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Gluten Free Gnocchi Soup Recipe

This soup was inspired by the Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup. Yes that’s right. You can make it vegan by pureeing 1 large cooked potato or rice and pureeing in a blender with vegetable stock. The thick rich creamy base is studded with carrots, celery and spinach.  Serves 4 3 tablespoons/45ml/43g butter, dairy or vegan 1 tablespoon/15ml olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 2-3 stalks of celery, diced 2 garlic cloves minced 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or if gluten free 2 tablespoons mixed with half and half or almond milk 2 cups half-and-half or double cream (leave the flour out if using cream) 1 3/4 cup/435ml chicken or vegetable broth 1 tablespoon/15ml fresh thyme (1 teaspoon/5ml dried) 1 large carrot shredded 1 large handful fresh spinach leaves chopped 1 cooked chicken breast, diced if using 1 pound/450g potato gnocchi  (see our recipe here) 1 teaspoon/5ml salt 1/2 teaspoon/2ml ground black pepper In a large pot on medium high heat a

Valid Points Why Many Have Food Allergies Today

WHY YOUR GRANDPARENTS DIDN’T HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES…BUT YOU MAY  So why didn’t your grandparents have food allergies? It’s really quite s imple… 1) THEY ATE SEASONAL REAL FOOD. Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900′s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food. For babies, breast milk was valued and it was always in season. 2) THEY DIDN’T DIET, AND PLAY RESTRICTIVE GAMES WITH THEIR BODY AND METABOLISM. THEY ATE FOOD WHEN FOOD WAS AVAILABLE. Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, food marketing, calorie counting, and other detrimental dieting habits that are popular today (in part because the marketing infrastructure didn’t exist yet). Because of this they had a healthy metabolism, and ate according to their body’s needs and cravings. 3) THEY COOKED FOOD AT HOME, USING TR

Oregon Tuna Melt Recipe

Two 6-ounce/169g cans albacore tuna 1/4 cup/60ml finely diced red onion 1/4 cup /60mlextra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon/15ml balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon/15ml minced basil 1/2 teaspoon/2ml crushed red pepper Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 ciabatta rolls, split Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, for spreading Eight 1/4 inch/6.35ml thick slices of Swiss or cheddar cheese (6 ounces/169g) Sixteen 1/8 inch/3.2ml thick lengthwise slices of kosher dill pickle 2 tablespoons/30ml/30g unsalted butter, softened In a medium bowl, mix the tuna with the onion, olive oil, vinegar, basil and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a panini press or griddle or large saute pan. Spread the cut sides of the rolls with mustard and mayonnaise and top each roll half with a slice of cheese. Spread the tuna salad on the bottoms and cover with the pickles. Close the sandwiches and spread the outsides of the rolls with the butter. Add the sandwiches to the press and cook over

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites Recipe

Ingredients 8 ounces/227g whipped cream cheese 1 cup/130g powdered sugar 2-3 Tablespoons/30-45ml graham cracker crumbs 16 medium-large strawberries Directions In a food processor, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Put the combined cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture in a bowl. Put the graham cracker crumbs into another bowl. Dip the wider end of the strawberry in the cream cheese mixture, then roll it around in the graham cracker crumbs. private chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach | 954-367-YADA (9232) fort lauderdale catering and personal chefs

Mexican Wedding Cakes (Conchas)

This “sweet breads” have no preservatives in them.  They get dry quickly. My best friend, Bryan doesn’t even want to touch them until they begin getting dry and crumbly. makes 16 1 tablespoon/15 ml active dry yeast 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon/90g sugar 2 tablespoons/30ml vegetable shortening 1 teaspoon/5ml salt 1/2 cup/125ml lukewarm water 3 1/2 cups/348g flour 4 eggs, beaten and at room temperature Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar and yeast into lukewarm water. Let it rest for about 5 minutes until it begins to bubble (proof). In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and sugar together. Add one egg at a time to fully incorporate, then the salt, and the bloomed yeast water. Add flour in, 1 cup at a time stirring until completely mixed. Cover with cling film and dish/tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 90 minutes or double in size. Divide dough into 16 pieces and shape each into a ball. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet with plenty of space between each do

Health and Sleep go Hand in Hand

What difference could an extra hour of sleep make in your life? Maybe quite a lot, experts say. Studies show that the gap between getting just enough sleep and getting too little sleep may affect your health, your mood, your weight, and even your sex life. If you're getting less than the recommended seven or eight hours of sleep a night, he re are nine reasons that you should shut down your computer, turn off the lights, and go to bed an hour early tonight. 1. Better health. Getting a good night's sleep won't grant you immunity from disease. But study after study has found a link between insufficient sleep and some serious health problems, such as heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity. In most cases, the health risks from sleep loss only become serious after years. That might not always be true, however. One study simulated the effects of the disturbed sleep patterns of shift workers on 10 young healthy adults. After a mere four days, three of them had bloo

Lentil and Vegetable Salad Recipe

Lentils are just full of protein and are one of the oldest domesticated crops. Lentils come in a wide variety of colours, the most common are red, green and brown. Serve this soup hot or cold and feel free to drizzle a bit more olive oil on just before serving, Serves 4 1 cup/225g lentils 2 1/2 cups/625ml water 1 teaspoon/5ml sea salt 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1/2 pound/225g zucchini cubed 1/2 pound/225g leeks cleaned and sliced 1 stalk celery, sliced 2 tablespoons/30ml olive oil 1 onion diced 2 cloves garlic crushed 2 tablespoon/30ml chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon/2ml black pepper Juice of 2 lemons Simmer potatoes, zucchini, leeks, and celery in large saucepan with water for 15 minutes. Add lentils , cook for 10 minutes longer or until most of the liquid is evaporated. While the stew is cooking, heat a pan with olive oil on medium heat. Cook the onions for 7- 10 minutes to golden brown. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add o