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Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan, August 1 - 7, 2015



Ugh. It's another gross, sticky, hot week here in Vancouver. So once again my meal plan is about turning on the oven as little as possible! We're also having the in-laws over for a birthday dinner, so here's how I'm going to entertain without turning on the oven for more than a few minutes at a time...


Friday, July 31, 2015

BEST Vegan, Gluten Free Multi-grain Multi-seed Brown / Pumpernickel Bread (+MeatlessMonday)


A year ago a posted a recipe for Gluten Free Multiseed Multigrain Sandwich Bread. It was one of the first gluten free bread recipes I'd ever made, and I'd added all kinds of seeds and nuts and mixed flours to make it delicious, and healthy.

Since then that recipe has received over 6,400 views! So thanks everyone, I hope you enjoyed it!

It's still one of my all-time favourite recipes. But it has one hitch - it calls for eggs and milk powder. I don't mind so much, but others do. And since I buy free-range eggs - which are more expensive - I like to preserve my eggs when I can!

So the other day I was out of eggs AND bread, and decided it was time to try and convert the recipe... and it worked!! And guess what? This version is xanthan gum free, too!!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - July 29, 2015

 

Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that 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 $$$?


Friday, July 24, 2015

Gluten Free Tuna and Polenta Bites (+MeatlessMonday)

Free of gluten, dairy, eggs, soy


I love these little tuna salad and polenta bites for hot summer days, and especially when we're having a dinner party. I've made them a few times lately because it's been too darned hot to spend any time over the stove.

They're fast and easy and you can make them ahead of time, cover them, and pop them in the fridge until you serve them. These tuna and polenta snacks are also great for pot-lucks or as hors d'oeuvres.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - July 22, 2015

 

Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that 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 $$$?


Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Expansion (NOT Re-Branding) of Poor and Gluten Free



 Ladies and gentlemen! 

I'd like to make an announcement. 
Poor and Gluten Free will be going under an overhaul over the next few months. 
Your host has decided that she'd like to share more of her life with you than just her weekly meal plan, her kitchen concoctions, and her research about weird food allergies. 

Fear not. 
This will not interrupt your weekly scheduled programming. 
Recipes, meal plans, and blog parties will continue as usual.


 All kidding aside, lately I've been re-assessing my vision for Poor and Gluten Free. Which is to say, I'm finally assessing - for the first time - my vision for this blog. 

Let me tell you about it (using pictures!):

Friday, July 17, 2015

Easier than Pie Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (+MeatlessMonday)

Free of gluten, soy, corn, nut-free option, dairy-free option



Sometimes I think whoever came up with the term that something was "easy as pie" probably never actually tried making pie, just eating it. And most certainly they never made pie on a hot day, when the butter melts and the dough sticks to the rolling pin or the waxed paper, and then when you finally do get it into the pie plate it won't hold it's shape and make those nice little ridges but just sort of flops over the edge, like a wilted flower.

They never had a pie crust burn on the the edges and the bottom bubble up. They've never had a hard, chewy crust paired with an undercooked filling. They never slaved over a hot stove on a hot day, sweat dripping down into their eyes and between their breasts, turning on the oven light to check inside to make sure the filling didn't bubble up and over the edges, making a total mess of the inside of their stove so the kitchen is flooded with the smell of burnt fruit and the smoke alarm goes off and the neighbours all wonder what the heck you're burning this time...

Sometimes pie isn't easy.

But this gluten free, vegan, chocolate peanut butter pie is so easy, it's easier than pie. The crust takes just a couple of minutes to throw together, and you can pre-bake it while you whip together the filling. Then refrigerate a few minutes until it's set and there you have it. Easier than pie pie.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - July 15, 2015

 

Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that 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 $$$?


Friday, July 10, 2015

Easy Gluten Free Mexican Galette with Chili Lime Black Bean Filling (vegan option for +MeatlessMonday)

Free of gluten, nuts, seafood, corn, eggs, vegan / dairy-free options



Holy smokes, guys. This gluten free galette is insanely good. So good that my husband and I both ate waaaay more than we should have and and felt like bloated fish afterwards.

So here's my warning: When you try this, eat slowly - don't gobble - and wait for things to settle before you go for seconds!

Wondering what a galette is? It's usually one of two things. A galette is the French term for either a free-form sort of pastry cake OR it's a buckwheat crepe / pancake filled with savoury stuff, like eggs, meat, or cheese.

So this galette is the free-form pastry that I've stuffed full of Mexican-inspired fillings and I swear this French-Mexican fusion couldn't have turned out better. These chili lime black beans are TO DIE FOR. My husband is not a fan of beans in general, but he ate half the galette in one sitting, and has been asking for more ever since.

And of course, due to my lazy cooking style, this is also very easy, very healthy, and very flexible.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - July 8, 2015

 

Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that 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 $$$?


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gluten Free Watermelon Rind and Apple Pie (with a vegan option) +MeatlessMonday

Free of gluten, eggs, nuts, corn, with vegan option



So last year I posted a recipe for Watermelon Rind Soup, and someone commented that they used watermelon rind to make pie. That sounded like a fantastic idea and I knew I'd have to give it a try when I got a chance. Well it's watermelon season again and I tried it!

And the verdict is that pie is a very, very good way to make use of watermelon rinds. It's super frugal and watermelon rinds are actually good for you (see the above recipe for rind soup for more info), so you can totally justify eating pie for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

As I've said elsewhere, I'm allergic to a lot of raw fruits and veggies, and I can't really have raw melons. I can, however, have them cooked. When raw they make my mouth itch, and my skin itches when I handle them, so I usually have to use gloves for this.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Traveling Gluten Free in Rome - #3 in my traveling GF on a budget series


Rome is one of my favourite cities, and I've been there twice, so it's fitting that it be #3 in my Traveling Gluten Free on a Budget series. I've also been through a few other cities in Italy, including  Bologna, Milan, Venice, Ravenna, and Ferrara. Most recently, though I was only in Rome, so these pictures are all from there.

Italy in general has much to offer foodies, and believe it or not, there are tons of gluten free options. I was there for the first time four years ago and then again three months ago, and things in the GF world have changed A LOT there. Italians usually know what it means to be celiac, and you might be shocked to find that you can actually get gluten free pizza, pasta, and bread in a lot of restaurants. To the extent that you'll return and be disappointed about the lack of options in North America.

I was ecstatic this time and ate my face off. Here are some of my recommendations for food and restaurants, as well as self-catering.

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