Friday, January 24, 2014

Thank you for coming to our blog, however we have moved and all of our new and all of our old posts can be found on

It should look a little something like this

Our social media has changed a bit as well.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Roasted Vegetable Tart

Today we are making a Roasted Vegetable Tart!

This recipe is so easy and can also modified to include all of your favorite vegetables. This vegetable tart is great for a breakfast, brunch, or lunch! The Bob's Red Mill gluten-free crust is amazing and as much as we love the veggies, the crust is the Best part!

Here is all you need to make it!


3-4 cups veggies*
3 stalks Kale
1 clove garlic
6 eggs
11/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup vegan cheddar cheese
salt and papper
Fresh Rosemarry
Fresh Thyme
Fresh Sage
dried basil, rosemarry and thyme

* we used  potatoes, zucchini, onions but you pick whatever you like. It is fun to mix it up with whatever is in season.

Bob's Red Mill Pie Crust
1 bag of BRM pie crust mix
12 tbs butter
8 tbs shortening
6tbs ice cold water

*you may also want to have some gluten-free flour handy to help roll out the crust. I used white rice flour to keep it from sticking.

Like I said, it is super easy to make, this is all you have to do!

1. Chop up veggies
2. Mix with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and fresh herbs.
3. Roast Veggies for 15-20 minutes
4. While veggies are roasting mix up your Bob's Red Mill to get your pie crust ready
5. Combine eggs, milk, cheese and dried seasonings in a separate bowl
6. When veggies are ready pour them in to pie crust
7. Chop of Kale and mix in with veggies
8. Pour the egg mixture right on top of veggies and kale
9. Cook at 375 for 40-60 minutes. You will know it is ready when the eggs don't jiggle

Check out the video here!

Let us know what you think! Would you like to make something like this for a breakfast, or fun brunch with friends? Also, since the crust recipe was split in half we are chomping at the bit to make something else! What is your favorite type of pie!?!? Let us know and we will make it gluten-free!

Don't forget about all the changes this week as AGBF becomes GFBF! 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cous Cous Quinoa

One of my mom's favorite recipes growing up was my mom's Cous Cous. I've actually never had any other version of Cous Cous, because I could never stand the thought of something tasting different from hers. Yes, it's that good. 

Every year that I come home for the holidays, my mom always stocks the fridge with my favorite goodies. Since this past year being gluten-free and dairy free, some of those favorites have had to remain in the recipe box. Thankfully, we have a new take on her traditional Cous Cous that is gluten-free, dairy free, and every bit as delicious.

Don't forget about all the changes this week as AGBF becomes GFBF! 
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Made Sunglasses

Hopefully you took advantage our 12 Days of A Girl's Best Friend's Gift Guide and snagged a pair of Made Sunglasses. If not, here is a look at what you missed, but you still totally have time to get!

I ordered the Skylar in White Tortoise! I'm kinda obsessed with them and I have had compliments almost every time I have worn them.

You can choose pretty much any style, but I really love the Skylar. Not only are they super cute but they are also just great sunglasses. 

You can get any color, but why not get the white Tortoise while it is available! Its so fun! It i a limited edition color, so don't wait too long.

You also have the option to get sunglasses or regular glasses and you can also get you prescription added to your glasses for $5 or $30 for prescription sunglasses.

Made has a really great home try-on program right now! You can pick three custom frames that will be sent to you to try on. You can even get those three custom frames with your prescription in them. Or, if you want something special added to the custom frames liken your name engraved, your website or some witty joke you can do that too! Whats great is if you don't like them, you can send them back without paying a penny!

Made is great and super easy! Great customer service and awesome product! Go ahead order one pair you know you just have to have, or go for the three pair try on program and take your time to pick out what you need.  You will look so great eating at that new gluten-free cafe rocking these babies!

More info about the Home Try On Program here or custom order the perfect pair here!

Don't forget about all the changes this week as AGBF becomes GFBF! 
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Exciting and new!

Hey everyone! We are super excited to launch our new website. Over the next week we will begin the transition to...

We have worked really hard trying to be as tech savvy as possible, but there may be a few hiccups along the way. We really appreciate your patience and we hope you will continue to follow up there! 

This is just the beginning of the fun and exciting things we have in store for 2014!

You can check out the website now if you would like, but it may be a bit dusty. You know, from all the construction and stuff!

You may also notice that a few things have already changed.

Our new twitter is @gfbestfriends
Pinterest is now
Facebook is
Instagram is @gfbestfriends

Thanks for be understanding during the transition, don't worry it will totally be worth it! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

OMG Blends Winner

Congrats to Leeza the winner of the 3 day OMG Cleanse!

E-mail us so we can get you cleansing right away!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win! If you still want to try the OMG Cleanse for yourself now is the time to take advantage of 25% off! Just use the code ORGANIC

Thanks again to OMG Blends and to all of our readers!

Cosmos Creations Giveaway

We keep talking about the GFAF Expo, but seriously there was so much we could probably talk about it from most of 2014. One more thing we were introduced to was Cosmos Creations. A tiny bag of their delicious cinnamon crunch was put into our bags and somehow got buried under all the samples and treats.

Well, when we finally got to the bottom of the bag and tried some we were instant fans and contacted them right away. We just had to try the rest of their "Creations"!

They were kind enough to send us some samples to try and it is official, we loved them all! I do think the butter flavor is our favorite. Believe it or not but it is dairy free too!

We had some big bags so we were able to share them with quite a few people. We got the same response from each person. What is this and where can I get it. (and of course there was quite a bit of the "How can his be gluten free? It tastes so good" garbage people are always saying).

We wish we could share it with all of our readers. Well, lucky for you guys, they not only sent us delicious sample, but they sent us some for you as well! We will be giving away a bag of each flavor so you can try for yourselves! You will get some sea salt and butter, salted caramel, caramel and cinnamon crunch!

You probably know the drill by now. All you have to do to win is leave a comment! Make sure you are subscribed, and like us on Facebook and twitter! We will be picking a winner on February 7th!

Cosmos makes us think of stars which makes us think of constellations,which leads to horoscopes. So comment and tell us your sign!

Their website also gives you a quick history on Caramel too. Its fun and interesting but doesn't solve the argument Bailey and Mahaley have been having regarding how to pronounce Caramel. Bonus points if comment letting us know how you pronounce Caramel! Lets settle this debate here and now!

kar-A-mel or Car-Mel

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Babycakes Donuts

Bailey recently had a birthday and Mahaley being the awesome friend that she is got her a BabyCakes cookbook! She then quickly said, "Now, bake me a cake!" Today we will show you the first recipe we made from the book!

We are lucky enough to have a  BabyCakes bakery right here in Los Angeles. Its actually a 5 minute drive from Bailey's office so office birthday parties are always gluten free and vegan! It is also not uncommon for Mahaley to show up randomly with a  box of BabyCakes goodies. 

We love BabyCakes!

Since we love them so much we decided to make something from the Cookbook on GFBF!  The Covers the Classics cookbook is a bit different from the original BabyCakes cookbook which covers the BabyCakes staples of cupcakes, pies, cakes, and cookies. This cookbook has snacks, breakfast, cakes, unique treats, and of course Donuts.


To make the Plain Cake Donut we used...

1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup white rice flour
1/3 cup garbanzo and fava bean flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup arrowroot
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
1 donut mold

There are quite a few ingredients involved, but as long as you have everything you need, the rest is pretty simple.

We mixed up our dry ingredients, then added our wet ingredients and mixed again. After that we filled each donut mold with 2 1/2 tablespoons of batter. We baked at 325 for 8 minutes then rotated the pan and baked for 7 more.

You can choose to use any topping or no topping at all. There are plenty of options in the cookbook. We decided to go with a simple cinnamon and sugar mixture. 3/4 cup of vegan sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. After the donuts had cooled for about 5 minutes we sprinkled it on and enjoyed our creation!

Check out the video here!

We absolutely loved these donuts and are pretty excited to make some more of the BabyCakes treats! Let us know if you have any requests. If you are in NYC or LA do yourself a favor and stop by a bakery and try something. Better yet, try at least 3 things. And if you are traveling maybe save room in your carryon to being more back with you! Just saying, you wont regret it!

Let us know what you think about the recipe! We would also like to know, what is your favorite thing to pick up from your local bakery? Before or after going gluten free! If it is something from before we will  find or make a recipe to give you a delicious gluten free option!

If you would like your own copy of the BabyCakes cookbook, you can find it here!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Red Apple Lipstick: Eyeliner

Recently Red Apple Lipstick launched their gluten-free, paraben-free, non-toxic eyeliner. I love me some black eyeliner so I had to get my hands on some! Sometimes I'll just throw on some eye liner and mascara and call it a day. It is a bit of a staple in my makeup case. Needless to say I was pretty excited to give it a try! 

What I really like about this eyeliner is that is goes on really easy and really smooth. I feel like I can't mess it up! Thats a good thing for me. It also holds up all day without smearing or fading. So far I have used it with just a little bit of mascara and was good to go and other times I found that it works perfectly with my RAL eyeshadow!  It doesn't blend or smear while applying and goes on smooth enough that I can have just the right amount!

You can order your very own eyeliner here!

Now all I need is some Red Apple Lipstick Mascara and I will be a 100% Red Apple Girl! Keep your fingers crossed that that comes soon!

See all Red Apple Lipstick has to offer on their website.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp

Recently, I was in the mood to make a healthy, gluten free version of coconut shrimp. I found this recipe from SkinnyTaste, and decided to adapt it to make it gluten free. I must say - it was one of the best dishes I've made in awhile. 

Skinny Coconut Shrimp 

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  • 1 lb (24) large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp Gluten Free bread crumbs 
  • 2 tbsp all gluten free purpose flour (I love the one from Trader Joe's)
  • 1 large egg (or egg substitute) 
  • pinch salt
  • non-stick spray 

For the Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves 
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine coconut flakes, bread crumbs and salt in a bowl. Place the flour on a small dish. Whisk egg in another bowl.

Lightly season shrimp with salt. Dip the shrimp in the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then in the coconut crumb mixture.

Lay shrimp on the cookie sheet then spray the top of the shrimp with more cooking spray; bake in the middle rack for about 10 minutes. Turn shrimp over then cook another 6-7 minutes or until cooked though. Remove from oven and serve with dipping sauce.

For the sauce, combine all the ingredients and place in a small bowl.

It's very simple, and really delicious. I threw together an Asian inspired slaw to go with it, with shredded zucchini and carrots, and for the dressing I used a little bit of honey, tamari, and ginger. It was so awesome. Here's a not so enticing picture of the meal, but I promise you, it was great. 

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A Couple Smart Cookies

Recently, I was browsing the aisles looking for vegan/gluten-free treats, and I came across A Couple Smart Cookies. They had a peanut butter chocolate chip and a chocolate fudge option, and I decided to try the chocolate fudge. I was surprised how much goodness was packed into a little cookie. It's the perfect amount of sweet, and is definitely the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

They have several cookie options to choose from, and all are delicious. 

Visit their website here, and find them in a store near you (you can also purchase online).

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Truebar Giveaway!

Its time for another giveaway!

We told you all about Bakery on Main last year and mentioned how we were so excited to try the TrueBars. Well, the fantastic people over at Bakery on Main were nice enough to send us some to try and a few extra to give away to you guys!

There are 6 different Truebar flavors.  Hazelnut Chocolate Chip, Walnut Cappuccino, Coconut Cashew, Fruit and Nut, Raspberry Chocolate Almond, and Apricot Almond Chai.

The Truebars are made with low glycemic index ingredients (Good for Bailey as the diabetic), they are full of omega 3, dairy free, casino free, gluten free, kosher and non-GMO verified. Basically good for everyone! With all that good healthy stuff, you might think that they taste like cardboard and dirt. Nope, not even close these have so much flavor and each is completely unique. Sometimes with really healthy snack bars, they all kinda taste the same, but each TrueBar flavor is completely different.

Mahaley tried the Apricot Almond Chia, Fruit and Nut, and Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry.
The two standouts were the Fruit and Nut, and the Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry. Both absolutely delicious, but I definitely enjoyed all three. The bars were the perfect amount of sweet and savory, and filling. (I hate when you eat a granola bar that's 200 calories and 10g of sugar, but you're still hungry 20 minutes later). I was really impressed with the three flavors I had of true bar, and I have made multiple purchases of the Fruit and Nut, and the Chocolate Cherry. 

Bailey tried the Walnut Cappuccino, Raspberry Chocolate Almond and Coconut Cashew Bar.
If I had to pick a favorite, I could honestly tell you I liked all of them, but I guess the Walnut Cappuccino would be what I liked best. Only because I don't think I've ever had a bar that tasted like that! It was a really unique flavor.  Even though raspberry chocolate and coconut nut bars are more commonly found in energy bars, protein bars and snack bars the Truebar was a bit different. It was very moist and tasted fresh. Even though they were familiar combinations, they were still unique and had a lot of flavor. They were also nice and filling I used them either while getting ready to go ride my horse on the trails, before a yoga class and just in the middle of the day when I needed something to hold me over. I absolutely loved them and I was so jealous that Mahaley got to try the others. 

And remember, they really are healthy and good for you ! Take a look at the ingredients and nutrition facts!

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below! Let us know which flavor you are most excited to try!

If you want to find some TrueBars near you, look here to find the closest location! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Delgado Diet Review

Well it has been a little over a month on the Delgado Diet and I think it is time to let you know how it went!

Just in case you are not sure what I'm talking about, be sure to check out  the video I posted last month here.

What I loved about the diet...

I felt great the whole time I was on diet. I was never hungry since it did not limit what I could eat, but I also never had an overly full feeling. It was a nice balance with a lot of options.

I totally lost a few pounds... during the holidays! I think that could be rephrased as, I did the impossible. It is clearly a diet that would be helpful for anyone not only trying to eat healthier, but also anyone who wants to lose a few pounds.

I learned quite a few alternative ways to make my old favorite dishes as well as quite a few new dishes that are gluten free, dairy free and oil free. It took some extra visits to the grocery store or farmers markets and lots of conversations with the helpful Whole Foods employees.

Because I was on the diet I was more aware of what I was eating and learned a lot more about the foods I used to snag up when I was in a hurry. Some were great options, some not so much. It also got me into a habit of bringing more fruit and veggies as snacks to munch on at work.

The Simply Healthy Cookbook introduced hundreds of gluten free recipes to me that I think I can spend a full year exploring and learning from. It is just a bonus that they are also soy free, dairy free and oil free. This is a great cookbook regardless of whether you plan to go on the diet.

What I didn't love about the diet...

It definitely takes a lot of planning and time to prep everything. I tried to do as much as I could over the weekends and because of the holiday season I had extra days off from work where I could do some cooking. However I can see how it would get pretty exhausting and difficult to keep up with.

This next one is a personal dislike that probably wont be an issue for most of you. Because of my diabetes, there are quite a few times that I need to eat food asap. When that happens sometimes I don't have a lot of time to make a choice.  Most of the time I used juice or fruit, but there were some times when I would grab a granola bar, some cookies or chips to get the job done quick.

This did make being social a bit of a challenge. Going to restaurants or dinner parties was pretty difficult if I wasn't cooking.  But I did discover some new restaurants that are very accommodating and have some great options.

What I am taking from the diet...

I have decided to continue eating dairy free. I have felt great and realized how easy it is so I'm sticking to it! (p.s. I have mentioned this to a few people and every time got the "I could never live without cheese" line. Yes, you totally can, you just have to want to.)

I'm going to continue to use the new tips and tricks I picked up to use an alternative to oils for most of my cooking. Not all just because I think a little bit of coconut or olive oil every once in a while isn't too bad. I know I could live without them, but currently they are something I'm not quite ready to let go.

I will continue to leave the majority of soy out of my diet with the exception of edemame and the occasional tofu when an alternative or better option is not available. To be honest I never actually liked soy milk and preferred almond, coconut or hemp milk. So this one isn't really a big change.

And obviously I'll continue to be gluten free :)

Check out my video review here!

Let me know what you think about this diet. Do you think it is something that would be good for you? Will you give it a try?

You can get the cookbook here!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cucumber and Tomato Quinoa Salad

The recipe I am about to share with you should not even be called a recipe, in all honesty. It's so simple. However, it's the meal I eat most frequently, and I find it more delicious every time. 

Cucumber and Tomato Quinoa Salad

1 tomato (on the vine preferred)
1 cucumber 
1 green onion 
handful of cilantro
housemade vinaigrette (find my original recipe here
1 cup cooked quinoa 
pinch of salt and pepper

Chop the first four ingredients, and combine with cooked quinoa. Drizzle with vinaigrette, and eat by itself, in a wrap, or with crackers (my favorite way). 

Optional: Add feta cheese. It's delicious with feta, I just don't do dairy anymore.

I wasn't lying when I said this was so simple it shouldn't be called a recipe, but it is one of my favorite meals to make, and travels so well for on-the-go, and is incredibly nutritious. 

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My Grandma's of New England

The holidays are a time of yummy treats and tins full of delicious desserts, nuts and well pretty much anything these days.

It is always nice when your family and friends supports your diet restrictions, it is even better when they send you gluten free treats in the mail!

I received a tin full of gluten free treats from My Grandma's of New England and was not expecting mail order gf desserts to be so delicious!

The tin was full of a variety of goodies. A congo bar, brownie, chocolate chip macaroons, oatmeal cinnamon raisin cookie, and biscotti.

Both the Congo Bar and the Chocolate Chip Macaroon were good and coconutty. 

Did I mention there are two of each of them! Perfect to share or so when you have your favorites you have a bonus one waiting.

The oatmeal cinnamon raisin cookie was pretty tasty as well. I may have had one for breakfast.

Grandma's has non GF options as well, but if you want to check out what their gluten free selection you can find it here

I think the only downfall is their limited options. Don't get me wrong all the options in the tin were fantastic, but when I checked out the website I was hoping for more GF options. Maybe in the future they will come up with some more. I'd be all about ordering some of their cakes if they were gluten free. Fingers crossed!

Do you know of any other gluten free treat deliveries? We would love to hear about some new ones so we can give them a try?

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