Tex-Mex Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

 

We have been trying to participate more in ‘Meatless Mondays’ recently. What are Meatless Mondays? Essentially that – no meat of any kind on Mondays, and instead you eat meals filled with plant-based ingredients. Sometimes my cravings for steak or chicken take over my control to only eat vegetarian on Mondays, but other times I’m totally able to convert to vegetarian for one day. I was looking to create a dish with what I had on hand in my pantry, and these flavorful tostadas were born (yay, I remembered to write down the recipe)!

These sweet potato and black bean enchiladas are delicious. They whip up in no time, and you can eat them a variety of ways. Chris prefers tacos over tostadas so he used taco shells for his dinner. I have to be honest, I think this recipe tastes even better the next day, especially when paired with a poached egg and some sriracha on top! Boom.

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

Ingredients:

  •  1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into tiny cubes
  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1/2 softball size white or yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • extra virgin olive oil, ~ 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 vegetable broth or stock (might need more depending on size of sweet potato)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pinch oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chunky salsa
  • Tostadas or Taco Shells – I used El Milagro brand
  • Toppings: sliced avocado, cilantro, Italian parsley

Directions:

Peel the sweet potato and dice. Also, dice the onion and mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat to medium/medium-high and add olive oil, sweet potato and onion, sauté for 5 minutes. Add vegetable stock, salt and pepper and simmer until liquid reduces down and sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add garlic and tomato paste and combine ingredients. Let simmer for a couple minutes to cook garlic and tomato paste, then add remaining ingredients – black beans, spices and salsa. Let it cook on low for about at least 30 minutes – with keeping watch of the liquid. Optional: You might want to keep adding splashes of stock occasionally and reduce it down so the skillet does not burn the base of the dish.

Cheers!

Looking for more Meatless Monday ideas? Check out this blog post filled with 7 Pasta ideas.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipe Roundup

pumpkin quinoa pudding
It’s that time of the year … pumpkin everything. It’s beginning to finally feel like fall (takes a while in Texas) – football season is in full swing, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is going on, and you begin to see pumpkin recipes everywhere. I love this time of year!

Where have I been? Well, I’m a newlywed. Yep! Chris and I finally got hitched September 14th in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was such a wonderful time, and we enjoyed spending our honeymoon in Grand Cayman. I’ll upload some pictures when I have them so you can catch a glimpse of our special day.

In the spirit of this wonderful time of year, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that you can add to your fall menu lineup. Satisfy your craving for pumpkin with the following recipes!

11 Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes

  1. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts from Gluten-Free Goddess
  2. Apple-Pumpkin Butter from yours truly
  3. Gluten-Free Pumpkin French Toast from With Style and Grace
  4. Grain-Free Marbled Pumpkin Chocolate Bars from Daily Bites
  5. Sesame Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from The Healthy Apple
  6. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Pancakes from Cookie + Kate
  7. Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake from Jules Gluten-Free
  8. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Quinoa Pudding from yours truly
  9. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing from Gluten-Free Goddess
  10. Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread from Against All Grain
  11. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Polenta with Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa from Gluten-Free Goddess

Enjoy!

For those heading to Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend, make sure and check out the marked gluten-free foods they have on their website.

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Easy Baked BBQ Chicken (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Baked BBQ Chicken - Gluten-Free

Chris and I normally crave barbecue at least once a week. We normally just go out to a local barbecue joint for dinner, but now that we have the new oven (YAY); I can make my favorite baked BBQ chicken at home (no grill required).

This recipe is super simple to make. You’ll notice that the first 5 ingredients (plus olive oil), are more of a basic chicken seasoning recipe. Feel free to use that base, and switch out the sauce for something else (ex: Italian Dressing). Voila – you’ll have a whole new meal.

See the okra in the picture? Recipe coming soon, and it’s completely non-slimy … YES.

Easy Baked BBQ Chicken

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (2 breasts)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, each side
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, each side
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Pickapeppa sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce (I used Russ and Franks)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken breasts in a small casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken. Sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, from the bottle, on both sides of the chicken. Pour Pickapeppa, Worcestershire over chicken. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the chicken. Mix chicken and ingredients with hands to evenly coat the chicken with sauces. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. When there is 10 minutes of cook-time left, pour BBQ sauce over chicken.

Cheers!

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Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie – filled with nutritious ingredients. Taken on Instagram.

I have been needing a mix-up of my morning breakfast routine. Eggs, toast and fruit or gluten-free oatmeal, can get old after a while. A smoothie is my answer, as of lately. It’s healthy, fast, fresh and fills you up!

We have been so busy lately! In between events (Whew! SXSW wore me out!), work and wedding planning; I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breather and relax 100%. Speaking of wedding planning, things are moving along nicely. I actually went wedding dress shopping recently and found “the ONE” in Austin at a cute local boutique. It feels real that it’s getting close and I’m thrilled.

Locate Special Diet will be making an appearance at a couple events around Texas soon. Make sure and check out the Texas VegFest coming up April 6, as well as the Dallas Mavericks Celiac Awareness Event brought to you by the good folks over at Gluten-Free Calendar. I’ll be heading north to Dallas, April 12th to attend the event. I hope to see you there!

Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to the hilarious - April Peveteaux - who recently had a book signing for her new book coming out titled ~ Gluten is my Bitch (available for pre-order on Amazon). Thanks for mentioning our mobile app, Locate Special Diet, on your SXSW panel April!

Blueberry-Banana Morning Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Serve chilled.

Cheers!

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)

Rich and creamy, this butternut squash soup recipe is a keeper.

I know, I know… another crock pot or slow cooker recipe. I can’t help it. I think I might be addicted. There’s no excuses here… you just chop it up and throw it all together in the pot. It’s that simple. It’s also nice that you can come home to a house smelling delicious, from your dinner cooking all day.

I used a kitchen scale to measure the amount of squash I had. Feel free to improvise.

What’s new with us? Just working away on all of the new features we are adding soon to Locate Special Diet. We are about to expand the mobile app to include ALL 50 states! Super exciting! If you haven’t downloaded it yet, it’s free and available on iPhone and Android ~ Locate Special Diet Mobile Apps

Coming soon to the blog in the next two weeks – The Annual Gluten-Free City Guide! I’m also putting together a Vegetarian City Guide and a Paleo City Guide for Austin. If you do not live in Austin, apologies … regular posting will resume after those posts have been completed! They are in association with the wonderful organization – the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Speaking of the AFBA, I’ve had the privilege to contribute to the first-ever Austin Food Blogger Alliance Community Cookbook! My gluten-free olive oil pancakes and grilled lime-paprika broccoli will be making an appearance. If you would like to pre-order the cookbook, you may do so by visiting this link: Pre-Order. The cookbook makes a great gift!

Butternut Squash Soup

(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian)

Equipment: I used a 5 quart slow cooker

Ingredients:

  • ~2.75 lb. of butternut squash (cubed). I used about 2 lb. and ~12.5 ounces.
  • 1 large white onion, rough chop
  • 3 cloves garlic, throw in whole
  • 1 can coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bunch leeks (approximately 3), white parts sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • Optional garnish: Italian parsley

Directions:

Peel the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds (save for roasting later). Slice the butternut squash into medium size cubes. There is no need for this to be perfect, as you will blend this all in the end. Leeks are dirty so make sure and wash them! Slice the white parts of the leeks and place in a bowl of water. Swish the leeks around to remove dirt and drain the water. Rough chop the onion. In your slow cooker, place all of the above ingredients and mix to combine some. Cook on high for 4 hours. Depending on the strength of your slow cooker and size, you might have to cook longer or shorter. Stir every once in a while. Once the butternut squash is fork-tender, use an immersion blender to blend ingredients until smooth. Depending on the amount of butternut squash you use, you might need less water or more water. I prefer my soup slightly thicker, so I used more squash and less water. It’s hard to mess this one up :)

Prefer to cook this on the stove top instead? Sure, it’s possible. Use a large soup pot or dutch oven and use the same amount of ingredients. You will need less cooking time for this preparation.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Full of Flavor ~ 10 Ingredient Tex-Mex Chicken

If you are looking for a dish to throw on your Superbowl menu, look no further. This one-pot wonder is full of flavor, and it is so easy to make. There are so many different ways this dish can be served. I chose to plate mine over quinoa, but you may choose to plate over rice, buckwheat; or even on tortillas as a taco.  If you do decide to use this recipe for tacos, make sure you remove some of the liquid before placing on the tortilla.

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Depending on how you serve it, this dish will serve several people.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1.5 lb. chicken breasts (I used 1.58 lb., chicken thighs may be substituted).
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 16 ounce jar salsa (I used Organicville tomato salsa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic

Directions:

Pour the chicken stock into your slow cooker or crockpot (mine is 5 quarts). Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. In a food processor, add 1 onion and the garlic cloves. Pulse till the onions are finely shredded and the garlic is minced (I do this because the onion’s juices provide a great liquid. You’re welcome to just dice very finely, and mince garlic finely). Add onion-garlic mixture to the slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients. Mix around the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker to combine and evenly spread on top of the chicken. Cook on low for 6 hours (depending on your slow cooker, times may change). Check occasionally and stir. Chicken should fall apart and shred easily once completed.

Enjoy!

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Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette

 

This Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette is packed with nutrients like – fiber, b-vitamins, vitamin K, A and more.

Don’t let the title of this post scare you. This salad is not only nutritious,  but it is also tasty.

I have always loved kale. I eat it raw, steamed, sautéed, in smoothies, and so on. It has always been one of my favorite vegetables. Some people however, are terrified of kale. There is something about the big curly leaves that scares them. Try it this way and see what you think. Adding an entire avocado and one of my favorite condiments, Sriracha, definitely helps calm the natural flavor of kale. You’ll find yourselves going for seconds.

Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

Note: This salad is a rough estimate of ingredient measurements. I literally just threw it in a bowl and mixed it all together. Serves 1.

  • Kale leaves, rough chop (I used about 1-2 cups, raw)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Extra virgin olive oil, roughly 1 tablespoon
  • 1 small ripe avocado, sliced
  • Couple squirts of Sriracha, roughly 1-2 teaspooons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Things I’m Loving, 1st Edition

iPhone picture of the Grand Tetons (Jackson Hole, Wyoming): January 2013 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I had a wonderful time with my family and fiancé in Jackson, Wyoming. We visited for yet another white Christmas and it was beautiful. Filled with laughter, snowboarding, eating, drinking and more. I can’t wait to go back (for our wedding)!

If you have never been to Jackson, you must visit! It’s extremely gluten-free friendly, and has a wonderful foodie scene. If you visit, download my free mobile app and find GF options near you. Filter by type of food, view menus, tips and more. Search LOCATE SPECIAL DIET in the iTunes and Android marketplace. If you aren’t visiting Jackson anytime soon, no worries, Locate Special Diet is also in 45 other U.S. cities and expanding very soon.

Instagram photo of my gluten-free and dairy-free waffles at Lotus Cafe in Jackson, WY. Almond milk latte on the side, of course.

Back to my vacation…

It was lovely. I snowboarded everyday (my favorite sport), and was able to purchase my first board, boot and bindings (Hello, Burton FeelGood Flying V)!

So many great powder days! 

I came up with the idea to do a series called “Things I’m Loving” while flying home to Austin. Everyday, I come across so many interesting articles, blog posts, recipes, photographs, products, etc, that I thought would be great to share on here. Most of the time I’ll share these finds on Facebook and Twitter but thought you all might enjoy seeing these on occasion as well.

If you have come across a new “gluten-free find”, share it in the comment section. ATX Gluten-Free has grown to be a wonderful community and I’m thankful for that. Being gluten-free can suck sometimes, let’s be honest. I’m also dairy-free now which can also be a pain in the a**. We’re here to help, and your input is always welcome. Leave some comments below and share your favorites with other readers!

Things I’m Loving …

Gluten-Free Spicy Corn Muffins … because I LOVE everything spicy.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders by Applegate Farms … Great for when you need something fast!

Oatmeal with Torched Bananas … YES.

A mobile app that helps you find gluten-free options … of course I had to add my app! ;)

Paleo and Primal eBook bundle sale – 33 eBooks for only $39 … That’s an awesome deal.

Camille Styles … I just love her blog!

Bacon-wrapped dates … you had me at bacon.

A new social network for people with health conditions …  Request an invite!

Monogrammed items from Ann Page … an expanding Houston company with cool things!

Jawbone UP … super cool technology that lets you track your sleep patterns, fitness, diet and more.

Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas … they recently launched a new and improved product line.

Taste Guru … a gluten-free goodie box delivered right to your door.

Thundercloud Subs gluten-free hoagies … (Austinites: South Lamar and  Lake Austin only!)

Cheers to a wonderful 2013!

Three-Bean Beer Chili (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

I love chili. I make it all the time, no matter what the temperature is outside. I make a variety of different kinds, but this is one of my favorites because it is simple to make, and it is vegetarian. It’s always a crowd pleaser. I can’t believe I finally remembered to write this recipe down! I think it has been on my list of things to do for a year now… oops. [Read more...]

Grilled Cabbage Slaw

So … I have a confession to make.

My oven has been broken since June and I still haven’t fixed it. Why you may ask? Well, partly because I’m lazy. I also have been enjoying dining out (aka eating at Lupe Tortilla like 4 times a week … love their beef fajitas)! Since our oven has been broke, we having been ‘flooding the stovetop’ as I like to call it. I’ve also been grilling up a storm. The other night we made this grilled cabbage slaw and accompanied it with grilled barbecue sausage. It was great! [Read more...]