Grain Free Crepes!

Want to know how long it's been since I made crepes? Years!!! My oldest son had to be reminded what a crepe was. Shameful, I know. Since our family started eating gluten free the idea of crepes was just a distant happy memory. I mean seriously, how do you make soft, pliable, delicate, delicious crepes with gritty gluten free flour blends or nut flours?

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5 Reasons You Should Be Eating Chia Seeds

I'd like you to meet my new best friend...chia seeds. Okay, not really but I keep finding myself using these tiny black seeds everywhere and with great results. So I wanted to share it with the rest of my friends (that's you guys).You may have heard that chia seeds are good for you so some of what I say may be duplicate information that you're already aware of and some may be new to you. Let's get started!

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Southwestern Caprese Chicken

I sometimes get asked how I make meals that are gluten free, dairy free, and still appeal to kids. Well, the truth is...I don't try to make the meals appeal to my kids, I try to help my kids appeal to the meal. In other words, I've just gotten good at tricking them into eating whatever's for dinner.

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I Think I'll Run A Marathon...

A few years ago I started running. I ran track in high school a little as a sprinter, but no long distance for me! I'm not sure what changed, but I saw all these other mom's running miles everyday and loving it! They claimed it made them a better mom, helped them refocus, recharge..."ridiculous", I thought.Of course, I had to see what they were talking about. I started running. I worked up to a few miles and my competitive spirit was giddy with excitement prompting me to run a 5k or two. I surprised myself by taking 2nd in the overall women's category in my first race and 1st in my age group in my second. My oldest son ran the second race with me. He told me after the race that I had slowed him down a little. He could have run it faster. Haha! The apple didn't fall too far from the tree I guess.So it was true. Somehow this repetitive motion - the rhythm of your feet beating on the cement and your heart drumming in unison has an unusual effect. Maybe it's because you're forced to breathe deeply and concentrate on yourself and clear your mind for a few miles. For women and mothers this is especially valuable.For years since my on-again, off-again relationship with running began I've wanted to run a marathon...someday. Recently as I went for a quick run I realized that I didn't have any valid excuses why I shouldn't run a marathon this year.Oh, dear. Here we go again.

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Chickpea & Spinach Salad

Chickpeas, spinach, some spiral cut carrots, sliced purple onion, chopped almonds, orange segments, and a simple dressing makes this salad...well, simple...and kind of addictive! It's so easy to keep munching on it and goes great with almost any dinner. Add some grilled chicken strips to turn it into a light dinner or just as is for lunch. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) have a great creamy texture and are really filling. If you're like me and love salad but no matter how much you pile on you're still not full, then this legume should be your go-to. Adding chickpeas to salads will help you feel full and satisfied, not to mention adding lots of extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. This is also a great side to bring to a get together because the dressing it already on top...and because it looks so pretty! The dressing won't make it soggy either so it's okay to sit in the fridge for a couple days once it's dressed.

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Tomato Basil Soup - Dairy Free

We went to lunch at this cute restaurant called Breakfast At Tifiny's for grandma's 91st birthday. No kids, so I didn't have to worry about gluten and cross contamination. Just enjoyed a yummy French inspired meal...well, except for my soup, which was most definitely Italian inspired. Normally I like my tomato soup smooth and pureed, but the version I enjoyed at lunch that day wasn't. So I recreated the tomato basil soup a few days later for the kids. Tomato basil has always been a favorite, plus it's so simple to make and very versatile, naturally gluten free, and easily made dairy free as well. We like it with some salad and gluten free bread all on it's own one night, take the left overs and add some meat and veggies using it as a base for stew the next, or toss in some gluten free noodles and call it goulash. This is our favorite gluten free pasta.To make a dairy free heavy cream alternative you can choose from a couple options.

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3 Simple Ways To Balance Your Health and Life

Have you ever met someone who seems to have mastered the art of balance? They always seem calm, in control, thoughtful, and observant. They're healthy, youthful, energetic, and lighthearted. Are some just born with these traits while others struggle daily to find any kind of peaceful balance in their lives? In my opinion, the answer is yes and no. Yes, there are some who naturally possess the gift of insight and a peaceful demeanor, but those characteristics still had to be nurtured so as to become ingrained in their character. Yes, there are some who have been healthy and fit their entire life, but there are many more who have had to overcome some serious health obstacles and follow a strict regimen to maintain it.Here are some things that help me refine my character a little and stay healthy as I try to live a balanced life....

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Waking Up To Snow

Over New Years we woke up to snow. This is kind of an anomaly in the desert and my children were beyond thrilled. It wasn't a ton and it melted by the end of the day, but the kids pulled on their snow gear and played in it for all they were worth.

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10 Tips For Gluten Free & Clean Eating On A Budget

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Warm Italian Vegetable Salad

 

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Persimmon Salad with Lemon Fennel Dressing

  It's almost a new year, new resolutions, why not try something new too. Now that the holidays are past and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves, I felt the need for something a little lighter. I was gifted a half dozen persimmon fruits and some garlic dill cheese curds that were just screaming to be put together.   This was my first time eating this unusual tomato-look-alike fruit. Their soft peach-like texture and sweet, mild apple-ish flavor make them very versatile. I tossed mine together in a simple, light salad with a warm fennel, lemon, and olive oil dressing. The sweet from the fruit and the salty from the dressing and cheese blended together so nicely. Persimmons are usually in season between September and December so I must have gotten the last of the season.

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Grain-Free Cutout Cookies

 

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Candied Orange Pecans

 

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Spiced Green Smoothie

We love the holidays don't we? The lights. The excitement. The food. Unfortunately, we live in a society that is pretty consumer driven with lots of preconceived notions about what you "have to have"  in order to experience the "perfect" holiday - Christmas or otherwise.Well, I'm attempting to slow down. Keep things simple. Experience my children and family, remembering the real reason for the season, and enjoy this beautiful time of year for all it's worth.I'm also trying to help my body do the same. Stress, refined sugars, and overeating can really put a lot of strain on our bodies. So, even though the weather outside is frightful, this Spiced Green Smoothie will be so delightful! (No? Doesn't work?) This smoothie is full of vitamins, protein, probiotics, fiber, and the spices of the season.

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Citrus-Basil Coconut Chicken

I love meals that involve one or two utensils and a skillet. They are so versatile and can be easily adjusted for however many seats are filled at the table - this is one of those meals. It's not just any old skillet chicken dinner though. This meal is Paleo worthy, gluten free, dairy free, and oh my goodness, so tasty! Tropical flavors come together in a unique way that makes this a dinner kids and adults will love! It's only 10 ingredients too (8 if you don't count the salt and pepper. Does S&P count as an ingredient or just a given in a dish like this? Your thoughts?).  Another bonus is that this dinner is ready in under 30 minutes, which is great for entertaining dinner guests or just entertaining your kids (gotta love that on a busy weekday). Serve with rice or quinoa and some veggies and you're done!

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Immune Booster Detox Smoothie

My CrossFit challenge is fast approaching the final challenge event and seeing the results from our 8 weeks of hard work. Finishing strong isn't just about what happens in the gym - diet is going to make a huge difference too. So I'm going to be doing lots of detox smoothies for the next week or so. Not only are smoothies great for weight-loss, but this one is also packed with immune boosting vitamins and minerals.This bad boy is a kick of vitamins and body purifying good stuff! I used my juicer for the carrots and oranges, or if you don't have one you can buy a bottle of Simply Orange juice and pure carrot juice.

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Soft Grain-Free Gingersnap Cookies

Run, run as fast as you can...to eat some soft gingersnap cookies that are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, super healthy, and delicious! Hmm, that doesn't quite have the same ring to it as the original.

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Spiced Pear Pie with Hazelnut Crust

I have to say I find it funny when people say things like, "oh, I'm not a good cook", not because I don't believe them, but because I used to say the exact same thing. 

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Quinoa & Roasted Vegetable Salad

 

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes

Well, you knew it was coming. It was inevitable really. What, with it being pumpkin season and all, that I'd have to have a pumpkin pancake recipe show up eventually. Here it is! These pancakes taste like you're eating a pumpkin pie for breakfast and are so good for you too. They must have been good (and/or my kids were very hungry) because they were eaten so fast! We also added fun toppings like chopped pecans, sliced apples dusted with cinnamon, and whipped coconut cream on top... or just a little maple syrup works too.  

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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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