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...]

Quick Gluten Free Spaghetti & Organic Meatballs

So as you’ll come to see, I love the old comfort foods of my childhood. But with a 21st century twist, i.e. I am more conscientious as to what goes into my mouth. With that, I discover ways to improve the dishes I like. My son was begging for spaghetti and meatballs for the last 2 weeks so I figured it was time to honor the request now that the weather turned a little cooler. ¬†As part of my gluten-free attempt in my household I sneakily pull out the old pasta box with the new gluten free version in an attempt to trick the mind that it tastes exactly the same!

Gluten-free pasta

Gluten-free pasta

I found that this version is probably the closest thing to the old taste buds…and guess what it mostly worked! [Read more...]