Grain-free Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Relish

I am so excited to be guest posting on Better Home and Garden’s Delish Dish today sharing an updated version of their classic recipe for Crab Cakes – adapted to be gluten-free!

When looking through the archives of BHG recipes, looking for the perfect one to recreate for their Week of Gluten-free, I was instantly excited when I saw the crab cakes recipe. Crab cakes are something that I really only get to have if I make them myself, which means in 10 years, I have probably had crab cakes a total of 3 times. At most restaurants they add flour or breadcrumbs or some sort of gluten-containing binding agent, which means this is always a big fat NO WAY, for me.

Grain-free Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Relish

With all the chatter of Super Bowl parties and finger foods and my new meat-free diet, I had near instant cravings for crab cakes while planning the menu for our Super Bowl shindig. Whether they make the cut for the final menu or not, I had to make a batch to test out this updated recipe (DARN!).

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Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

I feel like it’s alarming and shocking whenever I share a dessert recipe here on Tasty Yummies. I do it so infrequently. In the nearly 5 years I have had this blog, you have probably heard me say more than a dozen times, that I have never really cared much about baking and I don’t get super excited about sweets. But, this month marks the 10 year anniversary of me going gluten-free, so this is certainly something to celebrate and what better way than a super epic Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting. With nearly 5 years of gluten-free recipes here on Tasty Yummies, it’s time we have a good special occasion cake up in here!

I know to some of you, celebrating the complete removal of some of your favorite foods from your diet, forever – wouldn’t likely be something you would get excited enough to bake a cake for, but for me it is! Before my diagnosis, I spent so many years with silly health issues, an unhappy gut, unexplained migraines and many sicknesses. Discovering my gluten intolerance is something I am forever grateful for and I never regret seeking out the answers that led me to such a huge lifestyle change, nor do I ever wish that it hadn’t happened to me. It truly has been a blessing disguised as a curse. It has made me a stronger person and has led me to look at things in a much different way. Without that discovery and that huge life change, I wouldn’t be who I am today, this site wouldn’t exist and I don’t think my love for cooking would have evolved in the way that it has.

Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

Without knowing where my severe gluten intolerance stemmed from, I simply ate 100% gluten-free upon discovering how gravely it affected me after that month-long cleanse, at the end of January, 10 years ago this week. By the time a doctor finally tested me for celiac disease, I had already been gluten-free for 5 years and it of course came up negative. So for me, an exact reason or diagnosis was never as important as simply knowing my body couldn’t tolerate it and therefore avoiding it at all costs and never looking back, for 10 whole years (and counting)! {You can read more about my journey to living 100% gluten-free, here. Written Aug. 2013}

The irony of this big anniversary for me is that I am currently in the middle of a whole new health exploration, if you can call it that. This past summer I was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a kidney disease. This kidney disease was presenting, what I thought, were little to no symptoms and I only discovered that I had it, by a routine life insurance physical in the spring of 2013. After being declined life insurance due to high levels of protein in my urine, as well as blood, I had to get myself health insurance so I could begin the journey to discovering what was causing it. After over a year, many tests and several doctors, finally a kidney biopsy this past summer confirmed that I had an autoimmune kidney disease called IgA Nephropathy.

In speaking with several doctors and doing some research, I have learned that it is very common for there to be a crossover with celiac patients and IgA patients. So, I suppose it is even more possible than I once thought, that I do actually have celiac disease.

Grain-free Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Frosting // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

After finding a nephrologist and getting a second opinion from another, I started by protecting my kidneys in the short term and I began taking several pharmaceutical drugs as prescribed. These drugs immediately set off a slew of new symptoms and seemed to tip the scales of balance in my body in epic ways. Two weeks ago I had my first appointment with my new naturopath, to not only treat my kidney disease but to also help me heal some other health related issues I’ve been dealing with over the past few months. Unhappy digestion, strange skin rashes and acne, low B12, allergies & sinus issues, etc. At our first appointment we discussed the probability that I am likely dealing with leaky gut and candida and we started with a small amount of supplements and herbs to start healing my gut and balancing things out a bit, so we can begin to get to the root of what might be causing all of these issues.

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Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobaello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

I am super excited to share the recipe for these Slow Cooker Spicy Asian Portobello Tacos with Sriracha Slaw as part of my new ongoing partnership with beachgreens, farm to door delivery of local organic produce, right here in Long Beach, California.

To me, all I need to know is that my house is full of fresh, local, organic produce – and all is right in the world. Give me a few, delicious in-season veggies and I can easily make a delicious feast, with little though. As long as I have ample amounts of great fruit and veggies to make meals from, I am set. When I discovered beachgreens last year through a friend, I was instantly excited and intrigued by their approach to locally-sourced produce. Rather than the traditional CSA model (Community Supported Agriculture), of one single farm working directly with local consumers to make their produce available on a weekly, delivery basis, beachgreens takes it a step further.

beachgreens sources their organic, sustainably grown produce from multiple farmers, all from local Southern California area and they deliver it right to the doorstep of your house, apartment, or workplace in the Greater Long Beach area. This means that the thoughtfully curated, wide selection and variety of produce is unlike any single farm CSA that I have ever belonged to. beachgreens is a family-owned business created to be a small part of a larger picture of a just and sustainable food system, where farming is a viable occupation and all have access to clean and healthy food. [click to continue…]

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Blood Orange Bourbon Sparkler

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Blood Orange Bourbon Sparkler // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

With winter upon us, one of my favorites of the citrus season are blood oranges. They are slightly sweeter, a little tart and have the most beautiful color to them. They are absolutely my favorite of all citrus and I truly didn’t know this love, until I moved to Southern California.

Blood Orange Bourbon Sparkler // www.tasty-yummies.com // @tastyyummies

For my money, I find that out of all citrus fruits a blood orange lends itself the best to juices, cocktails and other drinks. And the beautiful vibrant hue present in any cocktail crafted with it, makes it that much more appealing and special.

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