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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Monthly Round-Up: May 2012 (Raw Foods)


I’m a huge fan of raw food.  I can think of nothing better or more nourishing for our bodies.  But as much as I love raw food, I need to be very careful with eating it, as it can quickly upset my sensitive digestion.  Some days are better than others.  I would say, overall,  my diet consists of about 40% raw food.  Despite my sensitives, raw food makes its way to our table – always!  From the beginning our children were exposed to and encouraged to eat raw food.  And they are surprising enthusiastic about it.  We do a lot of gardening, so they love nothing more than picking a snap pea, pepper, or tomato and eating it up.  I offer veggies raw during snacks (carrots, peppers, snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini, etc), and often provide a raw appetizer before dinner.  Salads always make an appearance, whether in the form of green, fruit, or veggie.  
So in celebration of summer and the inescapable hot days ahead, please enjoy this nourishing round-up of raw recipes.   
Salud!
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From: A Gluten Free Vegan Mom Who Knows 



Mason Jar Key Lime Pie 
From: Dairy Free Betty 


Tzatziki
From: She Let Them Eat Cake 


From: Golubka 


From: Rawmazing 

Lemon Cream Bars
From: Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry 



Trawpical Oat Breakfast
From: The Gluten Free Cat 

Raw Chocolate Macaroons 
From: Tessa the Domestic Diva 

Raw Egg Salad 
From: Diet, Dessert and Dogs



Raw Caramel Fudge Brownies 
From: Almost Vegan 



Spinach Rawcotta and Squash Involtini with Marinara
From: Julie’s Raw Ambition 


From: Good Girl Gone Green 

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You can find a list of raw recipes 
from The Tasty Alternative here


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monthly Round-Up: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy early Mother’s Day to all the loving women who care for, not only children, but for so many other people and creatures in their lives.  To the nurturers, the providers, the bearers.  To everyone who loves a mother and to everyone who has felt the love of a mother.    
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Sweet Indulgence 
From: Danielle @ Against All Grain 
From: Cybele The Allergy-Friendly Cook 
From Ricki @ Diet, Dessert and Dogs 
From: Rawmazing 
Snacks
From: Golubka 
From: Sarah @ My New Roots 
From: Maggie @ She Let Them Eat Cake 
From: Amber @ The Tasty Alternative 
From: Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
Dinner
From: Shirley @ Gluten Free Easily 

From Tessa @ Tessa The Domestic Diva
From: Green Kitchen Stories  
From: Coco @ Roost 
From: Kalinda @ Meat Free, Wheat Free 

From: Vicky @ Gluten Free, SCD and Veggie
Homemade Gifts
From: Amber @ The Tasty Alternative 
From: Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
From: Beth @ My Plastic Free Life 
From Amber @ The Tasty Alternative 
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Monthly Round-Up: March 2012

Hello friends.  Geez, where did March go?  
Here we are again for another monthly round-up.
I don’t know about you, but I spend A LOT of time searching for dinner ideas – far more than anything else.  So this month I put together a nice variety of ideas ranging from meat based to vegan.  Scott and I were vegetarians for years (before my Crohn’s diagnosis) so I appreciate vegetarian and vegan meals.  Currently, we eat meat-base dinners about 3 nights per week and the other nights are a mix of vegetarian and vegan, sprinkled with raw dishes.  Here’s to a fabulous April full of good eats and good health
Salud.  

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From: Lisa @ Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery 

From Kalinda @ Wheat Free Meat Free 
From Ricki @ Diet, Dessert and Dogs

From: Danielle @ Against All Grain 

From Vicky @ Gluten Free, SCD and Veggie 

From Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva 

From Jen @ My Big Fat Grain Free Life 

From Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free

From Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry 

From Adrienne @ Whole New Mom 


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Monthly Round-Up: February 2012

Even though our winter here in Northern California has felt more like spring, soups make their appearance each week on the menu.  Soups are the perfect meal – healthy, filling and easy!  As I’m typing this post I see the wind picking up and clouds moving in.  We are in for a storm tomorrow, which is a welcomed change.  We’ve had just a few days of rain this winter and very little snowfall in Tahoe (our nearest snow playground).  So I thought it fitting to do a round-up of soups before we officially move into springand for my friends out there feeling the winter chill in much colder parts of the county and world.  It will soon be searing hot here in my neck of the woods and soup will be far from my mind.  So slurp up and enjoy these comforting soups here in the final weeks of winter.  Salud. 

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Chicken No-Noodle Soup (a/k/a Chicken Zoodle Soup)
From Jen @ My Big Fat Grain Free Life


From: Megan @ Maid in Alaska 



From: Konoups @ The Fussiest Eater


From: Joy @ The Liberated Kitchen, LLC


From: Tessa, The Domestic Diva



Creamy Chickpea Soup with a Spicy Chili Oil
From: France @ Beyond the Peel



Posole de Camarones
From: Heather @ Girlichef



Vegan Mint and Pea Soup

From: Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry


Roasted Red Pepper Soup
From: Rebecca @ Peanut Butter, Passports and Epinephrine



Sweet Crockpot Root Veggie Soup
From: My Sweet and Savory


    Be sure to check out Debbie’s Sunday Night Soup Night over at Easy Natural Food!  A wonderful resource for all things soup.

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~Soup recipes from The Tasty Alternative~

10-Minute Cream of Mushroom Soup 
Chicken Cabbage Soup 
Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
Easy-Peasy Split-Pea Soup
Vegetable Stock (made from leftover vegetable pulp) 
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monthly Round-Up: January 2012

I’m a big chip/cracker gal.  Love to munch on chips and dip throughout the day.  And with the Super Bowl right around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to do a cracker recipe round-up this month (and with some of my favorite cracker toppers).  I hope this list inspires you to make some of your own homemade cracker creations.  
Happy snacking!

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From: For the Love of Food
(GF, GrainF, Vegan, SoyF)
From: Elana’s Pantry
(GF, GrainF, Vegan, SoyF)
From: Against All Grain
(GF, GrainF, Vegan, SoyF, SCD)

From: Meghan Telpner
(GF, Vegan, SoyF)
From: Tessa the Domestic Diva
(GF, Vegan, SoyF)
From: The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen 
(GF, Vegan, SoyF)
From Daily Bites 
(GF, GrainF, Vegan, SoyF)
From: Rawmazing 
(Raw, GF, Vegan, SoyF)
From: Rawmazing 
(Raw, GF, Vegan, SoyF)

From: Lexie’s Kitchen 
(GF, GrainF, Vegan, SoyF) 
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Favorite Cracker Toppers

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Monthly Round-Up (December 2011)

Dashing through the snow, 
with an alternative menu in tow,  
check out this spread, 
it’s a feast instead 
of the traditional one you know…”
(How I would sing Jingle Bells on my way
to a Holiday dinner.)

Here are my 10 picks for December.  
Some I’ve tried, others I look forward to trying:

I’m swooning over this recipe.  The ingredients are right up my alley.  
My kids would LOVE this!

These were such a nice alternative to traditional sugar cookies
and Santa loved them too

A blast from my pastcan’t wait to make these!
Maggie’s Gingerbread Cupcakes
Ginger is my all-time favorite!  I will be making these very soon.
Our tradition is chili on Christmas Eve, and this year
I tried Shirly’s version with mushrooms. Loved it!
So inventive – so wonderful for the SCD community
Amber’s Vegan Persimmon Cranberry Pudding
So fun to eat pudding without any added sugar
Scroll down to check out the recipes.  Ingenious!
I mean, come on, look at that centerpiece!!!

Pecan pie is my Husband’s favorite, but the traditional version makes me cringe. This recipe looks like a wonderful, satisfying alternative; can’t wait to try it
Meghan’s Better Than Caramel Corn 
This was super goodand ridiculously easy.  Such a nice alternative for those
of us who can’t digest corn, or for those with corn allergies

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Wishing you laughter, love and peace in the New Year.
Warmly,
–Amber 
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Monthly Round-Up (November 2011)

I was in a recipe wonderland this month.  With the huge food celebration day that is Thanksgiving, amazing recipes were coming from all angles – LOOK OUT, DUCK!  It was difficult to choose my 10 favorites from the month.  I went with an allergy-friendly list that includes everything from kale chips to parsnip fries.  

These were a huge hit with the family,  Such a great idea.

These were so delicious!  I used the coconut sugar and honey options Shirley provided in the recipe.

These are on my to-make list for the kids.

Grain Free Granola Options: 
I’m loving this ingredient combo.  So creative! 
I avoid using eggs due to my son’s eczema, such a great idea to make your own, especially if you run out of the box mix.

Gasp, how amazing does this look?

Such a creative idea.  Omit cayenne if making for children.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monthly Round-Up (October 2011)

Is it me, or did October FLY by?  It’s sad for mommies to feel time going by so fast.  I looked at my 5 year old daughter the other day and couldn’t believe how big she appeared to me.  It’s exciting to see them grow, develop and learn new skills, but also sad to say goodbye to each passing year of their childhoodit’s such a special, precious time.  And my son!  He’s 2 going on 5 trying to keep up with his big sister.

This month was filled with some pretty exciting recipes.  Here are my favorites this month (some I have tried, some I look forward to trying).

{How easy and amazing does this look?  Can’t wait to try this}.

{I have no words.  Okay, I have a few.  
This looks so super easy and SO super healthy!   
This one is on my to-make ASAP list!}

{Made it, love it!}

{I can’t wait to try these!  I am in love with the ingredients}.

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And

{looking forward to making these}
  
{This looks so fantastic!  Can’t wait to try it}.
{made these but didn’t have any cranberries on hand.  Still delicious}

{from one of the most beautiful food sites out there}
See you in November.
AndHappy Halloween!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monthly Round-Up (September)

Picture by my daughter, Skylar –  thought it was fitting for this post!

I find myself getting a bit lost in the endless sea of recipes available on the internet.  It’s wonderful and a little overwhelming at the same time.  I always like it and find it helpful when other bloggers do a weekly round-up of their favorite recipes, so I will be doing a monthly round-up!  Here are my favorites from September. 
Salud!

(I used gluten free pasta…so good!)
(love it)
(love it)
(We used chicken sausage.  My husband made it…awesome)
(Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to make these cheeses!)

(this looks so decadent, and so easy!)
(I look forward to making some of these quick, easy meals)
(We made this yesterdaydelicious!)

(My husband’s favoritehe started to drool when he saw this recipethis will be next in my ice cream maker for sure!)

(still obsessed with these)
Off  to Napa for the weekend with my sweet husband!
See you in October!
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