Tag: Gluten Free

Apple Pomegranate Fall Salad

Apple Pomegranate Fall Salad

Serving: 4
1 cup honey roasted pecan (see recipe below)
1/2 cup citrus champagne vinaigrette dressing (see recipe below)
4 boiled eggs, thinly sliced or halved
1/2 apple, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 pomegranate, peeled
8 cups green mix (organic baby spinach, arugula, organic baby romaine lettuce, organic baby chard)
Feta cheese crumbs (optional)

Honey Roasted Pecan
1 cup pecan, halved
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp honey

Citrus Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup citrus champagne muscat vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp mustard seed powder
3 basil leaves, finely chopped


Honey Roasted Pecan
Pre-heat oven to 375F. Place pecans in an even layer on baking sheet. Roast about 9 – 11 minutes. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add honey and combine. Add pecan and stir until mixture simmers and foams, about 3 – 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Separate the pecan to avoid clumps. Cool completely.

Citrus Champagne Vinaigrette
Pour oil and vinegar into a container. Add garlic, mustard powder and basil. Mix until all ingredients combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Apple Pomegranate Fall Salad
In a salad bowl, add spring mix. Layer honey roasted pecans, eggs and apple slices. Sprinkle pomegranate and cheese on top. Pour vinaigrette dress. Toss and combine. Serve.

Zucchini Pizza Crust

Zucchini Pizza Crust

Inspired by sheknows

Yields 4


  • 5 cups fresh zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pepper Jack, mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or other desired flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg

Pizza toppings, as desired

  • Extra cheese
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Fresh herbs
  • Pineapples


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the zucchini in a microwave-safe bowl, and cook on high for 5 minutes. Allow to cool, and then place the zucchini in a colander lined with paper towels. Twist the paper towels and squeeze as much of the water from the zucchini as possible.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the zucchini, egg, cheeses, almond flour and seasonings. Mix very well, and place on the baking sheet. Shape the mixture into the desired pizza shape, and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven.
  4. Top with desired sauce and toppings, and return the pizza to the oven. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Best served immediately.
Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

If you are on a gluten-free diet, then you may miss out on some of your favorite holiday treats, including gingerbread cookies and other snacks. Luckily, with a Vitamix blender and the right ingredients, you can recreate the classic taste of gingerbread cookies in a refreshing smoothie.

This gingerbread smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Anyone can enjoy this tasty, holiday smoothie.


This recipe uses almond milk. If you prefer, you can substitute this with coconut milk or even coconut water; though, the almond milk blends well with the other ingredients. Use the following ingredients, to whip together your own gingerbread smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh ginger (anti-inflammatory)


Gingerbread Smoothie Directions

You may want to thaw the bananas slightly, before making your smoothie. Pour the almond milk in your Vitamix mix. Add the bananas and honey. Mix for a few seconds and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high for about thirty seconds, or until your mixture has a smooth and creamy consistency.

If you want, you can switch molasses for the raw honey; though, the raw honey is a healthier option. Using the ingredients listed, this 32-ounce smoothie has 210 calories, 53 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein. This drink is best when consumed immediately. If you need to store leftovers, store the extra smoothie in your fridge and drink within 24 hours.

Do not use this drink as a meal replacement – it should be treated as a snack. Reward yourself with a gingerbread smoothie after you get home from work or after supper. This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare – much faster than cooking a batch of real gingerbread cookies.

If you want to tweak the flavor of this smoothie, consider using a pinch of nutmeg or a little extra ginger. For those that find the taste of almond milk too strong, switch to coconut milk, this may help recreate the taste of the dough.

During the holidays, it can be hard to find traditional snacks and treats that you can eat while on a gluten-free diet. This gingerbread smoothie does a good job of simulating the taste of fresh gingerbread cookies, whipped together in a blender, without the added sugar that you would get from the real thing.

This recipe is essentially a basic banana and milk smoothie, which is one of the most common bases for a smoothie.  In this gingerbread smoothie recipe, the use of raw honey, vanilla, and ginger helps to replicate the taste of gingerbread. The raw honey is a great sugar substitute and can be used as a sugar substitute in a number of recipes.

As the holidays approach, do everything you can to stick to your diet plans. As tempting as fresh gingerbread cookies can be, there are healthy alternatives. In addition to this gingerbread smoothie recipe, look for other holiday smoothie recipes that you can easily make with a Vitamix blender.

9 Tips for Shopping at the Farmers’ Market

9 Tips for Shopping at the Farmers’ Market

Any given day of the week in California, you are bound to find a farmers market within a reasonable driving distance. There, you can purchase a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheese, learn secrets to picking the best watermelons, and make a connection with the people who get their hands dirty and grow our food.

Personally, I come from a long line of farmers and ranchers, so it’s no great secret that I love to support local farmers who make a living off of growing and harvesting their own crops and animals. It takes an extreme amount of hard work and dedication to turn even the smallest plot of land into a working farm and turn a profit. Once you start chatting with the retailers at your local farmers market, you too will see the pride and love that they have for each item on their table. And who wouldn’t want to buy fresh ingredients from someone who puts their heart and soul into their work, rather than the mass producers that seemingly only care about their bottom line? Many people avoid farmers markets simply because they don’t know what to expect, so enjoy the freshest flavors with these 9 tips to help you at your next Farmers Market trip.


  • Learn What Time To Shop

To get the freshest ingredients, the best time to visit the farmers market is early in the morning. If you don’t get there early-ish, be prepared to rummage through a few piles of kale to find the perfect bunch. This is especially true if chefs are purchasing inventory for their restaurants. That said, if you get there later, especially near the end of the farmers market, you will be more likely to get great deals on produce that is still farm fresh and delicious.

  • BYOB- Bring Your Own Bags

While some stands do offer bags for their customers, bringing your own reusable bags, coolers, or a cart, depending on how much you intend to purchase, is ideal. The cost of bags greatly cuts into a farmers small price margins and they greatly appreciate the gesture. I believe that small, simple gesture is a great way to help build a relationship with the person who grows your food, thusly giving you better treatment. People want to take care of those who take care of them.

  • Small Bills Are a Must

Especially if you are arriving early, bring small bills. Most farmers markets only accept cash as a form of payment, so if you don’t have exact change, small bills are a great way to get as close as you can to the cost of your purchase. This also helps the farmer out by providing him or her with change to use for customers later on.

  • Ask Questions

Perhaps the greatest thing about visiting the farmers market is that you can look the grower of your food in the eye and discuss exactly how your food was grown, where it came from, how to properly prepare it, and feel confident that you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Normally, the story of their farm and how they grow their food is enough to keep you coming back every week.

  • Specifically, Ask Why It’s Not Certified Organic

USDA certifications are not cheap. Many farms that sell food at the farmers market are very small operations that cannot afford that expensive USDA certification that says they are organic, even if their products aren’t treated with pesticides or antibiotics, and are organically grown. It pays off to ask your farmer why they aren’t certified, and gives you an opportunity to support a small local business. If it’s not organic, you are voicing that you do care how your food is grown.

  • Don’t Ignore Foods You Aren’t Familiar With

If there is a food you don’t recognize, chances are the farmer will be more than happy to tell you all about it. Remember, they are trying to build a business, so if they have a unique product, they will jump on the opportunity to make you aware of how that product is unique. Don’t be afraid to ask the farmer what it tastes like, how to prepare it, and the health benefits of consuming that food.

  • Go For the Ugly Duckling

We have been conditioned to reach for the perfectly round tomatoes, the shiny apples and the spotless bunch of kale. But don’t let a little dirt or misshapen edges scare you away. In fact, not only will the ugly’s be less expensive, they also taste the best. But don’t take my word for it, judge it for yourself!

  • Is it Really Healthy?

Just because you are at a farmers market, doesn’t mean that everything sold there is healthy. Of course that’s not to say that you can’t enjoy these things in moderation, but gluten free corn dogs are still corn dogs. When in doubt, just reach for the organic peaches.

  • Don’t be Afraid To Haggle

Just like everyone else, farmers are trying to make a living. That said, especially near the end of the day, they would rather make some money than no money on the produce that will be wasted if it doesn’t sell. As consumers, we are always looking for the best deal- so if you are confident enough to ask if they will take a lesser rate, especially near the end of the day, chances are, they will.