Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #81


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? 


Gluten free food in the Minneapolis airport





Hubby and I flew from Wisconsin to Vancouver, BC yesterday and had a stopover on Minneapolis. Normally airports are nightmares for people with gluten intolerance, but I  just have to share how impressed I was by the gluten free options at the French Meadows Bakery and Cafe inside the airport.

It turns out there are two locations inside the airport, one near Gate C and one near Gate F. The C-gate one is larger, I believe and has a full service area as well as a cafe stand.

I had a gluten free tuna melt sandwich and picked up a yummy gf bagel (with all kinds of lovely seeds in it) to have for breakfast this morning. So if you happen to have a layover in Minneapolis I definitely recommend French Meadow bakery!



This post was shared on the following great link parties: Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday, The Hearth and Soul Hop, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Happy Healthy Green and Natural Hop,     

Friday, July 18, 2014

25 Gluten Free Beet Recipes: from Appies to Desserts





By now most people know that beets are a superfood. They can be eaten raw or cooked, pickled or pureed. I've used it to naturally colour icing and Watermelon Pudding. Since beets are quite hardy, they can often be found at locally grown year round, too. I've seen adorable baby beets and large ones at our local market the past few weeks.

Studies suggest that beets can reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow, and it is high in folate and manganese. Personally, I think beets are delicious, but I know not everyone else likes their sweet, earthy flavour.

The 25 recipes and ways to use beets in this post provide a multitude of ways to get yer beets, and many of them don't taste like beets at all. After all, beets and chocolate are an amazing combination!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #80


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, July 14, 2014

3 Good Books for Food Bloggers



When I started writing Poor and Gluten Free at the beginning of 2012 I knew next to nothing about blogging. I hardly had a direction or plan for the blog, other than that I wanted a place to keep track of my recipes, connect with other people with allergies, and share my experiences with Oral Allergy Syndrome in the hope that others might find it useful in some way.

I've learned a lot since then. A lot of it was done the hard way, trial and error, and a big long, painful learning curve. I'm still learning, and there is still so much I don't know or understand.

However, in the last couple of years as my blog has expanded to include the publication of two cookbooks, Living with Oral Allergy Syndrome: A Gluten and Meat-Free Cookbook for Wheat, Soy, Nut, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Allergies and  Recipes for Unusual Gluten Free Pasta: Pierogis, Dumplings, Desserts and More! I've taken the time to do a bit more research on food blogging and food photography, and since I know that many of my readers are also food bloggers, or aspiring bloggers, I thought I'd share three books that I've found extremely beneficial in case you find them helpful, too, or if you're thinking of starting a blog.  



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #79


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, July 6, 2014

10 Ways to Use Hops Other than in Beer! + MeatlessMonday




Hop flowers are typically used in beer thanks to their antibacterial properties that help prevent spoilage, as well as for their ability to balance the sweetness of malt. They tend to have a bitter flavour, although there are dozens of varieties of hops with different flavours.

But a couple of weeks ago I mentioned in a post that I had received some beautiful hop flowers from one of the vendors at the local farmers market. Since I won't be brewing any time soon (although I do intend to try my hand at gluten free beer brewing this fall, so stick around for that!), I've been searching around online trying to figure out what one does with hops, other than making beer, of course.  (Yes, that is a beer in the background of the picture, but I didn't make it)

I've come up with a list of suggestions for ways to use hops and thought I'd share them with you. Some of you might just find hops at your local market, too, and want to give them a try. Or perhaps you've decided to brew as well and have a surplus of hop flowers.

They can make beautiful garnishes as well, so it's worth picking up a handful if you see them!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Farmers Market Finds (Being Locavore-ish)


I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July! We went to our first Independence Day BBQ in the US last night and it was good fun.

The farmers market was pretty packed this morning and we didn't make it all the way around before we decided to bail out, but I did pick up a few good things. Here's the plan so far :




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #78


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, June 29, 2014

Miniature Salmon Quiche for Canada Day (no crust or dairy)

Free of gluten, dairy, corn, nuts


Canada Day is coming up (July 1) and this is the first year we'll be in the US for it. Now most Canadians I know tend not to make a really big deal about Canada Day. And even those that do, it's really nothing compared to the 4th of July down here in the US.

But since I'm not home I'm feeling rather patriotic this year. So patriotic that I tried 3 times to make a a baked gluten free, vegan of Beaver Tails (like Elephant Ears, they're a flat, fried yeast bread usually sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon or smeared with nutella or something else).

So far I have yet to perfect a baked vegan Beaver Tail. Probably because it's the very antithesis of the buttery, fluffy, fried yumminess that are Beaver Tails. But I had a back-up in mind. They're not vegan, but they are baked and they are darned good. Miniature quiche made with salmon and local asparagus.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #77


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, June 22, 2014

Sorghum & Citrus Sauteed Beet Greens (gluten free, vegan) for Meatless Monday



Yesterday at the farmers market I picked up a jar of organic sorghum syrup and a big bunch of baby beets with stems and greens attached.

If you've ever wondered if you can eat beet greens and what to do with them, or what to do with sorghum syrup, you might enjoy this Sorghum and Citrus Dressing. I like it so much that tomorrow I'll be tossing it on a plain salad along with some of those fresh hop flowers I got yesterday!


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