is melted.  Carefully take the pan out of the oven and let cool slightly.  Serve with a generous portion of guacamole, salsa and jalepeños as desired.

I like to make each chip individually so that each bite is perfectly portioned and satisfying.  Never missing any ingredient. 

Disclosure statement – I received complimentary Jennie-O Lean Turkey and Wholly Guacamole products from the companies.  By no means did this change or influence my opinion of either company.  I purchase both all the time on my own for my recipes and healthy meal and snack planning.  

All of the additional ingredients I purchased and gladly share my favorites with you in hopes that you have,  Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals.

Salud!

Lisa 

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NEW Gluten-Free Figgies and Jammies Cookies

April 21st, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Oh my goodness! I am feeling just a tad giddy.  I am announcing Pamela’s Products NEW Gluten-Free Figgies and Jammies Cookies!  When I was a kid I used to love fig bars.  We used to enjoy them with my Nana in the afternoons after our nap.  It was so hard to take a nap after swimming all morning because I was so excited for our treat. In the summer time we would sit outside with our iced tea and 2 fig cookies.  It was always the perfect treat to get our energy going and get quickly back into the swimming pool to escape our hot Texas summers. Sweet memories must fade because when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 10 years ago, it was just another love crossed off my list to say so long, farewell … but just recently I started craving, dreaming actually about those fig cookies. Well guess what?!?!?  I happened to find them at a lovely little local store called Lingonberries Market in Vancouver, WA. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  I couldn’t wait to get home, make a pot of tea and dive in!

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Well hello Pamela’s Gluten-Free Figgies and Jammies! My figgie dreams have come true! 

These big, beautiful bars are naturally sweet, tender and more flavorful than I can remember.  I love love love these bars because I can actually taste the real natural fig, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  One strong cup of my favorite cup of Earl Grey tea and 2 bars are the perfect superciliously satisfying treat.

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My first Pamela’s Figgies and Jammies – Traditional All Mission Fig-goodness just like I love them and on a silver platter!

Pamela’s Figgies and Jammies Cookies are certified Gluten-Free, Egg-Free and made with NON-GMO ingredients. These lovely cookie bars are also low in fat, cholesterol, made without corn syrup, hydrogenated oils or tans-fat.  All of Pamela’s Products are made in a dedicated Gluten-Free facility and consistently test using the ELISA method – testing down to 5 parts per million for gluten.

As always, look for Pamela’s Products in your favorite grocery store with their other cookies and baking mixes.  You can also find them in specialty stores or online at Pamela’s Products.  If you can’t find them yet, share this posting with the store manager at your favorite grocery store and ask them to please order Pamela’s NEW Gluten-Free Figgies and Jammies Cookies.  Everyone will be glad you made the suggestion! 

Ta ta for now. Time to make a pot of tea and get Figgie!

Lisa 

*Disclaimer – Pamela’s Products contacted me and sent me a box to try all of their newest Figgies and Jammies.  I am so glad they did because I only found the Mission Fig. Little did I know there were more flavors! Thanks to Pamela’s Products, I was able to try all of the flavors. I am not paid to say that I love them.  I just naturally fell head over heels for their natural sweet flavors wrapped in a soft thin cake-like-cookie.

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Healthy Gluten Free Barnana Snacks

March 18th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am bananas about Barnana Organic Banana Chewy Bites! Naturally sweet, flavorful Gluten Free snacks that are ready to go with you on your daily adventures! Packed in resealable bags Barnana offers 2 flavors – Organic Original Chewy Banana Bites and Organic Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites.  Oh but there is more to this Organic powerhouse snack, they are verified Non-GMO Project, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Kosher, good source of potassium, heart healthy fiber and 20 vitamins and minerals.

barnana original chewy banana bites

I love love love these banana-y bites! I especially love that the Original Chewy Bites are raw and help aid in my digestion.  As someone that has Celiac Disease, I am always looking for natural ways to aid my digestion naturally.  Barnana bites are perfect because I feel like it is a naturally sweet little dessert after a meal, after my yoga practice or in between meals. Just a few chewy bites and I am satisfied! The browning is natural and the bite is dusted in banana powder, no added sugar! Barnana snacks are truly GUILT FREE because I am doing something good for me from the inside.

I asked Barnana how their Chewy Bites aid in digestion? They said, “Barnana bananas are  grown in soil alive with nutrients and free of chemicals, the way nature intended. Barnana dehydrates our bananas under 40 °C (104 °F). By using this technique, it allows the nutrition density and natural enzymes to remain intact which are critical in building proteins and rebuilding the body. Raw bananas also harness beneficial mico-organisms that aid in digestion.”

I can say that this original technique allows for the natural sweetness and flavor to come alive on your palate without being overwhelming. I love the chewy texture too which makes it more satisfying for snacking.  Barnana snacks are so great I think I will take them out all Summer long with me on picnics and outdoor concerts as a treat to share with my friends!  Maybe I should get the big bags or a case?! They are also great for traveling too on planes, trains and automobiles! I will definitely need cases! 

The Organic Chocolate Bites are a great way to indulge while making sure you get your beneficial heart healthy flavonoids in your daily diet.  Ok, as if I need an excuse to eat chocolate and bananas but really – 54% Organic Cacao tastes incredibly wonderful around 2 pm when you just want that little something to get you moving and focused again.

organic chocolate chewy banana bites

So how do you get your hands on these delicious and nutritious little treats? You can buy Barnana Super Potassium Snacks  across the US at a variety of stores including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans, Sprouts, PCC Markets, New Season’s Markets and other local markets.  To find a market near you go to their website to search store locations  or buy directly from Barnana. 

To learn more about how Barnana was created and the company go to – Barnana – Our Story. You can also get social with Barnana to find out more about their products, promotions, news, or just chat.  Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

barnana bags

Thank you to Barnana for reaching out to me to introduce me to their lovely Super Potassium Snacks. I can honestly say that I will be stocking up on Barnana as soon as I get out the door and walk in my neighborhood grocery store.  I was not influenced by Barnana’s 2 complimentary  packages.  I am forever grateful to their company for creating healthy Gluten Free Barnana snacks. 

 

Salud!

Lisa 

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Deliciously Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Desserts

March 5th, 2014 at 9:50 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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MY OH MY,  have we all had some crazy weather the past few … MONTHS! All I can say is do your best to stay warm and think sunny thoughts.  I guarantee SPRING is just around the corner – 14 days, 13 hours, 24 minutes and 6 seconds at the time that I am writing this.  Umm… yeah… Spring Fever is kicking in big time! I’ll bet in a few short weeks we will all be talking about how hot it is and winter will be a faded memory.

In the meantime I have us all covered with the best deliciously Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Desserts, only 80 calories, made with Organic Coconut Milk and NON-GMO ingredients that will remind you of a sunny day. 

So what is this absolutely creamy delectable treat that is guaranteed to make you feel like the perfect sunny day that you crave?  It is SoDelicious NEW Mini Organic Dessert Bars!

new products so delicious mini organic bars

You know you deserve it.  It is approaching mid-day, it’s that time between 2 and 3 o’clock.  You want to reach for another cup of coffee but that just won’t do it.  You want something a little more delectable.  Why not try something a little more satisfying and luscious? Think of your favorite cold and creamy flavors now frozen on a stick – Strawberry, Fudge and Just Java.  These creamy frozen treats are sporting a NEW STICK which is environmentally friendly, made from plants, NON-GMO and compostable.  I love love love the soft frozen texture of these new Mini Organic Bars and the new plant based stick. I feel like I am indulging in a decadent gelato but nothing bad for me with only 80 calories. I love that the stick is soft on my mouth too.

just java so delicious mini bar

just java time

Check out the SoDelicious website to find out more about my favorite Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO verified products.  Save some money too when you fill out some info to get updates on new products and coupons.  Better yet, love text messages?  TEXT SoDelicious at 313131 from your smart phone to get the info sent to your phone.  You can find the NEW Organic Mini SoDelicious Dessert Bars by going to the store finder on their site.  Just put in your zip code, a few clicks on the product you are looking for and bada bing … it’s SoDelicious time!

So as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, Spring is just a few days, hours, and minutes away. I decided to create a countdown for the people that are feeling a wee-bit frozen by now. Please note, I do not live in Minneapolis, MN.  It is a beautiful place but the Mid-West wins the prize this year for the absolute worst winter! 70+ days with subzero temps! YIKES!

So throw another log on the fire and grab your favorite frozen dairy-free, gluten-free dessert bar. I love sharing my mini dessert bars in front of the fireplace with friends, while watching a movie or in front of my sunlight lamp while listening to Pink Martini – Get Happy.

Happy days are here again!

Salud!

Lisa

Disclaimer – Thanks to SoDelicious for keeping me in the loop with all of their new products to try and share with you, my readers.  I appreciate their complimentary packages of Just Java, Strawberry and Fudge New Mini Organic Dessert Bars.  As I have mentioned in the past, I was a big fan of theirs prior to receiving this package and I am not influenced by it. I continue to buy a variety their products every week! 

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Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies 2014!

February 21st, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I can’t believe I am finally saying it but it is that time of year! It is time to buy Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies 2014! Well, at least some of us get to enjoy them, in some parts of the country you can now buy the newest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie list – Certified Gluten-Free by GIG – Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies.  Not sure why the Girl Scouts decided to “test market” the cookies because apparently they are selling like Gluten Free hot cakes!    (Umm …no-duh!)

gluten free girl scout cookie bag

I can tell you that you can download the Girl Scout Cookie app for your smartphone to track down the cookies near you but have some patience.  It isn’t exactly working very well.  I think it is overloaded with the overall demand of the yearly sale.  I think I found out some better more direct information for you by using my inner Gluten Free cookie monster investigative skills. I was able to find out that the baker is ABC Bakers and not all Girl Scout Councils use this baker.

A full list of Girl Scout Council by state that use this baker and are selling the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Girl Scout Cookies is listed here.    Honestly, your best bet is to call a friend or family member that lives in an area listed and ask them to order them or buy  and ship them to you especially if you live in WA or OR.

Luckily for me I was able to score a bag from a very dear college friend, Sheila that lives in the Philly area.  She sent me a bag and I couldn’t wait to rip them open and try them! They are bite size, flavorful little treats that are just big enough to quickly dunk into your coffee, milk or hot cocoa. I just wish that we could all enjoy them and be part of the Girl Scout Cookie fundraiser.

gluten free chocolate chip girl scout cookies

I have to say that it makes me a tad bit giddy this year to finally walk by, even virtually, a Girl Scout Cookie stand and to know that we – Gluten Free Foodies are included in the joy of Girl Scout Cookie Season!

So go … search, hunt, find and rip open your bag of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies! Oh, but make sure you have your favorite beverage ready to go to dunk and devour! As we Girl Scouts say … always be prepared!

Gotta run and make a pot of my favorite coffee and get ready to dunk!

gluten free shortbread girl scout cookies

  I will always have a place in my hear for the Girl Scouts.  I was a Girl Scout, badges and all! I thought I would share one of my favorite memories at Girl Scout Camp around the campfire, multitasking, sewing or crafting and making plans for our next meal! Love the hat with my camp badges on it and the white knee high socks! Yikes! lisa at girl scout camp

 I will forever have the Girl Scout Pledge branded in my memory …

 

Good luck and enjoy! Thanks Sheila!

Yay!

Lisa

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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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