Yummy Yum Sauce

Oregonians are health freaks! We are high on Vitamin D and addicted to endorphins. Beer is our one vice. The majority of residents are stumbling drunk downtown on the weekends. But it’s all good fun! We will burn it off tomorrow. Unsurprisingly, Bend’s restaurants offer gluten-free and vegan options. We even have gluten-free beer. *sigh*… This is very handy for me. It makes eating out with friends ten times easier. Café Yum is raging in Oregon. It soothes the souls of allergy-free weirdos. Read more [...]

Candida Overgrowth

When my friend told me about candida overgrowth, my first reaction was “No thanks, I don’t do that!” A blank stare later, I realized that he was not talking about cannabis (aka weed). I doubt most would complain about a cannabis overgrowth. Candida is a fungus in the form of yeast that lives within your mouth and intestines. In small amounts, Candida aids with digestion and nutrient absorption. When an overgrowth occurs, candida breaks down the walls of the intestines and penetrates the Read more [...]

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Bringing an appetizer to parties can be difficult with food allergies. People rely on you for vegetables and hummus. You may supply the only healthy food but being deemed the Veggie Friend gets old! Surprise! Gluten, dairy and egg-free appetizers don't have to involve vegetables! Or taste like cardboard. Quinoa Pizza Bites are an allergy-free alternative to eating mozzarella sticks. I made Quinoa Pizza Bites for a Superbowl party (Go Seahawks!). They were claimed to be “full of flavor” Read more [...]

Egg Replacements

Replacing eggs may see like a frustrating mystery! How does the egg replacement react? How does the egg replacement taste? Cheating to use chicken eggs is tempting. This chart from Chef In You provides a list of egg replacements. Get directions on how to properly substitute the eggs and what foods react best with the ingredients. Some of the replacements may surprise you! PETA Approved Egg Replacements Replacement In With Ingredients like How to Replace Brownies Silken Read more [...]

Scottish Oat Muffins

Adding nuts to baked goods automatically makes the food healthy! Okay, maybe that isn’t true. But in my mind, the sugar and oil become irrelevant. I am on a muffin kick. Somehow, I shove an extra muffin in my mouth when nuts and raisins are a prime ingredient. Scottish Oat Muffins don’t only subtract sugar calories with the magical addition of almonds but use oatmeal to replace half the flour. This was my first experiment using oatmeal in muffins. Oatmeal makes the muffins filling. It is Read more [...]

Flax Egg Replacement

There are too many egg replacements to keep count! Yes, I know this sounds crazy. Cooking egg-free can be confusing. Egg replacements do different things and it can seem easiest to just give up and use eggs. I have found flax to be very useful for cakes, cookies, quick breads and even pies, adding a chewy texture. Flax seed is said to have a bit of a nutty flavor. I have never noticed a dramatic difference which changes the flavor of the baked good. This recipe creates one egg. Flax Egg Replacement Ingredients 1 Read more [...]

A Wino’s Favorite Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is one of my favorite meals during the winter. I live in Oregon and this weekend dropped into the negatives. Yesterday, I wore an alpaca sweater, down jacket and snowboarding coat, only to walk from my car into a bar. Squash soups combine the perfect seasonal vegetable with an edible space heater. This Thanksgiving, I made A Wino’s Favorite Butternut Squash Soup. I have a family of big eaters. We don’t only have holiday meals but holiday banquets! I think we are all Greek deep down. Everyone Read more [...]

Healthy Spaghetti Squash

Squash is not only a fall decoration! Healthy people use them for pasta, crusts and breads. I LOVE pasta! Especially cheesy pasta. I also LOVE food that is guilt-free! What better food than guilt-free pasta? Fall is the perfect time to annihilate your kitchen with a vegetable that doubles for carbs. There are many health benefits of spaghetti squash, depicted on Nutrition Data. The source gives spaghetti squash 5 stars for weight loss and a great source of Dietary Fiber, Potassium and Vitamin Read more [...]

Holiday Pumpkin Scones

Scones belong in French bakeries and tea parties. Baking scones at home makes me feel like a poser. I never have tea parties. I am convinced that bakeries have scone fairies. Each chocolate chip is placed perfectly with a layer of sugar that looks just like snow. This would be impossible without a supernatural force. Despite the fact that I do not have wings or even a fairy godmother, I stuck it to the man, pulled out my gluten-free flour and got messy in scone land, a.k.a. my kitchen. In the Read more [...]

Low-Sugar Pumpkin Granola

Ghouls, turkeys and Santa Clause! Tis the season for pumpkin recipes! I love the holidays. They bring warmth into the snowy months and smiles to grouchy moods. What better way to introduce holiday foods but through pumpkin granola? Granola and granola bars are a favorite food group! Granola and Mexican food. Unfortunately most granolas are filled with sugar. ¼ cup is at least 200 calories. Who really eats only ¼ cup? I was on a mission to find a chunky and sweet granola that doesn’t require Read more [...]