Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Inversion progression

Yep guys, that is me! 

I am super excited because my first ever Yoga challenge starts in one week on instagram! I am excited for multiple reasons, but one reason in particular is causing me to burst with happiness, and I am ready to share it with you! 

I just signed my third book contract and next year at this time my new book "#instafood - The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit." Will hit the shelves of stores! I am so excited to bring three of my passions to this project. 

1. Healthy whole food recipes - there will be 125 wholesome recipes
2. Yoga - there will be 125 poses
3. Photography - Full color photography for both the recipes and the yoga! 

I am working with numerous athletic wear companies and we will be doing different challenges each month to help motivate people to move. The first challenge is called #30DaysOfYoga. I have previously posted about this, so to qualify for $200 of free yoga gear from our sponsors, read how to play along here: http://whatsfordinner-momwhatsfordinner.blogspot.com/2014/04/30daysofyoga-challenge.html 
I hope you get to join along. 

Yesterday we did a big photo shoot. In between shooting the models, I got a couple shots of myself. I had never done a headstand at the beach before and it was so amazing. 

What a completely different experience! I encourage all of you to try it. 


Thursday, April 17, 2014

#30DaysOfYoga challenge


Putting the word out that #30DaysOfYoga challenge will be starting up May 1st on instagram. Participants agree to drop to their mat every day for 30 days. The time of your practice is up to you. After your practice, post a picture of one pose of your choice and a status update on what you got from their practice. It can be anything form your own words, an insightful quote, or some song lyrics, Just something that resonates with you after your practice. Then you must use the hashtag #30daysofyoga. and tag sponsors @momwhatsfordinner and @lovepuravida At the end of May one lucky participant will win a goodie bag with yoga tanks and leggings from our sponsors. These gorgeous leggings are by @kdeerhauteyoga and the tank is from @KiraGrace #yoga #yogi #inversions #challenge #giveaway #fit #instafit#healthy #asana #workout #om #workhard #yogatothecore #fitness#instachallenge #instayoga 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Who wants free tickets, free food, and an autographed copy of my book? #Giveaway

Giveaway alert!
Today I am giving you the chance to win a free ticket to the San Diego Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest, and a signed copy of my book Gluten-Free Made Easy

We’re having a party and you’re invited!  Living Without magazine wants you to know that living with a food allergy or sensitivity doesn’t need to be about deprivation and missing out.  On the contrary, what you’re “Living Without” is all the horrible symptoms and medical problems you had before understanding what allergens you needed to avoid.  So, come join us, over a hundred of our favorite exhibitors and thousands of our closest friends as we celebrate LIVING WELL!!
Our nationwide series kicks off in the Spring of 2014 in San Diego, CA and will expand to seven cities by 2015.  At every event, you get to sample tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, learn from experts in the community and hang out with others who understand our world.
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For entry, please use the rafflecopter widget below. 
Excited to meet you at the festival

First Book Signing for Gluten-Free Made Easy

Exciting news! 
I have my first ever book signing! I will be in San Diego at:




Come out and get your book and get it signed by me!
May 3rd 2014, Saturday: 10am to 6pm

May 4th 2014, Sunday: 10am to 4pm


The Town And Country Resort and Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 291-7131

If you like my recipes, please support my work and get my cookbook! Featuring 150 recipes, 100 of which are not on the blog. That's right! 100 new recipes! Gluten-Free Made Easy is the perfect guide to your new lifestyle! Learn dozens of tips and tricks for avoiding gluten and over 150 tasty, simple recipes. Going against the grain has never been easier!
"Gluten-Free Made Easy" is available for sale at Barnes and NobleBooks and ThingsCedar FortAmazon and many other great bookstores.
Besides coming out to support me, you won’t want to miss the fun. Here are 7 reasons for attending: 
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Food! Food! Food! Prepare to gorge. You can eat your way–safely!–through the exhibit hall. Then go back for more. This alone is worth the price of admission.


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Free Samples! Yes, lots of them. LOTS. Your favorite companies are giving away products and money-saving coupons. And you can sample products from new companies that you’re going to love. We promise. You won’t go home empty-handed.


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Meet Others Who Get It. You will not feel alone. Gluten-free folks and those with food allergies will be out in force. Meet your neighbors in this very friendly, supportive community and make new friends.


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Amazing Baking Advice. Cooking demos by our expert chefs (the best in the nation) will show you how it’s done. Having trouble with gluten-free baking? We’ll answer your toughest baking questions. Need help with ingredient substitutions?   You’ll learn about delicious options and how to use them. Plus, we’ll share valuable tips to save time and money in the kitchen.


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Get Our Best Recipes. We’ll be sharing many of our reader-favorite recipes. Hint: Get ready for a delicious, fail-proof pizza crust. Another hint: You’ll never make a lousy muffin again.


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Life-Changing Info. Get the latest inside scoop on medical research, nutrition, best ingredients, product labeling, testing, treatments, and much more.


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Meet the Living Without team. Come chat with us. We are really looking forward to meeting you. And we want to hear what’s on your mind.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Healthy Asian Lettuce Cups


 

Hello my faithful friends! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. I have been extremely busy with the pre-release of my book. If you haven't heard, my cookbook is now printed and will be in stores May 13th! Here is the cover:
"Gluten-Free Made Easy" is available for pre-sale at Barnes and NobleBooks and ThingsCedar FortAmazon and many other great bookstores
About "Gluten-Free Made Easy"
Gluten-Free Made Easy is the perfect guide to your new lifestyle! Learn dozens of tips and tricks for avoiding gluten and over 150 tasty, simple recipes like Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Margherita Pizza, and even Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies. Going against the grain has never been easier! 100 recipes never before published on the blog! Get yours today!

Please don't think I have forgotten about you guys! I am just super swamped getting ready for the book release, the book tour, and interviews. I will keep posting here! 

Now on to today's recipe. I have been making all things healthy in this house, and I have never felt better. I started training 5 months ago and I am on cloud 9! I think as long as you have things to eat that you like, you won't splurge on things that are bad for you. One easy way to cut down on calories is to use lettuce as your wrap, rather than a carb. 

This is a lightened up version of the PF Changs lettuce wraps. To make sure they are gluten-free use my recipe for gluten-free hoisin sauce.

Asian Lettuce Cups
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Serves 4

1 lb. Chicken Breasts, chopped.
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 4)
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
12 Butter lettuce leaves
3 Tbsp gluten-free hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp gluten-free soy sauce -or- braggs amino acids
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp. roasted red chili paste
1/8 tsp. salt


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for about 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

Combine chicken .mixture, onions and chopped water chestnuts in a large bowl, stirring well, and set aside.

Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar and roasted red chili paste and drizzle over the chicken mixture. Toss to coat completely.

Add about 1/4 cup chicken mixture to each lettuce leaf, serve and enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Cookbook is finally hitting the shelves!!!





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Making Gluten-Free Cooking Easy
San Diego, CA - Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck are pleased to announce the release of their new cookbook, "Gluten-Free Made Easy." This title will be available in stores May 13, 2014.

"Gluten-Free Made Easy" is available for pre-sale at Barnes and NobleBooks and ThingsCedar FortAmazon and many other great bookstores
About "Gluten-Free Made Easy"
Gluten-Free Made Easy is the perfect guide to your new lifestyle! Learn dozens of tips and tricks for avoiding gluten and over 150 tasty, simple recipes like Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Margherita Pizza, and even Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies. Going against the grain has never been easier!
About Christi Silbaugh:
Christi Silbaugh is a self-educated chef and author of three cooking blogs including: Mom, What's For Dinner,  Gourmet Cooking For Two and Zero Calorie Life.She writes for foodie media giants Glam Media and Federated Media and works for Fast Forward Events, covering food and wine events in San Diego. Since 2009, she has created and posted over 1,000 gluten-free recipes. She lives with her family in California.




About Michele Vilseck:
Michele Vilseck is a mother, entrepreneur and health enthusiast. She enjoys creating in all of its forms, including writing, cooking, artwork, and teaching. She has been gluten-free for 10 years. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
 




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Raw Pad Thai Salad


I recently was blessed to review Raw Food French Style by Delphine de Montalier
This fabulous book contains 115 recipes for the curious omnivore from a new generation of French chefs. This stylish and accessible take on the next big trend in food includes soups, salads, juices, seafood, raw and seared meat, and deserts. This book made me want to rush to the farmer's market so I could get busy making the scrumptious healthy dishes. 

Wanting to tell you all about the book I quickly picked a recipe that I knew we would love. Raw Pad Thai. "Traditionally, Pad Thai calls to mind the fried rice noodle dishes commonly served as street food in Thailand. A typical Pad Thai also includes some simple raw ingredients - such as radish, herbs, and bean sprouts, which are available on the day. This flexibility extends to the Pad Thai here. Depending on season and taste you can vary the vegetables at will." -Delphine De Montalier  The salad was so easy to make and is full of thai flavor. We all loved it. Enjoy!

Raw Pad Thai Salad
adapted from Raw Food French Style

8 ounces baby spinach
1 small sweet onion
11 ounces asparagus
1/2 green pepper
2 green onions
1/2 bunch cilantro

Dressing: 
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 garlic clove
juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tsp gluten-free soy sauce -or- braggs amino acids
2 pinches chili pepper
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Crushed nuts for garnish (cashews or peanuts)

Wash and prepare all vegetables. Everything needs to be thinly sliced, grated, or cut julienne style.
Toss all ingredients to combine them, set aside while you make the dressing. 

For the dressing, mix together in a small bowl the olive oil and the vinegar. Add the garlic, stirring to blend smoothly. Stir in the lime juice, zest, soy sauce, and chili pepper. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss well to coat the ingredients evenly. Chop the cashew nuts coarsely and either scatter the on top of the salad or offer them separately.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Banana Split Bites


I recently was blessed to review the amazing cookbook Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller who is best known for the amazing dessert tables she makes for Hollywood celebrities. 

EAT MORE DESSERT is overflowing with simple-to-make and fun-to-eat treats for any celebration, big or small.  With themes ranging from baby showers, weddings, holidays and birthday parties, you’ll find ideas and recipes to celebrate any and every occasion.  In addition to over 100 dessert recipes, the book is filled with tips and tricks for creating the perfect dessert table, from choosing a fantastic theme to styling your sweets. The themes were my favorite. I want my kids to have this book for when they have kids. Wish I would have had it around. Get yours at AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndie Bound, and wherever books are sold.
One of the cute desserts in this book is the simple banana split bites. I had a movie marathon with the ladies and I made a knock-off of these. They were so good and devoured quickly, so make sure you make a lot of them! They really do taste like a banana split, but they are much more healthy! Naturally gluten-free, enjoy!
Banana Split Bites
adapted from Eat More Dessert 
Makes 12 mini bites

4 Ripe bananas
12 ounces good chocolate
whipping cream
sprinkles
crushed nuts (I used cashews)
candy for topping or fresh cherries

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 3 minutes at 50% power. Stir until smooth.

Peel and cut off the ends of the bananas. Discard them, I did this by popping them into my mouth. Cut each banana into three pieces. Dip the ends into melted chocolate and sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles or nuts. Place upright on waxed paper to dry. 

Top the bananas with whipping cream and a candy or cherry. (Your choice). 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Black and Blue Steak Salad


My husband loves Steak. It is not a secret around here that I am not a big fan of red meat. However, my local organic market got a fresh batch of grass fed beef steaks. The only time I will ever try red meat is if it is organic and grass fed. Want to know why? The difference is explained very well here: http://www.goodfoodworld.com/2012/01/grass-fed-vs-feedlot-beef-whats-the-difference/ If you take the time to read it, you are helping your health. 

My husband also loves Salad. When I asked him what he would like for dinners this week, he said how about salad every night. Then he said, I would really like a steak and blue cheese salad. I groaned. Two things I don't like. Steak and blue cheese. Immediately in my head, I started planning my vegetarian salad that I would be eating while he devoured the carnage. I believe that just because I don't like something, does not mean I won't make it for those that do. 

This salad is actually healthy. Want to know the shocking part? I ate some. Because it was grass fed, and my husband kept moaning and rolling his eyes back while he took bites, followed by the thumbs up sign. I figured, I might as well give it a try. It was good. Very flavorful. Anyone who likes blue cheese and steak will love this. I recommend serving it with a good red wine. A fabulous old vine zin is perfect. Enjoy! 


Black and Blue Steak Salad
Recipe by: Christi Silbaugh


1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

4 6-8 ounce Steaks (cut of your choice)
2 tomatoes, sliced.
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce, or your favorite salad blend


For the spice mixture: 
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

For spice mixture:
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. 
Heat a skillet on your stove to 375 degrees. 

Generously season each steak on both sides with the spice mixture. Reserve remaining spice mixture and set aside. 

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the hot skillet. Add your steak to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes to blacken and then turn over and cook for another 1 minute. Place the skillet in the oven and cook to desired done-ness. 3-5 minutes for medium rare. 6-8 minutes for medium. 8-10 for well done. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. 

While meat is resting, stir one tablespoon of the spice mixture in with the yogurt, blue cheese, and milk. Stir well. This is your dressing. 
Once the meat has rested, slice on the bias. 

If you like my recipes, please support my work and get my cookbook! Featuring 150 recipes, 100 of which are not on the blog. That's right! 100 new recipes! Gluten-Free Made Easy is the perfect guide to your new lifestyle! Learn dozens of tips and tricks for avoiding gluten and over 150 tasty, simple recipes. Going against the grain has never been easier!
"Gluten-Free Made Easy" is available for sale at Barnes and NobleBooks and ThingsCedar FortAmazon and many other great bookstores.

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