Saturday, October 18, 2014

Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie! (reduced sugar)




Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving! Last weekend was our Thanksgiving celebration, and I made a pumpkin pie just like the one above. Except that instead of one pie dough bat, it had several. Yep. Bats. That's one of the benefits of having Thanksgiving before Halloween, instead of afterwards :) 

This pumpkin pie came about after a series of mucking around with various healthier versions. I tried making a sugar-free molasses pumpkin pie... meh... I tried making a dairy free one... meh... I threw away a few pies that neither my husband or I could bring ourselves to eat.

In the end, I had this mouthwatering pumpkin pie. My husband ate half of it in one sitting.

But I'm going to confess right now. This is only a slightly healthified version of a pumpkin pie. I almost never post things that are on the bad side of healthy, but in the end, some things are best left as they are. It turns out that pumpkin pie is really not better without the sugar and the creamy filling. I just use less sugar, and whipping cream instead of that weird evaporated milk or condensed milk that has extra sugar in it.

If you can take it for what it is and be ok with indulging once or twice a year, and you're looking for a really good gluten-free pumpkin pie that's pretty simple, this is a very good bet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday


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, October 4, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan



Well the weather's cooling down, and that means I'm craving more root veggies and hot, rich meals. That also means that I can make large pots of things and eat leftovers throughout the week instead of cooking every single night :)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Vegan, Gluten Free Tofu Meatballs with Crabapple Sauce - Cheaper than Meat! + Meatless Monday

Free of dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, corn



Crabapple or Crab Apple? I'm never really sure. Either way, this crabapple sauce and these vegan, GF meatballs are surprisingly amaze-balls. (The only thing cheesy here is that sentence).

These vegan, gluten free tofu meatballs in Crab Apple Sauce were really born  out of desperation. Since we moved back home to BC, we've been entertaining people in our new apartment a couple of times a week. It's been great to finally invite family and friends to our place after 3 years of living elsewhere. 

But entertaining can be expensive. Tofu, on the other hand, is relatively cheap.
 
I was facing several challenges, vegetarians, food allergies, my unwillingness to make yet another trip to the grocery store... Necessity is the mother of invention, and man did this invention turn out surprisingly AWESOME! So awesome that I made it three times in two weeks for three different sets of dinner guests.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #86

 
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? 


Monday, September 29, 2014

My Ancient Egyptian Romance novel is available NOW!!!



So I didn't post anything this weekend. Aside from my atrocious inability to put together a blogging schedule, I have a couple of very good reasons. 

First off, I was presenting at a fabulous dance conference, The Safar Conference for Middle Eastern Dance. It was an amazing event in Vancouver, BC, hosted by some beautiful Middle Eastern dancers (two of whom happened to be bridesmaids at my wedding ;) ), and my lecture was entitled Spies and Scandals: The Problems with Studying Belly Dance History. It was a rather scandalous lecture focused on the WWII spy belly dancer, Hikmat Fahmy.

So this brings me to the other reason I didn't post this weekend. I was rushing to get my latest book (and my first novel), In the Court of Kemet, ready for publication. If you've read my About Me page, you'll know that I have a Masters degree with a focus on Egyptian history. This past year, aside from publishing two cookbooks, I've put my research skills to use and have written a historical romance based on the life of Egypt's first female ruler. 

Read on for the deets, people!! It's a super fun romance novel steeped in historical details and intrigue... 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #85


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? 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (GF, Vegan)

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



I don't know about you, but I find it hard to get a good, hot, gluten free breakfast that doesn't take forever. I mean pancakes are great and all, but they're not exactly quick.

And the other morning I woke up and it was chilly and raining and I had a cold. Which is funny, because right now it feels something like 30C! It's totally summer weather!

So being sick and it being cold and rainy, I was craving something warm and comforting. I wanted a hot, easy, gluten free breakfast. I'm allergic to oats so oatmeal wasn't an option. I did, however, have a large bag of quinoa in the cupboard. The rest is quinoa breakfast bowl history...


Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan




Yesterday my girl friend and I made a trip to a great farm/veggie market in Richmond, BC, the Richmond Country Farm.  So my fridge is fully stocked and this week's meals are based around the awesome spray-free and local veggies.

That means that the theme of this week's meals is simple and easy!


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...

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