Friendly Gluten Free Foods

Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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eMeals.com Creates a Vegan Plan!

I have been using a meal planner for over a year that is saved me time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen and I no longer agonize over what to make. It helps that the app is amazing.

eMeals is a subscription-based service that provides you seven recipe per week based on a two person or family meal plan for just $5/month if you get the year plan. The recipes are easy to create, usually contain just a few ingredients which translates to spending very little time in the grocery store. The recipes are varied for anyone’s tastes preferences, which allows me to try recipes I probably wouldn’t have picked if I was searching the internet for a random recipe (see french onion soup below).

They have many categories from heart healthy to gluten free to diabetic to Paula Deen comfort foods. I was using the vegetarian category in September, when I changed my diet to be mostly vegan. I would substitute the dairy for dairy-free alternatives and the gluten for gluten free alternatives.

Then they came out with a vegan category, which has been excellent. I mentioned that their app is amazing, they have a ‘cook mode’ where it steps you through the recipe in a wide screen format which is perfect for my iPad. (Rice, bean and corn recipe here)

The eMeals app is well designed and easy to use (see photos below). The tabs at along the bottom of the app allow you to go into cook mode, add it to your shopping cart (which makes it quick and easy to get items at the grocery store), and the ability to share and add it to your list of favorites. Photo to the right of the recipe below (added spinach and avocado). (eMeals app, Week Nov 22-28, 2017, Vegan plan)

Another meal created from an eMeals recipe. I never would have gravitated to make french onion soup on my own. Used gluten free bread and vegan cheese. (eMeals app, week Oct 4-10, 2017, Vegetarian plan)


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The Switch to Bulk

The bags these bulk items are in are biodegradable and are re-used as compost bags

The bags these bulk items are in are biodegradable and are re-used as compost bags (total cost $12.61 for who knows how many meals!)

Because of this Eat Clean challenge (starting with the one back in August), today my house now has become more of a bulk house in terms of sugars and flours. I will only buy these products as needed for certain recipes and will buy in bulk at a store with good turnover and mostly organic instead of a big package from the grocery store.

Yesterday was my third trip (in my life) to Rainbow Grocery to buy bulk food and after hearing about a family that reduced their yearly waste to the size of a mayo jar by buying bulk, I’ve made the switch to bulk. It may be a little more inconvenient to get to the bulk store, but the ingredients will be fresher and the container of sugar or self-rising flour won’t be just sitting on my shelf for months and months.

In addition, while at Rainbow – to pick up only quinoa and rice – I ended up realizing quick cooking oats was on my grocery list… well what do you know, I can buy that in bulk! Ready in 2 minutes and one less container to throw away!

It was pretty cool to be overwhelmed by the choices in rice! The variety in my life just opened up because of this revelation. I did end up buying short grain (sticky) brown rice but boy am I excited to try out other rice varieties.

There were choices for quinoa too! I picked up the fun mix of colors. Much more exciting than shopping at the big grocery store.

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I started eating more clean in August 2015 which reduces the intake of sugar and processed foods. In that journey, I’ve explored eating more grains and legumes. Slowly my containers which held processed sugars, flours, etc are now being used to hold flax seed, rice, black beans, split peas, etc.


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Welcome!

This is my digital notebook of gluten free and dairy free recipes I’ve modified/created as well as reviews of local gluten free bakeries and commercial products labeled as gluten free. My choice to be gluten free is based on medical reasons other than celiacs. My gluten and milk fat sensitivity has physical and mental symptoms that have kept me on a low gluten and a diet low in dairy-fat. Recipes added after Sept 2017 will also be meat free (some baked goods may contain eggs, honey and other animal byproducts).

Hope you enjoy the GF food reviews, the gluten free bakery reviews and recipes! Leave a comment to tell me your thoughts.

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Published as a Home Baker

My name is published in the Modern Art Dessert book created by Blue Bottle Cafe! I was one of the many home bakers (“Recipe testers”) that tested out the recipes in our own home kitchens.

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The recipes were all filled with gluten as this was prior to my gluten-free life. And I would certainly be a tester again.

This is one of the creations I made. Such a fun project!

Mondrian