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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ATX Gluten-Free News: March 2010

The first signs of Spring are starting to appear- warmer days (besides the freakish snow storm we had last week!), flowers blooming, birds chirping. It is a beautiful time to be in Austin, Texas. There has been some great news in the gluten-free area of Austin recently. Many places  are becoming more gluten-free friendly. Here are some updates on Austin gluten-free news:

Maggiano’s opened up in The Domain this week. They do not have an actual gluten-free menu, but I was told from one of the people at Brinker International that- the Chefs “take pride in creating meals for people with food allergies and Celiac Disease.” They serve a rice pasta as a substitution and may be able to customize dishes to accommodate those with food allergens, such as gluten or nuts. [Read more...]

Bread for All

Pictured above: Loaf of gluten-free Bread for All, gluten-free chocolate and almond marzipan scones (not yet released)

I had the privilege to try Lauren’s gluten-free breads and scones last week and they are incredible! I love the flavor and texture of the breads. Lauren from Bona Dea Bread believes in baking with wholesome whole grain flours. The breads packs a nutritional punch. The samples I received were gone in a few days, literally! I devoured every last crumb. I highly recommend these breads, and soon-to-be scones. Lauren knows what she is doing when it comes to gluten-free baking! [Read more...]

Lentil Soup with BACON!

Bacon. I have fallen in love with bacon.

I go through these spells where I crave a certain thing all the time- one month it was sushi, one month it was soy sauce (gluten-free, of course!), another was cookies, now it is bacon. No worries, I am not pregnant. As long as I can remember, I have had these rotating cravings. Does anyone else have that? For example, I am craving eggs and ketchup at this very moment. Don’t knock it till you try it!

I am so glad to finally have my camera USB cord back! I left it in Jackson Hole and it is now back and safe in my desk drawer. I have whined about it the past few days on twitter – about my lack of cord=lack of loading pictures to my laptop.

This recipe is as simple as it gets- full of flavor and soul-soothing. Perfect for our cold Texas weather right now. [Read more...]

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...]

Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Sauce

I first came across this wonderful recipe on the Food Network show Big Daddy, by Aaron McCargo Junior , who won The Next Food Network Star a couple years ago. (I would love to try out for that show someday!) . I have not been impressed with his recipes thus far until I came across this beauty. I of course, felt compelled to make some changes. Next year, I would like to make my own, original cranberry sauce. I have some fabulous ideas!

This recipe calls for a large amount of sugar. I try to be sugar-free most of the time but since it is the holidays, it’s alright to indulge in your sweet tooth. Especially when a tart, sweet recipe is paired with the Perfect Roasted Turkey.

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Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes: Perfect Roasted Turkey

This year we hosted our first Thanksgiving. For hosting my first holiday dinner, I was pretty calm except for the anxiety I had over the turkey. The night before I felt like I was going to have a heart attack because I was so worried on how it would turn out!  I had never made a brine before and was worried the turkey would have no flavoring. I know how to cook, I’m not sure why I was panicking so much.

The Food Network always airs many holiday cooking shows in November and December so I made sure to Tivo some of my favorites. Alton Brown, the host of Good Eats hosted a show on how to brine a turkey using this recipe: Good Eats Roast Turkey. I used his recipe along with my own tweaks and the turkey turned out amazing. It was moist and flavorful. My family usually cooks a turkey on Christmas day, so for you guys out there that do the same– I highly recommend this brine recipe. It is so easy!

Instructions for original recipe at Food Network.

ENJOY!

Before:

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Udi’s products at HEB!

Udi’s at HEB!

It’s official. I am madly in love with Udi’s. Their bread products are unreal! If only they would make cookies (hint hint). I have written about Udi’s several times. Each time I try their products, new and old, they continue to surprise me and lift my spirits. Gluten-free bread products can taste excellent! No need for gluten filled bread anymore when Udi’s provides you gluten-free bread and muffins that are moist, filling, and taste like the real deal.

A new product that I recently tried of theirs was the blueberry muffins. Udi’s blueberry muffins are gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. They come in a package of four that may be kept in the freezer and thawed out in the fridge, microwave or oven. [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...]

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Roast

What you will need:

1 Butternut squash, cubed

1 Sweet potato, cubed

2-3 T Extra-virgin olive oil

3 T Balsamic vinegar

1 T Garlic Powder

1/2 T Onion Powder

Salt and Pepper

1 T Ground cumin

1/2 T Ground Coriander

1 Red onion, sliced in thin slices

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Place cubed butternut squash, sweet potatoes and sliced onions in bowl.

Toss seasonings and olive oil until vegetables are coated evenly.

Place on cookie sheet and spread into an even layer

Roast for 1 hour.

Optional: Top with toasted butternut squash seeds (roast for 5 minutes, tossed in oil, salt and pepper)