Gluten-free Buckwheat Crepes for Mom!

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When you were a kid, did you ever wake up early and make breakfast for Mothers Day or Fathers Day? My sisters and I did this EVERY year for a while, and the menu usually consisted of Bisquick pancakes, French toast, or after I learned how to make them in biology class (the “egg denaturation” lab), crepes. These were the days before gluten became my enemy. One year we even attempted to make a cake for my parents’ anniversary and invited some of their friends over for a surprise “party” (i.e. cake eating), but realized after we all took a bite that we had forgotten to add sugar! Whoops!

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Guisados’ Chicken Tinga (GF, DF)

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Some of you may have seen our post on Guisados, in our opinion the best taqueria in Los Angeles. Not only do they hand-make their corn tortillas, but their taco fillings are delicious stews that have been slow-cooked with a variety of spices, meats, peppers and vegetables. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Guisados generously shared their recipe for their Chicken Tinga, a smokey, spicy preparation of shredded chicken and smoked jalapeños, and one of their most popular tacos. It’s a surprisingly simple recipe – give it a try and let us know how it turned out!

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Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with Mint Gremolata and Roast Potatoes (GF, DF)

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This past weekend, I had big plans. I planned to spend my entire Sunday making this complicated involved lamb dish, then serving and enjoying it in a relaxed sit-down dinner Sunday night. Plans changed. We went to bed late Saturday night, then went to what was supposed to be a quick brunch on Sunday, but the restaurant accidentally included dairy in my eggs so I had to wait for them to remake it, then someone left his keys at the restaurant so we had to drive back across town to get them. Luckily, this dish ended up not being as super-involved as I thought it would be, and splitting it into steps over multiple days worked beautifully, maybe even better than my original plan. Funny how that happens, isn’t it :)?

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls (GF)

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What a great idea for a naturally gluten-free but decadent winter meal. It’s easy AND the dish-washing is easy since you can just toss the dish (i.e. the outside of the squash). I love working with spaghetti squash and still feel like it’s magic every time those strands of pasta-like squash start coming apart just at a gentle tug of a fork. A diabetic and gluten-free foodie’s dream come true!

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Welcome to our new site!

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Welcome to our new site! Lea and I are so excited to share with you our resources for delicious, healthy, mindful, ‘free-from’ living! We’ll be share tips on how to eat for your ‘free-from’ diet, how to eat the most nutritious food, how to take care of your body and mind, product reviews, and more. If you’d like to ask Lea your personal (anonymous) nutrition question, you can email her at lea@tastefulpantry.com and she’ll answer it in her “Dear Lea” column.  You can also sign up here to be emailed our latest posts once a week.

Have an idea or topics you’re dying to learn more about? Leave us a comment below and as we build out the site and grow we’ll keep your suggestions in mind! We can’t wait to hear what you want to see more (or less) of!

Thanks for your awesomeness and we look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer & Lea

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Valentine’s Day: Easy Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake (GF)

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Every holiday deserves its own cake! Even if you’re not so much of a baker, this cake, by Virtually Homemade, is easy to make and naturally gluten-free. It is so rich and decadent, it will satiate any chocolate cravings for months to come and leave you and your loved ones patting you on the back! Pour your heart into the baking of this cake and make it the perfect delightful gift or treat for that someone special – yourself! 

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Winter Blizzard Beef Chili (GF, DF options)

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If you’re caught in #blizzard2016, then firstly, we hope you and yours are staying safe and warm. Secondly, we want to offer you this special recipe that has been years in the making. We started experimenting with different variations of this slow-cooked beef chili recipe when we lived in London, making multiple versions over multiple winters until we got to this one. I won’t lie – this recipe is not a simple quick recipe. It’s quite involved and requires a few stages and lots of TLC, but if you’re stuck inside, this could be a fun way to pass the time with the family and produce a delicious meal while you’re at it. 

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Shortbread Snowball Cookies (GF, V, SF)

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We love Pinterest this time of year, not just because there are so many mouth-watering holiday healthy food photos and recipes that are being shared, but also because it gives us an opportunity to connect with like-minded people and eaters. This is how we discovered Xander Friendly Foods, a blog written by Nicole Dawson and inspired by her son Xander’s severe food allergies.

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Delicata Squash Donuts (GF, DF)

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This recipe by Will Frolic for Food looks amazing AND healthy, and is perfect for Hanukkah! We love anything involving squash, not only for its nutritional properties and fiber content, but for that slightly nutty flavor that immediately brings to mind images of cozying up around a fire when it’s cold outside. Top these donuts with some melted chocolate and powdered sugar for a decadent dessert, or have them with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast!

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