Gluten Free Fall Ratatouille Recipe

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When I look at the seasonal veggies in my fridge this week, eggplant and zuchinni included, I knew there was only one savory gluten free dish that I wanted to make: Ratatouille.

I made my ratatouille with the modern presentation twist (inspired by the ratatouille made in Disney’s Ratatouille)! It’s such a fun and colorful dish to serve to family and friends–healthy too! (Just remember to go easy on the cheese…)

This Gluten Free Fall Ratatouille recipe goes great with chicken, rice, couscous, pasta or even steak!

Ingredients for Ratatouille

  • olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium green pepper (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Small can tomato sauce
  • 1 small eggplant.
  • 1 medium-large zucchini.
  • 4 vine tomatoes

*Try to find eggplant, squash and tomatoes in roughly the same diameter if available*

  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese

How to make Cheesy Gluten Free Ratatouille 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° and heat 4 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet
  2. Cut onion (and optional green pepper) into slivers. Sautee in oil with ½ of your garlic for a few minutes and add pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Once onions are translucent, add your tomato sauce to the pan and lower heat.
  3. To prepare the eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, cut off stems and slide each vegetable about ¼ inch thick.
  4. Once your vegetables are prepped, transfer the onions and sauce into the bottom of a glass pan.
  5. Arrange your sliced vegetables in rows on top of the sauce. Drizzling with olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper as you go.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining garlic on top of the rows of vegetables and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Cook 40 min to 1 hour. Remove the disk when vegetables are tender and sprinkle cheese on top. Return to the oven uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.

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Happy Celiac Awareness Month!


Check out these Celiac Disease “Fun Facts,” from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

  • Celiac disease is a genetically based autoimmune disease that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
  • An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, yet 83% are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
  • 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be diagnosed.
  • Celiac disease is a hereditary condition, meaning that it runs in families.
  • 5-22% of people with celiac disease have an immediate family member who also has the autoimmune disease.
  • When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, it sets off an immune reaction that damages the villi (fingerlike projections) in the intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients.
  • There is no pharmaceutical cure for celiac disease. The only treatment is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.


  • There is a topical form of Celiac Disease known as Dermatitis Herpetiformis DH, which can cause an itchy rash.

(Alternative Eating post coming soon with reviews of two lines of gluten-free personal care products!)


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Roasted Vegetables Recipe



Roasted vegetables are not only a great compliment to any gluten free meal, but also a healthy side choice, packed with natural nutrients! Making roasted vegetables at home provides fun chance to explore flavor combinations on a small scale.

One of my favorite things about roasted veggies is that you can select and season them to perfectly pair with whatever dish you are serving. Below I have included ingredients and “how to make” directions for this naturally gluten-free side dish. Enjoy!


Ingredients for Roasted Vegetables:

  • Select a mix of roast-able veggies that you like. Options include, onions, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, potato, tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms.
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • The flavor-enhancers of your choice: fresh garlic, sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, sage, thyme, rosemary, wild fennel… All depends on your mood and what you decide to serve the roast vegetables with! 


How to Make Roasted Vegetables

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Chop up your favorites vegetables in even pieces.

3. Toss or drizzle vegetables with olive oil and arrange on a cookie sheet.

4. Add any other seasoning you may desire, like salt, pepper or red pepper flakes.

5) Roast your vegetables at the top of the oven. After 15 minutes, check and turn your veggies over. Once they are brown and tender, they are ready to eat!

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Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

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A good morning is often made great with a delicious breakfast sandwich. I made this open-faced gluten free delight this morning and I have no doubt that it will leave you salivating.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Breakfast Sandwich:

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This gorgeous GF breakfast is easy to assemble, but one element can leave people baffled: the tricky sunny side up egg.

How can you make a perfect sunny side up egg? Here’s how I make mine!

How to make the Perfect Egg for a Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper and Egg Breakfast Sandwich:

1)  Leave your skillet over medium heat for a few minutes, then add the oil of your preference (I usually use olive oil or coconut).

2) Crack two eggs and let sit for 2-3 minutes until the translucent egg white gains color.

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3) Cover eggs with lid and reduce heat. Let steam.

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4) Once the top of the egg turns white, you’re ready to go! (Shouldn’t take long!)

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Easy Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken

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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and this recipe is a perfect testament to that….

That’s right ladies, you had him at “bacon-wrapped.”

I’m excited to share this recipe because, though easy to make, it’s a huge crowd-pleaser! It’s pretty much the same effort to make 1 serving as it is to make 4-6.

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken Recipe (1 Servings)

Ingredients for Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 2 Tbsp Philadephia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat)
  • 2 slices bacon, partially cooked

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How to Make Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Pound the chicken breast to 1/4 inch thick and

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spread the cream cheese over one side of chicken breast. 3. Roll chicken breast up to conceal cream cheese mixture.
4. Microwave bacon on a paper towel for 20-45 seconds. Wrap partially cooked bacon slices around chicken breast and secure with a damp toothpick.
5. Place on a baking sheet (use one with a lip) and bake 30 minutes 375 F.
6. Turn oven up to BROIL for 5-10 minutes to crisp up bacon.

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Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper

Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper

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Who doesn’t love a good stuffed pepper?! This recipe is healthy, gluten-free and packed with protein. Other perks? The ingredients are all inexpensive and making multiple servings is a breeze! Hope you enjoy making it as much as I enjoyed eating it.


    • 1 bell pepper
    • fresh garlic
    • ½ cup of diced onions
    • ½ quinoa
    • salt
    • pepper
    • cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
    • 2 eggs

How to Make Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper:

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Boil ½ cup of water (always prep 1:1 for quinoa).

3. Dice garlic and onion. Sauté in olive oil over medium heat.

4. Add quinoa to boiling water, cover, and reduce to medium-low heat, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Add garlic and onion to quinoa. (You can also add salt and pepper for additional flavor.)

5. Place bell pepper halves on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

5. Remove bell peppers from the oven, drain any moisture from the inside, and stuff each bell pepper half with a large scoop of the quinoa mix.

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6. Place the stuffed bells in a large casserole dish with the cherry tomato halves. Crack an egg over each pepper.

7. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes (or until the egg whites are set). Check after 25 minutes.

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Be Kind

KIND bar

One of my favorite mid-morning/afternoon snacks has to be a KIND bar. You will see my favorite variety, Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew, pictured above! (Though they have 22 different bars to choose from, and trust me, I’ve sampled the collection.)

The best thing about KIND products? You can actually recognize all the ingredients on the back! The company is committed to using all-natural, whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. Not all of their products are gluten free, but many are. I picked these babies up and the company Starbucks. Trust me, if I could afford it, I’d buy a case!

What are your favorite bars and snacks?


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A Taste of KLUTCHclub


If you know me even remotely well, you’re probably aware that I’m a proud and committed thriftser. I love browsing seasonal sale racks and have come to love the internet’s equivalent.

I first became hooked on two deal sites—Groupon and LivingSocial—during a winter spent in the Chicago area. Recently, as I scrolled through LivingSocial’s national deals, I came across a $1 coupon for a “best of box” from a service called KLUTCHclub.

KLUTCHclub is a monthly subscription service that sends “themed” boxes of holistic health, fitness and wellness products. As with similar subscription services, like the popular beauty equivalent BIRCHBOX, subscribers get to try out and learn about new, niche brands and products that fit their interests.

Even though I’m not big on monthly subscription sites, I thought, “Hey, it’s only a dollar! Whynot?!”

After redeeming my coupon and paying the $8 shipping and handling fee, I anxiously awaiting my health and wellness box’s arrival.


A few days later, my KLUTCHclub box arrived and I was ready to rip it open and explore the organic, healthy, fit products within.


As I pulled the items out of the box, I was impressed with the variety of products. Definitely worth the $9 investment! Products ranged from a soy joy health bars to organic energy drinks to a rejuvenating facial cleanser.

Though I haven’t tried out many of the products yet, I’m really looking forward it and plan to keep you all updated with a few product reviews.

Today I brought and “organic flavrz,” an all-natural liquid drink mix to work with me. The flavor is called “boost” and has a citrus-hibiscus taste. It’s USDA and Quality Assurance International certified Organic, non GMO, gluten-free AND delicious. At 70 calories per pouch, it’s a great, low-cal way to add a little extra flavor to your day. One point for KLUTCHclub! 


Gluten-free doesn’t have to mean “no bread”

Gluten-free french toast made with Udi’s Whole Grain Bread and topped with greek yogurt and GF blueberry granola

When I tell people that I’m gluten-free, I usually get the following response:

“So you can’t eat bread?” (…of course, that’s only in lieu of the alternate response, “What in the world does that mean?!”)

If you are gluten-free, you avoid products with wheat and gluten. Luckily, that doesn’t eliminate all grains and starches (and this carb-o-holic thanks the universe for that)!

Here is a list of some of the grains that even the gluten-free can enjoy:

  • Buckwheat
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Flax
  • Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
  • Hominy (corn)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Soy
  • Tapioca

But GF’s beware, make sure to read the labels for hidden gluten-y compounds. If you don’t feel like taking the chance, check the packaging for the the GF stamp. Some of my personal favorite brands include Udi’s, Red Mill, Tinkyada (for pasta!), and Glutino.