The Best Thing I Ever Ate….

One of my favorite Food Network shows is “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” It is where Food Network chefs go to their favorite restaurants, eat, and describe their favorite dish that they had ever eaten in their entire life. Well, when I traveled to Portland, I found “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

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Iorio Italian restaurant not only has gluten free pasta, they make it themselves! I was in heaven.

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Gluten free calamari. It was seriously SO GOOD.  I had not been able to eat friend calamari in years!

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For some reason, the pasta tasted like Christmas to me. It could be my imagination. But, this pasta really is “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

I apologize for not blogging in forever! I was experiencing some technical difficulties, but thankfully my fiance was able to fix my blog! I will be posting regularly again.

-XO,

Molly

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Amy’s Organic Giveaway

What is a college student to do when they are newly diagnosed as gluten intolerant and have to live on campus with gluten-filled cafeteria foods? Eat Amy’s Organic Gluten Free frozen meals of course! At first, I tried to survive on salads. Then…I got hungry. I scavenged the grocery store for gluten free foods that I could prepare in the microwave and found Amy’s meals. I have been hooked ever since.

A few of my faves are:

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The Roasted Vegetable pizza is so delicious! I was skeptical, because it doesn’t have any cheese, but it is so, so good! The sauce is spicy and the crust is light and crispy.

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I also love their gluten free brownies. Yes…brownies that you can heat and eat in the microwave! For someone without a kitchen, this was such a nice treat for me! They are chewy, moist, and kind of taste like hot chocolate ūüôā

I have never tried any Amy’s product that I have not enjoyed. That’s why I am so excited to tell you that Amy’s is offering a prize package for a Gluten Free Molly reader! The prize will include: a t-shirt, tote bag, Amy’s coupons, and more!

Mandatory Entry

1. Follow Gluten Free Molly on Twitter

For Up to Three Additional Entries

2. Enter Amy’s Farm Aid Sweepstakes

3. Become a follower of Gluten Free Molly

4. Follow MollyKate11 on Pinterest

Giveaway runs from Tuesday, August 27th to Tuesday, September 3rd.

Good luck!

-XO,

Molly

Be KIND

I think my love for KIND bars began when I found one at Starbucks. I was so thrilled to find something gluten free that I could actually eat with my coffee there! I loved the fact that they were made of only natural nuts, berries, and chocolate and no weirdo ingredients. Also, they come in sooo many different flavors. I’m actually on a mission to try them all ūüôā ¬†You could imagine my delight when I found that KIND made gluten-free granola. The Oats and Honey Clusters with Coconut quickly became my all time fave, and I have been eating it ever since.

Here are a couple of recipes that I like to enjoy with my KIND granola!

Berries and Cream

This recipe is adapted from an original recipe by The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

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Add 1/2 C. of plain, gluten free yogurt to 1/4 C. half and half. Stir together. Put 2 tbsp. brown sugar (or more if you like your yogurt sweeter) on top of the mixture. Do NOT stir the brown sugar in. Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. After the proper time has elapsed, stir the sugar into the yogurt. Layer yogurt mixture, fruit, and KIND Oats and Honey Clusters granola into a bowl. This is such a quick and easy breakfast or snack!

Baked Peaches

Many people assume that granola is only for breakfast. Well, I am here to tell you that it can make a fabulous dessert as well! My baked peaches are such a great healthy dessert that anyone will love!

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, mix 2 tbsp. of butter with 1 tsp. of cinnamon, 2 tbsp. of brown sugar, and a tsp. of pure almond extract. Mash together with a fork. Wash and halve two peaches and remove the pit. Place them face side up in an 8 by 8 baking dish. Spread the butter mixture evenly onto the peaches. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

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Top baked peaches with gluten-free frozen vanilla yogurt and KIND Oats and Honey Clusters granola. It tastes just like a peach cobbler!

I hope you love granola as much as I do!

-XO,

Molly

The Perfect Sweet Treat

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I didn’t have the greatest day today. As I was trudging up the stairs to my house after work, I saw a package on my doorstep. Inside the package were twelve delightfully pretty and colorful French Macarons from Pamela’s Cakes! When I found out that the Macarons were gluten-free and in twelve different flavors I was absolutely ecstatic! I am not one to eat my feelings when I am upset, but I would be lying if I said that these didn’t make my bad day SO much better. ūüôā

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I haven’t tasted every flavor yet, but¬†my favorites so far¬†are the Chocolate Almond Espresso and Lemon Cream!

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These petite treats are perfect for showers, birthday parties, wedding receptions, and for turning bad days around!

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I may have a slight Macaron addiction now…yikes!

-XO,

Molly

Portobello Steaks

I have to admit that I did not come up with this recipe. My fianc√© did. Ever since I met him, he has been telling me about these delicious, enormous, Portobello mushrooms that he grills. We’ve been dating almost two years and he FINALLY decided to have me over for dinner to eat them. ; ) They were in fact, as delicious as he said they were! They taste like steak, and are wayyy better for you. This dish is a quick and easy healthy meal that doesn’t taste healthy at all!

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a cookie sheet, place Portobellos stem side up. *Make two mushrooms per person if using for a main dish. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tbsp. gluten free soy sauce to each mushroom. Then, add steak seasoning to taste. Add mozzarella cheese to the top. Put them in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

That is ALL you need to do for this awesome dish! I was so surprised by how good they were. You need to try them as soon as possible!

-XO,

Molly

Naturally Gluten Free Faves

I have come to find that the most delicious gluten-free foods, are ones that are naturally gluten free. Many times, pre-packaged gluten free foods have added sugars and fats that compensate for the lack of gluten. However, if the food is already gluten free, there are no added ingredients, just natural, pure flavors. Here are a few staples that I always keep in my pantry!

Rolled Oats

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats are delicious! Not only do I eat¬†the oats¬†for breakfast, (sweetened with honey, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and mini chocolate chips), but I also make some of my favorite guilt-free cookies, as seen here¬†with them as well!

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This delicious natural peanut butter with coconut oil is my absolute new favorite food! I have been putting it on everything, and have been telling everyone I know how delicious it is. Add 1 tablespoon coconut peanut butter to 1/2 C. of greek yogurt, top with some gluten free granola, sliced fruit, and natural coconut flakes for a delicious breakfast or snack!

Almond Flour

Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour is my¬†naturally gluten free flour of choice. I love the nuttiness of the almonds, and the fact that it is completely grain free and low carb.¬†Almond flour¬†is great in desserts, like Raspberry Clafouti, but my favorite food to make with¬†it is¬†banana bread….recipe for this delicious dish coming shortly!

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Chia seeds, (yes, like the chia pet), are a great source of fiber. I¬†put them¬†in smoothies and baked goods to add more fiber to my diet. They also turn into a gelatin-like state when wet, so they can be used as a thickening agent as well. Chia seeds are basically tasteless, so it’s easy to add them to anything for added fiber, antioxidants, and fatty acids.

What gluten free staples are always in your pantry?

-XO,

Molly

Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is one of my all time favorite meals. When I found out that I was allergic to gluten, I was so sad that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy one of my favorite comfort foods. My mom discovered gluten-free Bisquick, and modified the chicken pot pie to be gluten free. Now I am able to enjoy my favorite dish again!

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To make the topping, combine 3/4 C. of Gluten Free Bisquick, 1/2 C. of milk, 1 egg, and 1 tbsp. melted butter. Beat with a fork and set aside.

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Next, melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a skillet and add 1 medium chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Saute until the onions are translucent.

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Stir in one bag of mixed vegetables, 2 C. of cooked, cubed chicken breast, 1 3/4 C. chicken broth, 1 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp. of thyme. Mix together and cook on high until boiling.

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While the vegetable mixture is boiling, mix 3/4 C. of milk and 3 tbsp. of cornstarch with a whisk.

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Add milk and cornstarch mixture to the vegetables. Stir, and heat until boiling.

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Pour vegetable mixture into an 8 by 8 cassarole dish. Spread biscuit mixture on top. Put into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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 Enjoy!!

*If you aren’t gluten free, you can also substitute 3/4 C. regular Bisquick into the dough ūüôā

-XO, Molly

Gluten-Free Burrito Bowl

I love Chipotle burrito bowls! I wanted to come up with a simple, healthier version of it that I could make at home. Slow cooking the chicken in a crock pot makes this dish very easy!

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First, combine two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 2 tbsp. Siracha, half of a chopped onion, two chopped cloves of garlic, and 16 oz. of natural chicken broth into a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for two hours. Next, transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the crockpot and add one can of black beans, and one can of corn. Cook for 30 more minutes.

When the chicken is finished, layer brown rice, chopped cilantro, shredded romaine lettuce, the crockpot chicken with beans and corn, shredded cheese, and salsa.

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This is so easy and tastes exactly like a Chipotle burrito bowl!!

-XO, Molly

Company Cafe

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Imagine a restaurant that serves delicious, gluten free comfort foods that taste just like your favorite gluten-filled dishes. I thought that I would never be able to order delicious chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, french toast, and burgers in a restaurant again. But thankfully, I discovered Company Cafe in Dallas! Everything on their menu can be made gluten free. I have been there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have never been disappointed! 

My absolute favorite breakfast item is their french toast! It’s made with thick, slightly sweetened gluten free¬†bread, and is served with pure maple syrup! Most of Company Cafe’s ingredients are from local vendors, so their food tastes extra fresh! This is definitely what sets it apart from other restaurants I have been to. Other items that I would recommend are the buffalo burger and the chicken fried steak. The buffalo burger is super lean and the gluten free bun is better than any I have ever tasted! The chicken fried steak is fried in olive oil and covered with jalapeno gravy. I loved it….and¬†I typically do not enjoy fried foods!

Definitely try Company Cafe next time you’re in Dallas. You won’t regret it!

-XO,

Molly