How’s this for a yummy looking salad?
After recently reading the much-talked about Wheat Belly diet book; I’ve been experimenting with cutting down on wheat in my diet.
Although I am not gluten-intolerant, there appears to be a lot of health benefits for cutting back on wheat and also all refined forms of carbohydrates. I’ve effortlessly lost 5 pounds since I started my wheat-reduction experiment, about a month ago.
But it is a transition, especially when some of my fav foods include bread, pasta, muffins… So when I found out about The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by one of my favorite cookbook authors: Judith Finlayson I was very happy!
Judith has done a great job (again) with her latest cookbook.
Not only does this beautiful cookbook provide 125 gluten-free whole grain recipes with everything from soups to desserts (and with full color photos throughout) it is also an excellent resource for anyone who is following or considering a gluten-free diet . Or like me, just attempting to cut down on foods containing wheat and gluten.
There is a detailed and very helpful section at the beginning of the book, that features listings for many popular gluten-free grains such as: quinoa, wild rice, amaranth, kasha….and many more. Including tips for cooking and storing the various grains and nutritional information.
Judith Finlayson focuses on healthier choices to wheat in our diet, not just substituting other (less than desirable) starches as is the case with too many other gluten-free cookbooks that I’ve looked at. These are healthy and delicious recipes that make transitioning from wheat and other foods containing gluten, easy and fun.
I’ve made a few recipes from this cookbook already and this salad is my fav to date.
Just yummy and so colorful too.
I’m a big fan of beets. They are a veggie that IMO don’t get enough credit/use when it comes to adding them to a variety of recipes, especially salads. You will love this salad, especially if you love beets!
Would make a great addition to a picnic, potluck or BBQ menu!
See the complete recipe on page 2.
As any of my regular readers already know, I love to knit.
In recent years, I’ve been “stretching” my knitting skills a bit, trying some more difficult patterns, stitches and techniques, including Fair Isle knitting.
This cardigan is my first (and to date, only) Fair Isle project I’ve completed:
I love this sweater and have had so many compliments about it already; I want to make another one, this time in a spring/summer cotton yarn.
I’m considering using Willow Yarn Cub .
If you haven’t checked out Willow Yarns yet, you’re in for a treat. They have some beautiful, natural fiber yarns available at prices that are hard to beat.
I’ve already knitted a swatch of this yarn and it looks great, with a the stitches showing up in a very defined way. I also love the soft colors this yarn comes in and the price is great too at $2.49 CDN/50 grams.
Here are the colors I am planning to use for this next cardigan:
This soft yellow for the main color.
And these three colors for the patternworks sections.
I like all 4 of these colors but can’t decide if yellow should be the main color or the mauve or green instead.
Your yarn color opinion please…what do you think?
PS: If you’re considering trying Fair Isle yourself or already have, you might want to check out my latest review over at My Real Life Reviews for : The Very Easy Guide to Fair Isle Knitting by Lynne Watterson. It’s a wonderful book!
Tasted a delish commercial coconut milk ice cream this past week (I’ll be reviewing that product soon) but it also got me thinking about making my own coconut milk ice cream, at home.
Here’s the review of the Hamilton Beach ice cream maker that I use, works great!
Have you tried coconut milk ice cream?
If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat. Every bit as rich and delicious as dairy types.
Bring on summer and ice cream, all kinds!
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I don’t know about where you are, but here in Interior BC it’s COLD again!
It was down to 1C late afternoon yesterday. For here, at this time of year, that is very cold.
I’m making a lot of soups as we wait out this current weather.
This is one: Slow Cooker Red Lentil, Chickpea and Coconut Soup, that I found over at the Kitchen Treaty blog. It’s nice and hearty. Full of healthy and delish ingredients and made in the slow-cooker. Can’t get much better than that.
Click through for the full recipe and to see another photo of this soup.
My photo above is an “action shot”. Look closely, you can see the steam rising and the soup bubbling.
A few minor changes I made:
-I used 2 T. olive oil instead of butter
- 3 C. of pre-cooked chickpeas instead of canned type. Next time I’d cut back on the chickpeas, 2- 2 1/2 C. would be plenty IMO.
-I cooked soup on HIGH for 4 hours, instead of on LOW as the recipe is written.
Hope you enjoy the recipe, stay warm and let’s hope that SPRING arrives to stay and soon!
PS: How’s your weather and what’s your favorite soup?
Mine is Veggie Beet Borscht (click through for recipe)
Have been on a bit of a smoothie “kick”recently, having a different one every day for breakfast, for several days now.
It’s been another opportunity to test my new Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender/Chopper (click to read my full review of this product) blending a variety of fruits and veggies. It did not disappoint!
Even adding chunks of carrot, large pieces of spinach…it all came out smooth, creamy and ready to drink and not having to scoop out little tiny chunks of unprocessed “hard stuff” LOL.
I feel light and energized when I mix up a healthy smoothie in the morning.
One of my fav combos so far is quite simple but delish:
-large handful of organic baby spinach
- scoop of unsweetened organic yogurt
- 1/2 of an organic red apple
-2 drops of liquid stevia
-unsweetened almond milk.
Yummm….and what a gorgeous green this drink is too!
What’s the ingredients in your fav smoothie?
Do you drink smoothies in place of a meal on a regular basis?
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If you’ve been looking for a knitting resource book to help with “going beyond the basics” check out my recent review of Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch, Superstar Knitting over at My Real Life Reviews.
Thanks to the tips in this wonderful book, I finally tackled (and succeeded) at making a Fair Isle Sweater.
Read all the details and see photos here.
If you are a past, present, happy or disgruntled…. user of Pyrex or Anchor Hocking glass bake/storage ware, you might want to read this recent (positive) review/report, over at my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews for Simax Glass Bake/Storage Ware.
Suffice to say, my research and experiments with these glass products have been a real eye-opener! And not entirely in a good way.
But there is a happy ending! Don’t ya love those?