Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Best Lentil Salad

Best Lentil Salad, Ever
2 ¼ cups (1 lb.) Du Puy lentils 
1 medium red onion
diced 1 cup dried currants 
(you could also use raisins or other dried fruit - I used dried apricots)
1/3 cup capers


1/3 cup cold pressed
extra virgin olive oil 
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 
1 Tbsp. maple syrup 
1 Tbsp. strong mustard 
2 tsp. salt 
2 tsp. pepper 
1 tsp. ground cumin 
1/2 tsp. turmeric 
1/2 tsp. ground coriander 
½ tsp ground cardamom 
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. ground cloves 
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

Optional Add-Ins: 

Arugula, walnuts, goat cheese, Fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, basil sprouts, crispy seasonal veggies


1. Rinse lentils well, drain. Place in a pot and cover with a 3-4 inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer. Check lentils for doneness after 15 minutes, but they should take about 20 minutes in total. You will know they are cooked if they still retain a slight tooth – al dente! Overcooking the lentils is the death of this dish. Be careful!
2. While the lentils are simmering, make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to combine.
3. Finely dice red onion - the salad is best if all the ingredients are about the same size. If using raisins, chop them roughly to make them a bit smaller, and do the same with the capers if they are large. 
4. When the lentils are cooked, remove from heat, drain and place under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Once cooled slightly but still a little warm, place lentils in a large serving bowl and toss with dressing. Add other onion, capers, and currants. If using other add-ins such as herbs, greens, or cheese, wait until just before serving. Otherwise, this salad can hang out in the fridge for a couple 



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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

GFAF EXPO Excitement!

We keep getting more and more excited about going to the GFAF Expo!

It seems like we are finding out about new and fabulous brands and being reminded of some of our old favorites!

Today we are going to talk about 5 brands we are hoping have lots of free samples and 5 brands we want to share out love for in person! This was not at all easy! There are way more in each category, but today marks the beginning of our GFAF Expo month, so we will have plenty of time to get excited about the rest! And don't forget to enter to win two free tickets so we can get our Gluten Free on together!

We can't wait to say hello to...

Bob's Red Mill

Oh, hey Bob! We kinda love you! Be our grandpa?
Have you seen any of our videos, Bob's Red Mill products are probably 90% of the flours and GF substitutes we use!

Umm, have you had their ice-cream?
Almond Dream Bites. Enough said.

Bailey snagged some of this from an airport and was instantly hooked! They are so tasty! A great healthy treat. We are pretty excited to try their other flavors! Maybe we can get some samples to send to you guys!

Say goodbye to your sweet cravings, they have met their match! Bailey once tried to eat a whole Chocolate Raw Almond Butter Tart by herself. It was so rich and delicious she could only eat half. So she kept it a secret and ate the rest for breakfast the next morning.

Ancient Harvest Quinoa

Quinoa, Quinoa flakes, Quinoa Pasta. Yes all of the above and more. Seriously, please give us more!

We cant wait to meet and try...

Spoiled Naturally

Pineapple Strawberry perfume! Yum! 

Gluten Free Body Butter with great scent options! 
Ok, we thought this whole expo was going to be about food. We sure do love food, but gluten free beauty and spa products. Thats is an extra special bonus! Looks like we will be bringing back some body butters and maybe a new perfume!


Cookies, cinnamon rolls, and muffins Oh My! All of the Sevierly Good products look amazing! Keep your fingers crossed for cinnamon rolls!

Smart Flour

Umm, can't even remember the last time we had a Hoagie! This looks amazing!

Gluten Free make up!?!? What, yes please! We are dying to try some of the Red Apple products. So excited to try some of the lip stick, gloss and eye shadow! 

Holy Crap Cereal
Yum! We are pretty excited to try this and take some home with us so we can create a fabulous recipe with some of it!

Not only is Holy Crap Cereal the reason we get to go to the GFAF Expo, but we hear their stuff is pretty amazing! We are so ready to give it a try!

We are also excited to meet Erica of Celiac and the BeastFingers crossed she has her book with her, we just might need to snag one of those, you know, maybe we might try to get one. 

(We will budge you in line to get one, sorry in advance!)

Oh and Woodchuck Hard Cider will be there! 

Their Pear Cider is Bailey's go to drink of choice! Will there be a GF Happy Hour!?!?  

(: Pretty Please :)

All you need to do to enter for the two free tickets is leave a comment on the blog and then go like or follow the GFAF Expo on Facebook or Twitter! We hope to see you there!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Camping in Big Bear part 2

Ok, here we go! More Big Bear adventures! I slept pretty great is my cozy sleeping bag, so when a crying baby/weird neighbors woke me up around 6 I wasn't even mad!

I'm still training for this 1/2 marathon right now so I figured I should go for a run.

It was so quiet and peaceful in the morning, I think I was the only one awake out there!

As peaceful as it was, I still had to turn back early, I just couldn't handle the elevation and the hills.  I'm really good at running on flat surfaces with no elevation whatsoever, this was not that!

When I got back I was pretty hungry! Thankfully everyone else was waking up by the time I got back, so I could start to cook breakfast!

I had pre-made some Bob's Red Mill pancakes and brought them with me. I may have filled the bottle a bit much and on the right up the mountain a lot of it popped out when the pressure changed so I had a limited supply.

But, they were still a perfect breakfast and so delicious paired with my camp coffee! When can I order camp coffee from Starbucks? I would like to get one of these on the days that I'm really stressed out at work! 

Breakfast of champions right there! 

After breakfast a few more people headed out on their run, but I stayed back and went to the camp salon! Jess was too kind and braided my hair for me. 

What a good camp mamma!

Aaron however, was not too interested in the salon activities so he grabbed some wood and starting doing boy stuff.

He whittled that piece of wood for a long time.

He was very proud of his knife!

When it was time for lunch I whipped out my favorite eggplant zucchini quinoa salad! 

I had lunch while reading! I took full advantage of being outside, and completely off the grid.

With nothing I am required to do, I can read, sit, hike, nap, eat, or just do nothing and it is pretty amazing!

After relaxing and filling our bellies, we took a drive to find the Pacific Crest Trail. It was quite a bumpy ride and we were the only people who didn't have some sort of off-road vehicle or something with 4-wheel drive. Whoops! We still made it but our cars were pretty dusty by the time we got back!

The PCT is a tail that goes from Mexico all the way up to Canada! We got to experience a small piece of it in Big Bear. 

It was so beautiful! 

Everywhere you looked it was like looking at a post card!

Us girls were bit worried about being pounced on by a mountain lion or running into a bear. The boys insisted we were being dramatic, but we played Katy Perry's Roar just to make sure the animals knew were were there. 

Every where I looked I felt the need to take pictures, these photos do not do it any justice, but I tried.

We got back to the camp site with just enough sun light left to get dinner started!

I had corn on the cop and gluten free veggie burgers!

Udi's bread is a life savor when camping! There is something about being around a campfire that makes we want a "burger" so this was perfect!

I wasn't the only book nerd on the camping trip! Jess even rocked her head lamp as a reading lamp!

We had much more energy on night two so we sat around the fire and shared ghost stories while eating marshmallows.

 The ghost stories ended pretty quickly because we got scared and decided to play night time corn hole!

It was definitely a challenge but still fun and pretty cool!

For breakfast the next morning, I had my Udi's bagels (I swear this post isn't about Udi's I just love their  stuff a lot, so I use it ALL the time) and eggs!

And camp coffee of course! Gotta have the coffee!

Gotta wash your dishes! I hate washing dishes, but for some reason its kinda fun when camping!

Before heading home, we decided to go on one last hike! 

We went to the other side of the lake and were on a mission to find the best view! The views on the way up were pretty great too!

The view at the top was breathtaking! I could not believe it!

It never gets old!

We took some time to just enjoy the views before we had to head back to the big city.

I attempted to get a group photo... this is as good as it gets!

Have you been camping in Big Bear? It is a totally different experience compared to staying in the cabins. Both are lots of fun, but different, and with different levels of cleanliness. Get out there and check it out next summer, but you should snag a cabin this winter! 

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