Food, Fact & Faith – July 27th

This week’s newsletter features all the forgotten items that have been drafted since July 2nd. Time flies when you never stop working.



FACT –  I’m not a recipe developer. But I’m a substitute pro. Below, I’ve listed my favorite alternatives that have been amassed over the years. I’ve had plenty of tears over chewy pasta and styrofoam-like bread. These items are, at a minimum, free of gluten/dairy/corn/beef. Trouble finding them? Happy to help! 

  1. Bread – local: Keto Bread from Unrefined Bakery. nationwide: Rudi’s Cinnamon Raisin or Canyon Bakehouse.
  2. Muffins – Unrefined Bakery. I ate my weight of these in college as a sugar-laden runner. Now, it’s once a year.
  3. Pizza Crust – cauliflower was a fail without pounds of cheese. Against All Grain or Unrefined Bakery.
  4. Beer – still have yet to find a comparable to Tecate for my life.
  5. Milk –
    1. for baking and smoothies: Good Karma Protein Flax Milk
    2. for my hot coffee: Califia Almond Milk
    3. for my cold brew: Malk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.
  6. Protein Bar – Bulletproof Bars.
  7. Cheese – cream: Kite Hill (almond-based), dried like parmesan: nutritional yeast. slice/shred; still looking. Daiya as a last resort for now.
  8. Corn Starch – arrowroot flour and tapioca starch (used in the recipe below!)
  9. Soy Sauce – coconut aminos
  10. Ice Cream – Sorbetto, non-fruit flavors, at Botolino Gelato on Greenville.

I hope these recommendations save you some bad meals and trial and error of expensive allergen-free products. Similar to the word “bridal”, allergen-free seems to increase the price by 30%.

FOOD- Zupafied Casserole 

A few months ago, I wrote an article for Zupa Noma about the benefits of soup versus juice. I actually don’t drink any of my calories (unless it’s the rare tequila!) because it’s not worth it to me. I like to chew! Thus, I use my Zupa as a nutrient-rich marinade. This casserole has a curry-like feel. So delicious.

ZupaRecipe1Zupafied Spaghetti Squash Casserole – serves 6

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 4 cups steamed cauliflower florets
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • ½ diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups mushrooms, diced
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 oz full-fat coconut milk
  • 12 oz Yellow Pepper turmeric ZUPA NOMA
  • Salt and pepper (about 1 tsp each)
  1. Slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cook each halve, one at a time, in the microwave. Cover with paper towel and cook face down for 7-9 minutes.  
  2. While the squash is cooking, brown the turkey. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add in the diced onion. Once translucent, add ground turkey. Break it into pieces with a spatula and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Reserve at least 1 tbsp of fat in the pan for the sauce you’ll make later.
  3. Remove squash from microwave, let cool. Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
  4. While the squash is cooling, prepare the creamy garlic sauce. Heat the same pan you cooked the sausage in over medium heat. Once hot, add mushrooms and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add in the arrowroot flour and minced garlic and stir around to mix well with the mushrooms, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Next, add in the ZUPA & coconut milk, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Be sure to mix well to dissolve all of the flour into the milk (you don’t want any flour clumps). Use a whisk to mix if needed. The sauce will bubble and thicken, keep stirring to prevent burning. After 2 minutes turn heat down to low and simmer. Stir in salt and pepper.
  6. Now, put it all together. With a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash “noodles” into a medium oil-misted casserole dish. Add the cooked turkey, cauliflower and creamy garlic sauce. Mix everything together well.
  7. Place back in the oven to bake for 15 more minutes. Remove and serve.

FAITH – Put on the whole armor of God, and you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. 

My Translation: Temptation is real. Prayer and effort is required to withstand Satan’s attempts to lure you in. Wonder what wiles are? “Devious or cunning stratagems to manipulate or persuade someone to do what one wants.”

None of that sounds appealing to me. I’m suiting up for success with lots of prayers and this verse on my tongue, ready to fight what’s thrown my way. But I know, I am nothing without Him.

WWWO- Mr Mesero

This classic Dallas restaurant is now within walking distance of my home. Again, I realize this probably isn’t a smart thing to tell you. But, if you ever want to pick up our tab…! Thursday nights are unseemingly LIT, with Frozen Micro-ritas overflowing.

WWWO? Ceviche to start. Ate it with a spoon; no chips needed. It’s served like an ahi-tower. Del Corazon salad with shrimp (just $3 to add; yes please). Just do me a favor and order a tequila soda with lime instead of the “size 2” margarita which uses Splenda. 
You don’t need Splenda to be a size two.

Extra: Goodness Tour_Flyer_Dallas

GT_FB_Cover_Dallas.jpgThis weekend’s yoga session at the Goodness Tour with Zoe’s Kitchen was incredible. Don’t miss the follow-up giveaway featuring all my favorite cookbooks! 

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