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Friday, January 30, 2015

Vegan, Gluten Free Apple and Parsnip Cake + #MeatlessMonday

Free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, eggs

 

This was supposed to be a carrot cake. But as it turns out, I was out of carrots. We were at the end of our shopping budget and, regardless, I didn't feel like running out to the store just for carrots.

But we had parsnips. And parsnips can actually be kind of sweet when they're baked or cooked. So why the heck not make a parsnip cake?

And you know what? It was really, really good. Surprisingly good. Shockingly good. And I would totally make it again. In fact, my husband had a friend over when it finished baking (who is neither vegan or gluten intolerant) and he had two pieces. I think that says something, right?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - January 28, 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 $$$?


Sunday, January 25, 2015

18 Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipes (for National Chocolate Cake Day!) + vegan cakes





January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day! In honour of that, I've put together a roundup of 18 awesome, reasonably healthy gluten free chocolate cakes, many of which are grain and sugar free, and are vegan.

I hope that amongst all this chocolate scrumptiousness, you'll find at least one to tempt your palate!!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

 

Phew, this week is going to be hectic. We're having not one, not two, but THREE dinner parties in a row, plus a lunch. Two of these will be more relaxed, just myself, hubby, and one girlfriend of mine, but still, it definitely requires some pre-planning, hence why I've resumed my weekly meal planning.

Not to mention it's the end of the month and subsequently, we're at the end of our food budget! But that's ok. With a bit of planning and ingenuity, I'm confident we'll pull it off with little extra spent. Here's how I plan to do it...


Friday, January 23, 2015

Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer


 

It's here it's here!! My latest cookbook, Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer, is available NOW for Kindle and in print from Amazon. Hopefully within a week's time you'll also be able to get the eBook on other reading devices (formatting issues pending approval!).

Beer is such a fantastic addition to gluten free food, I've found it incredible for giving GF goods that "lift" and lightness that can be so hard to get sometimes with GF baked goods. It's also awesome with chocolate and even vegan stews and chilis. 

I can promise you that, amongst others, my husband (a non-GF beer drinker), has sampled ALL the recipes and approved them for taste and texture.

And not only that, but the book includes a foreword from Brian Kolodzinski, who runs Gluten Free Home Brewing, a website and store dedicated to gluten free brewing. 

So read on for a sampling of recipes  and bio of Brian Kolodzinski!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - January 21, 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, January 16, 2015

8 Gluten Free Naturally Flavored Popcorn Recipes (with vegan options for #MeatlessMonday!)



Popcorn is one of my all-time favorite low-cal healthy snacks.  And it just so happens that January 19 is National Popcorn Day. Like many unusual national food days, I can't find any info on how this day got its start. But regardless, it's a good excuse to do a roundup of some tasty, healthy, low-fat popcorn recipes!

So below I've listed some wonderful recipes that are healthier than store bought varieties (from chocolate caramel to chile spiced palomitos), as well as some tips on popping your own corn either in the microwave, a popper, or on the stovetop.

I recommend using organic popcorn kernels for these recipes. Loose organic popcorn kernels, or even the microwaved variety, can be found in most large stores nowadays. When in Madison, WI, I used to get mine from the Willy Street Co-Op, and now in Canada I get them in the bulk section of Save-On Foods.

Now let's get poppin'!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - January 14, 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, January 9, 2015

Cheap, Gluten Free Fish Soup in 15 Minutes (soy free option +Meatless Monday) + Buying Ocean-Friendly Fish

Free of gluten, meat, nuts, eggs, dairy, with soy free option


So if you're like me, you probably end up with a little bit of leftover fish from time to time. You know, you bake up a nice big piece of cod or salmon or something like that, and there are a few little scraps that don't get eaten, and aren't enough to make another meal. 

Or perhaps you want to include more fish in your diet, but find that it can be expensive.Or maybe you're sea-conscious and don't want to eat too much in order to protect the environment. 

This fast, easy, fish soup is fantastic for using up leftover fish, or stretching a little piece of fish a long way. And it's super flexible. Every time we make it, it's just a little different, depending on what's in the fridge. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday is BACK!!!




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 $$$?


Sunday, January 4, 2015

7 Suggestions for Finding Inner Satisfaction - Any Time of Year





New Year's Resolutions. Ugh. We've all tried to make them at some point, and we've all abandoned them at some point. And we feel guilty. Right now, some of you might have already given up on one of your resolutions.

So this year I'm not bothering with them. 

But what I have been doing for some time is looking for ways to feel better about myself and the things that I am doing.

Because when we feel good, we feel motivated, and more likely to be inspired. And then you won't need those lists, because not only will you feel good about what you're already doing, but you'll feel more confident about tackling those things you aren't.

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday is Coming Back!!

Yayaayyyy! I'm very excited to announce that not only is Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, the frugal & gluten free link party, coming back for the New Year, but that Elise from Frugal Farm Wife will be my new co-host!

Starting this Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, WNWNW will be back in action!! So come on by to link up your gluten free recipes, DIY tutorials, and frugal, eco-friendly finds :)
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