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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?
Banana Chai Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, GF)

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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?
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?
The Teacher’s “Lunch”

GF Friendly Restaurants, Healthy Living, New York City, Vegan

The Teacher’s “Lunch”

7 Comments 04 May 2016

I’m pretty freakin’ fortunate to have time during the school day to dash down the street for vegan gluten-free food when I don’t pack a lunch. When “dashing out” results in a meal like this, I feel pretty lucky.

Backing up… Every other school where I’ve taught has given teachers a whopping 30 minutes for lunch. And every teacher in America knows that dropping off kids at the cafeteria takes a few of those precious minutes right off the front end, especially if there are some special someones who need a little extra “support”. After walking down to the teacher’s lounge, waiting your turn at the microwave, returning an email to a parent on your phone, and trying to remember if your lesson plans are ready for the afternoon, you might be able to sit, shovel, and have a few minutes of adult conversation. After scarfing down a few bites, you zip up your half-eaten lunch mid-conversation, and you speed-walk down the hall to promptly pick up your students in order to stay on the good side of the lunch aides. Turning the corner to the buzzing cafeteria, you silently curse, or school appropriately curse aloud “oh, banana grams!” when you realize that you’ll be hopping ’til 3:30 because you didn’t factor in 90 seconds to use the restroom. Forget a mirror to check for lettuce in your teeth. No worries, your kids will find it for you. Conclusion, teachers have an average of 10.5 minutes to eat lunch.

Speeding forward… My current school gives teachers 50 blissful minutes. Just shy of an hour to heat up a lunch, eat a gigantic salad while actually chewing, make a personal call, have a conversation with a colleague, look over afternoon lesson plans, and even use the restroom. To top it all off, we are actually allowed to walk out the front door like other free Americans to spend our lunch time however and wherever we want. We can go out for lunch! And there are days, like today, when I take full advantage of that option.

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Today I walked a few blocks to Juice Generation. Instead of grabbing a salad from their selection of raw food goodies, I opted for vegan sushi. The spicy mango roll with black rice, green mango, sweet potato, watermelon radish, and cayenne pepper was exactly what I needed to spruce up my lunch rut.

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Washed down with “The Professional” and I was ready for an afternoon of fourth grade acrobatics.

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(What is it about me that was attracted to a juice called “The Professional”? Clearly the marketing genius who came up with this name was targeting those of us who aren’t satisfied with a green juice of apple and kale. The professionals go all the way! The more greens the better!)

Thankfully I remembered I needed an afternoon snack while paying for my lunch, and I was so glad that I had looked in Juice Generation’s gluten-free vegan goodie case when I headed back to my quiet classroom after saying goodbye to my charges. This almond butter muffin was not only delicious, it supported my “highly effective” lesson planning this afternoon.

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Feeling thankful, well-fed, and highly effective, I’m calling it a day. Teachers, how long do you get for lunch? Are you allowed to leave the building?

Vegan Bowl with Creamy Mango Sauce

GF Recipes, Healthy Living, Vegan

Vegan Bowl with Creamy Mango Sauce

6 Comments 20 August 2014

Lately I’ve been all about making Vegan Bowls. I know that they’re a staple for vegans, but for some reason I’m a little late getting on board. They are actually quite simple to make.

I learned about Vegan Bowls by reading this post by Gabby of The Veggie Nook and thought, “This is brilliant! And easy. I can do this.” A vegan bowl has 4 simple ingredients: a grain, a protein, veggies, and a yummy sauce. Can you imagine just how many different combinations you could come up with? It could be as exotic as Gabby’s Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad or as boring as seeing what leftover grains and veggies you have in the fridge, tossing on some beans, and saucing it up an olive oil/apple cider vinegar concoction.

Here’s a delicious Mexican Bowl that I enjoyed at New World Cafe.

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The magic does seem to be in the sauce. I do love Gabby’s Cashew Cheeze sauce as well as Suzanne’s Dragon Sauce that you can find at Hello Veggie.

Recently I came across a very ripe mango that was begging to bedazzle my next vegan bowl.

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So I created a Creamy Mango Sauce that we loved on this bowl filled with a quinoa/rice mixtures, chickpeas, sweet peppers, and carrots.

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Creamy Mango Sauce

by Heather

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. fresh mango
  • 1/4 c. cashews
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. gluten-free tamari
  • 1 clove of garlic

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix or high-powered blender, and process until creamy.

2. Spoon onto your favorite vegan bowl.

Yields 1 cup

We love this sauce and hope you do too!

Readers, dish!

  • What’s your favorite vegan bowl combination?
  • What’s your favorite sauce? Please add a link, I’d love to try it!
Raw Foods Thursdays 5/8/14 and an announcement

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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?


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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