Author Archives: Leslie Morris

An Easy Gluten-Free Salad | Triumph Dining

zucchini-shaved1000A few years ago my parents turned their in-ground swimming pool into a garden. My mother had just retired and this garden soon became her new hobby. We’ve benefitted greatly from the bounty of things she’s grown and when I saw this recipe, I knew we’d make it often.

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago

Serves 6

Credit: Bay Area Bites

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 small zucchini, trimmed (about 1 1/4 lbs total; I like to use a mix of different colors)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 oz. Asiago, Pecorino, Parmesan, or ricotta salata cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped roasted, salted almonds; toasted pine nuts; or chopped toasted walnuts

Directions

Using a vegetable peeler, shave long strips of zucchini from the stem end to the blossom end into a shallow serving bowl or plate. As you shave ribbons, rotate the zucchini until you’ve shaved down to the center core of seeds. Discard the core (or shave it as far as you can!).

Shave edge of cheese with a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.

Drizzle with a little oil (1-2 tablespoons), squeeze the lemon over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the ribbons evenly. Sprinkle with the cheese shavings and nuts and serve.

Jujubeet – A Plant-Based Juice Bar | Triumph Dining Review

Review of Jujubeet in Seattle by Triumph DiningOn a trip taken to Seattle a couple months back, one of the last places I stopped was Jujubeet in Bellevue. This juice bar also offers gluten-free food items. Their goal is to provide quick, simple, delicious, nutritionally rich food.Their storefront offers a variety of proven superfoods and they claim that everything they sell is crafted to provide you with the energy and the nutrition needed to make each day spectacular.

I enjoyed my Green Limeade Smoothie made of spinach, parsley, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lime. It had a bit of a bite, which I liked. They also offer Happy Greens, Liver Purifier, Carrot Zinger and Just Beet It!  Click to continue reading »

Glutenfreeda Oatmeal | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Review of Glutenfreeda OatmealIf you’re often pressed for time in the morning and can’t squeeze in making a full, hearty, homemade breakfast, Glutenfreeda has a product for you: All Natural Whole Instant Oatmeal. This instant oatmeal comes in 6 flavors; Apple Cinnamon with Flax, Banana Maple with Flax, Maple Raisin with Flax, Cranberry Cinnamon with Flax, Natural Instant, and Strawberries & Brown Sugar with Flax. If you can’t make up your mind on which to try, they also have a variety pack that includes 3 different flavors (Apple, Banana and Maple).

All varieties are wheat- and gluten-free, made with natural and organic ingredients, and don’t have any GMOs. All of Glutenfreeda’s products are made in a 100% dedicated facility and have less than 5PPM of gluten. According to their website, they “welcome anyone who chooses to live on a gluten-free, diet but (they’ve) built (their) business for people with Celiac disease who have zero tolerance.”Just read the ingredients list and you’ll be amazed at how you are actually able to pronounce everything. Real ingredients for real people.  Click to continue reading »

Noglu: Gluten-Free in Paris

nogluParis in the springtime. Who can resist? Who can resist Paris anytime of the year, actually?!

In a city known for its pastries, Noglu is a gem, conveniently located in the 2nd. Click to continue reading »

Devotion Vodka | Triumph Dining Product Review

devotionLet’s just tell it like it is – it’s not every day that a few bottles of vodka show up at the office, albeit sugar-free, gluten-free ones. So while reviewing these tall pretty bottles of beverage is a definite hardship on me, I’m going to do it for you.

Of course celiacs safely drinking vodka, in and of itself, is controversial. Many experts, including the National Institutes for Health, claim that the distilling process that creates vodka from gluten-containing grains renders it gluten-free. That’s up to you to decide for yourself. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Hamantaschen | Triumph Dining

Jewish dessertIn the Jewish culture, every holiday has its own special food. Think about this. Latkes for Chanukah. Matzoh for Passover. Apples and honey for Rosh Hashana.

The Jewish holiday that’s upon us this Saturday is Purim, the kid-friendly holiday that celebrates the bravery of Queen Esther, a wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, in revealing a plot by Haman, the king’s advisor, to destroy a community of Persian Jews. Click to continue reading »

Cookies by Design | Triumph Dining

IMG_2974Have you ever received a Cookies by Design bouquet? They are staple gifts in our family and we’ve used them as centerpieces for Thanksgiving dinners, baby showers and birthday parties. And, to be honest, we’ve actually just gone into the store and bought some to eat, too, as they’re that tasty.

Now these cookie bouquets are available gluten-free! The official Triumph Dining taste testers compared gluten-filled to gluten-free and we are pleased to let you know that while the cookies don’t taste exactly the same, the gluten-free ones are very good.

Take a look at the bouquet options and then consider your flavor choices: sugar, chocolate ship, white chocolate macadamia nuts and “millionaire”. What we like best about these cookies is the look – they come in hundreds of shapes and are beautifully decorated and can be personalized.  Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free on Pinterest | Triumph Dining

frittersMost of us think of Pinterest as a visual social medium, often turned to for party ideas, pretty pictures and viewing collections of physical items.

However, just last week I searched Gluten Free on Pinterest and came up with more than a few things to share. Click to continue reading »

Misty Mountains Farm | Triumph Dining

bread_makingYet another find on my Seattle trip was Misty Mountains Farm, where Matt and Arial Buza work together to create the sweet and savory breads and baked goods they offer through a unique community-supported bakery (CSB). Each CSB members’ weekly share is delivered right to their doors. About half of Misty Mountains Farm’s selection is gluten-free, and it is always popular. Click to continue reading »

Brown Butter–Polenta Cake with Maple Caramel | Triumph Dining

brown-butter-polenta-cake-with-maple-caramel-940x600Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. We found this recipe in Bon Appetit and thought it a nice dessert alternative for those who aren’t fixated on chocolate. For a moist cake, be sure to use finely ground polenta labeled “quick-cooking” or “instant”; cooking times listed on the package will be five minutes or less. Click to continue reading »