Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #84


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan



Last month was a doozy for us - we rented a uHaul, spent 5 nights in hotels and eating out, had to buy new furniture, pay rent and bills for 2 different apartments, and set up a new place in a different country.

Now that we're somewhat settled, I'm trying to get back on track with meal planning and budgeting. This week's meal plan is only somewhat locavore-ish (in that our veggies were bought at a small, local veggie market and most of the veggies are at least from within our province, as opposed to from another country).

So not only are we working on a tighter budget this month, but we're also doing a fair amount of entertaining in our new home. Last week we had two separate dinner parties. This week I'm having a girls' lunch AND two dinner parties (one even includes small children). So here's what we're eating this week...


Friday, September 12, 2014

Easy Vegan, Gluten Free Red Lentil Burgers (Meatless Monday)

Free of dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, or corn


When we were packing up our apartment to move last month I was trying to  avoid grocery shopping, and to use up any leftover scraps of food kicking around in the cupboards. One of our last days there I pulled out a jar with a handful of red lentils, and another with quinoa. Luckily, I had some spices and a few tablespoons of GF flour and a couple of slices of onion. And so, this simple vegan burger patty was born. 

And it was so good I've already made it again. And they're husband approved. He ate them for dinner the other night, then lunch again the next day.  They also freeze well (info below), for quick meals.

These gluten free and vegan patties are very simple, low ingredient, and fairly cheap. They're also crazy healthy and packed with protein. You can serve them as burgers, or as patties with veggies on the side, or over lettuce with salad dressing. Their golden colour is rather fetching on a bed of greens...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #83


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Eating gluten free in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Maxime's Restaurant and Lounge



As some of you already know, last month the hubster and I drove a uhaul with most of our belongings all the way from Wisconsin, across Canada, and through to the West Coast of British Columbia. I'm still unpacking, but wanted to share a couple of restaurant reviews from our trip before I forget about them. (My apologies for any typos. I'm posting from my cell phone and spell check likes to play around with my words!)

So let's start in my hometown, the place of my birth, Friendly Winnipeg! (FYI for those of you non-Canadians, Manitobans are known for being friendly. It even says so on their license plates) And friendly it is indeed when the waitress actually offers you a 6 page gluten free menu as you walk in the door of a restaurant. In all my years nobody has ever just offered me a gf menu before without me having to ask for it. clearly This place is smart enough to know how to appeal to those of us with gluten issues!

  So here's a shout out to that awesome Manitoban waitress and Maxime's Restaurant and Lounge in Winnipeg.
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Best Vegan and Gluten Free Pizza Crust & Olive Tapenade (a quick & easy Meatless Monday dinner)

Free of gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, eggs



I almost feel guilty about how easy this pizza crust is to make. When I first started the blog I posted a recipe for an awesome pizza crust. I still love that crust. However, this one is just about as good and takes half the time (and half the bowls, meaning less dishes to clean!)

So if I'm going to feel guilty, I might as well enjoy it. Therefore, I smother the crust in easy homemade olive tapenade and some steamed veggies - both of which I can do while the crust is rising and baking.

The best part? I get two pizza crusts out of this recipe and I can freeze one for an even simpler dinner another night :)


Friday, September 5, 2014

Introducing Myshka: the cutest pudgy cat in town


So I'm still in the process of unpacking in our new apartment but hope to have a couple of blog posts up for you this weekend. In the meantime, I thought I'd introduce you to Myshka, my old pudgy cat since she may show up in photos on the blog from time to time! Furthermore, my own email account name, bellyopudge, comes from this little cat above.  Her nickname over the years has been my "sweet little belly o' pudge".


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Moving Fun

Hi folks,

Just a quick note to let you all know that I haven't disappeared, I'm just moving. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Hubby and I drove a UHaul all the way from Wisconsin, USA to Vancouver, British Columbia (that's 5 nights, 2 countries, 3 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and about 2,100 miles of driving!!).

Currently, we're unpacking and settling in to our new apartment. We don't yet have internet in our new place, but we're hoping that any moment now it'll get sorted out. In the meantime, I hope you're all having a wonderful summer and enjoying the heat. Stay tuned and I'll be back soon. I have some exciting news to share, too, so just bear with me :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eating Gluten Free at The Old Fashioned in Madison, WI


Like my review earlier this week of the Cooper's Tavern, The Old Fashioned is one restaurant I've been meaning to write about for some time. Now that we're busy packing up to leave Wisconsin and are visiting friends before we go, we're also taking the opportunity to stop by our favorite haunts. Hopefully it will inspire those of you in and around Madison to check out some of these places, too! 

My apologies for the grainy photos from my cell phone, and any typos (also courtesy of my cell phone), but here's my review of eating gluten free at The Old Fashioned.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Eating Gluten Free at the Cooper's Tavern in Madison,WI


While I can't quite say that I've been a regular at the Cooper's Tavern in the last 3 years since I moved to Madison, I can say that I've eaten there fairly regularly. And after the first couple of years of repeatedly asking about gluten free menu options, I'm really pleased that a few months ago they actually put together a GF menu.

So in appreciation, I thought I would share a few of my favorite gluten free options from The Cooper's Tavern on the capital square.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WNWNW postponed & the World's Largest Dinosaur

Hi folks,

Sorry I'm a little late with this, but we've been busy packing and prep'ing for our big move. That's right, this time next week we'll be loading up a U-Haul and driving aaaallll the way from Wisconsin, up through Canada and over to the West Coast of British Columbia, stopping along the way to visit family in Winnipeg and the Badlands of Drumheller (I just love being able to say "the Badlands").

On arrival, we'll be moving in to a new apartment in a somewhat new (to me, at least) neighbourhood outside of Vancouver. So I'll be sorting and getting my bearings.

Because of the flurry of activity and distraction I expect over the next month, and because I've noticed the blogosphere tends to quiet down in August, I've decided to postpone WNWNW until September, when things have settled down for myself and everyone else.

I hope to still see some of you around when I have a chance to check into social media and that you'll still stop by from time to time in the meanwhile. I intend to try and post a few reviews and photos of some of the places we stop along the way - after all, we will be seeing the World's Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller, which I think is pretty awesome.

Thanks everyone and keep your fingers crossed for us that the move goes ok :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Gluten Free Barbeque Flavored Popcorn (organic, with vegan option) + Meatless Monday

Free of gluten, soy, and nuts with a dairy-free / vegan option


Considering that I already have two popcorn recipes on the blog, you might have gotten the impression that I really like popcorn. And I do. I really, really like popcorn. And I love that it's getting easier and easier to find organic popcorn so I don't always have to search so hard to get my popcorn fix! 

Popcorn is a filling, low calorie with a little kick of protein. So I think it's a great snack for Meatless Monday - or any day for that matter.

So I've recently discovered how awesome smoked paprika is. It makes things taste like barbeque and bacon, but without the bacon. After a failed attempt at Mexican Chocolate Chili Popcorn last week, I figured why not try barbeque popcorn? I did, and let me tell you, it's awesome. Like barbeque chips, without the deep fry and white potato. 

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