Kale & Basmati Soup w/ Pumpkin Seed Pesto + the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook Giveaway

Kale and Basmati Soup with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Warm up, and chill out, with a big bowl of this nourishing Kale and Basmati Soup with Pumpkin Seed Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Option, Low FODMAP}, and enter my giveaway to win a copy of the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook written by Liz Vaccariello, along with Kate Scarlata, RD! Big Tex asked me a question the other day... "Mom. What was the best Christmas present you ever got as a kid?" … [Read more...]

Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway + a Recipe for Sticky Sesame Salmon with Orange Sauce

Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen

  I'm absolutely delighted to tell you about a new cookbook, Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen: Timeless Favorites Transformed, along with a giveaway opportunity to win your own copy of the book! Plus, as a delicious bonus I'm sharing Silvana's "go-to" recipe for Sticky Sesame Salmon with Orange Sauce that I'm pretty confident even non-fish eaters are going to love. Quoted by my son..."Mom, this sauce is delicious!" And, yes, he ate the salmon too :-) … [Read more...]

Black Bean Brownies + A Plant Powered For Life Giveaway

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Update: The giveaway is now over, but I'd love for you to check out the Black Bean Brownie Recipe and read my review of Plant Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer. I think you'll love them both!These Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts from Plant-Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer are the most delicious "healthy" brownies you will ever taste! Heck, they might even be some of the most delicious brownies period. … [Read more...]

My Top Gluten-Free Travel Tips, Hiking Adventures, Mom Confessions, a Free E Cook Book & More!

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Today's post is a mishmash of what I've been doing this week...sharing my top gluten-free travel tips at Stone Soup, Hiking in Tecolote Canyon with my girlfriends, sharing an embarrassing confession with you, plus giving you the scoop on a delicious free e cookbook for you to download! Which would you like to hear about first??? Let's talk about the cookbook... I'm thrilled to have my all-time favorite Super Duper Raw Power Salad featured in a new e cookbook you can download for FREE over at The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In … [Read more...]

Fabulous Foodie Finds from Natural Products Expo West 2012!

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Last Saturday, I put on my comfy boots and hit the road with two of my healthy foodie friends, for a drive up the Southern California coast to attend the 2012 Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. Natural Products Expo West continues to be the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West continues to help attendees reach their business goals. Join 58,000 other industry professionals interacting … [Read more...]

Kitchen Homework, Quinoa Casserole, and My Weekly Menu Plan

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This recipe comes to you courtesy of Lauren Slayton of Foodtrainers. You see, last month, Lauren assigned her readers a little kitchen homework which you can read about here. And, because I have so much time on my hands a strange desire to do homework, I diligently entered this on to my "To Do" list, in order to hold myself accountable. Accountability is a good thing :-) Actually there were two assignments: Use a neglected orphaned kitchen appliance. Cook 1-2 recipes from a cookbook you haven't used or haven't used in a … [Read more...]

A 10th Birthday to Remember and A Tale of The Chocolate Cake That Never Was

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The morning started out like all 10th birthday mornings should... The birthday girl was all smiles and giddiness... I can't believe I'm 10!  This is going to be the best day ever! Birthday waffles were served per SiSi's request. {This gluten-free waffle recipe has become a new family favorite.} And the birthday girl even got to open one present... Green polka dot sheets from Pottery Barn Teen to go with her 10th birthday room makeover. Then it was off to school for the kids, and time for me to head to the store for birthday … [Read more...]

#Ricelove Bloghop: Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Cashew Coconut Cream

Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Cashew Cream

Forbidden Rice with Nectarines and Maple Cashew Coconut Cream Remember last month's #cakelove bloghop ? Well, this month I'm delighted to be co-hosting another LOVEly bloghop with some fabulous foodie friends, and this month were talking RICE! Did you know that about 120,000 rice varieties are known to exist, according to the International Rice Research Institute? Yes! There actually IS an International Rice Research Institute, which I found out about in one of my favorite cook books, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, by Maria … [Read more...]

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals Giveaway Winner and Wordless Wednesday

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We have a winner! But, first off, thank you so much to everyone who participated in my Ancient Grains Giveaway.  I really enjoyed reading all your comments about the grains you had already tried, and all the new ones you wanted to try. {Quinoa or millet anyone??? :-)} It was also fun having you vote for which recipes I created, because about two-thirds of the time you picked recipes I probably would not have tried on my own, and they were all fantastic! So, without further adeiu, the winner of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals … [Read more...]

Glorious {Gluten-Free} Blueberry Streusel Muffins

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I wasn't going to share these muffins with you today. Nope! If you read my latest Fun Friday post, you know that I had fully intended to spend a little time relaxing this weekend, which to me, includes time AWAY from my computer... But once I made these muffins this morning, I knew it wouldn't be fair to NOT share them with you. They are THAT good! The recipe comes from Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts.  It is one of the first gluten-free cookbooks I ever bought, and still one of my favorites for gluten-free … [Read more...]

Ancient Grains Giveaway and My Adventures in Gluten-Free Pasta Making

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This... has been in my kitchen in Del Mar, traveled to Plano, Texas, then on to Falls Church, Virginia, back to my kitchen in Del Mar, then to a condo in Carmel Valley {where it sat in a box in the garage}, and again back to my kitchen in Del Mar, all over the course of 11 years, 8 months, and 11 days {give or take a day or two}. The sad thing is, that, over the course of all these years, this beautiful pasta maker hasn't been used even once. That's right, not even once. Until a couple of day ago, when, inspired by all the glorious … [Read more...]

Simply Mad for Millet!

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Welcome to WEEK 2 of my "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" cookoff and giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who has commented and participated in my Facebook ancient grains surveys so far!  I always love reading your comments, and your participation in my grains survey has inspired me to break out of my "grain rut" and try something different for a change. Seriously! Had I been the one to decide which "ancient grain" side dish to prepare this week, I probably would have picked the "Cumin Scented Qunioa with Red Beets". And, I have to … [Read more...]

Decadent {but healthy} Dark Chocolate Muesli

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This decadent dark chocolate muesli tastes like heaven in a bowl! A few weeks ago, I was the lucky winner of a beautiful cookbook entitled "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" by food writer and cooking instructor, Maria Speck.  The giveaway was hosted by Shulie Madnick over at Food Wanderings.  If you've never visited Shulie's lovely blog where she shares both her favorite Mediterranean and Indian inspired recipes, along with mouth watering photographs to boot, I urge you to do so! Back to the book...   Immediately after … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Pancakes for dinner? But, of course!

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Welcome to the first installment of Kids in the Kitchen (KITK). Inspired by the last 3 weeks of cooking with my children, I have decided to start a regular post featuring meals planned, prepared, served and, (hopefully!), eaten by my 2 budding sous chefs, who will from here on out be referred to as SiSi and Big Tex. As a mom and a dietitian, I think one of the best ways we can help our children become lifelong healthy eaters, is to teach them to cook.  And, I am also a firm believer in teaching our children what constitutes a healthy … [Read more...]