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...]

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...]

Caprese Salad Skewers

Who doesn’t love caprese salad? Creamy mozzarella, crisp tomato and savory basil. It is hands down my favorite salad. This little skewer is perfect for entertaining. Purchase miniature skewers (or full size), layer fresh tomatoes, basil and bocconcini mozzarella. Sprinkle quality salt over caprese skewers, then drizzle olive oil and balsamic reduction. You are set. A perfect appetizer that is not only delicious, but beautiful as well.

Are you a caprese salad fan? Check out these Portabello Caprese Towers.

The POM Perfect Cocktail (Gluten-Free)

All you need is a pitcher, serving glasses, Hibiscus tea or Red Zinger Tea, 1 bottle of champagne, 2 small bottles (8 oz.) of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice, the juice of 1 lime and lemon, liquid stevia, fresh blackberries.

*Boring Disclosure: POM Wonderful did send me a complimentary package of their 100% Pomegranate Juice. I would have chosen to make the cocktail with their juice regardless if they sent it to me or not, because I like their products.

*Agave, raw honey or organic cane sugar would work in place of the liquid stevia.

Spring in a Bowl: Roasted Carrot Pasta with Beets

Amy, from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, recently asked me if I would like to take part in a series she is doing for “up and coming gluten-free bloggers”. Of course, I was honored to be a part of the series. Amy’s blog has been one of my favorites for some time now. She puts together many delicious recipes that have a healthy twist.

My submission was this beautiful roasted carrot pasta with beets, fresh thyme and goat cheese. It is divine and beautiful to entertain with. Head on over to Amy’s blog to read the entire post I wrote to accompany the pasta.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Balsamic Onions

Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza with Balsamic Onions. Tangy sweet onions with juicy chicken, creamy mozzarella and crispy crust. Enough said.

You will be singing the joys of gluten-free eating once you have tried this recipe. [Read more...]

Balsamic BBQ-Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Edit August 11, 2010: {Thanks for all those who voted for me in the Udi’s/Gluten-Freeville recipe contest. This recipe won 1st place!}

I’m not sure why I don’t use my slow cooker more often. It is so incredibly easy! You just gather want you want to cook, throw it in the pot and let it simmer away for hours on end. In the mean time, spreading the glorious smell of food around your house.

Before I was gluten-free I used to adore going to Jim Bob’s BBQ off 71 and Bee Cave. They had the best chopped beef BBQ sandwiches that were HUGE and full of great flavor. When Jim Bob’s closed down, I was devastated. No more wonderful chopped beef sandwiches. I decided to come up with a recipe that would be similar in taste yet be gluten-free and healthy. I have come up with this, I hope you enjoy meaty sandwiches because this one is a killer (and super easy to make! ) [Read more...]

Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I love to watch the Food Network during the holiday season. There are always many useful tips- from decorating to holiday recipes. I saw this recipe on The Food Network show: Dear Food Network; where many of their top chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes that they will be serving this year. This particular one caught my eye; it sounded delicate and delicious. I bought Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread mix and made a few variations. For the original recipe, click here.  The muffins came out fantastic. They are plump, moist and full of flavor.

Here is my altered version of her recipe: [Read more...]

Kale Crisps

Daily Juice, one of my favorite restaurants and juice bars in town recently started their own line of products. One of their products that I absolutely adore is their Kale Krisps (Yes, they spell crisps with a “K”). Crisp, crunchy kale with spicy nacho flavors. Even the kale-hater would devour a whole bag. Personally, I find the nacho flavors to be a tad bit overwhelming and strong. I prefer simple flavors that don’t overshadow the unique flavor of kale. The Daily Juice Kale Krisps retail at People’s Rx for $8.00; which I think is steep for kale that may be purchased at a grocery store for $1.20. [Read more...]

Chicken-Apple Bake with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This recipe is a fall favorite of mine. The baked apples and sage fill up the house with a warm, delightful smell. Hope you enjoy!

Chicken-Apple Bake with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds [Read more...]