I’m sure you’ve heard of the Keurig machine by now. The single serve coffee machine has exploded in popularity, transforming people’s morning routines. I love how simple the design is! I keep a wide variety of K-Cups, which are little flavor pods, in my kitchen. Of course, the best part about the K-Cups is that they are gluten free! What’s awesome is that the Keurig makes so much more than just coffee. Companies that manufacture K-Cups also produce flavors like chai and hot chocolate, and you can even make iced tea! Seriously, the options are killer. There are over 400 varieties from 60 different brands. That means if you can’t live without Dunkin or even Tazo tea, your Keurig can make it! Check out their website to find the brewer size right for your kitchen and order a sample pack of K-Cups to discover your new favorite! I’m kind of obsessed with the caramel vanilla cream coffee from Green Mountain…

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Cupcake Recipe


Here is an awesome recipe for the Mexican Vegan Hot Chocolate Cupcakes offered at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NoLita! The cupcake tastes just like spiced hot chocolate, and will make your kitchen smell delicious!


1 1/2 cups GF flour blend

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp salt


1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

(2 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Ass wet to the dry and whisk until just combined. Bake for 15-17 minutes at 300. Makes 12-16 cupcakes



Mexicue Kitchen and Bar opens their new location at The NoMad this week, and we’re pumped to try their GF options! They are serving a delicious blend of Mexican & BBQ, and plenty of the recipes can be recreated in your own home! Here are recipes for a few of the best NOBREAD approved dishes, so you can make them in your kitchen!

Arugula & Avocado Salad

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Chef/Partner Thomas Kelly

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 3 fl oz citrus vinaigrette (recipe below)
  • 2 fl oz manchego, grated
  • 2 fl oz corn salsa
  • 2 fl oz pepitas
  • ¼ avocado, thinly sliced
  • 2 fl oz sliced mango
  • 3 thinly sliced watermelon radishes
  • .5 oz cotija (light sprinkle)
  • light sprinkle mint, julienned

Citrus Vinaigrette

  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup oil
  1. Puree all ingredients except oil in blender.
  2. Slowly drizzle in oil to emulsify.
  3. Taste for salt.

Grilled Shrimp Tostada

Chef/Partner Thomas Kelly

Yield: 6 servings

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  • 36 large shrimps, peeled and butterflied
  • 1/3 cup Cajun rub (store-bought)
  • 6 5” corn tostada shells (store-bought)
  • 1.5 cups canned black beans, pureed
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1.5 cups Chipotle mayo (store-bought)
  • 2 cups corn salsa (store-bought)


  1. Toss shrimp in Cajun rub
  2. Grill over high heat until cooked through
  3. Warm tostada shells in oven for a couple minutes
  4. Spread each tostada shell with a thick layer of pureed black beans.
  5. Then layer arugula, 6 shrimps per tostado, chipotle mayo and top with corn salsa.

Mexican Street Corn

Chef/Partner Thomas Kelly

Yield: 6 servings

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  • 6 ears of corn on the cob, husked
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cups chipotle mayo
  • 1 cup finely grated cotija cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 6 lime wedges


  1. Brush corn with butter, sprinkle with salt and wrap tightly in foil.
  2. Grill over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so.
  3. Unwrap corn and brush liberally with chipotle mayo.
  4. Coat generously with cotija and chili powder.
  5. Serve with a lime wedge and cold beer.



at Alma Restaurant
952 S Broadway Los Angeles CA
Sunday, 04/26/2015
Price Range: $10-$15

Lee Tilghman, a New York based Health Food entrepreneur and recipe developer, makes her Los Angeles debut with a one day only smoothie bowl pop up with co-owners Ashleigh Parsons and Ari Taymor at Alma Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on April 26th, 2015. Lee got her start spending summers WWOOFing at Sylvester Manor farms in Shelter Island. Later, she was introduced into the world of raw veganism while working at Catch A Healthy Habit in Fairfield, Connecticut. Tilghman couples her experience working with plant based foods and her love of tropical flavors to create bright, clean, and healthy treats at Alma Restaurant for a Sunday breakfast that will leave the LA community wanting more. Featured in Yahoo Health, Free People, and Tommy Hilfiger, Lee has been called the “Smoothie Bowl Queen” and her healthy creations have amassed a local following.



Daiya is a much-loved company that makes some of the best vegan cheeses out there. They have a wide range of products that are all gluten free! The cheeses are a great source of calcium and B12. There are a lot of flavors and styles. The cheese blocks are perfect for slicing and shredding yourself and they are available in jalapeño havarti, cheddar, jack and smoked gouda. For someone who is dairy free, it’s a blessing to be able to have so many different options and get out of that faux cheddar rut! If you’d prefer pre-sliced, Daiya makes that as well. Provolone is my favorite sliced option. For pizzas and tacos, go for the shredded! The mozzarella has upped my homemade pizza game. But if making your own pizza dough is too much work, Daiya has a solution:  gluten free frozen pizzas! There’s Cheeze Lover’s, Margherita, Fire-roasted Vegetable, and Mushroom & Roasted Garlic. The fire roasted vegetable is my favorite, with red onions, green and yellow bell peppers, roasted garlic, tomatoes, basil, and lots of mozzarella cheese! I also love their cream cheese, and you can’t even guess that it’s dairy free! Plus, they have strawberry flavor. How awesome is that? I’m most excited to tell you guys about their new GF Cheezecake! They’re rich and creamy with a delicious gluten free crust! There’s classic New York style, key lime, strawberry, and chocolate. Life changing! I topped the chocolate Cheezecake with fresh raspberries– it might just be my new favorite dessert. Check out Daiya’s website for recipe ideas and to find a store near you!

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Vega Recipe


A berry delicious smoothie made with Vega protein powder for an extra boost!


2 cups non-dairy milk

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1 scoop Vega One powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)

Toss everything into a blender and enjoy!


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Stieber’s Sweet Shoppe can most adequately be described as the quintessential candy shop. With walls of clear dispensers displaying a wide variety of bright candies, Steiber’s setting is enough to elicit giddy excitement in anyone. Despite preferring savory to sweet, the presentation was enticing enough to have me craving candy after entering the space. Thankfully, a great deal of the candy is safe for the NOBREAD crowd, including all of the gummies and almost all of the chocolates (just watch out for the malted balls!). Additionally the owner, Lee Manne, is well informed about gluten so she can answer any questions you have if you are unsure about the GF status of any of the treats.

Stieber’s is more than just an awesome place to get your sugar fix on the run. It also offers weekly candy sushi-making classes where Lee demonstrates how to make “sushi” out of rice krispies and a various assortment of gummy candies. You can also book a class for a group, making it the perfect spot for parties. IMPORTANT: it is necessary to inform the shop that you are gluten free in advance! The rice krispies are not gluten free, but with advanced notice, the candy shop will be sure to provide GF rice krispies. While such a class obviously appeals to children, it’s also a really fun and unique idea for adults, and the over 21 crowd is welcome to bring along a bottle of wine!

I would definitely recommend Stieber’s– a traditional candy store as well as a party venue–to all of my friends. I personally cannot wait to go back and fill a take-out box with candy from the dispensers just like I used to do as a kid. My visit to Stieber’s showed me that one is never too old to be excited about candy!

Must request gf rice kris



Everybody’s raging about plant-based smoothies now. Whether you follow the diet to reduce your risk of lifestyle-related diseases, or because you want to better your health and the environment, a plant-based diet is a great option for anyone wishing to cut back on the meat and embrace a healthier lifestyle. As people who follow this diet can attest, one of the best ways to cut the meat but keep the protein is by having a smoothie. Insert Vega. Vega is my favorite brand of plant-based protein powder, bars, and nutritional shakes! Not only are most of their products gluten free, but they are dairy free as well! I use Vega in my smoothies and acai bowls, and when I’m short on time, I mix a packet into almond milk and drink it on the go! The Protein & Greens powder has 20 grams of plant-based protein- that adds up to two servings of greens, with only 110 calories and no added sugar or artificial flavors. Instead of whey or soy protein, Vega is made with a blend of sprouted whole grain brown rice, peas, hemp and SaviSeed. Everything is also non-GMO. You can keep the flavor neutral with their natural flavor, or add some vanilla, chocolate, tropical, or berry flavor!

I’m obsessed with making banana “ice cream” with the chocolate powder and I throw on some cacao nibs for a guilt free dessert! If you’re looking for something to compliment your workouts, check out Vega Sport. Vega also sells supplements including omega oil and maca! They are the breakfast superstars. Amp up your morning routine by checking out their website to place an order. You can also find them in a store near you!

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Sir Kensington’s

Sir Kensington’s is an awesome brand of condiments that’s totally gluten free and non-GMO verified. Not only is everything delicious, but the packaging is kooky and adorable as well! Let’s start with their ketchup which is made with crushed tomatoes and raw sugar, and enhanced with vinegar and spices. If you’re a  change-adverse and changing up your ketchup brand is enough change, stick with the classic flavor. If you’re ready to expand your horizons even more, go for the spiced option! It features hints of chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and coriander, and is the perfect addition for your next summer BBQ. Sir Kensington’s also makes a classic mayonnaise that is made with cage-free eggs and sunflower oil. What I love most about Sir Kensington’s is their variety and the plethora of uses for each flavor. Smother your corn in the chipotle mayo and sprinkle it with cheese, OR add a dollop of sriracha mayo to your fish tacos!

This weekend I decided to get creative and I made my own salad dressing with Sir Kensington’s dijon mustard. The dijon mustard mixed with some honey and maple syrup was instant perfection! Not only is this brand perfect for cooking at home, but Sir Kensington’s can also be found at your favorite restaurants too! Check out their website to order online for your personal use, or check out the store locator and find a restaurant that has upped their condiment game!

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Sometimes, gluten can hide in unlikely places. Condiments can be tricky, especially because we don’t expect gluten to be lurking. Here are our NOBREAD approved picks for GF sauces that compliment all kinds of meals!

1. Soy Sauce 


People don’t realize that soy sauce has gluten. Unfortunately, a lot of Japanese and Asian Fusion restaurants do not carry Tamari, which is GF soy sauce. I carry these Kikkoman packets with me in my purse– that way, I  can order sushi anywhere!

2. Ketchup 


Sir Kensington’s is an awesome, innovative new line of condiments that are all gluten free! I love the all natural, non-GMO ketchup! It has 50 percent less sugar than your average bottle, which makes me never want to go back to generic! If you like something more tangy, go for their spiced version!

3. Spicy and Sweet



I’m obsessed with products from The Ginger People. Their ginger chews are the best and they have a lot of options that don’t have gluten.  This sweet ginger chili sauce is one of my go-tos. I put it on tofu and chicken, or use it as a dip for my raw veggies!

4. Peanut Sauce 



Peanut sauce is another one of my favorites. This version from San-J let’s me spice up my cooking, NOBREAD style! I highly recommend it with chicken satay or fresh rolls. It also makes great salad dressing!

5. Hot Sauce


Start! Hot Curry Sauce is gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and all natural sauce. It’s a unique blend of curry spices that can be added to practically anything. There’s no hidden ingredients: no sugar, preservatives, MSG, or high fructose corn syrup. I love to add it to guacamole, eggs, and salads or splash it into soups or stir-fry.