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Gluten-Free Retreat: Things That…

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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.



Things that are sticky.



Things that are off balance.



Things that are old.



Things from long ago.



Things that are better with toppings.




Things I had forgotten about.


Things that are savory.



Things that are sweet.




Things that are green.



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

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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.


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


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


Fortified with a green smoothie, of course.


And a new product that I’m crazy about.


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


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


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


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.)


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.


Or a maybe a midnight snack.

And just for fun, these caught my eye today.


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 Vegan Eats and Blogger Re-Entry

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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.


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.


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.

Curried_chickpea salad_Gluten-Free_Cat

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.


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?
Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

13 Comments 24 February 2014

I’ve always wanted to try making a cauliflower crust pizza. Imagine my delight when my mom told me that she had a cauliflower crust recipe that she’s been wanting to try too! It wasn’t a vegan recipe, so we did a little research and decided to veganize it.

We riced 3 cups of cauliflower in the food processor. (I’m in love with my mom’s new Cuisinart Food Processor! It’s so quiet and smooth! Now if my old one would just die, maybe… I’ll have to start increasing my nut butter production.)


We hand mixed the riced cauliflower with almond flour, flax eggs, fresh rosemary, and salt. Then we added the magic ingredient. To make a cheesier crust, we added a bit of Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese.


We could have made one large pizza, but we split the batter into two dough balls and each made our own pizzas. This is half of the dough.


It’s about the size of a small pizza. Make sure you use parchment paper on your baking sheet, because this crust will not be a doughy, hold-in-your-hand pizza crust. But don’t worry, it’s delicious and worth eating it with a fork.


We cooked the crust for about 35 minutes and then added the toppings. I began by spreading Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese over the surface and topped it with pizza sauce, veggies, and olives.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust_Gluten-Free_Cat

We baked it for a few more minutes until the toppings were hot. I was glad that we opted to make personal pizzas to eat with a fork. Slicing into traditional pizza slices might have made a mess of our gorgeous pizzas.


This pizza is DELICIOUS! Definitely be prepared to eat it with a fork, and I promise that you won’t want to put that fork down. It may be because of the extra cheesy pizza crust. It may be that it was slathered in Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese. Regardless, this is an amazing pizza that is vegan and 100% grain free!

Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Adapted from Modest Wanderer


  • 3 c. cauliflower, rice
  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • 1 T. rosemary
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. cashew cheese (I use Valerie’s Scallion Cashew Vegan Cheese.)
  • 3 flax “eggs” (3 T. flaxmeal and 9 T. water)


1. Make flax eggs by mixing 3 tablespoons of flaxmeal with 9 tablespoons of water. Set it aside while you are ricing the cauliflower.

2. Rice the cauliflower in the food processormaking sure to pulse until it looks like rice.

3. Scrape cauliflower rice into a large bowl and mix the rest of the ingredients in by hand, including the flax eggs. Roll into a dough ball.

4. Spread the dough ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet by hand until it’s about ½ inch thick into desired shape.

5. Bake the crust at 400 for 33-35 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Add desired toppings.

7. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes, or until toppings are cooked.

Makes 2 small pizzas or 1 large

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever tried making cauliflower pizza?
  • What vegan cheese do you like on your pizza?

This recipe was shared with Vegan Monday Roundup, Allergy Free Wednesdays, and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Life After Juicing

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Life After Juicing

12 Comments 10 February 2014

Several of you have asked me how I transitioned from a month of juicing back to solid foods. I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula that works perfectly for every person. And that if you follow those directions precisely, all will be well. All I can give you is my plan, what actually happened, and a few tips.

I intended to ease back to solid food with smoothies, more juices, and pureed soups to slowly wake up my digestive system. Looking back, my fourth week was pretty rough. I was very ready to be finished with the New Year’s Juicing Challenge and needed more nutrients. I started pureeing bananas into my morning green juice and avocado into my evening juice. On the last few days, I used the same ingredients that I would have juiced for my Spicy Avocado Soup and made a raw soup, blending everything in my Vitamix instead of putting it through the juicer. I think these days served as my transitional days. They required my stomach to work a little harder at digesting in preparation for solid foods.

On the evening of Day 30 we went to a party hosted by two of my favorite NYC foodie friends. I came armed with a bottle of green juice and intended just to nibble a few soft foods. But when I saw that they had made the entire feast gluten free with a vegan option for every single dish, I knew that this would be my transitional meal. Thankfully every single dish was soft and easy to digest — roasted root vegetables, rice and veggies, marinated tofu and mushrooms, and guacamole. The flavors were so intensely delicious that I could barely participate in conversation.

I was a little afraid that I had overdone it and awaited a stomach ache, but it never came. I believe that pure, soft, vegan food was a great transition.

For the week after Day 30 I started each day with a smoothie like this one.


Love Smoothie recipe coming soon!

And then I turned to my blogger friends for lunch and dinner ideas. For 30 straight days, I posted about juice while salivating over the warm recipes that my friends were posting. As food bloggers, we love reading each other’s posts, but most of our time in the kitchen is spent creating our own recipes. So it’s rare that we have the time to try each other’s creations.

My transition week was filled with delicious meals thanks to some of you!


This Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Dill by Janet of The Taste Space was perfect to take to work throughout the week. Warm and filling with the perfect amount of spice and fresh dill, it kept me singing joyfully about the wonders of cooked food again.


These Green Power Burgers by Emma of Coconut and Berries are fabulous! Made with buckwheat and edamame, they were a delicious dinner one evening and made great leftovers over salads. I loved these burgers topped with Carrie’s Pesto Hemp Dressing from Carrie on Vegan.


Are you a cauliflower fan? I am most definitely not, but I devoured this entire bowl of Tempeh and Cauliflower Pasanda by Emma of Coconut and Berries. This dish is to die for. It’s a meal to make for company.

Gabby of The Veggie Nook finished off my week of delicious meals with this Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad. Rainbow quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale topped with a tantilizing dressing.


Speaking of dressings, Suzanne of Hello Veggie wowed us with her Vegan Grain Bowl with Dragon Sauce this week too. That sauce was so incredible that it was gone almost instantly! Fighting over the last spoonful of Dragon Sauce could get ugly, so next time I’m doubling the recipe!

Every afternoon I came home and made a green juice blended with a plain or vanilla protein powder as my afternoon snack.


Kiss Me Kale recipe coming soon!

I also turned the dehydrator on for the first time in a month and made this Zucchini Hemp Banana Bread.


I also made the BEST bread I have made to date.


It’s thick, it’s pliable, and it’s coming soon to a blog near you!

Here are my tips for transitioning from a juice cleanse back to solid food:

1. Start with smoothies and blended soups.

2. Introduce cooked, pure vegan foods.

3. Then add in raw salads and vegetables when you feel like your digestive system is ready to break them down.

4. If you eat dairy or meat, wait several days to a week before reintroducing them.

5. Keep juicing! Stay in the habit of juicing once a day, because it’s insanely good for you.

Post juicing challenge reflections:

1. I’m so glad that I did the Juicing Challenge, but I think 30 days was about 5 days too long for me. I was able to make it work, but it’s good to know my limits.

2. Juice cleansing provided me with some great results:

  • Clear complexion
  • Release from caffeine addiction
  • More connection with the hand to mouth reflex
  • Strengthened intuitive eating cues
  • Increased energy and brighter outlook
  • Resolve to keep my diet pure
  • Sharpened taste buds
  • All of my clothes fit again

3. They say nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, but I’d like to revise that. Nothing tastes as good as healthy tastes AND feels!

Thanks so much for your support during my challenge! I’d love to hear how you’re doing!


Readers, dish!

  • How did your juicing go?
  • How have you transitioned back to solid food after a juice cleanse?
  • What is the longest juice cleanse you’ve ever done?
  • How do you break food addictions or cravings?

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Desserts, Desserts, and More Desserts (All Gluten Free!)

1 Comment 26 November 2013

Today I want to wish a Happy Anniversary to a dear friend who created the most helpful gluten-free resource to date. All Gluten-Free Desserts…All the Time! (Isn’t that a lovely name?) Yes, please!

All GF Desserts All the Time

All Gluten-Free Desserts…All the Time is a delicious resource brought to you by Shirley of gfe to point us in the direction of amazing gluten-free desserts. Just imagine cobblers, cakes, candies, cookies, brownies, ice cream, cupcakes, muffins, donuts, pies, pastries, cake pops, puddings…all in one place! This is a great site to visit whether you are newly diagnosed, have friends or family who eat gluten-free, or you just want something delicious! The recipes are also tagged as vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, paleo, etc. to make it easier for those who have multiple dietary restrictions.

It’s the perfect place to visit two days before Thanksgiving!!!

So head on over to wish Shirley a Happy Anniversary, and you’ll find an incredible round up of the most fabulous desserts that have been featured at All Gluten-Free Desserts…All the Time this year. Get ready to bookmark, because with Shirley’s help this is going to be the most delicious holiday season ever!


Herbed Split Pea Soup

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Herbed Split Pea Soup

5 Comments 21 October 2013

Soup Season is upon us! During the months of October and November I crave creamy soups. And my favorite creamy soups are created with pureed vegetables, so they’re naturally dairy free and extremely healthy. This week I made a split pea soup that was so wonderful that the smell of it turned heads in the lunch room.

What made it so incredible?

Fresh herbs. Mint and basil.


Herbed Split Pea Soup

by Heather


  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots (about 1 c. chopped)
  • 2 inches ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 1/4 c. dried (16 oz package)
  • 7 c. water
  • 1 c. fresh basil, loosely packed
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint, loosely packed
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a large soup pot until onions are translucent. Add carrots and ginger and saute 3 more minutes.

2. Rinse peas and remove any debris such as little stones. Add peas and 7 cups of water to the soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmering. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients until the herbs wilt and puree soup in a or high-powered blender in small batches.

4. Return to soup pot and heat on low for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.

Serves 6-8


Other creamy soups that are perfect for Fall:

And if you’re in the mood for something raw:

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite kind of creamy soup?
  • What do you crave in the Fall?
  • Do you make split pea soup? If so, what’s your secret ingredient?

This post was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays and Wellness Weekends.

Vegan Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna, Gluten-Free

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Vegan Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna, Gluten-Free

14 Comments 30 September 2013

The Husband and I went out for a lovely anniversary dinner at a vegan restaurant, and I had the most incredible lasagna I’ve ever had. Not the most incredible gluten-free lasagna, not the most incredible vegan lasagna, but the most incredible lasagna I’ve ever had. And I ate every last bite. I probably would have licked the plate if we hadn’t been dining in public. (By the way, I’m still pinching myself that we can walk around the corner from our apartment to eat at a vegan restaurant. I love this city.)

Our experience inspired me to make a vegan lasagna at home, where plate licking is perfectly acceptable.

The fun part about this lasagna is there aren’t any traditional pasta noodles. So you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gluten-free lasagna noodles. The “noodles” are thinly sliced vegetables, so this is a naturally gluten-free dish that is actually good for you. With a mandoline slicer you can get your ingredients nice and thin, about 1/4 inch thick.

Don’t let the true veggie nature of this lasagna scare you away. It is Husband approved. Butternut squash becomes the base layer of noodles.


A sauteed kale and mushroom mixture topped with tofu slices comes next, but you can order your layers anyway that seems yummy.


Layers of veggies and sauce with sprinklings of Daiya cheese give it the decadent taste you expect when you order lasagna.


Daiya cheese may not melt as pretty as dairy cheese…


But it tastes so good!



Vegan Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna, Gluten-Free

by Heather


  • 1/2 large butternut squash, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch slices (about 9 slices)
  • 1 large zucchini, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 package Daiya cheese, mozzarella flavor
  • 1 package firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. chopped yellow onion
  • 8 oz. package of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 8 large kale leaves, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 jars pasta sauce


1. Drain and wrap tofu in several paper towels. Place a heavy plate, pan, or book on top to press out the liquid as you prepare the vegetables.

2. Prepare butternut squash and zucchini. Peel and slice in 1/4 inch slices with a mandoline slicer. Set aside on paper towels.

3. Slice tofu into 1/4 inch slices with a mandoline slicer and place on paper towels to absorb moisture.

4. Heat olive oil in a large pan, add garlic and saute until golden. Add chopped onion and saute until translucent. Add sliced mushrooms, sea salt, oregano, and basil. Cook until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.

5. Preheat oven to 400.  Place 1 cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a large 9×13 glass baking dish and spread to the edges. Layer ingredients: butternut squash slices, sauce, daiya, kale mushroom mixture, tofu slices, sauce, daiya cheese, zucchini slices, sauce, daiya. (You can layer any way you’d like, but the butternut squash needs to be the first layer.)

6. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6-8


So the first slice was a little shy and droopy, but leftovers stood tall and proud after the camera was put away. Bashful lasagna…

Readers, dish!

  • What restaurant meal has inspired you lately?
  • Have you ever made veggie lasagna? What are your favorite layers?

This recipe was shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten-Free WednesdaysAllergy-Free Wednesdays, Healthy Vegan Friday, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Wellness Weekend.

Fresh Fall Salad at the Balanced Platter

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Fresh Fall Salad at the Balanced Platter

No Comments 03 September 2013

Labor Day has never felt like the last day of summer to me. Maybe that’s because by Labor Day I’ve typically been back in school for a month, so summer usually ends for me at the end of July. But traditionally, the day after Labor Day kicks off the Fall season.

We completely intended to spend Labor Day with a picnic in the park yesterday, soaking in the warmth, playing frisbee, and people watching. (People watching in Central Park is pretty interesting.)

We packed a kale salad and fruit from yesterday’s trip to the Union Square Farmer’s Market, a blanket, and a frisbee, and we stepped out into RAINY city streets. Ugh! Our apartment is so quiet that we didn’t even hear the pitter patter of rain drops all morning. So I’m stretching out summer until next weekend until that picnic happens.

BUT, if you’re kicking off the Fall season today, you may just want to head over to The Balanced Platter where I am sharing my favorite cold Fall salad.


Hope to see you there!

Readers, dish!

  • What starts the Fall season for you?
  • How did you celebrate Labor Day?

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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