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Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Valerie of City Life Eats

6 Comments 07 October 2011

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger: Valerie of City Life Eats

Most of you already know Valerie of City|Life|Eats, because you’ve read about how she has inspired me with delicious, healthy lunchbox ideas.  She has been a guest blogger at Gluten-Free Cat twice now.  Not only has she given great lunchbox tips and recipes, but she has also provided us with information about high protein meals that are vegan and even raw.

If you missed Valerie’s guest posts, you can go back and read them here:

This month I decided to adopt Valerie for Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger, because her recipes always intrigue me.  Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a monthly event hosted by Sea of Book of Yum, and I always look forward to it, because it allows me to really get to know other bloggers and their recipes.  I already feel like I know Valerie well, but I wanted an excuse to try a few more of her recipes!

Recently, Valerie co-hosted a blog event that I completely intended to participate in.  It was a Zucchini Chocolate Blog Party!  I couldn’t stop thinking about zucchini chocolate smoothies, muffins, breads, and brownies.  But then there was school.  So I just lived vicariously through the mouthwatering recipes that Valerie featured in her round up.  I did get a wonderful flavor of the event though when I made Valerie’s Chocolate Zucchini Chia Pudding.

This is really good stuff.  I love that it tastes indulgent, but it’s made with simple, whole food ingredients.  This soft pudding filled with crunchy raw zucchini and cacoa nibs was exactly what I needed this week when I had a craving for something sweet.

Would you believe that these ingredients mixed with a little raw cacao, hemp seeds, water, and cinnamon would eventually make a chocolate pudding?

Neither could Max.

And what a lovely treat it was.  I’ve only made chia pudding a few times, and each time I do I don’t understand why I don’t make it more often.  It’s easy to make, easy to pack in a lunch, healthy, and wonderfully delicious.

Valerie is also a fellow hummus-lover.  When she recently posted {Today’s Lunchbox} A New Kind of Hummus, my cat ears perked up.  Valerie has high standards for hummus, and if she loved this hummus I was definitely going to try it.

I made Valerie’s Azuki-Edamame Hummus, which is gluten-free, vegan, sugar-conscious, and nut-free, and I’ve been eating it all week!

It’s simple to make, just throw everything in the blender, and pulse until you find the perfect texture for you.

I love the taste of the azuki-edamame combination.  Little crunches of edamame in the creamy base made this hummus unique and utterly enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed adopting Valerie this month, and I hope you’ll stop by her blog for even more inspiration and deliciousness!

For other great hummus recipes by Valerie, check out:

And don’t forget to stop by Sea’s round up of adoption posts later this month at Book of Yum!

Have you ever made chia pudding?

What are your favorite flavors?

Please include a link to your favorite hummus recipes!

Your Comments

6 Comments so far

  1. Hi Heather – Thank you so much for adopting me. I am thrilled you enjoyed the recipes :)

  2. Ricki says:

    I love Valerie’s recipes! I had hoped to participate in the Choc/Zucchini event, too, but of course the chaos that is my life I never managed it. Great adoption! :)

  3. HI Heather, Thanks for stopping by BTP! What a great round up of previous posts. The Chocolate Zucchini Chia Pudding looks great and I love the bean combo for the hummus! I love when bloggers get creative!

    With all these great lunch suggestions, I sure hope you’ll share a millet for lunch recipe for the WWC event. You can learn more about it at
    Have a great week!


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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