Category Archives: Gluten Free

Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

curry-thainoodles-cntlpsmthie-17-of-34

curry-thainoodles-cntlpsmthie-25-of-34

curry-thainoodles-cntlpsmthie-24-of-34

The vibrant flavors of Thai cooking create amazing dishes like these golden spiced Thai noodles, which are light yet surprisingly filling and satisfying. The flavors of lime juice, spicy peppers and curry taste amazing when balanced with the subtle sweet flavors of coconut milk and rice. The coconut milk also cools the spiciness to create a wonderful balance of spiciness and creaminess. 

This recipe for Golden Spiced Thai Noodles incorporates wonderfully fragrant Thai spices into a simple noodle dish. Fragrant, hot, and subtly sweet, the creamy coconut sauce soaks into the soft Jasmine rice noodles. This tasty sauce combines aromatic spices with sweet coconut cream and spicy peppers. To accentuate these flavors, fresh lime juice is splashed into the sauce to bring out the flavors and to add some zest. Overall, these golden spiced Thai noodles are light and fresh yet comforting and nourishing–a healthy and delicious main dish or side.

It’s also a simple recipe to make that contains just a few ingredients plus spices. Simply cook up some rice noodles (They cook so quickly!) while making the sauce. Creating the sauce involves heating up spices,ginger, and garlic, then cooling everything down with some coconut milk and fresh lime juice. Top with optional tomatoes and Thai basil for additional freshness and flavor. 

curry-thainoodles-cntlpsmthie-16-of-34

curry-thainoodles-cntlpsmthie-23-of-34

Golden Spiced Thai Noodles

Golden Spiced Thai Noodles
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 package or 8 oz. of rice noodles
  2. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  3. 2 tbsp. vegetable broth
  4. 1 tbsp. minced ginger
  5. 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp. each of chili powder and cumin
  7. 1/2 tsp. favorite curry powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. paprika
  9. A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  10. 2 tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  11. 1/2 cup coconut cream
  12. Optional fresh ingredients: Thai basil and chopped cherry tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Add rice noodles to boiling water for around four minutes. Let sit then assemble the sauce ingredients. Add the oil, vegetable broth, minced ginger and garlic, and the spices to a skillet or low pan and sauté for a few minutes until the spices are fragrant and the garlic becomes golden. Add in the coconut cream, brown sugar, and salt & pepper, while mixing over low heat just until warm. Drain the rice noodles, then add them to the sauce and toss until the noodles are evenly coated. Enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/

Simple Holiday Desserts

700pximages-2508

One of the best parts about the holiday season is baking. Baking warm and sweet desserts with family and friends is sure to welcome the holiday spirit.

Although, sometimes it is a challenge to find something simple to make that will also taste amazing. Intimidating mixer machines, rising yeast, creaming this, whipping that, and all the sifting of sugar and flour can make baking seem confusing.

This is why I put together some holiday dessert recipes that are simple and delicious. Plus, they are perfect for sharing with loved ones. Christmas sugar cookies, gingerbread men, chocolate mint brownies, and a sugar cookie shake are a few of these tasty yet simple recipes. And the best part is that they don’t require fancy mixers, whipped egg whites, or anything too time consuming or kitchen destroying—well not positive about the last part, as I always find a way to make a mess out of the simplest of recipes. :) But what matters is that these recipes are simple to bake and taste amazing.

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Desserts

squaregingerbread mint-creams sugarcookie-shake
brownies-6-of-7 2 Version 2 untitled (88 of 91) - Version 2
pink salt cookies (18 of 26) IMG_2252 chickpeacurry-mintshake (46 of 47)

Pumpkin Curry

untitled-32-of-50

untitled-37-of-50

untitled-44-of-50

The abundance of pumpkins and the crisp fall weather makes for the perfect time to start cooking warming dishes with heating spices and hearty ingredients like pumpkin curry. While we normally think of pumpkins as a decoration or an ingredient in pies, it’s easy to forget how delicious this seasonal ingredient is in savory recipes such as curry.

Small pumpkins are often used in Thai cuisine–they can be boiled, steamed, or baked. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient that is amazing in so many recipes. Surprisingly, it is actually very tasty in non-sweet/dessert recipes so it’s time to start incorporating them into your hearty soups and other savory meals. It tastes similar to sweet potatoes and butternut squash when steamed or baked. Add it to soups, stir-fries, and curries. Plus, it’s such a nourishing food that is both warming and satisfying. Some main health benefits of pumpkin are that it is full of fiber and nutrients that keep your heart, eyes, and skin healthy while also helping the immune system with protecting against seasonal viruses.

This pumpkin curry recipe might be messy, but it is soft, savory, and warm with flavors that are lightly spicy and fragrant from the rich and flavorful herbs and spices. Along with these delicious flavors, coconut milk adds a creamy and buttery element that cools down the spiciness. Soft curried pumpkin can be a delicious topping over rice or simply eaten as a soup. All you need to do to make this recipe is skin and chop a small pumpkin, remove the seeds and then steam/simmer it until soft and then add the other ingredients so that it can soak up the seasonal flavors.

untitled-39-of-50

Pumpkin Curry
Print
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/2 tbsp. fresh ginger or ginger paste
  4. 1 tsp. curry powder
  5. 1 tsp. turmeric
  6. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  7. 1/4 mild red chili pepper or 1/4 tsp chili powder
  8. 1/2 small pumpkin, skinned and chopped into cubes
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1/2 of 1 zucchini, chopped
  11. 1 diced yellow bell pepper
  12. 1 chopped tomato
  13. 3/4 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Begin by cutting into the pumpkin into quarters, then peel the skin off of the pumpkin. Heat the water in a medium saucepan and add the garlic, ginger, and other spices to the hot water until fragrant. Add the diced pumpkin and chili pepper and steam while covered for about five minutes. Now add the zucchini, bell pepper, tomato, and coconut milk--let simmer for about 10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over quinoa or rice.
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/

Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice

chickpeacurry-mintshake (5 of 47)

chickpeacurry-mintshake (19 of 47)

This chickpea curry with basmati rice combines a sweet, spicy, and savory curry over fluffy basmati rice. It is a classic Indian-inspired dish with traditional spices and savory herbs that are absorbed by the steamed rice and garbanzo beans. The spices add a touch of heat, yet not too much. Creamy and healthy fats, along with lemon juice added at the end of cooking help to cool down the savory spice. Not only is this curry super delicious, but it is a complete meal with complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals such as zinc and magnesium.

chickpeacurry-mintshake (9 of 47)

Healing spices provide an extra benefit to this nourishing and healthy curry. The spices in curry have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as protection against inflammation and disease in the body. Turmeric, a well known ingredient in curry, contains curcumin: an anti-inflammatory compound that has been known to help prevent an array of diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and several neurological conditions. When inflammation is in check, the body is able to keep on top of its natural processes. It’s amazing to think that for thousands of years, this spice has been used to treat numerous conditions and it is finally being rediscovered as the potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory healing spice that it is.

chickpeacurry-mintshake (20 of 47)

Chickpea Curry with Basmati Rice
Print
Rice
  1. 2 cups dry Basmati rice
  2. 4 cups water
Curry
  1. 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 minced garlic clove
  4. 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  8. 1 tbsp. GF flour
  9. 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. 1/4 cup corn
  12. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  13. 1/4 cup coconut cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice and add to a pot with boiling water. Cook on low until fluffy. Meanwhile, add the water, spices, and garlic to a pot and sauté on low until fragrant and warm. Add the flour and brown sugar, and whisk. Then, add the chickpeas and corn, and let cook for a few minutes over low heat. Top with lemon juice, coconut cream, and salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm over the basmati rice. Enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/
chickpeacurry-mintshake (24 of 47)

chickpeacurry-mintshake (15 of 47)

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake (Dairy-Free)

mintshakerevised (3 of 6)

This mint chocolate chip shake is an amazing frozen dessert to combat the sweltering heat of summer. It’s icy cool and refreshing thanks to the chilled ice cream consistency. Plus, the fresh mint adds a cooling element from its medicinal cooling properties. Creamy and refreshing ingredients are combined with peppermint extract and delectable chocolate chips to create a wonderful mixture of icy and creamy as well as cooling and refreshing. It is so simple yet delicious, and it is made completely without dairy products or highly processed ingredients. It is an unconventional, simple mint chocolate chip shake that can be whipped up in a blender for a quick icy and minty treat.

mintshakerevised (6 of 6)

mintshakerevised (1 of 6)

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake (Dairy-Free)
Print
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups nondairy milk such as coconut or almond (Almond milk was used for this recipe)
  2. 1 cup ice
  3. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  4. 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  5. Pinch of unrefined salt
  6. Optional fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Start by freezing the nondairy milk in a bowl overnight or for at least 4 hours. Use a knife to slice down the edge of the frozen milk to lift it out of the bowl. Add to a blender and blend on low, scarping down the sides. Once it has reached a creamy consistency, add the peppermint extract, most of the chocolate chips, and optional fresh mint leaves then blend on low until everything has combined. Top with additional chocolate chips and mint. Enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/

mintshakerevised (5 of 6)

mintshakerevised (2 of 6)

Avocado Bagel Sandwich

bagelsandwich (22 of 24)

This avocado bagel sandwich is simple, yet it contains an exciting combination of flavors with a complex taste. This simplicity makes for an easy-to-make sandwich that is perfect for a quick lunch on the go. Buttery and satisfying, creamy avocado is mashed between your bagel of choice and topped with a variety of ingredients. This mashed avocado “cream cheese” recipe is crazily similar to a chive and garlic cream cheese. It is savory, creamy, and herby–the perfect base for topping with fresh ingredients.

bagelsandwich (19 of 24)

bagelsandwich (20 of 24)

This avocado bagel sandwich can also be made gluten free by simply substituting the bagel for a gluten free version. Layer it with crispy lettuce, sweet, salty tomatoes, diced chives, herbs, and mustard or even spicy onions if you’d like—the toppings are completely up to you! There are so many possible ingredient combos to add on top of the essential  base of seasoned, creamy avocado and your bagel of choice. This recipe idea makes for a quick, nutrient-dense, and delicious sandwich!

bagelsandwich (15 of 24)

Avocado Bagel Sandwich
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 regular or gluten free bagel
  2. 2 tbsp. spicy mustard
  3. 3 lettuce leaves
  4. 6 rings of sliced onion
  5. 1 sliced tomato
  6. optional pickles
  7. Avocado "cream cheese"
  8. 1 ripe avocado
  9. 1minced garlic clove
  10. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  11. 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  12. 1/4 tsp. salt
  13. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  14. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  15. Optional 1tsp. dried chives
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice the vegetables, then prepare the avocado "cream cheese" by scooping out and mashing the avocado with a fork until creamy. Add the rest of the avocado ingredients to the mashed avocado. Spread the avocado on a toasted and sliced bagel along with the mustard. Add the lettuce, sliced onion and tomato along with optional pickles. Enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/
bagelsandwich (13 of 24) (1)

Sweet Potato Veggie Plate

sweetpotatoplate (2 of 12)

sweetpotatoplate (10 of 12)

This sweet potato veggie plate is super delicious and satisfying while being full of essential nutrients. All the colors and textures satisfy your mind and leave you fully satisfied. Fill your plate with nutrient-dense plants and you will feel energized from this flavorful goodness. The star of this recipe is the sweet potato—these sweet potato wedges are roasted until they are soft and moist with a subtle caramel flavor. Then they are drizzled with almond butter and maple syrup, which soak into the warm flesh of the sweet potatoes. They are perfectly sweet, salty, and nutty. The steamed broccoli and greens add a nice salty contrast to balance out the sweet, dense quality of the sweet potatoes—they add the essential savory element. Plus, the mineral-rich greens are full of protein that is easily digested and absorbed by the body—especially when steamed. This sweet potato veggie plate is full of complex carbs, fiber, protein, and numerous vitamins and minerals. The various flavors and textures create a colorful and satisfying meal, and you can fill your plate with nutritious plants until your heart is content!

It’s also delicious topped with a nice, creamy scoop of guacamole !

sweetpotatoplate (11 of 12)

sweetpotatoplate (6 of 12)

Sweet Potato Veggie Plate
Print
Sweet Potatoes
  1. 4 medium sweet potatoes
  2. 2 tbsp. almond butter
  3. 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. Dash of unrefined salt
Veggies
  1. 1 head of broccoli, steamed or boiled
  2. Steamed greens of choice such as swiss chard or collard greens
Avocado Mash
  1. 1 avocado
  2. 1 garlic clove, minced
  3. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  4. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes and chop them lengthwise into wedges. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and top with the sliced sweet potatoes. Bake for around 45-60 minutes depending on the oven. If you insert a fork, the sweet potatoes should be soft and not starchy in the middle with slightly crisp edges. While the sweet potatoes cook, prepare the avocado mash and steam the broccoli for about 10 minutes, adding the greens for the last 5 minutes. Once everything has finished cooking, add everything to a plate and drizzle the sweet potatoes with the almond butter and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If using an efficient oven that cooks quickly, check the sweet potatoes after about 45 minutes. If using a slower oven, check on the sweet potatoes after about 50-60 minutes.
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/
sweetpotatoplate (9 of 12)

Cilantro Lime Rice

 
berrycrisp (18 of 60)

berrycrisp (24 of 60)

Cilantro lime rice is an essential component of any burrito bowl—it has a wonderfully soft texture and a zesty lime flavor that is enhanced by the bits of chopped cilantro and sprinkled with salt crystals. I tried to make a copycat recipe of Chipotle’s cilantro-lime rice, but it never tasted quite the same until this recipe happened. Even though it’s a pretty simple recipe, the quality of the few ingredients and the amounts of each will make all the difference. It has the perfect balance of flavors and textures; it is super simple!

Fluffy rice is the key to making it delicious, and the key to fluffy rice is cooking it with enough water, but not too much. Also, letting it sit covered for ten minutes after cooking helps it to absorb the moisture to increase its light and fluffy quality. Any rice could work, but white jasmine rice is the best in this recipe. It’s light, fragrant, and a perfect base to absorb all of the flavorful ingredients. Fresh lime and lemon juice and fresh cilantro add a vibrant and flavorful touch. It is a tasty side dish and an essential base to burrito bowls and taco bowls.

berrycrisp (36 of 60)

berrycrisp (29 of 60)

Cilantro Lime Rice
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white jasmine rice
  2. 2 cups water
  3. Juice from 1 lime
  4. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 tbsp. oil of choice
  6. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
  7. 1/4 tsp. himalayan salt crystals or kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Start by rinsing the rice and boiling the water, then add the rice to the boiling water and cook on low for 10-15 minutes. Once rice has cooked, cover it with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the cilantro and prepare the other ingredients and add them all to a bowl. Add the rice to the bowl with the other ingredients and mix everything together. Serve fresh and enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/

Simple Sweet Potatoes

untitled (12 of 14)

I jut love simplicity (hence simple sweets ;). Especially when it comes to food, not only are simple foods easier, but there is something so satisfying and delicious about savoring a few, flavorful ingredients. Food doesn’t have to be made complicated–just made with care and quality, whole-food ingredients—and simple meals are perfect, because who has time to make complicated meals anymore? Hungry and tired? Sweet potatoes will save you. 

These sweet potatoes are just that–super simple, yet they are sweet, nutritious and easy to make with an amazing texture that is super satisfying and nourishing. Adding a bit of flavor enhancers complement the sweet potatoes wonderfully—the sweet from the potatoes and the maple syrup are balanced by the salty and savory nut butter. It tastes a bit like caramel topping when everything is mixed together! Although, they are quite good without toppings too! Not only are they super tasty, but they contain tons of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, and loads of minerals—the list goes on and on. They are also anti-inflammatory, help regulate blood sugar, and are healing for the digestive system. There are endless reasons to eat sweet potatoes!

Simply set washed sweet potatoes/yams in the oven and let them slowly bake until they are sweet, soft, and oozing with their own caramel. The amount of time that they cook, and the heat level does the trick– I tried and failed many times to cook them to that delicious soft and caramely stage, but finally found a time and temp that works. The best part is that you can leave them in the oven and forget about them until they’re ready, then just add whatever toppings you like. Maple syrup and nut butter with a little bit of salt crystals are delicious—sweet and salty, yet nutritious.

untitled (5 of 14)

untitled (3 of 14)

untitled (2 of 14)

Simple Sweet Potatoes
Print
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 medium-sized sweet potatoes or yams
  2. 3 tbsp. nut butter of choice such as cashew butter,
  3. sesame seed butter (tahini), and almond butter
  4. 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  5. Sprinkle of unrefined salt crystals
  6. optional 1 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash and dry sweet potatoes, then place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for around 90 minutes, for regular size potatoes, 70 minutes for smaller potatoes. After cooking, let them cool for a bit, then drizzle the nut butter and maple syrup. Sprinkle salt to taste and optional lemon juice. Enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/

Mixed Berry Muffins (GF, V)

untitled (16 of 18) (1)

untitled (18 of 18)

untitled (2 of 18)

Blueberry muffins are wonderful. They are sweet, fluffy, and so decadent with fragrant bursts of tart berry flavor from the blueberries folded into a soft, buttery cake-like texture. These mixed berry muffins incorporate vibrant and sweet berries along with these flavors and textures.

While most muffins require loads of ingredients such as butter, milk, and eggs, these muffins are made with simple, nutritious ingredients that come together easily and are all tossed into one bowl–this makes for an easy baking method and cleanup. These mixed berry muffins are filled with healthy fats and nutrient-dense berries that create a sweet and buttery flavor. They are incredibly fluffy and moist with a subtle taste of vanilla and a crisp topping from the crunchy sugar crystals. This creates an amazing combination of a crisp top with a fluffy and moist center.

These mixed berry muffins are made with simple, plant-based ingredients. The use of coconut flour adds a rich fluffy texture to the muffin base. Almond flour can be used as a substitute to the coconut flour that also adds nutritious healthy fats and substance. The flavorful berries offer an antioxidant-packed, vitamin C rich nutritious element. Not only are these muffins tasty, but they are a balanced and nutritious snack!

untitled (15 of 18)

untitled (4 of 18)

untitled (8 of 18)

untitled (3 of 18)

Blueberry Muffins
Print
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  2. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt
  4. 2 tsp. baking powder
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup oil
  2. 1 cup unrefined sugar
  3. 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp. water
  4. 4 tbsp. applesauce
  5. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 cup almond milk
  7. 1/2 cup water
Add In
  1. 2 cups frozen berries
  2. Additional unrefined sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a muffin pan. Add ground flax and water to a cup, mix completely and set aside for 10 minutes. Assemble the wet ingredients into a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix, incorporating all the ingredients. Add cup of flax and water to the ingredients and mix until it is combined into the other ingredients. Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet, and mix these together until a batter if formed. Add frozen berries to the batter and mix until just combined, not thoroughly. Add batter to a muffin pan, filling the cups slightly above the line of the pan. Top with additional sugar crystals and bake for about 30 minutes.
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/