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Gluten Free Everyday Eats: Day 8

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Day 8

Today we had major play dates, my eldest had more physical therapy (every Monday…all summer long), and we were out of the house for 2 of our three meals.   Blech. I packed some granola in the car and water – so I was good to go for the meal that I knew would be the most difficult (lunch).

Do you pack or prep anything special for days like this?

On Friday, I’m bringing the girls up north for a swim/play date.  We will have to pack two snacks and lunch.  Give me strength.  LOL    Actually, I know I will be using a bit of money from our weekly grocery budget to get some more granola from the store in town.  It’s gluten free (for those of you who, like me, eat certified gluten free oats).  And more importantly, it’s delicious.  If I can’t get the time or figure out that it’s not in our budget, I will make some granola bars of my own.  I’ve already got the fresh hummus, carrot sticks, etc ready.  Now I want the sweet-salty delectable granola for the drive. 

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Today….. this is what I ended up with:  

Breakfast:  2 scrambled eggs (of which I ate half…just after this photo, the littlest member of the family helped herself to momma’s breakfast), four goat cheese crackers, cantaloupe and coffee.

Day 8 breakfast

Lunch:  Not pictured, the burger patty (sans bun, of course) I ate while out with kids.  (I was so hungry!)  But here is that delectable granola and my water bottle).  (PS.  I have absolutely no affiliation with this company… I just wish I lived near them so I could munch on their boo-boos.  LOL)

Day 8:  granola lunch

Dinner:  Out at a local Thai restaurant that is fairly responsive to gluten free eaters.  I ordered Gluten Free Garden stir-fry with lemongrass.  Holy beans.  SO FREAKING good!  For dessert, I had their house-made coconut ice cream.  Quite yummy!

Day 8 Dinner:  Lemongrass stir-fry     Housemade Coconut Ice Cream

 

And you?

Did you eat anything you regret eating today?

I wish I hadn’t eaten the ice cream or the burger patty.  Not calorically worth it.  The ice cream was delicious.  Totally free of concern for gluten free issues.  But the burger patty?  Not calorically worth it and a tad more risky.  

Do you have a better plan for tomorrow?

I do!  It’s a stay-home, run only the necessary errands tomorrow.  Woot! :D  Oh yes – and hair cuts (finally)!

Happy Gluten Free Eats, all!
Kate

 

 

Gluten Free Everyday Eats – Day 7

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Day 7

I think I spent most of the day either walking the dog (6 miles today), playing with kids (all day!), or in the kitchen (cooking, cleaning).  It was a wonderful day.  :D

A few questions and answer from email to address today too.    

 Quinoa:  Protein or a grain?  Actually, I’m going to cut/paste Cheryl’s (Registered Dietician/Super Blogger)  response her from her email.  Neither are correct.  LOL

Quinoa is technically a seed rather than a grain. So it’s a protein, but it’s also a carb. It’s got around 8 grams of protein per cup. So if you’re having a cup of quinoa with, say, beans or maybe veggies and almonds sprinkled on top, that would work well. If you’re just having a small serving and not having any other protein with your meal, you’ll probably get hungry again pretty quickly.  I love quinoa, and most people find it filling because it’s a good source of fiber, too.   -Cheryl
 
 
And now…on to the Everyday Eats…

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Brunch:  I skipped breakfast today…. the kids slept in and so did I.  We didn’t get up until 7:50!  And then we were off walking the dog (2 miles) and to the Farmer’s Market, etc.  I had a leaf-wrapped burger with cheese and bacon.  And a giant serving of blueberries.  Okay… I didn’t eat all of the berries in the serving bowl – but man!  They are tasty. 

Day 7 Brunch

 

Dinner:  Homemade porketta (Minnesota thing, I think – basically a nicely seasoned (highly seasoned/herb crusted) boneless pork roast), salad, cantaloupe and more blueberries.  One goat cheese cracker topped with a little leftover crab salad.  Water.

Day 7 Dinner

 

I did have a “snack” – taste test of my third batch of goat cheese crackers.  Sadly, I burned them while making hummus with and for my 2 year old (soon to be 3 in two weeks!).  However, they made a nice base for a little leftover crab salad. (botton left of my dinner plate).  

Day 7 Goat Cheese Cracker Batch

 

Hope you all had a wonderful GF Day….
-Kate

Gluten Free Everyday Eats: Day 5

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Day 6

Have I really been doing this for 5 days already?  Amazing.  I have gotten some happy feedback via email for this effort.  Thank you for that.    My working parent blogging absence has been hard for some, but it is nice to be back and have the time to write/communicate more.

A question raised as well in the email responses was this:

Quinoa is a protein, right?  
So should I be serving it instead of having a meat or fish?  
I have been adding it to my meals like a side-dish, like rice, etc?  

 

You know what?  That’s usually how we enjoy quinoa too:  as an accompaniment for a meat.  I will ask Cheryl what role quinoa should be playing.  I’ll let you know what she says.

As far as my days of photographing food has been, this one has been interesting and better.  I’m not running for the phone to snap a photo – I’m remembering!  LOL.  And taking pictures of my lunch today brought about conversation….LOL.  The girls and I went to Costco today to get the necessary things for the house.  Since we were there at lunch time, my choices included (1) feed them there and make for happy campers or (2) feed them later (after errands) and set them up for a tough afternoon.  My littlest one has been having a tough adjustment since the party on the 3rd.  I didn’t want to set her up for a bad afternoon. (She’s my protein-every-3-hours or she’s a beast, kid.   Yes.  Like me.  LOL)  So, we ate at Costco.    I am fairly certain I am the only person on the planet to snap a photo of their bare-naked Costco polish with ketchup and mustard.  Awkward, but hey!  I remembered!

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Breakfast:  Celery, peanut butter and a banana.  Coffee to drink.  (Man, I love crisp celery with peanut butter!  I am the only one in the house who likes celery, so I don’t buy it all that often.  But yum!)

Breakfast Day 5

Lunch:  My “naked” (no bun) polish sausage (mustard/ketchup) and water.  

Lunch Day 5

 

Snack:  After Costco, our last stop was picking up a flat of fresh strawberries and another of raspberries.  No better snack that eating a ton of berries after had just a polish sausage for lunch.  As you can see, I had help.  They each pulled up a chair to their favorite berry and polished off a pint of each.  (Now you know why I bought 2 flats.  LOL)

Snack Day 5

Dinner:  Cuban-style baby back ribs (no sauce… just awesome seasoning), potato salad, 4 bean salad, and more berries.  Water to drink.

Dinner Day 5

 

Dessert:  A gluten-free ice cream sandwich.  I probably should not have eaten this.  However, I *did* walk the dog an extra mile today for a grand total of 4 miles with the dog.  That counts, right?

Dessert Day 5

 

What did you eat today?

Hope you gluten-free goodies were tasty and satisfying!
-Kate

PS.  If you want to know more about this series of posts, read this.
PPS.  If you want to see more of my “Gluten Free Everyday Eats” daily posts, scroll through these posts (oldest listed first)