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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A Truly Green Smoothie

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Raw Witches Fingers (GF, V)

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Let’s face it – the season to indulge really starts on Halloween, am I right? With all the chocolate, candy and baked goods popping up on what seems like every desk, plate and table, it can be hard to resist the temptation of pure sugar at this time of year. One way to help stave off indulging in all those sugar cravings is to keep your taste buds and tummy satisfied with delicious food and treats. Keep the good stuff nearby and just as accessible as the candy, and you can even schedule a fun family project to make a yummy but not refined-sugar-laden treat together! 

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Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding (GF, V)

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DON’T FREAK OUT. I have to admit I did a little bit before making this, but it turned out that I had no reason to. This raw vegan gluten-free chocolate pudding is smooth, creamy, chocolate-y, and HEALTHY. I mean super healthy. Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6, not to mention full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Yes, the ingredient list of this recipe is a little unconventional, but I promise, the flavors all blend together to create a seamless chocolate pudding that takes about 5 minutes flat to make. Top it off with your favorite gluten-free granola, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, vegan dessert. And it’s really yummy cold.

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My Favorite Summer Fruits!

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Summer brings a bountiful harvest of tastes, colors, textures, and super nutrients in the form of FRUIT! This is my favorite time of year to visit my local farmers market and marvel at all the colors and nutrients around. There are so many wonderful choices, but there are definitely a few that pack a greater nutritional punch!

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Gluten-Free Cake Donuts (GF, V)

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Happy National Donut Day! What better way to celebrate than to bake up these gluten-free dairy-free donuts? You can even  make them vegan too. Look at how fluffy and cakey they look, plus they’re not too sweet so you can have them as a light snack, or top them with some powdered sugar or your favorite sweet toppings – cinnamon, chocolate syrup, nutella, candied nuts, strawberry jam are some yummy options.

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My Favorite Dairy-Free Alternatives

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I’ve been gluten-free and dairy-free for about 8 years, and if you ask me which one I miss more, hands down the answer is dairy. The gluten-free “movement”, if you want to call it that, has been around for at least a decade now, and in that time has ballooned to a huge industry, with new gluten-free substitutes emerging every time I visit the grocery store. Each year, gluten-free bread, pasta, pizza dough, and sweets get better and better, so much so that many of them are pretty close to the real thing.

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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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