Review: Epicure Pad Thai

Since I enjoyed the Greek Dressing Mix I decided to try the Pad Thai. Ofcourse, the night I decide to make it, I have no chicken or shrimp or peppers. Instead I substituted calamari and spiralled up some garden fresh zucchini. Guess what?!

It was delicious!

It was super simple too!!

Make up the Epicure Pad Thai seasoning pack and set aside.

I spiralled up some fresh zucchini and set aside.

I quickly sautéed up some frozen calamari while boiling up some broad rice noodles. I like to slightly undercook the rice noodles as I then throw them into my frying pan.

As the rice noodles are draining, heat up the frying pan with a tablespoon of sesame seed oil. Then drop in the zucchini noodles. Sauté them up a bit before adding the rice noodles.

Then pour in sauce.

Add 2 beaten eggs and stir-fry.

Just before serving add the juice of 1 lime. Top with the calamari and chopped nuts (if desired)

This is a family hit! Even without all the traditional ingredients!!

** if you really want to bring this recipe to the next level and have on hand- cook up some calamari & shrimp with fresh chopped garlic & butter. Then add to the pad Thai before serving! Such another flavour fusion

Gluten Free Pho 

I had left over roasted vegetables. Not sure how I wanted to eat them; I decided to make a gluten free vegetable Pho soup. 

The night before,  I had roasted mushrooms, red onion, zucchini, peppers, celery, broccoli and a  clove of garlic in a little olive oil, drizzle of vegetable broth and fresh ground pepper. 

So I dumped the leftovers in a pot, put in a full package of Campbell’s beef broth, a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice, tablespoon of Gluten Free Soy Sauce, tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and let it simmer. 

In another pot, I cooked up al dente rice vermicelli noodles. 

I placed the cooked noodles on the bottom of the bowls. Then poured in the soup! 


It was a hit! 


Enjoy! 

Gluten Free Zucchinni Muffins – The Perfect Fall Muffin

My parents have a very large garden – come the fall we become over run with Zucchinni! There is so much you can do with Zucchinni – bake it, add it to soups, spaghetti sauce, vegetable dishes and add it to baking! One of the favourite things I like to do with zucchinni besides baking it with onions, garlic and tomatoes is to make muffins and bread out of it! I had an easy zucchinni muffin recipe that I loved pre- celiac and thankfully it easily was coverted to a gluten free one! This recipe is moist and flavourful – the right spices to make this a go-to-fall muffin recipe! Pumpkin doesnt have to be the only thing associated with fall cooking and baking!

This recipe is adapted from this Allrecipes.com one: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222601/zucchini-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Gluten Free Zucchinni Muffins

1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour (I mixed together Bob’s Red Mill All purpose (1/2cup), Robin Hood GF All Purpose (1/2cup), and a    1/2 cup mixture of brown rice flour, millet flour, chickpea flour and coconut flour)

2/3 teaspoon xanthan gum

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup of packed shredded zucchinni

1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1)Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with liners.

Combine flour, xanthum gum, sugar, baking soda,cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract in another bowl. Mix wet ingredients intro dry ingredient bowl. Fold in Zucchinni and chocolate chips.



2) Fill muffin liners 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.  With my silicone muffin cups I start checking the muffins at 25minutes – then slowly add more time as needed. For paper liners these muffins may be done by 20-25minutrs but it’s really oven dependant!


Baked to perfection!! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!