Gluten-Free Morning Glory Zucchini Bread

GF Zucchini BreadSince this has been the winter that just won’t end, I have decided to conjure up some cooking that reminds us of summer.  Our dearest friends invited us to Martha’s Vineyard one summer, and we fell in love with it.  It’s a special place with gorgeous beaches, seafood galore, and fantastic memories with some awesome people.  Our favorite thing is the day long beach BBQ, where each family brings a huge cooler of foods and drinks.  The kids are running around in herds, swimming, building sand castles, clamming- basically anything beach related.  Food abounds and drinks and music are flowing.  It’s truly heaven on earth.   One stop we always make, before getting to said friends house, we like to stop at Morning Glory Farm.  It’s a market located right on a family farm.  They have the bounty of the summer at your fingertips, as well as, some interesting baked goods, a juice bar, and other foods, all with a healthy, organic lifestyle in mind.  We absolutely, always purchase at least 2 zucchini breads!  1 for my kids, so I won’t be embarrassed when they inhale the zucchini bread we brought as a “gift” hello and the other as the gift one (which my kids still eat most of that).  

The Original Morning Glory Zucchini Bread*  is soooo good, but has a lot of sugar (2 cups!), so I started thinking I bet it would still taste just as good without so much sugar.  Then, I went one step further.  I bet I could make this gluten-free, and substitute the vegetable oil with coconut oil.  I have been experimenting more and more, ever since The Clean cleanse I did, with how to cut down on the sugar and add in a healthy fat.  Also, trying gluten-free flours to see if there is one that is not too dry or gooey. [Read more...]

Raw Cacao Balls

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Of course, some of you are just getting to know me, and it looks like I only prefer vegan dishes.  But I do swear, I will post some of my “sinful” stuff eventually.  I’m having such fun with this clean eating, that recipes keep popping up in my head.  Until then, this is such a great alternative to that chocolate craving that happens in the afternoon (at least for me, that is :)).  I was given this treat by my neighbor, who is totally raw, about 4 years ago.  I can say that for me, “Raw” would not work, but I know many people who live this way and are quite satisfied.   I enjoy my warm chocolate chip cookies from the oven or a good steak on the grille.  I don’t eat like that all day every day, but I can’t imagine life without it.   I like good food-period!   [Read more...]

Vegan Carrot & Leek Soup

It’s still cold here (damn!), so the warm soups are still on the list.  As I mentioned before, I started a new cleanse, read the post here, and their website has really great recipes.  Although, the directions and ingredient list did not always pair up.  No worries, though, because that’s where I could improvise.  This soup is so easy and quick!  You can literally make this in under 10 minutes and it’s fantastic!  My kids kept eating mine! This is all you need: [Read more...]

The Cleanse Results

As I posted last time, I started a new cleanse.  It’s called the Clean Program and it’s a 21-day program of which I have mostly kept to for the now 19 days I have been on it.  You can’t drink any alcohol, coffee, or sugar as well, you have to adhere to a strict mostly veggie and fruit diet with 2 shakes a day.  This is really part of the reason I was unable to really cook anything good to show you while I was going thru the first week and half of it.  And I say mostly kept it, because my 45 birthday came in the middle of it, and well…drinks had to be done (but I kept it to vodka with soda and lime). 

Read the manual to see how it works.  You basically have a shake for breakfast, a full lunch with the allowed foods, and a shake for dinner.  You don’t have to purchase the kit if you don’t want to, from the company, but it probably would be easier.  I chose to do it with a combination of Raw Fit for Life and the SunWarrior shake brands.  Just because I like/need variety in my diet. Also, I read the list of supplements to take, purchased what I didn’t have, and that was it.  You could easily start this in 1 day if you want to.   

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