- When I decided to join the Gluten Free for 30 day challenge with my gym, I didn’t do a great job at looking at my calendar ahead. With Saint Patrick’s Day (Goodbye Beer ….), a weekend excursion to Washington D.C. and my first big dinner party at our house planned, I had my work cut out for me. But, I survived the month and managed to stay on track.
Today I am discussing my recent death by chocolate experience. You guys, this is one of my proudest baking moments yet! Granted, I had a little help with an original recipe that I adapted from. BUT, I made the most decadent chocolate cake and one of my favorite dessert recipes into a dairy and gluten free version!! Did I mention it still tastes exactly the same? I just about did cartwheels in my kitchen.
There’s something about cold Asian noodle salads that scream comfort for me! I mean it could be the carbs, because who doesn’t eat them and want to take a nap after? But, I also think the use of creamy peanut butter gives this dish an extra luscious element. Or maybe it’s the fact that I ate this salad curled up on my couch, under cozy blankets, watching mindless TV? Whatever the reason, it was a filling, delicious and share worthy.
The New Year is almost here and what better time to start fresh?! Part of me is sad that I no longer have the excuse of Christmas celebrations to stuff myself and indulge in gluttonous activities. However; the other half of me is excited to get back on track with my daily eating and exercising routines. I am going to resolve to be a little more conscious of what I am cooking throughout the week. Last year, leading up to the wedding I had become a pro at this activity. Unfortunately, I let the post-wedding bliss get to my head and my stomach a little too much this fall!
I’ve been doing a variety of meal delivery services in the past few months (More to come on these in another post). I originally ordered them because I got a great deal on the first week’s subscription and it took the brainwork out of cooking for half of the week. While the convenience is still a major contributing factor for why I continue, one of the other many benefits is cooking inspiration. I have have learned more about cooking techniques with specific ingredients. I have used recipe components in other ways that I thought to in the past. I have also worked on some recipes with ingredients I haven’t used at all in the past. Today’s recipe stems from one of those experiences.
Ever since I created the Flourless Mexican Chocolate Mini Muffins that are Paleo, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free I have tried to meddle with the recipe to come up with other varieties. As I have mentioned before, baking is not my passion. It takes a lot of science and meticulousness to perfect a baking recipe. I’m much more suited for the carefree way of cooking where there are often ways to fix and cover-up potential mistakes.
I had to share at least one pumpkin recipe for the season. So today is that day! I’m at the tail end of my farmer’s share for the year and we are getting lots of fun harvest vegetables each week, this even included a sugar pumpkin a few weeks ago. While my gut reaction was to make a pumpkin pie, I made a last minute direction change. With all the Halloween candy floating around and my recent addiction to caramel apples (Someone send help!), I decided having one less sweet around might be a good idea.
In the past few weeks I have been receiving an abundance of eggplant in my weekly farm share box. Normally, I would love to brainstorm dinner possibilities to incorporate this vegetable. But, for the past few weeks I have been doing various meal delivery services (more to come on these in a few weeks) to cut down on time on weeknights. I couldn’t let the eggplants go to waste but, I was in no need to extra produce. I decided to whip up a healthy snack with them instead.
Sometimes you need something vibrant, fresh and fruity to jumpstart your day! I tend to lean towards more savory breakfast options like eggs and chicken sausage. But, there is something to be said about waking up to a burst of bright foods that are cool and refreshing. Today I’m exploring a food trend with all of you in my recipe. Açai bowls are not entirely new but they have received a lot of attention over the past year. They are even getting fully dedicated shops that serve up just variations of this frozen fruit dish. This past summer after months of wondering what all the fuss was about I stopped in a store in NYC to get my fix.
This week is going to be a duo of recipes to use up those garden produce! First is a build on to the last two recipes I posted (Buttermilk Avocado Dressing and Sweet Corn and Zucchini Cakes). I experimented eating the corn cakes quite a few ways. Eating them alone for lunch worked just fine. A side for a summer steak dinner was delicious as well. But, my favorite variation was my little bowl creation. I always see recipes for veggie packed “bowls” on Pinterest these days and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try whipping up one of my own.