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Two Moms in the Raw Gluten Free Goji Berry Bars

 

Starbucks…slightly overpriced, but by far my favorite place to stop in the morning for my much needed non-fat half pump vanilla latte.  I can’t afford to go to Starbucks every morning, but I love that when I am in a hurry I can count on them for great coffee and a natural gluten free product to hold me over to my next meal.  Can’t get that at Dunks!

For the first time a few days ago I tried one of “Two Moms in the Raw” Gluten Free granola bars.  Just like my coffee, I probably over paid for this bar. I think it was around $4.00 (somehow it makes me feel a little better when I don’t pay attention to my total…bad habit!).   I had the choice between goji berry and blueberry.  Feeling adventurous I went with the goji berry.  I’ll be honest with you, my first thought when opening up the package was that this granola bar looked a lot like something you would feed to your pet bird.  Millet, the main ingredient in this product, is also one of the main seeds used in bird food.  Don’t let that scare you however… this bar was really good!

 “What begins as a journey of healing soon becomes an extraordinary adventure”—Two Moms in the Raw

“Two Moms in the Raw” was started by a Shari, a mom of three looking to take a natural approach to improve her health after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Looking for a delicious all natural snack, Shari did some experimenting of her own and came up with raw and organic granolas and sea crackers.  All of her products are 100% raw, 100% organic, and 100% vegan. This means all of the ingredients used in her recipes are in their natural state,  there are no additives, pesticides, or hormones, and no animal products are used.  Each product is handmade and does not contain added oils or refined sugars.

Right now “Two Moms in the Raw” has three flavors of sea crackers; Garden Herb, Pesto, and Tomato Basil, all of which are gluten free.  There are also five flavors of granola, however only the blueberry and goji berry are gluten free.

My goji berry bar…

Slightly tough to bite into, but much chewier and non-crumbly compared to other granola bars. Containing only raw ingredients this bar was made with millet, buckwheat, coconut, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pecans, almonds, pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), apples, agave (plant nectar often used as a binder or sweetener), cinnamon, sea salt and of course goji berries.  The flavor was delicious, not overly sweet and infused with a yummy cinnamon flavor that really stood out.  If it weren’t for my budget, this is definitely a product I would buy more often!

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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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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Hope you enjoy! Please feel free to comment, or send me an e-mail at wheatfreedom@live.com if there is any content you would like to see added to my site.

In the meantime, try my spectacular Shrimp & Rice Noodle Stir Fry!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

4 oz. rice noodles

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 green onions, chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

2 cups broccoli florets

1 cup bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup frozen edamame

3/4 cup vegetable broth

8 ounces of cooked frozen shrimp

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

2-3 drops of sesame oil

Directions

1) First, place noodles in a bowl and cover with bowling water. Let sit for about 10-12 minutes (or until soft).

2) Heat oil in a pan on med-high heat. Stir-fry green onions, mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper and edamame (2-3 min).

3) Add broth and bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 min.

4) Add frozen shrimp, let cook until they are completely thawed.

5) Add cooked rice noodles, pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir fry until heated through.

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Seafood Sunday! GF Haddock w/ Orange-Mango Salsa

Gluten Free, Dairy Free
All the planning I’ve been doing for my Aruba wedding has been made me wish I was laying on a beach in the Caribbean this very minute!  After the long, cold winter we’ve had, reading Michael Crichton’s “Pirate Latitudes” and making this tropical dish are as close as I’ve been able to get…

(Mango-Orange Salsa)

Ingredients

2 Mangos

1 Orange

1/2 red bell pepper

1 cup red onion

2 limes, fresh squeezed

1/4 cup minced cilantro

1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp.salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Directions

1) Combine mango, orange, red bell pepper, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a large dish.

2) Chill until haddock has finished cooking.

(Haddock)

Ingredients

1/3 cup of gluten free all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/8 tsp. ground pepper

1 lb haddock fillets

1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Directions

1) Combine gluten free all purpose flour, salt, coriander, cumin, and pepper in a small dish.

2) Heat olive oil in a skillet, dredge fillets in flour mixture and transfer to skillet. Cook until lightly browned.

3) Top with Mango-Orange Salsa for a tropical creation!!!

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The secret is all in the bread crumbs!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free

One of the hardest things I have found when trying to cook gluten free is trying to make meals that will still satisfy the non-gluten free eater. It’s time consuming cooking separate meals for everyone!! Lately I have been buying Gillian’s Foods Italian Bread Crumbs. They are great! Instead of making two separate recipes with two types of bread crumbs (which is what I used to do), I make the entire dish using these tasty GF bread crumbs. I use them in my meatball recipe (GF Baked Meatballs), I’ve made chicken parmesan, and even breaded haddock fillets with them. My fiance Luke doesn’t even notice the difference! Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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