7 Tips for Surviving Holiday Sugar Overload

7 Tips for Surviving Holiday Sugar Overload | BoulderLocavore.com

This post has been made possible thanks to my ongoing partnership with Udi’s Gluten-Free, striving to share gluten-free lifestyle information to make everyday just a bit easier! During the almost decade my children and I have now been gluten-free, I’ve seen many things change.  When we started it was an outlying ‘condition’, with little information, uninformed medical practitioners and few recipe or dedicated gluten-free foods available for purchase.  From that obscurity, it has sprung into the forefront with the now accepted 1/132 people believed to have an intolerance to gluten.  Products in stores are now marked as gluten-free, mainstream companies are manufacturing products for the gluten-free market and those of use needing gluten-less foods do not feel so separate from the … {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Root Beer Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Root Beer Baby Back Ribs - BoulderLocavore.com

Am I the only one who thinks of ribs as a summer grilling food?  Why is it that food gets pigeon holed to a meal genre or season?  For instance do you ever think about how breakfast food can be eaten any time of the day and the novelty about that is charming: ‘backwards day’ or ‘Brinner’ for scrambled eggs and sausage in the evening.  But eating dinner foods for breakfast?  Unheard of except for pizza that has slipped by on certain occasions without scorn. (Though I’ll admit one of my favorite breakfasts is Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, or Black Beas and Rice). I have no idea why I think of ribs only as a summer food.  I was speaking with a friend a few weeks ago who was extoling the virtues of a new meal service she’s trying.  She selects from a weekly menu, all of the components of the … {continue reading}

Freaky {Healthy} Halloween Salad

Freaky Healthy Halloween Salad - BoulderLocavore.com

Whether hosting a Halloween party or just setting up a nosh-and-go set of food options for my Trick-or-Treaters, I always try to have some healthy options.  As compelling as it is to eat treats like Red Devil Cupcakes, Great Pumpkin Piñata Cake or Cinnamon Witch Bits, we all know the downfall of the sugar cycle.  Anticipation and excitement seem to only amplify the sugar consumption with adrenaline, guaranteed to plummet sooner versus later. The key I’ve found is to make the dishes fun and just as alluring as the sweet treats.  I’ve had great success with recipes such as Diablo Eyeballs (taco meatballs) in Black Bean Pasta, ‘Candy Corn’ Chicken Quesadillas, Pumpkin Chipotle Cream Sauce on gluten-free pasta and Black Quinoa with Brown-Butter Sage Butternut Squash and Pepitas.  They get … {continue reading}

Orange-flavored Kettle Corn and Halloween Orange Kettle Corn Treat Mix

Orange-flavored Kettle Corn Halloween Treat Mix - BoulderLocavore.com

It’s funny how there seems to be so much time before a holiday to prepare.  Inevitably in my world we plod along and then the week leading up to the actual day feels to take on the quality of cartoon speed; actions in overdrive, voices playing out to sound like they are on helium in my head from the rush of it all. The same with holiday food.  I begin thinking of fun, new ideas well before the holiday but my muse seems to deliver the mother lode with little time to spare!    Case in point I have two more Halloween recipes to share this week!  They are both quick to make and will add a bit of surprise to your festivities. Today I have one last sweet treat:  Orange-flavored Kettle Corn and a Halloween Orange Kettle Corn Treat Mix.  I’ve shared a few Kettle Corn recipes and still … {continue reading}

Tropical ‘Candy Corn’ Smoothie

Tropical 'Candy Corn' Smoothie - BoulderLocavore.com

Love them or hate them, Candy Corn are the mascot of this time of year.  They hide away like a vampire waiting for the sun to set, only to reveal themselves and dominate the candy consciousness for the month of October.  They are inescapable to some, irresistible to others. On Boulder Locavore we love the whimsy of the candy corn visual.  Like putting a dime next to an object in a photo for scale, any glimpse of candy corn lets us know what time of year it is.  Personally I love a few candy corn, appreciating their buttery overtones however finding myself quickly queasy from the sucrose overdose. All candy corn creations need not be sweet ones.  I’m at the point of October where I’m a bit sugar-saturated and craving healthier options.  I liked the idea of creating a candy corn … {continue reading}

Red Devil Cupakes

Gluten-Free Red Devil Cupcakes {Devil's Food cupcakes with Red Hots Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting} - BoulderLocavore.com

With Halloween being a week away I wanted to create a few more fun ways to celebrate!  I will admit I’m feeling the need for some healthier food after having a Whimsical Fall M&M Cake and Trick-or-Treat Ice Cream at the ready for noshing.  Very hard to resist! I really had my heart set on cupcakes, devilishly delicious cupcakes!  After making Graveyard Cupcakes for a prior Halloween celebration I felt we needed to add some new fun cupcakes to our party arsenal.  ‘Devil’s Food’ seemed completely spot on! For those who don’t know, Devil’s Food is a moist, light, rich chocolate cake.  I did a bit of research, always interested in the history of cakes with iconic names.  Devil’s Food began to appear in the late 1800’s but truly became ‘the rage’ in the early 1900’s.  At the time … {continue reading}