Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.

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Gluten Free Apricot Scones

Living in the US, I have the pleasure of having almost every country represented when it comes to restaurants. Many of the restaurants that focus on a particular country try really hard to transport you to the country itself. It’s like walking through the restaurant’s doors magically teleports you to another country. Sometimes exotic. Sometimes familiar. Often revealing. So when I travel, often I actually compare restaurants in those countries to ones I find back home. I compare the decor, the tastes, the aroma. Often there are so many similarities that I fall even more in love with the restaurants back home for being so genuine – so authentic.

However, no matter how similar things are between restaurants back home and the ones in the actual country, there seems to be one thing that almost always is different…

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Poha (Flattened Rice)

I love road trips.. but I’m really a poor planner when it comes to food. I simply assume that I will of course find something to eat along the way. After all – living in America, this isn’t a far-fetched assumption. Well – when you’re driving through farmland, it’s a little harder to find a restaurant. Especially when you have a group that has some serious diet restrictions – like gluten free, vegetarian, sugar free, processed food free and of course it has to be tasty. πŸ™‚ So the other day when I reached my destination – I was starving! And I’m not a good person to be around when I’m hungry. The fact that my husband says in a panicked tone – “The dragon is loose!” – says it all. LOL. It’s true. When I get hungry you better get me some good food quick otherwise “the dragon” really does come out.Luckily for me, my mom happened to be one of my travel companions. She served this dish to ravaging me in about 20 minutes. It was sooo good.

Poha is a super traditional breakfast item in India. As all good indian recipes, everyone had their own variations. A very Read More

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Coconut Cashew Sheera – A Quick Indian Dessert

Oh how I wish I had created this recipe when I was still on the SCD diet! Yes – not only is this recipe gluten free and sugar free but it is indeed SCD compliant!

Sheera is an easy indian dish that I like to call dessert but to many it’s breakfast. Sheera can be made with a variety of ingredients. The most common sheera that I know of is made with Semolina which is a very gritty flour, usually made from wheat. This is one of the Indian dishes I hold closest to my heart. In fact when I was a little kid I would pester my mom to make the wheat version of sheera for my birthday instead of cake. She would mould it into a nice round shape and stick a massive candle on it. Oh.. I even remember one time she shaped it into a heart. What amazing memories. So it’s been quite a sad sacrifice for me to forgo sheera since I’ve become gluten free.

Recently my mom gifted me a Tarla Dalal cookbook that focuses on Indian sweets. I’m a big fan of Tarla Dalal. Her books are one of the few that I like to Read More

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Misal (Mixed Sprouted Beans) With Yogurt

You know what the best part of the weekend is? Yup, brunch.

Throughout the week I’m rushing to get out the door in the mornings.. so pretty much whatever I eat ends up fitting into a small bowl. Oh and the drink typically in a thermos to go. So when the weekend rolls around, I try to have a truly indulgent morning. Which means I (or in this case, my mom who is visiting) take time to make and eat some pretty outrageous breakfasts. Which I suppose means you can no longer call them “breakfast” but instead give them the ultimate name “brunch”.

Now, I know you’re reading this, looking at the picture above and saying – “Um.. Raj.. Are you writing about a different recipe post.. cuz that does’t look like brunch at all.” LOL. I know, I know, it’s not the typical brunch around the world. But in India – having Misal with yogurt for brunch is not only typical but also evokes the same joy and happiness a stack of pancakes does for most Americans.

So what is “Misal”? Misal literally means “mixture”. It’s a really popular dish in the state of Maharashtra, India. Generally it’s eaten in the morning or Read More