Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One, Two, Three

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!  Is anyone else looking forward to the 3-day weekend as much as me?  I love Labor Day - it really seems to signal the start of fall.  My favorite things - good food, great friends and wine :) are always included in this holiday as well. Oh and fireworks..which I'm never really impressed by... someone please tell me I'm not the only one.  My thoughts are once you've seen one show, you've seen them all.  One of my girlfriends is having a roof top party, so maybe I'll change my mind!

If you couldn't tell, I've been on a cornmeal kick lately.  First, it was raspberry cornmeal pancakes - Dreena Burton's recipe rocks - you need to buy her book ASAP, that is, if you don't already have it.  Next, it was cornmeal pizza...which you can read about here.  Today, it was cornbread.  I wanted something quick and easy - similar to the recipe I used to use before going gluten-free... so I scoured the internet for a gluten-free recipe that wasn't going to make me use thousands of flours - maybe someday, but not today.

This is what I came up with!

Quick & Easy Cornbread, adapted from Gluten Free Mommy

Ingredients

1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup Smart Balance Omega 3 blend
1 cup Silk Soy (I used light)
1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs


1. Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees, spray a round ceramic pan - I used Corningware -with nonstick spray.
3. Melt Smart Balance in the microwave until partially melted.
4. Whisk remaining ingredients into dry ingredients until combined.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
6. Allow to cook on wire rack. Cut into wedges and serve!



The verdict?  I love this cornbread!  It holds together well and is perfect with a tiny bit of smart balance spread.  Yum!!!


Do you like cornbread? Yay or nay?  Sweet or savory?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Totally In Love Tuesday: Trader Joe's Salsa

Hi everyone.  I hope you're having a fantastic Tuesday.  Unfortunately, my thesis is calling and that means this post is going to be on the short side.  Correction - the really short side.

Everyone knows how much I love Trader Joe's, mostly because it's similar to Whole Foods, but significantly cheaper.  This product is one of my favorites and is something I purchase routinely when I make a TJ's trip...



This salsa is incredible.....use it for dipping fresh vegetables, topping baked potatoes, adding to mushroom tacos, serving with chips and guacamole - the possibilities are endless.  I always buy the mild, but if you are more adventurous then I dare you to try the hot.  

Aside from all of these benefits, all of the ingredients are natural... win :)  You know how I feel about minimal ingredients! 

What's your favorite kind of salsa? Traditional or fruit? 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cornmeal Pizza Of My Dreams

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  For today's post, let's talk about pizza.  It's a total staple - but when you can't eat gluten, it gets a little tricky.  No longer can you dial Papa John's when you need your pizza fix.... what's a girl to do?  Well, you could rely on Chef Amy - but she doesn't offer much variety in gluten-free pizzas.  I've had friends rave about the cornmeal crust pizza... but sadly, it contains gluten.  So what's a girl to do?  I think you already know!


Cornmeal Crust, adapted from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

Ingredients
1 packet yeast (I used Kroger)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 egg or 1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2tbsp-1/4c water
1 tsp salt
herbs as desired

1. Fill a clear measuring cup with warm (not hot) water to the 1/2 mark.  Add yeast packet and stir.  The mixture should look foamy - this is what you want - keep in mind, you are proofing the yeast so the crust will rise, but you don't want to kill it - and you will if you use hot water.
2. Combine your flours, salt and herbs in a medium bowl.
3. Add yeast mixture and egg/flaxseed to flour mixture.
4. Attach the dough hooks to your handheld mixer - I use this one or use a stand mixer.
5. Stir until combined, if dough isn't blending all the way then add in a little extra water.
6. Allow your dough to rise in a warm place for at least an hour - I put mine in the inside of the oven - while it's off fyi.
7. Place your pizza stone into the oven and pre-heat to 400 degrees.
8. Portion your dough into 2 halves - one for now and one to freeze for later.  Wrap extra half in plastic wrap and freeze.

*Now, you can continue with the ingredients below or you can decorate your pizza however you feel fit*



Cornmeal Pizza of My Dreams

Ingredients

1/2 cornmeal crust dough (above)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp black olives, sliced
1-2 oz fresh mozzarella
1 tbsp feta cheese
1 tsp parmesan cheese
1 cup baby spinach
2 tbsp garlic (feel free to use less)

1.  Spread garlic onto pizza crust - I opted to add 1/2 tsp olive oil at this step.  Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 7 minutes.
2.  Remove pizza from oven, top with remaining ingredients.
3. Bake for ~17 minutes.
4. Enjoy!

Gather your ingredients..

Off to the oven!

Pizza of my dreams :)

What's your favorite pizza topping?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Don't Even Ask How This Happened


Hi there!  I hope your morning is off to a fabulous start.  I'm blogging from the couch, watching the birds fly outside my window, with an iced coffee in hand (of course).  If there is anything I love more about where I live, it's the giant picturesque windows that let light stream in everywhere.  What do you love the most about where you live?

Anyway, the breakfast agenda for today was oatmeal.  I set my oats, ground flaxseed and soy milk in the fridge, overnight of course, in what I like to refer to as one of my "oatmeal" bowls.....also known as the Anthropologie Latte Bowl.  I kind of want them all, since they come in every color under the sun...

So, I rolled into the kitchen, sleepy-eyed and only partially awake.  I wondered, what should I top my oatmeal with?  Hmm almond butter?  So boring.   Oh hey there macadamia nut butter that I barely ever use... and then I saw this...

OPI Diva of Geneva, if you're wondering :)

I just couldn't resist.... the rest, as they say, is history.


Birthday Cake Oatmeal

Ingredients

1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats 
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup soy milk 
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp macadamia nut butter
1 tsp chocolate chips
1 tsp all-natural sprinkles (that's right, mine are dyed with beet, turmeric and spinach. LOVE it)
1 tsp shredded coconut

1.  Mix your oats, milk and ground flaxseed in a small bowl.  I recommend letting this sit in the fridge overnight - just to prevent it from exploding in the microwave.
2.  Microwave for 3 minutes, stir, microwave an additional minute.
3.  Stir in the sugar & macadamia nut butter.
4. Top with coconut, sprinkles and chocolate chips - don't forget that side of fruit :) 
5. Enjoy!




What's your favorite kind of birthday cake? 

Happy Saturday!

Hi everyone!  There has been a little change around here... can anyone guess what it is?!  If you guessed that the url has changed, well then you are correct!  

The Gluten-Free Baker has moved to http://www.thegfreebaker.com :)

I'm just stopping by to say Happy Saturday and update you about the changes.  See you soon with a recipe :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sometimes You Need a Cookie

TGIF!!!!  What better way to celebrate that it's Friday than with a cookie?  Maybe you are like me and  you don't buy cookies... and maybe you are also like me and can't have a homemade batch in the house because you will pretty much eat them all in one sitting.  All I really wanted was a cookie... so what's a girl to do?

Well, what if I tried to make just one?  I mean I did it before last summer, in ramekins, on parchment paper. I tried single-serve brownies and iffy cookies with applesauce... but I just wanted peanut butter and chocolate chips... so.. this is what went down after throwing together a random mix of ingredients in a bowl and praying for the best.


The Sometimes You Need a Cookie, Cookie

Ingredients

2 tbsp gluten-free all purpose flour
1/2 tbsp powdered sugar - I would use brown but I didn't have it :(
1/2 tbsp Smart Balance Light, melted
1/2 tbsp chocolate chips
1/2 tbsp peanut butter
A tiny pinch of baking soda
A tiny pinch of salt

1. Combine dry ingredients, add in melted Smart Balance & peanut butter.
2. Add in chocolate chips - dough will be very crumbly.
3. Mold into a cookie sheet and bake in a 300 degree toaster oven for about 5 or so minutes :)

No eggs - you could totally just eat the dough :)



The verdict?  This cookie was definitely crumbly... but totally delicious!

What would your ideal cookie for one be? 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oh No You Didn't...

Oh hey there friends.  I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thursday.  Unfortunately, I did not as I woke up with a horrible migraine - lovely - which I only have the pleasure of meeting when I've accidentally eat gluten about 5 days before (by accident I mean cross-contamination)... I don't know if it was extreme stress or what.  Anyway, moving ahead..


Anyone that's ever had a migraine knows that you don't want to eat anything - not oatmeal, not eggs, not cereal. Nothing. Nada. Zap. Zilch.  You're head feels like it might explode, you feel dizzy, noise makes you cringe and you want to wear your bug style sunglasses all day. But... this particular morning, I thought that *maybe* I could eat french toast and by maybe I mean maybe french toast and definitely not anything else.  So I opened the fridge to pull out my brown rice bread...and only one slice was left...


FAIL :(  This was oddly reminiscent of the time my blender spewed black bits of plastic as it shredded the bottom when all I wanted was a smoothie to go along with my killer migraine right before my Macronutrients exam - that's another story for another day. 


So, what did I do?  I had to get a little creative and slightly crazy - but stay with me it was worth it.  Next, I opened the freezer.  Well, there were Van's waffles in there but I wanted french toast or nothing at all.  What if I made french toast with the waffles?  Hmmm.  What if I put strawberry preserves in between said waffles and made stuffed french toast? Were you thinking, oh no, I didn't...


Heck yes I did.


Egg mix!


Mmmmm



All sprayed and ready to go




Cooking away!

Waffle French Toast

Ingredients

2 Gluten-free waffles (I used Van's)
2 tbsp strawberry preserves
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup soy milk (I used Silk)
Huge dash of cinammon

1. Toast your waffles in a toaster oven - you don't want them to be cooked - you just want them to be un-frozen.   
2. Mix egg in a shallow bowl with vanilla extract and cinnamon.
3. Add milk to egg mixture, stir to combine.4. Spread preserves on one waffle, top with the other one sandwich style.  
5. Place waffle sandwich into the egg mixture, ~ 3 minutes per side.  Flip
6.  Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Cook both sides until golden brown.
7. Top with toppings of your choice - I rolled with 1/2 tbsp Smart Balance Light and a pinch of powdered sugar.


Enjoy!

I promise that was a whole banana before, opps
How do you cope with migraines?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

RR: Back to School Series

Hi everyone.  I hope you're having a fabulous week so far.  Oh August, what a wonderful time of the year - fall temperatures creep back on us, the sun goes down earlier, the kiddos go back to school.... and so do teachers.  This post was actually requested by a teacher - fyi, if you have any requests for topics you would like to see feel free to email or post in the comments.  Fortunately, for all my lovely readers, the tips in this post apply to everyone.... so whether or not you are lucky enough to have your summers off, you can be lucky enough to have a delicious and healthy packed lunch Monday-Friday!  Wait though, this post isn't about lunch.  

The request was back to school lunches... but wouldn't you also like to have back to school breakfast ideas as well...what about snacks...?  Obviously, I can't give you all 3 at once, because what fun would that be?  So let's start with everyones favorite meal - or at least mine- breakfast!!!

If you haven't been to the recipes page yet, I recommend these: 





If you've already been through all of those, you're in luck because here are a few more ideas.  As always, I recommend serving with your favorite fruit side :) 

1. Egg & Cheese Roll-Up

  • Ingredients
    • Teff flour tortilla, 1/4 cup 2% shredded cheese, 1 egg & 1 egg white
  • Instructions
    • Scramble your eggs in the microwave - the foolproof way is to change the power settings to 50-75% and remix every 30 seconds or so.
    • Toss scrambled eggs onto the teff tortilla, top with cheese.
    • Add veggies or salsa if you desire.
    • Attempt to roll and microwave for 15-30 seconds. 

Ready, set, go!!


2. Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Up

  • Ingredients
    • Teff flour tortilla, 1 banana (sliced), 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Instructions
    • Spread peanut butter onto your teff flour tortilla...top with banana
    • Roll away!



3. Monkey Waffles

  • Ingredients
    • 2 frozen gluten-free waffles (I love Van's), 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 banana (mashed)
  • Instructions
    • Toast waffles in your toaster oven - top with peanut butter and mashed banana
    • Continue to toast until crispy.
    • PS: Feel free to add 1 teaspoon of dark chocolate chips!

Clearly, this almond butter jar has gotten lots of use


4. Stuffed French toast

  • Ingredients
    • 1 tbsp light whipped cream cheese, 1 tbsp strawberry preserves, everything listed here
  • Instructions
    • Spread cream cheese on one slice of bread and strawberry preserves on other slice.
    • Place together sandwich style.
    • Allow sandwich to soak in french toast mixture for about 5-7 minutes per side.
    • Cook in a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray over medium until golden brown on both sides. 

5. Easiest Smoothie - Ever
  • Ingredients
    • 1 banana (frozen), 1 cup spinach, 1 cup frozen fruit (I used TJ's very berry blend), 2 tbsp ground flaxseed, 8 oz of milk of your choice - my vote is Silk Soy :) 
  • Instructions
    • Toss everything in your blender.  Pulverize away!

I promise I'm delicious!


What's your favorite simple breakfast?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Totally in Love Tuesday - Amy's Cheese Enchiladas

Happy Tuesday bloggies :)  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  For today's TILT, I've chosen to focus on yet another Amy's meal.  If you haven't been able to tell by now, I am kinda in love with Chef Amy.  She totally rules.

Today's item that I'm totally in love with is....



Why should you buy?  Well, these are quick, easy and can be made in the microwave.  Pair with a fruit & veggie side and you've got a quick meal :) Can you believe that I've never had enchiladas before this?  I can't either - the next stop might be making homemade enchiladas - but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Sidebar, these enchiladas are in no way, shape or form healthy.  I mean they are loaded with cheese - so as part of the 80/20 rule, they definitely fall into the 20.  However, they taste incredible and I know what all of the ingredients are so I'm not too concerned.  I wouldn't eat them everyday.... but I love when I do!


Have you ever made enchiladas?  How difficult is it?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lindsay's Favorite Things

Hello there!  I hope everyone is having a fantastic day.  My day is going to be quite busy... I'm going to breakfast with one of my friends (also an RD!).. then I have a thesis meeting.. then a nutrition consult in the afternoon.  At least the day should fly by.... err I hope.  Also, a special shout out to all of my teacher friends who go back to school today!

In an effort to become a better blogger and to have more theme days on my blog... let me introduce Lindsay's Favorite Things.  Now, this is a healthy living blog - but I also want it to be a life blog - so every week I'm going to share 5 of my favorite things.  Stay tuned!


1. Sparkling Water - This is one of my favorite things.  La Croix is my sparkling water of choice, but I've also purchased Canada Dry and the generic canned sparkling water at the grocery.  I love bubbles in my water :)  I've never been a fan of pop... but I'm totally a fan of this.  Bring me a case of La Croix and I'll be your friend for life.



2. L'oreal Lash Boosting Serum - Let me just say I can't live without this stuff.  Seriously.  Before you go shelling out lots of money for Latisse... give this a shot.  It's definitely made my eyelashes longer and fuller - plus it doesn't have the risk of any of the adverse side effects of Latisse!  *Bonus* it's safe for contact lens wearers :)



3. J Brand Love Story Jeans - Hands down these are the best jeans in the history of the world.  They'll make you look tall, thin.. did I mention leggy?  Try them on - I guarantee you'll feel like a 70's bombshell in these incredible flares.  I just can't stop talking about how much I love J Brand... ahh!!



4. Apple iPhone - You're either a mac person, or your not.  I love this phone just as much as I love my laptop - it's literally like having a mini version - that's with me all the time.  Instagram, Emoticons+, Angry Birds, Color Splash & Words with Friends don't hurt either.  Oh and neither does this case... it's simply adorbs.


5. Franklin Covey Planner - I love being organized.  This planner has been with me for 3 years.. I seriously love it.  I've gone through various types of inserts, but I love the durable leather case, the fuller insert and the magnetic snap.  Franklin Covey planners are a little pricey... but totally worth it.




What's your favorite thing? 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bad Blogger

Hi everyone!  I must say that I've been a bad blogger lately.  My apologies.... this past week has been pretty crazy... a lot dramatic... but I must say that things are looking up.  Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say.  I'm not going to go into detail on the blog, but sometimes the universe throws you a huge curve out of left field that you never expected.  I just hope that this particular curve turns out to be a blessing in disguise...

So obviously during this time, like any normal person, I wanted comfort food....er or maybe we should call this bar food.  Anyway, I wanted cheesesticks, which I haven't had since going gluten-free.  Who doesn't love cheese and a crunchy coating?  Actually, one of the first times I tried a cheesestick I actually choked - that is what you get when you are 5 and take too big bites - but clearly that didn't cause my love to falter.  Over the years, I've sampled all kinds of fried cheese - the best cheesesticks are at a restaurant called Arthur's if you aren't gluten free - but now they just seemed like a forgotten food I would never get to have again.

I was determined, I had frozen cheesesticks in the freezer and breadcrumbs in the cabinet....obviously, they weren't going to be fried - I just can't bring myself to do it.  So I formulated a game plan that included dipping the frozen cheese in brown rice flour, an egg wash and breadcrumbs.  Then I placed them on a parchment lined pan into my pre-heated toaster oven... things seemed promising until I left the kitchen to clean my apartment.

However, keeping in theme with the week, things in the kitchen weren't going well... cue the following recipe for disaster cheesesticks.  Now I wouldn't call this recipe a complete fail - it was still the cheesy, crunchy, deliciousness of my dreams.   There was just one tiny problem......  I bet you'll be able to guess in the photos below.



Disaster Cheesesticks

Ingredients

1 egg, mixed
1/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
2 tbsp brown rice flour
4 frozen cheesesticks, cut in half (I used Sargento Colby-Jack) 
Italian seasoning to taste

1. Pre-heat your toaster oven to 400 degrees.  Set aside 3 small bowls - for brown rice flour, egg & bread crumbs.
2. Dip cheese into brown rice flour, making sure to coat evenly on all sides.
3. Dip floured cheesesticks into the egg mixture, then dip immediately into the breadcrumbs to coat evenly on all sides.
4. Place cheeseticks onto parchment paper
5. Bake in the toaster oven for 5-7 minutes. 

Prepping the ingredients!

Melty.. but sooo good.



Don't walk away or your disaster cheesesticks will definitely be a disaster aka mine.. but they'll still be delicious!

What's your favorite bar food? 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

B is for Bruschetta

Hi everyone!  I hope you're having a fabulous Wednesday.  So, this post is going to be about bruschetta. Who doesn't love bread topped with tomatoes... cheese... mmmm.  Do I really need to say more?  Now, let me just point out a huge surprise - before I went gluten free, I'd never had bruschetta.  I had never realized what I was missing... until I went to an INCREDIBLE baby shower a few weekends ago.  The food was to die for and they even had a gluten-free meal for me!!! PASTA!!  I highly recommend Maggiano's as the perfect place to take your gluten-free self, or your gluten free friends :)


Now, how exactly does bruschetta play into this story?  If you haven't noticed, I like to give you all the pieces of the puzzle in my story.  Well, everyone else was diving into the most incredible looking bruschetta I'd ever seen.  In my head, I realized that it wouldn't be hard to make bruschetta at home and I know the perfect bread, Udi's.


Granted, I had no idea what I was doing... but I had the perfect bread, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes and determination...


Voila!  This recipe was born :)


PS: It was incredible.


Easy Bruschetta

Ingredients

2 slices of Udi's Gluten-Free White Bread
2 tbsp prepared pesto (I used TJ's)
1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes
1 tbsp shredded Parmesan 
Balsamic Vinegar to taste


1.  Spread 1 tbsp of pesto on each slice of bread.
2. Chop grape tomatoes, divide evenly between bread slices
3.  Top evenly with parmesan and balsamic vinegar.
4. Cook in your toaster oven (or regular oven) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  If you are using a toaster oven, use the convection setting at 350 degrees.  Keep an eye on it, mine was done in about 5 minutes.
5. Top with more balsamic... feast away :)




Have you ever made bruschetta?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Totally In Love Tuesday - Trader Joe's Paneer Tikka Masala

Happy TILT!!!  I hope everyone is having a simply fabulous day.  Today, I'm going to share something from Trader Joe's that I love... umm but I love everything at Trader Joe's... so there are probably going to be many more :)

Where to begin... along time ago, about three years to be exact, I tried Indian food for the very first time.  Chicken tikka saag....I fell instantly in love.  As a child, I was never adventurous when it came to my food choices.. but now that simply isn't the case.  My dish of choice is always saag paneer... now while TJ's doesn't have that... they do have this....



I was super skeptical.  It's gluten-free and frozen... how great could it really be?  Hmmm but this is TJ's and I've never hated anything from TJ's....  Magic happened when I got to the checkout.  The cashier exclaimed, have you had this before?!?!  Ummm, no I haven't.  She then went on to sing it's praises for the rest of my visit - a very good sign as this happened when I purchased the peanut butter cream cheese. 

As soon as I got home, it was conveniently dinner time.  I broke into this package faster than a robber at a bank.  Within 5 minutes, I was incredibly surprised.  This was incredible!  It wasn't greasy...don't lie, you know saag paneer is, even though you pretend that it isn't like I do...and was packed with flavor.

Add this to your shopping list!  There are other varieties involving chicken - but I can't give my review since I haven't tried them - if you have let me know!

What's your favorite Trader Joe's item? 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Ch Ch Ch Chiaaa

Happy Friday!!! TGIF everyone.  I'm so happy that it's Friday.  Today is going to be a busy busy day with lots of meetings.... but then it's the weekend!  Who has big weekend plans?  I'm going to see The Help tonight - but unfortunately, I haven't read the book yet... so that will be on my list of things to do :)  Has anyone else ever noticed that books are always better than the movie version?  My Sister's Keeper, The Time Traveler's Wife, Water for Elephants, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Feast of Love and Someone Like You (combined with another one of the author's books to make the awful movie How to Deal)... just to name a few.  Sometimes the movie version is one in which they completely change and ruin the ending - I'm looking at you My Sister's Keeper.

Anyway, today's recipe post is for a quick pudding that you can make in a hurry.  It's simple, easy and full of healthy fats - did you know chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids?  You know now.


Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4-1/3 cup Silk Chocolate Almond Milk
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

1. Combine chia seeds and almond milk.  Set aside to sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
2. Top with raspberries.
3. Feast away!



What's your favorite book that was turned into a movie? 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

French Toast Madness

Happy Thursday!  I hope all of you bloggies are having an awesome day.  Today, I wanted to share my to-go-to recipe for french toast.


French Toast Madness

Ingredients

2 slices Food for Life Brown Rice Bread
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (not imitation)
1/4 cup Silk Soy Milk
Cinnamon
Nonstick Spray (I used Coconut Oil Spray)

1.  Mix egg in a shallow bowl with vanilla extract and cinnamon.
2.  Add milk to egg mixture, stir to combine.
3.  Place both slices of bread into egg mixture - allow to sit overnight or for 5-10 minutes per side.  Keep in mind that brown rice bread is dense - you want it to soak up all it can.
4.  Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Brown both sides of your french toast.
5.  Top with toppings of your choice - I rolled with Smart Balance Light and a pinch of powdered sugar.

Yummm...




What's your favorite topping for french toast?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Totally In Love Tuesday - Amy's Pizza

Hi blog friends!!  I hope you're having a terrific Tuesday :)  I've decided that I'd like to start a few theme days for the blog at the suggestion of one of my besties .... sooooo "Totally in Love Tuesday!" was born.  The title might sound a little 80's, but I love the 80's, who doesn't?  You probably should too.

Here's the scoop.... every Tuesday I'll be sharing with you a gluten-free product that I love...  Going gluten-free is so hard in the beginning :(  Hopefully, you'll be able to ditch out on eating some of the gluten-free versions of cardboard that I've eaten.

Drumroll please.... today (er and everyday) I'm totally in love with Amy's Cheese Pizza


Actually, I'm in love with everything that Amy's sells.  So why does this pizza rock?

1. You can cook it in your toaster oven - perfect for the lazy girl on the go.

2. It tastes like the real deal - cause who doesn't love pizza.

3. Umm it's loaded with cheese. Do I really need to say more?

4. It's enough for 2 servings - leftovers!!!

5. It's gluten-free :)

6. You can easily add extra toppings if you want something other than cheese.

7. It tastes even better cold.

8. You could totally serve it to gluten-eaters... promise they won't know the difference 



The drawbacks?  Yeah, sorry, I have 2 for you.  The first is the price of this pizza... it's kinda pricey at ~7.99 per pizza.  All of the other Amy's pizza's that aren't gluten-free are $2.00 cheaper... I'm looking at you Kroger... and Whole Foods.  The other HUGE drawback is that Amy's sells NINE.. that's right NINE versions of their non-gluten-free pizzas.... and only 2 gluten-free versions... one of which is a spinach pizza, which I would love... but it has soy cheese.  Why can't you make more versions of your gluten-free pizza Amy?  Why?

However, in the wise words of my grandma, beggars can't be choosers.  So, I'd like to thank Chef Amy for making the pizza of my dreams :)


PS: This isn't a paid review, it's simply my review of a pizza I love!


Are their any products you would like to see on TILT?  What gluten-free product do YOU love?

With Love... From Tiffany's

Hi friends!  Sorry, I've been MIA for a few days... things have been cray cray with the needing to get a new car and the thesis and well, it's just been busy busy busy.  I love being a busy bee, so I'm not complaining.


Today, I wanted to share some photos that I took awhile ago outside of Tiffany's.  As Holly Golightly would say, "I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's" and "the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany's. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that'd make me feel like Tiffany's, then - then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name!" 


You might think of this as a food blog, but I think of it more as a life blog....and it's still quotable Monday as I'm typing this :)  So.. break out Breakfast at Tiffany's, if you've never seen it, and enjoy these beautiful photos...


Enjoy.











Which one is your favorite? 

Friday, August 5, 2011

When Fails Become Successes

TGIF everyone!!  I hope everyone is ready for the weekend - I know that I certainly am.  

So today I realized, that I didn't really have anything in my house to eat for breakfast.  Well, that's kind of a lie, but nothing I felt like eating.  Seriously, who doesn't have those days? I wanted pancakes, but I'm lazy and didn't want more than one... but I'm out of my favorite mix.  Then I noticed the box of gluten-free bisquick I bought on a whim (really?! wth) and decided I could do something with that.  I noticed the waffle recipe on the back of the box and plugged in my iron....it seemed promising enough..



Then disaster struck when I was pouring the almond milk.. I only had 1/2 a cup... I needed 1 1/4 cup.  So I decided to improvise - the batter did not look promising.... but I was happily surprised.  Yay!


Chocolate Chip Waffles

Ingredients

1/2 cup gluten free bisquick
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg white
1 tbsp chocolate chips

1.  Combine bisquick, almond milk, vegetable oil and the egg white in a bowl.  Plug in your waffle iron and heat according to manufactures directions. 
2.  Add chocolate chips and pour batter into waffle iron.
3.  Let cook about 3-5 minutes depending on your iron.
4. Feast!


All dressed up!

What's your favorite waffle topping?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Risotto Diaries: Part I

Hi friends :) Thank goodness it's Thursday!  Today, could spell inevitable doom for my car :(  It's currently at the dealer as you're reading this post, while I'm cruising around in the tiniest rental known to man.  Goodbye AC, hello new car.   Ummm thanks I guess.

Anyway, you should totally make this recipe.  Oh, but not until you have time, because you will be stirring it constantly for at least 30 minutes.  I know, I know, it's pretty labor intensive and I was a little skeptical at first...in a what the hell was I thinking kind of way... but if you've never had risotto, arborio rice cooks to a creamy consistency with well, barely any cream or cheese.  In other words, it was divine.  Obviously, I'll be making risotto all the time from now on.  You probably should be too.

You'll definitely be needing this


Edamame Parmesan Risotto 

Ingredients

2 cups arborio rice
2/3 cup water
1 cup white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
4 cups chicken broth or not-chicken chicken broth (yes, that's a real thing)
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
12 oz frozen edamame
1 cup shredded parmesan

1. Combine water, broth and basil in a small saucepan - heat until warm but not boiling.
2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil.  Add arborio rice and minced garlic.
3. Toss in the wine, pour yourself a glass because you'll be stirring this risotto for what feels like forever.
4. When wine is completely absorbed, begin to add the chicken broth about 1 cup at a time.  Stir constantly until absorbed, then add in the next cup, repeat until all of the broth is absorbed.
5. Heat frozen edamame in a microwave safe bowl for 5-6 minutes
6. Add edamame and parmesan, stir until combined

Makes 6 servings (1 1/4 cups each)

This is just the beginning

There are no words

Serve with a brightly colored side salad :) 

Have you ever had risotto?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bagels for Breakfast

Happy Wednesday!!  Wooo it's halfway until Friday.  It's almost TGIF and all that jazz.  Is anyone else looking forward to the weekend as much as I am?

So, I used to be in love with Bruegger's breakfast sandwiches.  Maybe obsessed would be a better word, seriously.  I used to order an asiago parmesan bagel with egg, muenster cheese and sun-dried tomato spread.. and a hazelnut coffee on the side.  Always on days that I had biochem - and numerous other days after that year was over.  You know, where everybody knows your name and the like.  Clearly, going to Bruegger's is no longer an option and I have yet to make my own asiago parmesan bagels.   So when I want a breakfast sandwich.. what's a girl to do but make this faux version that is absolutely nothing like the original.

Oh, but before you get scared, I promise it's still great!  Throw some berries on the side and boom! you have breakfast.


This Ain't Bruegger's Breakfast Sandwich  

Ingredients

1/2 Udi's Whole Grain Bagel (or a whole)
2 eggs
1 slice cheese of your choice (I used reduced fat colby jack)
salt & pepper to taste


1.  Spray a small bowl with non-stick spray.  Break one egg and one egg white into the bowl.  Mix.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
2.  Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds, change the power level to 5, remix.  Continue to cook on 30 second intervals on a power level of 5.
3.  Layer the egg on top of your bagel half and top with cheese of your choice.
4.  Toast in a toaster oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is golden.
Into the toaster oven...

Voila! 


Have you ever made your own bagels? 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pizza Love

Hi everyone :)  Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is off to a great start so far.  Today, I am going to share with you one of my favorite recipes!  It is relatively simple, even if it seems a little intimidating at first.

Now, onto the recipe.  Who doesn't love pizza?  Umm I know that I definitely do - although I didn't like pizza until I was about 6 - don't judge. After that, my toppings of choice included cheese and black olives.  My absolute favorite was Pizza Hut's individual pizza... was it the pizza though or was it Book It?!  Please tell me I'm not the only one that remembers.



Since then, I've grown past Pizza Hut - which I will never eat again due to a horrid food poisoning experience and the fact that I'm gluten free - the perfect pizza to me is no longer a deep dish pan.  One of my favorite pizzas has always been Dewey's.... the toppings are so incredible and creative... but unfortunately, they don't have a gluten-free pizza.  So, what's a girl to do?  I could whine and cry about not being able to eat the Edgar Allen Poe until they get it together...you know and have a major meltdown and be completely ridiculous....or I could make one myself.  Of course, the answer to that was relatively easy.

If my kitchen walls could talk: Feel free to use your choice of flaxseed or egg in the crust based on your dietary preferences.  Vegan?  Feel free to leave out the dairy or top your pie with a dairy-free mozzarella substitute.

Edgar Allen Poe Pizza - Inspired by Dewey's

Ingredients

1 package Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
2 tbsp flaxseed, ground
3 roma tomatos, chopped
1/3-1/2 cup kalamata olives
4-6 cloves garlic or 2-3 tsp minced garlic
4 oz goat cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
3 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 tbsp olive oil
Dried herbs of choice (basil shown)

1. Prepare pizza crust according to package directions, using flaxseed or egg.  Add herbs to your dough and let sit covered.  While your dough is rising, saute your mushrooms until almost cooked.
2.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees - place your pizza stone in the oven at this time allowing it to heat with the oven.
3.  Take out the stone and spread your pizza dough on it using wet hands - the dough will be sticky. Alternatively, use a pizza peal. Spread olive oil onto the dough and top with the garlic. Place back in oven for 10-12 minutes
4.  Remove the crust top with spinach, mushrooms, cheeses and kalamata olives.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes until cheese is lightly browned.
5.  Remove pizza from the oven, top with roma tomatoes and place it back in the oven for about 2-3 minutes.
6.  Devour!


Seriously, this was the best pizza I have ever made.  You should run, not walk to your kitchen and make this as soon as possible! 


What's your favorite pizza topping?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Simple Summer Salad

Hi friends!  I hope your week is going well and you're enjoying the start of August.  Unfortunately, August doesn't bring the start of fall... summer temperatures continue and  sometimes in the summer, you just want a salad.  This salad is quick, easy and it never disappoints. 


Love these

Simple Summer Salad

Ingredients

2 cups romaine lettuce (or spinach!)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 oz goat cheese
2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette 

1.  Rinse lettuce, unless you are feeling fancy and using pre-washed.  
2. Toss with balsamic vinaigrette 
3. Add sunflower seeds, cranberries & goat cheese (I love the single-serving versions from TJ's)




*If you are taking this salad to work, I suggest packing everything individually*






What's your favorite simple salad?