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Gluten Free Brownies

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog, Recipes | 2 comments

Gluten Free Brownies

Going Gluten Free-ish – the long road to healthy with Roasted Vegetables & MahiMahi and Chocolate Quinoa Brownies

Gluten Free Brownies

When I told Melissa I was attempting to go gluten free to try and take control of my health, she immediately asked me to do a blog post about it. Of course I said yes.  If you’ve visited my blog Trilogy Edibles, you probably know about my journey with severe back issues.  In 2013 I went through two lower back surgeries and four epidurals to try and get me back walking without pain.  As we entered 2014, not yet 100%, I decided that it was my turn to take control of my health, even with all the restrictions.

Now I knew going completely gluten free was crazy.  I’m a baker after all.  I need to taste test everything.  Even after years of using these recipes and knowing them better than anything, you just never know when you make a bad batch.  I’m proud to say that’s never happened.

The first week was the easiest so far in the month.  You know that feeling after you decide to do something and you go full guns.   Then there are a few cheats the second week, then you don’t notice the cheats in week three.  And then there you have it, back to your old habits.  Now I’d like to say, I didn’t slide completely into my old habits, I stayed at the few cheats.

I also used MyFitnessPal.com to help me track what I ate.  I wanted to keep between 1200-1400 calories per day.  It’s not a lot but when you can’t really exercise, you can’t just eat whatever you want.

My menus for breakfast and lunch didn’t vary much each week.  I stuck with either a protein shake or eggs for breakfast and then either a salad or veggie burger no bun for lunch.  Then dinner was always a protein of some kind (chicken, fish, beef) with salad, quinoa with brown rice, or veggies.

I also decided to make a few gluten free recipes as well.  The best crock pot chili and a roasted garlic and butternut squash soup that tasted sinful but wasn’t.  I also made a roasted veggie dish with Inland Market Sea Salt and Roasted Garlic Mahi Mahi that was out of this world.  That’s one of the dishes I’m going to share with you today.

Now you’re probably wondering, how bad was the cravings and the cheating?  They were not bad actually but as I said, I knew that I would cheat.  I think that’s the trick, don’t beat yourself up about it.  I didn’t and I found I didn’t cheat nearly as much as I thought I would.

So after this experiment, would I go totally gluten free?  Nope, I love bread too much.  But it did introduce me to other options, like quinoa instead of rice as a side or using it in baking.  And that’s the second recipe I’m going to share with you today.

Enough about me, let’s get started shall we!  So here’s dinner.

Gluten Free Brownies 2

  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms (whatever you prefer)
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 filet Sea Salt and Roasted Garlic Mahi Mahi (Inland Market)

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a cast iron skillet (or one that can go into the oven) heat olive oil.
  3. Sautee the onion until translucent then add in the rest of the veggies.
  4. Lastly add the garlic.
  5. Cube the mahi and add into the veggies.  Cook for a couple minutes.
  6. Put the skillet into the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Take out and serve.  The entire pan is 300 calories.  It’s usually two meals for me and it’s so so so good.
  8. Now you could do this with any pre-seasoned fish.   Salmon is also really really good.

So you’ve had a really healthy dinner, let’s splurge on dessert.  How about a gluten free brownie?

Gluten Free Brownies 2

Gluten Free Quinoa Brownies (makes 15 brownies)

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup good cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup cooked quinoa (follow the instructions on a package)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a blender blend the eggs until mixed, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the quinoa and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the baking powder and salt.
  5. In a sauce pan, melt butter and add sugar and cocoa.  Mix well.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the sugar/cocoa mixture.
  7. When combined add the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into a well-greased pan 9”x13”
  9. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  10. Cool and enjoy!
  11. Each brownie is less than 200 calories with 3 grams of protein!

So there you have it, gluten free doesn’t have to be taste free!

Thanks for letting me share my little experiment with you and I hope you’ll swing by Trilogy Edibles and see what else I make up in the kitchen, both gluten and gluten free goodies!

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Superhero Cookies for The Brunette Baker

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Blog, Cookies, Giveaway | 4 comments

Superhero Cookies for The Brunette Baker

Who doesn’t love Superhero cookies? But superhero cookies and finding out if you have won $200 in cash is even better. Everyone wants a super power.  What’s your super power?  Some people can run a 5 minute mile, some people can finish the CrossFit Angie workout in 11 minutes, and some people can get 1500 on the SAT. Well, I am proud to say I really can’t do any of those things. I would love to be able to run fast but I waddle like a turkey. I would love to finish Angie in under 15 minutes but it takes me about 28 minutes. I would have loved to done well on the SAT, but sadly I did not. Standardized tests are my kryptonite. My husband and I still argue as I think they are stupid.  If you could have superhero cookies designed for you, what would you choose?

superhero cookies

About a month ago I asked Jenny Jack this very question. What type of cookies would you like if I made some for your birthday? She replied, hands down super hero cookies.  Well, I guess with a name like Jenny Jack, what else could she possibly want. Could she have a cooler name? It’s almost like she was meant to be a super hero.  I thought I would end off her birthday giveaway bang. She gets her cookies and some lucky winner gets $200.00 in cash.

superhero cookies

See, I told you. How cool does that double J look? Clark Kent, Steve Rogers, and Jenny Jack. See it fits right in. It’s like she was meant to be apart of the Justice League.

superhero cookies

Now be honest, when you go to blog do you just grab the recipe and dash?  Do you actually read the blog post? If you have never been to Jenny’s blog, here are some of my favorites. Not just because of the recipes, but because Jenny is super funny.

superhero cookies

Right about now I am sure you are thinking, can I just know if I won the cash or not? While it is wonderful that Jenny is getting super hero cookies,  I just want to know if I am $200 richer.

Congratulations Melissa Smith, you are the lucky winner!

The Brunette Baker Birthday Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Blog, Giveaway | 6 comments

The Brunette Baker Giveaway

Do you know Jenny? She is the chief blogger behind The Brunette Baker and she has been celebrating her birthday all month. The month is coming to an end and we all joined forces for a birthday giveaway.  Jenny’s birthday has become the gift that keeps on giving. Cameras, an Ipad and now some cold hard cash. If you are not interested in cash and you just want birthday cake then you should read her latest post. It’s all about a Wacky Cake.

birthday giveaway

What would you do with a $200.00 gift card from the birthday giveaway? Here are a few ideas  you could spend your winnings on from the people sitting around me:

Hayley {my assistant}: she would put it towards her school bills. You have to love the price of college textbooks, right?

Jude {my son}: He would put it in his Aston Martin fund jar. He is quite excited that he now has 0.0012% saved towards his dream car.

Dann {husband}: I wish I could attach the email of his answer. He said cookie cutters. Now I have a whole closet full of cookie cutters and he never plays with them.  He claims that he waits until I go to sleep and he sneaks out.  For anyone who knows my husband, and the fact that he is asleep at eight, would then have to lead to you believe that I am asleep by seven.   Then email number two came in and he said he would take his family out to dinner. This one is my favorite. Once every four months he takes Jude and I out to the Capital Grille for dinner. It has become a fun family tradition. I love it. There are no cell phones and there is no gobble down the food and dash. We sit for about an hour to two hour talking and enjoying each others company.

Me:  I would actually use it to purchase a KopyKake projector to giveaway for hitting 10,000 followers on Instagram and Facebook.

birthday giveaway

Meet my partners in crime for the birthday giveaway:

The giveaway is open to US, Canadian, and UK residents.

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