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Monday, August 31, 2015

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: August 30 - Sep 5, 2015 (and a 33hr power outage!)



Well I meant to post this meal plan back on Saturday, but we were hit with a massive windstorm that knocked out our power for a whole 33 hours (as well as knocking down a number of local trees)!! Luckily we had dinner plans already for both Saturday and Sunday night with people who still had power, so we didn't have to resort to begging our neighbours to use their BBQs ;) It's amazing how a power outage / emergency will bring a community together. We spoke with neighbours we haven't even seen in the whole year we've been living here.

So that was the upside of our power outage! The other upside, in a way, is that we realized we're semi-prepared for an emergency (we had candles and flashlights and fresh, bottled water on hand), but that we could do better.

In the next couple of weeks we've decided to start putting together an emergency supply, as well as a "bugout bag" - which is a bag we can grab if we ever have to leave our place in a hurry.

Once we're all ready with that, I'll post it here for all of you. As our climate is rapidly changing and these sorts of emergencies happen more often, it's important to have an action plan and supplies, so stay tuned ;)

But this week, we have power and I'm working on creatively using up leftovers to minimize my cooking times.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vegan, Gluten Free Slow Cooker French Toast Bites (+MeatlessMonday)



Whoa Nelly! Hold the phones, stop the music... whatever you need to do so that I have your full attention here! This vegan and gluten free French toast is so easy, and so flexible. You could pop this in the crock-pot on Sunday afternoon and eat French toast for breakfast on Monday. I used several slices of my Gluten Free Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bread, and then jazzed it up with apples and coconut flakes and cashews. But you could use any vegan and gluten free bread you like and add other things like bananas, sweet potatoes, dates, cranberries, etc.

I ate this every morning for four days straight, and didn't tire of it, it's that good!  I also added some of the chunks into a chocolate chili I made, and it was fantastic (also, stay tuned for that recipe for Chocolate Chili ;p )

For those of you without crockpots - I have yet to try and make this as a French toast casserole in the oven, but I'm pretty sure you could bake it in a casserole dish for 45min - 1 hr instead if you don't have a slow cooker.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - August 26, 2015




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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, August 21, 2015

Cheap & Easy Vegan, Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread (+MeatlessMonday)

Free of gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, soy, corn, xanthan gum
 


A couple of weeks ago I posted a recipe for a Vegan, Gluten Free Multi-grain, Multi-seed Brown Bread. It's a great bread, and super healthy. But I was so excited about having successfully converted one of my old favourite bread recipes to being vegan as well as GF that I though, why not push my luck and try for a simple cinnamon bread while I'm at it?

And it totally worked! And because I got most of my flours from the local Asian-run veggie store, it cost me about $1.50 for the gluten free flour. I'm guessing the whole loaf came in under $4, probably less if I actually did the math...

Anyway, the thing is it's a super flexible, sturdy, yet light sandwich bread that's FANTASTIC for vegan French toast (yeah, stay tuned, 'cuz that recipe is coming soon to a blog near you!!)


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - August 19, 2015

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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, August 17, 2015

Fact and Fiction in the Ancient Egyptian Romance Series





Remember when I said that Poor and Gluten Free was going to expand a bit to include more of my writing life? Well here's the first little bit of that! 

In the process of sharing In the Court of Kemet (Book 1 of my Ancient Egyptian Romance Series) with my writing critique group, I was asked several questions about the accuracy of various details in the story. I thought that since my group was curious about things, other readers might be as well. So I decided to share their questions - as well as trying to anticipate some others - in case people were wondering just how historically accurate this novel (and series) might be. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: August 15 - 21, 2015






Once again my meal plan is pretty simple this week. I've been using my crockpot more lately due to the heat and my unwillingness to turn on the oven, so this week I'm experimenting with a vegan crockpot chili (fingers crossed).

Also, someone in my household is having dental surgery this week... dun dun dun... so that's always fun to work around. For the first time ever, I'm actually ok with there being Chocolate Milkshakes on my meal plan list...

So here's what we're eating this week:


Friday, August 14, 2015

Flexible Gluten Free and Vegan Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho (+MeatlessMonday)



It's been crazy hot in Vancouver, British Columbia this summer. And when I say hot, I mean like 30-35C (86-95F) and this is not exactly normal here. So not normal that most people don't have air conditioning in their homes.

Sadly, I'm one of those people without A/C.

So when we had my dad and his wife over for dinner a few weeks back I had no intentions of turning on the oven for anything. Searching around for hot weather dishes, I came across a few recipes for watermelon gazpacho. I loved the idea, and made up my own super simple variation based on what I had in the fridge.

This hot weather appetizer is super flexible, takes very little time to whip up, and requires no heat! It's also extremely refreshing and unusual, and a nice way to use up any leftover watermelon slices you might have in the fridge.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - August 12, 2015

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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, August 8, 2015

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: July 8 - 14, 2015






This week we'll be out a fair bit, what with it being BBQ season - and oddly enough, birthday season for many family members! But I'm still keeping a meal plan going since I find it super helpful for getting rid of leftovers and those odds and sods that are kicking around in the fridge.

So here's what we're eating this week:



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Enter to Win a Copy of Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer!!



Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that from now until September 5, 2015, you can enter to win a FREE copy of Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer!  This book has over 40 fun recipes for everything from breakfast through to dessert.  It's the perfect gift for the gluten free beer lover in your life - or a fun addition to your own collection.

Read more about the cookbook here.

Beer helps make baked goods rise, tenderizes meat and seafood, and makes dessert flakier and richer in flavour, so it's actually a super useful addition to GF food.

I'm giving away 2 copies, so tell your friends and you both have a chance to win. Head on over to the Goodreads link below and enter to win!!




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer by Danielle S. LeBlanc

Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer

by Danielle S. LeBlanc

Giveaway ends September 05, 2015.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - August 5, 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 $$$?


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