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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gluten Free Watermelon Rind and Apple Pie (with a vegan option) +MeatlessMonday

Free of gluten, eggs, nuts, corn, with vegan option



So last year I posted a recipe for Watermelon Rind Soup, and someone commented that they used watermelon rind to make pie. That sounded like a fantastic idea and I knew I'd have to give it a try when I got a chance. Well it's watermelon season again and I tried it!

And the verdict is that pie is a very, very good way to make use of watermelon rinds. It's super frugal and watermelon rinds are actually good for you (see the above recipe for rind soup for more info), so you can totally justify eating pie for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

As I've said elsewhere, I'm allergic to a lot of raw fruits and veggies, and I can't really have raw melons. I can, however, have them cooked. When raw they make my mouth itch, and my skin itches when I handle them, so I usually have to use gloves for this.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Traveling Gluten Free in Rome - #3 in my traveling GF on a budget series


Rome is one of my favourite cities, and I've been there twice, so it's fitting that it be #3 in my Traveling Gluten Free on a Budget series. I've also been through a few other cities in Italy, including  Bologna, Milan, Venice, Ravenna, and Ferrara. Most recently, though I was only in Rome, so these pictures are all from there.

Italy in general has much to offer foodies, and believe it or not, there are tons of gluten free options. I was there for the first time four years ago and then again three months ago, and things in the GF world have changed A LOT there. Italians usually know what it means to be celiac, and you might be shocked to find that you can actually get gluten free pizza, pasta, and bread in a lot of restaurants. To the extent that you'll return and be disappointed about the lack of options in North America.

I was ecstatic this time and ate my face off. Here are some of my recommendations for food and restaurants, as well as self-catering.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - July 1, 2015

 

Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Traveling Gluten Free on a Budget in Greece - #2 in my traveling GF on a budget series


So as many of you know, I was in Europe for a month from February to March. During that time I spent two weeks in Greece. It was my second time there, and this time around we rented a car and traveled through several different towns, from almost the northernmost tip down to the the centre of the Peloponnese.

Greece is great for budget traveling right now, and so it seemed fitting that I start with Greece as the first city in my Traveling Gluten Free on a Budget  series. If you're looking for general tips on traveling gluten free on a budget, be sure to check out the first post in the series


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - June 24, 2015

 

Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan


With another hot week ahead and a publishing deadline in the works (I've finished the second novel in my Ancient Egyptian romance series and it's now in the editing process), I've whipped up another lazy meal plan!

If you've been following me for awhile you'll know that most of my meal plans involve me being lazy and fast ;) 

Furthermore, I think there's a fair amount of protein in each of these meals. I've finally gotten a gym membership and am determined to tone up a bit. This requires a bit more protein and a few less carbs. I will write more about that sooner or later, I promise!


Friday, June 19, 2015

16 Tips for Traveling Gluten Free on a Budget - Part 1



When I first discovered I was gluten intolerant, back in early 2009, I was terrified I'd have problems traveling. I love to travel and see new places and try new foods, and gluten issues are not conducive to that. 

However, since then I've driven back and forth across North America in a U-Haul twice (through the US once and across Canada the second time), traveled to Europe three times, driven around the eastern provinces of Canada, and been to Mexico twice.  

In the last five years I've stayed in about 40 different hotels.

In the past 3 months I've spent at least 60 days traveling and living away from my home.

My husband and I are not wealthy by any means, but we do know a thing or two about traveling on the cheap! In the next few weeks I'll be sharing my reviews of eating gluten free in various European countries, but I thought I'd kick off the series with some tips on traveling gluten free on a budget, and traveling on a budget in general. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - June 17, 2015


Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Monday, June 15, 2015

We're Back!! And a Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan






We're back!! We've spent the last month subletting an apartment in Madison, Wisconsin, and we just got in last night. The fridge is empty, but I always try to leave a few things in the freezer so that we can have a quick meal when we get home before falling in to bed. (And last night my in-laws were kind enough to send us home with eggs, juice, coffee, and milk to make breakfast with)

But what do I do as soon as I've had a good night's sleep in my own bed?

Meal plan, of course. Because I'm always thinking about food... 


Friday, June 12, 2015

How to Naturally Clean Makeup Sponges


I prefer not to just toss my makeup sponges in the garbage after I use them a few times. It feels wasteful and just contributes to more garbage.

I used to spend forever trying to clean them, running them under the tap, rubbing soap all over them, rinse, repeat, etc...

But a while back I discovered how easy it is to clean them, and it only takes a couple of minutes using things you might already have in your home. The sponge on the bottom right in the above photo has actually been washed twice now, so it won't get quite as clean, but it's still looking pretty darn good, I think.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - June 10, 2015


Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Friday, June 5, 2015

Vegan, No Oats No Bake Gluten Free Cereal Bars (nut free option)





I've been making variations of these energy bars for over 10 years now. I've taken them traveling, I've taken them on days when I was shuttling between school, work, and dance rehearsals and out all day on the road.

I even took a big batch of them to Europe this past February - March when I was traveling there for a month. They were a lifesaver for a allergy-laden mostly vegetarian girl like me when I needed something filling, or something with protein. 

And did I mention they were easy? Super easy. If you've been following me for a while, you'll know I like easy.

And there's so many ways you can tweak this to suit you (and whatever's in your cupboard!)


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