HFIF – Top 5 Music & Meals #1

There are 3 things in life that a person should never starve themselves of, and, while you have to use your imagination for the third, music and food are numbers 1 and 2 in my list. In fact, as I am writing this entry i’m sipping on vanilla coffee, eating gluten-free ginger snaps (review to come in following weeks!), and listening to a few songs from a new band i’ve never heard about. For all you recreators out there: the coffee is from a Nabob Vanilla T-Disc (Tassimo), the ginger snaps are Mi-Del, and the band is Alt-J.

Moving on! This is the beginning of my new post segment called Top 5 Music & Meals. It will feature 5 of my favourite songs from the week as well as 5 Gluten-Free meals that I love or think we should all try. Enjoy!

Top 5 Music Bits

1. Leave Me Alone – Natalie Imbruglia & Portishead

2. Stronger Than Ever – Christina Aguilera

3. Go Go Dancer – Lana Del Rey

4. Run – Air

5. I’m Burning Inside – Fuckpony

 

Top 5 Meal Bites

1. Lazy Sunday Parfait  (BREAKFAST)

– 1/2 cup  Raspberries

– 1/2 cup  Blueberries

– 1/2 cup  0% Liberte Vanilla Greek Yoghurt

– 10  Mi-Del Gingersnaps Cookies

– 4  Life’s Crunchy Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Steps: Gather all ingredients. Wash berries. Put all cookies into a ZipLoc bag and crush them until only small chunks of the cookies remain. Mix blueberries and raspberries together. Layer yoghurt, berries, and cookie chunks starting with fruit at the bottom. Serve in clear tall glasses. Serves 2.

2. Superfoods on the Go  (BREAKFAST)

– 2 Tbsp  Tahini

– 2 Tbsp  Dark Honey

– 1  Small Apple

– 2 Slices  Genius by Glutino Multigrain Sandwich Bread

Steps. Toast both slices of bread. Top each side with 1 Tbsp Tahini and 1 Tbsp Dark Honey. Slice apple into thin slices and layer on top of Tahini and Honey. Serve with green tea. Serves 1.

3. Pizza with a Punch!  (LUNCH or DINNER)

– 1 Large Gluten-Free Pizza Crust (your favourite brand)

– 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded.

– 1 1/2 Cups Prego Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

– 1 Cup Baby Arugula

– 1 Grilled Chicken Breast, sliced.

– 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

– 1/2  Red Onion, sauteed.

– 1 Tbsp Oregano Leaves (not ground Oregano as it loses nutrition value)

– 2 Tbsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper (use cracked whole peppercorn vs ground pepper)

– 3 Tbsp Balsamic Glaze (your favourite brand)

Steps: Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a pizza or cookie tray with parchment paper and place GF pizza crust on top. Top Pizza with pasta sauce, sauteed red onion, chicken breast, dried cranberries, and cheeses. Cook for 10 minutes. Add arugula. Cook for 5 more minutes. Drizzle with warmed balsamic glaze, oregano leaves, and fresh cracked black pepper. Serve warm. Serves 2-4 people.

4. Gluten-Free Mac n Cheese with Cauliflower Cheese Sauce (LUNCH or DINNER)

Can’t wait to try this one! Check out the recipe here: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/red-couch/fall-comfort-gluten-free-mac-and-cheese-recipe.

5. Potato Leek Soup with Soft GF Dinner Buns  (LUNCH)

Who doesn’t love a creamy veggie soup on a cold Fall day? Check out these delicious looking recipes!

Potato Leek Soup – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/potato-leek-soup-10000001964017/

Soft GF Dinner Buns – http://simplygluten-free.com/blog/2011/11/gluten-free-dairy-free-soft-dinner-rolls-recipe.html

Product Review: Enjoy Life’s Crunchy Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Making the switch from gluten to gluten-free does have it’s downsides and one of them is that those chewy molasses ginger cookies you used to have or chewy oatmeal raisin cookies that used to be your pick at coffee shops is no longer allowed in your vocabulary of treats. The chewiness in baking is because of gluten strands forming within the other ingredients during mixing and baking but when gluten-free ingredients are removed it becomes much harder to have that chewy texture leaving lots of gluten-free baking products airy and crunchy. However, don’t throw in the towel on the gluten-free lifestyle just yet because there are some pretty delicious crunchy options. Introducing… Enjoy Life’s Crunchy Sugar Shortbread Cookies!

Here are the details:

Texture: Crunchy and dry. The cookie is also a bit crumbly but mostly it’s the sugar sprinkled on top that falls off.

Taste: A cross between a crunchy shortbread cookie and a crunchy sugar cookie.

Recommended For: Afternoon tea, topping with peanut butter or Nutella, crumbling into parfait, or a gluten free cheesecake crust, decorating with icing for special occasions or holidays.

Not Recommended For: Eating on the go or if you are wearing a lot of lipgloss – the loose sugar will stick!

Price: $4.00 – $6.00 per box (14 cookies)

Nutrition: PER 2 COOKIES: 110 calories, 5 grams fat, 7 grams sugar, 1 gram protein.

Interested? Find out more here! http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/crunchy-cookies/sugar-crisp/

Also check back tomorrow for the new TOP 5 Music & Meals!  xx. TRCE.

Recipe Review: Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Soy Cream Cheese Icing

Last night I decided to try out this cake recipe for my own personal amusement as well as for the 1st recipe review on this blog. While putting together the icing this morning I realized that cakes and relationships have some things in common. If a cake doesn’t turnout, forget about the failure, give it to your dog, or just pile icing on every slice. Somehow someway that sad piece of cake can be saved. If a relationship doesn’t workout, forget about the failure, give the finger to the “dog”, and delve into something new and improve yourself instead of focusing on the frustrating flaws of others. Somehow someway you’ll realize that that sorry combination of you and the other person was never going to be saved but that you yourself are still salvageable. And you are worth the effort – you know you are.

Moving on, I have to say that this recipe was quite disappointing. To begin with, you can’t have a gluten-free vegan cake if your cake contains eggs but your icing is vegan. I’m not sure what the recipe creator was thinking, but it doesn’t work that way! If you go vegan, everything is vegan. If you go gluten-free, everything is gluten-free. No exceptions. In some cases it will set back a person’s nutrition for 2 weeks and in other cases there may be serious medical reactions – BE CAREFUL when you read recipes, make sure you take note of each ingredient list item.

Here are the details:

Texture – (cake) dry, crumbly, dense. (icing) creamy, runny.

Taste – (cake) bland, somewhat on the salty and flour-y side. (icing) very sweet, very mild cream cheese flavour.

Cost – High

Glamour Appeal – Low

Recommended For – Large one layer carrot cake.

Not Recommended For – Multi-layer cakes, cupcakes, sculpted cakes.

The Reformed Carb Enthusiast Tip – Try this recipe with a GF Vanilla Cake mix (I used Red Mills Biscuit & Baking Mix for my first try) and for the icing use a recipe for regular cream cheese icing or your own tried and true vegan icing recipe.

Find the recipe here – http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/2223864-Vegan-Gluten-Free-Carrot-Cake?full_recipe=true

Product Review: Genius by Glutino Multigrain Sandwich Bread

The week before Thanksgiving I was en route to the airport to pick up family for the holiday weekend and, on the way, stopped to do my weekly grocery shopping. It was there that I browsed each aisle keeping an eye out for something new and interesting. The next thing I knew I was standing staring blankly at shelf after shelf of frozen pizzas and having the typical “should I?” or “shouldn’t I?” debate with myself for the 1000th time. Am I the only one who feels like a prisoner on jailbreak in the chip and candy aisle or the the frozen pizza aisle or the baking aisle? Of course as you’re in those sections feeling guilty before even eating anything a perfect 10 walks by you and makes you feel like a sumo wrestler for even contemplating the possibility of something so decadent (or just full out junky). And so it happened – a 10 strolled by me with his cart and I made a slow motion dash to the dairy fridges because of course I wouldn’t buy a pizza. Who me? No way. During my great escape to the land of milk cartons and eggs though I discovered the organic, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan frozen section and found my beloved Genius by Glutino Multigrain Sandwich Bread.

Here are the details:

Where to Buy – Loblaws Supermarkets (product varies by store).

Recommended For – Toast, Garlic Bread, French Toast, and Sandwiches.

Not Recommended For – Hamburger or Hot Dog Bun substitution.

What to Expect – the texture and elasticity of bread containing gluten and a great light taste. (Also expect to recheck the packaging to make sure it’s really gluten-free, the bread is THAT good).

Major Nutrition Stats – PER SLICE: 80 calories, 2 grams protein, 1 gram sugar, 1 gram fibre, 3.5 grams fat.

**This product is also dairy free**

Find out more here – http://www.glutino.com/our-products/genius-by-glutino/genius-by-glutino-breads/genius-by-glutino-multigrain-sandwich-bread/