Lean Crust

  • 2014-04-13 19.06.03

Gluten free pizza so good I couldn’t even take the picture without eating 1/2 of a slice! My Fiance and I found this place through a recommendation from a friend, and boy is it amazing! The crust is by far the best gluten free crust that I’ve ever had, the mozzarella was delicate and the tomatoes and basil were  fresh and delicious.  And one of the best parts for me was that this is a good old fashioned over the counter slice. All the other places I’ve been to where you can get gluten free crust you have to wait for a personal pizza to be made specially, while all your friends grab a slice. But not here! At Lean Crust you can walk right up to the counter and grab that slice just like an (almost) normal person! They also have vegan options, I haven’t tried them myself, but I’ve been told they’re pretty delicious!

www.leancrust.com
737 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

Sun in Bloom

My Fiance and I moved a few months ago and have been having fun discovering new things in the neighborhood! By far my favorite brunch spot has been Sun in Bloom, now technically it’s a little out of our neighborhood.. about 20 minutes walk out of our neighborhood but completely worth it! It’s a vegan restaurant which generally isn’t my kinda thing but I love this one. We’ve been quite a few times so I’ve just decided to put up some of our favorites! Number one on that list is the Gluten Free Pancakes, they are absolutely the best gluten free pancakes I’ve ever had. Seriously you need to try these pancakes.. now… don’t even finish reading, go! Or if you don’t love delicious pancakes another of our favorites is the Raw Earth Cup, it’s buckwheat groats, prunes, sunflower butter, almond milk, berries, raisins and we got the coconut kefir it’s a great quick breakfast! The brazil nut mocha latte is absolutely divine but a tad pricey, if you’re not up for a $7 coffee the regular coffee is also delicious! And if you’re thinking something a bit more savory the BLT is great! It’s vegan so there’s Shitake “Bacon” which I’m not going to say is exactly the same as the meaty stuff, but I will say is salty and crispy in a very good way. If you’re gluten deficient they can sub a collard green wrap for the bread (pictured) and I highly recommend adding the avocado. 

Sun In Bloom
460 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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  • Brazil nut milk mocha latte
    Brazil nut milk mocha latte
  • Vegan BLT
    Vegan BLT
  • Best gluten free pancakes!
    Best gluten free pancakes!
  • Earth Cup
    Earth Cup

Cool Haus

  • Gluten Free coconut almond cookie with fresh mint ice cream mmm...
    Gluten Free coconut almond cookie with fresh mint ice cream mmm...
  • gluten free!
    gluten free!
  • totally worth the wait
    totally worth the wait

Guess what… Cool Haus has gluten free cookies! And they’re delicious!! I got the gluten free almond and coconut cookie (you can see it on the side of the truck if you look close) with the dirty mint ice cream, which is made with real mint leaves and is fabulous. The only problem will now be not getting one of these every weekend. Bought from the Cool Haus truck at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. Happy spring and happy ice cream sandwich eating :)

Zito’s

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Occasionally my boyfriend and I will drive down to Prospect Park from Queens (where we live) so that we can enjoy some nature and let our pup run around a bit. So one weekend recently we decided to make a day of it and have a picnic while we where there. We did some research on nice places to get some sandwiches and we found something amazing! It was seriously the most excited I’ve been about sandwiches, I’m pretty sure ever. I love a good italian sandwich and that was one of the worst parts of finding out that I can’t have gluten. But despair no more fellow gluten free italian sandwich lovers! I have finally found a place that is a great option, they have all the italian meats that you could want and they come on what is the closest replacement to focaccia that I’ve had. I had the #10 the ‘Trunzo’ which is prosciutto, mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar (I got it without the peppers) and it was so delicious, exactly what I was hoping for!

Simple Pasta Sauce

The other night I was trying to think of what to make for dinner and all I had on hand was a pint of slightly wilted cherry tomatoes. So I decide to try my hand at a sauce from just tomatoes. I have to say I loved the result, not having a lot of liquid from the tomatoes allowed the wine to reduce into a delicious, almost sweet, thick consistency that offsets the fresh herbs wonderfully!
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lg garlic clove mince 
  • 1/2 shallot diced
  • 3 sausage links (I used Trader Joes chicken sausages)
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp each fresh rosemary and fresh basil
  • pinch dried parsley and sage
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 kale leaves chopped

1) Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over med heat in a skillet

2) Throw shallots and garlic in skillet and let simmer until shallots are translucent, about 2 mins

3) Add sausage and brown, while browning add basil and rosemary

4) Add red wine and scrape browned bits

5) Add tomatoes, parsley and sage and kale, turn the heat to low and cover

6) Allow to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes

7) Serve over your favorite gluten free pasta!

 

Mayo Illness and Pizza

This weekend I learned that a serious gluten contaminate issue is mayonnaise, I got a crab roll at Lukes Lobster (without the bun of course!) and proceeded to get sick. It was delicious and I didn’t want it to be true, but I had to know what happened. I went to their east village location and they checked their ingredients, it turns out their mayo has gluten, so that’s out! But there was one bright side to the weekend, and that was Pala. Its a pizza restaurant on Allen st and Houston, and it’s amazing; almost their entire menu has gluten free options! I went with a fabulous friend of mine and we started with watermelon mojitos (yumm!) and meatballs. For the entree we shared a prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and basil pizza, it was amazing, it has to be the best gluten free pizza crust I’ve had so far, and all the toppings were super fresh and wonderful. All I can say is go, go quickly!

Their website: www.palapizza.com

Hearty Kale Salad

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One of my go to recipes when I want something healthy and filling is this super yummy recipe from healthful pursuit which is kale and sweet potatoes and chickpeas all mixed together with peanut sauce mmm.. (which can be found here: www.healthfulpursuit.com/2012/02/eating-bird-food-kale-chickpea-and-sweet-potato-bowls/) So today I had sweet potatoes and kale and I was pretty hungry at lunch so of course I thought of this! But I accidentally bought twice the amount of chicken thighs I needed for the week (the same weight of boneless thighs as bone in ones is a LOT more meat!) so I have a absolute ton of them. Plus I’m trying to be good and not eat peanuts right now as they apparently increase inflammation and I’m trying to avoid things that do. So I decided to play with the recipe a bit and see what came out.. and I actually really like the result!

Hearty Kale Salad

For Sauce

  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1 sliver (maybe an 1/8 inch) fresh ginger minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice

For Salad

  • 2 big kale leaves chopped (you could steam these but I just ate them raw)
  • 1/2 baked sweet potato cubed
  • 1 cup baked chicken thighs cubed
  • 1/4 avocado chopped

1) Mix sauce 

2) Throw all ingredients together in a bowl and toss with sauce

you’re done! If you have pre-baked chicken and potatoes (something I started doing since they take a bit longer to cook – once a week just throw a bunch of potatoes or chicken in the oven and you’re good for the week!) it takes about 5 minutes, how can you beat that?!

Tuna Salad

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This is one of my favorite lunches, and it’s one of those super customizable ones, you can use any veggies you want, use mayo, don’t use mayo it’s up to you!

Tuna Salad

  • 1 can tuna (I use tuna in olive oil but any would work)
  • 1 med carrot (either diced or shredded)
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 small cucumber sliced
  • 1/8 – 1/4 avocado mashed (depending on taste)
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini (1 tbsp if you are going to use mayo 2 tbsp if not)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp mayo (1 tbsp if you are going to use tahini 2 tbsp if not)
  • squeeze lemon juice

1) Mostly drain tuna – leave a little juice for mixing with

2) Mix tuna, tahini, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, mayo, lemon and avocado

3) Place arugula on a plate, layer on carrot and cucumber (and any other veggies you want) and top with tuna mixture.

Hazelnut Banana Pancakes

Happy 4th of July! It’s the first day off that both myself and the boyfriend has had off when it hasn’t been too disgusting to even think of cooking (unlike last night which consisted of throwing food in the oven and then sitting next to the air conditioner to ward off the heat) So we wanted to do something a little more ambitious, and this usually means almond flour pancakes! Well I flip open my favorite almond flour cookbook and we don’t have a good 1/2 of the ingredients.. oops guess it’s time to restock, but for now it’s time to wing it! I have hazelnut flour and bananas and that seems like a good enough combination for me!

Hazelnut Banana Pancakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (added for more fiber, you can also just do 3/4 cup hazelnut)
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, +1/8 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I love vanilla so I always use a lot, you might want to adjust to taste
  • 1/4 tsp gluten free baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

1) Mix all the dry ingredients

2) Mix all the wet ingredients, except the oil and 1/8 cup almond milk

3) Mix dry and wet well

4) If you used the coconut flour you will probably need the extra milk (it acts like a sponge!) very slowly add the milk until you get desired consistency

5) Melt 1/2 the oil in cast iron pan, then add more oil as needed while cooking

6) I served with almond butter and syrup, but topped with jam and fruit would also be delicious!

Gluten Free Crab Cakes

It’s summer! And it’s hot and humid and sticky and the last thing I want to do is spend time in the kitchen. So one afternoon of not wanting to cook lead to the realization that the only protein in the apartment was canned crab meat, so crab cakes it was! They’re super simple, super quick, and super yummy, and with the pickles and mayo in the cake you don’t need any sauce!

 

Summer Time Crab Cakes (Serves 2)

  • 1 can crab meat
  • 2 eggs (for thicker cakes I would do 1 egg)
  • 1 – 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp organic mayo
  • 1 tbsp diced dill pickle
  • 1 tbsp fresh herbs / greens (I used arugula because I had it, dill would have been great too though!)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

1) Mix everything but the coconut oil in a lg mixing bowl

2) Heat the oil in a skillet over med heat

3) Form into patties and fry for a couple minutes each side (until golden brown)

4) Enjoy!