Coronation Chicken Salad (GF, DF)

 

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With Spring fully in bloom, we wanted to share a recipe that would be a great addition to those outdoor picnics, as well as a novel school lunch idea. Coronation chicken salad is a traditional British lunch dish that often comes in a sandwich form and is a perfect representative of East meets West. It is said to have been invented during preparations for the coronation banquet of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, during which food writer and flower arranger Constance Spry proposed the recipe of cold chicken, curry cream sauce and dressing that would later become known as coronation chicken.

We based our recipe on an original from another British institution, the Hairy Bikers (if you’re not familiar with them, you should check out their shows – they’re hilarious), and made it dairy-free by removing the creme fraiche and using a non-dairy butter substitute. It’s a pretty involved process to make this, but since you can make a lot at a time (and since it’s so delicious), we think it’s well worth the time. Enjoy!

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Black Bean Noodles with Miso Dressing (GF, DF, V)

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Given that gluten-free diets have become so popular, it’s no surprise that new companies are popping up offering gluten-free alternatives for just about anything. There is gluten-free pasta made of rice, corn, quinoa, soy, and any combination of the above. The quality of these pastas has been getting better and better, however sometimes it is still difficult to make a gluten-free pasta without it turning to mush once cooked. Also many of these pasta alternatives often are full of carbohydrates and sugars, sometimes containing as much, if not more, grams of carbohydrates than their gluten-filled counterparts. We found a new kind of pasta that is actually made from black beans and that only has 17g of carbs per serving. Yup you heard that right – black beans! They’re also high in protein and fiber. And the true test of quality….they tasted pretty good! You can read more about the noodles in our full product review, but let’s just say we loved them!

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Why Do We Crave Sugar?

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These days sugar seems like the bad guy in almost every story about health or medical conditions. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, four times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

From diabetes to weight loss, most diets recommend a decrease in sugar consumption. But that can be easier said than done. Much easier. There is something about sugar that is addictive for most of us, and those cravings we get for sweet things can be as powerful as if we had fallen under a spell.

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How to Avoid Hidden Sugars During the Holidays

This is not a post about healthy holiday recipes. It is not a post about how to stick to portion control at the holiday buffet (although we do have one about that too). The holidays are a time where people cook up a storm and put time, love, and care into creating delicious and yes, indulging, meals and desserts. And we believe that we all have a right to enjoy these holiday goodies and to indulge in what the season has to offer!

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You Are Loved Foods: Guilt-free Indulgence!

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After a lifetime of no sweets, a little boy with Type 1 diabetes tastes Jonathan Heine’s chocolate fudge for the first time. He turns to his mother and tells her he feels so loved. And so the name for You Are Loved Foods is born.

We at The Tasteful Pantry discovered You Are Loved Foods at Expowest last month and were so excited to learn they are also based here in Los Angeles! We were even more excited to taste their delicious treats with the knowledge that they were gluten-free, paleo, low glycemic and vegan. Actually, we had to taste them multiple times because we couldn’t believe how good they were at first. After all, chocolatey fudge like that usually at least contains dairy or sugar. We even tested You Are Loved Foods treats on some diabetic family and friends (thanks Dad!) and asked them to test their blood sugar levels after eating  them – they didn’t go up! Even Lea, The Tasteful Pantry’s Registered Dietitian (and diabetes expert) was impressed!

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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza (GF, DF)

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You may have heard that cauliflower is the new kale. Fine dining restaurants as well as health food establishments seem to be embracing it not only as a veggie side dish, but also as an alternative to carbs! Take, for example, the “faux” bread loaf, aka whole roasted cauliflower. It’s beautiful and looks like a whole loaf of freshly roasted bread, but it’s actually spiced roasted cauliflower!

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Your Ultimate Guide To Protein

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Protein is essential for living organisms; it’s composed of long chain amino acids, and is the building blocks of muscle. It gives us energy, helps our bodies recover, and keeps our tummies satisfied. Lucky for us, protein is available in many forms, raw and cooked, all delicious! Below are the best forms of protein to eat for all diets:

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Chinese Tea Eggs for Lunar New Year!

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Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, normally celebrated in Asian countries with family dinners, fireworks, paying respects to ancestors, and a month off work. This year is the Year of the Sheep, known for its gentleness, calmness and thoughtfulness. There are numerous foods that are eaten during the New Year that symbolize good luck and fortune, including sticky rice cake, steamed whole fish and dumplings, but we wanted to share one that is easy to make and great as a breakfast, snack or appetizer, plus it’s super healthy: Chinese Tea Eggs. We’ve adapted this recipe from Use Real Butter. There is a lot of soaking time involved (we recommend you start a day ahead), but that is really just to get the maximum flavor infused into your eggs. We hope you enjoy both the unique flavor and look of the eggs once they’re finished! Happy New Year!!

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Gluten-Free High Protein Cheesecake (GF, SF)

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Here at The Tasteful Pantry, we are huge fans of having our cake and eating it too…literally! For us that means eating delicious food that is also nutritious and doesn’t break the calorie bank! So that’s why we’re super excited to share the idea of a high protein cheesecake with you. Not only do the ingredients in this cheesecake give you a protein boost, but they also replace many of the high fat high calorie ingredients found in typical cheesecakes with cleaner, healthier versions that still give you a rich creamy consistency. We love this recipe from the Dashing Dish, which you can top with a fruit or topping of your choice. 

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