One of the things I LOVE about fall is the Saturday Farmer’s Market at PSU (Portland State Univesity) here in Portland, Ore. There is nothing like the crisp fall air and delicious, local veggies – everywhere. These days I’m taking what’s still left in my garden (tomatoes and yellow squash) and pairing it with Farmer’s Market finds (eggplant, red onion, zucchini, etc). Check out the yummy veggie saute below. It’s perfect folded into an omelete (add goat cheese for creamy goodness) or eat all on its own. I also love putting veggies with anything I would normally put over rice or potatoes.

1 yellow squash
1 small red onion
1 medium zucchini
1 small eggplant
1-2 c kale
1 T extra virgin olive oil

Saute veggies until tender. Salt and pepper to taste. And enjoy!

Happy Eating!
xoHeather

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During the week we need quick, easy and healthy food to eat. Below is one of my favorite meals – I make up a big batch on Sunday and nosh on it all week long. I think you’ll enjoy it as well! You can easily double or triple this recipe for family eating.

Chicken & White Bean Dish

1lb of organic chicken breast tenders
1 jar of giant white beans*
1 can of organic stewed tomatoes*
1 T of 21 seasoning from Trader Joe’s (or any other multiple blend seasoning)
Bed of kale or other greens steamed or sauteed (throw in some red onion for good measure as well)

Pan grill chicken with seasoning until fully cooked. Chop chicken into bite size pieces – keep in skillet. At the same time, steam or saute greens and onion in a separate pan. Add beans and tomato sauce, reduce to simmer. Let cook 3-5 minutes or until beans and tomatoes are heated through. Scoop chicken and beans on top of kale/greens and serve. Optional: stir-fry zucchini, squash, eggplant, and other seasonal veggies in with kale and onion.

*You can also cheat and toss in Trader Joe’s Fasolia Gigantes in Tomato Sauce instead.

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I haven’t had S’mores since I was a kid. In fact, I haven’t had a graham cracker for 10 years (which is when I began eating gluten-free). Fortunately, my favorite gluten-free folks at Kinnikinnick have created some delicious graham crackers which makes S’mores a possibility yet again. Woohoo!

Since the rain has made its arrival in Portland, my best friend and I made indoor S’mores for a recent poker night. They were a big hit! And we used soy-free dark chocolate – making it all the better. Enjoy!

2 Kinnikinnick S’moreables – gluten-free graham crackers
2 marshmallows (unfortunately I haven’t been able to find an organic marshmallow!)
1 square of Trader Joe’s super dark chocolate with almonds

Place chocolate square on one gluten-free graham cracker. Place 2 marshmallows on a metal skewer and place over a stovetop burner. Please note: Do not leave burner unattended. Hold marshmallow over burner for 1-2 minutes, or until golden brown. Slide marshmallows on top of chocolate square and put second graham cracker on top of the entire creation to form a sandwich.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather 🙂

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26 Sep / Love Like This

Who can love like this?
I can said the fly
Who can sail the highest seas?
Oh, me replied the seagull
Who can recite their lovers name before millions?
Only I said the crow
Who will remind them of the magic?
It is I, said the ocean
And who will carry this great love into the hearts of all?
It is me, said the girl with pen in hand.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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Raspberry juice dots my fingertips
Smearing the steering wheel, and I don’t care

Your name repeats a million times in my mind
And I feel the longing for more

For your name in my mouth,
Your heart in my soul

For a love that burns longer and sweeter than the brightest harvest moon
We are one, you and I

And even the raspberries know it.

Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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26 Sep / Time

Time stands still when you love this deep.

-Copyright 2011 Heather Strang

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21 Sep / Torn In Two

As I tear apart what we created
I am reminded vine by vine
You were never really mine.
Old photos tell the story well
Me, the man I loved and the man who wanted to love me.
The man who withdrew into his own world
Never inviting me, never wanting to share
The pain was too deep
And I imagined that all he felt was despair.

You aren’t ever coming back
I remind myself, my hands digging into the soil
Like it’s a pound of flesh.
You won’t ever be near me again
I throw the dirt, hard.
It scatters, going no where
But all over me.

And that’s how you are for me,
Gone but everywhere
Lying all over my soul, in all my cells
To the point I can’t breathe.
I continue to tear away at what we created
Sure that somehow its destruction will put an end to the pain in my heart.

-Heather Strang

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The burning question in every woman and man’s heart is how do we find The One?

By drawing from the depths of her direct experience, Anaiya will share with you that only by ‘becoming the One,’ will you attract the ‘other’ into your life. There will be Soul Mates along the way, but if it’s the Twin Flame you yearn for, then Anaiya has some ‘work’ you may be interested in!

Anaiya will be sharing her transformative work in Portland Sept. 9-11th. Click the links below to learn more, and register today!

Friday, Sept. 9th, Evening lecture as a teaser for the Sunday, Sept. 11th event at Healing Waters & Sacred Spaces. Donation-only. 7pm-9pm

Saturday, Sept. 10th, Awakening to Sacred Union at SomaSpace, 11am-5pm, $75

Sunday, Sept. 11th, The 13th Archetype (it’s YOU, the One!), Healing Waters & Sacred Space, 10am-5pm, $75

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ALERT: Great new gluten & soy-free, vegan snack!

Just found this tonight at the New Seasons on Cedar Hills Blvd:  Gluten-free, Vegan Date Nut Bar by Gluten-Free Gem.

This is their blueberry bar, which wasn't available at New Seasons, but since I demolished my date bar before I could get a camera to it, this will have to do.

And it is delish! Light, crispy with a hint of sweetness (and no soy!). Several of their bars and cookies do have soy (boo!), but this one didn’t and I LOVED it. Pick one up today!

View product locations here.

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Panera Bread is known for delish baked goods, but unfortunately they don’t offer any gluten-free vegan options. A group of bloggers and I decided to see just how easy it would be to transform their goodies into excellent gluten-free, vegan options.  And today is our Gluten-Free Dream Day for Panera Bread.

I was assigned to transform the Orange Scones into a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free dream. And it worked!

First batch, with just oranges. Yum!

My guy's favorite - with the cranberries added.

Orange Scone Recipe

2  cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose baking mix
3 tablespoons of Erythritol (natural sweetener)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons grated organic orange peel
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
Egg replacer for one egg (recommend Ener-g brand – no soy)
1/2 cup chopped organic mandarin oranges, well drained
*Optional: 1/2 c dried cranberries

1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2-In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar substitute, baking powder, orange peel and salt. Stir in canola oil, almond milk and egg replacer.
3-Stir in oranges (and cranberries, optional).
4-Mixture will be pretty dry – this is perfect. Do not add more liquid. In fact, if it’s too runny (especially if you use another gluten-free flour blend), add flour so that it is fairly dry, yet moistened.
5-Take ball of dough and kneed on a floured surface, roughly 10 times.
6-Pat into a circle with roughly a half inch to 1 inch of thickness.
7-Optional: sprinkle with additional Erythritol.
8-Cut into triangles/wedges.
9-Place individual triangles on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
10-Serve while warm, dip or drizzle with agave or orange marmalade.

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Join us on our Gluten-Free Dream Day by visiting these friends who have created gluten-free versions of Panera Bread Bar goodies. Maybe one day, bakeries around the planet will offer more gluten-free goodies for this growing demographic!

Bagels

Allyson Kramer — Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel

Muffins

Family Fresh Cooking — Wild Blueberry Muffins
Oh She Glows — Apple Crunch Muffins
Veggie Num Num — Pumpkin Muffin
Multiply Delicious — Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Scones

Heather Strang — Orange Scones

Breakfast Sweets

Namely Marly — Caramel Pecan Rolls
Diet Dessert Dogs — Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Souffles

Clean Green Simple — Spinach & Artichoke Souffle

Right now the only way to try all these gluten-free goodies is to make them yourself. But who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to pop into a place like Panera and enjoy one right from their menu.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather 🙂

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