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Peach & Ginger Breakfast Quinoa


Peach and Ginger Breakfast Quinoa
My grandmother always told me that the morning meal was the most important of the day. "Eat like a king at breakfast," she would chide. Over the years, research has proven her advice trustworthy. Study after study has shown the health benefits of eating breakfast. Earlier this week, the NPR broadcast, Morning Edition, ran a story about the connection between the food we eat and our mood. Eating protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, and high-fiber foods for breakfast is a sure way to improve mood and ability to handle stress. If you've never eaten quinoa for breakfast, you're missing out on a delicious powerhouse of a nutritious morning meal. Loaded with protein, fiber, Read more …

Homemade Cherry Barbecue Sauce


Cherry BBQ Sauce
When Summer hits and stone fruits start to come in of course I immediately think of pie. Who doesn't? Flakey crust, oozing sugary filling, topped with a heap of ice cream. It's one of the best things about Summer! But when I'm not in the mood for sweets and still have a bushel of ripe sour cherries hanging around I find other ways to enjoy those fruits. Savory ways, in fact. This barbecue sauce was inspired in part by my good friend Stephen (who works at Relay, actually!). He once brought the most delicious homemade raspberry hot sauce over for dinner. Sweet, tangy, smokey, and savory -- it was everything I ever dreamed a hot sauce could be. My cherry barbecue sauce recipe is also an adaptation Read more …

Gluten-Free Meal Plan


Gluten Free Meal Plan
This week we are bringing you delicious gluten free meals with an emphasis on fresh herbs and bright summery flavors. These recipes are perfect for busy summer nights and fresh, local produce. With these meals, no one will even notice they are eating gluten-free! MON:Cauliflower Tabbouleh (serves 4-6) Extras: Add chickpeas or shredded chicken for extra protein TUES:Asparagus Artichoke Tart with Quinoa Crust (serves 4-6) WED:Moroccan-Spiced Steak with Roasted Carrots (serves 2-4) Make it vegetarian: Use the spice rub on thick cut slabs of tofu instead THURS:Minty Chicken Zucchini Kebabs (serves 4-6) Make it vegetarian: Substitute other vegetables, such as Portobello mushrooms Read more …

Toasted Coconut Pecan Amaranth Hot Cereal


Toasted Coconut Pecan Amaranth Hot Cereal
Amaranth can be a challenge. And not just because it's the equivalent of glitter when you spill it all over your counter and on the floor -- you think you've cleaned it all up (but you were wrong). If you've ever been to kindergarten you know what I mean. It's one of the only gluten free grains into which I have yet to dive deeply. This has everything to do with the fact that you have to soak it overnight to eat it. And the slightly grassy flavor. But, like quinoa, it's a fantastic source of nutrition. And, like hemp, you get over the grassy flavor or figure out a way to balance it out. But why would I go to all of that trouble for a tiny, obscure grain? Because amaranth is an amazing Read more …

Gluten-Free Meal Plan


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This week's meal plan is all about fresh and healthy foods that are naturally gluten-free. There is no need to spend tons of money on gluten-free substitution products when there are plenty of foods that naturally gluten-free and naturally delicious. MON:  Easy Veggie Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce (serves 4) Extras: Substitute rice noodles for black bean noodles. Substitute peanut butter for sunflower seed or almond butter, if needed.    TUES:Lemon Herb Chicken (serves 4) Make it vegetarian: Substitute white beans for chicken Extras: Serve with a mixed green salad, rice, potatoes, or any side dish you love! WED:Quinoa Fried Rice with Pork (serves 4) Make it vegetarian: Omit Read more …