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summer salads & selfies

Cornucopia

Cornucopia = fresh corn niblets + feta cheese + paprika

 

Gusto 101 kale salad knockoff:

Lemony Kale Salad = kale + pine nuts + pecorino + currants + vinaigrette

 

Both of these salads are like a fresh burst of summer (click here for the full Lemony Kale Salad recipe). They would be delicious anywhere but are especially so at a cottage (isn’t everything?).

Last week I got out of Dodge with my three nearest and dearest childhood girlfriends and headed up north for three peaceful days to a cottage by the lake. Here’s what happened, in the words of my bestie Bonnie: “Other than running, we did everything we wanted and then some. We ate, laughed, cried, danced, partied, ate some more, rested, laughed some more, perfected the fine art of selfies, and reaffirmed our deep and sustaining lifelong friendship.”

 

We practiced the fine art of selfies.

We practiced the fine art of selfies.

 

The photo above was taken after a few glasses of this bubbly pink concoction.

The photo above was taken after a few glasses of this bubbly pink concoction.

 

It wasn’t all so soulful. Happy hour began quite early (it was 5 o’clock somewhere!). We played Cards Against Humanity, a hilarious “party game for horrible people” that I highly recommend for some serious side-splitting laughs. And we took a quick trip to Target, where I bought this gorgeous woven tote!

 

My Target find.

My Target find.

 

But I digress: Seeing as the The Ex opens this week in Toronto, symbolizing the approach of the end of summer, I suggest that you savour these salads with a cold glass of Prosecco…stat!

 

homemade gluten-free granola

It's 10:02 pm and I'm sitting here eating a bowl of homemade granola with almond milk and wild blueberries. I am addicted to this granola.

It’s 10:02 pm and I’m sitting here eating a bowl of homemade granola with almond milk and wild blueberries. I am so addicted to this sh** it’s not funny.

 

Gluten-Free Granola

4 cups pure uncontaminated oats (we use Only Oats)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup pumpkin seed kernels
1 cup chopped raw almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels
3/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. In a saucepan on the stove, melt together honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla, stirring occasionally, until combined. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir to coat. Spread out oat mixture on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool and add raisins and coconut.

I fantasize about adding mini chocolate chips but that would put this granola on a slippery slope.

 

Happy hostess gift.

Sharing is caring. Jars of homemade granola make a groovy hostess gift.

 

 

Thanks to Mia Brown from Good. Clean. Food. for sharing this recipe with us!

i scream, you scream

We all scream for ice-cream sandwiches!

We all scream for ice-cream sammiches!

 

One day last week Lily came home from camp feeling sad because it was ice-cream sandwich day. A few days earlier I had received a call from the camp director asking me if there was a gluten-free ice-cream sandwich that they could get for her so she could have what everyone else was eating. I told him about a brand I had heard about that we hadn’t tried yet and where he could pick them up. I felt grateful that he had called and I was happy that Lily wouldn’t feel left out.

So why was she upset? She said that it wasn’t a real ice-cream sandwich, that the outside was hard and crumbly like a cookie instead of being soft like the other kids’ treats. She understood that the camp had gotten that ice-cream sandwich especially for her and she didn’t want to make anyone feel bad so she had wrapped it up and put it in her napsack. This is my seven-year-old gluten-free girl.

A couple days later I’m trolling around on Facebook and up pops a post from Bunner’s Bake Shop with a pretty pic of what they called a “classic ice-cream sandwich” wrapped in tissue and tied with a ribbon—their latest vegan, gluten-free (re)creation, available on weekends only. I had faith in this ice-cream sandwich because, well, it’s Bunner’s and they don’t mess around when it comes to gluten-free baking. Case in point: Their “fauxstess” cupcakes. So Friday rolled into Saturday and we rolled into the Junction.

 

Lily came

“It’s a real ice-cream sandwich!”

 

She would have given it two thumbs up if she wasn't holding her sammie in her other hand.

She would have given it two thumbs up if she wasn’t holding her sammich in her other hand.

 

While Lily was living it up with her ice-cream sammie, I spotted this happy woman coming out of Bunner's sporting a GFG tote bag! That made my day.

While Lily was living it up with her gluten-free ice-cream sammich, I spotted this happy woman coming out of Bunner’s sporting a GFG tote bag! Move over sammich…this gal made my day!

 

like buttah (without the dairy)

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The recipe for these melt-in-your-mouth cookies originally appeared in Clean Eating. They are more chocolate chunk than chip.

 

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten and dairy free!)

1 cup unsalted almond butter, stirred well
¾ cup Sucanat
1 large egg
½ tsp baking soda (gluten free)
¼ tsp sea salt
3 oz dark chocolate chunks (70% cocoa or greater)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the first 5 ingredients until blended.
Stir in chocolate.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes (if you can wait that long).
Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 15 more minutes (as if).

almond butter rice crispy treats

Just 4 ingredients and a whole lotta yum!

Just four ingredients and a whole lotta yum!

Dr. Jodi Larry‘s Almond Butter Rice Crispy Treats

¼ cup almond butter
2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 cup brown rice crispy cereal (I used brown rice puffs)
1 tbsp cacao nibs

In a bowl, stir together almond butter and maple syrup.
Quickly heat in a pan for a few minutes until ingredients become soft.
Mix well and add in the cereal and cacao nibs; stir and mix.
Roll into balls and freeze for 5 minutes. Store in the freezer or fridge.