Bean and Bell Pepper Salad Recipe

Bean and Bell Pepper Salad | Gluten-free, Dairy-free

One thing I miss about being gluten-free is the feeling of being “stuffed”. I know — weird. Since our diet now consists of predominately whole foods, we can finish a meal, feel satiated but not completely stuffed. Of course, this is healthy but unusual in our American culture which is used to the bloated feeling that follows a meal high in processed carbohydrates.

It’s helpful to remember that wheat gives us carbohydrates, protein and fiber and it is those components that give us the “full belly” feeling. Since I was craving that feeling today, I came up with a gluten-free alternative. Beans! Beans are loaded with protein and fiber and do have some complex carbohydrates.

It’s hot out today in Southern California and since we were cooking on the grill for lunch, I decided to make a bean salad as a side dish.

Bean and Bell Pepper Salad | Gluten-free, Dairy-free

It was delicious – even the boys gobbled it up.

A few notes regarding this recipe:

1) Use the full celery stalk. Cut up the green leafy part too.
2) For added color and a little more zing, use a red onion. I didn’t have any today so I used white onion and it was still fabulous.
3) In the dressing you can use plain ol’ sugar or whatever sweetener your family is used to (I hope it’s natural :) ). But, I highly recommend you try the coconut palm sugar. It really adds a depth to the flavor of the dressing that other sweeteners won’t be able to replicate.
4) You can use olive oil instead of grapeseed oil but I like to get a variety of oils into our weekly diet so I went with grapeseed for it’s benefits.

Let me know if you tweaked this recipe in anyway. I’d love to hear your take on it!

Bean and Bell Pepper Salad
Serves 4 to 8.

Ingredients
1 15-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can cut green beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 celery stalks, chopped fine
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup canned fire roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 cup fresh, finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

3 Tablespoons Bragg’s Organic, Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
3 Tablespoons  Grapeseed Oil
1 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions
In a large bowl, mix the beans, celery, onion and parsley.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, oil, salt, and pepper. Add the dressing to the beans. Toss to coat.

Chill beans in the refrigerator for several hours, to allow the beans to soak up the flavor of the dressing. Serve cold.

 

 

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Breakfast Idea: Make Ahead Summer Oatmeal

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It’s been hot here in SoCal — like 80 degrees by 8 am hot. So the thought of waking up and having a hot breakfast has been less than appealing.

Luckily, my friend Kelly clued me into this brilliant idea: cold oatmeal for breakfast. I know, it sounds weird but just go there with me for a moment because it’s actually quite delicious.

Basically you soak rolled oats over night in the fridge and by morning you have a delightfully refreshing, hearty breakfast! She has her own favorite mix of ingredients but this recipe is for what I made in this photo.

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Let us know your favorite combination of ingredients.

Make Ahead Summer Oatmeal

1 Wide-Mouth Mason Jar with lid
2/3 cups uncooked, Gluten-free Rolled Oats
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used vanilla coconut milk here)
1 teaspoon of Stevia all natural sweetener
Dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup of fresh berries (I used strawberries)

Place all the ingredients, except the berries, into the jar and stir to combine. Top with the berries, place the lid on the jar and put in your fridge overnight. By morning, most of the milk will have been absorbed by the oatmeal.

Eat straight from the jar or pour into a bowl and enjoy this refreshing start to a hot day!

 

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Ask Costco for Glutino Products

Glutino Pretzels

I’d like to enlist the help of all of you Costco members out there.  I am pleased to report that my local Costco is stocking its shelves with more organic products. Every time I go in, there seem to be new items to try.

Despite that fact, I need your help. See, I recently attended the Natural Products Expo where I had the pleasure of sampling Glutino’s Gluten-free Honey Mustard Pretzels .

Glutino Pretzels

They were fabulous so I asked the sweet man at the booth where I could purchase these. We reviewed the various markets that carry this delicious product and I was surprised to discover that Costco in Northern California carries a large bag of the pretzels in their stores but our Southern California Costcos do not!

Based on past experiences, I knew that I could stop at the suggestion booth outside the store to fill out a request form or go online.  This is what the suggestion booth at Costco looks like:Image

When I’m at Costco, I am usually too rushed to stop and fill out a form but since I am frequently online, I did go home and email the following through Costco.com:

I’d like to thank our regional buyer for providing more organic products to our Simi Valley Costco. As a family with special dietary needs, I have been delighted to see more of the products I often use available in bulk.

I would love to see more gluten-free products and in particular, would love for you to consider Glutino’s Gluten-free Honey Mustard Pretzels, which I understand are sold at Costcos all over Northern California.

Please consider expanding the reach of this product to include us in Southern California. I know that it would be a hit especially with those of us who are unable to eat wheat products due to allergies. 

Thanks for your consideration as you carefully choose what items to bring to our store. We appreciate your attention to the needs of local families!

Have a great day!

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So here is where I plea for your help.  Please click here, Costco.com, and fill in the form. You have my permission to cut and paste the above verbiage to the comments section.  Or, of course, edit it to suit your needs.

I figure if the local buyer gets enough email requests, she will look into carrying more of the stuff we want!  After all, they say the squeaky wheel gets oiled.

Dairy-free, Food dye-free Shamrock Shake Recipe

Dairy-free Shamrock Shake

Many of you have asked which of the recipes listed in my recent post, 5 Diary-free, Food dye -free Shamrock Shake Recipes, I tried. The answer is: all of them. And while they all had components I liked, the recipe I seemed to like best was the recipe listed below.

Essentially, I took the ingredients I liked from each recipe and made a new recipe. So here is my favorite combo of ingredients to make the dairy-free, food dye-free shamrock shake pictured below.

Which one was your favorite?

Dairy-free Shamrock Shake

 

Dairy-free, Food dye-free Shamrock Shake

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Vanilla Coconut Milk
1 ripe Banana
1 small ripe Avocado
2 cups Spinach
1 cup fresh Mint Leaves
1-2 teaspoons Peppermint Extract
(or more to taste)
1-2 scoops Soy Vanilla Ice Cream
handful of Ice

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. I used my Ninja Blender.  Adjust the consistency to your taste (i.e. add more coconut milk to make it thinner or more soy ice cream to make it thicker).

Enjoy!

 

 

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5 Lunch Box Containers that make Eating Gluten-free Easier

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If you follow me on my group page: SharingMom – Tips & Recipes for Autism & Other Disorders, you’ll see me posting lunch box ideas that are gluten and dairy free.

Lunch Box Containers for Eating Gluten-free

Many of you have asked about the containers in those photos. They happened to come with the lunch box I purchased at Costco at the end of summer 2013. (Click here to see it on Amazon)

But I do know of several other types of lunch containers that are great. So here are a few awesome containers that may suit your needs. (In fact, I may buy a couple more from this list to have on hand in the event I have one of those days where the last thing I want to do is wash lunch containers…)

Also, don’t forget to check out your local Target or Walmart to see what they have on the shelves.

Report back and let us know what you find and where. To share a pic of your find, join us at the SharingMom Facebook Group by clicking here.






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5 Dairy-free, Food Dye-free Shamrock Shake Recipes

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Food Dye-free Shamrock Shakes

Just in case you’ve been under a rock lately – it’s Shamrock Shake time at McDonald’s. This, of course, means that everyday, my boys ask if I’ll take them there to get one. (Thanks classmates – for bragging about how delicious they are!)

But who can blame them? I remember loving this time of year when I was growing up. I absolutely LOVED Shamrock Shakes. But these days, since we are avoiding food dyes and dairy, these creamy cups of minty goodness are a no-no.

So I promised my boys I would make special ones for them at home. I googled shamrock shake recipes and of course, most of them involve green food dye and dairy.

But I did manage to find a few gems at these other websites so I thought I’d pass them along to you. Click the links below the image to check out 5 different dairy-free, gluten-free and food dye-free recipes.

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Food Dye-free Shamrock Shakes

Living Low Carb

A Little Insanity

Gluten Free Easily

Sprinkle & Allergies

Go Dairy Free

Let me know if you make them. Report back in the comments section and tell me which one you liked best!