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Plantain Tacos (2 of 2) with Ground Turkey (Paleo, FODMAP)

You’ll notice the two Shrimp Taco pictures above look a little different from the ones below (Ground Turkey Tacos). Well, they are. I made them more than once (yes, they are that good!). The first night I made them with boiled green plantains so they were softer and easier to digest. That’s why I think they turned out darker than the yellowish ones, below. Advertisements

Chocolate-Dunked Ginger Molasses Chews

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted—new job, new apartment and new cat! Wishing you a happy Monday, all the same, and I want to share a recipe with you that you’ll want to try soon. Very soon. If you’ve ever reached for a cookie instead of a cupcake, you’re not alone! I prefer chewy over fluffy any day. Not to say there isn’t a cake I love out there, but sometimes I really crave a bite of a sweet, salty, soft cookie. The fact that you can easily personalize a cookie is fun and attractive. Nothing beats a chocolate addition, like this chocolate-dipped bad boy seen above. If I’m making it, I have to incorporate chocolate somehow, in some way. Ginger Molasses Chew just got dunked! The best part of this recipe is the texture and SIZE of the cookies. (Well maybe the size was more of my doing, but as I say, exercise your will as the creator!). After combining all the ingredients and rolling (and tasting) the dough into balls, pop them into the oven. …

Hello Sweet on Cinnamon Readers!

My name is Court and I normally blog over at Princessandthejog.com, check it out! But for today, I am excited to be writing to you all here! I met Madalyn through a small online community called Elf for Health, which is group of people who have joined together to share a similar goal of keeping a focus on health while enjoying the holiday season. This group is organized thanks to the hard work of Elle and Lindsay. Today I want to talk to you a little about healthy snacking. As a princess, I always like to carry healthy snacks with me to have on hand. According to multiple sources, healthy snacks are a great way to keep blood sugar levels balanced. Planned healthy snacking keeps you focused and on track if you are trying to eat healthy, because it doesn’t allow your body time to miss food. Here are some of my favorite go-to snacks: Bag o’ nuts. The best kinds of nuts are nutrient-rich ones such as almonds or walnuts, which are both full …

Fig and Almond Tart: The New Pie

It’s time to welcome a new pie to the Thanksgiving feast. Although pumpkin pie will always be a Thanksgiving perfection with its flaky crust and spicy cinnamon and sweet custard center, sometimes traditions can use a little bit of sprucing. This Fig and Almond Tart won’t replace your traditional pie, but it can become quite an addition to the table. I love this tart because it’s a beautiful rendition by chef, Giada De Laurentiis, and also because it doesn’t require a pan. Hello — less dishes! Figs have little edible seeds that add a crunch to its sweet, fleshy center. They bake beautifully on top of the ingenious bed of creamy mascarpone and almond puree. This recipe incorporates lemon zest into the pie crust for a creative twist…what would a recipe by Giada be without a lemon? Fig and Almond Tart  Roll out the dough, spread the mascarpone and almond mixture, and layer the sliced figs. Add a thin glaze of apricot jelly (not chunky) over the top of the figs for a finished glistened look. Fold the dough …

On the Search for Italy’s American Cappuccino

A little ache behind my eyes, a little pulsing throb at the top of my head. These are the signs of my espresso and cappuccino withdrawals. I spent two and a half weeks motoring around Europe, tasting at least two rich and velvety espressi a day. Sometimes for the purpose for a kick in my step and sometimes for the mere soothing taste of Italy’s fine coffee. Now that I’m back in the Bay Area, I’m on a search for an American cappuccino that tastes just as delicious as its parent Italian cappuccino. The Search What am I looking for? I’m lactose intolerant, so soy is a must. A thick foam that floats gracefully (at least a half-inch) above the pool of smooth, nutty espresso. Not too milky and pale, but just the right amount of milk that slips into the espresso to make it a milk chocolate color. The cappuccino should taste nutty and well, like espresso — which is harder to find than you would think! And lastly, I’ll be looking at the residence …

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Birthday Goodness

Try this elimination diet: no dairy, no gluten, no beans and no fake sugars. If you chuckled and said something along the lines of “No, thanks!”, I’m not surprised. That was my first reaction, too. Honestly, after almost six weeks of this, I’m still having the same reaction! But it’s been successful in detecting my allergies. At least I get my basic needs: wine and dark chocolate! A day when I normally would have deserved any kind of splurging or would’ve un-regretfully eaten the largest piece of cake (ever!), looked as though impossible. However, being that my older sister always looks out for her twin sisters, chocolate cake was back on the menu. What I learned? My sister can make a mean, gluten-free, dairy-free cake! She used a gluten-free Whole Foods recipe, and substituted the dairy with dairy-free milk and butter. Then topped it off with black cherries. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze — (seriously the best cake you’ll ever taste!) Related Recipes/Articles Gluten-Free Cake Pops by http://www.LifeMadeDelicious.ca Nectarine Upside-Down Cake by www.FaveGlutenFreeRecipes.com Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies by www.maryanna-bishop.blogspot.com Surprising Foods …

Time to Fly, Ciao Italia!

You know when it’s official when you buy the flight tickets. There it is; date set, time set. My sister and I are going to visit our families (on our paternal and maternal side) in Italy for the first time! I can count on the many site-seeing excursions, but the most exciting part will be experiencing a regular day through the eyes of the Italians. With the guidance of our native families, we will partake in scenic hiking, ravioli making and cappuccino sipping. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most — living like an Italian. Some of you may be seasoned travelers and buying flight tickets are a breeze, but if you’re like me, it’s an intimidating process. What’s the best departure/arrival times, best price, best city to fly into and the best airtime. Basically, I want the best flight. Just a few changes can get you better flights, while also staying with your plan: Kayak, Orbitz, eDreams Value-conscious traveler? These flight finders source any and all tickets (I especially like the feature that pulls …