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Friday, May 29, 2015

Vegan, Gluten Free Tuscan Noodle Soup (+Meatless Monday)


This is pretty much my husband's new favorite dinner. He's been so excited since I created it that he asks for it all the time now when I make my weekly meal plan.

He also really likes it because a) there's both protein, carbohydrates, AND veggies in it b) it only requires one pot to make = easy cleanup AND c) it is so quick and easy to make that I can have it all ready within 30 minutes from start to finish.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - May 27, 2015


Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Friday, May 22, 2015

Gluten Free Cheddar and Herb Biscuits / Scones (Dairy-Free/Vegan Option for +Meatless Monday)


Soooo when I first whipped these together I was afraid they'd go the way of many of my rushed adaptations of normally glutinous goods - that is, I'd be able to eat one or two of them before I decide the texture is off, or the flavour is wrong, and they end up in the garbage.

But when I took my first bite of these I knew I had to try another one just to be sure it was good.

And then another one.

Three biscuits in fifteen minutes and I can confidently say that these are good. Very good.

And they take no time and only one bowl to whip together. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - May 20, 2015


Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Friday, May 15, 2015

Easy Vegan and Gluten Free Spartan-Style White Beans and Greens (Fasolia me Horta + Meatless Monday)

Free of dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, nuts, corn


So here's a romantic notion: I like to think this dish infuses me with the discipline and power of the Ancient Spartans.

Not only that, it's delicious cheap fare (you'll see why in a minute). I served this last week when we had some people over for dinner and it was so well received I intend to serve it again this week for another dinner party. It takes all of 20 minutes to make and it's so simple.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - May 13, 2015


Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Monday, May 11, 2015

On the Road Again...

Sooo I know it has only been about seven weeks since I got back from a month in Europe, but I'm heading to the airport again tomorrow.

This time the hubster and I are flying to Wisconsin, driving to Michigan for an academic conference, then going back to WI to spend a few weeks in our adopted hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. During that time I'll be frantically working to finish off the second book in my Ancient Egyptian Romance series.  

Historical Romance / Mystery lovers prepare yourselves. In the Temple of Mehyt is a murder-mystery romance set in Early Dynastic Egypt, and our two lead investigators are an unlikely duo - the unruly daughter of a nobleman and a charming, foreign former pirate. It's due out this summer, so stay tuned for more info!

In the meantime, don't worry. I've got you covered. I've scheduled all kinds of yummy recipes (like Spartan beans and greens, GF Herb biscuits, and Vegan No-Oats Snack Bars), plus all of the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday parties you can handle!!

So keep checking in to stay on top of the latest recipes and awesome DIY tips :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chilled Pomegranate Syrup, Ginger, and Lemon Tea


It's been getting hot here in Vancouver, BC. And I'm a tea drinker. Hot tea + hot weather = a sleepy, head-achy Danielle.

I little while back I bought a bottle of pomegranate syrup (a.k.a. pomegranate molasses). I can't even recall what I bought it for, but I figured it was time to make use of it. Pomegranate syrup is a common ingredient in a lot of Middle Eastern dishes. It's only a couple of bucks a bottle and can be found in most supermarkets in the international section (or at a Middle Eastern or Persian grocery). 

Pomegranate syrup is more bitter than sweet, but has a nice tang to it. Along with ginger, lemon, and green tea this is a super healthy and refreshing summer drink. It's also super easy to make a huge batch of it with minimal labour and time!


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - May 6, 2015



Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Friday, May 1, 2015

Fast and Easy Cheater's Chilaquiles Recipe

Free of gluten, soy, dairy, nuts, sugar


I've been meaning to post this recipe for super fast chilaquiles for ages. Since Cinco de Mayo is coming up, it seemed fitting that I share it this weekend.

Chilaquiles - for those of you who've never had the pleasure of drooling over a plate of warm salsa verde and tortillas - is a Mexican dish comprising of eggs, tortillas, salsas, and sometimes beans, and it is one of the most amazing breakfasts / brunches ever. I discovered them the first time I went to Mexico about 13 years ago, and have been getting them every chance I get since. Sadly, this is not as often as I'd like because over the years I've lived in several neighbourhoods with no Mexican restaurants nearby.

That is, until I hit upon a quick fix to satisfy my chilaquiles cravings in about 5 minutes - about the time it takes to fry an egg. 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday - April 29, 2015



Welcome to the Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link party! WNWNW is a place to find (and link up) gluten free recipes, eco-friendly tips, and frugal DIY tutorials. This link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and studies such as this one that show that between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America. This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$?


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Easy Gluten Free Rolled Fruit Dumpling Biscuit Thingies +Meatless Monday

Free of gluten, eggs, nuts, soy, with dairy free / vegan option


I've made this recipe three times in the last couple of weeks, and yesterday was the first time I was able to photograph them before they all got eaten. And that's only because I made them early in the day just so I would have time to photograph them before anyone came over and ate them all!

I don't know what to call these things, really, since the original recipe that I used as the model called them fruit dumplings. But really, they're more like a baked fruit biscuit roll-up type thingy. They're also not as sickly-sweet as a lot of other dumplings.

Whatever you want to call them, these gluten free baked fruit biscuit roll-up dumpling fruit log thingies are so very quick and easy (easy enough that I've made them 3 times to take dinner parties). They're also pretty healthy, since I cut back on the butter and sugar and used sorghum flour. And of course, they're loaded with fruit, so they make a fabulous healthy dessert.

They're so good, I took them to a dinner party where I was the only GF person. I had someone ask me if I was sure they were gluten free because they said the texture was too good to be gluten free.


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