Tofu Spinach Skillet by The Gluten-Free Life

Hello Friends! I am hopefully laying poolside right about now with a great book, a margarita, and a pile of chips and guacamole! Thanks to Brian from This Gluten-Free Life for helping me out while I am away! I love quick and easy meals like this and to be honest, D and I eat a lot them. You can also make so many variations of this meal and that’s why I love the simplicity of it. I also really love how Brian is doing a gluten-free series for men to show them that eating GF isn’t really that hard as well as showing you an alternative to using meat with using tofu.

I had recently been doing a gluten-free series for men every Thursday, since I feel like many gluten-free blogs have complicated meals that single guys who need to eat gluten-free will never cook. I wanted to give them some recipes that had a small number of ingredients, were actually relatively simple and quick, and were incredibly tasty. I am finishing up with that series though, and moving towards healthier dishes. Transitioning from all those “manly” meals into vegan and vegetarian gluten-free meals has been a little tough, but I’m sure my health will thank me in the future. I loved cooking all those meals with large amounts of meat, cheese, and other mouth-watering ingredients, but I am really looking forward to making gluten-free recipes that are good AND good for you. I was originally planning on using some chicken sausage in this meal, but I forgot to pick it up when I was at the store. I searched through the fridge to see what else I could use, and I came across some tofu I had forgotten was in there. I wasn’t exactly sure how well it would work in place of sausage, but hey, I had the tofu and I didn’t have the sausage. I had made a dinner similar to this in the past, using meat and zucchini, and I had really enjoyed it. After cooking this meal with the tofu and spinach, I was just as satisfied as before. The tofu, spinach, rice, and tomatoes really went together well, which was something I was a little unsure of going in.

The Recipe Ingredients (serves 3-4):

6 ounces of fresh spinach

1/2 package of firm tofu

1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes

2 cups of Long-grain brown rice

Directions:

1. Start cooking the brown rice first, since it takes the longest. Cook the two cups according to the directions on the bag.

2. When the rice is about 20-25 minutes from completion, boil the spinach in a large pot on medium-high heat. Remove when all the spinach has started to wilt. Set aside for future use.

3. Drain the tofu and cut it into small chunks about 1 inch long and 1/2 inch thick.

4. In a Dutch oven, heat a little oil on medium heat and start cooking the tofu. Stir frequently until tofu starts to turn golden.

5. When the tofu has started to turn golden, add in the spinach and can of stewed tomatoes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. 6. Cover your plates with the cooked rice first, then pour the tofu and spinach mixture over the rice.

Serve and enjoy!

Brian has been eating a gluten-free diet since 2010, when he discovered that gluten was the culprit behind his sluggish feeling and health issues.  He started This Gluten-Free Life in mid-2011 as a way of sharing his recipes and other knowledge with the gluten-free community.  He enjoys sports and reading in his spare time. Follow him on Twitter @ThisGFlife.

Pinterest Party with Baxtron {Life}

Happy Monday Friends! D and I spent the weekend in Seattle visiting a bunch of friends and attending our wedding reception party my mom through. Stay tuned for a post on that later list week or early next week! It was incredibly fun and we had about 60 of our closet friends and family there. Some I haven’t seen in so long it was great catching up with them.
Today I’m quest hosting a fun little party over at Baxtron {Life} today. If you have a Pinterest account then you should definitely join in on the fun! Read through the post and you will find the link on the bottom!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

“Pinning!” is a Weekly Pinterest Link-Up
(Share pins, meet others who love “Pinning”, get inspired!)

First Time?  It’s simple just follow these rules:
 Please follow your hosts: Courtney & Kimberly
And your Co-Hosts:
then
 Link up your Pinterest Inspired Post & Profile below
and
Make sure you link back to the party!

 

Each week a winner will be chosen to flaunt the title of “Pinning-est” for successfully wowing us with the best Pinterest find.  The winner will be featured/announced in the following week’s post!

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Amanda’s Favorite Pins for this week
My Coral Obsession!
THANK YOU to all who linked up last week!

Courtney chose this week’s “Pinning-est”:Elizabeth from “Love is the AdventureShe pinned a lovely collection of images and inspiration related to being kind to yourself.I felt so refreshed after looking at her post!  And this picture here reminds me of what Zion may look like when she is older! ~ Courtney
WANT TO BE A GUEST JUDGE or HOST? 
Elizabeth! Feel free to grab the button, and flaunt it!

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Guest Post Opportunities + Bob Red Mills Gluten Free Gift Set Winner!

Good Morning! Happy Monday to you all! Did you have a fun weekend? We did! D and I went camping over in Central Oregon and let me tell you, our weekend was packed with so much fun we were exhausted last night when we crawled into bed at 8:45! Yep, you read that right! I’m working on a post right now highlighting the things we did as well as a few tips on camping I’ve discovered the last two times we went. Stay tuned!

Today I get to announce the winner of the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Gift Set!  A HUGE thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for giving one of you the gluten free gift set of the following:

~ Bob Red Mills Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread Mix

~ Bob Red Mill’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

~ Bob Red Mills Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

And the lovely winner is…drum roll please…

Meredith M.

Congrats Meredith! Check your email for one from me!

I love doing giveaways and promoting your business. If you are interested in working with me, please send an email to Amanda at [email protected]

And in other news, I’ve been seeing a trend happening in the bloggy world. Some of my favorite blogs have recently written post on their decision to either stop blogging, get back to the carefree, laid back side of it, or scale it back big time. I think what some people don’t realize is how much actually goes into blogging. D is often so surprised with how much time I spend sitting at my computer, working on a project, editing photos or making friends with all of you that I can understand why some bloggers have decided to take a sabbatical or just let it go all together. Even if you love it, as most of us do, it’s so easy to get caught up in it and forget that their is a whole world going on around you that you need to get out an enjoy.

Well, I’m not going anywhere other then several trips over the course of the next two months and that is why I’m writing this. Instead of not blogging regularly over the next few months I am having an open call for guest blog post from YOU! I figure if I don’t have the time to write then it would make me so happy to have several of you sharing a bit about your life on Bullfrogs and Bulldogs.

So here is what I am looking for:

If you have a blog, I’d love to get about 6-8 of you submit a guest post  for over the course of the next two months. Post can be about anything and the only thing I ask is if you want to share a recipe that you offer vegan and gluten free options as well. I gotta stay true to who I am and what I believe in, you know?

If you have a business, I’d love to promote you on Bullfrogs and Bulldogs by either hosting a giveaway or just sharing a post all about you!

If you are interest, please email me at the email found just above. I’d love to know more about you and hare YOU with my readers! I would need all post by August 22nd.

Can’t wait to work with you!

A Fun Summer Necklace with Design, Dining + Diapers.

I’m so excited to have Taryn from Design, Dining + Diapers here today to share a fun little project of hers! Taryn is one of my favorite bloggers out there and all of her projects are so creative and inspiring. You can always guaranteed something good when you visit her blog so if you have some time, stop on by and say hi!

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be visiting Bullfrog and Bulldogs today! Amanda is a great bloggy friend and I’m honored to be sharing a craft with all of you.

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Taryn from Design, Dining + Diapers! I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, 15 month old baby girl and our spunky Golden Retriever. When I’m not busy being a mom you can find me blogging about DIY home decor, crafts, sewing projects, and allergy friendly foods!

Today, I’m sharing with you a simple yet sophisticated necklace I made for a crafting contest I was a part of! The challenge was to create something using beads and I came up with this fun summer necklace.

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I used to make a lot of beaded jewelry when I was in high school but it hasn’t been something that I’ve worked with in recent years. While brainstorming for this challenge I remembered that I used to have a HUGE bead collection and since my mom doesn’t throw anything out I had a feeling that my collection may still be at my parent’s house. Oh you better believe that whole thing was still there in the same bin! Bingo! Naturally, a lot of the beads weren’t really my style anymore… thankfully. I mean, I’m glad my style has changed a bit since I was 15. But I did find a lot of goodies in there and I just added a ton of beads to my craft supply for free (love finding old things!).

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I was originally planning to do a home decor project using beads, but I wanted to keep costs down to a minimum so I forced myself to use the beads from the bin (Like I said, I love a challenge and love being frugal). I found this beautiful piece of fabric that was left over from Baby E’s nursery and found some beads in the bin that complemented the vibrant accent colors. Who doesn’t love some tangerine tango this year? But like all of my projects, they tend to evolve through the creative process and I ended up using more cool colors for this project.

Fabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

I was searching for inspiration for fabric flowers and saw these from Little Miss Momma. Loved them. I used the fabric to make the three flowers and then paired it with ocean blue and gray beads. I love how it turned out and the bright colors are perfect for the summer months ahead. Can’t wait!

Fabric Flower and Beaded NecklaceFabric Flower and Beaded Necklace

So there ya go, a simple project to add to your summer wardrobe! And if you use multicolored fabric it will go with a ton of different outfits :)

Here are a few other projects you can find on my blog:

To see more of my projects you can visit me on my blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! Please come by and say hi, I love meeting new friends and I would love to see what you’ve been working on too!

A huge thank you to Amanda for having me here today!

A Framed Catch-All with DreamGreen DIY

Hi Friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! D and I went camping over in central Oregon and had a great time. Stay tuned for a little bit more about that later this week. I’m so excited to have Carrie from DreamGreenDIY here today to share a fun little project with you all. This is something I’ve been wanting to make for awhile and Carrie offers a great tutorial on how to make a Framed Catch-All. Thanks again for sharing Carrie!

Hello, Bullfrogs and Bulldogs readers! I am thrilled and honored to be here…Before I get started, I just wanted to extend a big thank you to Amanda for inviting me over for a bit!!

Today, I thought I’d tell you the story of a little framed catch-all that I created at home…I don’t know about you guys, but I have a lot of little nostalgic things that I like to keep on hand, mostly for the sweet memories. You know, things like birthday cards, photos and even recipes – Things you don’t necessarily want cluttering up the refrigerator, but things you also don’t want to toss.

To make the most of this collection of paper, I decided to treat them like art by putting them inside of a frame. But I also wanted to make sure that they were accessible and changeable at the same time. So, instead of capturing them behind glass, the idea was to clip them to chicken wire instead.

First things first, a frame…I picked this one up at our local thrift store for a song (to the tune of about $2). I liked the decorative edge, but wasn’t too into the traditional gold color. To bring it into the modern, contemporary age, I spray painted it a bold royal teal color.

After that, it was simply a matter of filling the middle with chicken wire. Using a collection of bolt and wire cutters, I carefully trimmed out a section of the wire to match the dimensions of my frame. Then I used a handful of strategically-placed push pins to keep it in place.

Why push pins and not nails? In the past, I’ve made the mistake of using a staple gun and nails to attach things to the inside of a frame, only to have the extra force damage the delicate edges of the wood. Not good. Tapping or pushing in several push pins is a much gentler way of getting the job done without damaging the frame.

A couple of pre-drilled holes in the top of the frame and in the wall, along with some flat-head black finishing screws, and we called this project “done.” Then it was just a matter of filling ‘er up with keepsake cards and memorabilia.

Enjoy and thanks again for having me, Amanda!

Carrie Waller is a freelancer, copy editor and page designer in Lynchburg, Va. She is also a contributing writer and blogger for Breathe Magazine. For a real-time rehash of her and her husband’s home renovation project and other DIY how-to’s, visit her blog at DreamGreenDIY.com. You can also find DreamGreenDIY on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.