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Acai Breakfast Bowl with Gluten Free Salted Maple Granola

I recently have become OBSESSED with acai bowls from my local health food store. They are absolutely delicious, filling and a great way to get your day started. Unfortunately they are not the cheapest purchase to be made, but good news is they are super easy to make at home.

Another plus to homemade acai bowls, is that you can control what goes in and on to your breakfast. Most of the time when I order one from a store I omit the granola because more likely than not the oats aren’t gluten free and I end up paying for it later. I came up with a granola recipe that I am absolutely in love with and I make a big batch of it and keep it in my fridge. It lasts for months. I use it on everything, I love roasting fresh fruits and topping them with a sprinkle of granola, for a healthier dessert cobbler. The flavor of the granola is earthy, warm, slightly sweet with a hint of a sea salt finish.

This morning I am not feeling very well, the cold that I have actively avoided all season has started to creep up on me. As soon as I feel the first tickle in my throat I load up on vitamins and herbs and most of the time I am able to kick the bug before it rears it’s ugly head. Acai berries have incredible antioxidant properties, so in addition to my vitamin and herb regimen, I made one one of these bowls for breakfast and already am starting to feel a bit better.

Here’s to your health and a fabulous day!

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Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl w Gluten Free Salted Maple Granola

(serves 1)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 packet (100grams) unsweetened acai puree
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • For the Topping
  • 1/2 banana
  • mixed berries
  • granola (make ahead, recipe below)
  • shredded coconut
  1. Take one acai berry packet that’s still wrapped in plastic and give it a few good bangs on the counter to break it up into pieces. Open the package and pour the acai into a blender. Add frozen banana and berries and 1/2 of the milk and pulse the blender a few times. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Then turn blender on low and add rest of milk. Turn on high until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few more times. Add a bit more milk if neccessary.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth, spoon into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.

Homemade Granola

(Makes 4 cups)
  • 4 cups GF oats
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Spread out on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring half way through the cook time.


Thai Green Coconut Curry with Chicken

I am absolutely crazy for Thai food. In fact, anytime someone asks me what my favorite type of cuisine to eat, my Italian and Greek ancestors roll over in their graves as I declare “Southeast Asian” as my favorite. This category includes food from countries like, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia. There is something [...]


Mini Wagyu Beef and Sweet Potato Waffle Fry Sliders

It’s almost Super Bowl! This time of year leaves me with mixed feelings, yes it is the most exciting football game of the year but it also marks the end of football season. Sundays during football season just have a certain je ne sais quoi about them. Something about gathering around with friends and family, sitting on the couch all day and watching a bunch of large men in tights beat the hell out of each other over a tiny ball warms my heart.

I am always looking for new finger foods to try out while watching the game and I came across a picture on pinterest of these waffle fry sliders and was totally inspired. What ensued next was pure mouth watering, delicious bliss.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is totally customizable. You can use chicken, turkey, bison, lamb or even make your own veggie burgers, or you can make little falafel patties. You can check out my recipe for falafel here.

You can top them with any type of cheese you would like. I put my goat cheese on mine, but cheddar, gruyere, havarti, swiss, brie, mozzarella….you get my point. The options are endless.

For the waffle fry, I used a short cut and baked up some frozen pre-cut/cooked fries by ALEXIA They not only have sweet potato waffle fries but they have regular white potato ones as well. waffle-cut-sweet-potato-large

I chose for my meat a grass fed wagyu beef. I am not a huge beef eater, but when I do eat red meat I make sure it’s responsibly raised. It just so happened that my local grocery store was having a sale on meat so I bought a pound of it for only $8, which is a steal when it comes to organic, grass fed meats. In turn, these burgers were born.

These are a fun, unique, and GLUTEN FREE slider. YES, because let’s be honest, I love nothing more than a slider but I can never find tiny, delicious, gluten free buns to use. (only the ones that I know of are attached to my backside…AY YO!) …sorry I had to.

The waffle fry acts as the perfect substitute for a bun. These little rascals are the perfect game day snack. They are gluten free, flavor packed, deliciously satisfying and will impress all of your friends and family.


Turkey Bolognese Sauce

Growing up in an Italian household, I have vivid memories of  standing anxiously by the stove with an empty bowl and spoon  in hand as my mom made pasta sauce. I stood there practically drooling waiting for my mom to ladle me a taste. PURE HEAVEN. I would lick my spoon until I got every [...]


Gluten Free Baked Chicken Tenders

I don’t care if you are 5 or 50, everyone loves a good chicken tender….unless your a vegan and in that case I am sorry for you in general, because chicken tenders are freakin’ delicious.

Traditional chicken tenders are breaded and deep fried, and obviously contain gluten. 3 strikes little guys..no bueno. This recipe is so easy to make and a much healthier way to enjoy one of the greatest culinary treats on this planet of ours.

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I first came up with this recipe when I had to make up a salad recipe that kids would want to eat. You can check out that recipe here. Word to parents out there if you want your kids to eat anything, just put chicken tenders in/on it and watch the wonderment.

Crispy, crunchy and so freeeeeeaking good. Dunked in mountains spicy ketchup, to me there is not greater treat. I am 27 and I literally eat these guys once a week….with a glass of wine of course because I am an adult.

Gluten Free Baked Chicken Tenders

(serves 4)

For the Chicken Tenders: 1 pound organic chicken tenders 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk (dairy free substitute works great too) 2 cups unsweetened rice cereal (I used Chex) ½ teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon onion powder

  1. Preheat oven to 475. In a Ziploc bag, place rice cereal, oregano, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Seal the top, making sure there is no air left in the bag. Using a meat mallet or a small frying pan, gently crush the cereal until fine. This can also be done in a food processor or blender. Set aside

    In a medium bowl combine eggs and milk and whisk together. Salt and pepper the chicken tenders, then one by one dip them into egg wash and then place in bag with rice cereal. Shake to coat. Remove tender and place on a baking sheet that has been greased. Repeat process. Once all the tenders have been coated spray or lightly coat the tops of them with a little cooking oil

    Place baked tenders into oven for 8-10 minutes. The outsides should be crispy and light brown. If they aren’t cook them for another 2-4 minutes. Pull out of oven and dig in!