October Cold-Proof Cooking with Lisa

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Our October Cold-Proof Cooker, Lisa Thiele, is a true Jack (err, Jill) of all trades.

Lisa pens With Style and Grace, a food-oriented blog that covers everything from entertaining, to fashion, to the perfect non-traditional gift for a host or hostess. Because Lisa and gluten, in her words, “do not get along”, most of what comes out of her kitchen is either gluten free or can easily be adapted to become so. What we love about this superwoman is that she’s also a fun everywoman: a popcorn addicted, coffee-loving California girl.

How did you get into cooking and blogging? I was working in advertising when I had a health scare that landed me in the hospital. As I worked to rebuild my strength I decided it was time to create the life I wanted. I jumped into the kitchen and began baking and cooking, the two things that I loved to do! My mom offered me her camera, that way I could share my delicious masterpieces with the world and the next thing I knew, I was being offered jobs as a food photographer, recipe creator/tester and was referred to as the “gluten-free entertaining” expert. With Style and Grace is a lifestyle and food blog, inspiring beauty in everyday lives.

What’s your favorite tip for staying healthy? At the end of each day, take 10 minutes and release all the frustrations, fears, emotions, etc.. My husband and I take turns “dumping” anything we’re holding on to and it’s amazing how that affects everything else, such as our health.

What’s one important way you try to take care of yourself and those around you? I exercise or do something active every day. It gives me great energy, motivates me to eat healthy and it’s also something my husband and I do together.

Can you share your favorite healthy/easy/deliciously comforting recipe? I love to make a breakfast quinoa with cinnamon, walnuts and berries. It’s perfectly light, healthy and comforting!

Breakfast Quinoa with Cinnamon and Fresh Berries
[Adapted by 101 Cookbooks]

  • 1 cup [vanilla] almond milk  – or any type of milk you prefer
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup original quinoa
  • 1/4 cup red quinoa – or total of 1 cup original
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries – or blueberries, raspberries, etc.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 teaspoons agave nectar – if avoiding sugar, you can substitute with stevia
  • 2-3 tablespoons shredded coconut

In a medium saucepan, combine milk, water, salt and [original and red] quinoa – bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit [covered] for about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon and carefully mix in the blackberries. Top with walnuts and drizzle with agave nectar.

Serves 4

How did you discover this recipe?
I ran out of oatmeal one morning and decided to replace it with quinoa, a gluten-free grain I can’t seem to get enough of! I now make large batches at once and keep it in the fridge, that way if I’m in a hurry I just fill up a small mason jar and take it to go. I’ve recently turned my husband onto it, but he’s not ready to part with my granola for breakfast just yet.

Do you have a zany cold remedy or unique stay-healthy routine? Sleep/rest + hydrate + lots of soup and green smoothies.

For more on Lisa’s stay-healthy tips, check out her blog… and especially for her sumptuous food photography. We find it inspiring that blogging helped awaken her passion for baking, gluten-free living… not to mention her love of photography, which is now more than a hobby—it’s a job!

Tell us, did you ever discover new interests in totally unexpected ways? And how delicious does that breakfast quinoa look?