Finally a replacement for cheese!

•February 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So its been about nine months without dairy and I’m still feeling great. Its strange though that if I have a piece of milk chocolate or a baked good that was made with dairy I still feel a slight effect. So the last few weeks have been really stressful and I’ve been craving a grilled cheese. I don’t usually have cravings for much so when I do its hard knowing I can’t have them. Until now…I have finally found a replacement for cheese. It is totally non-dairy, gluten-free, nut, soy and egg free (actually its vegan), but it melts and tastes and stretches like real cheese without that greasy smell. It’s called Daiya which in Sanskirt, Dayaa means “loving, kindness and compassion”.  I made corn pasta (gluten-free) with organic tomato sauce, diced chicken and then some Daiya Mozzarella Shreds last night for dinner. Nobody would know it’s not real cheese. Today for lunch I made a quesadilla with corn tortillas and the mozzarella. Again tasted like the real thing. I have finally found a replacement for cheese that works with my body and my mind and my taste buds.

To learn more about Daiya you can visit their website at or find the shreds in your local Safeway, PCC or at this great Vegan grocery store called Side Car for Pigs in the U-district on 55th and University (this store also has great replacements for a few other dairy items like whip cream, creamer if you drink coffee and more).


January 17th, 2012

•January 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So I figured since we are all fighting this snowstorm 2012 I’d blog about my January tourist/day trip. I took a drive up to one of my childhood favorites “Birch Bay.” For those who don’t know where that is, it’s about 20 minutes north of Bellingham or 20 minutes from the Canadian border. It’s a quaint little beach town. My family used to have a place in Jacob’s Landing and would go up there any chance we got. As a kid during the summer I still remember the water park and C Shop. And one of my favorite memories was the 4th of July Parades with the Krivosha’s. The smell of the bay starts just off the exit and brings a smile to my face every time. Nothing beats the salty air.

As for keeping up with my inner athlete I’m officially in “like” with Pilates. I never thought I’d get into low impact exercise but I’m really enjoying it. Between running and crossfit and previously kickboxing my body is really adapting to this low impact workout. I’ve tried Yoga in the past and even a Pilates boot camp but my body just wasn’t ready for it. I have even tried Yoga now and find it very spiritual and religious and while a good workout I’m to distracted by that. Pilates really focuses on your core and plyometric exercises which lengthen and tone lean muscle. If you’ve never taken a Pilates Mat or Reformer class give it a try and let me know what you think.

January 4th, 2011

•January 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Happy New Year!!!

So my year of running ended with the completion of the Kirkland 12K’s of Christmas 5K race on December 18th. I now have 12 race shirts and will be sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the year. It was a great way to motivate me in 2011 but now its time for 2012!

I am continuing to be Dairy Free and haven’t cheated (that I know of) since my trip to Italy in July. I am on a Gluten light diet (Gluten Free at home) but not worried about it out. I am cautious about how much I intake out though because I recently found out it affects how much iron my body absorbs. It is a healthier way of life for anyone who is brave enough to try it and you’ll sleep better too.

As for my 2012 New Years Resolution in regards to remaining active and keeping up with my inner athlete, I have started to get into Pilates and Yoga and am hoping to continue to explore these new forms of exercise along with my higher impact running. I may get back into crossfit as well as the year progresses but I’m enjoying the lower stress levels on my body that Pilates and Yoga provide.

My real Resolution this year is to explore the wonders that Seattle has to offer. I have never really been a tourist in my own environment before but that’s going to change. I plan to do at least one touristy adventure a month. Wine Tasting on Bainbridge, Camping in Orcas Island, Redhook Brewery Tour, Hiking the falls in Snoqualmie etc. If you have a favorite tourist stop in the city that I should check out, let me know. If you want to explore with me I’m happy to enjoy the company.

Hope your New Year’s Resolutions are healthful and make you happy and you stick to them.

November 20th, 2011

•December 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So on November 20th, 2011 I was registered for my 11th race of the season. Because life and work were starting to get crazy I decided to swing by on Saturday and pick up my race packet. I was concerned it would be difficult to get back to Greenlake the following morning so I decided to leave my timechip behind at Super Jock and Jill and go run the race route a day early. Greenlake was beautifully colorful. The trees and the leaves were all glowing red, orange and yellow. And the Lake was glistening against the cold fall sun. I’d say it was about 45 degrees out but it was chilling, dry and brisk. Not too many people out for the amount of cars around. I ran the race struggling to breathe in that harsh dry, cold air but managed to run the loop in my standard 35-37 minute range. I cannot believe that my year of running is finally coming to an end. Guess i’ll have to find a new goal for 2012. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery out there?

My last race is on December 18th. I’ll be running in Kirkland the 12K’s of Chirstmas (I’ll only be running the 5K though because I’ll have to get straight to work after). Busy season at the store makes it hard to finish this resolution out but I made you all a promise so 12 races must be completed.

This year has been a growing experience, a year of pushing my limits and expanding my respect for others and myself. I have learned what my body needs for fuel and how to manage those limitations. I have done things I’d never think I could before. And I managed to face my fear of the bicycle (although I’m still terrified, atleast I rode). Thanks for your support and keep posted here to find out what’s next on my journey to find my inner athlete.

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Pumpkin Scones

•December 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So Pumpkin is always my favorite flavor this time of year. This year I wanted to make something new and follow the Gluten Free/Dairy Free diet i’ve been working with. I was in line at Starbucks looking at the pastry case and that’s when it hit me…let’s go for broke and make pumpkin scones.


Gluten Free Pantry’s Muffin/Scone Mix

(Follow recipe on back but replace the following…

Butter –  I used Saffola Margaine

Buttermilk – Pumpkin Spice Silk Soy Milk and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Add a 1/3 can of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice

A teaspoon of vanilla.)

Bake per instructions or until golden brown edges.

For the drizzled glaze:

Powdered sugar

Teaspoon of Vanilla

Dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Silk Soy Milk to desired thickness

I don’t measure the powdered sugar or milk, I just eyeball but you want it to be thick enough to stand on its own but not too thick that you can’t pipe it over the scones. The glaze is also great on Pumpkin Bread/Cake.

Gluten Free Fried Artichoke Hearts

•October 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

So I hosted a dinner party last night and I wanted to try a new appetizer. I’ve made Fried Artichoke Hearts before but its been about 6 years, and they were definitely not Gluten Free.


Canola or Vegetable Oil for Frying

3-4 Tablespoons Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

3-4 Teaspoons Italian Herb Seasoning (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil)

Salt and Pepper

2 eggs

Green Tabasco

2 (12 oz) cans of Whole Artichoke Hearts Drained (you can use fresh artichoke hearts if you know how to clean them)


Put the oil in a pan about 2-3 inches from bottom. Let it come to about 375 degrees or until you drop a splash of water in and it sizzles. Make sure the Artichoke hearts are fully drained. Cut them in half. Mix the flour with the Italian Seasoning and Salt and Pepper.  In a separate bowl mix the two eggs with a teaspoon or so of green Tabasco. Then when the oil is ready dredge the hearts in the flour, then the egg and back into the flour and drop into the oil. Flip after a few seconds (they only take about 20-30 seconds to fry if the oil is at the right temp).

I served them with a Pesto Mayo which was just 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Pesto Paste and enough mayo to make it creamy. In the past I used to serve with a citrus aioli as well. Better hot out of the oil but easier to eat after they have cooled down a bit.

Nature’s Indulgence

•October 3, 2011 • 1 Comment

So if you enjoy a good bowl of cereal or granola in the morning, but are having a hard time finding good Gluten Free options out there here is a great website for you.

I’ve tried two of the Gluten Free Granola’s and they are fabulous. The Lemon Blueberry goes really good with Gluten Free Rice Krispies and the Cranberry Almond goes really good with Chex. I like to mix because of the sugar content but they are also really good on their own. The third flavor i’m allergic to because of the pineapple but its supposed to be really good as well.

If you can eat dairy they would be really good on top of some Greek Yogurt too. I’ve also made some Apple Crisp using this as the crunchy topping.