Thursday, December 25, 2008
I typically make our own bread but lately have been in situations where I needed to buy bread products. It has been a challenge to find bread that does not contain soy flour.
When visiting my mother recently, she wanted to make a casserole with Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup in it but that contained soy protein. I looked later at the store and all brands and all varieties of Cream of X soup contained soy protein.
And finally today, the glaze packet that came with our Christmas ham contains soy flour. Agh! Good thing it will be a simple thing to come up with on the fly since we won't be able to use the glaze packet!
Monday, November 24, 2008
This turned out so, so good! I think the texture may have been even better than when making it with regular flour. I liked this gluten-free cornbread a lot and I am sure it comes out cheaper this way than buying a mix.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The flavor was very good, tasted like a chocolate bar. The texture was not as great. I bought mine a few months ago, so I thought it may be a bit old, but there is not a "use by" date on there so I am not sure. The bar is just really hard to bite and there is no creamy or melt in your mouthness to the chocolate.
It sure does satisfy that chocolate craving though.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Basically, I am not longer following a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free diet. I don't believe it improved the way I felt at all and did not resolve the problems I was trying to address when I made the big change. It is frustrating and I am confused about what to do with all the information and diagnosis I received from my naturopath. I just couldn't find the motivation to keep it up when I still felt badly.
My son is still allergic to several foods, so I may continue to post some related items here. Besides that, I doubt I will be posting much for a while so I can go and figure out my next steps.
Thanks to everyone I met in the GF community who was so helpful and willing to take their time to help me. I really do appreciate it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I am eating soy now (long story!) so I figured I would pull them out and give them a try. I hate food to go to waste.
They are not bad. My reigning favorite is still the Namaste brownie mix. Unfortunately I was not able to do a side-by-side taste test so it is hard to do a good comparison. The texture of the Kinnikinnick ones are good and there is no weird flavor or chalkiness. It is denser that the Namaste one, maybe more fudgy than brownie like. I prefer the Namaste texture and the flavor as well.
I'd say if you can't get the Namaste ones, these are a good thing to have!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Oh well, better luck next time.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
These salmon burgers are GF as long as you leave off the bun. It was easy to whip up in the food processor. We liked them pretty well but did not think it was particularly exciting. I might increase the cilantro and green onions in the future.
In addition to the items mentioned, I also topped mine with avocado which I thought was a great addition.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
That will be a huge improvement from the standing at tha pantry groaning every morning.
I tried to make a porridge from millet, amaranth and quinoa but wasn't that crazy about it. I think it tasted just like quinoa and just didn't taste breakfasty, or any different from the quinoa I eat frequently at dinner.
Hmm! Maybe I will try it with just millet and amaranth....
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have tried two of the many varieties
- Fruit and Nut
- Maple Pecan
and I liked them both.
Both are free of soy, gluten and dairy - of course, and both tasted really nice.
I like that in addition to fruits, nuts and seeds, they also contain amaranth, which is supposed to be a really healthy grain.
The ones I bought initially were $2 each which is of course pricey. But I ordered some from the Boomi Bar website and they were a bit cheaper than that, even with shipping. In fact they have a flat shipping rate for the first 7 or so boxes so if you could find someone to split an order with, you could get it down even further.
Since I have 2 boxes now, I am going to have to be careful to make sure I ration them out over time, but I love having an option to keep in my purse for times I get hungry unexpectedly and also to take on hikes for when I need an energy boost!
Monday, July 7, 2008
That said, I am not quite certain it turned out right, as far as texture but the flavor was good and it was so nice to have something bread-like. It was VERY easy to make and didn't seem all that expensive for a specialty item of that kind.
I'll have to do some more research...
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I ran across a recipe for Peach Coconut Milk "Ice Cream" and I thought, "great, I have all the ingredients on hand." I should have stopped when I realized that the can of coconut milk I had was low-fat but I just steamrolled ahead. When I get an idea in my head, watch out!
Anyway, basically you blend up 2 cups fruit (I used Peach), and then add a can of coconut milk and put that mixture in the freezer for about an hour (according to the directions).
No go! I think it was mainly the lowfat coconut milk - the fat content was all wrong for a good freeze. It took way longer to even resemble frozen and when it did, it was icy.
Live and learn.... I may have to splurge for some of that coconut ice cream I have recently heard has popped up in the grocery store.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
It is really better this way anyway, because when you cook at home:
- your food contains less ingredients (you don't throw random things like soy lecithin or preservatives in your food)
- you know what is in your food (you know the ingredients AND you actually know what it is - not some words you have never heard before)
- you can control exactly what is in your food
- you can make it the way you like it
That said, you will still see me buying some specialty allergen-free convenience food. I am still totally new to this restricted diet so I have a lot to learn about how to make some foods, especially baked items.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Mayo appears to be my favorite topic, which is funny because I have never been a big mayonnaise fan. But for some reason I am eating more of it than usual. I think that since I am not eating bread or sandwiches, I am making more salads and some of them (chicken salad, potato salad) are mayo based.
Anyway, on my last trip to PCC I stopped in the mayonnaise section to get the Spectrum Canola Mayo I have bought before. As always, I reviewed the labeling and noticed it did not say Gluten-Free. I had a little moment of stress there in the aisle. I could not remember if I had verified it was GF or not.
I bought it anyway and headed home. At home, I checked my old almost empty jar and it says GF. Now I was really worried. Maybe they had realized they were not actually GF and removed it from the packaging. Oh no! So off I went to their website and here is what I found:
Are Spectrum's Mayonnaise products gluten-free?
All of Spectrum's Mayonnaise and Mayonnaise products are gluten free, and our new labels are marked 'Gluten Free.'
While all of Spectrum's Mayonnaise and Mayo products contain white vinegar derived from corn and rye, the gluten is removed while distilling the alcohol. The mixture of grains - the mash - that has fermented is heated. The gluten stays in the tank while the alcohol is distilled and then rectified. Due to consumer inquiries, we also had a gluten analysis done and no gluten was found in the alcohol.
Whew! Not sure how I ended up with one not labeled GF since the date is later than my old jar but looks like I am safe. I can continue eating Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise as a gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free choice!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
We liked the Sweet Potato Fries. They actually did get crispy which is very hard to do. When I have tried to make them myself, they have never done that. When I have the time, I think I just prefer to bake my own sweet potato chunks. We all like them that way too, and no added ingredients!
We also tried the Salt and Pepper Crinkle Fries. I liked these but my husband only likes skinny fries and my kids thought the pepper was too spicy!
It was handy to have these around, to complete some simple meals without gluten, dairy or soy.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I paid around $6.50 for the Namaste Brownie Mix (at Fred Meyer) I made last week but it is actually a 2 pound bag. So twice as much mix for just a little more than twice the price.
And I liked the Namaste one better. My test is not very good because I accidently overcooked the Trader Joes batch. They are definitely very similar (the ingredients lists are almost identical) and both are fine. Both better than the others I have tried.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This is a portion of the response:
The following Baja Fresh menu items contain dairy products: Sour Cream; Jack, Cheddar and Cotija Cheese; Ranch Dressing, Breaded Fish, Flour Tortillas, and Chipotle Lime Seasoning in our Chile Lime Chicken Salad.
The following items contain gluten: Flour Tortillas, Tostada Shells. Flautas, Tortilla Soup, Breaded Fish, and Raspberry Iced Tea.
Please note, the above information is based on standard product formulations and is current as of August 15, 2005. Variations may occur due to differences in suppliers, ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions, or product assembly at the restaurant level.
We use only one fryer in each restaurant to fry both gluten and non-gluten items; Chips, Taquitos, Flautas, Tostada Shells, Breaded Fish.
There is some interesting information there. I found the date on the information humorous (more than 2 years old!) and the fact that the ingredients may vary at the restaurant level difficult.
I am beginning to see that to eat out it is also necessary to speak with a manager at the actual restaurant you will be dining at. Hopefully, they would know what you are eating!
Monday, June 23, 2008
This time he used Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix which I spotted for the first time on my last trip to Trader Joes. These did not turn out good at all. The look and texture reminded me of the shiny rice tortillas they sell there, just not as thin. They were best fresh off the griddle but only 1/2 of us really ate them then and I don't think the leftovers will get eaten.
We are going to switch back to Bob's Mix for this one. I am surprised, I usually LOVE Trader Joe's products!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
However, when I gave up soy, I switched to Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise which I bought at PCC Natural Market. When I tasted it at first, I wasn't sure about it, but I have since decided that I like it. (And it does say Gluten Free on the label)
That jar is almost out so now I am looking for something else. Since I was at Fred Meyer, I decided to look at the mayo they had to see if they had one that would work. I got very excited when I spotted the Best Foods Canola Cholesterol Free Mayo that is of course made from canola oil instead of soybean oil. It was the same price as the regular Best Foods mayo as well. Fortunately, I took a minute to carefully look through the ingredients, and about halfway down it says Flavors(Soy). Oh well!
I just realized that I should have looked in the natural foods section while I was there to see if they had another option, instead of planning another trip to PCC.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Texture and flavor were better than Bob's Red Mill. Only negative was a little chalky residue in my mouth, which bothered me at first but doesn't really now. I also like their allergen free facility.
Update- I like these even more now. I cut the 9x13 pan of brownies into about 32 pieces and froze them. I just pull one out here and there. I really like this brownie mix. I have one more brand waiting in my pantry to try - Trader Joes.
Bob's Ingredients:Evaporated Cane Juice, Ghirardelli® cocoa, potato starch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, corn flour, sea salt,baking powder, xanthan gum.
Namaste Ingredients:Organic evaporated cane juice, sweet brown rice flour, Dutch cocoa, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, salt, and xanthan gum.
Interesting to review the ingredients - they use a completely different mix of flour. In looking at the Trader Joe's Gluten-free brownie package, they use the same basic ingredients as Namaste.
Friday, June 20, 2008
One thing I bought were two boxes of flavored rice (sorta like rice a roni) We don't usually eat those but I felt like I needed to just have food, any food on hand that I could eat. (I was so hungry those first couple days.)
Anyway, we had two different flavors, one of which was Spanish Rice. We were not crazy about the Spanish rice but we liked it a bit better than the other one which is escaping me right now.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I know I tried another gluten-free storebought granola a few weeks ago. I'd like to compare as I believe the Trader Joes one was a good bit cheaper than this one, and I liked it about the same.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
And dairy is only in the obvious - sour cream and cheese.
The only hitch is they use soybean oil in almost everything. Now many allergy doctors tell you soybean oil is ok, so I guess it depends on your particular case. I am not supposed to have any soy, including the oil, right now. Oh Well!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It has gotten even more complicated now that I cannot eat soy either. So Earth Balance is out for me. So now I have absolutely no butter / margarine item I can eat. I sure wish I could find something. It is hard to eat a baked potato or grits without it.
Any ideas? Does such a thing even exist?
Monday, June 16, 2008
My only complaint is they are too big. I don't need such a big popsicle for a sweet treat. I wish they were have the size they are.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
So today I made meatloaf for dinner. I used my mom's classic basic meatloaf recipe and just substituted the Kinnikinnick Bread Crumbs in for the typical bread crumbs. I thought it turned out great.
I'll have to check the price on these in order to decide whether to keep buying them. Since I am not "doing" (buying or making) gluten-free bread, I can't just make my own. Maybe one day I will be there.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This time my husband went for me and was observant enough to notice that the rotisserie chicken (yummy) is labled GF. He picked one up to supplement a very simple dinner. It appears to be soy and dairy free as well, how wonderful.
Friday, June 13, 2008
The Quick White Beans were a great quick lunch for me one day when I needed something fast and easy that I already had all the ingredients for lying around. I used basil as the fresh herb because that is what I had.
The White Chili is really good too - it has lots of flavor even though I went easy on the jalapeno so it would not be too spicy for the kids. I did make a few minor changes based on what I had on hand and I also sneaked in the leaves from a small bunch of chard, finely chopped up in the food processor. I figured with all the cilantro it would just blend right in. Turned out great!
I'll add these to my recipe notebook!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Just to mix things up a bit, I also used this to bread some carrots and roasted them alongside the potatoes. I thought they turned out pretty good and it was nice to have something a bit different.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
They worked great and it turned out really good. My son kept saying how yummy the "outside" of the chicken was. I tasted a few plain out of the package and wasn't that exciting but the package does recomment toasting them before eating. Seems like a good idea.
Monday, June 9, 2008
The texture turned out really nice even though I was worried as they did not seem to rise up much. The flavor was a little strong on the quinoa I think. Not enough honey and banana flavor to mask it I guess. My kids did not like them and I have never seen a muffin they would not eat. I was pretty surprised I did not think they were that bad. I may put a little honey on the last few to finish them off though!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I went digging in my oldest recipe box for this golden oldie Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe I got from my aunt in 1987. The only 3 ingredients are peanut butter, sugar and egg. Gluten, dairy and soy free! (Make sure your peanut butter doesn't contain soy. Some do. I used natural.) And easy too.
I'm sure you've seen this recipe before, it is pretty common. And with simple ingredients I could whip it out to address a nagging sweet tooth.
I think they were pretty good. A little crumbly and not a ton of depth in the flavor but it hit the spot. It was definitely better than some allergen free sweets I have purchased and a heck of a lot cheaper.
Update - these are better the next day. Not as crumbly. I like them a bit chewy - if you do too then be sure not to overbake!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I went to the store today and spent about 15 minutes in the non-dairy milk section looking for something that was also marked gluten-free. Whew! I almost gave up but finally found Pacific brand rice drink that was labeled GF. They had two other brands (at Fred Meyer) but neither was specifically labeled as gluten-free so I did not want to make a mistake.
I guess I could call and find out if they actually are, although I know I have seen Rice Dream labeled as gluten-free before so I wonder what has changed.
I glanced at the other non-dairy milks (besides rice drink) but did not see any other kind that was dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free either.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tried a couple of new products - and it was successful! I ordered these online from the Gluten Free Mall. If we continue to get these I'll have to shop around a bit as it came out pricey especially with the shipping fees.
Schar Table Crackers - these are big square crackers that resemble a Ritz cracker. You wouldn't know they are gluten-free. They taste good and have good texture. They are very fragile though and several were broken when they arrive, despite extra packing material around them
Peabutter - This is the only peanut butter substitute I have seen that my son could eat. He is allergic to nuts and seeds and soy. My kids and I tried this with crackers. It is really good. We all three liked it. My oldest used to eat soy butter and I hated that. This has much better flavor. It unfortunate that it is not all natural but I guess the peas need a little boost. Next I'll have to try and see if the kids like it on a sandwich. It will be nice to have a sandwich spread option for picnics this summer.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
This happened to be Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta Spirals. This was much better than the brown rice pasta I complained about last time. I love Trader Joe's and I especially love their prices but maybe I'll stick to Tinkyada for a while. I thought the texture was much better. Let's see if I can do that consistently.
I had heard Tinkyada was the best but I thought that I liked the TJ as well. I have a few more bags of the TJ in my pantry so maybe I will figure out how to make the texture better.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
This one contains a little leftover pineapple juice, lots of peaches I tray froze last summer (partially thawed) and a little rice milk and water (as needed to keep the blender flowing.)
What it did not contain was Ricera Yogurt (non-dairy yogurt made from brown rice.) I opened it up and took a taste fortunately before I dumped it in my blender. It tasted and smelled terrible. Not sure if it was somehow spoiled or just bad. This was the first time I had ever bought it. I won't be buying that again.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Here is what I have made:
1. Roasted Potato and Tomato Salad (from Moosewood Daily Special)
2. Southwestern Corn Slaw
3. Black Bean and Corn Salad
4. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad (Not pictured)
Salad seems like a great item to investigate if you are gluten-free - there are lots of salads out there that don't even need to be adjusted, you just need to double-check all your ingredients.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Here is what I made, based on what I had on hand.
Gluten-Free Granola Recipe
6 c rolled oats (certified Gluten-Free)
1/2 c brown sugar
3/4 c flaxmeal
1/4 c raw sunflower seeds
2 c chopped pecans
2/3 c honey
2/3 c vegetable oil
2 T rice milk
1 1/2 t vanilla
1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients
2. Combine wet ingredients in small bowl. Add to oat mixture and mix thoroughly.
3. Turn into two large shallow greased baking pans or cookie sheets. Heat in 300 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir twice during heating.
4. Let cool for 15 minutes after removing from the oven and then stir again. Store in tightly sealed container.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I will make these again as it is a good idea for a healthy snack food.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
And more telling was the fact that when I had a leftover burger the next day, I chose to eat it without a bun. I will try these again as I still have the rest of a package. I have a veggie burger recipe in mind to try in the next week or so.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Today I used a new-to-me type of pasta. The Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta Shells are actually a corn and quinoa blend pasta. I thought it turned out really well. I was really worried about overcooking them so I tested them every 1 minute after 6 minutes to be sure that did not happen.
These have twice as much fiber in them as the Brown Rice pasta I have been using and they were not pasty at all. I may not have cooked them the perfect amount of time as the texture was not perfect but I thought it was nice and my whole family ate it without complaint.
I guess my only real complaint is that the box size was very misleading. The box is the exact same size as a typical 1 pound box of pasta but it actually only has half as much pasta in it. I don't generally mention the price or cost of gluten-free foods as I feel like I just need to expect that it is more expensive. But it frustrated me because I feel like they designed it to mislead. I was shocked to open the box and discover it half-empty.
I have been looking for corn spaghetti noodles but have not found those yet.
Fortunately, I looked at the label again before opening them up. There is an ingredient on the list called lecithin. It does not say soy lecithin, just lecithin. That made me suspicious enough to pull up their website again and sure enough it says it contains soy. Oops.
I don't want all these goodies to go to waste. it is so frustrating to spend so much money on things that I can't eat.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A while back, I tried to make a gluten free pizza crust and it did not go very well at all. Tonight I tried the ready-made Kinnikinnck pizza crust. It was really good. I made my pizza with leftover spaghetti sauce and some leftover sauteed vegetables on a thawed crust and cooked in directly on the rack at 450 for 10-15 mins. It was crispy around the edges and really tasty. It was only slightly crumbly. I will definitely be having these again. What a handy thing to have around!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
1. Black Bean Tacos (on Corn taco shells) and Roasted Asparagus
2. Homemade Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce on Brown Rice Pasta and Salad
3. Same as above but served on polenta and Roasted Veggies
4. BBQ Chicken, Quinoa and Spinach
I think I discovered the "secret" to Quinoa. Well, it is not such a big secret but I did not realize that it tastes much better if you rinse it very well and then toast it before cooking. Very yummy.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I was going to use them to make myself a batch of granola. Anyway, I really wanted that for breakfast today so instead I had Gorilla Munch. It is fine in a jam but not much to it and I got hungry really soon after.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I just love the short ingredients list. I am so thankful that i already was eating a snack I could continue to eat.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Peach-Strawberrry "Smoothie" with Rice Milk
Trader Joes Gluten Free Cranberry Maple Nut Granola
*Note - I still have some Lifestream Waffles in my freezer from last time I went GF but I realized this morning that they contain soy (the item I am adding to my restrictions this time). Luckily I found a bit of granola to eat.
Bobs Mighty Good Breakfast Cereal
Eggs over easy
Lots of salt and pepper
*I served these together in a bowl and tried to use the egg yolk to mask the fact there was no butter!
3. Kinnikinnick Waffles
* I had these for the first time this week. I was not very excited. I hate to say it but I think I may like them better when gluten is a more distant memory. Anyway, I will finish off this box so maybe I will grow to like them. I did think they were better than the other gluten-free waffles I have tried.
Friday, May 23, 2008
After realizing my Mary's Gone Crackers weren't going to work, I realized I also have a box of Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins in my pantry. Right after I cut open the bag, I read the ingredients list for the 3rd or 4th time and discovered it contains milk - says it plainly right there on the package.
So frustrating that I have a whole stack of food that I can't eat -- and I am so hungry!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Anyone have any tricks for cooking gluten-free pasta?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Looking forward to trying the other items I ordered (Not all desserts!)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Today I made a giant pot of soup - the same one I mentioned before. I put some in the fridge to eat for lunch or snack or whatever and some I froze in individual servings for something quick when I am not prepared.
The other thing I am going to have on hand is salad stuff. I have lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, peas, corn, and mushrooms all ready to go. Last time, I had some frustration over salad dressing but since then I have actually been making my own (like a Good Seasons Italian type) so it is nice to be able to control that as well.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Which Morton Salt products are gluten-free?http://www.mortonsalt.com/faqs/food_salt_faq.html#q2
Please be assured that the following Morton® products are gluten free:• Iodized Table Salt• Plain Table Salt • Coarse Kosher Salt• Sea Salt (Fine and Coarse)• Salt Substitute• Lite Salt™ Mixture• Salt & Pepper Shakers• Canning & Pickling Salt• Popcorn Salt• Nature’s Seasons® Seasoning Blend • Hot Salt™• Seasoned Salt• Garlic Salt• Sausage & Meat Loaf Seasoning• Tender Quick® • Sugar Cure® (Plain) • Smoke Flavored Sugar Cure®
Then when I saw Seasoned Salt in the list, it made me think to check the brand I have in my pantry which is Lawry's Seasoned Salt. Their website did not say but after browsing a bit around the internet I am pretty sure it is gluten-free. Apparently, Unilever (the parent company) is one that always declares gluten sources. Funny while I was looking, I discovered a place where someone posted the ingredients in their shaker and it contained soy lecithin. That scared me for a minute because I thought I had looked pretty closely but they must have taken it out because it is not on mine. No gluten, no dairy, no soy.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I noticed that JIF Extra Crunchy (My husband eats this) contains soybean oil and we had the reduced fat version recently which had additional soy added, not just the oil.
I am so happy to know that my peanut butter only contains two things - peanuts and salt. Naturally gluten, soy and dairy free!
Right now we are using Spectrum Naturals Canola Mayonnaise, although I got some comments for some possibly cheaper options when this jar runs out. I think I bought it at PCC Natural Markets.
So in addition to being soy-free it also appears to be gluten and dairy free. I'm thinking chicken salad or potato salad or egg salad. Maybe I can use some lettuce leaves (from our CSA) for the "bread."
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Last time I tried gluten-free, I jumped right in and found the first week or two very difficult so this time I am planning ahead - making a meal plan and researching some foods. It is much more difficult this time because last time I was gluten-free and dairy-free but this time I will be soy-free as well, and we know how many products have soy in them.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
We rarely eat tuna, but I had a few cans sitting around that I did not want to go to waste. I actually have 2 brands of White Albacore Tuna (Chicken of the Sea AND Bumble Bee) and they both have the same ingredient list:
Tuna, Water, Veg Broth (containing soy), Salt and Pyrophosphate
While I am on the subject of unwanted ingredients, what the heck is Pyrophosphate??
This does solve a problem for me though. Right after my son tested Negative for a fish allergy, I gave him some tuna and I thought he had a reaction. Duh! It was the soy. I had no idea so I ended up having him retested to clear tuna before he had any more fish. I totally missed that!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
My lunch plans did not work out and I really needed something so I grabbed a gluten-free dairy-free Amy's Shepherds Pie out of the freezer but it does contain soy. I confess I ate it anyway. So far I have not managed a soy-free day yet. Oh well!
I am so thankful that the 8 most common allergens are actually listed clearly on packaging. My son is allergic to some of those, as well as sesame seeds (and other seeds.) I have heard sesame seeds are the 9th most common allergen. I am bummed seeds are not called out like the other things he is allergic to, as that does make things easier. And we all know how hard it is to figure out if something contains gluten or not!!
My point is : Even though soy is everywhere at least it is listed clearly.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
A while back, I verified that Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is gluten-free. As I was making a big batch of Chex Mix today, I took another look at the label. The last ingredient is hydrolyzed soy and corn protein. Ugh! IT CONTAINS SOY! I guess I'll just watch everyone else eat my Chex Mix.
The other item I wasn't thrilled about on the list is High Fructose Corn Syrup. In general, I am trying not to buy things that contain this. I don't use this sauce much so I guess that is not too big a deal but definitely a problem if my son and I are going to be soy free!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Toast w/PB and honey
Chicken Salad (Finally the end!)
Chicken and Veg Tikka Masala
The only soy I had today was the chicken salad and I have finally finished it off! I'm off to make a grocery list!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Whole wheat toast with Natural Peanut Butter and Honey
*I make the bread myself so I know this is fine.
Chicken Salad and Green Salad with Annie's Goddess Dressing
*Same problem from yesterday with Mayo
*Also just now checked the dressing bottle (oops!) and it has soy sauce
Afternoon Baby Shower
*Hmm! I did not eat much but there may have been some soy hiding.
Sweet Potato Fries
*Made at home so know no soy!
I am definitely seeing a trend. How nice to make foods from scratch at home and know exactly what you are eating and be able to control it. I have some nice homemade dressing here too that I should have picked!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Toast with Natural Peanut Butter and Honey
Chicken Salad and Avocado Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries
*The #1 ingredient in Mayonnaise is soybean oil. I wonder if there is such thing as a mayonnaise without soy?
*A friend made this so I am not 100% sure.
*Checked dressing and made sure soy-free.
Dirty Rice and Beans
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
(check your chicken broth to be sure!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2-3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth (or broth water mix)
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
3. Add bell pepper and onion to pan; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
4. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Stir in rice; cook 30 seconds.
6. Add broth and remaining ingredients; bring to a simmer.
7. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
Friday, February 22, 2008
We don't eat a lot of soy at home anyway as my son is allergic to soy so it would be pretty easy to implement at home.
A side note, the medicines I am taking do seem to be helping my stomach, I'll have follow-up tests next month.
Friday, January 25, 2008
In the meantime, I am still eating gluten and dairy, making this gluten-free blog VERY boring....
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Anyway, most varieties of Puffins contain oats. The Honey Rice ones do not but are made on a line that processes wheat so they are not labeling them gluten-free either.
Luckily, I don't like them anyway and did not munch on them while thinking I was gluten-free.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
So I browsed my default dinners blog entries and then took a peek in the freezer and pantry. Now I have a plan for tonight AND tomorrow night, using items that I already have on hand. Tonight we will have vegetable soup and tomorrow we will have pasta with clams. If I don't make it to the store in time, I think I will have what I need to make fried rice the day after that! So wonderful!
BTW, my doctor's appointment is not until next week and then I may be making some more diet changes. I have to admit, I am really enjoying my freedom right now!