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Gluten-Free Food Fun with Mom

7 Comments 18 July 2016

Gluten-Free Food Fun with Mom

Time with Mom is always refreshing. In our family, visiting Mom means time in the country. And this girl needed a serious reprieve from the craziness of the City. I finished the school year, took a day to pack, and was off to the Midwest for some much needed RnR.

We did the small town 4th of July fireworks shows, yes plural, walked picturesque farms, and even picked fresh fruit.



Mom is a gluten-free expert. She has been gluten free for about a month longer than I have. I still remember that phone call 12 years ago when Mom told me that she had tested positive, it was a hereditary condition, and that I should be tested too. Of course I balked that I didn’t have any of the classic stomach symptoms, but at the time I had no idea the full range of other ailments that would disappear within a few short months of going gluten free. So, yay Mom!

Breakfast at Mom’s usually starts with a smoothie, because I know that the rest of my meals will be outside of my normal eating patterns. But at least one morning Mom will make her waffles using Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix. YUM!


The first dinner we made came from Mom’s stack of recipes that she saves to try with me. We LOVED these Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups. They’re vegetarian and gluten-free, but definitely not vegan as we used regular cheese. I loved my Mom’s simple little Oxo handheld mandoline slicer. It’s so small and compact that you’d better believe I’m going to find a little nook in my itty bitty city kitchen to keep one.

The thinly sliced zucchini noodles softened so perfectly that we didn’t even miss the lasagna noodles. And did I mention that these tasted amazing? I look forward to making them at home using Daiya and a vegan ricotta. Does anyone have a good dairy-free brand that they like?


My favorite dessert was definitely this strawberry shortcake, and what a festive choice for the 4th of July. Although the cake wasn’t vegan, the coconut whipped cream was. You can find my recipe here.


Mom found the Angel Food Cake Mix at Aldi’s. She’s lucky to have an Aldi’s just around the corner.


It doesn’t make the most beautiful cake.


But slathered in strawberries and coconut cream, who cares?!


I’m heading back to the City feeling rested and happily full. Thanks, Mom!

Readers dish!

  • Vegans, what brand of vegan ricotta cheese do you recommend?
  • Where do you go for RnR?
  • What traditions do you have when visiting family?

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7 Comments so far

  1. Michelle says:

    My mom also has a mandolin slicer… Which I may have forced/enticed her to buy so that we could make zucchini noodle lasagna!!! I also take over her giant kitchen when I go home! My favorite tradition is making cookies at the holidays… Although they’ve kind of turned into New Years cookies with the lovely DOE schedule!

    • Heather says:

      I have a gigantic mandolin slicer under the bed that takes WAY too much effort to take out, put together, use, and clean. I am definitely getting the Oxo version. It’s the size of a flat hairbrush!

  2. Johnna says:

    So much delicious food in your photos!

    I like Kite Hill ricotta. So far it has worked as a direct substitution for dairy ricotta in everything I’ve tried.

  3. Wow! What a gluten free feast! I would love to make those lasagna rolls ups- they look fabulous!

  4. Hmmm I’m not sure I’ve come across vegan ricotta cheese in the stores. I would actually recommend Miyoko’s vegan mozza – but I’m not sure it’s everywhere, so you may not have it where you are. But I am totally trying these zucchini roll ups with vegan cheeze. YUM!
    Glad you had a nice, relaxing time at your mom’s =)

    • Heather says:

      Thanks, Kimmy. I will be on the lookout for Miyoko’s! Yes, those zucchini roll ups were insane. I’ve made raw zucchini roll ups before with cashew cheese, so I’m curious how they would taste baked.

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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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