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Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan

Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

6 Comments 01 August 2016

I’m thoroughly enjoying a break from real life, submersing myself in things that I love, learning from others, and sleeping 9 hours each night. I’m appreciating moments rather than moving on to the next one. I’m savoring the flavors rather than inhaling for sustenance. I’m digging into the now and remembering how densely delicious it is. And I haven’t once missed my book of lists with tabbed sections and sublists of lists.

I’m enjoying the essence of things.

Things that are spreadable.

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Things that are sticky.

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Things that are off balance.

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Things that are old.

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Things from long ago.

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Things that are better with toppings.

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Things I had forgotten about.

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Things that are savory.

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Things that are sweet.

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Things that are green.

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Things that make this heart happy.

Readers, dish!

  • Which picture do you want to know more about?
  • Where do you go just to “be”?
Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

5 Comments 30 July 2016

Most summers I enjoy a long weekend with gluten-free blogger friends in the country. The days are filled with relaxing, walking, art journaling, chatting, yoga, writing, shopping, cooking, blogging, and eating. Lots of eating. Here’s a snippet of my day:

Walking with a sweet friend while being watched.

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Making sure this little guy made it safely across the road.

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Breakfasting. A throwback to pre-gluten-free days as this tasted exactly like my memories of Entenmann’s.

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Fortified with a green smoothie, of course.

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And a new product that I’m crazy about.

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Swapples! Covered in vegan cream cheese compliments of Valerie of City|Life|Eats. I think this flavor was my favorite.

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They were also incredible last night with That Chili with the Mushrooms by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily.

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Snacking at Kickshaws Downtown Market, a local whole foods market that caters to the gluten-free vegan crowd.

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Jackfruit and sauerkraut on vegan and gluten-free sourdough bread. (If you need your own vegan pulled-pork experience, try Johnna’s recipe. Even carnivores like it.)

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And a strawberry shortcake cupcake for dessert. Do snacks qualify as dessert-ending meal?

Just in case I need more to look forward to, these vegan, gluten-free cinnamon rolls are on the counter waiting for breakfast.

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Or a maybe a midnight snack.

And just for fun, these caught my eye today.

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Ew, right?

Full and content, I’m off to bed.

Readers, dish!

  • What do you do to let down?
  • How do you fill up when you’re feeling depleted?
Gluten-Free Food Fun with Mom

GF Product Reviews, GF Recipes, Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Food Fun with Mom

7 Comments 18 July 2016

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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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

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It doesn’t make the most beautiful cake.

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

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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?
Gluten-Free Vegan Eats and Blogger Re-Entry

GF Recipes, Gluten-Free, Healthy Living, New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Gluten-Free Vegan Eats and Blogger Re-Entry

7 Comments 11 June 2016

I can’t tell you how envigorating it is to be back in the blogging world. I drifted away from Gluten-Free Cat with the busyness of a new life in a new city after feeling blog burnout. To be back on my own terms is refreshing. My own terms may mean two posts one week and then not again for three. It may also mean being content with the one blurry snapshot of a dish that I took with my iPhone or a less than ideal “plating”. It most definitely means trying to capture as much natural light as possible on my windowsill and being content with the ugly metal window frame in every shot you’ll ever see.

But the best outcome has been reconnecting with blogging friends. I pretty much didn’t read a blog for about two years. I’m not entirely sure why a break in blogging meant a break in reading others’ blogs, but I think I suddenly saw myself as an outsider. Out of sight out of mind was easier. Reading blogs as a non-blogger was a bit on the depressing side too. I saw the incredible things these bloggers were doing and felt wistfully jealous. Even though my cooking time had been cut to nearly none, which is normal for New Yorkers, the rare times that I did cook would frustrate me. So when I read a blogger’s recipe, I knew I wouldn’t have time or space to make it. It was easier not to read about it.

Waking up Gluten-Free Cat (which sounds like a musical title) has reminded me of the talent, beauty, and deliciousness that’s only a few finger taps away. I definitely read blogs differently than I did before. I can enjoy the story behind the food without being hung up on circumstances outside of my control. And I’m finding that there’s more that I can do in my kitchen than I originally thought.

Like this Chocolate Chia Berry Crunch that I had for breakfast yesterday. The base is Gena’s Carob Chia Pudding using raw cacao instead of carob, sprinkled with buckwheaties, which I also learned to make years ago from Gena’s blog. By the way, did you know that her blog has a new name? (I’m sure it’s old news to many of you.) She changed it from Choosing Raw to The Full Helping. Whether you’re a vegan or not, your life can only be healthier and more full by reading her blog.

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And as an example of blogging on my own terms, here’s the ugliest parfait ever, which I made while brushing my teeth, between spin class and school.

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I didn’t actually have time to eat the ugly parfait in the classy stemless wine glass, although I did toy with the idea of wrapping it in saran wrap and bubble wrap so I could take my breakfast to school and eat it in style. But time was of the essence, so this nonbeauty was dumped into a thermos, tossed into my backpack, and thoroughly enjoyed at my desk while prepping lessons for the day. Despite the unromanticness of reality, it was delicious! The raw cacao made this pudding decadent, and the overripe strawberries tasted like the summer that is only 12 school days away, but who’s counting?

A simple, fun lunch I enjoyed recently was this Curried Chickpea and Avocado Salad by Davida of The Healthy Maven. Curry, avocado, and chickpeas are three staples in my life. Davida is the genius that put them all together in one cool salad.

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Don’t judge her creation by my snapshot. Look at these photos which are what made me realize I had to eat this now. Protein-rich chickpeas, curry, and avocado? Love in a pepper. I was really excited to see how Davida’s blog has blossomed in the two years that I was away. Do you love good food, fun stories, fitness, and gorgeous photography? Read The Healthy Maven.

With the heatwave we had in the City last week I was essentially existing on smoothies, handfuls of anything from a nuts.com bag, and salads. I purchased sweet potatoes before the temperature rose, and they sat and shriveled because there was no way I was turning on the oven to bake them. And did I mention that was the week the air conditioner decided to die? But an oasis opened up with this Cold Almond Butter Noodle Bowl by Kimmy of Rock My Vegan Socks.

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I found fresh gluten-free brown rice noodles, so I only had to boil water for 3 minutes. And the stir-frying that took just long enough to open up flavors and brown the tofu, kept the kitchen heat minimal. We enjoyed this Thai-inspired bowl for days right out of the refrigerator. Delicious!

Kimmy’s blog is a special one. I love how she shares her life with her readers along with her food adventures and creations. She invites you in, seats you at her kitchen table, and gives you a cup of tea to sip while she tells you a story. I have loved reconnecting with her. And if you want to see what a real parfait should look like, check out her latest post on Cherry Oat Parfaits.

Reader, dish!

  • What new recipes have you tried lately?
  • How often do you try new recipes?
  • Which blogs have you been enjoying lately?
  • Which of these delicious recipes are you hopping over to next?
Raw Foods Thursdays: 5/1/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 5/1/14

9 Comments 30 April 2014

Happy May Day! I’m glad you’re here. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a day dedicated to plants and flowers than to share our plant-based raw creations! Last week there were some incredible submissions, and I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

Favorite Breakfast

Green Hemp Acai Bowl by The Taste Space

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Favorite Salad

Sauerkraut-Avocado Salad by The Gluten-Free Treadmill

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And there was no way I was choosing a favorite dessert. So here are three!

Vegan Pear Chocolate Cake by Naturelle

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Or would you rather enjoy your chocolate cake with a lemony twist? Try Chocolate Dipped Blueberry Lavender Cake by Detached & Connected.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Drops by The Fussiest Eater

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Are you inspired? Me too!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/24/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/24/14

6 Comments 23 April 2014

Welcome back to Raw Foods Thursdays, the weekly blogging event that will fulfill all of your raw desires. Well, all of your raw food desires anyway. If you’re new to this event, come join in the fun! Browse through last week’s entries, this weeks highlights below, and come back later to check out the raw goodness that will be linked up in the next few days. We’re glad you’re here!

Last week we enjoyed an assortment of smoothies, goodies, and unique raw creations. Here are a few that I didn’t want you to miss!

Frozen Orange Kiss Desserts by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily

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Rawsome Carrot Wraps by Kimmy of Rock My Vegan Socks

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles by Karen of Karen Luvs Life

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This week I’m sharing my first Raw Foods Potluck Adventure in NYC.

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Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

What do you have to share?


Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/10/14

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: 4/10/14

12 Comments 09 April 2014

This will be the shortest Raw Foods Thursdays post ever. I have the flu and can barely see the screen through my watery eyes. Everything hurts. My mouse finger hurts. So no highlights this week. But please do link up and check out the raw creations our friends have dreamed up.

And if you haven’t had a chance to go back to last week’s edition, please do. There were some lovely entries.

Off to curl up in a ball.


Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Vegan

Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie (Raw, Vegan, GF)

6 Comments 31 March 2014

Where is Spring? There has been a lot of complaining about this winter. A lot. When New Yorkers hear that this is my first winter in the City, they make sure that I know that this has been the hardest winter in years. “You picked the worst year to come,” they encourage. “The winters are not always like this.”

But I haven’t complained one bit. Well, I haven’t complained much. I did complain that school wasn’t canceled on the days that it snowed between 8 and 12 inches, but even on those days it was kind of exciting to strap on winter boots and tromp through the snow to work. In general, I have loved this winter. This Southern girl loves the snow! And dealing with the cold hasn’t been too terrible either. While this is a walking community, ducking into warm places like shops, train stations, or cabs means you really don’t have to be out in the cold for too long.

Plus, I think I finally figured out the whole layering clothing concept.

But March is coming to an end, and Spring just has to be around the corner, right? If not, I just may need a visit to a tropical island.

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Spring Fever Zucchini Smoothie

by Heather 

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Place nut milk, quinoa flakes, and protein powder in the Vitamix or high powered blender. Blend for 5 seconds and let it sit while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

2. Add remaining ingredients to the Vitamix and blend until creamy.

3. Pour and sprinkle with orange zest.

Serves 1

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Another favorite zucchini smoothie:

Chocolate Zucchini Wake Up Smoothie

Readers, dish!

  • Has spring sprung for you?
  • What are some of your favorite tropical fruits?
Raw Foods Thursdays: March 27, 2014

GF Recipes, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays: March 27, 2014

11 Comments 26 March 2014

Happy Raw Foods Thursday! I hope you’re having a great week and that you’re gearing up for a wonderful weekend ahead. I spend time meal planning over the weekend, and this event is always the first place I look for recipes. Hopefully you’ll find something here that you’d like to try too! I loved last week’s submissions and can’t wait to try them out! Here are a few highlights.

Favorite Appetizer

Raw Dolmas with Cilantro Tahini Sauce by Janet of The Taste Space

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Favorite Juice

The Beet is On by Juicing With G

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Favorite Dinner

Zucchini Noodles with Pea and Avocado Sauce by Karen of Karen Luvs Life

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Favorite Dessert

Choco-Banana Rolls by Mini of Quick’n’Healthy 

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This week I’ve started each day with a Green Protein Breakfast Bowl. This is my submission to Raw Foods Thursdays.

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What do you have to share?

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

Thanks for participating!


A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

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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