Gluten Free Friday

So this Friday I wanted to share with you a great gluten free product that I am totally in love with.

I just started buying Skinnygirl  Tasty Nutrition Bars. They are gluten-free snack bars that are 170 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber.  The other great thing about them is that they are low in fat with only 7 grams! Another perk is they are free of artificial sweeteners and flavorings. Again, these bars are gluten-free, however they are not dairy-free and also contain nuts, so for those with multiple food allergies, just be advised.

The taste is to die for! I have tried both the chocolate peanut butter with sea salt, and the banana oatmeal dark chocolate. I have had them at breakfast, as a snack, and even as dessert! The chocolate peanut butter is like a delicious and satisfying cross between a Reese’s cup and a Snicker, while the banana oatmeal is crunchy yet creamy and will remind you of fresh baked banana bread. There is also a third flavor, dark-chocolate multi-grain pretzel, which is also gluten-free and which I am so excited to try!

They are a bit expensive, being about $6.0o for 5 bars.  You can find them at target and GNC, or online at Let me tell you though, they are totally worth it! The are the first gluten-free protein bars that are tasty and are not bulked up with a lot of calories and fat.




Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo friends!

Since I forgot to post something for Gluten-Free Friday, I decided to make it up and post a G-free Cinco De Mayo Recipe. This is one I have not tried yet, but sounds yummy! If anyone tries it please let me know how it went and tasted! This one does contain dairy products. I would suggest substituting whole Lactaid milk or canned coconut cream if you can find it (usually in the ethnic foods aisle. Goya or Thai Kitchen both have them).  And, I always recommend Daiya cheese for an alternative, because it melts the best. Enjoy!

Southewestern Shepherd’s Pie



Gluten-Free Friday: Bacon Double Cheeseburger Dip

So I wanted to switch it up and give you a savory recipe this week.  This is a recipe that I have adapted to make work for the gluten-free and dairy-free. It is another recipe that almost all my friends find delicious without ever knowing it is gluten-free and dairy-free. It’s an easy recipe to whip up and take with you to any party. The original recipe can be found at


1/2 lb. of ground beef (I  choose not to eat red meat, so I have substituted for ground turkey or Morning Star Veggie Crumbles)

6 strips bacon, cut into 1 in. pieces (again, turkey bacon or veggie works just fine)

1 small onion, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temp

1/2 cup Tofutti Sour Supreme

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup Go Veggie or Daiya mozzarella shreds

1/2 cup Go Veggie or Daiya cheddar shreds

1 tablespoon of your favorite g-free barbeque sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

  1. Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan.
  2. Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
  3. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Mix the ground beef, bacon, onions and garlic, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, barbeque  sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and then sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes.

Gluten-Free Friday!

Oh Dear! I never thought getting ready for a new job would keep me so busy (and tired)! I clearly haven’t been keeping up with writing daily like I promised/wanted. But, if at first you don’t succeed try, try again, right?  That being said, I sill plan on adhering to Motivation Monday. I think it is important that we all have something to start our week off on a positive note. After heavy reconstruction, my record player is up and running again and I can’t wait to start Vintage Vinyl Wednesday, as well. And, to get the recipe section of my blog a-go, Friday will be Gluten-Free Friday (dairy-free too!). I hope that this summer I can work on writing more substantial stuff, and more often. Right now, my busy schedule has gotten the best of me. But, have no fear! My blog will go on!

Now time for a delicious, gluten free recipe!

Today’s recipe is so easy and insanely delicious and addictive. I made them for a party this past Christmas and guests gobbled them up, not even knowing they were gluten-free.  All credit for this recipe goes to The Wannabe Chef. Please click on the picture below to check out the recipe! P.S. If you would like to make this dairy-free as well, Earth Balance Buttery Sticks work just fine in place of butter as  do Enjoy Life semi-sweet mini chips.

gf cookie dough truffles