Tres Latin Foods | Triumph Dining

product-thumb-spinach-cheeseHave you ever heard of a pupusa? Have you ever tried one? If you never have or if you’re already a big fan, you’re in luck because now you can buy them in the grocery section of your local store.

A pupusa is a stuffed corn tortilla that originated in El Salvador. Pupusas are traditionally served with a side of curtido, a vinegary coleslaw. The recipe to make this can be found on the side of the pupusa box.

Tres Latin Foods was born in 2008 in a stand at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market in Colorado. Their pupusas first hit grocery store shelves in 2010, and they now can be found in the freezer section of hundreds of Whole Foods Market locations, and other grocery stores across the country (complete list of retailers can be found here). Click to continue reading »

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | Triumph Dining

quinoa salad(1)The weather’s getting warmer, at least here in California, so if you’re in the mood for a lighter dinner or even lunch, try this salad. Its leftovers are good, too.

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Easy Braised Brisket | Triumph Dining

easy-braised-brisket-1-1-e1417889543164-960x1078(1)Who doesn’t like a quick and easy dinner recipe? Serve this with Sweet Christine’s rolls. This lip-smacking, pull-apart beef brisket has just five ingredients and reheats well for a second meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) beef brisket, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

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Sweet Christine’s Bread | Triumph Dining

B00CWL6SH4.01-AI0Z8PHFT0KCQ._SS2560_SCRMZZZZZZZ_V352940806_You may have seen the previous post about Sweet Christine’s Bakery sweet treats like muffins, lava cake and cookies. This post is to talk about their more savory options.

There are brands of gluten-free bread, bagels and buns that we all end up buying because they are easy to find and good to have on hand. Some are better than others but none of them really hit the spot when you are after a soft bun for a BBQ beef sandwich or a Sloppy Joe, something you can fill up with meet then squish down to absorb the sauce. I want to be able to squish without forcing out the entire inner layer! Sweet Christine’s buns and bagels work. The texture is softer than what I usually buy and the flavor is slightly sweet, like an egg bread or challah. They work great for a favorite breakfast or dinner sandwiches. Click to continue reading »

Nick’s Sticks | Triumph Dining

nicks-sticks-300x200So many people are going Paleo or eating clean these days. That’s great because it means more people who can share in the quest for good gluten-free food. I’m well practiced after all these years at creating and ordering gluten-free meals but snack time still gives me problems. It’s hard to find a high protein, low carb, low sugar, gluten-free snack.

One of my Paleo friends turned me on to Nick’s Sticks. These are small, shelf stable snack sticks made from grass-fed beef or free-range turkey raised small family farms in the Midwest. They are seasoned with organic Redmond spices and do not have a casing. The sticks are free of red dye, MSG, nitrates, antibiotics, hormones, sugar and gluten.   Click to continue reading »

Gluten Free Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai | Triumph Dining

spaghetti-squash-pad-thaiThis is a good recipe with lots of flavor. Gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari makes this comfort food safe to eat.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced + more for garnish
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

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Blackened Chicken with Beans Recipe | Triumph Dining

blackened-chicken-recipeHow often do you make a blackened recipe of some kind? It’s not a usually in my repertoire so I decided to give this one a shot. I liked it when I made it the first time and liked it even more the second, third and fourth times. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients and cooks quickly. It could be served with any number of side dishes. Click to continue reading »

Sweet Christine’s Banana Muffins | Triumph Dining

lEveryone has a family member with a signature dish, right?  For my mom, it’s her banana bread, among other things. Of course my love of that was from back in my gluten-eating days. These days I don’t eat much banana bread made by her or anyone else.

When I bit into the banana muffin sent to me by Sweet Christine’s Bakery it tasted just like mom’s banana bread. This is not an exaggeration and I didn’t need to do anything to embellish the muffin. They came individually wrapped and in two flavors: banana chocolate chip and chocolate chip. They were moist and generous with the semi-sweet chocolate chips but without being overpowered by chocolate.  You could see flecks of banana throughout the muffins so you know they were made with whole fruit. Click to continue reading »

Glutenetto Assorted Cookie Box

unnamed2The holiday season has passed but there are still occasions when you’ll need a host gift. If you are gluten free and need to bring something over to say thank you or if you’re not gluten free and going to someone’s house who is, bring a box of Glutenetto cookies by Cookies Con Amore. You will be the hero of the party.

These cookies were wonderful and the assorted box it smelled like an Italian grandmother’s kitchen of butter, almonds and fresh baked cookies. The packaging says, “Cookies con Amore” and that’s how I felt when I opened the box and the delicious smell reminded me of grandma. Click to continue reading »

Saifun Noodles with GF Soy Sauce

unnamedWe’ve posted in the past about the various forms of gluten-free Asian noodles but they’re still easy forget about when I’m doing my weekly meal planning. Pairing these noodles with a gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free teriyaki sauce (like the one made by Kikkoman) makes a great quick, weeknight dinner. Click to continue reading »