Week 1 of the #LivingNowFoods Challenge

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WP_20140522_11_34_14_ProI am so excited! I recently got chosen to be one of 15 Ambassadors for the 30 day Living Now Foods Challenge through Mamavation! They issued a 30 day challenge (and compensated me) to go gluten free with the help of a giant box of their fabulous products. As many of you may know, I am already gluten free and so I was really excited to get a chance to discover these awesome products!

Starting this week (and continuing for the next 3 after) I will do a round up of a few things and recipes that I have made with the Living Now Foods products! Then on July 2, 2014 there is going to be a fabulous twitter party to wrap up the challenge.

So lets get to the food!

WP_20140529_18_23_04_ProMy first adventure with Living Now Foods was with Living Now’s Tapioca Flour. I made my ever popular Brazilian Cheese Rolls to go with a dinner of roast and broccoli! The great thing about Brazilian Cheese Rolls is that it gives you a bread type component to go with meals! When we first went gluten free we missed dinner rolls. And while these aren’t super bread, they are cheesy and delish! The tapioca flour is the key ingredient in these rolls. It is a great starch! The 1 think to remember is (at least with this recipe) you heat up the liquid and allow the starch to hydrate.

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My second adventure is a completely new recipe I created with Living Now’s Quinoa! ¬†I am not super used to dealing with quinoa but it is a complete protein and really good for you. And I had been craving all the flavors of a traditional Caprese salad so I put together this spring themed Caprese Quinoa! The quinoa was super easy to deal with! I just used my rice cooker with a 2:1 chicken stock to quinoa and set it on white rice. It was that easy!

WP_20140529_18_40_35_ProAnd last but not least for this week is a little dessert! I made chocolate chip cookies using the Living Now Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. I was blown away that this cookie mix was dairy free, soy free, egg free, and nut free in addition to being gluten free. They were super easy and had a great chewy texture! I will be honest, I may like my home made chocolate chip cookies better but these were pretty tasty! They are great to have on hand for quick treats. They are also the perfect thing to have on hand if have people in your life that have any of these allergies! A super clean mixing bowl and baking sheet and you can make them a clean and uncontaminated dessert!

So that is this week’s adventure! If you want to keep up on everyone’s experience just follow the hashtag on Facebook! Since I have already made the gluten free switch I am challenging you all! Can you substitute 3 meals a week with gluten free alternative? What are you biggest gluten free challenges? Let me know and maybe I can take them on for you!

(Disclosure: I am being compensated for this piece but all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone!)

 

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