Monthly Archives: March 2011

It’s a special KIND of day!

So I’m heading off to Raleigh, NC tonight with one of my oldest and very best friends Jodi! It’s her 27th birthday and we are going down for a long weekend to celebrate! The best part is… We are just missing the big snowstorm on it’s way to NH! Or hopefully anyway, currently our flight is delayed until 10:30 pm. So I am going to take this opportunity to write my review on the Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio KIND bars I packed with me for my trip.


When on the road for the day or traveling I always like to keep what I call my “emergency purse snacks” with me in case I am ever in a bind, and can’t find anywhere to stop for something gluten free. These KIND bars are a perfect emergency purse snack! They are all natural and gluten/wheat free. The bar I had today was Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio + Antioxidants (containing 50% of the daily value of vitamins A, C, and E!) With 170 calories and 3 grams of protein this KIND bar definitely makes a good snack between meals to give you that extra boost you need. I love this “KIND” of bar! The combination of almonds blueberries, cashews, honey, raisins, crispy rice, and pistachios create a unique and very tasty treat! 🙂

Now off to sunny NC!! 🙂 I hope…


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Date Night at Pochito’s!

Luke and I LOVE going out for Mexican food. Not only is it delicious, but most of the menu items are made from corn and I tend to have a lot of gluten free options.

The other night we decided to check out the new Pochito’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in Manchester. It was excellent!  The food was amazing and the service was great.  Although I am usually pretty sure what I am allowed to eat at a Mexican restaurant, I still always make it a point to ask which items are gluten free and let the waitress know that I can not have wheat.

33 South Commercial Street in the Mill Building (right near the Fishercat Stadium)

After the waitress explained to me that I could order almost anything on the menu (as long as it was on either a soft or hard corn tortilla), the owner of the restaurant was nice enough to come over to our table to let me know that he would take care of me.  He let me know that when creating his menu he kept the gluten free diet in mind, because his wife also has to eat gluten free. He assured me that his chips, corn tortillas, salsa were all gluten free, as well as all the beef, chicken, fish, and veggies (some places will add flour to their marinades or rubs).

One thing I loved about the menu at Pochito’s is that you can “make your own fiesta”.  I ordered a vegetarian “fiesta” for only $9.00.  I was allowed choose two of the following: Enchilada, Chile Relleno, Burrito, Tostada, Taco, or Quesadilla.  Each item made with grilled vegetables, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese.  The meal also came with a side of rice and beans.

I ordered a vegetarian taco on a soft corn tortilla and tostada with veggies.  A tostada is basically an open faced taco pizza.  I asked for both with light cheese and a side of rice. Yum!

Vegetarian Tostada

Vegetarian Taco on a Soft Corn Tortilla

And of course the best part of Mexican Restaurants... Chips & Salsa!!

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March Mango Madness!

It’s mango season! And I am sure you have noticed I have been adding mangoes to everything lately. I can’t help it, they are just so good!  The mango is a really juicy tropical fruit, with a flavor that’s both sweet and tart.  They are high in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C.

There are many ways to eat the marvelous mango!

1) Peel back the soft skin and eat it as is (watch out they are messy!).

2) Add them to your salads, rice, or grain dishes (see my Mango-Apple Quinoa Salad below).

3) Mango Salsa is great with tortilla chips, or added to the top of meat, poultry, or fish dishes. (Haddock with Orange-Mango Salsa).

4) Add mangoes to your favorite smoothie (Kale & Mango Green Smoothie coming soon!).

5) Or add to your favorite dessert or baked good (Gluten Free Banana Mango Bread).

Don't like fish? Use the salsa recipe from the "Haddock with Orange Mango Salsa" dish and serve with your favorite chips instead! YUM!

Today I made Mango Apple Quinoa Salad. It’s sweet and refreshing.  It is served cold as either a side dish to your main meal, or makes a wonderful snack.

Mango Apple Quinoa Salad

Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free


2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1 large mango, peeled and cut into small cubes

2 apples, peeled and cut into small cubes

1/2 cup green onion,diced

1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1 lemon

1/2 tsp. white vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. white cooking wine

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or to taste)

pepper to taste


1) First, cook quinoa according to package directions (bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes) Allow cooked quinoa to cool to room temperature; fluff with a fork. (I typically will rinse with cool water and place in fridge for 10 minutes to cool faster)

2) Once quinoa has been cooled mix in the mango, apple, green onion, and parsley.

3) In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon, vinegar, wine, and mustard. Mix well into the quinoa.

4) Add garlic salt and pepper to taste. Chill before serving.


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Asian-Inspired Chicken & GF Penne Sauté

I saw a similar recipe  to this one awhile back in one of my magazines and thought it looked really good.   I decided to create my own gluten free version using some of my own favorite ingredients!  The combination of the chickpea flour, soy sauce, and chicken broth seems kinda strange, but give this recipe a unique flavor.  The pineapple adds a sweetness to it that makes it even more delicious!

The penne I used in this recipe was Sam Mills Pasta D’Oro Gluten Free Penne Rigate, and it is by far the best gluten free pasta I have ever had!  Normally when I cook pasta I make Luke regular pasta separate from my gluten free pasta.  This time however, since everything was sautéd together, I decided it would be easier to only use the gluten free pasta.  It’s a lot of work to make two separate meals! I have tried a lot of gluten free pastas. Most being rice, or corn and rice mixed. The Sam Mills pasta is 100% corn.  Compared to rice pasta, the look and feel of the corn pasta is firm and much more similar to regular pasta.  Rice tends to make the pasta much more sticky.  This brand is all natural, gluten free, egg free, and dairy free.  It also comes in spaghetti, fusilli, rigatoni, tubetti, conchiliette, cornetti, and lasagne!

Best of all, Luke even liked it!

Asian-Inspired Chicken & GF Penne Sauté

Gluten Free


2 cups Gluten Free Penne Pasta

2 chicken breasts, 1 inch cubes

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

3 green onions, chopped

2 teaspoons garbanzo bean flour, aka chickpea flour (I used Bobs Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour)

2 tablespoons tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

1/4 cup organic low sodium chicken broth

4 cups baby spinach

3 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

8 oz can of pineapple chunks, drained

pepper to taste


1) Boil gluten free pasta according to package directions. Hold aside.

2) In a small bowl mix the garbanzo bean flour, tamari, and chicken broth together. Hold aside.

3) In a large pan heat 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium high. Add chicken and green onions and saute until chicken is almost  fully cooked. Add remaining olive oil, spinach, and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the the sun dried tomatoes and crushed red pepper. Add liquid mixture and cook on high for 2 minutes. Add pasta and pineapple and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

4) Remove from heat and add pepper to taste.

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One frozen lunch thats not too bad…

Gluten Free, Nut Free

Typically I will take the time to make myself a healthy lunch to bring to work. But of course there are always those days that I am rushing out the door and just don’t have time to prepare something nutritious. Today was one of those busy mornings, and lucky for me I plan ahead and keep my freezer stocked with some gluten free frozen meals that I can take with I’m strapped for time. Today I tried Garden Lites Roasted Vegetable Souffle for the first time. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Taste/ Texture/Appeal: Although I think I would have preferred to bake the souffle in the oven, I was at work and stuck with only a microwave so it was a little soggier than I had hoped. However, it looked really yummy (nice and brown on top!), and it tasted pretty good! The only thing I would change is the hint of sweetness from the sugar, which to me didn’t seem necessary. But I love the taste of veggies! So maybe that’s why!

Nutrition: I loved the fact that this product is all natural, containing only carrots, spinach, broccoli, egg whites, potato, zucchini, red peppers, corn starch, eggs, rice flour, and natural spices. One souffle only has 140 calories. its low fat, has 9 grams of protein, and is loaded with vitamin A. The only thing that would make this product healthier is if there was less sodium and a little less sugar.

What’s your typical “go to” meal when your in a hurry?

Gluten Free


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