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Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies are made with no refined sugar, dairy or grains and don’t even require an oven to bake! The perfect holiday treat for everyone in your life.

Remember the plight of the Snickerdoodle LARABAR? I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. But it’s Christmas/[the holidays if we are being politically correct], so I had to make them into cookies instead. And they have five ingredients, one of which is salt so it doesn’t even count. They’re Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, raw vegan — basically, unless you have a nut allergy specific to cashews, you can nosh on these cookies.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I had my first snickerdoodle in elementary school. My social studies class (which was my favorite class, BTW) had colonial school days where we all sat on benches and wrote on hand-held chalkboards and dressed up like it was 1776. It was clearly my favorite day ever because Felicity was my favorite American Girl doll and I had tried on just about every colonial dress in my grandmother’s costume shop until I found the perfect blue dress of my dreams. (It’s so East Coast to have that much of a need for colonial dresses… I don’t think anyone on the West Coast remembers that Williamsburg and the Mayflower and Pilgrims were a thing.) Also involved in colonial school days? Snickerdoodles.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

Apparently snickerdoodles were a traditional colonial cookie. Everyone was required to bring in two dozen snickerdoodles and there were like two dozen kids in my class so obviously we ate snickerdoodles for a straight month, not that I’m complaining. Also thinking about the work from parents that went into colonial school days makes me never want to have kids because I can not deal with that type of pressure.

Since everyone knows what a snickerdoodle tastes like (and I swear these taste like snickerdoodles, you know I wouldn’t lie to you), I want to just let you know how huge of a dork I was in elementary school because it kind of relates back to Christmas. I was so obsessed with every American Girl doll and especially Felicity that I wanted to live in Williamsburg, Virginia. I’ve actually been there no less than three times — once with both of my parents, once with school (re: colonial school days) and once with my dad on our way home from the Outerbanks when I was in middle school.

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

I planned on going to college at William and Mary when I was little just so I could live in the same town as a fictitious doll. My craziness clearly started at an early age. I should chat with my therapist to figure out what this all means, especially because I lost my shit last winter when it rained too hard in SF and the power was out and I didn’t have cell service so I was bored.

Okay, it’s the holidays and you have things to do so whip up these raw snickerdoodle cookies and relish in the fact I’m secretly kind of nerdy. (An ex-boyfriend once asked what the nerdiest thing about me was… I said my obsession with North Korea but clearly it’s my obsession with American Girl dolls. And yes, I had all the original seven. Duh.)

Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Raw Snickerdoodle Cookies (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, soaked for at least 10 minutes
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put dates and cashews into your food processor and combine until a ball forms. Occasionally scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and continue to combine.
  3. Place ball in refrigerator in a covered dish for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Roll mixture into 1" balls then pat down with your hand or a spoon to make into a cookie.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or the freezer for up to one month.

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Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal is made from a vegan horchata. It’s a filling and seasonal way to start your day!

It’s been five years but I’ve finally succeeded in my ultimate hipster wish — drinking horchata in December á la Vampire Weekend’s “Horchata” from their 2010 album Contra. Yes, I unabashedly have loved Vampire Weekend from day one (I want to say I discovered them from a song on an AE playlist when I worked in stores) and was devastated my freshman year when they played at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh and it was beyond sold out. I still to this day have not seen them live. They filmed Contra entirely in Mexico city, so I’m sure that’s what inspired that lyric.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

I was Skyping with Erin last week and she was filling me in on all the delicious Latin American food she ate while in Virginia over Thanksgiving. She mentioned drinking horchata and I stopped her — “Hold on, have to write something down. You gave me inspiration for a recipe and I’m going to tell you but don’t steal it because you’ll do it better.” (Erin actually has a recipe for horchata on her blog so you should go make it.)

So after making horchata seemed like a lot of work (mainly because I didn’t have rice and wasn’t about to buy it just to make horchata), I decided to buy horchata. The Marina Supermarket didn’t have horchata and I was feeling too lazy to go to Whole Foods. I finally found it at Real Good Food, a market on Fillmore Street that focuses on organic and super-overpriced speciality foods but when I looked at the nutrition information and ingredients… uh, if I’m going to waste 160 calories on eight fluid ounces it’s going to be on wine, not horchata so I can Instagram it with a Vampire Weekend quote.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

knew I had seen the Califia Farms horchata somewhere but for whatever reason, decided I didn’t need it. (I am well-known for buying things to try and only eating/drinking them that one time then never touching it again, even if I love it.) I then was a girl on a mission after only finding the gross boxed horchata and feeling like I needed to make this recipe. After work on Wednesday I made a pilgrimage to the SoMa Whole Foods after checking the website to see where it was stocked in San Francisco and after a brief bout of fear when it wasn’t with the ‘nogs, I found it.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

Also — how cute is this yeti towel? It was a Christmas gift from my friend Mai and it’s already getting good use.

Horchata Overnight Oatmeal

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Horchata Overnight Oatmeal [Gluten-Free, Vegan]
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 1
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Instructions
  1. In a jar or glass container with a lid, place rolled oats, protein powder if using and chia seeds and mix to combine.
  2. Pour in horchata and yogurt (if using). Shake well to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or ideally overnight.
  4. In the morning, add desired toppings and serve!

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Gluten-Free + Vegan]

There’s a vegan restaurant a few blocks away from me called Seed + Salt. I was meeting my friend Kristine for lunch there a couple weeks ago (#marinagirls forever) and even though I’m not a soup person, their Carrot Coconut Soup sounded delicious and I ordered it. Long story short, I have had that carrot coconut soup on my mind ever since.

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I’ve strangely been craving a lot of soup lately. There’s a Thai Chicken soup at work that is allegedly very good, I was craving lentil soup (recipe coming soon) the week after that and then this soup just spoke to me. I blame it on the weather. The past few weeks have been the coldest it’s been since I’ve moved to San Francisco.

This soup is also great because I’ve been trying to eat way more plant-based lately. I’m going through a phase where I’m just kind of not that into meat and it’s such a pain to cook anyway. I’m feeling better without it in my diet and figuring out how to get protein in other ways. Also, not running 40 miles a week means you kind of don’t need as much protein as you used to… womp womp.

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I’m not saying that I’m not going to eat meat but I’m probably just not going to buy it and cook it for myself for a while. Also, looking to lower my grocery bill because SoulCycle is eating up my budget. But, my PT’s cute assistant told me “You can’t put a price on good health” and we all know if an attractive guy tells me something, I probably do it (aka the fact I moved to Hong Kong at 19 was partly because my advisor was hot and told me I should).

Not to totally diverge on this soup and bore you all to death, but I’m an almond milk latte in and aside from a glass of wine, that’s when I do my best writing/thinking so here’s a thought — isn’t the power of doing something to impress someone kind of crazy? The number of times I have made a boy go on a run he totally can’t handle, clean up his diet or do something out of their comfort zone (minus move to San Francisco, but that’s a story for another day) is unreal. I really need to harness that power more often. It’s like Kanye West wrote Kanye’s Workout Plan for the guys I seem to attract.

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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas [Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Carrot Coconut Ginger Soup with Crispy Chickpeas is the vegan and gluten-free way to stay warm this winter. Detox from heavy holiday foods with this soup.
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
Soup
  • 4 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt + pepper
  • Cilantro to garnish (optional, but encouraged)
Chickpeas
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry (or 1 cup freshly cooked chickpeas)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
Soup
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking tray with a Silpat or non-stick aluminum foil. Place carrots on baking tray and spray with coconut oil and sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake carrots for 30 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
  4. When carrots are finished roasting, melt coconut oil in a large soup pan.
  5. Place onion in soup pan and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add carrots and continue cooking with onions for another 15 minutes, or until soft.
  7. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, ginger, crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then let simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove soup from heat and let cool slightly. Once cooled, pour into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender.
  9. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro and crispy chickpeas
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Chickpeas
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place chickpeas on a Silpat lined baking sheet (or line with non-stick aluminum foil).
  3. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Place in oven and bake until hard and crispy, about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 175 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 18 g Sugar: 9 g Sodium: 159 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 3 g

Nutrition information is for soup without crispy chickpeas.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]

At about one a.m. on Sunday morning I decided I really wanted Chipotle chips and guac. Not just any chips and guac, but preferably Chipotle’s. Theirs isn’t even the best guacamole I’ve ever had (that still goes to my ex-boyfriend, unfortunately) but for whatever reason, two glasses of wine and a few sips of bourbon after a 12-mile run, SoulCycle class and a solid several miles of walking, Chipotle spoke to me.

Luckily for me, Chipotle isn’t open (that I know of) at 1 a.m., I only know where two are in the city and one is in SoMa which was too far away, so I texted my father that I really was craving Chipotle and went home and kind of buzzed-ate one of these enchiladas. Adulting is drunk texting your father about your food cravings and not drunk texting your ex that you miss them. #progress

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I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people who are sick of Thanksgiving food. Sick of Thanksgiving food? It comes once a year. How can you be sick of it? People suggested subbing turkey for pasta carbonara on one Food52 discussion. On my dad’s side of the family we always had lasagna on Thanksgiving and Christmas (or sometimes gnocchi) but I’m Italian so…

I also saw a recipe for a tamale stuffing which totally intrigued me. What about a Mexican-themed Thanksgiving if you’re sick of Thanksgiving food? I would like to find one person who is sick of Mexican food (minus me, when I came home from Mexico, which I seriously still need to write about).

One of my friends mentioned she ate Mexican food four times in three days over the weekend and someone commented that we lived in California so that was totally normal. I’m thankful to live in such a beautiful, albeit dry, state where I have an abundance of good Mexican food. There’s two amazing Mexican places (Mamacita and Tacolicious) within a few blocks of me!

We all know I’m a yogurt monster because I don’t love meat and yogurt is my biggest protein source. I’ve been a huge fan of siggi’s for basically ever, or since I learned Icelandic yogurt was a thing and has even more protein than Greek yogurt. siggi’s yogurt is made with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. There is more protein than sugar in every cup – even flavored varieties, so I love grabbing a few flavored cups to have as a special snack throughout the week at work or after dinner.

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If you’re worried about not getting enough protein in a recipe without animal protein, well, there’s black beans and corn tortillas and cheese and siggi’s! so each little enchilada guy has 12 grams of protein each. You can also save this recipe for after Thanksgiving and stuff your leftover turkey meat inside, too. You’re welcome in advance.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas [Gluten Free, Vegetarian]
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 10 enchiladas
Ingredients
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1½ cups black beans (or one can black beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3 cups baby white mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 jar green enchilada sauce
  • 2 containers siggis 4% plain yogurt
  • 1½ cup shredded mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium.
  3. Add garlic and chopped yellow onion and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  5. While mushrooms are cooking, mix yogurt and 1 cup of cheese in a small bowl.
  6. Add spinach to mushroom mixture and cook until wilted, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove veggies from heat and strain excess water from cooking with a strainer. (REALLY IMPORTANT UNLESS YOU WANT SOGGY ENCHILADAS!)
  8. Add black beans to veggie mixture and mix well. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Wrap corn tortillas in plastic wrap and microwave for one minute to soften.
  10. In a large baking pan, add ¼ cup enchilada sauce to bottom.
  11. Place tortilla in saucy pan, fill with ¼ cup veggies and 1-2 tbsp of yogurt + cheese mixture. Roll so the seam is towards the bottom of the pan. Repeat until you run out of tortillas.
  12. Pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of enchiladas.
  13. Sprinkle remainder ½ cup cheese on top of enchiladas.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top of enchiladas begin to brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 enchilada Calories: 176 Fat: 6 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 296 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 12 g

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Ricotta Waffles

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I have made this recipe approximately 10 times in the past month and a half. I #cantstopwontstop with these waffles. They originally began as pancakes then morphed into waffles.

My Saturday long runs lately have been fasted. I’ve been all about getting more sleep and getting out the door as soon as I wake up and change clothes rather than eating something. I’m not going to lie – by mile 10 or so I’m feeling the lack of carb reserves (so definitely something I won’t replicate on race day) but it also means I’m heavily planning my breakfast in my head at that point.

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Despite the crazy heat wave that’s been happening in SF, my run on Saturday was chilly and foggy and kind of rainy and therefore, perfect. I ran 13+ miles (my watch died) with Chrissy, from the Marina through Golden Gate Park. Which meant by mile 10 the only thing I could think about was waffles.

I had been eating pancakes/waffles with Greek yogurt and nut butter but these guys basically just require real maple syrup. I see where Lesley Knope was coming from with the waffle addiction – it’s real. And surprisingly it’s rather difficult to find a waffle in this city…

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Anyway, upgrade your basic pumpkin waffle with ricotta cheese. It makes them extra protein-packed and dense and delicious. Also, if you’re not going to use real maple syrup, use chocolate nut butter – also insanely good.

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pumpkin ricotta waffles gluten free | almost getting it together

4.5 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Ricotta Waffles
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 3 waffles
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat waffle maker.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt.
  3. In a small bowl, mix pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese, almond milk, honey and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix with a spatula until just combined.
  5. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Spray a waffle maker with coconut oil and carefully pour in mixture. Cook in waffle maker for 7 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to one week or one month in the freezer.

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Fig, Ricotta and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts [Gluten Free]

There are two problems with my neighborhood in San Francisco, aside from the absurdly high rent: tourists and the lack of a Whole Foods which means it’s a little more work for me to find naturally-raised, antibiotic free meat. The meat counter at my Safeway doesn’t carry organic, natural chicken breast but luckily, they do carry Foster Farms Simply Raised line in their refrigerator section. Even better, Foster Farms Simply Raised is locally grown in California. I was so excited to learn about the antibiotic-free line when Foster Farms asked me to check out their product.

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Foster Farms is delivered fresh from local ranches in 48 hours or less. Some other chicken brands are across the country and could take up to a week to reach the West Coast. The other cool thing about Foster Farms is that they have been family run since their founding 76 years ago. Max and Verda Foster began raising turkeys off their bedroom in 1939 so they could keep a close eye on their flock. Today, all Foster Farms fresh chicken is American Humane Certified and their grandson, Ron Foster, runs the company.

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A super easy, insanely delicious chicken breast preparation I often forget about is stuffed chicken breasts. When was the last time something was stuffed into something else and it wasn’t delicious? I don’t care how health-conscious I am and the fact that I will never, ever eat it again – Stuffed Crust Pizza is basically as good as it gets.

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Back to stuffed chicken breasts – expect like five more stuffed chicken breast recipes, because while I was in the kitchen prepping these, I thought of a dozen more ideas of what things I could stuff into them. I’m not going to tell you all my ideas now, because I’m terrified someone will take them and do them better or worse yet, terribly.

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Since you know eating seasonally (for the most part) and locally (almost more difficult to not do in California!) is important to me, I wanted to stuff my chicken neighbors with some goodies I knew came close from home. Figs are still in season, the ricotta was from house made from the market by my apartment and the pear was also California-grown.

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Fig, Ricotta and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup fresh figs, sliced
  • ½ cup chopped Bartlett pear
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Carefully cut a slit into each chicken breast that runs the length of the breast. Do not cut through the bottom.
  3. Rub 1 tsp of the olive oil on the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil on medium high heat and add shallots. Cook until fragrant, about two minutes.
  5. Add pears and figs to shallots with the dried thyme and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until pears are soft. Turn off heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Place ricotta cheese in a small bowl and add fig, pear and shallot mixture. Mix well.
  7. Carefully fill the slit of each chicken breast with the cheese mixture, distributing evenly. Tie the chicken breasts back together with oven-safe twine or use toothpicks if you are worried about the stuffing falling out.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until an internal thermometer reads 165F.
  9. Cut twine from chicken (or remove toothpicks) and serve.

This post is sponsored by Foster Farms®, the opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I love!

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Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

Making homemade pizza sauce is basically the most Italian thing I’ve ever done, including spending a summer in Italy and having a tomato thrown at me for being a loud, drunk American girl.

Two fun facts about pizza: in Italy, it was originally a poor man’s food because it can be made with staples that are pretty inexpensive (flour, water, tomatoes) and pizza tastes better with uncooked sauce. I decided to test the second statement with this recipe.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

I was craving pizza but have literally eaten one meal at home since coming back to SF on Tuesday so I knew I needed to make some sort of iteration at home. I had a doughy, carb-y lunch (The Rebel Within at Craftsman and Wolves) so I wanted to go with a pretty much carb-less crust. Enter portobello mushrooms.

This is another “clean out the pantry” recipe. I had randomly stocked up on crushed tomatoes and tomato paste over the winter, probably assuming I was going to make chili but um, it’s never really cold enough for chili here.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

So the verdict on uncooked sauce? Definitely into it. It gave a little zest most other jarred varieties lack. Now after a couple days of eating super clean, I’ll be ready to eat a normal crust with the rest of this sauce. Yum.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4 mushroom pizzas
Ingredients
Pizzas
  • 4 Portobello Mushroom Caps
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce (recipe below)
  • 2 oz queso fresco (or other cheese of your choice)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ crushed red pepper
  • salt + pepper
Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Wash and dry mushrooms, cutting off stems.
  3. Brush mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with a Slipat or aluminum foil and roast for 10 minutes.
  5. While mushrooms are roasting, place all pizza sauce ingredients in a food processor and process for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  6. Remove mushrooms from oven. If any liquid has formed in the cap, carefully pour it off.
  7. Spoon pizza sauce equally among mushrooms.
  8. Place cheese on top of pizza sauce.
  9. Sprinkle basil, oregano, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper evenly on top of cheese.
  10. Place mushrooms back in oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until tops begin to brown and cheese is melted.
  11. Store extra pizza sauce in covered container in refrigerator for up to one week.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

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Carrot Cake Cookies [Gluten Free]

I routinely miss the mark on seasonal recipes, don’t I? Everyone is posting #pumpkineverydamnday (let’s get that trending) and I’m over here like, “let me post these cookies I baked for a hike like a month and a half ago”. I am nothing if not consistently un-seasonal and late. It makes sense that I live in a city that decides it’s going to be summer in September and October and winter in June and July.

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Speaking of where I live, I was home in Pittsburgh the past five days. Is it weird that I feel like I have two homes – an East Coast Office and a West Coast Office for AGIT, if you will. It is so hard to pack everything into five days. Once again, I just want to pack up every one I love and move them to California.

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Because they are made with bananas, they are more soft than crunchy. I liked crumbling a couple up and eating them with yogurt and peanut butter. I also had a couple as lunch with a Vega Protein and Greens shake when I was on that whole shake-for-lunch kick… which I think I’m about to get back on again. So basically, breakfast, lunch, snack, dessert – these guys are perfect any time of the day.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Carrot Cake Cookies [Gluten Free]
 
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Serves: 24 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2½ cup chopped rainbow carrots
  • 1 cup Purely Elizabeth Apple Cinnamon Ancient Grain Oatmeal (or sub for rolled oats)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pecan butter (or any other type of nut or seed butter)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp pink himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a Slipat or parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor, mix bananas, carrots, oats, egg, pecan butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and sea salt until well combined.
  4. Fold in raisins and shredded coconut.
  5. With a cookie scooper or tablespoon, create 1" balls of dough and place on lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops begin to brown.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 104 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 14 g Sugar: 5 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 3 g

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice [Paleo, Gluten Free]

deconstructed-sushi-bowls | almost getting it together

I’ve probably sat here for a combined hour staring at this blank screen. I’ve written a first sentence and deleted it over and over. I just can’t think of anything really life changing to say about sushi. It’s not new to anyone. It borders on being basic if you’re not careful (RIP Pink Zebra pop-up). But truly great sushi is really, really amazing. Actually, in SF I’ve seen uni (sea urchin) avocado toast on two different menus now – and I’m really regretting not getting it at Gather in Berkeley. (It was bomb.com at Huxley if you’re wondering – also I had just ran 13 miles, so there’s that.)

deconstructed-sushi-bowls | almost getting it together

Note: This photo is sans nori because I forgot and ate all the ingredients by the time I was going to reshoot.

So what did I do? Totally bastardized sushi by taking out the key component (after the fish, of course), rice, and making it out of cauliflower. Did you know a lot of really great sushi is because of the sushi rice? I think in sushi chef school they spend like a year learning how to make rice.

deconstructed-sushi-bowls | almost getting it together

Still learning to plate food attractively.

Clearly I’m at a loss for words for what to say so I give up… just make this deconstructed sushi bowl with cauliflower rice. I promise it’s delicious beyond words.

deconstructed-sushi-bowls | almost getting it together

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice

5.0 from 1 reviews
Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Cauliflower Rice [Paleo, Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Japanese, Paleo, Gluten Free
Serves: 4 bowls
Ingredients
Deconstructed Sushi Bowls
  • 2 heads cauliflower, riced (about 8 cups)
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 2 cups roasted sweet potato
  • 2 large cucumbers, spiralized with blade B
  • 8 oz smoked salmon
  • 1 avocado
  • 8 sheets nori
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
Sauce
  • ½ cup tamari
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp Sriarcha
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Clean and slice sweet potatoes into rounds.
  3. Place rounds on a Slipat or lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until they begin to brown, flipping once half way through.
  4. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set to the side.
  5. Spiralize cucumbers (or chop into thin shreds) with blade B, then cut to make into smaller noodles.
  6. Place cucumber strands in a strainer lined with paper towels and sprinkle salt over them. Let sit for around 30 minutes to lose some of their water.
  7. Chop cauliflower into florets and place in batches in food processor. Run until cauliflower is rice-sized. Repeat until all cauliflower has been riced.
  8. Heat a wok on high heat. Spray with coconut oil and add rice, stirring until it begins to brown and soften, about 7-8 minutes.
  9. Add rice wine to cauliflower rice and let cool.
  10. Once cucumbers have drained, place in a medium sized bowl and pour half the sauce over the cucumbers. Stir well.
  11. Construct your sushi bowls. Place two cups of cooled cauliflower rice, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup sweet potato, ¼ of the cucumbers, 2 oz smoked salmon, ¼ avocado, 2 sheets nori (cut or torn apart) and 1 tsp sesame seeds. Drizzle over sauce and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 374 Fat: 14 g Carbohydrates: 37 g Protein: 35 g

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Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

I am 100% predictable. I try to not be predictable (as seen by my ‘go to Mexico and tell my family and like three people’ stunt) but I have a lot of personality traits that as much as I try to change, I just can’t improve on them.

Examples include:

  • Breaking 3 Pyrex bowls while cooking dinner with my friend Sam because I don’t have my shelves properly organized and then breaking a jar two weeks later because I still don’t have things organized (Side note: I am f****d if there is an earthquake, excuse my French).
  • Constantly forgetting my wallet.
  • I’m always late, typically by 15 minutes.
  • Buying a nut milk bag to make nut milk but forgetting to use it.

The last one is what happened with the first time I made this recipe. Luckily the second time I wasn’t so irresponsible.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade almond milk – not as scary to make as it sounds!

I recommend you half the recipe if you live alone and aren’t going to go through 10 cups of almond milk in a week. I was literally just trying to make every recipe that included almond milk ever – a lot of Vegan Banana and Blueberry Breakfast Parfaits and chia puddings and an entire box of Purely Elizabeth Muesli. Which I highly suggest making with this Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

The best breakfast for hot summer days.

This is the first time I ever had muesli to my knowledge and where the hell have I been my whole life? It’s basically kind of like overnight oats but minus chia seeds and with less liquid? Anyway, I threw mine on top of some Greek Yogurt because I’m basically all about adding protein to every meal possible and topped with some more Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk and some unsweetened carob chips because strawberries + chocolate = love.

homemade strawberry almond milk with purely elizabeth muesli

Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk with Purely Elizabeth Muesli

4.7 from 3 reviews
Homemade Strawberry Almond Milk [Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo]
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
Serves: 10 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almonds, soaked overnight
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend on the highest setting until no particles remain.
  2. Place nut milk bag over a large bowl or contained and strain mixture.
  3. Store homemade strawberry almond milk in refrigerator for up to one week.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

My friends at Purely Elizabeth sent me some of their new muesli to try but all opinions are my own.

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