Easy Lunch or Dinner

BBQ Pulled Tofu Casserole with Bleu Cheese Cornbread Topper (Vegan, Gluten Free)

If there’s one thing I love doing, its converting any recipe to healthy, vegan, and gluten-free eats I can enjoy.   This recipe is inspired by Rachel Ray, featured on her show Week in a Day (fantabulous concept, just not anything I can ever eat!).    I’ve testing the recipe, deciding how much cornbread I like as a topper, and honestly I like more cornbread!   “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription, is more cornbread!”

To me, this casserole is a great comfort food.  It feels like it should be a heavy, rich dish, but with vegan & gluten-free ingredients, it’s very light and warms you from the inside out on a cool evening.  I made this during the week, and in order to save time a little time I used pre-made BBQ sauce.  To make this a balanced meal, I made an organic baby spinach salad.

You can make this casserole ahead of time and store it in your refrigerator until you’re ready eat!

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Take Out Chinese at Home (V, GF,)

I could eat Chinese food every week, and most weeks I would when I was able to eat out at restaurants.  Now, thanks to my intolerances, I’m unable to go out to grab a bite.  I will not let that stop me from eating my favorite foods!  This meal is so simple to make and will more than satisfy your deepest Chinese food cravings!

I made this dinner at my parents’ house last night.  I took a trip with my dad to Migliorelli Farm stand which just so happens to be right down the road (so convenient!) and was in awe of their beautiful harvest (thank you for the harvest bounty, Dad!).  I made this meal with all local farm-fresh vegetables: string beans, corn, scallions, and beautiful purple haze carrots.  My Mom was a fantabulous help in the kitchen, I can only take credit for making the fried rice!! Thank you Mom & Dad! Continue reading

Sushi Seduction (V, GF)

I can’t speak for everyone, but I go through times where I absolutely crave sushi.  Unfortunately, due to my intolerances, I am unable to go out to restaurants & grab a quick bite.  I won’t let that little thing stop me from eating my favorite foods!  I never knew how easy sushi was to make!  The most time-consuming part is prepping your ingredients, but that’s easy!  (I prep all my ingredients while my rice is steaming).  I know my way of making sushi is far from conventional, but the end result is beautiful & delicious! I believe you all will agree.

♥This recipe is dedicated to my brother.

I love making sushi because you can create your own combinations!  This recipe contains two all-organic rolls (of course yours depends on your ingredients!) sweet potato tempura rolls and asparagus tempura avocado rolls.  Each complimented by sushi vinegar-marinated raw tofu (Nasoya Sprouted Super Firm) & cucumber (in the summer it’s great with thinly sliced raw lita squash).  I thought it would be easier to write all instructions and ingredients in steps, to keep it nice, simple, and organized!  My recipe made 8 rolls (I eat 4 rolls for dinner). Continue reading

Chipotle Organic Black Bean, Yam, and Quinoa Burger (Vegan, Gluten free, Soy free, Nut free, Corn free)

I love veggie burgers!  Trying to find a vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, corn-free, and not taste-free on the market is nearly impossible. And you know what?  Veggie burgers are SO easy to make, it’s a crime to ever buy those frozen patties!  You can make a double batch of your veggie burgers, wrap in plastic wrap, place in a freezer Ziploc bag, and voila!  You have homemade veggie burgers ready to eat at a moment’s notice!

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Fresh Corn & Black Bean Salad Tacos (Vegan, Gluten Free, Organic)

I have a confession.  I’m in love with tacos.  They’re easy, quick, and you can make an unlimited amount of flavor combinations!  These zesty, nutritious tacos are sure to please everyone, whether it’s Taco Who’s day (hey, tacos aren’t just for Tuesday!) or a satisfying lunch.  This is a full balanced 20 minute meal. Continue reading

Mexican Corn & Black Bean Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Organic)

There’s nothing I love more than a simple delicious salad.  They’re a synch to mix up & make a great addition to any meal.  I added sweet champagne mangoes to this dish, but you can add any other ripe mango or papaya to this dish (or eliminate if you can’t find any that are ripe!).  This year’s champagne mango crop was unbelievable!  My parents do much of their work on Long Island, NY, and thankfully markets were stocked with cases & cases of these babies. To give you an idea, I had devoured at least 4 cases of mangoes.  Humans aren’t the only ones who love them, my cat, Lexi, would scream any time I reached for the cutting board, and my rabbits, well take a look at the joy in Beenie’s eyes:

Ok, you get it, my house loves champagne mangoes!  Now, this great corn & black bean salad can be used as a side dish to any Mexican meal, can be added to tacos, whatever your creative mind can imagine! Continue reading

All Purpose Flour Mix (Gluten Free)

I won’t pull the entire rabbit out of my hat with this post, but I want to help others with an all-purpose GF flour mix that can replace wheat flour in a 1:1 ratio.  I, unfortunately cannot tolerate several legume flours, tapioca flour, and xantham gum.  I hadn’t baked, had any pizza, or flatbreads in months because 1) I couldn’t eat commercial mixes and 2) I had yet to create a mix of my own I was happy with (if it’s not perfect, I’m not eating it! I know, I’m very picky.)

Unfortunately you cannot replace 1 single GF flour in replace of wheat flour (wouldn’t that be nice & easy!).  However, all you need to do is follow this simple ratio and you can make delicious breads, pizzas, cakes, pastry dough, pancakes (anything your heart desires) that you cannot even tell are gluten-free!

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Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Pizza

Who doesn’t want a pizza night?  When I had to transition to a gluten-free diet (and a xantham gum & tapioca flour free diet) I was on a mission to develop a delicious dough.  Just because you are on an allergen-restricted diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your food!  Gluten-free dough is tricky and it doesn’t rise much, but the combination of a warm & moist oven – your dough will rise and double in size! Continue reading

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