Saturday, November 17, 2012

Well,

I forgot to have dinner tonight, at least until now, but, I had tastes at Sam's and it distracted me from dinner.  Also, everyone was going their own way tonight, and I had a productive evening:
Went to Sam's club, got much of Thanksgiving dinner prep. Came home, milled 20 pounds of rice into flour, also made potato flour, almond meal and quinio flour. Made 4 small pumpkin bread loafs and rice yeast bread.

I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the flours in order so I don't have to make such "ricey" gluten free bread. But, I forgot how good this recipe was. I haven't liked the box mixes, so, time to go homemade again! I think I even found a good cinamon roll recipe to use!


So, I don't know what day today is on the count, but, dinner was a "non-dinner".  Okay, I looked it up, day 13 :D!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 10 and 11!

Okay, it's not really Day 10 and Day 11.  I was right to not promise consecutive days!  I know myself at least that well!!

But, last night, after Jerry's swim meet (yes, another meet), I quickly made fish, veggies and rice, and tofu.  It was rather good.

I had purchased a couple of bags of frozen brown rice on clearance, had a package of yellow squash, an onion, and a carrot.  I "sauted" in water the onion, then added the carrot.  After a while, I added the rice and squash, together with a little olive oil and gluten free soy sauce that I just picked up at the Asian market ($2.99 for a large bottle!) 

While that was cooking, I put some frozen polluck fillets, coated in ranch dressing, in the microwave, on high, for 6 minutes. 

While the fish was in the microwave and the veggies and rice "sauting", I sliced some tofu.  I dipped it in ranch dressing, then dredged it through a concoction of coconut flour, salt and garlic powder.  Then I put it in a skilled with a little olive oil and browned the sides. 

After I was done with the tofu, I took the fish from the microwave, put it through the coconut flour mix, and put it on the pan to finish cooking. 

It was all delicious, and took about 20 minutes of total prep and pan clean up time before we ate.
This picture is of today's leftovers, to which I added some fresh pineapple.

 


DAY  11!!

Today, since we basically ate at the meet, I made homemade gluten free flat bread and turkey and cheese sandwiches!  They were marvelous and if all gluten free products tasted that good, I would switch myself!!! 

Here's a picture, combined with homemade pumkin seeds! 





 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 9

I have been collecting the ends of homemade gluten free bread that have outlived their "freshness" in the freezer.  Today, Jerry had a swim meet, so I assembled the ingredients last night for:

Gluten Free Caramel Apple/Almond French Toast Bake.


On the ingredients, besides the bread, it has 4 eggs, 1 cup of coffee mate cream, 2 apples,
about 1/2 cup sliced apples and about 1/4 cup sugar free caramel flavoring. 
I baked it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered and 20 minutes uncovered. 
Served hot or cold with some sugar free maple syrup (although caramel sauce
would have been good too). 

The verdict?  Jerry and I LOVED it, but not Noel so much.  Others either didn't say or didn't have it.

I liked it enough to make again.  I'll make sure Jerry is home for that one.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

DAY 8!!!

Hi there!  Just a quick note in passing on last nights dinner.  Nothing fancy, but, it
was "Stuffed Potatoes"  and everyone LOVES them.

The picture is pretty self-explanitory:


Oh yeah, fresh pineapple and carrots and celery.


By the way, here's my helpful tip for the day:  Always try to have on hand potatoes; red, white and sweet.  Also, try to have on hand bags of brown rice and several kinds of pasta.  With these as a base, I can almost always construct some kind of healthy meal, albeit simple sometimes, but nontheless healthy. 

Enjoy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 7 Recap...National Pasta Day!   Yes, pasta again!


A quick description:
Our 3 kinds of pasta:  Gluten Free, Einkorn, and tri-
                                  colored
Red sauce
Alfredo sauce
Mild cheddar cheese
Romaine lettuce
Sliced Almonds





Except for the Alfredo, this sat out on the table from lunchtime, 1:00 until after dinner, 8:30.
The cheese had to be replenished, but, since we all go a lot of directions most weekdays, this
was an effective way to feed everyone.  There is no meat, and the cheese does not spoil that
fast (or in our case, doesn't last that long).

Oh, I made homemade pineapple coconut water for the first time.  It turned out pretty good.  When
I have exact measurements, and am really satisfied with the results, I'll post the recipe.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

DAY 5 & 6

I'm so glad I told you all up front that I would post about everyday's dinner, but not necessarily everyday!  Evenings around here can be quite busy and rushed.  On most afternoons, Noel and Joy have cross country practice, I pick another girl up from school, while waiting for her, Jerry and I do some of his school in the pick up line, we take her home, pick up Noel and Joy, change and then head in another direction for a 20 minute drive to Jerry's swim practice.  I try to run while he swims.  Then back home to have dinner.  On Tuesday nights, we have company, so this adds a little in the challenge.  (We have dubbed Tuesday nights "crock pot night" but more on that another day.

Well, back to Day 5 & 6.  Tuesday was Day 5.  My brother graciously offered to take Jerry to swimming, so, I had more time to think about dinner.  But, I had already planned a pasta night since the kids had a districts the next day and pasta is always good the couple of days before a cross country meet.

Cooking pasta in our house means 3 different pans of pasta and careful attention that there is not cross contamination.  (For those of you who are not gluten free, a Celiac can get sick from a spoon that has stirred a pot with wheat type noodles that then stirs those noodles.  I once had to throw an entire pot away when I did this.  SO, how I handle this now is to have the kind of spoons that can stay in pots and I put one in each pot.  That way, there is no reason to take the spoon out.  Also, I cook gluten free on one side of the stove and non-gluten free on the other side to avoid splashing water into the gluten free pans when working with the pasta.

Noel especially, and I'm moving myself to this, are following the "Wheat Belly" book's suggestions and only using Eincorn Wheat when we eat wheat products.  Otherwise, Noel is completely gluten free (and his skin has improved markedly in just over 2 weeks!!!!!!).  My mom prefers white or tri-colored pasta and is allergic to wheat.  Here's what I made:


For sauce, Joy and I only eat ground turkey, not ground beef, so I usually have some frozen ground turkey that I can quickly thaw and cook.  I added some sweet onion, chopped fresh garlic, oregano and salt.  Then I always have a big can of tomato sauce from Sam's club around.  This time, I used one of the containers of it I had frozen, so I thawed it first in the microwave and added it to the meat.  (This is what I use for all my red sauces, from pizza to rice dishes to pastas.  It's super inexpensive under $3, and I usually get 3 - 5 meals from it, depending on what I make.)  I have conceded to purchasing alfredo sauce from Sam's club as well and it cost less than $2/jar, so, not horrible.  Here's the pictures of the jars:

We had salad on the side and another berry crisp, since I had left over berries from Vince's birthday.  Judi brought the salad, so it came with all the fixin's!   Yum!!!

This brings me to Day 6.  On Day 6, we had leftovers!  I made 2 of each of the pastas and made extra sauce.  We had the cross country meet, so, people ate when they could!  I LOVE PASTA.

Oh...and a preview of Day 7.....I think it will have to be pasta again since it is National Pasta Day!!!!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 4 Vince's Birthday Pick

Wow!  I'm on a roll!!!  I don't think I have ever blogged even 2 days in a row!!!!

Well, tonight, we celebrated my brother's birthday.  He was 29 years old yesterday!  Really!!!

Anyway, we traditionally let the birthday person pick what we eat (with in reason!)  So, the menu
for today was:   Salmon, Asparagus, Chicken Baked Rice, and Berry Cobbler with Ice cream.

It's all pretty straight forward and easy.

I baked the 3 pound salmon fillet.  I rubbed it with garlic, ranch dressing and topped it with sliced almonds.
I covered it and baked it at 350 for 30ish minutes.

The asparagus was lightly boiled, drained and had melted butter on top.

The rice included an onion, some green and red peppers (that I found in the fridge) and a carrot as well as chicken base.  I baked it on 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

I added a fresh pineapple and slaw marinated with raspberry and orange vinaigrettes.  Here's a plate:    



I used frozen triple berries, added some sugar and cornstarch, and topped with a gluten free crisp topping of oats, gluten free flour and sugar.  I cooked it for about 30 minutes on 350.   The finished result:


It could have easily been sugar free by adding sugar free sweetener.

Okay..........and.............Vince enjoying...................... :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 3 - Out and about

Okay.  Today I'm just posting a quick post.  Today was senior day for Embry Riddle's Women's Soccer team.  The game was at 1 and the families walked the seniors out unto the field.  We left the house at 11.

SO......what does that mean for cooking?!!!

Well, at 9:30ish, I put 8 white potatoes, and 6 sweet potatoes on to cook in the convection oven.  (This is a rather new item to me that I am still experimenting with, but I do like it for making potatoes quickly!)  Then, everyone was left to their own as to which kind of potato and how they wanted to fix it.  (I had coffee still, so, I made mine with sweet-n-low, cinnamon, and slice almonds.  If was wonderful.)

Not that you really need a picture of potatoes, but here it is:


Our "real" dinner was complements of Cracker Barrel:


So, nothing fancy at home, but, the potatoes held us until dinner.

Well, I'm off to bed.....

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Introduction and Days 1 & 2

Hello and welcome to my newest attempt at blogging:  365 days of cooking and blogging.

What does this mean?  Well, I'm going to try to record what I make for "dinner" for 365 days.  I think I do a fairly good job at relatively healthy meals without going overboard.  I also think I do a pretty good job at inexpensive meals.  What I'm not going to do:  I probably won't make it to the computer everyday.  However, I hope to at least take a picture and blog what I made.  

I like to make economical meals, but lately, I have been splurging for us. What this means is that I might purchase a little bit more expensive piece of meat, or maybe even go and pick up pizza.  Although that is not as easy as it once was.  Right now, only Jerry, my Mom and I can even eat it, as everyone else is following a gluten-free diet.  In fact, that brings up one more point, we have lots of dietary needs and food allergies.  While this presents a challenge, it is doable and not too hard.

So, "without further ado", let me introduce our dinners from tonight and last night, representing day one and day two of my blog.....

Last night, I used half the brown rice I had baked earlier, yes, baked.  I often bake rice at a 2 to 1 ratio, (2 parts waters, 1 part rice).  I put it in the oven and turn it on to 355 degrees and cook it for 1 hour 15 minutes.  Usually I do this in the morning or at lunch time and then it is available for dinner or common consumption.  Anyway, back to last night.  I took half or so of the rice, added cooked from frozen broccoli spears (I like the frozen kind from Sam's club, 4 bags for $5.95 and microwavable).  I also added about 1/4 cup of butter, (country crock), 1/2 cup cheddar cheese sauce, and about 3 tablespoons of gluten free "Cowgirl Ranch" dressing.  Then I topped it with crumbled cornflakes (gluten free, in fact, you can just assume something is gluten free unless otherwise told so) mixed with a tablespoon of country crock and a couple more tablespoons of the ranch dressing.  I baked it at 400 for about 20 minutes.  

I served it with celery stuffed with peanut butter or goat cheese mixed with a little ranch and water.  It was fabulous and everyone liked it; that almost NEVER happens!!



Next up:  Day 2, Today!

Today I just made cheese quesadillas from corn tortillas and mild cheddar cheese and blanco cheese.  I warmed the tortillas on each side briefly on a medium warm pan that I sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkled garlic powder.  Then I put about 2 tablespoons of cheese in each tortilla and cooked until the tortillas were brown and the cheese melted.  I served it with picante sauce and hot sauce and had celery with ranch dressing on the side.  Again, FABULOUS, simple and loved by all!  I'm 2 for 2!!!!  Wow!!!!!

Here's some pictures of the ingredients, cooking and finished product:




Both were VERY easy and VERY inexpensive.  I estimate spending between $1.50 - $3.00 total expense for each dinner.  Try them!!  Enjoy!!!