Pillsbury Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

Pillsbury Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

If you’ve been to this blog before, you know I absolutely love pizza. Boston has many great gluten-free pizza options (I am so overdue on sharing these, but I will!), but sometimes, a girl just wants some homemade pizza! I have been on a cooking kick lately (you’ll be seeing more of that here as well), and my boyfriend gave up eating out for Lent, so a homemade pizza night seemed like the perfect idea for a Saturday evening earlier this month. Continue reading

Easy Gluten Free Quinoa Pizza Crust

Easy Gluten Free Quinoa Pizza Crust

Hello, hello! Happy 2013! As with every year, I hope this is the one that I really devote myself to maintaining this blog… I suppose time will tell. I’m inspired to share my dinner with you all tonight since I could not find a recipe like this when I tried searching for it, and because it came out pretty darn tasty!

Tonight a pizza craving struck… if you read this blog, you’ll know that’s nothing new for me. I had some leftover pizza supplies kicking around my fridge, but not quite enough to cover the dough mix I had in my cupboard. Wanting to eat something healthy, I figured I’d try to incorporate quinoa! A quick Pinterest search wasn’t giving me the kind of crust I had in mind, so I decided to take a leap of faith and make up my own.

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Gluten-Free Veggie Burgers

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers

I’m back! Maybe for good this time? That I’ve posted twice so far in 2012 is pretty impressive…

In the time I’ve been away, my attitudes and thoughts on food have continued to evolve, especially lately. Due to different health issues and emerging intolerances in my family, my eyes have been opened to different schools of thought on food, among them being what’s “good” for you, and what’s “bad,” how much protein I actually need in my diet, the effects of vegetarianism/veganism on health, and eating foods for certain ailments or parts of the body (who knew beets were so good for your liver? Or that black raspberries are excellent for the esophagus?).

With these things in mind, my diet has started to include less dairy and meats. I am in no place to give up butter yet (YUM). This has been made easier by my 2012 resolution to try one new recipe a week. I love food, and I definitely prefer to cook than bake, however, I was never very adventurous with it. I have my go-tos that are pretty quick, pretty easy to make and taste good enough and most importantly, don’t require a recipe. Recipes intimidate me! I’ve been facing my fear head on this year, and I am loving the results (though I rarely stick to the actual recipe at hand).

This week’s endeavor was a great one! My oldest friend (we go back to 1st grade!) was in town from New York, so I invited her for dinner. She is dairy-free and I am gluten-free, so I needed a recipe that catered to both, and something we both would like. Enter, Pinterest. I love Diana’s boards – I can always tell what pins are hers because of her distinct design aesthetic. Luckily one of her boards is dedicated to food, chockfull of handpicked recipes just for me. I had also pinned this sweet potato veggie burger recipe, so it was an easy choice. Ah, technology. Love it.

Last week I had made these cheesy quinoa bites, based off of this recipe. The sweet potato veggie burger recipe said they were mushy and fell apart easily, but the quinoa bites had stayed together well, and I had some quinoa leftover, so I decided I would combine the two recipes and see what happened (after almost twenty years of friendship, I figured I would be forgiven and probably not judged if my experiment failed…)! I also decided to sub black beans for the white beans in the original recipe, because I’m more used to black beans and thought maybe I’d add a southwestern flair to these veggie burgers (only evidenced by adding in cilantro and serving with my new obsession, honey-mustard chipotle sauce). Continue reading

The Counter Gluten-Free Burger

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The Counter
Various Locations
http://www.thecounterburger.com

Hello from LA! It’s good to be back here! I’ve got several wonderful people to visit here, so I’ve been a time or four in the past couple years. I like to joke that LA is my second home. I got in from Boston at 9:30pm LA time and hadn’t eaten much and was feeling out of it and gross. I wasn’t sure I wanted to eat anything but a friend was at a The Counter so we went to meet her.

I’m so glad we did! It had a great laid back vibe, perfect for the weary but cheery traveler. It felt LA to me without being too much. Our server was awesome – attentive, adorable but not overbearing in the least. He kept my soda water full, which was needed after a 6 hour flight of dehydration.

We got to order on these cool little sheets that allowed us to build our own burger. They had some great stuff to choose from, and a lot of veggies which I appreciated. They had a slew of cool sauces and yummy sides, and the choice of a gluten free bun for just $1 more. Continue reading

Burton’s Grill Gluten-Free Menu

http://www.burtonsgrill.com
Various locations in MA and CT

I have to start this one off bluntly. The gluten-free meal I enjoyed at Burton’s Grill yesterday was not only delicious, it was impressive. I was wow-ed by the selection, the service and the quality of the meal. If you are searching for a stress-free gluten-free dining experience, you have got to try Burton’s.

My mom and sister have been obsessed with Burton’s for many years, yet I never understood why. Back when I lived near one, their gluten-free menu was ahead of its time, they had one when I was first diagnosed in 2006. Still, it was seriously lackluster – one of those “if you get this salad without the croutons and dressing it’s gluten-free!” kind of gluten-free menus. But times have certainly changed. Burton’s now offers tons of gluten-free substitutes and the gluten-free menu is robust – from appetizers to entrees to dessert and even cocktails!

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Kettle Cuisine Angus Beef Steak Gluten Free Chili with Beans

http://www.kettlecuisine.com

Kettle Cuisine Angus Beef Steak Gluten Free Chili with Beans

It was on the eve of a blizzard and with an empty stomach that I ventured to the grocery store this week, admittedly a bad combination. I usually steer clear of the organic and gluten-free sections to avoid temptation and unnecessary gluten-free goodies, but on that particular day I was feeling spontaneous, and so I meandered down the aisle to see what I’d find.

It wasn’t until I’d made it to the freezer section that something caught my eye. Gluten-free soup! In cute little boxes were the Kettle Cuisine soups, and they were on sale! I’d tried Kettle Cuisine at a gluten-free tasting last fall and remembered liking it, so I picked up two classic gluten-free Chicken Noodle soups and ventured beyond the basics to try the Beef Steak Chili with Beans. Beef in a frozen dish? I was feeling quite adventurous indeed, since beef in freezer foods normally weirds me out a bit. But it was steak. I had to try it.

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Bertucci’s Gluten-Free Menu

http://www.bertuccis.com

I remember going to a Bertucci’s shortly after my diagnosis a few years ago. In addition to feeling tortured by the smell and memories of their delicious rolls and pizzas, I couldn’t find anything gluten-free that I liked to eat on their menu! Since then, I had been sure to avoid eating there, until I started working in an industrial park where the closest restaurant is, of course, Bertucci’s.

I felt pretty doomed when my co-workers wanted to go for a birthday lunch, until one of them mentionedshe believed they had a gluten-free menu. I did some research and found that they do in fact cater to the needs of the gluten-free now! Though they can’t take away the incredible smell of their glutenus foods, they’ve made strides to make eating there easier for people like me.

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