Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 21, 2013

Well, I pretty much fail at consistent blogging!!!!

We are in the middle of the school year and a busy time.  Our weekday schedules involve much running around in the afternoons and evenings and leave very little time for meal preparation.

Sometimes, I make a meal in the crockpot for after swimming, which is about 7:30.

Other times, when people are everywhere in the evening, it's "every man for himself", which some are better at than others.  Last night was one such night.  I like to have a lot of eggs and cheese around for those who are so inclined.  Also, I like to have  a lot of fresh veggies and fruit.

Last nights dinner looked something like this:

Jerry:  Egg and cheese omelette,  turkey bacon, sandwich thin, mango

Joy:  Um, not sure, she was at a track meet and school, so I'm thinking apples and granola bars...

Noel:  Same as Joy, only switch out the apples for oranges and add yogurt

Dan:  Same as Noel and Joy, only I think he probably waited until Joy was at class and ate at work.  My guess is cereal.

Grandma:  Tuesday night leftovers (which were fabulous, crockpot chicken fajitas!)

Mom:  Fresh Veggies and Hummus, Mango (shared with Jerry)

So, nothing fancy, just plain simple eating.  :)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Well, I'm at day 11.  Don't even know what we had in the past 10 posts, but, we had "White Chili" today.  However, I didn't have white corn, so I used yellow corn.  Also, I threw it all in the crock pot and took off for a run, so it didn't get stirred, so there were a few chucks of cheese.   However, it was still great over brown rice.

The ingredients in today's pot include:
From the freezer:  1/2 of can of chick breast meat (it was a Sam's sized can)
                            chicken or turkey stock (not sure which since I hadn't marked it)
                            northern beans that I had cooked a few days back and froze
Then, about a cup of coffee mate dried creamer creamer and garlic powder.
About a cup of cheese:  some mozzerella and some white queso cheese
I added seasonings:  salt, new orleans seasoning, pepper, garlic

I had rice that I made yesterday that I warmed and we had the chili over rice.  Quite delicious!


Here's a little post from a message I responded back to a friend about gluten free cooking:


Sure, I have started a blog, and I'm at day 11.  But, I haven't been very consistent.  However, I have a lot of experience with cooking gluten free and would love to help in any way I can.

It seems overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be and it becomes easier with time and because there are so many products out there.

We don't buy a lot of processed gluten free food, but make most of ours.  That being said, I have never really mastered homemade gluten free pasta.  So, I purchase that.  Our preference is pasta made from corn as it is the most like regular pasta.  The other pastas often contain rice and get mushy.  We under cook them, when we are faced with using them to help avoid that problem.

Rice and potatoes are great things to build a meal around and if you use brown rice, rather healthful.

 One has to be careful with condiments; such as soy sauce, ketchup, salad dressings, to make sure they do not have wheat.

Also, you have to be very careful with products that are made with corn and other gluten free things, to make sure they don't contain wheat in them.  Wheat flour is often used to dust products.

Another thing to watch is make up and envelopes which sometimes have wheat in them.

I have lots of recipes, but the internet is full of great recipes for cooking just about everything gluten free.

The secret is not to give up if it doesn't turn out, you know, try, try again!  When we first discovered Joy could eat wheat, I tried to use a regular, non-gluten free recipe for making cake or bread and ended up reinventing rubber. :)