• Gluten Free Diva Instant Pot Love

    by Ellen Allard on June 13, 2016 · 3 comments

    instant pot love

    This is about Gluten Free Diva Instant Pot Love!

    Trust me, this is NOT your mother’s or grandmother’s old-fashioned pressure cooker. This baby has changed my life (and time) in the kitchen. I’m more efficient and more creative as a result of using my Instant Pot.

    I’ve owned an Instant Pot since November 2014. Little by inches, it has become the most used appliance in my kitchen arsenal of appliances (don’t ask!!!). So much so that I now own two of them. They are pretty much in constant use. It’s only 10:56 AM and I’ve already made spaghetti squash (cook time 7 minutes) and rice (cook time 22 minutes). My rice picture didn’t make it, but you can see the spaghetti squash before and after. Now you know why this post is about Gluten Free Diva Instant Pot Love! [Click to continue…]


    Broccoli Apple Raisin Slaw – Gluten Free & Vegan

    by Ellen Allard on October 20, 2015 · 2 comments

    broc slaw for blog

    I saw this recipe for gluten free, vegan Apple-Broccoli Slaw and wanted to make it immediately. I was already home, wasn’t in the mood to head out to Trader Joe’s. Remembered that I had broccoli in the frig.

    I cut the stems from the florettes and then put those stems in the food processor, and used the shredding blade to shred those babies. Voila!

    Confession: I used to always throw out broccoli stems. Years and years worth, in the trash. Then I started chopping them into my salads and incorporating them in my stirfry dishes. But never in a million years had I considered shredding them. You know – like the bags of shredded broccoli you see at Trader Joe’s. [Click to continue…]


    Gluten Free Vegan Cheeze Sauce

    by Ellen Allard on October 3, 2015 · 5 comments

    Gluten FreeVeganMac & CheezeEasy & gluten free & vegan & delicious. Sign me up.

    I’ve adopted a mostly plant-based diet and the difference in my everyday energy and health has been nothing short of amazing. I used to get sick with colds all the time. I haven’t been sick in over a year.

    Not to mention, I love using up leftover veggies. In this case, I had a bag of small, white potatoes (Yukon Gold) that needed to be used. Absolutely no way was I gonna throw them out. [Click to continue…]


    Gluten Free Summer Corn Custard

    by Ellen Allard on June 24, 2015 · 1 comment

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    They messaged me on Facebook yesterday and said they were coming through town, was I up for a visit? Without skipping a beat, I said yes.

    Pulled out my cookbooks, looked online, made sure to accommodate their food needs and mine. She is vegetarian, he’s Celiac and strictly gluten free. Easy peasy. I’m both, but I’m also dairy free and mostly vegan. And since reading Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, I’ve been very successfully experimenting with reducing or eliminating oil from my cooking.

    No, I don’t have heart disease. But I like the book, I trust this doctor, he helped my sister reverse her heart disease. And since it runs in my family, I’ve decided to err on the side of caution and follow the “Prevent” part of his plan. [Click to continue…]

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    Gluten Free, Dairy Free Soy Homemade Yogurt

    by Ellen Allard on April 21, 2015 · 0 comments

    Chocolate Soy Yogurt with Apples & Granola

     Good morning my gluten free friends! Doesn’t this gluten free, dairy free soy homemade yogurt look delish? It was. Totally.

    I am hooked on making homemade soy yogurt in my Instant Pot. After a lot of experimenting, I have it down to a science and it couldn’t be easier. Yes, it does take some time. But while it’s fermenting, you just go about your business. The only real effort on your part is the initial steps of mixing the soymilk with the other two ingredients. Three ingredients: soymilk, cashews, yogurt starter. My first attempts were with Trader Joe’s Organic Soymilk in the asceptic shelf stable cardboard boxes, and I also tried WestSoy. But then I made it with Edensoy Organic Soymilk (make sure it’s the gluten free version) in the asceptic containers and it was head and shoulders WAY better and thicker than the other two brands. I liked it so much more that I went to Whole Foods and bought a case. They gave me a 10% discount.

    I’m VERY, VERY happy with this yogurt. It’s gluten free and dairy free. And when I turn it into the chocolate yumminess you see in the picture above, it’s a delicious breakfast!

    The Instant Pot which is my latest (and I’m sure will continue to be) favorite appliance. In addition to replacing my yogurt maker, it has replaced my slow cooker, rice cooker, and pressure cooker. Click on the picture in the sidebar for more info. (I’m an affiliate and with good reason – it’s a fantastic appliance).

    NOTE: The first time I made yogurt in the Instant Pot, I set it on the Yogurt setting, which automatically defaults to 8 hours. I now increase it to 12 hours. When the 12 hour mark passes and the IP shuts off, I let it sit in the IP for another 6 hours, and then put it in the frig to chill. The additional time makes it significantly thicker.

    For those of you who don’t have the Instant Pot (with the Yogurt option), you can use a regular yogurt maker (like this one) – I used to, before I got my Instant Pot. Some people have even made yogurt in their slow cooker or their dehydrator or in their oven with the light on for warmth.

    As for me, I’m really happy to have another gluten free, dairy free option for breakfast!

    Yogurt In Jars



    Soy Veggie Chorizo & Nacho Cheeze Sauce

    by Ellen Allard on March 29, 2015 · 0 comments

    Soy Veg Chorizo & Nacho Cheeze final

    I love leftovers. They make my life easy and uncomplicated. I made this last night, had it again tonight, will most likely revisit it again tomorrow night. It was delicious and I love delicious. It was healthy and I love healthy.

    Recipe? You say you want a recipe? Except for the nacho cheeze sauce, I winged (wanged?!?) this one, but I’ll try my best to recreate it. In the spirit of improvisation (I’m a musician, after all), winging has become a normal occurrence in my kitchen. I’m kinda liking the freedom it gives me.

    Was I surprised at my annual physical last week? Well, not completely. This winter, with all the snow in the northeast, I packed on a few pounds. Though truth be told, I can’t completely blame it on the winter. I also discovered cocktails. Manhattans, to be exact. I don’t care for the cherry that’s usually added to this drink, but I love my Manhattan. However, I’m only drinking them on special occasions, at least for the time being. And I’m also venturing into cooking oil-free when I can. Bathing suit season will soon be upon us. [Click to continue…]


    Gluten Free Green Monster Smoothie

    April 30, 2014

    What do gluten free and green smoothies have to do with each other? Everything. Why is this smoothie called the Green Monster Smoothie? Because I live near Boston and I’m a Red Sox fan and I have a secret wish to sit in the Green Monster section of Fenway. Since becoming the Gluten Free Diva […]

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    Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

    April 20, 2014

      I’m all about loving my gluten free breakfast. You love your gluten free breakfasts, too, don’t you?!? I’ve posted on my blog about pancakes and waffles and smoothies for the last bunch of years. And I just never seem to tire of trying new recipes. This morning was no exception. My sister, Faye, who […]

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    GF Cookbook Review & Contest, Apple Pear Crisp, Gluten Free & Dairy Free

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    Would you like to win a copy of Carol Fenster‘s newest cookbook called Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking? Read on and learn how you can enter the contest. Gluten free Apple Pear Crisp for a mid-morning snack. Yup. Couldn’t help myself. It was delicious! While I usually opt for a […]

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    Gluten Free Figgy Oatmeal

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    What does the Gluten Free Diva do on a day when the snow is falling fast and furious and the weather report promises that this will be a historic snowstorm? She gears up in her bright yellow snow shoveling jacket, heavy fleece mittens and hats, and she shovels. Probably completely unnecessary to shovel, as there […]

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    Is Juice Gluten Free?

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    One of the best ways to keep disease at bay is to include as many fruits and vegetables in your daily diet as possible. And one of the best ways to do that is to juice them. While you’re not getting the fiber, and this is a question I get asked a lot as a […]

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    November 30, 2013

    Ready for a gluten free makeover?!? Wanna do it for a few days and see how your body feels? Read on…. I don’t know about you, but after a couple of rounds of Thanksgiving leftovers, I’m ready to hit the grocery store and restock my frig with kale and nothing but kale. I’m only partly kidding:). […]

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