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My Journey with Artichokes

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While I love artichoke hearts, I have never seen the entire artichoke. To be honest, I have only purchased artichoke hearts frozen -I have never ordered them out at a restaurant or attempted to make them myself. 
While finding artichokes at the Farmers Market, I decided to be a little adventurous. 

I did a little research online as to how to prepare artichokes - what was the better method, boiling, grilling, or baking. I chose to bake the artichokes. 

I cut the stems off the artichokes so that they would stand flat. Then I cut off the top part of the artichoke so that I could stuff them with garlic gloves and sprinkle with lemon juice. 

Then, I simply wrapped each artichoke into its own foil bundle and baked for a little over an hour at 425. 
I let the artichokes cool, removed the outer leaves and found the heart. Sorry there are no pictures, my roommate and I enjoyed them before I could snap a photo.  
I will be making these again! 


Smoothie for a Gluten Free Lunch

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In the last couple months I have been travelling more often than not and my eating has been taking a toll as well. With that, I have been struggling with digestion and have reverted back to smoothies - it's much easier to digest liquid like / mashed foods. 
Smoothies are easy.  1. Choose your fruit and vegetables. I try and incorporate spinach or kale in all of my smoothies and a frozen banana to add to the thickness or creaminess 
Most recently, I have had an infatuation for mangoes, so mangoes are in EVERYTHING I make!
2. Choose your base. I'm fine with water as a base, but from time-to-time I will add a nut milk
3. Choose a thinkener. I like to add nut butters or gluten free oats.

Farmers Market

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I have a love for farmers markets and try and purchase most if not all of my food there.

Nothing like waking up early, even on those cold mornings, to join my dad on a farmers market adventure. My mother pretty much finds these adventures torturous. Mom's key role is to find a place for our cases and cases of food.

This past week's find included a case oranges, case of lemons, case of brussel sprouts, and bunch of random other fruits and vegetables.

While some of the purchased items are not local - many are! Get out there and support your local farmers!!

Stay Warm, It's Getting Cold Out There

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Gluten Free & Vegan at 333 Belrose, Radnor PA

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It is rare to find an accommodating company - especially in the restaurant field. I get it, a plate (or a dish, not sure what the correct term is here) is a chef's masterpiece, so it is difficult to make changes or edits according to taste.

At 333 Belrose, in Radnor, PA the company not only makes accommodations - it is to my observation that Belrose thrives off of these unique requests. I have been to 333 Belrose a couple of times prior to today, but their menu is seasonal and you do not know if they have a new chef since the last visit, or if the staff assigned to lunch is a little less knowledgeable on food allergies - I mean,  with my food allergies I never like to take chances.

To avoid a potentially awkward lunch meeting, I called 333 Belrose the day before and let the hostess know that I was gluten free, dairy free, and tried to lean more towards vegan eating and I was wondering if this would be at all possible. To my shock, the hostess's response was inviting and eager.…

Gluten Free Take to Work Lunches

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I like to start with a cold salad. Typically it includes some type of green (or maybe two). I add in some celery , cilantro (one of my favorite herbs), radishes, pepper, cucumber, onion, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tumeric, curry, cumeric, red pepper, and sprouts. 

Next, I typically have a steamed veggie salad. I toss in whatever I have: mushrooms, garlic, peas, artichokes, brussel sprouts, carrots, and so on. In this case, I sprinkled some lemon juice and tumeric on top. Yum!

No worries, I did not heat my steamed veggies in the plastic Tupperware.

How to ward off the flu this season

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It seems like this year, the flu is a bit more powerful than usual! Be careful and take care of yourself before you get the sick - especially now that the temperatures are dropping.

-Exercise daily - even if it is just 15 minutes of stretching
-Eat right - try and eat the rainbow
-Get plenty of sleep
-Drink ginger tea (my favorite :)




Gluten Free at the Farm Show 2013

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Farm Show 2013, Harrisburg, PA - This is one of my favorite times of the year and a perfect way to start the new year off. This year was especially nice with the abnormally warm weather.  
This year I ran into a number of individuals consider that their gluten free allergy would hinder them from enjoying their time at the Farm Show - because let's just come out and say it, one of the most important attractions at the Farm Show is not the animals ... not the rodeo ... but rather the FOOD! 
No need to be concerned, I found plenty of gluten free options:  Plain baked potatoPlain sweet potatoMushroom salad (the cooks confirmed it was gluten free)Many samples - Jams, Hummus, Pasta sauce, Drinks, Nut-less butter, Nut Butters (Pistachio can be made if ordered)Mustard, etc.  

Milk and Honey, Philadelphia PA has Gluten Free Options

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Yesterday I stopped into Milk and Honey to grab a drink and catch up with a good friend. This corner store / coffee bar is adorable - hardwood floors, chalkboard menu, gourmet groceries - LOVE!

While reviewing their menu, trying to decided what I wanted to get, I noticed in BIG BOLD letters it said, "Gluten Free? We have you covered!" Stop in and grab some of their gluten free menu selections, there smoothies are delicious and the staff is great!


Gluten Free at Whole Foods

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I found a couple of new food choices at my local Whole Foods! :)

Asherah's Gourmet Vegan Burgers - there are two flavor options, Original and Chipotle. No Soy. No Gluten. No Dairy - now for the most important question, how is the flavor?

NuttZo is a gluten free nut and seed spread. Once I finish my pistachio butter, I am going to open this baby up! It's made of: peanuts, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds! All the things I love! 
Awesome Foods's meals are now stocked at Devon, PA WholeFoods Market. Items include, raw lasagna, kale and hemp salad, wraps, egg-less salad, and more! A little expensive but worth the 9-10 bucks for a quick, healthy grab-and-go meal.  

Gluten Free New Years

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Gluten Free New Year's Salad


This year I skipped out on all the appetizers and junk food and decided to start the new year right. What better way to start than a giant salad plate?

I pretty much tossed in whatever I could find. I found iceberg lettuce, carrots, roasted eggplant, mushrooms, radish, celery, peppers, cilantro, lime, lemon, a sweet potato and a ton of spices. Spices include: tumeric, cardamon, curry, red pepper, black pepper, all spice, ginger, and rosemary.

This salad was delicious and filling. I added a little mustard on the sweet potato! YUM!

Happy New Year to you all. May 2013 bring only good things! :)