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Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

Gluten-Free, Travel, Vegan, Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Retreat: A Full Day

3 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?
Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, GF)

GF Recipes, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, GF)

4 Comments 06 July 2016

When I visit my mom we like to experiment in the kitchen. And of course I love the luxury of working in a real kitchen that can fit more than one person! She has counter space galore, every pan and kitchen gadget you could ever wish for, and a pantry filled with gluten-free baking ingredients. In a nutshell, I have kitchen envy.

My mom does the typical preparations for my arrival. She prepares my room, stocks the fridge with fruits and veggies, and prints out a stack of recipes that she’s been waiting to try. Mom lives with a hardcore carnivore, so my visits provide the perfect opportunities to experiment with vegan and vegetarian recipes.

Yesterday, we played with a cookie recipe that really only has two ingredients – bananas and rolled oats. It’s so simple that I could even make this in my itty bitty city kitchen! Mom found the original recipe from Camila’s site Power Hungry, and all we had to do was decide on our add ins. We loved the results so I thought I’d share.

We opted for a chai flavor, so first we made a chai mix.

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By the Way Bakery

GF Friendly Restaurants, Gluten-Free, New York City, Vegetarian

By the Way Bakery

8 Comments 25 June 2016

There’s a neighborhood gem called By the Way Bakery that I’ve mentioned before, and it’s about time I show it off. Unfortunately, or fortunately, it’s not on my daily path to and from work, or I’d stop there every day. I have to make a conscious effort to walk a few blocks in the opposite direction to enjoy these tasty treats. And out of sight out of mind is probably a good thing or I just might be a daily customer.

By the Way Bakery is a gluten-free, dairy-free bakery on the Upper West Side where every delicious item is made by hand. Everything I’ve sampled is so light, fluffy, and scrumptious that you’d never know it was gluten free, which was the original intent of the founder, to make delicious baked goods that “by the way” just happen to be gluten free. Owner and founder, Helene Godin, left a successful law career of 20 years to open this bakery which has expanded to three locations including Westchester, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side. To hear her inspiring story click here.

I usually pop in on a Saturday to grab a small treat like a cookie or a muffin.

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But if I’m having a chocolate craving, these brownies are the cure. They are the most delicious brownies on the planet. I swear.

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They also have a case filled with beautiful scones, tea cakes, and mini cakes for those wanting a few bites of fancy sophistication, but I’m a simple girl satisfied with a good old-fashioned cookie.

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By the Way creates specialty cakes like this Pear Ginger Cake.

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And this Sour Cherry Coffee Cake as well as layer cakes and challah.

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But my favorite Saturday treats are definitely their muffins. I love the Blueberry Corn Muffins.

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My current favorite muffin is the Cinnamon Chocolate Chip. Oh my heavens, it is to die for with a crumbly coffee cake-type topping and gooey chocolate chips inside.

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Just last month we had a staff breakfast at school, and I brought a few dozen By the Way muffins for the gluten-free teachers. Of course, they were a huge hit with the gluten-eaters as well!
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The next time you’re in the City, I recommend grabbing a box or two of By the Way goodies to take home. Or better yet, let me know and I’ll meet you there!

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Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried By the Way Bakery’s goodies?
  • What’s your favorite all gluten free bakery?
  • What’s your favorite kind of muffin?
Treat House: Gluten and Dairy Free

GF Friendly Restaurants, GF Recipes, New York City, Vegan, Vegetarian

Treat House: Gluten and Dairy Free

9 Comments 18 June 2016

I’ve walked by this storefront in my neighborhood at least 100 times. Even though they have a sign in the window that says they sell gluten-free treats, I really wasn’t tempted to check them out until a friend wanted to stop in. Why did I wait so long? Treat House is a rice crispy treat shop, and if I’m going to enjoy a gluten-free treat it has to involve chocolate. Well, it actually has to be filled with chocolate, drenched in chocolate, and then dusted with chocolate.

What I didn’t realize was that the rice crispy square itself is just the beginning. There’s plenty of room for spreading, dipping, topping, and sprinkling with chocolate or any other of your favorite flavors.

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The creators at Treat House seem to be limited only by their imaginations.

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Which doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. They have 12 original flavors and seasonal flavors that rotate throughout the year.

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It definitely wasn’t an issue to find that much needed bit of chocolate.

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All of their treats are gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free unless specified otherwise. It’s pretty obvious that the gluten-containing flavors are s’mores, chocolate pretzel, and cookies and cream. But as always, don’t assume anything is gluten free just because there’s a sign in the window. Ask. Always.

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They even had a little something for Cinco de Mayo.

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Take them home in packs of 1, 2, 4, 12, or 24.

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And this chocolate chip treat is vegan!

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Here’s a flashback to my Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Treats that I “healthed up” a bit. Vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with agave instead of marshmallows, these were delicious.

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Readers, dish!

  • Are you a rice crispy treat fan?
  • What are your “must haves” when you splurge on a treat?
Goodbye to a Friend: Risotteria NYC

GF Friendly Restaurants, New York City

Goodbye to a Friend: Risotteria NYC

8 Comments 02 May 2016

It’s hard to say goodbye to a friend, to someone who has been there through thick and thin, long hair and short, natural and light, and all phases between hating and falling in love with New York.

It’s painful to say goodbye to someone I met just one month after going gluten free in 2004, who made me realize that eating gluten-free wasn’t a death sentence. Someone who showed me that pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and cupcakes were not gone forever. Someone who I dreamed about. Someone who I purchased plane tickets to visit. Someone who made me want to move to New York. Someone who put the most satisfied smiles on my face for the past 12 years.

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But it is time to say farewell, because Risotteria NYC closed in March of this year, and I didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye. Their lease was up, and according to owner Joseph Pace, “the 45% increase would have made it impossible to carry on”.

 

Heart wrenching loss.

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Risotteria was a tiny space that has left a huge hole in the gluten-free world.

So this is my farewell, and my thank you, to the restaurant that changed my perspective on gluten-free food and kept me coming back for years.

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Thank you for the gluten-free breadsticks on every table year after year.

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Thank you for every flavor pizza imaginable on thick and thin crust.

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Thank you for the paninis. Actual sandwiches on freshly baked and grilled bread.

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Thank you for the gluten-free beer.

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Thank you for the goodies that we could purchase pre-made as well as mixes we could take home to bake a memory when you were far away.

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(Yes, this was a purchase from one visit.)

Of course there was always your irresistibly creamy risotto.

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Thank you most of all for the cupcakes.

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Those dreamy cupcakes.

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Those decadent, fanciful cupcakes.

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That I couldn’t resist no matter how full I was.

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Thank you for the delicious memories.

Thank you for giving so many Celiacs a place to eat safely.

For being one place where we didn’t have to ask whether something was gluten free.

We miss you already.

Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

GF Recipes, New York City, Raw Foods, Raw Foods Thursdays, Vegan

Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

14 Comments 07 May 2014

Friends, I’ve been meaning to write this post every week for the past 3 months. But every week, I put it off and host another Raw Foods Thursdays, because I become incredibly inspired by your submissions and faithful participation. So I set aside a few hours to write a highlight post, and the post I meant to write is pushed to the back of my mind.

Until the next Wednesday evening.

Raw Foods Thursdays is going to take a little break. I love this event, so this is a hard announcement to make. But my life has changed so drastically since moving to NYC that blogging has become less of a priority. I’m finding that instead of my normal 2-3 posts per week, my only posts lately have been Raw Foods Thursdays posts. Why? Because I’m busy with other aspects of my life, but I have an obligation to our wonderful participants and readers.

Realizing that I’m posting out of obligation finally made me write this today.

This isn’t goodbye.

This isn’t an announcement that Gluten-Free Cat is closing down.

I just won’t be writing as frequently for a season. And when I do write, I will write because I’m excited to share something with you and not because of a schedule.

I’m also finding that my diet is changing. While I will always love raw vegan foods, and my diet will mostly consist of plant-based meals, I find myself not sharing certain experiences with you because of the raw vegan label. You might be disappointed if I told you that I’ve been eating some non-vegan foods. (There, I said it!)

That I enjoyed this very delicious not-so-dairy-free risotto from my favorite gluten-free restaurant on Saturday.

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That when I stumbled upon this sign in the West Village I just had to try the pancakes and didn’t ask if they were made with eggs.

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I don’t believe I’ll ever be a meat eater again. There are just too many ethical reasons why that no longer works for me. But I’m no longer swearing off all animal products. Living without them mostly? Absolutely. But completely? No.

I know that most of you don’t care how I eat, but there are some of you who read this blog because you’re a vegan. Not wanting to disappoint you is one of the reasons my posts have been dwindling. But I really just want to be me. Without a label.

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So, let’s share some raw foods before my hiatus begins! And I will definitely let you know when RFT starts up again!

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: 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?


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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