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Gluten Free Everyday Eats: Day 1

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Day 1:  Gluten Free Everyday Eats

So here it goes – a day’s worth of my gluten free eats.   Day 1

If you are curious about this idea, please read this post for more information.

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Missing from my pictures today:  The peach I ate for breakfast (last pieces stolen from my plate while I went to get my cell phone for a photo…LOL) and the three pieces of cucumber sushi roll I ate with my dinner.  :D

Breakfast:   Cottage cheese, water, peaches

 

 

 

 

July 1:  Breakfast

Lunch:  GIANT salad with sesame dressing and water  (And a 1/2 scoop of steamed rice.  I seriously love rice with my salads lately… I don’t know why….)  I left the tomato slices on the plate.  Blech.  There is something about the texture of a tomato that does not do it for me.

July 1 lunch

Dinner:  Chicken, veggie and rice stir-fry, water and dessert  – an ice cream sandwich!  Yum!  (It was 93F in our house tonight…totally worth the ice cream cooling treat to me.)

July 1 dinner

 

July 1:  dessert

 

And you?  What did you eat today?
:D

Happy GF Everyday Eats – totally doable, right?
-Kate

What *do* you eat? Gluten Free Everyday Eats

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I know people ask you that.

My students ask.

My friends ask.

Random people watching what I buy when I’m reading ingredients, looking at gluten free pasta or whatnot ask.

It’s fairly common.  The proverbial conundrum for people learning that we (or they) cannot eat wheat, rye, barley or non-certified oats.  And that is just for those of us without other food concerns.  

I totally get it.  I was there once too.  And somedays, I’m still there.  (ha!)

Since we don’t live high on the hog (these last 7 years have seen my income drop 14% – with no end in sight as cost-of-living-increases have once again been “put off” for another two years in our state), meals can be somewhat repetitive.  However, that has little to do with being gluten free and much more to do with … well… me.  And our budget or … well… whatever I feel like eating.

After a friend inquired recently about going gluten free and what they could eat/what they had to watch out for, I thought about it a little more visually.  Maybe the best way to tell people what we eat is to show people what we eat.  For the month of July, I am going to take a picture of my meals for the day and post them.  

 

I invite you to join me.  

 mail

 

You can email your meal pictures to me at:  GlutenFreeEverydayEats@gmail.com

 

flickr   

You can post them on Flickr .com into a newly formed “group” called “Gluten Free Everyday Eats”

 

facebook   

You can send them to me or post them on my Facebook Page (Tag your photo with “Gluten Free Gobsmacked and post it to my page).

 

 pinterest  

You can add images to a newly created board on Pinterest.  Just message me and I can “add you” to the Board contributor list. (I need your Pinterest name/email to add you.  The only way to create a collaborative board is to invite people this way.)

 

 

 

I’m not looking for professional food photos.  I’m not looking for glam shots of your celebration meals.  I’m just looking for your daily life/meals.  Really.  I’m just going to be using my cell phone (probably) to snap my photos – so don’t go expecting much.  It’s just more likely that I have my cell phone with me than my camera when we take a food break around here.

You will soon see that I have a (1) scrambled eggs with parmesan + tortilla chip addiction, (2) goat cheese + sweet Thai chili sauce makes my world go ’round, (3) I probably eat too many carbs, (4) I don’t eat enough fruit, and (5) I typically drink water or coffee (I quit drinking soda over a year ago).  Many of my meals are eaten on the go.  My family eats the same things I do – it makes my life easier.  :D

I’m not a nutritionalist.  I am feeling a little vulnerable posting pictures of my meals for the next 30 days – but I honestly think it will not only help people put our diet into perspective (you don’t always have to substitute gluten-filled with gluten-free, just eat naturally!) AND after much thought, I think this process will undoubtedly impact how I eat (which is a good thing!).    I have asked another Gluten Free Blogger – Cheryl Harris - to help with the nutritional questions that may arise.    She’s a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist (among many other things) – and an absolute gem all around.  If you have specific dietary questions, she may be able to help.

Other than that, I’m throwing my shyness to the wind (well…kind of).  Here goes nothing.

This is what a Celiac Sprue person eats.  Everyday.  Something of this variety/variation.

I’ll post my first day (today) photos either tonight or tomorrow morning.  And then again everyday after that.  I’m not changing my life, just snapping photos of my meals.  So here goes nothing.

:D

~Everyday Gluten Free Eating – 
Kate

Gobsmacked: Lessons in Living a Gluten Free Life #1

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GF Pancakes

How long have you been gluten free?

What prevents you from digging in and baking/cooking like you used to?

See those pancakes?  I’m proud of my weekend pancakes.  My chickadees love pancakes on the days we get to wake up in a lazy fashion (READ: 6:30AM instead of 5:15AM).   I used to be so stuck.  I would fuss over a recipe or dig one out and carefully measure, etc.  And guess what?  They didn’t care if the pancakes were perfectly fluffy or “exactly” like the ones I made last week.  They just wanted pancakes.  (In particular, pancakes cooked in olive oil that have a bit of a crunchy outside are perfect for dipping.  Or so I am told.)

Well before I was diagnosed and right before I went off to college, I sat down one afternoon with my brand spanking new typewriter (Take that, technology!) and my mom’s boxes of recipes.  Her recipe cards were from friends, family, and collected over the years from magazine clippings.  Most of the things she cooked for dinner were not on any recipe card in any box.  They were in her head.  But alas, foolish teenager that I was, I did not realize how much I would want to know about our dinners.  Instead, I focused on getting the cookies, breads, rolls, appetizers, etc from my youth onto recipe cards of my own. 

Yes, I typed them onto recipe cards.  For some reason, I didn’t think my handwriting would “last”.  I’m certain that impression came from watching the cards from grandmothers and great-grandmothers having been scribed in pencil smear and fade a bit with time – and more importantly – use!  Oh, I spent the entire afternoon typing up recipes at the kitchen table onto those cards and sliding them into sleeves within my own recipe book!  I was a GROWN-UP for sure, now!

Upon my diagnosis more than a decade later, I shoved those family recipes aside.   Once, I even “weeded through them” and threw many into the recycle bin.  I was angry.  I thought I would never need those recipes again.  After all, my doctor had told me that my future meant not a single crumb of bread, cookie, cake nor pasta would pass my lips.

 

After my first forays into the gluten free market, I became convinced that he was right.  Now only would I never bake again, but if I did happen to find a gluten free version in the store of whatever baked good I wanted, it would be disgusting.  It would be hard as a rock and as dense as a skyscraper.  (I know these weights to be accurate because my Love and I schlepped a giant amount of gluten free rolls purchased on the internet in 2000 with us on our honeymoon to Rome.  Trust me.  Dense + heavy + disgusting = doctor was right.)

 

Flash forward to this weekend.  As the girls began stirring from their sleep (hello 6AM… oh how I wish you were 8AM….LOL), my Love so graciously (HA!) offered to have “Mommy make some pancakes”.  Both girls popped up and out of bed in a flash.  Ah yes, the weekend has arrived if pancakes are on the menu and they know it.

 

Getting pancakes together absolutely no longer means even cracking open a recipe book.  Honestly.  I simply mix together ingredients as I go.  I have more memories of my grandmother and great-grandmother recipes noting ingredients in quantities of smidges, pinches, etc.  I totally get that now.  Save for the fact that mine would be measured in scoops from the flour bin, shakes of the baking soda container (always a tad more that what I think looks “right” just to be sure),  pinches of salt, couple spoons of honey or sugar and milk to the right consistency.  Everything is adjustable.  Make one practice pancake.  Taste test.  Adjust (if needed) and go!  Turn on the oven to warm and make pancakes.

 

If you had told me in October of 2000 that one-day I would again be back in the kitchen just preparing food rather than worrying about recipes for every little thing, I would not have ever believed you.

 

I still focus when baking bread.  That is something that the balance of ingredients must be “ON” for – or you will have a disaster of a loaf of bread on your hands.

 

I still write up recipes for breads, muffins, cupcakes, etc –but it feels good to be back in the kitchen and not so worried like I was before I started blogging in 2005.  I guess the best part about blogging for me has been forcing me to learn the recipes and the consistency of the doughs and mixes so I know what I am doing again.

 

So….. How long have you been gluten free?  If you are feeling like you will never get your kitchen mojo back, don’t worry:  it will come.

 

Promise.