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Pho Street, Bryn Mawr, PA Gluten free and Vegan Friendly

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It's always a little awkward to arrive on a first (or second) date with a number of food allergies / restrictions. So when the restaurant was selected, I quickly made a call to see if they would be able to accommodate. In the beginning, they were listing off a bunch of gluten free options, but none where veg friendly. I expressed my need for something else, and the chef said, no worries, I will create something for you.

Upon arrival, I let the server know that I spoke with the chef and we should be all set for a meal. She came out, discussed what she planned to create and confirmed that I would be fine with these options. To me, they sounded delicious and I couldn't wait!

My dish came out as rice noodles and simple stir-fried vegetables. She then brought out a simple vegetable broth with a tad bit of pineapple for flavor. I choose to mix my soup and noodle dish.

Flavor was amazing. Size was me size (large and in charge) and the best part, I did NOT get sick afterwards!

I will …

Betsy's Bakery, Camp Hill, PA

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Once upon a time, I was given a wonderful present from Betsy's Bakery in Camp Hill, PA.
I tossed some of these treats into the freezer and figured I would pull them out when I was desperate and in a hurry and starving - you know, right before you become hangry.

I decided to treat myself and pull it out from the freezer and give it a try. I simply tossed the bread into the microwave for 20 seconds and I was good to go.

Taste - wasn't too bad, pretty flavorful
Texture -was a little on the gooey side of things.
Overall - not bad, but not sure that I would purchase it again.



Fennel Pea Soup - Gluten Free and Vegan

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Fennel Pea Soup:

*Fennel Seed
*Star Anise
*Ginger
*Nutmeg
*Cinnamon
*Turmeric
*Frozen Peas
*Gluten Free Oats

Take a sauce pan, roast the ginger, fennel seeds, star anise and lightly toast them for 5 minutes or until aromatic.

Add in some water and the remaining ingredients (excluding the oats).

Let simmer for as long as you would like. The longer it simmers, the more the flavors will begin to marry one another.

Add everything to your blender (I use the Vitamix) and then puree until smooth.

Store, and for each serving, add a 1/2 cup of gluten free oats, microwave until done and enjoy!

I have found this soup combination to be one of my favorites this winter. I love the way oats almost "glue" themselves to my insides :)

Golden Soup - Gluten Free and Vegan

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One of the biggest questions I get is, "How do you find time to make every meal from scratch?"
The answer is much easier than the recipient is expecting - "I cheat. I make easy meals with simple ingredients and love." 
Golden Soup:
*Water *Ginger *Seaweed *Turmeric *Cumin *Cinnamon *Garlic *Carrots *Steamed Onions *Cooked Quinoa 
The process for this soup is so easy it is my go to when I am in a rush. I took an empty mason jar and filled it with a couple slices of ginger, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric and a handful of seaweed (I used Dulse but any kind would work). I let this soak for the majority of the work day and when it came time for dinner, I was able to toss in some precooked quinoa, steamed carrots and onions. 

The soup came out delicious, healthy, and warming to the soul on a very cold and damp February evening. 

Mom's Organic, Naked Lunch both Vegan and Gluten Free

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Thanks for contacting MOM's - we can absolutely accommodate gluten free and vegan diets at Naked Lunch!  Some more information on this is below: All Naked Lunch dressings are vegan and gluten free (they're also soy and dairy free).  Our Cauliflower Stew and Butternut Squash Soup are vegan and gluten free. Our Black Bean Burger can be made vegan and gluten free by request.These bowls are vegan and gluten free: Crowder Bowl, Lin Bowl and Sushi BowlAny of our bowls can be made vegan and gluten free by request by choosing substitutes. Feel free to speak with our Naked Lunch staff, who are are very experienced with dietary restrictions and are always happy to provide suggestions/alternatives.One quick note is we are not a 100% gluten, dairy and soy free kitchen - we let anyone with very serious allergies know that.

Warming Soup for the Cold Winter

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For some, we have been lucky this winter and have seen very few bitter-cold snow days.

For others, those of us who look forward to all four seasons (with the criteria that no one seasons captures all the attention) I'm eager for just one more beautiful snowed in type of a day.

Of course, the time when I decide I will ignore the weather channel, as it just keeps telling me lies, I find myself  at work, witnessing a gorgeous day of snow falling. I leave from work early to make it home safely and maybe even capture a bit of snow fun. Go figure, within the hour of being home, the snow fall stops and the dreaded sleet starts pouring down.

I figure, instead of harnessing my energy into what I had missed, I would embrace it for what it is and create a nice warming soup for dinner. Like always, my recipes are created by a mix of this and that.

There are of course, some ingredients I always go to (cinnamon, turmeric, ...) but then I try to just add in whatever is around the kitchen (garli…