Gluten Free Friday: Toasted Coconut Pad Thai

When our family went gluten free last year, I got several cookbooks and loaded up on an arsenal of recipes. But, we often find ourselves in a dinner rut, so when I was given the opportunity to try out a brand new weekly recipe plan subscription, I jumped at the chance. You can never have too many recipes, right?!

Real Recipe Plans is a brand new resource for gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free recipes, and also offers a vegetarian option. For ten bucks a month, you get five new recipes sent to your inbox every week plus the grocery list to get the ingredients you need, and some humor thrown in (see the recipe below). And these aren’t recipes that I would typically make, but they all look ridiculously delicious. In just a few weeks, I’ve gotten recipes for Caesar Salad with Kale and Avocado, Corn Soup, Grilled Vegetable Towers with Lemon Hummus, and Rice Noodles and Marinara.

In the words of the founder, Master Chef Kimi Reid:

We live in a fast-paced society and healthy food is not always accessible or affordable!  There are so many alternatives to cooking at home, and I realized that there needed to be a simple solution to take-out. An alternative to delivery.  A downright easy way to avoid common food allergens.  We need to get back in the kitchen…asap…go, now!

 So I created Real Recipe plans, which provides busy people like yourself with a simple plan every week.  After spending 9 years in the professional culinary world, I can tell you that the only way to avoid processed foods and many common food allergies, is to make the food yourself.

My food philosophy is ‘Naturally gluten, dairy and soy-free,’ because I understand the challenges associated with food allergies.  I personally follow this eating philosophy and have found incredible anti-inflammatory and digestive success eating this way.  And honestly, most of my subscribers have been astounded how easy it is to keep these foods out of your diet…just focus on the real ingredients, and follow our awesome recipes.

As an awesome incentive to you guys, my readers, you can go “like” Real Recipe Plans on Facebook, then send them a quick message saying that you want to try it out, and you get a month’s worth of meal plans FOR FREE.

Because they’re so generous over at RRP, they’re allowing me to share one of their recipes with you as a sampling of what you’d get with a subscription. Awesome, right?

Toasted Coconut Pad Thai with Vegetable Slaw

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INGREDIENTS:
1 14oz. box Rice Noodles
2 T. coconut oil
2 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 head Bok Choi, chopped
4 T. rice vinegar
1 T. toasted sesame oil
2 T. honey
1 Cup unsweetened coconut,
toasted
½ head Purple Cabbage,
shredded
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
½ bunch Cilantro, chopped
¼ cup peanuts, chopped
Salt and pepper (S&P)

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a Large saucepan, bring water to a boil and
add the Rice Noodles. Cook until just soft, drain
and set aside.
2. In a medium sauté pan (or wok), heat the coconut
oil on medium-high heat and immediately add the
shallots and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until
golden brown and add the bok choi.
3. Cook for another 5 minutes, remove from heat,
and add the next 4 ingredients and the drained
noodles to the mixture. Stir to combine and season
with S&P.
4. Place noodle mixture onto individual plates and
garnish with the shredded cabbage, bean sprouts,
cilantro and chopped peanuts.

*Pad Thai history: Pad Thai is the national dish of
Thailand, how cool is that? I am a huge fan of
making it at home, especially since many restaurant
versions contain a whole heap of sugar. Feel free to
add more honey to the sauce if you so desire, just
remember that the lovely garnishes (peanuts, carrot,
cilantro) add some serious flavor and texture to the
final dish…which is pretty sweet (in a cool way), if
you ask me!

Holy YUM, right?! I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. I did receive a month’s worth of menus from Real Recipe Plans.

Kenya Moore-Booty Boot Camp (DVD Review)

I had the opportunity to review a fun new workout video, featuring Kenya Moore (of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta fame), called Booty Boot Camp. And let me tell ya….Kenya is qualified to teach us all. Her booty? amazing. Her whole body, really. And she’s easy to watch and follow along with, because she’s always smiling and pageant pretty (but not annoyingly so).

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She has a lot of “signature moves,” and when her own personal trainer isn’t leading the workout, she’s showing us how to do them. Most of her moves have the word “stallion” in the name, and with a video focused on the booty…I was mildly embarrassed doing them. But, in the comfort of my own home (and perhaps without members of the opposite sex in the room), it really is a good lower-body shaping workout. It’s low impact (for the most part), but you really work those muscles and will probably be sore the next day.

From the producers:

From the breakout star of Bravo’s hit show The Real Housewives of Atlanta and former Miss USA comes the secret for looking fit and fine with Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp debuting on DVD from award-winning distributor Acacia on March 5, 2013 ($16.99, 78 min.).

A triple threat with beauty, brains and talent, Kenya, alongside instructor Nikki Veal, offers three 20-minute workouts that will sculpt your lower body, shrink your waistline, flatten and define your abs, and, most importantly, lift and firm your backside. Get ready to sweat with these energizing fat-blasting workouts, and you’ll be in red-carpet shape in no time! The DVD also includes a bonus ab-flattening workout.

Kenya adds, “I’ve had a passion for fitness since I was twelve years old while working out to an aerobics television show several times a week. Since then, fitness and staying active have been a huge part of my life. Whether I was competing in Miss USA or trying out for a new acting role, it’s always been important to me to look and feel good and staying red carpet ready. I’m excited to share my fitness plan with the Booty Boot Camp workout so that everyone can be Gone With The Wind Fabulous!”

Since joining this season, Kenya quickly became the newest breakout star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The series averages nearly 4 million viewers each week and is a top-rated cable show in its Sunday time slot. Season five marks Kenya’s debut as a cast member and it is also the most-watched season in the show’s history thus far. (Source: Nielsen Media Research, L7 data through 2/03/13)

Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp became available on March 5, 2013 at online retailers and will be in select retail stores May 2013.

I received this dvd for free as part of the Bookieboo Blogging Network in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.