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.