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We learned how to make Sushi!

Recently, Ia20160127_20003520160127_200233n and I attended a cooking class on how to make your own sushi at home. It was amazing! Not only was the food delicious, I realized just how much of an art form preparing sushi could be.

 

First, we were instructed on how to prepare sushi rice at home in a rice cooker. We then tried our hand at preparing maki rolls and hand rolls (the original sushi), which is harder than it looks! We learned about different flavor pairings, and even tried broiled eel (unfortunately, it was pretty gross… but we tried it!).

 

The class was informative, fun, and engaging. I highly recommend taking a cooking class by a professional chef if you’re interested in learning how to make a particular kind of food at home that can be considered harder to master on your own!

 

Happy cooking! πŸ™‚

Recipes

Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Emily's Banana Peanut Butter Ice CreamCraving ice cream but don’t want all that extra sugar and such? Give this tasty, healthier ice cold treat a try!

Ingredients

2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and chopped

Roughly 1/4 cup of peanut butter (any kind, but smooth works best)

A few tablespoons of nutella

1-4 – 1/3 cup of almond milk

The Process

Place all the ingredients into your blender and blend, blend, blend! Pour the mixture into some small, serving size tupperware containers. It should yield about 3 servings or so. Pop them into the freezer and wait about an hour or two. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Please like, pin, tweet, and share if you like this post, and comment below with your suggestions for further posts! πŸ™‚

 

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Avocado Breakfast Boats

 

 

 

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Looking to spice up your usual breakfast? Give these fun and scrumptious breakfast boats a try!

What you’ll need:

Haas Avocados, halved

One egg per avocado half

Salt and pepper

Shredded cheese

Cooked bacon (we used turkey bacon), sliced

The process:

Start by preheating your oven to 425. Scoop out the avocado from the shells, but make sure you keep them in tact! Mash up the avocado and spoon it back in the shells, making sure you leave room for the egg. Crack the eggs on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Finally, add on the small sliced bits of cooked bacon and the shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 15-17 minutes. Cooking times may vary based on your oven.

Serve hot and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Grocery Haul: Under $35!

Frugal Gluten Free GroceriesInterested in learning how I got all of these tasty, gluten free groceries for under $35.00? Read on for my frugal, simple ways to save money on your next trip to the grocery store!

Where I shopped:

Walmart Express on Chicago St.

How I stuck to my budget:

  • I made a grocery list prior to leaving the house and kept to it.
  • I made sure that every purchase I made was going towards making a particular meal I had in mind that I’d already planned on preparing.
  • I bought quite a few canned goods. They are very affordable and keep well, often times for a few years or more if they have not been opened or damaged.
  • I chose versatile ingredients that show up in many of the meals I make, such as bell peppers, garlic, green onions, and rice.
  • I was aware of what we already had stocked up in our pantry, fridge, and freezer before I left, ensuring that I didn’t buy anything we didn’t need.
  • I allowed for one treat-type purchase: turkey bacon :). It was only $2.98!!

Other tips that you can use in order to save money on your next grocery bill are to:

  • Read the weekly flyers and be aware of the sales at your store of choice.
  • Be open to shopping at a few different shops for different items. I like to buy canned goods and certain veggies at Walmart, and then head over to Whole Foods for fresh herbs, avocados, and noodles.
  • Consider using coupons to cut down on the cost of your favorite items. Some stores offer in-store coupons, or you can search online and request coupons through the mail.
  • Another way to save money is to buy certain items in bulk, such as vegetables and fruit. You can clean, cut, and refrigerate or freeze them for on-the-go use.

Thanks for tuning in! I should mention that all of these groceries except the 3-pack pizza crusts in the front of the picture are gluten free, as Ian does not have to eat gf crusts like I do. I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments if you have any other great tips on how to save money on your grocery bill. πŸ™‚

Recipes

Easy Chicken Pho

Easy Chicken PhoPho is a delicious, spicy, and savory Vietnamese soup that is an amazing dish for when the cold weather hits. It’s great for helping sooth a cold or flu, and it’s gluten free (at least this version is πŸ™‚ )!

Interested in making this easy recipe at home? Please read on for this simple recipe below:

Ingredients for Easy Chicken Pho

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (omit if you’d like to make a vegetarian and/or vegan pho)

2 tbsp cooking oil

salt and pepper to taste

4-6 cloves garlic, minced

1 med-lg sized onion, chopped

1 pack gluten free rice noodles

~8 cups gf chicken stock (or vegetable broth)

2 tbsp fish sauce

4 tbsp hoisin sauce

1/2 or more fresh cilantro

2 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 cup or more fresh mint leaves

5-6 finger hot peppers (any color), diced

2 cups bean sprouts

4-6 green onions, diced

1-2 limes, juiced

Start by cooking the cubed chicken in the cooking oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your liking, and once it’s nearly cooked through, add in the onion and garlic, sauteing to create a rich aroma (about 3 minutes on a medium-low heat). At the end, add in the grated ginger and let cook for about one minute more.

In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Remove from heat and drain, setting the noodles aside. Replace the pot onto your cooking element and add in the chicken stock or vegetable broth. Stir in the fish sauce and the hoisin sauce and bring the mixture to a boil. Add in the cooked chicken, onion, garlic, and ginger. Next, add in the cilantro, mint leaves, and finger hot peppers. Lastly, add in the cooked rice noodles, mixing everything together well.

Remove from heat and serve hot. Garnish with lime juice, bean sprouts, and green onions. If you’re craving more heat, drizzle on some sriracha sauce for extra spice. Enjoy! πŸ™‚ Please let me know what you think of this recipe by leaving a comment below. Share this recipe if you enjoyed it!

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving: Gluten Free Style!

Thanksgiving Gluten FreeSo, Canadian Thanksgiving just happened this past weekend. Even though we’re in Chicago, Ian and I celebrated by roasting a chicken, mashing potatoes, and preparing a large batch of stuffing: all free from gluten of course!

This was my first Thanksgiving being diagnosed as celiac, and I was unsure if I’d be able to find a good stuffing option (because it’s obviously one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, am I right?!).

Luckily, Ian found a savory, awesome recipe online that we carefully recreated in our kitchen. It honestly made the apartment smell amazing!

We also prepared gluten free gravy and mashed potatoes with a twist. I added in a bit of low fat sour cream, a hint of cheese, and a handful of green onions to mix up this old favorite.

After a few hours of cooking, the chicken was finally ready to eat. Although miles away from our family back in Canada, we enjoyed a lovely, festive Thanksgiving together.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? What challenges have you faced and overcome by eating gluten free around the holidays? Share in the conversation and post something below! Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ˜€

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Spicy Thai Noodles

Spicy Thai NoodlesAs you may have noticed already, I’m a huge fan of spicy food! It’s delicious and excellent for your metabolism as well. I try to make at least a few spicy meals each week. This one is sure to delight the taste buds of those who enjoy spice like I do. Read on for this incredibly quick, inexpensive, and tasty recipe below!

Gather together:

1 box gf brown rice noodles

2 tbsp butter

5-6 eggs

3 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsp gf soy sauce (tamari)

3 tbsp sriracha sauce

1/2 tsp (or less, depending on your spice tolerance) red pepper flakes

2-3 green onions, chopped

1 handful cilantro, finely chopped

Optional:

Crushed peanuts to top and freshly squeezed lime juice

Prep Instructions:

Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Add in the rice noodles and cook according to the package directions (about five minutes). Meanwhile, mix together the brown sugar, tamari, sriracha, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

In a large frying pan or skillet, melt the butter and cook the eggs, scrambling well. Once the noodles are cooked and drained, add them into the skillet. Pour the sauce over the noodle and egg mixture, ensuring that each noodle is coated thoroughly with the sauce. Finally, toss in the green onion and cilantro, mixing well. This will add a beautiful pop of colour to the dish. Add crushed peanuts and lime juice to top if desired.

 

Thanks for reading! Please comment if you like this post or if you have any ideas for future posts. I’d love to see what you have in mind. Enjoy πŸ™‚

 

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DIY Fire Starters

Winter is fast approaching, and for some, this means breaking out the fire wood and starting a warm fire in your fireplace, or enjoying a campfire outdoors before it’s too cold and your buns freeze off! Read on for a quick and inexpensive DIY to make your own fire starters at home.DIY Fire Starters

Materials

Cardboard egg carton (please DO NOT use plastic egg cartons for this project. They are terrible for the environment, especially when set on fire!)

Dryer lint (yes, there is a use for this stuff!)

Candle wax or coconut oil

 

What to doΒ 

Start by taking your cardboard egg carton and cut out each individual egg cup. Next, add a bit of the dryer lint into the cups. Finally, melt down your wax or coconut oil in the microwave and pour a bit over the lint and into the egg cups, creating a seal to ensure the lint won’t escape. Make sure you leave a bit of the lint exposed, though. This is the part that you’ll want to set fire.

Place the finished egg cups into your fire pit, nestled under a few logs. Light the starter by igniting the exposed lint which will catch and melt the wax or oil, creating more fuel for your fire.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Recipes

Spicy & Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup (Gluten-Free)

Spicy and Hearty Chicken Tortilla SoupThis gluten-free soup is sure to warm you up as the weather gets colder. It’s spicy, full of veggies and protein, and it yields a lot of soup, so prepare for some delicious leftovers that will make a great lunch or can easily be stored in the freezer for later use!

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped

a few drops of cooking oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium-large onion, diced

1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced

2 bell peppers, diced

1(~ 16 oz) canΒ  black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, drained

1 can diced tomatoes in their juices

1 package gluten-free chicken stock

1 tbsp. cumin (or to taste)

1/2 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes

roughly 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup half & half

1/2 cup gluten-free corn starch

1-2 green onions to garnish

crushed tortilla chips to top

Directions:

In a frying pan, cook the chicken in the oil until done. Reduce the heat and add in the garlic, onion, and jalapeno peppers, and saute until browned and the aromas mingle. Add in the spices and the bell peppers, cooking for a few additional minutes on a low heat.

In a large pot, pour in the black beans, corn, and tomatoes, simmering for about five minutes, Next, add in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Once boiled, slowly pour in the half & half, mixing well and reducing the heat slightly. Add in the chicken and vegetables, and then the cornstarch. Mix everything together very well (make sure there are no clumps of cornstarch) and simmer at a low heat for about 8-10 minutes with a lid on the pot.

Remove the lid and add in the green onions. Serve the soup hot and top with tortilla chips. You can also add sour cream and cheese if desired.

Happy cooking! πŸ™‚