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

Gluten-Free Travel Tips // The Spicy RD #snacks #glutenfree #travel

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...]

Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing

Avocado and Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing

Anytime I can get my kids to eat salad, like this Avocado Chicken Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing, I must be on to something good!Hi! How was everyone's weekend??? Highlights of mine included finishing Sharp Objects {very dark, but loved it, and all the other books by Gillian Flynn}, going for a run on a gorgeous day, hanging out with friends,and, maybe the best part, jumping on a trampoline w/ 4 other moms from Big Tex's baseball team and doing flips! … [Read more...]

Pamela’s Figgies and Jammies Gluten-Free Cookie Review and Giveaway

Pamela's Mission Fig Figgies and Jammies Gluten-Free Cookies

These gluten-free Mission Fig Figgies and Jammies cookies from Pamela's take me right back to my delicious childhood! I'll be honest and tell you that I don't buy cookies very often. Note that I am not saying I don't eat cookies, but my preferred tactic, especially when SiSi and Big Tex are asking for cookies, is to make them myself/ourselves. SiSi has even gotten to the age {12 going on 22!} where she can walk to the grocery store near our house with her friends to pick up any ingredients we might not have on hand. This tactic, IMO, means … [Read more...]

Simple Supper. Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, & Fresh Ricotta

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Fresh Ricotta Cheese

Weeknight dinner doesn't get much easier than this simple pasta salad (gluten-free for me) with grape tomatoes, peppery basil, and fresh ricotta cheese.  Oh, and don't forget the pine nuts. Never, EVER forget the pine nuts. What's your favorite weeknight simple supper? … [Read more...]

The Super Seven: 7 Super Nutritious Gluten-Free Grains & Grain Alternatives to Add to Your Diet

21 Super Nutritious Gluten-Free Grain & Grain Alternative Recipes

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month AND Mediterranean Diet Month, I created this infographic to share my favorite Super Seven Gluten-Free Grains and Grain Alternatives. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, I hope this infographic, plus the recipe recommendations I share below, will inspire you to get cooking with some of these delicious and nutritious gluten-free grains and grain alternatives!   Huge thanks to celiac expert and registered dietitian, Melinda Dennis, for the fabulous information she shared at the 2014 Gluten-Free … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrot Salad w/ Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange Vinaigrette

I received free samples of Breton Gluten-Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten-Free Herb and Garlic Crackers from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe for Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese and Blood Orange Vinaigrette, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. There's a lot going on in this title.  This, I know. … [Read more...]

CeliAction Study: National Study to Help Advance Celiac Disease Research

CeliaAction Study #AD

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the CeliAction Study, and approved by the FDA.  As a registered dietitian working closely with the celiac community, I believe this to be an important area of research, as cross contamination or accidental exposure to gluten is a common complication with my celiac patients, and within the celiac community as a whole.  I encourage you to share this post with anyone you think may be eligible for the study, as well as anyone who may also want to help spread the word about the CeliAction Study.  If you have any … [Read more...]

Budget Gourmet! Goat Cheese Pizza with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Onions

goat cheese pizza with veggies

Super easy to make and loaded with healthy veggies, this Goat Cheese Pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and onions, is one of my favorites to make for do-it-yourself-pizza night. My mom, the official "Queen of Coupon Clippers" would be very proud of me today. She clips coupons like it's nobody's business, and  keeps me so well-stocked in her "bargins" such as aluminum foil and other kitchen goods, that if you ever need any, please come to my house and take some. Please. I'm pretty sure I have an almost lifetime supply of Reynolds … [Read more...]

#peachlove: Peach and Berry Cream Cheese Tart with a Cinnamon Almond Crust

peach and berry cheesecake tart

I'm sitting here writing this post feeling bad.   REALLY bad. Because I can't share this delicious peach and berry cream cheese tart with a cinnamon almond crust with you for breakfast... Yes, breakfast. Loaded with healthy stuff like fresh, in-season peaches {duh}, rasp/boysen/blue/straw berries blended in to a lovely sauce, cinnamon spiced almond flour, a little dose of calcium from Greek Yogurt and Neufatel or cream cheese, plus a hint of maple syrup sweetness, this tart is DEFINITELY breakfast worthy. And, that's why I'm … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things:Fun with Friends in San Francisco

China Town Building

Chinatown, San Francisco: The difference between boys and girls??  SiSi bought a pretty "cat" tile and a bracelet in Chinatown.  Big Tex bought a sword.  As in a REAL sword.  Naturally we had to ship it home, as I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten past TSA. Hello There! How's everyone's summer going so far?? I just returned from a mini vacation to San Francisco where my family and I had the most wonderful time visiting old {Gold} friends and meeting new {Silver} ones. Today's post will be quick as I have heaps of post-vacation laundry to … [Read more...]

Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries

rosemary parmesan polenta fries

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right? But what about when your garden gives you rosemary? As in lots, and lots, and lots of rosemary? You make Rosemary Parmesan Polenta Fries. As in a heaping batch of deliciously crispy quinoa studded polenta fries flecked with savory parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary. I first made my own version of these rosemary parmesan polenta fries a few weeks ago, after inspiration from this recipe at Kitchen Vignettes. Since I didn't have any uncooked polenta on hand, I decided to use … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: A {Healthier} Peanut Butter Cup

peanut butter balls

Happy Birthday Recipe ReDux.  You are one year old today, and what a healthy and delicious year you have had, thanks to your fabulous founders Regan and Serena and Deanna! To celebrate this month's theme, "Small Bites", I'm pairing two of my {almost daily} favorites, dark chocolate and peanut butter, with just a few other ingredients, to make a peanut butter cup, that is no less delicious than the original, but a "tad bit" on the healthier side. In this case "healthier" meaning, higher in protein, fiber, healthy fats {monounsaturates and … [Read more...]

Sea Veggie Tacos with Asian Sesame Dipping Sauce

Sea Veggie Tacos

It's Recipe ReDux time again, and this months theme, "Sea What You've Been Missing" is an ode to the "more obscure" treasures from the sea, such as little fishies {aka sardines, anchovies, and smelts} and super nutritious sea veggies such as nori, wakame, and kombu. Being that this is a ReDux recipe, my Sea Veggie Tacos full fill two important requirements... One, they contain a very respectable dose of nutritious ingredients {sea veggies, napa cabbage, carrots, avocado...}, and two, they are absolutely, positively delicious! Napa … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan, Photo Fun, and Other Good Stuff!

March26MenuBlog

{My lavender photo is linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday's at My Three Boybarians} Hmm...not sure that's a catchy enough title... "Other Good Stuff" is rather vague don't you think??? In case you're wondering, the "other good stuff" refers to a blog post I just wrote for Stuffed-Pepper on the importance of eating a good breakfast, and an audio interview I recently did on nutrition and healthy skin for be for living. I'll point you over to both sites shortly, but first, my weekly menu plan... Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu March 26-April … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: BLT Quinoa Salad and Memories of Spain!

Madrid, Spain

A tree lined street in Madrid, Spain So, what did everyone do for St Patrick's Day?? We had a rare "quiet" Saturday here since SiSi and Big Tex's baseball and softball games were cancelled due to the stormy weekend in San Diego. I made waffles in the morning, then we ended up running some errands as a family, to buy SiSi some new purple Vans {the soles were coming off her old ones}, search for a new point-and-shoot digital camera for our up coming family vacation {sadly my old Panasonic died on me}, and stock up on some Ayala's Herbal … [Read more...]