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Gluten Free Options at Panera Bread

November 19, 2013

Panera Bread is a good, reliable, easy place to grab a fairly healthy meal.  Whether you’re ordering a salad to-go, or plan to enjoy their refillable coffee and wifi while studying, it is a great option with a variety of gluten-free choices. In fact, I’m working on a group project tonight at our local Panera.  There is always an ingredients book behind the front counter for you to check to see if your salad and/or soup is safe to eat, but I decided to save us all some time and comprise a list here.  Below is our *GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS AT PANERA.

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Apple & Goat Cheese Salad

November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran’s Day!  I’ve had a slow morning enjoying the extra day to relax.  A 3-day weekend is also an excuse to be more social and have friends over.  On Saturday night I made this simple, fall salad to accompany our chicken dish.  All you need is four ingredients:  baby greens, slivered almonds, diced apples, and goat cheese.  Toss everything together with a balsamic dressing of choice and enjoy!

Fall goat cheese and apple salad

Seattle: My Food Home

October 2, 2013

Two of our good friends got married last weekend in Seattle.  The wedding was a great excuse to go explore a new city, known for it’s great food.  After spending three days there, and eating the most amazing gluten-free food I’ve ever had, I might have to move there.  Just kidding. Kind of…

Here is the menu of my eating tour through the rainy neighborhoods of Seattle:

First, we flew there on Jet Blue-the most amazing airline, mainly because they offer free GF snacks.  I watched reruns of Project Runway and ate about 3 bags of Pop Corners.

French toast bar!

French toast bar!

Our first day started off with brunch at Portage Bay Cafe, a local and organic restaurant near the University of Washington.  They have a french toast buffet bar filled with fresh berries, homemade whip cream, and other delectable toppings.  Do you usually see things like this an instantly feel slightly sorry for yourself that you have to miss out of the amazing looking treat?  At Portage Bay Cafe you don’t have to!  They have homemade Gluten-Free toast, made daily.  I know that it is made daily because I ate here twice (don’t judge me) and the bread was different both times.   If you go to Seattle, this cafe is a must.

After walking around UW to help disgust our fully stomachs, we headed over to Pikes Place, an outdoor market full of fresh flowers stands.  While we were there we stumbled upon Coffee & A Specialty Bakery where everything is gluten free!  Tania is a “chef on a mission” and she’s conquered the kitchen! I enjoyed a warm and fluffy GF baguette.

That evening we had dinner in Fremont (home of the troll) at Hunger 2.0-a new, local spot. I was still full groom brunch, so I ordered a delicious kale salad. The portions are pretty small, so I wouldn’t recommend splitting plates here. Although they do not have a GF menu, they are aware of what you can, and cannot, eat.

The next morning we went back to Fremont and had an early lunch at Homegrown, a sustainable sandwich shop.  They also had Gluten Free bread that was delicious.  I even made Craig taste it to assure me that it was gluten-free.  That’s right, it didn’t taste like cardboard! haha. I had the Turkey, Bacon + Avocado sandwich.  I highly recommend it.

Right up the street from Homegrown was The Flying Apron, a organic, vegan, and gluten free bakery.  We had a chocolate macaron and peanut butter chocolate cookie. They both melted in your mouth.  If we were there longer I would have tried everything!

After our food excursion throughout the city, we enjoyed celebrating our friends wedding festivities!

Banana Walnut Pancakes

September 14, 2013

Fall is here!  The air is crisp and the anticipation for the leaves to change grows more by the day.  The change of the seasons also means that life is starting to slow down and, for the first time since I can remember, Craig and I had NOTHING to do on Saturday!  No alarm clocks or agenda; it was amazing.  We started the morning off slow and made Banana Walnut Pancakes with cinnamon and almond flour.  They were delicious and a great way to kick-off my favorite season of the year!

Banana Walnut Pancakes

Banana Walnut Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup almond milk

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

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Dummies Guide to Being Gluten Free

August 29, 2013

Now days, having a gluten allergy is very common-I could even go as far as saying that it has become “popular”.  With the growing fad, more restaurants know how to accommodate the allergy and offer GF options.  This is great, considering the fact that when I found out I was allergic to gluten over ten years ago no one had ever heard of it before!  It also can lead to some misconceptions and assumptions about what is safe and not safe to eat.  I’ve found the book, Living Gluten-Free for Dummies, by Donna Korn, a great resource to answer questions and become more educated on living a gluten free lifestyle.  I also commonly refer to this cheat sheet and wanted to share the wealth with you.  I hope you find it helpful and a good way to explain to your non-gluten-free friends what exactly it is that you’re dealing with.  Good luck! 🙂

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