Holiday Quinoa Bake

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Does your family get into the rut of making the same exact dishes every year for the holidays? This year I decided to think up a new recipe that could shake things up, and that could satisfy my food intolerances. To get the brainstorm going, I thought of the typical holiday comfort foods that I would be missing out on due to my gluten and dairy-free diet and discovered that the common thread in the foods I’d be missing is that they were all comfort foods baked in the oven. Then I thought about my ideal grain to base my bake around, and of course, quinoa came to mind! After some experimentation, and taking into consideration my love for mixing savory, spicy and sweet flavors, I came up with this festive and healthy Holiday Quinoa Bake!

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Grain-Free Queen Mother’s Cake (GF)

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We love chocolate. And more chocolate. And more chocolate. Especially during the holidays. That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing this gluten-free, grain-free recipe for “Queen Mother’s Cake”. Now you may ask, why is it called Queen Mother’s Cake? There seems to be some debate about whether an actual British monarch was involved in the history of the cake (it is rumored to have been the favorite cake of Queen Elizabeth), but modern adaptations focus more on its modern origins as the most popular recipe of Maida Heatter, aka the Queen of Desserts…..ahhh the lightbulbs flash on!

We love it because it’s gluten-free (obviously) and relatively low carb – it definitely contains less sugar than the typical chocolate cake recipe, and the almond base adds that extra bit of protein and healthy fat. Super indulgent with health benefits? Sounds almost too good to be true!

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Roasted Potatoes, Parsnips & Carrots (GF, DF, V)

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There’s nothing like some simple delicious roasted root vegetables to comfort you on a cold day or to accompany a scrumptious roast. Each of the veggies in this recipe, potatoes, parsnips, and carrots, all have a unique flavor on their own, and when pulled together with rosemary and olive oil in this easy recipe originally from Jamie Oliver, complement each other beautifully. This dish make a delicious meal on its own or a perfect accompaniment to your roast dinner. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the veggies in this dish are indulgent without all the fat and sugar of your typical “comfort food”. We think it will bring a smile to your face 🙂 

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