Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Cinnamon Works in Seattle


I was at a grocery store picking up an item or two the other day. A gal in the checkout line raved about a place called Cinnamon Works. I was told they have both gluten free and vegan (dairy, meat and egg free) options. Yelp verifies this with the reviews they have posted. I can't wait to go there and check it out.
  • The address is:
  • 1536 Pike Pl  at Post Aly in Downtown
  • Phone number(206) 583-0085
On Yelp, here is a review, "Amazing gluten free options! We had the monster cookie which was very tasty and moist. It wasn't overly dense as many gluten free items can be. It was a fun experience to actually have choices!!! :-)" 
photo from Yelp

Dairy Free Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

You heard me. I could hardly believe it. Discovering So Delicious Coconut yogurt rocked my world to begin with. I mean, it is cultured and tastes just like the real thing. But it is dairy, soy and gluten free.  It is divine with GF granola and berries (go here for how to make my favorite granola). Where has it been for the last 6 years? So far, the only places I have found it is at Fred Meyer, and Whole Foods. They also have plain unsweetened which is my new favorite. I add honey to it or maple syrup. The other day I took the raspberry flavor, put it in our ice cream maker and threw blueberries on top. I didn't add any sweetener, since it is already sweetened. It tasted just like the frozen yogurt you buy at a frozen yogurt shop. Amazing!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Family Favorite Crokpot Chili

Here is my comfort food. I know this isn't the most "healthy" recipe at a glance. But I add 1 red pepper to give it vitamin c. Also, the tomatoes have lycopene. Then if you add a nice fresh salad on the side, this meal is not too bad. It's perfect for a cold day. And the recipe is SO easy.
 Prep time 20 minutes. Cook time Low 6-8 hours, High 3-4 hours.
Everything is in the crockpot and ready to go!

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
2 TBS chili powder
1 and 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 tsp oregano
3/4 red pepper chopped fine
1 can 15 or 16 oz kidney, pinto or black beans

1. Cook beef in skillet over med heat, stirring occasionally until brown; drain.
2. Mix beef and remaining ingredients except beans in 3.5 to 6 quart slow cooker.
3. Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours (or high heat setting 3 to 4 hours) or until onion is tender.
4. Stir in beans. Cover and cook on high heat setting 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Sometimes I add one can of Stagg's Chili (classic) when I add the beans. It adds to the volume, and the flavor.

Serve topped with Daiya cheese, guacamole, and scallions or dairy free sour cream recipe here. I also like to add some Vegenaise. It tastes like sour cream!  I may top with Fritos or Food for Life brown rice tortillas cut into pieces. I am posting this at Allergy-free Wednesdays.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gluten Free At DisneyLand

photo from Disney Parks website
Are you planning a trip to Disneyland and want to know what you can eat on campus? I saw this great run through at Disney-Eats.  It's a whopping list. You might be amazed at what you can eat there! And here is a list of things you can eat at Disney Hotels! I read on a website while ago that someone had such great experiences with gluten free there (and not getting sick), that she wished she could move in!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

EASY Allergy-friendly Sugar-free CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

You heard me. There is no sugar in these, but these are sweet and rich. I like to freeze mine and take one out to calm my sweet tooth. This is adapted from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segerten and Tom Malterre.  (to find out more about the book, you can click on it's picture where I list my favorites on the right)

2 cups raw walnuts (or other nut)
1 cup medjool date pitted
4 to 6 TBS cocoa powder

I make it with 3 cups dates and omit the nuts.


  1.  Place nuts in a food processor fitted with an "s" blade. Process until finely ground and pasty.
  2. Add dates and cocoa powder and continue to process until well-combined. Add more dates for a sweeter taste and process again.
  3. Roll into small balls and place into a bowl of shredded coconut if you wish. Make sure each ball gets coated in coconut,then place onto a plate. I eat mine without coconut. They are great with the extras(I wonder what they'd be like with pistachios?) but I think they are dynamite even plain with dates and cocoa.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gluten and Vegan Tour of Seattle




Are you coming to Seattle and would like to know where you can get a vegan/gluten free bite to eat? I love Northwest Herbivore's synopsis of her visit and great places to go. I am inspired to try some new places!
photo from Northwest Herbivore