Happy Friday, everyone! We are BACK from a little blogging hiatus (holiday craziness, anyone!?) and we’re getting back in the swing of things with some Free-From Favorites. I got back on Monday from a long weekend spent exploring Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD and have been enjoying a much-needed quiet week at home filled with The Bachelor (unsure about Arie so far), movie night at Julia’s (lots and lots of cheese accompanied by The Wrestler), and of course lots of gluten free goodies (mostly of the comfort food variety – it’s that time of year!).
What I’m Buying
GIRL. SCOUT. COOKIES! Ever since the Girl Scouts game out with their new gluten free varieties, I have become one of their top customers. Girl Scouts at the supermarket? I’m making a pit stop. Girl Scouts at the train station? Fighting my way to the front for the last bag. I seriously cannot get enough – this week it’s Trios, the peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip ones – someone save me from myself as I make way through the whole bag in one sitting! They are certified gluten free, absolutely delicious, and you’re supporting the Girl Scouts so… why not!?
What I’m Making
If you aren’t familiar with SkinnyTaste, you should definitely check it out – their website has tons of delicious recipes, the majority of which are naturally gluten free (and labeled as such) or super easily adapted to be gluten free. Since I’m trying my best to eat healthy post-holidays, we’ve been trying to make some of their recipes that are better for you but don’t compromise on taste (I just don’t think I’ll ever be a salad girl). This week, we made their Korean Beef Rice Bowls – they were absolutely amazing and easily made gluten free if you have gluten free soy sauce! They are super easy to prepare (the only prep work involved is chopping an onion and grating some ginger), and we had most of the ingredients on hand, so it was super cheap too! We pretty much followed the recipe to a T, other than adding some extra onions and some peas (highly recommend!). If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner to add to your rotation, try this! Dan (@guywithamap) said it might beat out chickpea buddha bowls for his favorite weeknight dinner (high praise!). There was meant to be a picture accompanying this, but unfortunately we dug in too fast...
What I’m Reading
The New Year issue of Gluten Free Living recently came in the mail, and I’ve been going back to it every few days. There’s so much great content in this one – not only are there a bunch of healthy meals to kick off 2018, but there are also a ton of really great articles. My personal favorite was an article about the best gluten free cruises – I’ve been on three cruises in my life, on two different cruise lines, and have had vastly different gluten free experiences on all three. I loved reading about which lines are best equipped to handle Celiac and what types of options they have. I know people have mixed feelings about cruises, but I love a good cruise – and a cruise isn’t a cruise without the tasty (and endless!) food.
Where I’m Eating
Cava! For those of you from the DC area, I’m sure it seems like I’m late to the party here – but I’d never tried this fast-casual Mediterranean chain until this weekend, and I think I’m in love. It’s like Chipotle except with Mediterranean food (hello hummus and feta grain bowls!), and it tasted way better than anything I could have expected. Most of their menu items are gluten free (they have an allergen list on their website) and they were happy to change their gloves for me when I asked. I will say that it seems like there may be a minor risk for cross contamination since they spread hummus on pitas, but I didn’t have a reaction. They are opening four locations in the Boston area this year, so between now and then, you’ll find me obsessively checking their website for the grand opening dates 😉
What I’m Planning
Three weeks until VACATION! In three weeks, Dan (@guywithamap) and I take off for London. We will spend the weekend in London (because, come on, you have to turn a layover in London into a full weekend!) and then head off to Prague and Český Krumlov for the week. We’ve been doing a ton of research on gluten free restaurants in the Czech Republic, since we’ve never been, but if anyone has any tips or suggestions, please, please send them my way! Did you really go on vacation if you didn’t stuff your face with as much local gluten free food as you could find!? I think not!
That’s all for now, folks! We’ll be back next week with some more posts (finally!). Enjoy your weekend!