Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Do all gluten-free eaters get stuck with salads like I do? Oy.
I'm trying to mix it up a bit, though. Today's features butter mix, carrots, almonds, goat cheese, and nectarines. I had zero protein in my house this morning- I could either eat yet another hardboiled egg or chance the week-old lunch meat. Kinda sketchy and unexciting.
I meandered over to La Bou to solve my little protein problem. You can buy a fully cooked chicken breast for $2.50. Not too shabby!
Just try to avoid the seduction of their fresh bread smell. Be strong!
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gluten-free pasta!

No brand to mention here! I used my madeline slicer (purchased over a year ago and never used) to thinly slice carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, and some weird third squash that was on sale. I also sliced my thumb...approximately 2 minutes after the hubs told me to use the safety deal on the slicer. I look forward to using the sharp blades to make some homemade sweet potato chips!
Steam everything until it's as soft as you like (or too soft, if you're busy drinking wine and can't be bothered to watch it). Drain excess water, top with delicious meat sauce, and a silly amount of good parmesan.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

WFDW: Gluten-Free Not Sucking!

I'm on day six and not completely dying, so I'm plugging on. A friend suggested the squash ribbons in place of rice spaghetti (yuck) and I'll be trying gluten-free buns for the first time. Stay tuned!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Gluten-free cookies!

Throughout the process of this training it came out that the wonderful trainer is also a gluten-free eater. Today was someone's birthday and she brought in those delicious grocery store bakery cookies. After just four days of this torture, I was pretty bummed. Then she pulls these nomnoms out! They taste just like chips-ahoy. Yum! The brand is Pamela's, and apparently they have other yummy treats as well. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gluten-free, low cal, delicious snack find!

This awesome new find is brought to you by Trader Joe's! 38 crackers have 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein and a bunch of deliciousness! In my opinion, 38 crackers has got to be a typo, they are way too yummy to be that good for you... And gluten-free to boot! Go try them today!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gluten-free (and a bit lonely!)

It's day two of my gluten-free eating and day two of training. I'm again sitting by myself in the training room, but also taking the time to enjoy the quiet and sit with my thoughts. Today's salad is very similar to yesterdays, with some small changes and additions. I added some sliced mushrooms, a second type of olive, and shredded mozzarella. I really need to stop by the store...bagged mozzarella just can't compete with feta or goat cheese in a salad. Snacks for today will include rice crackers and homemade spinach dip, grapes, and a coconut cream pie Larabar. I even resisted a presenter's homemade cookies! I'm rocking this!
How are you being good today?
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Monday, September 12, 2011

MIA like a bad kid...

Well, I finished my time with CPS last week.  That kept me pretty busy, plus I had the pleasure of a FOUR DAY migraine.  Lord knows why... maybe car accident, maybe lupus, maybe bad karma... Looking at a computer screen made my head explode, so after long days of work (by long I mean three or four hours, seriously, my head was killing me) I would come home to a darkened apartment and watch several hours of Charmed.  With puppy snuggles.

I'm not proud to admit I like this show, but it's real good bad television.
Thankfully, Saturday saw the end of the super migraine.  That gave me the chance to truly enjoy my weekend with my hubby and enjoy the opening Sunday of football!
I made:
Creamy Spinach Feta Dip
And tri-tip sandwiches with horseradish sauce.  I made a delicious marinade out of red wine, some balsamic vinegar, seasonings, and a bit of Worcestershire.  It got happy in the fridge for over 24 hours, and then the love of my life grilled it to a delish medium rare.
That's right, my baby can grill.  
Yesterday marked a very important day for me.  As a day of sandwiches, spinach dip, and spirited drinking (GO SEAHAWKS!), I ingested a ton of carbs of the gluten variety.  I've decided to give gluten-free eating a shot.
Could I have picked a worse Monday to start?  Today I started a 64 hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training.  Ka-blammo, that sounds intense, huh?
Breakfast was two hastily peeled hard-boiled eggs and a banana, eaten in my car.  I peeled them at home, just to clarify.  That would NOT be safe.
As for lunch, I always have difficulties in these situations.  You really can't count on a microwave being at the training center, and eating out would be expensive, fattening, and gluten-filled.  So, I took some very responsible measures...
I prepared by whipping up a delicious rotisserie chicken:

Slaved my fingers to the bone, I did....
And then making a bit pot of quinoa, and buying a ridiculous amount of salad fixin's: I got a Parisian salad blend, a pack of romaine, spring mix, arugula, cucumbers, olives, sliced roasted almonds, and shredded carrots.  As soon as I got the chicken out of the oven (*ahem*) I shredded all of the breast meat and carved the dark meat for lunches for my Kevin.  Before bed last night, I assembled most of the salad, storing the quinoa and chicken in a baggie separate from the salad.  The result?  Well, it was me sitting alone in the training room eating a huge salad.  But, it was very delicious AND I didn't end up feeling bad about myself.
I rounded out my day with snacks of hummus (which tasted off) with (stale) tortilla chips and one of my new favorite flavors of Larabar.

It really tastes exactly like a lemon bar.  it's very tasty.  Plus, dates, lemon, cashews, almonds.  That's it.  Can't get more pure than that.
I have to say, though, that after having a major carb binge yesterday I was starving.  That gods some genius found the time to throw a pot roast in the crockpot before leaving the house.  
Pay attention, everyone:
Pot Roast Recipe:  
Glug some red wine (leave yourself a glass for dinner) and some low sodium beef broth into the bottom of your crockpot.  Add a few thyme sprigs, some red pepper flakes, and a couple bay leaves.  Dig through cupboards and find an onion soup mix.  Read that it's also gluten-free, then do a little dance. Salt and pepper a big hunk o' meat.  Chuck, preferably.  Sear on both sides in your shitty apartment kitchen, risking setting off the smoke detectors at 6:30 in the morning.  After searing, put in the crockpot.  Top with onions, then quartered yukon golds, then a ton of baby carrots, and some whole mushrooms.  Cook on low for seven hours- or whenever you get home.  Enjoy with some Tony's.

Time to go spend some time with Kevin and a glass of wine.  I leave you with one last picture.... my nephew D has decided on his Halloween costume:

GAH!  So cute!  
Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wfd? Cooking healthy!

As always! I think next week I will go gluten free. This week only has gluten in the chicken fingers and the barley pilaf. And, of course, the labor day bbq will be tricky.
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