Category Archives: Gluten Free Recipes

How to Cut Colorful Matchstick Carrots

How to Cut Colorful Matchstick Carrots

Did you know that making your food look beautiful actually helps you digest it?

The other night I taught a virtual cooking class with my friend Amanda (we don’t look like we should be allowed near sharp objects, do we?) and we talked about why it’s so important to make your dishes glamour shot-ready.

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You see, when you spot an appetizing meal, you begin to secrete more saliva — hence the term “mouth-wathering”. And in your saliva? Are enzymes that help you break down your meal – especially the carbs and starchy foods.

So yes, digestion begins even before your food gets to your tummy! And the more efficient your digestion, the less work your gut will have to do, and the more energy you’ll have.

Want to give your gut a helping hand? Style up your supper.

And one of the easiest ways to make your food visually appealing is to add a pop of color! My favorite way – carrots!

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But a lot of times raw carrots in a salad can overpower the texture with their extreme crunchiness. Or they take too long to cook down in a stir-fry. But if you cut them small enough? They’ll blend in beautifully.

Ever wonder how they get those pretty little carrot “matchsticks” at a fancy salad bar? I’m showing you how to do it in today’s video.

Click below to watch:

How else can you add a pop of color to your dishes? Share your favorite ideas in the comments!

P.S. It’s that time of year where it’s getting too cold to leave the house to work out. What do I turn to? Erin Stutland in my living room!


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Her wildy popular Say It, Sweat It, Get It Challenge is coming up soon – a perfect way to keep yourself moving despite the holiday craziness. Check out her toning & uplifting workouts by signing up for the challenge here – I can’t wait to do it with you!

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How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in Under 10 Minutes

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in Under 10 Minutes

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know three things: 1. I am incapable of ditching the excited “muppet face”:             2. I’m obsessed with my parents’ giant fluff-ball, Duncan:             3. There’s a new ingredient in my breakfast:             Thanks… Continue Reading

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Asparagus Recipe Formula: A Side Dish That Helps You De-Bloat

Asparagus Recipe Formula: A Side Dish That Helps You De-Bloat

A few months ago I co-hosted a Beauty Bites party with my pal Monique from Goddess Huntress. We rustled up an exquisite grapefruit vodka cocktail, a homemade olive oil skin toner, and a tasty meal full of superfoods that promote a sparkly complexion. The main ingredient? Asparagus. Turns out these suckers are anti-aging powerhouses —… Continue Reading

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A Healthy Lunch You Can Bring to Work

A Healthy Lunch You Can Bring to Work

Do you ever try to be good little girl or boy by bringing your lunch to work? I don’t blame you! Buying lunch every day can put a strain on your bank account and your butt…even if you’re just ordering a salad. The culprit? Impulse cornbread purchases, obviously. But if you do bring a bag… Continue Reading

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10-Minute Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

10-Minute Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

If you’re freezing your buns off, you may be feeling the urge to swap your morning smoothie for something soothing, hearty, and warm. After all, how can you “curl up” with a frozen mango-strawberry smoothie?! My teeth are jittering just thinking about it. A warm oatmeal might feel like more work, but it doesn’t have… Continue Reading

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Should You Really Be Having a Salad?

Should You Really Be Having a Salad?

It’s a brand new year which means everyone is creating resolutions (or complaining about why resolutions are stupid). Either way, most of us are on a kick to eat more healthfully after gorging ourselves on cookies, booze, and heavy dishes during the holidays. What is the quintessential dish that everyone turns to when they are… Continue Reading

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Why Store-Bought Dressings Suck

Why Store-Bought Dressings Suck

I used to buy “healthy”, low-fat salad dressings and bring them to work with my lunch:  a big old salad. I thought it tasted pretty good and was proud of myself for making healthier choices. But then, a few years ago I attempted to make a vinaigrette for dinner guests and I wanted to slap… Continue Reading

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White Bean Dip…Dressing?

White Bean Dip…Dressing?

When I’m asked to “bring an appetizer” to a party but I’m feeling lazy, my go-to is this tasty Lemony White Bean dip. It’s refreshing, it’s healthy, it’s easy, and best of all, the ingredients are all pantry staples. Recently I went to one of my favorite I-talian restaurants here in CT and had a… Continue Reading

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Easiest Way Ever to Cook Fish

Easiest Way Ever to Cook Fish

Last Fall, hundreds of you completed a survey about your food preferences and what you wish you ate more often. One of the major foods my non-vegans wished they ate more of was fish. Heeeeere fishy fishy fishy! I’m with you on the “I wish I ate fish more often” thing – I usually order… Continue Reading

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