Living a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle

Happy Thanksgiving!

   Holiday   November 24, 2015  No Comments

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.  I’ll be back with another recipe next week!

Gluten Free Holiday Meals and Entertaining


Table setting Thanksgiving 2014


Thanksgiving 2013

gluten free pumpkin pie

fresh gluten free pumpkin pies

Pao de Quejo

Gluten free Pao de Quejo

I love having friends and family over for the holidays, but gluten free holiday meals can seem daunting.  We usually have one or two orphans(someone who isn’t able go home for the holidays) and some family over for the holidays.  Our gatherings are usually pretty small, because our families are spread out all over the US, so getting everyone in the same room over a holiday is pretty impossible.   Entertaining does give me an excuse to set the table beautifully, bring out the nice serving platters, utensils, etc, but when you’re making food for lots of non-gluten free people, you don’t want them to feel like they’re missing out.  When I do have people over I usually make everything gluten free….I used to buy pre-made non gluten free stuffing, but everyone usually liked my homemade gluten free version so now I only make everything gluten free.

In past years, I’ve ordered partially prepared meals and picked them up.  In Los Angeles, my go-to is Whole Foods.  I like “Thanksgiving food”, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, but I have learned that I’m usually the only one that is enthusiastic about the food.  … Read Full Post

Beef Stew

Well, it’s finally getting chilly in Los Angeles….yes that mean a dip into the 60’s.  I can’t believe that I lived in New York City for 10+ years, I’ve lost my ability to handle cooler weather.  Now that we are having this cooler weather, I decided to bring out the slow cooker and this week I made beef stew (I called in Beef Bourguignon in the video, but it’s more like a beef stew ;-)) and just had to share it.  So, I made it live on Periscope on Monday, if you’re on Periscope please follow me so that you can catch my next live endeavor.  You can find me at:  So the Periscope and the recipe are below.

Beef Stew

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Serves: 8 servings

  • 2 lb cubed beef stew meat
  • ½ cup gluten free flour (I used King Arthur all purpose GF flour)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery, with a few minced leaves
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  1. Put GF flour, salt and pepper in a large ziploc bag.
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Gluten Free On the Go

Sometimes out of the house and you need to eat. This can make a gluten free person panic, but fret not, here are my Gluten Free On the Go secrets to eating on the go and not being hungry.  When I know that I’ll be out running errands all day, I always have food in my handbag.  This is something learned while living in New York City, you never knew when your regular commute was going to be disrupted because of a sick passenger or stalled train.  It didn’t happen very often, but I learned to be prepared.  I like to have at least one bar on hand, like Van’s Bars, or Kind Bars.  I also always have a pack of nuts too, the packs by Emerald Nuts are great, my go-to is the Almond and Walnut pack.  I always have two options, just in case I eat one and don’t replenish it, I still have a back up.

When I’m on a road trip, the good gluten free on the go options can be meager, but here are my tried and true Fast Food stops when I’m in a pinch.

  1. In-N-Out Burger– you can get any of their burgers protein style and you can eat the shakes and fries.  
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Secrets to Great Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

   Cookies   October 28, 2015  No Comments

So this week I’m sharing some tips and tricks on how to make great gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  My mom alway made the recipe on the back of the ORIGINAL NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE bag, so that’s the one I love, but it’s been really hard to make gluten free chocolate chip cookies that taste like my mom used to make.  That was until I discovered Authentic Foods Steve’s Cake Flour Blend….I was able to take the regular Nestle Toll House recipe and substitue regular flour for Steve’s Cake Flour and they turned out amazing. Have you seen the photos?!?!  They look exactly like a regular chocolate chip cookie and they taste amazing too. My husband and friends cannot even tell the difference between my gluten free chocolate chip cookies and a regular one. If you checked out my interview with Steve a few months back at the Gluten Free Expo, you would know that he is extremely enthusiastic about his flour. Well he certainly has reason to be because it’s great.

Sorry if you were looking for my recipe here but I do want to share another trick that I do to this recipe, besides the Steve’s Cake Flour Blend, I also like to add 1/4 cup more brown sugar to the recipe and reduce the white sugar by 1/4.  … Read Full Post