July 14, 2014

10 Gluten Free Recipes that Top My List

Eating Gluten-Free isn’t something I have to do, it’s something I do when I can. For people like my mom, living with celiac disease is something she had to get used to later in life. Life changed. The kitchen soon had duplicates of everything hoping to prevent any cross contamination, and Dad was eating all of her GF goodies in the house.

I figured – why not eat gluten-free whenever I can? Gluten isn’t necessary in anyone’s diet and it’s often repulsive to learn all of the products that have wheat in them. The one that grossed me out the most was deli meat…why?! From that day forward I’ve relied on brands like Columbus and Boar’s Head. Try it – cut out gluten and see how you feel!

10 Best Gluten Free Recipes:

Gingerbread Almond Butter

1. Looking for a tasty morning treat? Check out this recipe from Wayfaring Chocolate to spice up your breakfast toast! Homemade Gingerbread Almond Butter - Gluten-Free, Vegan.

Quinoa Mint Salad

2. The Gluten-Free Goddess weighs in on life with celiac’s and shares this tasty GF recipe for Quinoa Salad with Fresh Mint and Lime - Gluten-Free, Vegan.

Japanese Fried Chicken

3. I follow Gluten Free Girl on Twitter, have for years. If you want a quality gluten-free chef to follow, look no further! This is one of her infamous gluten-free concoctions that she made following a magical trip to Japan. Recipe Here: Tokyo Fried Chicken - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free.

Giant Lemon Fennel Beans Recipe

4. If you’re in need of a side dish that’s unique and easy to make, then start gathering provisions for this recipe from 101 Cookbooks: Giant Lemon Fennel Beans - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian.

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Mushrooms

5. Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day. Now you can make it feel like the most important meal with this fanceh one from Smitten Kitchen: Baked Eggs with Spinach and Mushrooms – Gluten-Free, Vegetarian.

Chicken Stock GF

6. Gluten hides everywhere – especially in beef, fish, vegetable and chicken stocks. The only affordable way to be sure your stock is 100% gluten-free? Make it yourself! Read here: Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free.

Chipotle Orange Chicken

7. Orange is the New Black isn’t just a hit TV show I love, it’s the why this recipe shines! If you like spicy and sweet, this is the allergen-free recipe for you: Chipotle Orange Chicken - Gluten-Free, Dairy Free.

Adorable Pocket Pies

8. Blueberry Peach Pocket Pies (Gluten-Free) are the most adorable little things! Especially if you wrap them up nice and pretty like Carol from Simply Gluten-Free :)

Gluten-Free Beer Bread

9. What’s a GF post without something to do with bread? Super informative – bread stays fresh for 3 days without toasting! Recipe Here: GF Beer Bread - Gluten-Free

Maple Blondies

10. A happy – sweet – ending for this post is in order. And what better to end with than this delectable maple-y buttery dish: Maple Butter Blondies – Gluten-Free

Sharing is Caring – GF Style

Have any good gluten-free recipes you’d like to share? Put ‘em in the comments below to help other Gluten-Free’ers out! Thanks for reading :)

June 18, 2014

MEET MILLIE, my instagram obsession!

Originally posted on DAILY NIBBLES:

My sister forwarded me this article about Millie, the rock-climbing/adventure-loving cat.

“Millie has all the qualities a good climbing partner should have. She never complains, no matter how bad it gets. She always wants to go higher, and she pushes herself hard. But she also knows when to stop. When she’s done, she’s done. She’ll find a cave or climb a tree and won’t move until she’s rested. She takes big risks and doesn’t bitch when they don’t pan out. And she cuddles at night inside your sleeping bag and keeps you warm. She isn’t annoyingly mono-focused on climbing, either. She’s happy to explore slot canyons, caves, deserts, fields, etc.”

So…Millie is bad-ass, no?

I’m now obsessed with @pechanga‘s instagram. It’s inspiring, adorable, and heart-warming.

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June 1, 2014

Green Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich

Tall Allergic Chick:

Looks amazing!

Originally posted on Karen in the Kitchen:

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I call this a GREEN chicken sandwich because all the other ingredients besides the chicken are green in color: avocado, green onion, cucumber, and spinach.

I made this sandwich for a light lunch with friends.  It was a little fancier than deli meat and cheese, but not too difficult for a quick lunch.  It’s also great as a make ahead.

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Start with two cans of chicken breast.

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Mix in mayo, mustard, juice from half a lemon and salt and pepper.

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Add in half an avocado, diced up in the skin.  You can then easily scoop this out with a spoon into the bowl.

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Dice two green onions for a little kick.

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Peel and dice up half a cucumber for crunch.

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If you want a carb-free option, this would be great in a leaf of romaine lettuce too!

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Toast and slice the ciabatta and lay down a bed of baby spinach.

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April 20, 2014

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

If you want perfectly cooked bacon that doesn’t curl up, it’s time you learned how to cook bacon in the oven! I love bacon, but don’t like dealing with spattering grease and twisted up pieces. Plus, I really like drizzling each slice of pork candy with 100% maple syrup before I pop it in to bake. I hope you enjoy my recipe for oven-baked bacon. Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear how you do it too!

How to Make Bacon in the Oven - TallAllergicChick Blog

Draining bacon on paper towels removes excess grease.
photo: cookbookman

 

Baked Bacon Recipe

Supplies:

  • Metal baking sheet covered in aluminum foil
  • 1 Pkg. thick center cut bacon
  • 100% maple syrup
  • Paper towels for draining grease

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay bacon flat, piece by piece – make sure that none of the pieces are overlapping. You may need to get another baking sheet depending on the bacon width. Drizzle each slice with maple syrup. Place baking sheet, uncovered, in the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 13-15 minutes. If you like your bacon extra crispy add 1-2 minutes to cooking time. Remove perfectly cooked bacon from the baking sheet and place on paper towels to drip excess grease. Enjoy!

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January 25, 2014

Turmeric and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Photo Credit: The Kitchn

Try turmeric with greens! Photo Credit: The Kitchn

I’m always a big fan of homeopathic remedies and avoiding the doctor at all costs. Let’s not forget, it’s the medical industry and in addition to symptom relief everyone is there to make money. When I found the link between turmeric and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome I wasn’t surprised – turmeric root is an anti-inflammatory, but in addition what can you do to relieve carpal tunnel at home? If you’re looking for carpal tunnel relief start at home and start with the basics:

  • Avoid inflammatory foods and add more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet
  • Take vitamin B6 and a potent complex-B vitamin
  • Take the time to do carpal tunnel exercises daily
  • Start cooking with turmeric

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Photo Credit: The Golden Foodie

Explore turmeric in every shape and form – don’t shy away from the whole root!
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WebMD defines symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as, “The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain felt in the fingers or, less commonly, in the palm.” Those close to me define it similarly with great emphasis on their carpal tunnel pain and sleepless nights due to it.

In an effort to find the best homeopathic remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome, I ran across a few commonalities; the most interesting to me was turmeric. Diet is always the first place I go when it comes to solving a health problem. You truly feel like what you eat, so make it something good!

Turmeric Benefits

The list of turmeric health benefits goes on and on, but some are very helpful for carpal tunnel relief. If you’re asking yourself, “What is turmeric?” then ask no more! Turmeric root is related to ginger root – you’re probably most familiar with its use in Indian cuisines, curry and even used for dyeing things a hideous vibrant orange hue. I like Melissa’s brand whole turmeric root from the our local Sprouts grocery store. The health benefits of turmeric  include:

  • Natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent – You can use turmeric in a pinch to disinfect cuts and burns.
  • Shown to block additional growth of blood vessels in tumors
  • Used in Chinese medicine to treat depression

    Photo Credit: Epicurious

    Click the photo for a tasty recipe! Grilled shrimp with turmeric, chili, cilantro and lime – So good!

  • Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it great when treating
  • Natural painkiller and cox-2 selective inhibitor
  • Natural liver detoxifier

With all of these healthy side-effects you may be wondering why turmeric isn’t used in everything (I know I was). Well, it looks like there was a person who reportedly took a ridiculous amount of turmeric – over 1500mg twice a day – and experienced an “abnormal heart rhythm”. Additionally, it shouldn’t be taken in medicinal amounts if you’re pregnant because it’s “likely unsafe”.

What do you think? —

Would you use turmeric instead of big brand drugs?

Did you give the recipe a shot?

July 31, 2013

Beer | Supplication by Russian River Brewing (GF People DO NOT READ – you will be jealous!)

I was really thankful when my tests came back negative for being allergic to gluten/wheat. That being said, if you are and are bummed that you can’t drink amazing beer, please proceed with caution…

Russian River Supplication Beer

Brewed in Santa Rosa, CA

Supplication is a sour ale that is barrel aged for 12-15 months in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. Russian River Brewing Company from Santa Rosa, CA produces this sour, dry and crisp American Wild Ale (7.75% ABV, Drink Responsibly) as thirsty beer lovers like me wait, with bated breath. This beer is really out of this world amazing…it makes you wonder if you have an additional flavor palette that just hasn’t been used until the moment you taste it!

The bottle I picked up was around $15 and was just under 13 oz. Small beer for a chunk of cash, right? WRONG. This beer is HUGE in flavor depth and I’m pretty darn sure it’s my favorite beer.

Quality, not quantity people!

September 22, 2012

Summer 2012 – Refreshing Green Papaya Salad

Out here in San Diego, we aren’t used to humidity and lately it has been hot and really humid – even at the beach! Something that is always cool and refreshing with a kick is Green Papaya Salad! Plus, it’s another excuse to use my food processor :)

Foodista’s Green Papaya Salad

Ingredients:
400g Papaya (shredded)
4 Cloves Garlic
2-3 Green Thai chili
10 Cherry tomatoes
80g Long beans
3-4 teaspoon Fish sauce
4-5 teaspoon Lime juice
20g Dried shrimps
40g Peanuts (toasted)
3-4 tablespoon
Palm sugar

Directions:

Peel the green papaya and shred the papaya with a zigzag peeler.

Soak the papaya in water to remove the acid and make it crispy.

Crush the chili, garlic, long beans, dried shrimps and peanuts with a mortar and pestle. Mix all the ingredients together and serve.

September 19, 2012

Summer 2012 – Arugula, Fig, and Blue Cheese Salad

I’m not a big fan of blue cheese unless it’s paired perfectly. This is the pairing for me!

“Figs are the ugly stepsister to the sexier fruits of summer.  You don’t see people waxing poetic about these tasty beauties.  I have to admit that it took me a long time to appreciate their luscious sweetness and chewy texture but they have moved to the top of my list as one of my favorite new ingredients to experiment with.”

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Feeling slightly adventurous? Try this summer salad Recipe from Scaling Back to boost your day!

Ingredients:

Method:

Combine the balsamic and mustard in a small bowl and slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking, season with salt and pepper.  In a large bowl combine the greens with the figs and blue cheese, add a few tablespoons of dressing and toss lightly to combine.  Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the top and serve.

September 18, 2012

Summer 2012 – Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Pesto is one of my guilty pleasures…but now I don’t have to feel so guilty!!

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

I’m such a tease.

Little did I know when I posted my tips for homemade frozen pizza, that all you really wanted was the recipe for the pesto I used to make the “hers” version.

If I share the recipe, will you forgive me?

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

I’ve been kind of crazy about this arugula pesto lately. Maybe it’s a basil-deficiency in my blood stream, or summer herb withdrawal syndrome. But tossing a handful of bright green rocket into the food processor instead seemed like the right thing to do.

I’ve probably made it a dozen times. I’ve smeared it on pizza. Tossed it with pasta. Slathered it on burgers. And, of course, spread it on some freshly toasted bruschetta with goat cheese. I’ve made it with walnuts, almonds, pistachios and pine nuts… added cheese and garlic and lemon. Spiced it up with red pepper flakes. But this. This is probably my favorite version.

Arugula Pesto and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Even though I expect my freshly planted basil to be primed for pesto in T-minus 65 days (brown-thumb notwithstanding), I don’t see myself tiring of this bright and nutty spread any time soon.

Basil? What’s that? Who needs it anyway.

Arugula Pistachio Pesto

YIELD: 1 cup

TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

ingredients:

2 ounces arugula (about 2 cups, packed)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, lightly toasted
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

directions:

Place arugula in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add olive oil, pistachios, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until smooth, about 30 seconds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use immediately or store, refrigerated in an airtight container, for 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.

September 17, 2012

Summer 2012 – Strawberry Margarita Pops

Wow, another summer for the record books!

In addition, a summer for the cook books too :) and according to me, here are some great summer recipes (a little late, but better than never!).

TODAY’S ENTRY:

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Strawberry Margarita Popsicles – Perfectly refreshing with any appetizer or just on its own! Wake up by 10 am and have these ready for the afternoon :)

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