The Benefits of 3 Months Wheat-Free

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In October, my husband and I began a wheat-free, low carb diet after noticing our weight was creeping up despite our healthy eating habits and daily exercise. Going on a “diet” inspired my husband to research various trends like cutting carbs, the Paleo diet, keto diet and wheat-free eating. He learned a lot from watching videos and reading articles and uncovered surprising and unexpected information that’s changing the way we eat. The Wheat Belly video by Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, had the biggest impact on us.

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Winter Solstice Cookies aka: Choc choc chip Cookies (vegan, wheat-free)

winter-solstice-cookies

The Winter Solstice is my favorite day during the crazy holiday blur (I mean) season. It’s the shortest (and darkest) day of the year which makes it the best day for introspection. I like to share this day with others so I baked Winter Solstice Cookies aka chocolate chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the richness of the dark.

I wanted cookies that were wheat-free, gluten free, vegan, easy to make and seductively delicious and found this fantastic recipe by Demeter of The Beaming Baker.

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Vegan Paleo Cauliflower Stuffing from Food Faith Fitness

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This year, Thanksgiving hit me right in the butt. It slammed into me just as I was removing my Halloween costume….WHAM…there it was! It came swiftly and I wasn’t ready. So, when I was trying to decide what to cook for it, I was  unprepared. I didn’t have the usual time to mull over recipes and savor the anticipation.

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Worlds Easiest Tofu: No Pressing Required

This is the world’s easiest tofu recipe and my favorite way to eat it – crispy browned cubes with a tamari/tahini coating. There is no pressing required, only 3 ingredients (plus salt if desired),  a non-stick pan and quick 15 minute cooking time. I mostly devour these cubes immediately but when I can manage self-restraint, I love adding these tasty chunks to salads, soups and Buddha bowls.

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Whipped Cinnamon Chai Froth

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If you love the texture and taste of milkshakes than you will love this healthy, vegan Cinnamon Chai Froth. It’s my latest addiction. This light foamy beverage combines sweet coconut water, vanilla almond milk and frozen banana with a ton of cinnamon and other warming spices like cardamom and cayenne. Plus, I snuck in a few hemp seeds for protein and Brewer’s yeast for Vitamin B. It’s the perfect Fall drink when you’re tired of Pumpkin lattes.

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One Man Burnt Broccoli with Lemon and Tahini

Do you ever eat a dish that stays with you long after the meal is over? Even years later? For me, this is case with burnt broccoli! Many years ago, I was developing a friendship with a woman who happened to be a great cook and as (my) luck would have it, she invited me over for lunch at her house. I knew she enjoyed cooking, but I didn’t know I was in for such a memorable treat. She explained that her boyfriend wouldn’t eat this dish because he was more of a meat eater type, but she knew I loved veggies and figured (accurately) that I would. Moreover, she was pleased to share this healthy meal with someone else. It was her favorite!

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Alexia’s 5 Minute Smoky Chipotle Salsa

5 minute smoky salsa

5 minute smoky salsa

I knew when I stood at the counter and polished off an entire bowl of this incredible smoky salsa, that I wanted to share this recipe on the blog. My friend Alexia, whipped together this tongue craving salsa in 5 minutes as I sipped delicious wine and watched her cook (she always serves the best wine and champagne). I kept the conversation flowing as I watched her toss a few ingredients into a mini-chop food processor, zip, zip, zip and emptied the contents into a bowl which she placed on the counter in front of me. After inhaling the entire bowl of salsa and the chips that went with it, I begged for the recipe.

This salsa combines the sweet taste of fresh tomatoes with the deep smoky flavor of chipotle peppers (the ones in adobo sauce – how cute is that word??). A touch of white vinegar adds a tangy brightness that makes this salsa highly addictive (fair warning).

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Guilt Free Gluten-Free Seed Bread

Gluten free seed bread

Several weeks ago, my husband and I hosted a BBQ with all the accouterments to make grilled steak sandwiches. Grilled meat (none for me), sliced red onions, crimson beefsteak tomatoes, Swiss cheese, spicy sweet mustard and organic mayo to spread onto warmed sourdough baguette. The spread was so appetizing but to my surprise, hardly anyone ate the bread. This is usually my favorite part of the meal. Instead, our friends ate deconstructed “carb-free sandwiches leaving us with 3 long uneaten baguettes.

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Guest Worthy French Lentil Soup

Elegant Lentil Soup

Do you ever get stuck when deciding what to serve your dinner guests? I do! Actually, I’m terrible at it. I fret and overthink it until I’m paralyzed. It’s a bad habit that can interfere with the joy of having company. This guest worthy French Lentil Soup will stop all that fruitless worry. It’s easy, delicious, healthy, and pretty enough to share with even your pickiest guests.

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