How to Make Carrot Noodles

How to Make Carrot Noodles – Quick and Easy Noodle Alternative

Vegetable noodles are all the rage these days. Lately I have seen them everywhere – from restaurant menus and home recipes or blogs, as an alternative to regular gluten-free pasta. I’ve tried making a variety of vegetable noodles – from cucumber, zucchini, spaghetti squash and so on. I find myself always going back to the carrot noodle.

There are a variety of ways to make a vegetable noodle. I personally use this one vegetable peeler called the Titan Peeler (I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon). The package comes with two different peelers. One peels the vegetable like normal, and the other peeler (the wider one) peels the vegetable in ‘strings’ or noodles.

How to Make Carrot Noodles

1) Buy a 5 lb. bag of carrots (For 2-3 people, I normally end up using 3 lb.)

2) Wash and peel the carrots with the smaller Titan peeler or a regular vegetable peeler.

3) Using the wider Titan peeler, peel the carrot like normal over a bowl. The wider Titan peeler will peel the carrot into thin noodles.

Note: You won’t be able to peel down the entire carrot with the Titan peeler. Save your fingers from being cut, and use the leftover carrots for other snacks; such as carrot rounds and hummus.

Once you have the amount of carrot pasta you are seeking, there are a variety of ways you can prepare it.

Ideas for Recipes Using Vegetable Noodles

Cheers!

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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.

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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!

Party

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: 

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6964259287/efblike

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!

Cheers!

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.

Cheers!

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Gluten-Free Guide to South Lamar (and 78704), Westlake Hills, Bee Caves, Lakeway, South Austin (Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide Part 2)

Welcome to the second installment of my contribution to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. To view my first post on Gluten-Free Breakfast and Brunch Spots near downtown Austin, click here. Make sure and check out the other Guide posts (will be live March 2) – it’s a great way to see what your favorite bloggers recommend around Austin.

Speaking of AFBA – pre-order the cookbook now!

For my readers that are not from Austin, thank you for your patience. We will resume regular posting after the guide is completed (2 more posts to go!)

NOTE: Our app’s website lists helpful tips for the restaurants I mentioned, but if you would like specific recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact us. I was trying to save some space on this blog post and include more options! 

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 iPhoneAndroid, and our website). Built for the gluten-free people, by local gluten-free people. What more could you ask for?

Here are some sample screenshots!

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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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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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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!

ATX Gluten-Free News: July 2011

It’s been a while since we have written a gluten-free news segment. We’ve been working hard on our projects (and thesis). So much so that we have gotten sidetracked! If you know of any local or national gluten-free news happening now, leave it in the comment section and share with us!

Love Pup Brownies has launched a gluten-free brownie option.

The Soup Peddler will mark “GF” next to gluten-free soups on their menu, which is updated daily. [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...]