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Monday, August 18, 2014

Vegan Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream

Vegan Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream

Recipe by Carrie Hughes
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Calories, approximately 150-160

This vegan chocolate coffee ice cream is super tasty, low in calories and fat and only a few ingredients!  It tastes more like chocolate ice cream and is such a nice treat! 

This recipe is so simple and tastes amazing!  


1 1/2 cup ice
1 packet of instant decaf coffee or regular
1 small date
Small piece of frozen banana (about 1/3 of medium sized banana)
2 to 3 packets of stevia 
1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably raw
2 heaping tablespoons PB Powder
1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk + 
A few small pieces of vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla)


Place all ingredients in your blender.  
I used a vitamix and if you are using a regular blender, you may need to add more almond milk to help it blend.  Please note, it may not be as firm using a regular blender. 
Add a little extra almond milk if you need it.

Enjoy ...

I topped mine with a drizzle of peanut butter!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Raw Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl 
Recipe by:  Carrie Hughes
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Raw 

This is a super simple recipe that is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and is sure to give you lots of energy.  It's perfect for breakfast and a nice break from cereal, oatmeal or yogurt.   You simply blend frozen acai pulp with your favorite fruits, juice or raw nut milk and create a thick and creamy bowl or smoothie.  Top with your favorite fruits, coconut, nuts, seeds or granola for a crunch treat.   

1 Acai Packet
1/2 Frozen Banana
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
Splash of Raw Nut Milk

Blend and top with your favorite fruits, coconut, nuts, seeds or raw granola. 
It's that simple!  

Here's a video of us making our Acai Bowl.

Gluten Free Vegan Coconut Wraps & Peanut Butter Sauce

Veggie Coconut Wraps

Recipe by Carrie Hughes
Gluten free, dairy free, vegan
Inspired by Lauren from The Green Lean Bean

My friend Lauren from, The Green Lean Bean had a picture of her wraps that she made with Sunfood Coconut Wraps. They looked so good that I had to try them myself.
These wraps are nice and firm, non GMO, raw, vegan and gluten free.  They have a very nice, mild flavor and stay together nicely when you wrap them.  

Making The Wrap:

1 Sunfood Coconut wrap
Veggies of your choice.  
I used lettuce, shredded carrots, onions, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, pea sprouts.
Lay wrap out flat and begin layering your veggies at the bottom of the wrap and roll slowly, pulling all of your vegetables toward the wrap.  You want to wrap fairly tight so it stays together nicely.  

Peanut Butter Sauce:

1 Tablespoon juiced lemon
1 Tablespoon juiced lime
1 Tablespoon juiced orange
1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
2 Tablespoons coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce)
1/2 Teaspoon Thai Kitchen Roasted chili sauce
1/2 Teaspoon ginger
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt
2 Teaspoons Bee Free Honee (or honey)
1 clove minced garlic

Let sit for 10 minutes to thicken and serve with your wraps.

Here's the video showing how we made our wraps ...

Gluten Free Send Me Subscription Box

Opening the Send Me Gluten Free Box!

The Send Me Gluten Free Company sent me a box to review of some nice gluten free goodies.  I was excited to receive it and have always wanted to try a subscription box.  I had fun going through it and seeing all the products.  Some I had seen before, but some I had not.  The best part of going through the box is finding some items you have never tried before.  It gives you a chance to try it and see if you like it.

The first item in the box was the black bean pasta.  When first becomming gluten free, pasta was the hardest.  I had a hard time getting used to gluten free pasta, but I have to say, after 3 years I now love it.   I can't wait to try this new pasta and hope to post a recipe soon!

Next up was some Teechia cereal which looks amazing!  They also included a coffee substitute.  It's perfect for trying to eliminate coffee or reduce the amount of coffee you are drinking.  Simply brew your tea bag and that's it.  It's that simple.

Also included was Raw Revolution's snack bar.  
It's raw and packed full of healthy ingredients, organic and delicious!  

Also included were Juice+ vitamin chews, Surf Sweets candy and a sample of Red Apple Lipstick.

Also included were Big Red Tea Bag, cake mix and a sample of a soy sauce packet. 

I really enjoyed the Big Red tea and am looking forward to writing reviews on all the other products we received in the future.  

I would definitely order this box and I think it would make a really nice gift for someone who is recently gluten free or even as a birthday gift.  The fun part is opening the box because you get excited to see what's in it.  I am looking forward to trying new products and seeing what recipes I can come up with.  Be sure to check out the Send Me Gluten Free Company by clicking HERE...

Here is a video I made opening the box and a fun video my son and I made. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Gluten Free Chickpea Miso Detox Soup

Gluten Free 
Rice Cake Chickpea Miso Detox Soup
Inspired by Lauren from The Green Lean Bean

After a week of having some old symptoms again, I decided to do a week of simple recipes that I know are 100% gluten free, dairy free and have no questionable ingredients.  I am choosing foods that I feel are safe to eat.  Sometimes, I forget that having a kitchen that is both gluten filled and gluten free can be dangerous. 

I started the day with a simple smoothie and chose organic cherries, raw sunwarrior protein powder, cinnamon, water, almond milk and chia seeds.  For snack I had pineapple and a handful of macadamia nuts. 

Lunch was another simple recipe. 
 Recently, Lauren from The Lean Green Bean  had a picture of her rice cake soup on her instagram page.  It looked so good that I decided to come up with a recipe to make one myself... It's very tasty and could definitely be changed to add any type of seasonings or spices you like.  Here's what I came up with!  

Roasted Peppers

Roast 1 red pepper, 1/4 white onion with 1 minced garlic, touch of coconut oil, garlic powder, onion powder and no salt seasoning.  

Now for the soup:

Simmer until soft, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 small white onion and 2 to 3 scallions sliced thin.  
Add 2 cups of water with 2 cups organic gluten free veggie broth 
2 carrots, sliced thin
 1/2 piece of kombu (optional)
1 teaspoons italian seasonings
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon lemon pepper salt free seasonings
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon mustard powder
sprinkle of black pepper, tumeric, kelp & dulce flakes (optional)
Cook until carrots begin to soften
Then add 1 zucchini chopped in bite size pieces
2 to 3 tomatoes chopped 
Let simmer until vegetables have softened.  

Remove from heat and let sit.  
Once cooled a little bit add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chicpea miso and stir.

Serve and top with chopped up roasted red peppers, grilled onions, 
chopped tomatoes and pea sprouts.  
Crumble some rice cakes on top to give it a nice crunchy texture... 

This soup is a very warming and perfect for when you are not feeling your best.  It's very hydrating.  Squeeze a little lemon juice on top for some added flavor.  

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Gluten and Allergen Free Expo 2014

Join me in New Jersey for the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo on September 6th & 7th at the Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey!   I am excited to be an official blogger for the event.  I will be live tweeting from the expo and sharing reviews on our facebook page and blog.   

If you have never attended a Gluten & Allergen Free Expo before, then you are in for such a treat.  This evene is the best place to try new gluten free products, talk with vendors, ask questions and learn from both speakers and attendees. 
Highlights of the Expo include:
• 150+ gluten-free vendors
• Coupons at many of the vendor booths
• Samples from some of the vendors
• Many informative classes 
• Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
• A chance to meet your favorite vendors, ask questions and take classes.

For a list of vendors, speakers and classes, please check out the Gluten and Allergy Free website. 

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

My Top 10 Gluten Free and Dairy Free Snack Ideas

Ok, so who doesn't love to enjoy snacks throughout the day?  
I love to choose healthy, yet satisfying snacks for myself and my family.

 When first going gluten free, it's so hard to know what is safe to eat.  Here's a list of some of my favorite snacks that are gluten free and dairy free.  I try to choose snacks that will give me a nice boost of energy rather than weigh me down.   High in protein, low in fat and packed full of flavor, my snacks ideas are sure to keep you going all day!  Some of my choices you can easily just throw in your bag on your way out the door, so there is no excuse not to eat healthy when I'm on the go.  I love them for traveling and carry them with me all the time, just in case I can't find a convenient place to eat.  Most of them can be found in regular grocery stores or online at Amazon.  If you order several items at once, many times they are eligible for free shipping.  I can also easily prepare my snacks ahead of time, throw them in a glass container and carry them in my purse.  It really is easy to navigate your way gluten free and dairy free if you are prepared.  
Here's the top 10 on my list. 
 I would love to hear what's on your list.

Super easy to make and taste delicious.  
My favorite brands to buy are Brad's Kale Chips and Ed's Of Main Kale Chips.
Click link above to see my favorite recipe.

Veggies and Hummus

Simply pick your favorite vegetables and hummus.  It's that simple!  There are mini hummus snack packs in the supermarket that you can buy.  Keep cut veggies in baggies in your fridge and that way you can grab a bag and a tub of hummus on your way out the door. 

Ok, so I do not have a favorite on this one - I love them all!  These are a raw food snack company and their products are just delicious. I have only seen them in Whole Foods and Health Food stores but you can also purchase them online at Amazon.  

Perfect Gluten-Free Portion Control 12-Pack (Includes Shipping)

I believe the chocolate flavors have dairy, so I stay away from those.  My favorite Larabar flavor is peanut butter cookie.  These are sold in Target, Supermarkets and online at Amazon.

Peanut Butter Cookie

I love these almond butter packets.  They are the perfect on the go snack.  I took them on a trip to Disney World and take them just about every where I go.  They are sold in most supermarkets now, Target and online at Amazon. You can even buy the cut apple packs in your supermarket and grab that and your almond butter and you have the perfect on the go snack!   His Honey Peanut Butter also tastes amazing and his Dark Peanut Butter Cups are also gluten and dairy free.


Apple Nachos

Slice apples thin using a mandolin 
Arrange on a plate
Drizzle almond butter, coconut butter, cinnamon and melted dairy free dark chocolate 
Enjoy ...

Endangered Species Mini Dark Chocolate Bites

Each bite is under 50 calories, gluten free and vegan.  It's the perfect snack to grab on the go and nice to have as a dessert when you go to a restaurant.  Unfortunately, they will not be selling them in their online store anymore, so you will have to find them in a store or on Amazon.  I have seen them in Shoprite, Whole Foods and my local health food store, so be on the lookout for them.  They taste amazing!    

Click link above for the recipe.  I would eat 1 to 2 small muffins as a snack.

Almond Peanut Butter Coffee Frappacino

** You will need to pour some almond milk in an ice tray and freeze first **

1/2 cup Cold Brew Coffee
1/2 cup almond milk
fill your cup with almond milk ice cubes
1 teaspoon of raw peanut butter. 
 Add stevia, cinnamon and vanilla bean powder to taste 

Chocolate Vanilla Trail mix

Mix approx 10-15 Almonds, small handful of Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds in a bowl
Sprinkle cinnamon and vanilla bean powder over the nut mixture and drizzle about a teaspoon 
of melted dairy free dark chocolate. (My favorite is Endangered Species)
Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and enjoy!