Monday, May 27, 2013

Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery and Store & Living Yeast-Free

Happy Memorial Day, Everyone! Thinking of those who are serving or have served in the military today!

Abbey is all decked out in her red, white and blue!

Things that I've really missed when on a yeast-free diet include pizza, scones, biscuits, and cookies.      I did a Google search one day of vegan bakeries in Orlando, Florida and found Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery and Store.  To my surprise, I have been driving past the bakery for years!  It is near the corner of Highway 50 (Colonial Drive) and Mills Avenue.  Specifically, the bakery is at 710 N. Mills Avenue.  You can park in front of the bakery (on Mills) or in the back.  It is very quaint inside and the employees are extremely friendly and helpful.  All products are homemade.

In addition to being vegan (no animal products used), they have many gluten-free options, which are great for those of us on a yeast-free diet.  All of their cupcakes, scones, cookies, etc. are yeast-free.  They are very happy to assist you if you have any type of allergy.  The gluten-free options are sweetened with raw blue agave nectar instead of sugar.  I just buy the scones or the cupcakes sweetened with the raw blue agave nectar, since they have the smallest amount of sweetener of all of the products.  I have them as an occasional treat because I don't like to cheat too much!  Every time I visit, they have different flavors of scones available.  I've had baked apple, chai, ginger, and the Mexilatte (which has chocolate chips--a big cheat day for me). They also have mango and orange scones.  They are all delicious!

Mexilatte Scone

Baked Apple Scone

You can also purchase organic tea and fair-trade coffee to go along with your bakery goods.  Local art is featured on the walls.  

What I was really excited about is that they sell yeast-free pizza dough, scone, biscuit, and cookie mix.  I bought the pizza dough, but haven't used it yet.  That will be for another blog.


In the meantime, visit the Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery if you are in the Central Florida area.  They are open until 3:00 p.m. today, Memorial Day.  They have a Facebook page and you can follow them on Twitter and Tumblr.  Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m - 8 p.m.  Their phone number is 407-704-8615. If you are not in Orlando, find a vegan/gluten-free bakery in your area and ask them about their yeast-free options.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spaghetti Squash and Yeast-Free Living

Well, I've been a bit late in posting this week. I had surgery on a couple of toes to straighten them so I can fit into some dancing shoes in the near future! I've found that crutches are not fun, but are much more manageable after a 30-pound weight loss due to Weight Watchers and a yeast-free diet.

A few weeks ago my sister, Glenna, talked to me about spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta. I tried it out and I really liked it. Last night she came over and made me dinner. I liked her way of making the spaghetti squash better than my way.

She took a spaghetti squash and cut it in half. She put the seed side down on a baking dish that was sprayed with either butter or olive oil cooking spray. She baked it for 40 minutes at 375. When it was finished, she scooped out the seeds, and then took the flesh out of the squash with a fork. It turns into spaghetti-like strands. To that she added cooked mushrooms (which I couldn't have), onion, and fresh broccoli. Then she topped it with Amy's Family Marinara Pasta Sauce. She also sprinkled some Daiya Mozzarella Cheese on top. This was a delicious and very filling dinner. The whole meal was 3 Weight Watchers points on the Points Plus Plan!

I'll have to have her cook for me more often!!