Thursday, December 12, 2013

Brazi Bites

I kept seeing gluten free friends post and rave about Brazi Bites all over social media, so I was excited to get my hands on a few bags. These little brazilian cheese breads are known as pão de queijo, a popular brazilian recipe. The best part, they are naturally gluten free! Brazi Bites are made with tapioca flour and other naturally gluten free ingredients. They come in 3 flavors, original, fire roasted jalapeño, and bacon. Yea, you heard me, gluten free bacon cheese bread bites. They are everything you would hope for. Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. 

Dangerously tasty and small, you could eat a million. I paired mine with Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup and I am already dreaming of what else to make with them. They come frozen in resealable packages which is nice since you can choose how many Brazi  Bites to bake. You can use their store locator to find out where to grab a few bags. They also ship nationwide!

I would definitely recommend trying these bad boys. The fire roasted jalapeño was my favorite with just the right amount of kick, but all the flavors are worth trying. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too. 

Thanks Brazi Bites! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chipotle Sweet Potato and Black Bean Soup

Now that I have moved to Portland Oregon all I want is soup. It's warm, it's cozy, and it tastes like love. This hearty and nutritional soup is packed with flavor and the chipotle peppers will be sure to keep you warm this winter. The soup is of course gluten free, wheat free, organic, and vegan (just not all that delicious feta in the picture). 

Ingredients: (Serves 2 Main or 4 starters)
-2 Cups Vegetable Broth *Make sure your broth is gluten free, broths can be a hidden source of gluten. Most organic or free range broth is gf, but always check labels.
-1 Can Black Beans, Drained 
-1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
-2 Cloves Garlic, minced
-1/2 Small Red Onion, chopped
-1 Small Zucchini, Cut into small chunks
-1 Cup Kale, Chopped Roughly 
-1/2 Cup White Corn
-1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce, chopped *Be careful! Some adobo sauce contains gluten, The Embasa brand contains wheat flour. La Costena is a gluten free brand, but always check labels. 
-2 TBSP Adobo Sauce from the chipotle peppers
-1 TBSP Coconut Aminos (Braggs or Tamari could work too)
-1/2 TSP Chipotle Pepper Powder
-1/4 TSP Cumin
-1/8 TSP Sea Salt
-1 TBSP Olive Oil

I have a crush on my soup. It's just so darn pretty and colorful. 

Prepare your ingredients.
-In a large pot heat 1 TBSP olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onions are translucent. 
-Reduce the heat and add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, cumin, chipotle powder, and sauté for another minute.
-Add the vegetable broth, sweet potato, kale, zucchini, corn, coconut aminos, sea salt, and black beans. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and cook uncovered stirring often for about  1 hour to 1.5 hours.
-Serve and garnish with toppings such as cheese, sourcream, cilantro, greek yogurt, green onions,  more hot sauce, or gf croutons. 


G-Free Foodie Box Expansion Kickstarter

The G-Free Foodie Box Club is looking to become even more awesome. I know I know, how is that even possible? Helping foodies avoid all those foods and allergens that make daily life a bit more complicated, it's already one of the best monthly boxes around. This killer monthly box comes with tons of tasty full size gluten free products to try, each tested by the fabulous K.C. Pomering and her amazing team. 

The G-Free Foodie Box is looking to expand through their new Kickstarter campaign. The expansion is going to add Paleo, Non-GMO, Organic, and more tasty Top-8 Allergen free foods. They even are thinking about adding a more kid focused box for all those mini-foodies in the making. 

You can show your support by pledging any amount right HERE at their Kickstarter page. 
Head over to the G-Free Foodie website for all things gluten free and to sign up for the G-Free Foodie Box.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Coconut Secret- Coconut Aminos

One of my newest obsessions and new staple in my house is Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos.  I used to love cooking with soy sauce, but since it soy sauce contains gluten I am always looking for other alternatives to use. Tamari or Bragg's are great substitutes, but both are made with soy which I try to limit in my diet when possible. When I saw that coconut aminos are soy free, I knew I had to try it. Gluten Free and Soy Free?! I'm in. It is great for cooking which is why the bottle is almost empty! I've been adding it to dressings, marinades, soups, vegetables, meat, seafood, and basically everything in my fridge. Slighty sweet and full of great coconutty benefits , it's perfect for everyday use. 

I mean, that's a pretty awesome label. 100% Organic, gluten free, dairy free, and non-gmo. Coconut also has some incredible benefits. You can read about some of the benefits of coconut here. It's definitely no secret how much I love Coconut Secret... See what I did there?! 

You can find use the store locator to find a bottle, plus they have other products like coconut crystals, coconut nectar, coconut flour, coconut vinegar (intriguing!) coconut cream, and even chocolate covered coconut bars, count me in. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cauliflower and Bacon Gratin

Ahh the holidays, time for bonding with your family, sharing laughs, giving presents, and absurd amounts of cheese and bacon. This rich and cheesy dish is perfect to bring to any holiday party or heck make it for yourself in June but just make it. 

-1 Large Head Cauliflower, Cut into florets
-3 TBSP Butter or Butter substitute (I used Organic Earth Balance) 
-1 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
-1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
-1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
-1.5 Cups Hot Milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk) 
-2.5 TBSP Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I used Trader Joe's version) 
-2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
-1/3 Cup Bacon, Cooked and Chopped *or more bacon, it's always a good decision 
-1/4 TSP Sea Salt
-1/4 Cup Gluten Free Breadcrumbs 

Grate your cheeses, now eat the cheese, okay now grate some more. 

-Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees
-Prep your ingredients
-In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Add your cauliflower florets and cook for about 4-5 minutes until cauliflower is a bit tender but still fairly firm. Drain cauliflower and set aside.
-In a medium saucepan, over low heat, melt 2 TBSP of the butter (or butter substitute), add in gluten free all purpose flour and stir constantly for about 2 minutes. Pour the heavy whipping cream and hot milk (Or milk substitute) into your butter/flour mixture. Slowly raise the heat and bring to a boil while whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened. This takes about 1-2 minutes, it depends if you are using milk or a milk substitute. 
-Take the mixture off the heat and add in your salt, minced garlic, 3/4 Cup Monterey Jack Cheese, and 1/4 Cup Parmesan. Mix well.
-Pour a little bit of the mixture on the bottom of your baking dish (8x11 or two smaller ones) Place the cauliflower in the baking dish, top with some of your crumbled bacon (not all) then pour the rest of the cheese sauce over the cauliflower. Add the rest of the bacon, 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese and the Gluten free breadcrumbs. Melt the remaining 1 TBSP of butter and drizzle over the top. 
-Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

Serve hot and enjoy! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

GFAF Expo San Francisco 2014

I am happy to announce that I will be joining the GFAF Expo Official blogger team again! This time, San Francisco California! I had so much fun in Dallas that I just had to join in on fun again. Come hang out January 25th and 26th. These expos are amazing and you don't want to miss it! Come meet your favorite bloggers and authors, try tons of new gluten free products, take home samples of delicious gluten free food, visit 150+ vendors, and so much more. I hope to see you all there! XO

Check out all the info HERE! 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2Good2B Bakery and Cafe

Tucked away in Encinitas California is one of my favorite dedicated gluten free bakeries. 2Good2B Bakery and Cafe offers a huge selection of 100% Gluten Free, Corn Free, and Soy Free baked goods and entrees for lunch or dinner. From cupcakes to muffins to pizzas and chicken pot pies 2Good2B is a must try for San Diego. 

Cases full of a variety of flavors of muffins, cookies, and all things sweet, your stomach will start growling at the site of all the sweet cupcakes that fill the front of the store. While there are plenty of treats to fill your sweet tooth don't fret as there are just as many savory options. 2Good2B has some of the tastiest and safest pizza, pot pies, quiches, sandwiches and salads to satisfy your gluten free needs. 

2Good2B Bakery and Cafe now has an online store where you can get these tasty treats shipped right to your door. They are made fresh to order, quick frozen and shipped directly to you! They offer fresh artisan breads, pastries, and entrees all 100% gluten free. Check it out here 

2Good2B Bakery and Cafe
204 N. El Camino Real, Suite H
Encinitas CA 92024
(760) 942-4663

Check them out on Facebook and follow them on Twitter or read some great reviews on Yelp!