Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Paris

Did you know I also have a blog dedicated just to travel? Come visit me at Gluten Free Family Travel and get great tips and ideas for your next gluten free trip! Here are a few more of our recent outings from around Paris.

The esplanade at La Defense, the business district of Paris

Monday, April 27, 2015

Recipe: Individual Gluten Free Molten Chocolate Cakes

Imagine your own individual chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center that takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish and is entirely gluten free. I know, right? That's the beauty of this divine dessert. Very few ingredients, just over 10 minutes in the oven, and voila!

The perfect dessert for the whole family. I say you use it to taunt those people who like to complain that gluten free food is dry and tasteless. Just kidding. Kind of.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: April 27-May 1, 2015

It's hard to believe that April is almost over already! Summer will be here before we know it!

The kids are still on Spring vacation here in Paris, and we're heading to Spain for the week. This week's meals are some tried and true favourites that are like always, gluten free & simple to put together.

Don't forget to click on the link of any title in RED to go to the detailed recipe.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Do You Travel Gluten Free? Here's Why I Think You Should!

As I prepare to head off to Barcelona with the family in a few days, I can't help but be excited about all the new experiences my kids are going to be exposed to while we're in Spain. We're spending a few days in Barcelona before making our way to the Costa Brava for a TBEX travel conference at the end of the month.

As you may know, after moving to Paris at the beginning of the year, I started writing about our travel experiences on Gluten Free Family Travel, and I'm excited to meet some other bloggers and travel professionals who work in the industry. The conference fell smack-dab in the middle of school holidays here in France, so we decided to make a family vacation out of it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Playing Around Some More

Last week I posted a few pictures from some playgrounds we've been to in the last few months, and this week I'm adding a few more! Happy Wednesday!
Want to see more photos of food, fun, and adventure? Follow me on Instagram

My son on top of one of the many giant wooden play structures at a park in Nice, France

Monday, April 20, 2015

Recipe: Quick & Easy Gluten Free Panzanella Salad

I grew up eating a salad with dinner almost every night, and most of the time it was one version or another of a panzanella salad. I didn't know it at the time; we just referred to it as salad, and the incredible juices left at the end were used for "dunky dunky" with our bread. It's the little things, right?

Eventually I began to appreciate the way my dad could take one basic salad recipe and modify it so many different ways to keep it fresh and new. Back then, the basic recipe was tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, parsley (or basil, or mint), olive oil, vinegar, and a bit of salt and pepper.

We liked to dip our bread, but if the day-old bread was really hard it got ripped up into pieces and tossed into the salad.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: April 20-24, 2015

Spring is in the air, and soon local farms will have some fresh produce available.

We're lucky to have weekly markets close by so that we can get fresh fruits and vegetables year round. This week's meal plan takes its cue from the flavours of Spring!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Playing Around

As the weather gets nicer and the kids are outdoors more and more, here are a few shots of a few cool parks we've been to in the last year.

Perhaps the biggest slide I've ever seen! At the park in the Botanical Gardens in San Salvador

Green Space, different play areas for different age groups, walking paths, and more at St. Perine, Paris

Toy boats, picnic areas, and huge playgrounds at Jardins de Luxembourg, Paris

This adorable play structure in Provence, France

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Soup (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Do you avoid making pureed soups because they're too much work? All that blending only to never be able to get just the right consistency?

You don't have to worry about that with this soup! Start with pureed carrots, and the hard work is already done for you. This soup is ready as soon as it's heated through, making it perfect for those nights you're in a rush or don't feel like cooking.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan April 13-17, 2015

Welcome to the weekly meal plan!

Every Saturday I'll be posting 5 weeknight meal ideas that are gluten free and easy to put together. They're all meals that we eat at my house and that my two young boys enjoy.

If you're looking for more ideas, please click on the meal plan tab at the top of the page to access my archives dating all the way back to 2011.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Gluten Free Paris

This week I wanted to share a few photos of some of the fantastic gluten free food we've found in Paris. Who says it's not a gluten free friendly city?

Loaf of gluten free bread purchased at the Marche Gros

Monday, April 6, 2015

No Fail Gluten Free Crepe Recipe

Crepes are one of those foods that everyone loves, but no one ever makes at home. Why? Who knows. Maybe it's because when we see the street vendors do it or the people at the creperies they have that special flat cooking surface, and that funny looking spatula that makes it look so technically difficult to get right.

Never mind all that. Crepes are seriously easy to make. Easier than pancakes even because you don't have to worry about under cooking them and ending up with an uncooked center. They batter doesn't need to rise, so there's no messing around with baking powder or other leavening agents. I don't even bother to let my batter sit. I mix it up, drop it into the pan, and cook.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan: April 6-10, 2015

Hello! Welcome back to the weekly meal plans. These were put on hiatus at the end of the summer while we travelled Europe and then made the more permanent move to France. Now that we've settled in, it's time to revive them.

If you would like to access previous plans, please see the Meal Plan tab at the top of the page.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ideas for a Fun Gluten Free Easter Egg Hunt

My son has been gluten free for several years now, and one thing that I've always made an effort to do is ensure that he doesn't miss out on things because he can't eat gluten. Sometimes that means coming up with some creative alternatives to the way holidays are traditionally celebrated. Although you can find gluten free alternatives to most things these days, it's not always easy and they often cost much more than the original. Sometimes it's more fun (and economical) to change things up a little. If you're looking for some last minute Easter ideas for your child, here are some gluten free Easter ideas sure to make any child happy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Spring in Paris

It's Spring in Paris! Here are a few photos from the last few weeks. Happy April!

View of the 15th Arrondissement from the Pont Mirabeau