Nanci on August 26th, 2016
Gluten free chocolate zucchini brownies

Gluten free chocolate zucchini brownies.


While I was recently thinking about creating another recipe for gluten free chocolate zucchini brownies, I had the opportunity to connect with Karen Peterson, co-owner of Gluten Free Flour Blends. Karen provided me with a bag of their brownie mix so I could sample it and get creative. This recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Brownies is what I came up with. Looking for a gluten free and allergen free chocolate treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? Need a birthday treat or something to take to potluck? This recipe is great for all of those needs. The mix is free of most of the top 8 allergens. It does however contain cornstarch. This Gluten Free Flour Blends Brownie Mix makes whipping up a batch of rich, fudgy brownies a snap!

If you love rich, chewy and fudgy brownies then this is the recipe for you! Please don’t let the idea that there is zucchini in this recipe scare you away. You don’t taste the zucchini in the final product but it adds moisture and nutrition. Plus you don’t have to feel quite so guilty indulging in a yummy brownie because you are eating your vegetables! I did not follow the package instructions but created my own recipe using this mix and other ingredients. Do you have a favorite gluten free chocolate brownie recipe? I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment below.

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Brownies


  • Gluten Free Flour Blends brand Brownie Mix
  • 1/3 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2c grated zucchini
  • 2 vanilla
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp. flax meal and 2 tbsp. hot water)
  • 1/3 c. non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
  • Handful dairy free chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Generously grease an 8x8 in. pan
  3. In medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, spread out as needed.
  5. Top with chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, brownies should pull away from the sides of the pan.
  7. Let cool completely before cutting.
  8. Enjoy! Great topped with your favorite non-dairy frozen dessert.
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Nanci on August 18th, 2016
World's Largest Bowl of Lentil Chili.

The World’s Largest Bowl OF Lentil Chili.

Pullman, Washington is home to the world’s largest bowl of lentil chili. August 19-20, 2016 will be the 28th annual National Lentil Festival. This 2 day festival includes vendors, a parade, concerts, live cooking demos, the Legendary Lentil Cook-Off with cash prizes and of course the World’s Largest Bowl of Lentil Chili. I am really excited to provide you with this recipe as it is gluten free and dairy free. In fact it is free of most of the top 8 allergens.

The National Lentil Festival was started in 1989 to celebrate the fact that the Pullman / Palouse region is the largest lentil/ legume producing area in the nation. This festival is scheduled to coincide with the return of Washington State University Students to welcome them back to Pullman. Friday evening volunteers dish up the 350 gallons of lentil chili from 5pm until 8pm. If you live in or are visiting the Palouse area you must make the National Lentil Festival a destination August 19-20, 2016. I hope you enjoy this recipe! By the way, it doesn’t make 350 gallons! Visit the National Lentil Festival website and join in the fun!

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  • Lentils: 2 2/3 Cups
  • Water: 3 Quarts + 1 Cup
  • Onions, diced: 2/3 Cup
  • Celery, diced: 1/3 Cup
  • Carrots, diced: 1/3 Cup
  • Tomato puree: 17 Oz.
  • Pace brand salsa: 1 Cups + 1 Tablespoon
  • Chili powder, mild: 2 Tablespoon
  • Cumin: 1 Tablespoon
  • Granulated garlic: 1 Tablespoon
  • Granulated sugar: 2 Tablespoons
  • Kosher salt: 1 1/2 Tablespoons
  • Crushed red chili flakes: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 2/3 Cup water and 1/4 Cup cornstarch, stirred into a slurry
  • Cinnamon: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Chopped cilantro: 1 Tablespoon
  • Mexican chocolate: 2 oz.
  • Green bell pepper, diced: 1/3 Cup
  • Red bell pepper, diced: 1/3 Cup


  1. DO NOT INCLUDE CILANTRO OR CORNSTARCH SLURRY AT THIS TIME. Mix all ingredients together (EXCEPT cilantro and cornstarch slurry), bring to a boil, stir and cook (will take a couple of hours) until lentils are tender.
  2. When the lentils are tender and the broth is well blended, add the cornstarch slurry and continue cooking until the chili consistency is very uniform.
  3. Just before serving: add the cilantro, stir, serve.
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KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea Review

I am writing this KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea review while sitting here drinking my morning smoothie. When KonaRed recently asked me if I would like to sample and review one of their products, I agreed. Then they quickly shipped me a case of their Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea. I am really impressed with how fast I received their product. I immediately opened a bottle and tried it. Honestly, it isn’t something I would really enjoy drinking at room temperature straight from the bottle. “Drink Chilled” is actually printed on the label. I must say that when properly chilled they are quite refreshing on a hot day.

KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea Review  gluten free dairy free

KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea

Then after feeling creative I decided to add it to my daily smoothie routine. What a great idea! I really like the way it makes my shake taste. It is naturally gluten free and dairy free. KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea has only 40 mg. of natural caffeine. I like the subtle boost of energy it gives me in the morning. I don’t feel gittery like I do sometimes after drinking coffee. When creating your own breakfast smoothies feel free to be creative and try different fruit combinations and also other shake flavors to discover what you like best.

The KonaRed Coffeeberries are the fruit around the handpicked coffee beans. Traditionally this fruit was discarded and became waste. Coffeeberries are high in antioxidents and have become an additional source of income for the traditional Hawaiian coffee farmers. It is a win-win for everyone. KonaRed offers multiple products containing this fruit. KonaRed also offers other coffee products as well. If you haven’t tried KonaRed yet, then order some today!

KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea Smoothie

KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea Smoothie


  • 1 bottle KonaRed Hawaiian Coffeeberry Organic Green Tea
  • 1 c. frozen fruit (your choice)
  • 1 scoop meal replacement or protein powder (I like Vega One Chocolate)
  • 1/2 c. Coconutmilk (I like So Delicious)


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and well combined. Drink and enjoy!
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Nanci on April 7th, 2016
Loeb's Crunchy Condiments Gluten Free Dairy Free

Loeb’s Crunchy Condiments

I recently had the privilege to try Loeb’s gluten free crunchy condiments in exchange for this review. I was super excited as this was my first opportunity to try a product in exchange for my review. This experience was great! I am so happy to say that you must look for these products as they become available in the mass market. I tried the Jalapeno Crunch, Onion Crunch and the Quiona Crunch. These products are advertised as salad toppers. I however, went beyond adding them to my salads and incorporated them as a recipe ingredient.

Loeb's Onion Crunch Chicken Gluten Free Dairy Free

Loeb’s Gluten Free and Dairy Free Onion Crunch Chicken.

I first tried Loeb’s Onion Crunch by following the recipe on the back of the bag for Onion Crunch Coated Chicken. YUM!!!! It is nice to find a gluten free and dairy free version of french fried onions. The flavor was great. I chose not to grind my onion crunch in the food processor and I think my recipe would have turned out a little better had I followed that suggested step. It did not effect the flavor of the finished dish.

Gluten free, dairy free Loeb's Jalapeno Crunch

Loeb’s Jalapeno Crunch topped burger.

Then next product up for review is my favorite!!! Loeb’s Jalapeno Crunch is gluten free and dairy free crunchy jalapeno slices. I honestly could just eat these right out of the bag as a snack. YUMMY! They were great as a topper for my burger with fresh tomato and avocado slices. This product is a home run in my book. I personally can’t wait for these to become available in my local stores. I will be a frequent buyer! These spicy little crunchies would be a great addition to your favorite taco salads, casseroles, and many other dishes. Or just eat them straight from the bag as a snack like I do.

Gluten free and dairy free Loeb's Quinoa Crunch chicken.

Gluten free and dairy free Loeb’s Quinoa Crunch chicken.

The final product for review was Loeb’s Quinoa Crunch. This product took a little more thinking for me to come up with a use. I finally decided on making a chicken coating by processing the Quinoa Crunch in the food processor and adding some poultry seasoning. This made a great flavor and texture to the chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and asparagus. I would use this coating on turkey and pork chops as well. It has a flavor that reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner.

These products are a must add to your shopping list. They are great tasting and will make your meals so quick and easy. Look for Loeb’s Crunchy Condiments in your local supermarket!

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Nanci on March 14th, 2016
gluten free, dairy free hand pie dough recipe

Gluten free, dairy free apple hand pies.

March 14th is national PI day and in honor of this occasion I am sharing this recipe with you for a gluten free, dairy free hand pie dough. This recipe is also free of eggs, tree nuts and is vegan. Hand pies bring back happy memories of the carefree days of childhood and summer vacations. I must be honest and admit, while making these I also thought of the times as a kid when I ate McDonald’s fruit pies. Today, I made apple hand pies using pre-cooked apple pie filling but feel free to use this dough recipe with any of your favorite fillings. I made homemade apple filling but I am sure canned would work great too. Last week, I found this Namaste foods for everyone Gluten Free Organic Perfect Flour Blend at my local Costco and decided to give it a try. I had not used this product previously, so I was curious to see what kind of a crust it would make. I was not given any products for this review. This flour blend created a crunchy and flaky crust in this recipe.  It made creating these pies quick and easy and for a cook with allergies that is always bonus. Please let me know that you make with this recipe and your thoughts. Happy baking!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Hand Pie Dough

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 hand pies


  • 2 c. Namaste Foods Gluten Free Organic Perfect Flour Blend
  • 2/3 c. Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. cold water (approx.)


  1. Combine gf flour mix, coconut oil and salt in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse to cut coconut oil into the flour blend. There shouldn't be any large clumps. Add cold water slowly while processing until a nice dough ball forms. Turn onto a piece of parchment paper. Place additional parchment paper over dough and roll out thin, about 1/8 in. thick. This can be used as a pie crust for a traditional pie or cut into rectangles for making the hand pies. If making hand pies, place a spoonful of pie filling in the center of the dough rectangle, careful to not get within 1/4 in. from the edge of the dough. Place a 2nd rectangle on top of the filling. Using a fork press to seal all of the edges. Bake at 400 for about 18 minutes or until golden brown. ****Please note, I used pre-cooked apple pie filling for my hand pies******
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Nanci on January 22nd, 2016
Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip

Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip with Veggies and Black Bean Quinoa Chips.

This roasted garlic hummus dip recipe is quick and easy to follow. It is also healthier and cheaper then the store bought stuff.  As an added bonus it is also naturally gluten free and dairy free.

First I started with locally grown non-gmo garbanzo beans from Joseph’s Grainery. I used the quick soak method and had my beans ready in less than 3 hours with enough for this recipe and some to freeze for later. You may also used canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas for this recipe. Making the hummus only takes a few minutes with a food processor. I roasted my own head of garlic in about 20 minutes while the beans were soaking. Another nice thing about this recipe is that it is versatile, you can leave out the roasted garlic and add in roasted red peppers or what ever you prefer or just leave it plain. This roasted garlic hummus is perfect served with a variety of your favorite vegetables or chips. I served mine with rainbow carrots, English cucumber and black bean quinoa chips. It can also be used as a sandwich spread in place of mayonnaise. Hummus is perfect for meatless Monday’s or as a vegan lunch choice.

If you love hummus, please take the time to make your own. It cost pennies to make and I promise you won’t be disappointed. What is your favorite variety? I would love to read comments from you on how your hummus turns out and what variety you make. Happy Dipping!

Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: about 4 cups

Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip

Roasted Garlic Hummus Dip is perfect served with your favorite veggies or tortilla chips or as a sandwich spread. This recipe is very easy to follow and adapt to include your favorite flavors.


  • 4 c. cooked or canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 full head of roasted garlic (cut off top of garlic head, drizzle with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast at 400* for 20 minutes. Remove from skins)
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. Tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Place garbanzo beans or chickpeas in food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Feel free to omit the roasted garlic for your favorite seasonings like roasted red pepper, pine nuts or olive tapenade. Chill before serving. This recipe can be cut in half to make a smaller batch. Place leftover dip in refrigerator for up to one week.
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Nanci on August 24th, 2015
Idaho Quinoa Project

Three colors of Idaho grown quinoa.

I am excited to tell you about the Idaho Quinoa Project. It is one that will help both the Andes farmers who grow most of the world’s quinoa but can’t afford to feed it to their families and American consumers by keeping the price down. They have recently created a Kickstarter campaign (ends Sept. 9th) to raise the needed funds of $100,000, to buy the proper processing equipment for mass production. They have been testing and growing quinoa for a few years and have three colors currently available. They have companies ready to buy their products, so they are trying to get up and running as soon as possible to meet the demand. They have different incentives for the different dollar amounts donated. Please, check it out and consider making a donation to a company who is prepared to do great things for the gluten free and allergy free world.

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Nanci on August 3rd, 2015
Gluten free Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Gluten free, dairy free and vegan Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies.

These gluten free banana oat breakfast cookies are going to change the way you look at breakfast on the go. Not only are they gluten free but free of dairy, egg and are easily nut free. They are also vegan. This quick and easy recipe makes about 20 medium sized cookies. This cookie is full of wholesome, healthy foods like oats, raisins, bananas and applesauce. There is no added sugar. The only sugar is in the fruit and chocolate chips. They are perfect for an afternoon snack. Make some today and enjoy.

Gluten Free Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies


  • 2/3 c. mashed ripe bananas (2 small bananas)
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. almond milk (any non-dairy milk if nut free is desired)
  • 1 tsp. gf vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (any oil can be used)
  • 2 c. gf quick oats (1 c. made into oat flour in the blender or food processor)
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. walnuts (omit if nut free is desired)
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheet.
  2. In mixing bowl combine mashed bananas, applesauce, almond milk and coconut oil. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  3. Scoop onto greased baking sheet. Flatten cookies. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Cool on wire rack. Enjoy.
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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Zucchini  Brownie Loaf Cake

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Zucchini Brownie Loaf Cake

For those of you that follow me on Facebook it isn’t news that this has been one of the most difficult years of my entire life. From suffering a serious neck injury May 2014 that resulted in major surgery December 2014 to other family losses, unemployment, injuries and deaths. It has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally. I haven’t had much time or energy to devote to cooking or blogging. I am hopeful that we are now on the upswing. I will pace myself and hopefully provide you with yummy recipes on a more regular basis. I appreciate you taking the time to look through my blog and for leaving feedback.

The recipe I am sharing with you is a very quick and easy recipe. It is for a gluten free and dairy free zucchini brownie loaf cake. It uses a gluten free and dairy free brownie mix. I am not paid or supplied products from the Glutino Company. This is a mix that a friend gave me and I had fresh zucchini from my garden, so I whipped up this recipe for you. It is perfect served with fresh fruit or a scoop of your favorite non-dairy dessert. I hope you try it today and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Zucchini Brownie Loaf Cake


  • Glutino brand Gluten Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix
  • 2 eggs (I haven't tried this egg replacer yet) Please leave a comment if you do.
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil or other non-dairy margarine or butter substitute
  • 2 cups grated zucchini


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan. I used 9x5in.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat until well combined. I used my stand mixer.
  4. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Spread evenly.
  5. Bake until done. Probably 45-60 minutes. Ovens may vary. I had a nice crack in the top of my loaf when it was finished baking.
  6. Let cool completely. Slice and enjoy with fresh fruit or a scoop of your favorite non-dairy frozen dessert.
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Fireside Grille gluten free options

The Fireside Grille has a variety of gluten free options.


UPDATE: 3/30/2015 Eating Gluten Free at the Fireside Grille – Pullman, WA? They have revamped their menu and they are no longer as gluten free and allergen free friendly as they were previously! There are very few gluten free choices on the new menu. The food quality has varied the past few times we have eaten there. Cold waffle fries are just not appetizing. I wish that I could give them a strong thumbs up but because of their inconsistency I just can’t.

Heading to Pullman for a WSU Cougar Game? Just getting together with friends? How about a great place for going on a date? Eating out can be such a scary proposition for many people with Celiac or other food allergies, myself included. When we find a “safe” place to eat, then I feel I must tell everyone about it. Eating gluten free at the Fireside Grille in Pullman, WA is possible due to the variety of gluten free options on their everyday menu. My current favorite is the the fish and chips. They just so happen to be dairy free as well, so they are safe for me. Sometimes I think you must indulge in the deep fried goodness of the flaky white fish and waffle fries with tartar sauce on the side (if egg isn’t an issue for you). The Fireside has a unique layout. One side is set up as a sports bar and family dining area and the other side is more for the date night or quiet dining for that special occasion.

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