Lazy Gluten Free

Quinoa and Veggie Bento Bowl

Before I dive in, I have to say 'thank you' for continuing to visit my site even though I have not updated it in over a year. My life has been a whirlwind over that period with lots of changes and almost zero time for myself. I made the decision to forgo updating Lazy Gluten Free in order to retain some semblance of sanity. I did not shut it down however, because I still get several thousand views per month. So to all of you who have kept LGF alive in my absence - THANK YOU. My plan is to post periodically, aka, when I can. Hopefully at least twice a month. I plan to not spend as much time on each post, so forgive my picture quality and lack of stories with every post. But hey, you'll at least get some new recipes, so give me some grace here. :)

----and now for the food----

Recently, we took a trip to Minnesota to visit my sister (who has since moved back to Michigan!). While there, we stopped in at this delicious restaurant, Quarks American Bento. All of their ingredients were 100% fresh and real, AND everything was gluten free! I quickly dubbed it as my new favorite restaurant. They really need to bring one to Michigan. 

Anyway, so that is what gave me the idea for this recipe. Your first layer is your grain (quinoa, rice, etc.), next is your protein, add next whatever veggies sound good, and then top with a dressing of sorts. So easy, and SO good. Below is my version, but you can easily swap out what ever veggies, grain, protein, and dressing you prefer!

Quinoa and Veggie Bento Bowl

Ingredients:
    Fresh Broccoli, steamed
    Package of shredded coleslaw
    1 cup cooked quinoa
    1 cooked chicken breast, diced
    Crumbled Feta, to taste
    Ranch dressing (or whatever dressing sounds good)

Directions:
1) Put quinoa into the bottom of a bowl.
2) Top with diced chicken
3) Top with veggies
4) Add feta and dressing, to your preference.

That's it! Enjoy the protein-packed deliciousness!

Red Apple Lipstick: Summer 2015 Collection + Giveaway!


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Gluten Free Brownie Cheesecake


After you read this post you're going to know that I am a crazy cat lady - so I am just going to admit it up front. I'm a crazy cat lady. Last November, my husband and I adopted our first pet as a couple. He's an adorable boy named George and is (according to the Humane Society) part Russian Blue. This cat is seriously the most interesting animal I have ever known. His favorite game is fetch, his favorite food is raw spinach, he loves his tummy rubbed, and he's extremely interactive. He's like half dog and half human with a sprinkle of cat. 

Grilled Ham and Cheese with Kale on Everything Bagels


Thanks to Canyon Bakehouse, I was given the opportunity to try their new Everything Bagel. These bagels make for a great sandwich since they have the delicious taste of garlic, onion, poppy and sunflower seeds baked right in. I posted a similar recipe awhile back (see it here), however, I knew instantly that the Everything Bagel would be amazing with a variation of the Kale Grilled Cheese. 

New Bagels and Brownies from Canyon Bakehouse!


Canyon Bakehouse has some of the best GF bakery products out there. You may remember my review of their bread awhile back (if not, see it here). So I was super excited when Canyon Bakehouse reached out to me asking if I wanted to try their new bagels and brownies before the official release. Of course I said yes! 

The new products include two types of bagels, Everything and Plain, and Brownie Bites. My expectations were very high for all three since Canyon Bakehouse has such great products. I was not disappointed, they were all very good! Read on for more detail on each.

Lazy Girl Update

You have likely noticed that I haven't really done much on my blog lately. Well, as an understatement, it's been a crazy past several months. My boss went on maternity leave last October, leaving me in charge of my department. I was pretty excited about this opportunity, but the second she left, we got beyond busy. And if that wasn't enough, we acquired another bank, which involved a lot of training and even more work. Needless to say, I had zero energy left by the time I got home. 

My goal was to get back to blogging in March, but then things continued to be crazy. April brought me a car accident (I was fine, thankfully) and my husband getting into a bad mountain biking accident. He had a concussion and broke his collar bone in six places! He ended up having surgery a week later and is doing great now. Shortly after Steven's surgery, I took a couple weeks off to help my dad recover from a full knee replacement. 

Now that things are FINALLY starting to settle down, I am trying to get back into a routine. We've been eating a lot of super quick and easy staple recipes, and not too many new ones. Even if there was a new one, I simply have not had the time or energy to take pictures, edit them, and even consider coming up with something to write. So, I apologize for the several month hiatus, but I am happy to say that now that my life is getting back to some form of normal, I can resume blogging! I'm still working on getting a schedule down, but bear with me, I'll get there. :)

Thanks for your continued support while I disappeared for awhile. You all are my motivation for keeping LGF up and running.

Hugs,
Andrea Joy 

In Love with Red Apple Lipstick + Giveaway!


It's no secret that I am obsessed with Red Apple Lipstick's products. So whenever they are going to be having an awesome sale, I will definitely be here to let you know! Registration for their sale is happening from January 14th-22nd and those that register will receive a coupon code to use during the sale. You can register by going to http://bit.ly/1C4jF5i.