All posts tagged: Gluten-free diet

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Happy Memorial Day weekend! ‘Tis the season for grilling but with the crazy wind outside I decided to move cooking inside. The art of perfect pizza has been a labor of love – and a lot of cardboard crust. The biggest key to a good flavor? Patience. I’m not good at it, but it’s the key to the texture and taste. There’s just something to the slow raised, fridge fermented dough. This recipe makes 3-4 pizzas that feed 2-3 people depending on toppings, appetite, size, etc. The one pictured was 1/4 of the dough. And I ate the whole thing. I wish you all a happy bonus weekend Monday – it’s my last one of maternity leave and I’m eating my feelings. Cheers!

Summer Asparagus Penne with Artichoke & Cashew Pesto

I have a habit lately. I get a great picture of food and post it to Instagram and say “blog post to follow!” A blog post never follows. Like, ever. Not today though. This one is too good not to share so I’m posting it while my belly is full, my mind is fresh, and my glass of rose is still cold. The recipe makes two serving and each contains the following nutritional content. I share because I care. And because I entered it in MyFitnessPal in an effort to not undo deadly workouts with dinner. Calories 390  |  Fat 13g  |  Carbs 51g  |  Protein 15g Ingredients: Pesto 7 grams Cashews (about 2 tablespoons) 1 Clove Garlic 2 tsp Olive Oil 1 oz Marinated Artichoke Hearts (about 3-5 sections) 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Cup Basil, loosely packed 1 tsp Salt, to taste 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, to taste 4 oz Pasta – I used Ancient Grains Gluten Free 1 Bunch Asparagus, use tender ends and soft stems only 3 oz Crumbled Feta In …

Gluten free goldfish

Maybe it’s silly to be as excited as I’ve been, but when your favorite food is taken away from you one June day in 2011, without any mercy or chance for goodbye, you miss it. You crave it. You dream about it. My food was Goldfish crackers. It was such a simple pleasure. When I was sick, they were the only thing that made me feel better (I thought). When I went camping, they were the first snack I grabbed.  When I was watching my calories, they were the only thing you could have 42 of as a ‘portion’ size. Goldfish were everything to me in the snack world. Imagine my joy when I saw these… And then turned them around to find this! Now, I first found out about these from Max & Sophie’s Campaign for Gluten Free Goldfish on Facebook. I had just landed in Reykjavik, Iceland when I saw the update. I knew I couldn’t get them there (you can hardly get an apple) so what did I do? From a hotel …

Collard Green Wraps

This actually started off with the working title “WHY ISN’T EVERYBODY DOING THIS?!?” upon discussing their newly discovered utility and merits with my BFF and fellow lover of all things foodie.  Until two weeks ago, I never considered collard greens so much a “vegetable” as I did a good canvas for covering in butter and bacon (not that there’s anything wrong with that). When a newly popped up restaurant near work somehow lured me away from the daily debate of Boloco, Chipotle or oatmeal at my desk, I was pleased to hear about this new use for the leafy green.  For just $2 you could upgrade to a green wrap! Sure, I’m already buying lunch, what’s another $2? (Besides my afternoon coffee.)  To the joy of my taste buds and disappointment of my wallet, it was fantastic.  It had enough strength to stand up to a healthy portion of rice, veggies and tofu, all while offering the satisfaction of eating what felt like a burrito. I know it sounds silly, but I hadn’t had a …

Glutenberg Blonde

Beer. Ohhhh how I miss you. This past weekend I was at my old ‘local’ liquor store and decided to peruse the gluten free beer section. Just shy of two years ago when I went gluten free, there were limited choices that ranged from awful to decent, but nothing that was too reminiscent of BEER. It was more of a cross between a bitter IPA and sake. Some of it really wasn’t bad, but none of it was drink-in-the-sun-out-of-a-solo-cup beer. I’ve tried them all. Some are great, some are… well, after you try them you may reconsider whether getting boozed up is worth it. Glutenberg is my most recent discovery, and easily one of the best I’ve found. I grabbed a 4 pack of the blonde and was super excited about finding something in a can. It’s funny, when all you drank was crappy beer in college, finally being able to afford something in a bottle was a big deal. Since the good ol’ Bud Light standby has been taken from me, all I’ve wanted …

Mac & Cheese

It’s the ultimate comfort food isn’t it? Whenever the conversation of gluten free comes up with people, one of the first responses is “Oh, I don’t know how you do it. How do you live without pasta?!?” Ummm, I don’t? Really, there’s very little I live without. Of all things where there are appropriate ‘substitutes’, I’m not comfortable with that ‘sub’ word for gluten free pasta.  Substitute suggests it’s not as good as the ‘normal’ version.  There really is no difference.  Really. I swear. Pasta is a mild flavor with a familiar and well known texture.  They have perfected that texture in a cost effective (relative to other gluten free foods at least) and made it widely available.  I think I’ve tried about 10 different types and they’re all so good!  Brown Rice, Corn, Quinoa, Buckwheat… so many awesome grains out there that I never even considered.  Try some! And start with some Mac & Cheese. You know you want some. Focus. Mac & Cheese.  It requires two things: pasta + cheese sauce.  You can …

Cheesy Ciabatta Bread

Actually, I wanted to call this “Cheesy Artisan Perfect Crust Chewy Everything-That-Is-Good-In-This-World Ciabatta Style Bread” but the title was a bit overkill. It IS all those things though. And more. When you haven’t had a proper piece of chewy, crusty, awesome bread in over a year, the first time you do it can be life changing. I discovered it last June with Against The Grain Baguettes. A bread that tastes like bread? The texture comes from… CHEESE? I started keeping them on hands at all times. Then I moved and my regular Whole Foods no longer carried the baguette. Talk about a tragedy – Population ME! They usually have the rolls, but not always. The bagels are fine – but so are the ones I make! Plus, the price tag is a little high. (Not that I care… for the perfect sandwich, rent can wait). I had read the ingredients list over and over again, and began reading up on some yeast free breads. Maybe these could be recreated? Guess what… they can. At a fraction of …