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Summer Time Dinner under 30

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People often ask me, how do I find time to not only make all of my own food, but eat "healthy".

I simply reply with, "its easy and a choice / priority that I have made in my life."

While traveling to visit family this past weekend, I needed to pack food and do so quickly!

I selected some pickled vegetables, some roasted tomatillo salsa, and zucchini noodles with a mango sauce.

Thankfully I already had the picked vegetables in the works so it just meant, grab the jars and run. The salsa was already pre-made the evening before so I was safe there. I just needed to grab a zucchini, some fresh herbs and whip up a mango sauce before we headed out.

The mango sauce turned out to be much easier than I had anticipated.

I took an overly ripe mango (variety of your choice), fresh ginger, turmeric, and garlic, and a bit of cayenne pepper. All ingredients went into the blender and boom - mango sauce.

So some of eating healthy and creating all of your meals is prep work, but most…

Summer is Winding Down, so we need more Banana Whips (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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Summer is in fact winding down, but I couldn't help but hold onto it and the summer-friendly banana whip!

As always I experiment with my whips. This one is simple, just bananas, fresh ginger and spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) and then I added some fresh berries and homemade concord grape jam as toppings.








"then she began to breathe, and live, and every moment took her to a place where goodbyes were hard to come by. she was in love, but not in love with someone or something, she was in love with her life. and for the first time, in a long time, everything was inspiring. r.m drake

Golden Milk

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What is golden milk? Golden milk is an Ayurvedic beverage known for its many health benefits.

The modern-day golden milk has added to it: dairy-free milk, coconut oil, and additional add-ins while the more traditional recipe was simply tea, a touch of milk and turmeric.

Claimed health benefits of golden milk:
- Builds immunity
- Relieves coughs
- Helps sooth digestion problems
- Good for your liver
- Clarifies your skin
- Gives relief to autoimmune disorders
- Good headache remedy
- Helps build a woman's reproductive system
- Anticancerous

Ingredients:
- Dairy-free milk of choice, but I prefer a mix of almond and coconut milk.
- Freshly grated ginger
- Freshly grated ginger
- Black Peppercorns
- Cinnamon sticks
- Coconut oil
- (optional) Sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey, etc.)

Add all ingredients to a stockpot, bring to a boil and then let simmer on low for about 8-10 minutes.
Then enjoy!

Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo, Secaucus, NJ 10/14-10/15/2017

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Ladies and gentleman, it is that time of year again! We are promoting this coming fall Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo in Secaucus, NJ.

Tickets are 30% off thru 9/13 with the code "EARLYBIRD"
Get 20% off thru 10/13 with the code "ADVANCE"

This Year's Big Sponsors
Glutino
Udis
Enjoy Life
Go Macro
SYPI
SunButter
BFree
Earth Balance
Smart Flour

Check out the list of vendors here! We have some old favorites and some newbies too!
And as always, don't forget to stop by The Rachel's Way (A gluten and dairy-free food pantry) to help support where you can!

Want a chance to win a free ticket?
Post a comment on this blog for a chance to win.

Criteria:
- Have you been to a Gluten-Free Expo before?
- How long have you been gluten-free?
- Are there others in your household with allergies?
- Do you have additional food allergies?
- What a free ticket would mean to you.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

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What happens when your farmers market guy tells you that if you choose a case of anything he will only charge you $5.00, well you end up with a boat load of tomatillos and get hyped for tomatillo salsa!

Recipe:
- Roasted Tomatillos (around 10)
- Roasted Cherry Pepper (1-2)
- Roasted Garlic
- Sprinkle of Turmeric

Blend all your ingredients together in a blender or food processor. It is up to you if you want to be chunkier or smoother and enjoy!


Playing with Ferments (Sugar and Salt-Free)

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It was rather late in the evening and I all of the sudden had an urge to make a bunch of late summer pickled vegetables. 
I used to dabble a bit more in this area but while letting my stomach heal, I had taken a break and found that I truly missed a good pickle this summer. 
I hurried off to the fridge and spice cabinets and pulled out a little bit of this and a little bit of that and just sat down and started to create recipes. 

I wasn't sure where I was going to go or how I was going to do this salt and sugar-free but figured I would wing it and if it doesn't work, at least it was a fun project, right?
I found cucumbers, ginger, zucchini, carrots and yellow beets. 
I mixed each jar with unique seasonings: pickling spice, turmeric, garlic, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds, fresh lemon and lime.... 
Once I had the seasonings that I "thought" would pair well together, I filled the jars with raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and closed these babies up to ferment in the fri…

Charlie was a sinner. Philadelphia, PA (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

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March of 2014 was the last I sought out any of the Philadelphian vegan fancy schmancy establishments. 
After having spent a fortune only to leave disappointed, the highly recommended Vedge restaurant was just not doing it for me. I found myself ordering dish after dish, in hopes one would wow me. I couldn't figure out what all the hype was - perhaps its that all the gluten-filled meals are the real show-stoppers?
I've definitely expressed my opinion to others and I have come to the conclusion that one of the below theories is the cause of my lack of interest in Vedge.       1. I eat veggies every damn day of my life and therefore I have high standards for something creative and for only the freshest ingredients      2. I have a unique pallet. Because I do eat a diet that is heavy on fruits and vegetables with a sprinkle of grains and very minimal oils and sweets,       3. It's like a true Italian going into Olive Garden - "it just isn't authentic"
I do praise…

2nd Annual Philly S.E.E.D Fest 2017 Recap

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If you missed this year's Philly S.E.E.D festival, let me be frank, you missed a great event! There was good food, awesome cocktails, and a great opportunity to meet and greet local veggie-heads! 

Gluten-Free Friendly Options
Mompops 
Sweet Freedom Bakery--gluten-free, vegan, allergen-friendly
Soy Cafe
P.S. & Co.
LUHV FOOD
Inspired Brews
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
United By Blue
Ploughman Cider
Eight Oaks Craft Distillers

Non-Gluten-Free Friendly Options
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company Taproom
Memphis Taproom
Martha
Passed hor d'oeuvres fromSugarHouse Casino!
Noble Earth
Philadelphia Distilling
Spirit Forward
Red Brick Craft Distillery
Rowhouse Spirits Distillery
Home Brewed Events
Saranac
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Conshohocken Brewing Co.
Vault Brewing Co.
SLY FOX BEER
Victory Beer
Yards Brewing Co.

Event Sponsors
V Marks the Shop
The Town Dish
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
The Vegan Nest
Half and a Third
LockaSpot App
Green Mountain Energy Company
Direct Action Everywhere Philadelphia
Liberty B…

Ayurvedic Carrot Soup

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With summer weather slowly starting to fade into fall leaves, crisp morning air, and cool evenings - my stomach has been not loving summer fruits, morning smoothies, or evening banana whips - today I took the time to care for me!

I rested until I awake naturally. I started the day with a very long walk with Lutana. I took the time to make a breakfast and enjoy it. I spent the day at the park and then I put a movie on and started to make some home cooked healing carrot soup.

Ingredients 
- Fresh Ginger
- Star Anise
- Tumeric
- Garlic
- Spring Onion
- Nutmeg
- Fresh Water
- Carrots
- Celery
- Lime Juice
- Seaweed of choice

Process
I started dry roasting my spices on low heat. Once slightly toasted, I added about 4 cups of water and remaining ingredients. I let the entire pan simmer on low to medium heat for about 2 hours.

Then came my favorite part! I took the carrots out scooped them into the Vitamix. I added a tab bit of the vegetable broth slowly to ensure I did not over water it. I …

Philly S.E.E.D Fest 2017

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Ladies and gentleman check it out: This year will mark the 2nd annual Philly S.E.E.D Festival, a vegan craft food, and beer festival at the Sugar House Casino. Come join us on Sunday, August 13th at 3:00 - 6:00 pm!

Food Vendors on the confirmed list:

Mompops  GFShankara Vegan Restaurant GF tbdSweet Freedom Bakery GFVegan Commissary GF tbdSoy Cafe GF Vegan Mac & CheeseP.S and Co. GFLuhv Food GFAmino Juice GFMartha GF condiments and Kombucha A Delicious Affair GF tbdand more to come!
Additional vendors include Spirits, Breweries / Cideries, and More!

History:
S.E.E.D is the areas first all vegan food and beer festival! Hosted by EatYourPHL and Home Brewed Events. 

S - Sustainable
E - Everyday
E - Edibles
D - Drinkables

Philadelphia is well known for their craft food and beer scene, so why not also highlight the amazing Vegan offerings the city has to offer!

Why You Should Attend:
A portion of the proceeds (20%) will benefit the Humane League of Philadelphia, working toward reducing animal s…

How Living With A Dog Has Changed My Life

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It has been close to a year where I have been back and forth on if a dog in my life was something I wanted or if it just more used energy than I currently had to provide.

I did my research, I had a long list of requirements and to be honest, it would have been easier if I could have made a magic potion to create "the perfect" dog. I wanted one that listened well, took well to apartment life, did not leave balls of fur on my clothes, did not drool, behaved well, trained easily... the list went on and on.

I did find in my research some dog breeds that matched most of my criteria, but they appeared to be either very expensive to obtain OR nearly extinct!

I was on a path of "okay, the world is saying not right now" and I went with it.

Then I left for one of the most rewarding vacations thus far, a camping trip through the Smoky Mountains, TN. While in one of the many cell service dead-zones, I started getting bits and pieces of messages from my mom noting that my dad m…

When Some days...You Just Feel Like The Odd Man Out

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For the past 10+ years, I have dealt with my illness on my own - and for the most part, I think I have done so very well. I was always optimistic, read a lot of research, tried a number of doctors, tried new foods, and so much more. I kept juggin' along with a smile on my face and optimism on my side.
Then, I allowed myself to get to run down - I suppose I was trying to keep up with others expectations and of course, more deadly - my own expectations. I lost myself and I was too exhausted to realize it and too stubborn to ask for help. 
When I did realize it and knew a lot of changes had to come from a road to recovery - I tried a bit of every recovery phase: isolation, depression, neediness, positive can-do attitude, changes, and so on... and I always need to take a moment to commend myself for the journey that I have gone through and take pride in that no matter what stage I am currently in and where I "think" I should be at that point. 
Regardless, I have been going t…