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!
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!
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:
School and work lunches don’t have to be boring! Sandwiches are the perfect transportable lunch – a compact collection of the components of one meal, all in a hand-held format. And there’s a lot of opportunity for creativity with them – from the fillings, toppings and sauces, to the bread or outer wrapping that holds it all together. Here are some creative ideas for sandwiches, with options for various dietary restrictions!
Rising Hearts Bakery has been a trusted and delicious gluten-free bakery in the LA community before gluten-free became a catchphrase. Prior to being called Rising Hearts, the bakery used to be called The Sensitive Baker, and both names perfectly describe the care and diligence that goes into making this place such a paradise for those living with food intolerances, allergies and celiac disease. We sat down with head baker, recipe developer and bakery manager Ursula Siker to learn more about the bakery and how she got involved in the gluten-free baking business.
This week we’ve entered into a special partnership with allergy-friendly blogger My Happy Belly. On the blog, Kelly provides yummy recipes and tips for those living with (and caring for people with) all 8 of the major food allergens in the US: wheat (and gluten), milk, soy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish & shellfish. Her recipes look amazing, so we wanted to share one of our favorites for vegan chocolate chili (you heard right, chocolate!) below. Sounds like a great recipe to try for Father’s Day! She’s also doing a giveaway for a Tasteful Pantry Treat Box, so check out her site to enter!
Tabbouleh is a traditional Lebanese dish that is typically made with bulgur wheat or couscous, but we found this recipe that uses roasted cauliflower instead for a low carb gluten-free version. In case you’ve missed it, cauliflower is all the rage these days, with people dubbing it the next kale and using it as a substitution for normally wheat-based foods from pizza to a whole loaf of bread. Raw cauliflower has a pretty uninteresting flavor on its own, but drizzle it with some olive oil, salt, pepper and roast it, and it adopts a comforting almost nutty flavor. Yum! We hope you enjoy this recipe for a simple, flavorful tabbouleh salad from Summer Tomato – perfect as a side dish for a roast meat or sandwich!