Food Jules featured in GlutenFreeConnecticut!

We have some very exciting news to share… Food Jules was recently featured in Gluten Free Connecticut.

What a great website! Filled with information on Gluten Free friendly Restaurants, Bakeries, Facilities, articles on workshops and classes for those with Celiac or Gluten Sensitivities. It’s a dynamite resource for finding all the information you need when on a Gluten Free diet. It’s also a great place to learn about other food allergies.

We are thrilled to be included on this amazing website. Check it out here. Here is a quick snapshot of what you’ll find…

“If you have a child with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or any food allergy, you know how hard birthday parties can be. But Liz Cerrato, owner of Food Jules in Monroe, CT,  is making it easier. She provides healthy, allergy-friendly cooking classes for kids of all ages, via birthday parties, private lessons, girl and boy scout workshops, after school enrichment classes, and even summer camp! 

Liz aims to teach children about nutrition and healthy eating habits while fostering a love and passion for wholesome food and cooking.  Her passion for both cooking and teaching ensures that no child is excluded from the food preparation or the party!  Menu choices range from gluten free, nut free and dairy free, to any dietary restriction you want or need.food jules liz

Liz started Food Jules shortly after her son Julian passed away as an infant. Helping to enrich the lives of other children through healthy foods is her way of honoring his memory.  If you have a celiac or a child with a food allergy, and you’re lucky enough to live in or near Monroe, definitely give Liz a call. Her dedication to helping our kids learn and enjoy wholesome foods is really special, and we are thrilled to have her in the Gluten-Free Connecticut family!

To learn more about Food Jules, visit www.foodjules.com, email  liz@foodjules.com or call (203) 414-6346. A portion of Food Jules proceeds are donated to SMA foundations in memory of Julian.”

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Butternut Squash Curry Soup

When the weather is cold outside…. you can warm up your belly with this flavorful, sweet and spicy Butternut Squash Curry Soup. It hits all the right spots!

This soup reminds me of a mix of Thai Coconut Curry and Indian Tikka Masala. The flavors from the curry powder, cumin, coriander and fresh ginger blended with coconut milk and the sweet Butternut Squash are fantastic. Plus, the bright orange color makes this soup absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins

This is the time of year when you see hundreds of pumpkin recipes! Well, this one is definitely one of my favorites, the Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffin

 

Mostly, it tastes like a morning glory muffin, filled with all the goodness of carrots and apples, coconut, raisins and walnuts, sweetened with maple syrup and now flavored with a hint of pumpkin.  Plus, it’s healthy and gluten free – made with a combination of oat and almond flour. A perfect muffin filled with all the fall flavors. Taste it for yourself, warm right out of the oven on a cold fall day.

Colorful. Beautiful. Sweet and just Perfect.

Vegetable Bolognese

Well, I hate to admit it but it is officially Fall and it is so very COLD outside. I am starting to hibernate and want to cook warm meals and bake cookies and muffins. Oh wait a minute, I never stopped baking cookies and muffins, but I do miss my tomato and cucumber salads. Oh summer, how I miss you so much!

Ok, back to reality. Fall is very pretty with all the leaves changing colors but only when it’s at least 65 outside 🙂

Last night, I made one of our favorites, Vegetable Bolognese. We haven’t made this dish in quite some time. There are so many great recipes that sometimes you forget about the old ones. I made it with the kids in my summer cooking camp and they all LOVED it. This is a wholesome, hearty meal and you will want to make it over and over during this cold weather.

Serve it with a good bottle of Pinot Noir and it is a fab combination!

Buon Appetito!

Almond Cookies, Gluten Free

Nothing beats the sweet smell of Pure Vanilla Extract… well, except maybe Pure Almond Extract. Smells divine and tastes even better. I love those “wedding cookies” or as we like to call them at our house, “snowball cookies” with the powdered white sugar on the outside and the butter cookie filled with chopped pecans in the middle. They are one of our favorites. Well this time, I wanted to experiment with a more traditional type of cookie but with the same almond flavor and I am so glad that I did.

These Almond Cookies are beyond words, especially right out of the oven. Make these!!!! You will love me for it.

 

 

Greek Salad with Chickpeas

I am pretty boring when it comes to salad choices…. I usually always get the Chicken Caesar with dressing on the side and I love the salad bar at Village Bagels in Norwalk. I enjoy the mixed greens and romaine with chickpeas, carrots, cucumbers, walnuts and a scoop of tuna salad on top, yum. I also love the Burrito Bowl at Chipotle with lots and lots of lettuce on top, I call that the ultimate salad, love it so much. However, I don’t ever get the Greek Salad or the Cobb Salad or any of those other fancy salads.

Well, this time I found this recipe for a Chickpea Greek Salad and it certainly caught my attention. I just love chickpeas. Frankly, I am obsessed with chickpeas!!! So, when I saw this, I had to give it a shot, even though I am not a big fan of feta cheese or kalamata olives, just too salty for me. I thought my husband would love this since he loves Greek Salad.

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My review: It was delicious!!! It is full of healthy ingredients, from chickpeas, to peppers, cucumbers to tomatoes and I added lots of romaine lettuce. I just love the crunch from the lettuce and the cucumbers. Of course, I put most of the olives to the side and gave them to him, lol and I sprinkled less then the recommended feta cheese but if you like it, you can certainly add more. It was very good and so healthy for you, I will definitely make it again.

Recipe is courtesy of another fellow blogger, Ambitious Kitchen. My only revision was the addition of the romaine lettuce. Here is her photo, much nicer then mine.

Vegetarian Chickpea salad with olives, feta, tomatoes, onion, garlic and a light lemon dressing! Add quinoa for more protein or enjoy on it's own!

I apologize for my photo above, it was taken after we ate most of it and taken with my cell phone. Not the best photo. Enjoy!

Chocolate Coconut Cookies, Vegan

It’s been a long time since I have posted but it’s been a very busy spring and summer, filled with lots of fun activities, birthday parties each month, vacation, play dates etc. Now, the kids are back to school 😦 and Benny and I are trying to find our own little routine again.

I’ve been browsing through lots of new cookbooks and have picked out a ton of new recipes that I’d like to try. My goal is to post a new recipe each day with my personal reviews as well as the recipe or the link to the recipe. Similar to the movie, Julie and Julia, I”d love it if you all followed along and shared your comments.

Let’s start today with a sweet treat… Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies. I made them gluten free so everyone could eat them here at our house. To make them gluten free, I substituted the all-purpose flour with 1 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup almond flour. I’ve found that it takes a little more “gluten free flour” to make it hold up as well as the gluten version.

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My review: I thought it was a delicious cookie. In my opinion, I wanted it to be a bit more on the healthy side, so I reduced the sugar by 1/2 and still thought they tasted great. They were soft and fudgy, similar to a brownie. Everyone enjoyed them here, even Benny. We are all chocolate and coconut lovers in this house! This is a great option for those that can’t eat eggs and it is super easy and simple to make, just a few simple ingredients. My son Lucas rolled them all out for me while I moved onto washing the dishes.

Recipe is courtesy of another fellow blogger, Two Peas and Their Pod.