Let’s Party … Gluten-Free Style!

Attention Gluten-Free Austinites!

Attention Gluten-Free Austinites!

This weekend, thousands of food bloggers, media, food companies and more are descending upon Austin for the BlogHer Food Blogger Conference! It just so happens that there are various parties happening around town associated (officially or unofficially) with the conference, and two of them happen to be dedicated to … ALL THINGS GLUTEN-FREE!

I’ll be at both of these parties with my gluten-free party hat on! I hope to see you there.

And don’t worry – the parties are at separate times so you can make it to BOTH!

The first party is from 4-6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, June 7th) at Frank.


It’s hosted by the hilarious April Peveteaux, Udi’s Gluten-Free Foods and Omission Beer. Free hot dogs and beer provided. The first 100 guests get a swag bag. RSVP for this FUN event by e-mailing April at: AprilHatesGluten@gmail.com

The second party is titled Better Than Before and it’s all about celebrating the gluten-free lifestyle!


It’s from 9-midnight tomorrow (Friday, June 7th) at The Palm Door. This awesome shindig is brought to you by the amazingly talented Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery and the always refreshing – Tito’s Vodka!

The Better Than Before party will also be honoring the one and only – Robyn O’Brien of the Unhealthy Truth.  Also at this amazing party – FREE food and drinks courtesy of Blackbird Bakery and Tito’s Vodka, as well as other alcoholic beverages provided by various local companies, FREE swag bags to the first 100 guests, as well as FREE live music by gluten-free musicians Les RAV and Gina Chavez! How AWESOME is that?

Don’t forget to stop by the fun photo booth while you are at the party and have the talented Annie Ray snap a picture of you!

Remember to get there early! This party will reach capacity quickly!

RSVP for this KILLER event: 


Can you tell we are EXCITED?

This is such a great opportunity to raise awareness to our lifestyle while having a little fun too!

I can’t wait to see you there.

Share this post with your friends! Both parties are welcome to anyone and everyone, for FREE!


10 Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas – A Roundup


Easy and Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and often times, it’s the meal that I eat the most at. I try to eat a larger breakfast and taper down the portion sizes as the day goes on. I have found this not only helps maintain my energy level and blood sugar level, but also my weight.

You should always make the time to whip up breakfast in the morning. It’s not as time-consuming as people might think. No excuses – start your day off right with a healthy, gluten-free breakfast.

Here are some ideas to get you started …

A Roundup of 10 Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas

1) Toast with sunflower seed spread and sprinkled with Spectrum Naturals Decadent Coco-Chia-Flax Mix (found at Whole Foods, Sprouts), served with fruit (pictured above, great snack also)!

2) Banana Silver Dollar Coconut Pancakes from The Spunky Coconut  ~ Loving these grain-free pancakes, highlighting banana and coconut!

3) Fresh Berry and Basil Crumble from The Healthy Apple ~ A refreshing take on a regular baked crumble. This recipe features tons of fresh fruit!

4) 1 Minute Blueberry Citrus Shake from Family Fresh Cooking ~ A super easy morning or afternoon shake, made with simple ingredients.

5) Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal from Family Fresh Cooking ~ Use gluten-free oats with this recipe, super flavorful!

6) Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa Granola from Queen of Quinoa ~ A unique take on regular granola, this one is packed with nutrients!

7) Melted Leek and Red Pepper Quiche from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free ~ I love quiches of any kind! They are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

8) Kale, Sausage and Quinoa Scramble from With Style and Grace ~ You had me at Kale … (I’m a huge kale fan).

9) Paleo Breakfast Bars from Elana’s Pantry ~ Perfect for a snack on the go!

10) Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crepes from The Gluten-Free Girl and Chef ~ Buckwheat is such a wonderful gluten-free ingredient and it works great in this crepe recipe.

What do you like to eat for breakfast? Share with us in the comment section.


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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


  • 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


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.


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Gluten-Free Breakfast and Brunch Options near Downtown Austin, Texas (Austin Food Blogger Alliance Annual City Guide Part 1)

It’s that time of the year, folks! The annual city guides are upon us … Incoordination with the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, many of us will be sharing our picks for various genres of food around town. This year I will be writing about gluten-free, vegetarian and paleo-friendly options in Austin so stay tuned for those posts in the next two weeks. For my readers who do not live in Austin, regular posting will resume after the guide is completed!

For those looking to find other gluten-free restaurant options near them – we now have a mobile app for free download. Seriously! Use our app, called Locate Special Diet to help you navigate the gluten-free scene while you are visiting Austin! (available on iPhone, Android, and our website). Built for the gluten-free people, by local gluten-free people. What more could you ask for?

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Austinites: Come hang with us at the FLOSS Dental Party!

Austinites! Come out to FLOSS Dental (5th Street location) on November 8th from 6-9 p.m. and help celebrate their entrance to the Austin market! There will be a DJ, plenty of free food and drinks (gluten-free goodies from Bona Dea), a raffle sponsored by Greenling, and of course I will be there handing out information on Locate Special Diet.

 Come mingle with us…



Easy Eats Magazine Giveaway!


For those of you who haven’t heard of Easy Eats

Easy Eats is a beautiful, all-digital gluten-free magazine. They also write a very active blog!  Besides the people behind the magazine, what I love most about Easy Eats is their positive attitude. They shine the light on the positive aspects of living gluten-free. Not to mention, they also produce some gorgeous and delicious recipes.  Easy Eats is a great resource for anyone living a gluten-free lifestyle.

Good news!

We are giving away year subscriptions to 2 lucky fans once our Locate Special Diet Facebook or Twitter page reaches 1,000 fans or followers!

How to enter giveaway:

1) Head on over to the Locate Special Diet Facebook page and “like” us! Leave a comment in the comment section of this blog post telling us you “liked” us or on the Locate Special Diet Facebook page post the following:

I just entered the Easy Eats Magazine giveaway on ATX Gluten-Free and Locate Special Diet!

2) Head on over to the Locate Special Diet Twitter page and “follow” us! Leave a comment on this blog post telling us you “followed” us or tweet:

I just entered the @easyeatsmag giveaway at @LocateSpecDiet! via @ATXglutenfree

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Winners will be chosen using random.org. Contest will close July 15, 2012. Easy Eats did not provide us with free subscriptions. Locate Special Diet is providing the subscriptions. 


Gluten-Free Dinner Options in Austin, 2012


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Another year and another post for the awesome Austin Food Blogger Alliance Annual City Guide. I’ve participated in the city guide for the past two years for SXSW (2011, 2010), but this year we are trying to give Austinites (and friends) a more detailed approach to the guide. Make sure and check out the full guide, which will be posted in it’s entirety March 1st on the main AFBA website. You will be able to check out over 75 detailed posts from local food bloggers who know their city!

There will be three gluten-free posts in this year’s guide. I am writing about local places to grab a yummy gluten-free dinner, and two other bloggers will be writing about local gluten-free breakfast and lunch spots, so make sure and check out the guide [Read more...]

Apple-Pumpkin Butter

Happy first day of Fall! Fall is definitely in the air here in Austin (kind of). The temperature is giving us a short break (hopefully long break), pumpkins are being spotted at our neighborhood grocery stores, and the candy is filling the shelves for the trick or treaters.  It’s hard to believe it’s almost October. Life gets busy. Especially when you are starting a company companies, finishing graduate school (October!), and just the general hustle and bustle of life… [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...]

Gluten-Free Guide to Austin, SXSW 2011 Edition

NEW! We now have a MOBILE APP called Locate Special Diet. Download it for FREE in iTunes and Google Play! Find gluten-free or vegetarian or organic options near you (in over 40 U.S. cities)!

Welcome to the second annual gluten-free guide to Austin, SXSW 2011 edition. This post is part of a series called Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide 2011. Make sure and check out all the other posts associated with this series. I hope you enjoy your time in Austin. Austin is one of the best cities to dine gluten-free. If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me (@ATXglutenfree) or email me (atxglutenfree@gmail.com).

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