Fall Harvest Recipes (Pumpkin and more!)

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There’s only one thing better than crisp air, vibrant foliage and comfortable sweaters, and that’s hearty fall veggies! The colder weather allows us to reap the benefits of this colorful season, and enjoy pumpkins, apples, squash, and so much more. And the best part is that they’re all healthy too! They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Especially pumpkin, as it’s one of the best sources of beta-carotene which promotes healthy vision and cell growth!

As the earth begins to grow colder, it also releases its hearty bounty for us to enjoy – and you can bet we enjoy it! Below are 10 of our most loved recipes to enjoy this season:

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The Perfect Gluten-Free Picnic

GF-picnicIt’s the countdown to the end of summer, but there’s still time to get outside and enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic! Picnics are a great way to relax and unwind, while eating delicious food and taking in nature with friends and family. They typically include doughy sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and a piece of cake for dessert… but that doesn’t cut it for us! Whether you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you know that something like this takes a bit more effort that just ordering a sandwich from a deli. But lucky for you, we’ve put together the perfect gluten free menu to follow for your next picnic or adventure!

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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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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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Healthy Foodie Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are upon us and this year I’ve decided to buy gifts that will be used regularly, not just pretty things that will be taken out of the closet or off the shelf occasionally (I’ve been giving a lot of costume jewelry in recent years). It just so happens that I and many of the people in my life LOVE food and cooking. And most of them are very interested in eating fabulous food that is also healthy and nutritious. It’s funny how those two concepts go together for so many people, although that’s not to say we don’t also enjoy our indulgences!

Here are some gifts for those healthy foodies in your life that will be sure to be enjoyed almost as soon as they’re out of the box!

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Eating Well Without Depriving Yourself

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Often, people associate healthy eating or losing weight with bird-like diets that are boring and unsatisfying. Many conventional diets focus on what you CAN’T have, fostering an attitude of deprivation that then has the potential to backfire once you’re finished with the diet.

At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re big believers in healthy eating combined with indulgence, satiety and joy. That’s actually what we’re all about! If we go about our diets with an attitude of deprivation, we’re far less likely to stick with them, and just as important, we’ll completely miss out on the joy of eating! The more joy, the less we feel the need to mindlessly munch!

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Best (Gluten-Free) Tacos in LA: Guisados

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Don’t misread the title of this post – I mean BEST TACOS IN LA, not qualified by any diet or ‘free-from’. They just happen to be gluten-free. When I discovered Guisados, it redefined my taco standards. I’m not exaggerating. Whereas most taco joints slap some spiced grilled meats into a pre-made tortilla (and don’t get me wrong, some of those can be quite yummy), Guisados is a totally different story. They make their tortillas from scratch from just high quality non-GMO corn and lime juice, then each location hand-presses them and cooks them right there on the spot, as you’re placing your order. The result is a thicker, slightly cakey and flavorful tortilla that bears little resemblance to its thin elastic store-bought counterpart.

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