Tuesday Treasures: Gluten-Free at Fleming’s

There are a wide variety of steak houses where you can order a modified gluten-free friendly dish, but Fleming’s is one of those steak houses that takes it to the next level and offers a large gluten-free menu. I had the chance to dine at one of the Austin Fleming’s locations recently and was pleasantly surprised at how large the gluten-free menu is, how knowledgeable the wait staff and chef were about the gluten-free lifestyle, and how eager they were to learn more about the lifestyle. [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Recently, I talked about my love for healthier snacks. You know, something healthy that you can nibble on while you study, read, play on the computer, chat on Twitter, etc. I think I was just trying to make myself feel better, because what I really wanted to snack on was a fudge-y brownie. Not just any brownie my loves… a rich, decadent brownie laced with hints of peanut butter. These brownies are that good, you won’t be able to stop eating them. [Read more...]

Crockpot Curried Carrot Soup

I am no way near to being a full-blown vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating meatless meals every now and then. Lately, Chris and I have been eating meatless at least once a week. It’s a chance for our bodies to slow down and savor the flavor of just vegetables, without big hunks of meat getting in the way. Maybe I will make the switch to vegan one day, who knows. I certainly feel great when I eat a healthy diet of whole foods with less meat products.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I never use my crock pot enough. Every time I prepare a meal in the crock pot, it makes me question why I don’t use it more often. This recipe is really simple. [Read more...]

Cinnamon-Sugar Kale Chips (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free)

Looking for a healthy snack that satisfies your sweet tooth? Look no further than these delicate cinnamon-sugar kale chips. As you all know, kale chips have become quite popular over the past couple years. I still make them all the time. I haven’t gotten sick of them yet. I am in my last semester of graduate school right now (yay!) so I am always on the look out for something I can snack on while I study. Normally that little afternoon snack is something salty, but this time I went to the sweet side. I love the way the subtle flavor of the palm sugar really shines with the coconut oil and the touch of nutmeg. It’s definitely a keeper. [Read more...]

Coconut-Lemon Sugar Cookies, Bake Sale for Japan

I used to say I would never bake. That is because I am not the type of cook that likes to measure things, and with baking, you need to measure or it does not work. You can’t just throw it in a bowl, mix, and hope for the best. It’s more complicated than that. During the gluten-free ratio rally, I began to see a new light in baking. I learned a great deal from reading along the different blog posts associated with the rally, and began to have more confidence when it came to baking. I purchased a kitchen scale and began experimenting. So far, I have been pleased with the results. This is only the beginning. I have a feeling I will find flour in my hair and on my clothes on a more regular basis now. [Read more...]

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Every so often I crave the tarragon chicken salad from Whole Foods. I was bummed when they pulled it from the shelves not too long ago. I didn’t understand why, because from what everyone said it was a store favorite. But alas it is back on the shelves. In the time that it was gone; I experimented with different chicken salad recipes and finally came up with what seems to be an exact replica of the Whole Foods version. My dear friends, this chicken salad is a winner. I would recommend doubling this batch because it will be gone before you know it; especially when you serve the chicken salad piled high on a hoagie. [Read more...]

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 10: Southwest Pork Pizza

Today is the final day of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest 2011. Over the course of two weeks, I have been posting gluten-free pizza recipes. I hope my choice of toppings has inspired you to get in the kitchen and whip up a delicious pizza pie. If you’ve learned one thing, pizza doesn’t have to be just cheese, tomato and pepperoni (although simple is good); the toppings for pizza are endless. Just like this unique pizza we have today: Spicy Southwest Pork Pizza with a black bean puree for the spread.

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The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 8: Mushroom Pizza

Mushrooms are nutrient powerhouses. They are great sources of vitamin D and potassium, among other nutrients. I love to snack on raw mushrooms with hummus. It is one of my favorite study snacks! Mushroom pizza has been a part of pizza parlor menus for years. Now I know why. The mushrooms add a wonderful flavor to what would be a regular tomato and cheese pizza. It definitely kicks it up a notch. We have two more days of gluten-free pizza recipes. Next up: southwest pork pizza and artichoke bacon and basil pizza. [Read more...]

The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 7: Breakfast Pizza with Chorizo

Oh boy, do I have a special pizza recipe for you. As you know already, I live in Austin, Texas (ATX). Austin is known for it’s obsession with breakfast tacos, and they are damn good too. I decided to make my favorite breakfast taco into a pizza. Chorizo is delicious, and it adds a nice depth of flavor to this pizza. It is quick and easy to make. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

We are getting closer to The Gluten-Free Pizza Party! We have added some amazing sponsors to the lineup. Sponsors include: Tito’s Vodka, Lonely Gourmet and Hail Merry. Are you a local business interested in becoming a Gluten-Free Pizza Party sponsor? Email me at: atxglutenfree@gmail.com

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The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest, Day 6: White Pizza with Capers

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make this pizza tonight for your special date. It is sure to put a smile on their face. The rich, creamy white pizza pairs perfectly with the salty capers. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? We like to avoid the crowds at restaurants and stay in for this special holiday. This year is my turn to plan (we alternate each year), and we are having pizza, and lots of it. Yesterday, I spent the gorgeous sunny afternoon in my beloved kitchen; baking pizzas and shooting pictures. This is the final week of The Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. You are going to love what we have in store for you this week. Remember, if you want to be a part of the final pizza fest summary, email me your blog post link. [Read more...]