Roasted Chickpea & Quinoa Salad (Gluten-Free, Low Fodmaps)

So I signed up for Plated** recently at the suggestion of a friend. Plated is an innovative new service that takes the hassle out of cooking by delivering fresh ingredients along with recipe instructions directly to your door. You can choose from a variety of recipes, including (but not limited to) vegan / vegetarian and even gluten-free options. All the recipes are capable of being made in 30 minutes or less, although the difficulty levels vary. I’ve been recovering from multiple surgeries for the past couple of months, and I currently have a sinus infection (again!) so I have felt too weak, sick and tired to even think about going to get groceries or trying to cook for myself. However, Plated sounded simple enough so I decided to give it a try. I received my first meal packages tonight (one is for a lasagna dish that I aim to try this weekend; the other is for a roasted salad). Plated lets you specify the number of servings you want, so I chose two servings of each recipe. This gives me enough food to literally be eating for days. Since I’m sick, I made the easier of the two recipes tonight: the salad. The original recipe had several ingredients that I am allergic to, but I was able to modify the recipe to create something that tasted so good, my meat-loving boyfriend even approved (and he generally hates my cooking as a rule). I was impressed because I never would have thought to blend these types of ingredients together on my own. I’d never had harissa (a spicy-yet-smoky North African...
Plated Reinvents Cooking

Plated Reinvents Cooking

Never have time to cook? This new service, Plated, makes life easier. Hand-picked ingredients are delivered to your door along with recipes that take 30 minutes or less to cook. ***Use code getplated4 to get your first meals for FREE and get a FREE 3-month membership: https://www.plated.com/invites/e953f9 Gluten-Free, vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian options are all available. I love that you can see all the ingredients prior to ordering a recipe, so you can easily avoid potential allergy or intolerance triggers. And the website is pretty flexible, letting you modify existing orders or choose your specific delivery date. Very helpful if you know you’ll be out of town or on vacation, or if you accidentally click the wrong meal. ***Full disclosure: Yes, I am a member of Plated, and the above link is my referral link. This means I get free food if you click that link and sign up. I love free food (who doesn’t?) so PLEASE click...

Butternut Squash Soup

A good friend (meet Kirin Knapp, y’all!) bought me some Kay’s Naturals gluten-free Cinnamon Almond protein cookies. She swears by them and was convinced that I’d be converted into a fan if I just tried them, so she had some shipped all the way from Florida to my front door in Kentucky. And you know what? Um… she was RIGHT!! I am obsessed now. After snacking on them every day for a week to boost my protein levels and curb my sweet tooth (with a low suger, gluten-free snack), I found myself checking out their official website to see what other products they offer. All of their meal plans are currently sold out but they do have some fabulous recipes that I highly recommend checking out. My boyfriend, who is a picky eater (and who LOVES his meats and his sugars and his glutens) even admitted that he’s enjoyed everything I’ve given him from Kay’s Naturals so far. This modified version of their Butternut Squash Soup recipe was so delicious (and relatively easy to make) that I’m saving the leftovers for another recipe tomorrow (I’m attempting to turn the leftover soup into a sauce and make “noodles” out of the remaining fresh squash… wish me luck!) Without further ado, here’s my modified recipe: Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients: 1 large fresh butternut squash 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated (use subsitute if allergic, lactose intolerant, or on a low FODMAPS or vegan diet) 3-4 slices Havarti cheese (fresh) (use subsitute if allergic, lactose intolerant, or on a low FODMAPS or vegan diet) 3/4 Tbsp sage 3 Tbsp olive or coconut...