5 Quick Breakfast Ideas

August 6, 2013
Frittata with Fruit - Quick and Easy breakfast from

One week of school is in the books, and I’m still alive.  Turns out waking up early isn’t so hard if you make it to bed on time.  (I know, duh.) Joe and I have about 20 minutes for breakfast, so I’m getting back into the mode of making something quick and filling.  Quick so […]

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Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins (with chocolate chips, of course)

July 16, 2013
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins via #glutenfree

Jeff had two days off for the all-star break this week, so our family did a mini staycation at a local water resort. We sipped on cold drinks, played in the waves, and took 3-hour naps even though we insisted we were not tired. I repeat, we were NOT TIRED. For my personal food safety […]

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Gluten-Free Banana Breakfast Cookies

July 9, 2013
Gluten-Free Banana Breakfast Cookies (

A few years ago I started making breakfast cookies. Most mornings I’m a grab-n-go kind of person, and who doesn’t like the idea of eating a cookie for breakfast? But then I went gluten-free, and my baking life came to a halt. I wasn’t a huge fan of baking to begin with (it’s so messy…and […]

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Strawberry Kale Smoothie

April 17, 2013
Strawberry Kale Smoothie via

Lately we’ve been soaking up as much of our beautiful Arizona spring weather as possible.  I spend the early morning reading on the porch, covered in a thick blanket, sipping hot coffee.  The kids spend early afternoons in the shade coloring and playing.  But already by late afternoon, the temperature in the house is creeping […]

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A healthy snack that tastes like a cookie: Raisin Nut Bites

February 19, 2013
A healthy snack that tastes like a cookie: Raisin Nut Bites from #glutenfree

Leila and I experimented in the kitchen yesterday with some California raisins, nuts, chia seeds and cinnamon. We were trying to make a healthy snack that would be perfect for before dance class (her) or after a run (me). I thought for sure that we would have to do a few rounds to get them […]

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French Breakfast Radish and Avocado on Toast

November 28, 2012
French Breakfast Radishes with Avocado on Toast from

One of the first things we planted in our community garden was a variety of radishes.  Not something I buy from the store very often, but surprisingly exciting to pull out of the ground and nibble on.  Our first few radishes were small, pulled up by tiny hands, beautifully pink and purple.  Joe and Leila […]

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Don’t be intimidated, making a frittata is easy!

November 13, 2012
Easy & Delicious Veggie Frittata from

I’m not sure why it took me so long to learn how to make a frittata. Maybe I was intimidated by the word “frittata”. It sounds kind of fancy. Or maybe it was because for a long time I didn’t have an oven proof pan. As a newlywed, I learned to cook on a nonstick […]

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Coconut Almond Granola

October 28, 2012
Coconut Almond Granola from (gluten-free and sugar-free)

The other day, I went searching for a granola recipe with no added sugar.  I found one on Pinterest labeled “sugar-free granola”, clicked through to the recipe and found honey in the ingredients.  Hmm…not quite sugar-free.  I started playing around with the ingredients I had on hand and came up with this mix.  Oats, almonds, […]

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Giving your pancakes a little kick

October 24, 2012
Give your pancakes a little kick!

Bored with plain pancakes?  Check out my new post on Van’s Natural Foods blog to see how we give our pancakes a little kick!

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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancake – a new twist on an old favorite

October 17, 2012
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancake from #glutenfree

Last month, the California Raisin Marketing Board flew me out to Fresno to learn more about raisins.  Not only did I learn about how incredible this little fruit is, but I got to meet the farmers who grow them, walk in their fields, taste test different varieties, and see how they go from dusty fruit […]

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