Showing posts from May, 2017

Gluten Free & Vegan Spring Lunch

As the seasons are changing, so are my taste buds. I find that the closer we get to warm days, I want less of the heavy cooked foods (winter squash, oatmeal, etc.) and more of the "light" cool spring foods (mango, herbs, cucumber, etc). So the saying goes, eat with the season.

After running around all day attempting to accomplish the ever-growing to-do list, I was starving and it was past my typical meal time so I wanted something quick and easy.

I had been craving protein and decided to mend this with an avocado mash. I grabbed some gluten-free bread and simply smeared some fresh avocado. I added a touch of pink salt and fresh herbs, but other than that, I decided to leave it simple. Which seems to be easier on my digestion.

To counteract the heat and heaviness from the avocado- I added a fresh zucchini noodle salad with fresh herbs and a touch of lime.

Lastly, I had some leftover fresh vegan spring rolls with a turmeric orange dressing.

For a quick meal, I must say, I out…

Peas and Zoodles (Gluten-free & Vegan)

"Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?"

As the season changes, I love simple light salads for dinner. 
This one, in particular, was one of the easiest, yet tastiest I have made. 
I simply spiralized the zucchini and then added some freshly grated ginger and lemon peel, lemon juice and fresh herbs (basil and cilantro). 
When it was just about time to eat, I warmed some frozen peas and tada- easy peasy dinner.

Greater Philly Gluten Free Expo 2017 Recap

This year marked the 2nd annual Greater Gluten Free Expo and it brought many more vendors, a larger venue space ( yes, that means larger aisles!), and additional concession foods!

A big thank you to one the Expo's larger sponsors, Wegmans, for providing a festivity of gluten free samples!

Some newbies this year
1.   Chocolate Moonshine
2.   Bella Luca
3.   Metaballs
4.   Norwex
5.   Vientiane Cafe
6.   Local Mama Catering
9.   Juice Plus
10. Good Shall's Quality Meats
11. Supernola
12. Harvest Seasonal Grill
13. Luv Superfoods
14. Tangerine Betty
15. Baba's Brew
16. Grandma's Grotto
17. Mert's Nuts
18. Grainful
19. Archer's Cafe
20. Rose Gluten Free Bread
21. Stroopies Lancaster Co. 
22. Sweet Lady Bug Bakery
23. Pure Fare
24. Avondale Natural Foods
25. VOR

Some of the old-time favorites
1. The Happy Mixer - their donuts are the BEST gluten free donuts around!
2. Luv Superfoods
3. ProYo
4. Goodman Gluten Free
5. Manni's 
6. Mom's Organic Market

Some of the…

Formosa Hot Sauce - The Real Deal! (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Formosa Hot Sauce is the BEST!

Honestly, I am so tired of paying big bucks on hot sauces and not getting any flavor!

Formosa was kind enough to send me a mix of items for review.
 - Jalapeno
 - Habenero
 - Chipotle

While each variety was flavorful, fresh, creamy, gluten-free, vegan, and sustainably sourced - my favorite was Jalapeno. This is most likely because of my love (slight obsession) for cilantro!

Regardless, they only two complaints I have, was one of my bottle's lids broke during transportation to my parents and that the ingredients list "oil" and I try to avoid oils as much as possible.

What I really liked was the flavor. Each bottle had a slightly unique flavor but all packed a nice heat to them - and not the kind that you want to eat and then cry. In addition, the sauces are creamy and can certainly be used as a marinade!

Formosa Hot Sauce is currently located in the California area but their recipe originated from Mexico where the owner's brother-in-law&#…

Plantie - Get Plant Strong

I had the opportunity to meet with Alicia from Plantie.

Alicia's HISTORY She studied biology, with the hopes to one day, become a Veterinary doctor, but changed paths early on and enrolled in Philly Univ to study fashion merchandising 
After graduation, she went to work in corporate America for QVC, West Chester, PA. Alicia worked and enjoy the company for almost 7 years but just knew in her heart that it was not her calling. While continuing to work with QVC, she enrolled and completed her plant-based nutrition and holistic health nutrition certifications
Plantie was born in November 2016.
Plantie's Goals When we dream, we dream big and it is in our dreams that things we thought once impossible, become possible. One day Alicia would like to own her own farm sanctuary and help educate others. 
Alicia can picture herself living off the fruits of your own labor and the extras going to sustain her very own plant-based cafe where all our welcome!
Plantie's Philly Favorites Vedge V…

A Visit Back to Sunset Moon and Wellness Superfood Cafe, Bryn Mawr, PA

I recently wrote about my experience at Sunset Moon and Wellness Superfood Cafe in Bryn Mawr, PA and I have to say, I may have just been overly hopeful, as I really wanted their concept to work!

It can't be that hard for someone to open the perfect restaurant for those dealing with food issues like I am - or is it really impossible!?

I went back to the cafe this time with a group of ladies to check out their brunch scene. We arrived around 12-12:30ish, which is when I think brunch is really just getting started... and we found a couple of the menu options (it's already a limited menu) were already sold out. Seriously!? No tofu scramble for us.

The cafe is small and seating is limited and I do understand that everything is made to order and with love, but there was one customer, already served just enjoying the atmosphere while she tackled some work. Then there was another two-top, my group of three, and one other two-top that walked in while we were there. There was three wait…