Sunday, December 23, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Will be interesting to see where this goes!
I was nervous about whether or not I would like it so I bought the vanilla one. I think that was a bad choice. It is sooooo sweet - it tastes like melted ice cream. IF I decide to try this again, then I will try the original. I have no idea why they would make it so sweet. Surely the original would be better...
Friday, December 14, 2007
After 6 weeks of being 100% dairy and gluten free, I just had a half a glass of milk.
I don't have a good reason - nothing particularly logical - but after 6 weeks of completely avoiding gluten and dairy and having no positive effect on my health, I guess I am a bit discouraged.
Well I am a bit, to be honest. My doctor suggested eliminating sugar and seeing what effect that might have on my health. But right now I am not really up for that, I don't believe. Sugar is in a fair number of things and I don't think I can add something else to my strict avoidance list.
So I have decided to "drastically reduce" my sugar intake. So in addition to bits of sugar here and there in products, and the sugar I added to the cornbread, I have only had one (large) marshmallow and no other sweets in 4 days.
Believe me, that is DRASTIC!!!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Don't ask what that means because I am not quite sure. So far what it means is I am not eating any desserts. That is big for me. I like to have at least a little treat each day.
But today was day one with no sugar.
Bell and Evans actually has a whole line of their products in gluten-free versions, not just the nuggets. I bought mine at Whole Foods.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I really do appreciate companies who take the time to identify the allergens in their foods. It is so frustrating to not know what is in something. Chili's has a page for each of the big-8 allergens and their listings "expire" each month so they are up to date. But it is still frustrating for someone trying to figure things out when they include statements like this (for all 8 allergens)
We have prepared this suggested list of menu options based on the most current ingredient information from our food suppliers and their stated absence of wheat/gluten protein within these items. Please be aware that during normal kitchen operations involving shared cooking and preparation areas, including common fryer oil, the possibility exists for food items to come in contact with wheat/gluten proteins. Additionally, fried food items could pick-up wheat/gluten proteins during the cooking process. Therefore, we recommend that individuals with dietary allergies and intolerances avoid all fried foods. Due to these circumstances, we are unable to guarantee that any menu entrée below can be completely wheat/gluten-free.
Chick-Fil-A - Gluten
Chick-Fil-A - Allergies
I don't live near a Chick-Fil-A now but I sure wish I did. Or I used to wish I did, anyway. My favorite thing there is the Chick-Fil-A Sandwich and clearly that is breaded in flour so definitely out. They did have some interesting info on their website. Probably more helpful for my son's allergies than for me.
Also, I feel like a bit of a dork because I did not really realize that lots of people make Hot Chocolate with real milk instead of making a Hot Chocolate Mix with dry milk. In fact, when I grabbed my cocoa to give it a whirl, there was a recipe right on the side.
Since I did not want to mix up a bunch in case I did not like it, I ended up just making 1 cup worth. Here is what I did but it wasn't quite right.
1.5 TBSP sugar
1.5 TBSP cocoa
1 cup rice milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
This one I was not happy with at all. I won't be getting this one again. Instead I will stick with the shepherds pie, which I really did like. And maybe I'll look again to see if Amy's has any other options.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I got really excited when I read Cathy's hot chocolate post at Chief Family Officer. Her point was that she doesn't have dry milk powder but she always has milk on hand, so why not make a mix with the other ingredients and mix it into milk instead of water. Brilliant!
And it solves my problem of trying to find dairy-free, gluten-free dry milk substitute. I am looking forward to trying this. Here is the recipe from her site, edited slightly by me.
Homemade Hot Chocolate
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/8 cups cocoa
1/2 tablespoon table salt
Rice milk for serving
1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
2. For individual servings, pour 1 cup milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve.
Monday, December 3, 2007
I made The Cravings Place Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix. These are cool because they are gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free and bean-free; great for those with multiple allergies. Plus they are made in a dedicated facility which gives me even more confidence.
They were easy to mix up - just add water and Earth Balance. When I was done mixing that up, I decided that they could use more chocolate so I added a nice amount of TJ Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips. I am glad that I did! They taste really good and with the extra chips - quite rich!