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2016-08-25

Gluten-Free Flaxseed Zucchini Muffins


Gluten-Free Goddess Zucchini Flax Muffins Recipe


A zucchini muffin to love.


Call me old fashioned. But I'll stand by this... Baking can be romantic. And warm, fresh baked muffins can mean love is afoot (we can use a little more love in this world right now, don't you think?).

So if you've got an extra late zucchini kicking around the garden, darling- harvest it ASAP! Grate it up. And bake these fabulous zucchini flaxseed muffins pronto.

What the world needs now is love.


2016-08-22

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas


Karina's kinda famous Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas recipe is gluten-free and fabulous.

Karina's Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas


This award winning budget-friendly vegetarian enchilada recipe is one of those happy accidents that spring from a burst of creative inspiration. I was craving the soft and spicy comfort of enchiladas one windy spring night back in 2003, and I had none of the usual suspects on hand (no chicken, or beef, no pinto beans).

But I had one lovely mother of a sweet potato.

I had a can of organic black beans in the pantry.

Some roasted green chiles.

One lonely lime.

And your intrepid Mamacita at large thought, Hmmm. Why not?

Deliciousness ensued.

These wrapped little gems are soft and creamy and a little bit spicy- just like a certain cook, my point-scoring husband wisecracks. It's the yams, I tell him. Er, sweet potato. I can never tell the difference. In the end, it doesn't matter.

What matters is how it tastes.

And Babycakes, these are so very mucho scrumptious. Seriously. I kid you not. Make a batch for a girls' night in, or a laid back Sunday brunch.

Or dazzle a vegetarian on Meatless Monday.


2016-08-20

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Coconut Milk


Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Baby.


It is sultry and steamy here. And, Babycakes, I am not cooking. I am not even boiling water for my habitual ritual of afternoon tea. I am sitting in front of a petite blue desk-top fan. Eating ice cream. Homemade ice cream, to be exact. With nary a trace of dairy or gluten. And apparently, it is the best homemade ice cream I have ever made (so says my ever willing, taste-testing husband).

The inspiration came via one of our favorite Los Angeles restaurants- Akasha, in Culver City. At Akasha you can always find a lovely gluten-free choice on the menu- as well as something vegan, which by default, is dairy-free. A sigh-of-relief option for those of us saddled not only with celiac disease, but a dairy intolerance as well. (As a side note, I have found it harder to dine out dairy-free than gluten-free-- chefs love their butter, cream, and cheese. And because they pre-prepare so many items on the menu, it is often impossible to find a dairy-free choice.) One of the gluten-free dessert choices at Akasha is vegan peanut butter ice cream. It. Is. Simply. Divine.

So I decided to try my hand at re-creating it.

Here's what I came up with.

You're welcome.


2016-08-16

Gluten-Free Flatbread with Roasted Vegetables

Gluten free pizza flatbread recipe


Lovely Gluten-Free Flatbread Topped With Roasted Veggies-


Take advantage of summer garden abundance and try this delicious Italian inspired flatbread smothered with roasted (or grilled, if you prefer) fresh veggies. Sprinkle with goat cheese and drizzle with your favorite extra virgin olive oil.


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Party on! XOX Karina

Party on! XOX Karina