Going Gluten and GMO-Grain Free


Ch-ch-changes
February 14, 2010, 12:46 pm
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Before I get into the BIG news (and the reason for the blogging absence)  I will update on how baking went last weekend.

The cupcakes turned out really good but something went wrong with the icing… the were still gobbled up without it!

The crackers were a big fail! My niece loved them but all the adults found them to be really dry and something was amuck the flavor. I’ll have to experiment with these a little more.

The blueberry muffins were amazing!! I have a strong fascination with coconut flour now….

So, now on to the NEWS!! My husband and I are moving to Portland… In THREE weeks! He got an amazing job offer out there and his family is only twenty minutes away in Vancouver, Washington. What a change this is going to be.

I have been such an emotional roller coaster the last few days. I am overwhelmingly excited to move to downtown Portland and experience an entirely different way of life…. but heart-broken about leaving my family. This valley is the only place I have ever known…. I am a true “valley girl” (except for all of those bad stereotypes… haha)!

Well, more moving arrangements to make and a job to be found!



Just say no to eating out!
February 5, 2010, 5:33 pm
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So I’ve really been craving some Thai food from this great (or what I used to think was great) place down the street from my work. I’ve researched their menu and even called them more than once to ask about what they cook with and how certain items are prepared. I thought I had covered all of my bases, but I thought wrong!

I ordered the spicy Thai chicken (which comes with veggies) without soy sauce and substituted my side of rice for a side salad with their homemade ginger dressing. I thought I was making really good, informed choices but I learned otherwise a few hours later. My stomach has been in turmoil for the past few hours and I really don’t have a solid explanation for it, other than you can never be 100% positive of what someone else is putting in your food. Lesson learned!!

On a happier note, I am really excited for our baking day tomorrow. I can’t wait to try some new recipes from Elana’s Pantry and spend some quality time with my sis!

The baking line-up:

Herb Crackers (in Elana’s cookbook)

Gluten Free Bread 2.0

Vanilla Cupcakes (not sure which frosting we’ll use yet :-))

Blueberry Muffins

P.S. Last night my sister made a delicious version of Chicken Parmesan using goat cheese that was so delicious.  Definitely going into the dinner rotation!

I’ll update on how the baking turns out tomorrow!



What a good day!
February 4, 2010, 5:09 pm
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Today has been full of good things. A couple of the more important, food related things:

First, my sister made a perfect batch of gluten-free pancakes using some of the revisions from Elana’s website. This is so refreshing because I was really starting to get bored with scrambled eggs every morning. Even with goat cheese, spinach, onions, and bell peppers they were getting pretty tiresome. She emailed me a picture of them and they looked so delicious. Can’t wait to try them!

And second, a co-worker and I are organizing a week-long food drive at the end of the month. It will be open to customers and fellow employees and we will be collecting canned and boxed goods and vital toiletries. I’m really glad to be getting involved in something good for our community. It has definitely been too long since I have given back…

As far as my eating for the day goes, I did pretty well. So far I’ve had scrambled eggs w/ spinach and bell peppers for breakfast (of course! hehe) and tuna salad and veggies for lunch. I also munched on a delicious locally grown orange. One of the best I’ve ever had!

Hooray for good days!



food, food, food…
February 4, 2010, 4:54 am
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I baked bread on Monday night using almond flour!! The flavor doesn’t seem like it would work so well as a sandwich bread but it was absolutely delicious toasted with some strawberry jam. It was just what the hubby and I needed!

I am also pretty proud of today’s menu so I thought I would share it with you all. Maybe it will give a better idea of what we are eating…. for those of you that are still a little lost! 🙂

Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs with ham, onions, and spinach

Slice of bread w/ jam

Lunch:

Brown rice (my first rice product in 4 days)

Steamed veggies w/ sea salt and pepper

Dinner:

Crumbled goat cheese, spinach, and onions sandwiched between two turkey patties

Sweet potato fries (baked with sea salt and olive oil)

I also had an apple and a banana as snacks today!

I am really happy to say that I didn’t notice any stomach issues after having the brown rice at lunch. That really makes things easier. Brown rice is can also be made into pasta and tortillas so my options greatly expand knowing that my tummy can handle it!

My next goal is to start paying more attention to how my body reacts to different foods. I have cut out almost all dairy (except the occasional goat cheese and greek yogurt) and I think that has really helped. Some of the other foods that I think may trigger problems are broccoli and various beans and pork products. I’ll keep you updated on what the results are.



The First Few Days
February 1, 2010, 11:16 pm
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Sunday was a really good day. I ate well on Saturday, but I am really proud of myself for the progress I made yesterday. We also got some cleaning done and I even managed to snag an hour-long nap :-).

I went to Trader Joe’s in the morning and picked up a few extra things that I didn’t get at Whole Foods the day before. Some of the hardest things about this whole change are finding stores nearby that carry organic foods and the cost of buying organic. On an average, we spend about $75 a week on groceries for my husband and I. This weekend we ended up spending $140 at Whole Foods and another $40 at Trader Joe’s. My new goal is to find a more cost-effective way of shopping. I’m thinking that only buying meat and specialty items at Whole Foods is the way to go.

 I also experimented with mayonnaise substitutes at lunchtime yesterday. I made an egg salad for myself and a tuna salad for my husband (who despises hard-boiled eggs). In both, I added chopped onion and dill pickles, but the main ingredient….. Non-fat Greek yogurt.  We scooped the salads onto hearts of romaine leaves and enjoyed. Even my picky-eater of a husband thought is was delicious.

Our only issue… we were both pretty hungry throughout the day. I snacked quite a bit but made really good choices when I did. I had tomatoes and carrots dipped in humus and dried mangoes. My husband and I also shared an orange and had some chocolate chip cookies (gluten, egg, and grain free) that my sister baked. I think that as long as the foods we are eating are healthy we shouldn’t limit ourselves on how many times we eat. I also didn’t overeat once yesterday which was such a relief to my digestive system.

My sister and I have relied on elanaspantry.com and Elana’s The Almond Flour Cookbook for a lot of our recipes. She has some really tasty dishes and deserts. We plan on having a “baking” day this coming weekend so we can try to make a few more of her recipes. Be sure to check out her page that provides detailed information about the ingredients she uses in her recipes.

I must also say that I am really proud of my husband. He was pretty set in his ways before we started this, and I even gave him the option to opt-out, but he has been excellent over the last few days. He has researched restaurants and bakeries and given me tons of feedback on what we are eating. This morning we were discussing what his lunch options were because he ate all the tuna that was supposed to be left over for his lunch today :-). It is quite difficult to find good places to eat in the area where he works so I reassured him that it was okay if he strayed from the “diet.” When I texted him around 1:30pm to see how his lunch went, he responded with “I found a Trader Joe’s….. I also got some gluten-free ginger cookies.” Gosh, I love that man! I was a little weary of how supportive he would be (he loves his donuts, pastries, and pasta) but he has been amazing as usual. Now if we could only settle the grass-fed beef argument….