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Gluten Free Everyday Eats: Day 3

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Today was busy (probably MUCH too busy if you can judge it based on the fact that it is 11PM, my kids have *just* gotten home and put to bed and they have been in meltdown mode for about an hour….).  We got up early, went to the water park, ate lunch (out), ran errands (out), took a short nap (45 minutes), then off to eat dinner (out) and watch fireworks (out).  Yeap.  I’m fried.

And honestly, I’m ready to pack it in myself.  Thank goodness the whole house can sleep in tomorrow (or at least until 6:30AM!).

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Here goes Day 3.

Breakfast:  Cheese-free “quesadilla”.  (Okay… it was a version of peanut butter toast.  LOL)  Apple slices.  Coffee.

Peanut Butter "quesadilla" and apple slices

Lunch:  (Out)  Wedge salad with Green Goddess Dressing, bacon and pine nuts.  (Not pictured:  overly salty 3 ounes of blackened sirloin which arrived late).  Water to drink.  (Also not pictured:  My fro-yo dessert treat:  vanilla frozen yogurt)

Wedge Salad

Dinner:  Chicken “fajita” mix (no tortilla, just chips), fruit, veggies, etc.  Water to drink.  (I put the rice/beans on my plate…but didn’t end up eating them.  Too much food!)

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Over all – too much food out of the house makes me feel sluggish.  I’m terrible at portions when eating out.  I’m not so great at home.. but eating out?  Blech.  Worse.  I’m looking forward to a light food day tomorrow.  And lots of water.  I’m feeling like I need to drink more!

-What have you been eating?  I love reading the comments here, seeing the photos on Flickr, hearing your reports/comments via posts and messages on Facebook, getting feedback via email, etc.  Thank you for that.  Let’s keep it going!

Happy 4th of July All - 
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.  

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

 

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

 

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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).

 

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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

Gluten Free Grasshopper Cupcakes: Mint-Chocolate & Chocolate Chip

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Gluten Free Mint-Chocolate Cupcakes
Gluten Free Mint-Chocolate Cupcakes

Gluten Free Mint-Chocolate Cupcakes

A couple months ago, a colleague brought me some small gluten free cupcakes from a local bakery.  They were “grasshopper” cupcakes, she told me.  I was curious.  She handed me the box and smiled.  Said because they were gluten free, she snapped them up as she “knew someone” who could enjoy them.  I’m the lucky someone, I told her.  I thanked her profusely for thinking of me and promised to give them a try at lunch time. (It was 7AM, after all, when she delivered them.)  The school day started with the rush of students, papers, lessons, activities, things to manage, etc and soon lunch arrived.

I opened the box of cupcakes.   There were FOUR of them.  Four?  Hot dog!

And then I looked more closely.  Egad…they were CHOCOLATE!  I know this sounds ridiculous, but I am really NOT a fan of chocolate cake.  I am fairly certain my aversion to chocolate cake and ice cream stems from a not-too-fun incident when I was 6.

We had just moved in to our new house on the East Coast when my family noticed a birthday party of little girls in the nearby cup-de-sac.  Since they were all my age, I was encouraged and “included”…. and petrified.  I didn’t know any of them – but my anxiety tends to display itself as super-social behavior.  I guess it fit the birthday party mode.  What didn’t fit was the superhuman consumption of chocolate cake (GIANT portions with major frosting) and chocolate ice cream (HUGE SCOOP).  I …. well…. ended the party ill.  And never socialized with the little girls in the nearby cul-de-sac again.  (Way to kick off a new school/new school year with a reputation, huh?)

Needless to say, I was bummed to see chocolate cupcakes.  Since I had told my colleague I would let her know what they were like, I forced myself to take a small bite of one.  And wow.  They were good cupcakes!  They were light, had an airy crumb and tasted nicely.  (They were a bit crumbly…but hello? Gluten free!)  I shared the other three cupcakes with 3 of my students who are also gluten intolerant or have Celiac Disease.  (It’s amazing to me the number of kids who are gluten free now – we even have a “gluten free club” in the high school!).  They were a hit with everyone.

And I thought about going down to pick up more cupcakes from that bakery another day.  So about 2 weeks ago before Valentine’s Day, I brought the girls down there to pick up some cupcakes for Valentine’s dessert.  Everyday the flavors offered change (apparently) and I was bummed to discover that the gluten free cupcake “of the day” was not Grasshopper.  To boot, each standard (as in what you would make at home = smallish cupcake) cost $2.50 – or “$30/dozen)  (Ummmm..hello?).  Needless to say, I will not be a cupcake-purchasing Momma again for a while.

And the girls?  Well, one of them ate the frosting off their cupcake and the other took 3 bites of the cake before declaring she was “done”.  Next time I will buy one for them to split and save myself the wallet-busting heartache when I tossed the uneaten cupcakes into the trash.

But I still couldn’t get over the cupcake my colleague had given me.  So I set out to make one myself.

Recipe Testing

Recipe testing

I’m happy to report that I ditched the ratios, squashed the “dense cupcake” dilemma and discovered the best cupcake I’ve had in a VERY long time.  I have thoroughly tested this recipe (have made it at least 6 times in the last two weeks) and sent samples out and about in the world with a wide variety of testers: (1) gluten intolerant/celiac “used to the gluten free baked good” crowd, (2) my non-gluten free  but utterly wonderful colleagues who have tasted a dozen + recipes for me without complaint but great tips; (3) the toddler/youngster set in the house and with my friends; and this time – I dared request testers from my could-be-professional cake-baker buddies.  Really.  One of my colleagues could easily retire and bake cakes for big bucks for people.  (PS.  And she’s grossed out by gluten free stuff…ha!)

All of my testers have report HAPPY and DELICIOUS results.  I hope you will too.  Even the pro-baker-to-be has requested the recipe for when she may need a gluten free go-to cake. She said, and I quote “I would have NEVER known that this was a gluten free cake.  It was perfect.”   (Yes!)

A recipe tester

 

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I hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much we have.  If you noticed, I’m trying to figure out the best recipe-print plugin for my new blog format.  Forgive me for playing around a bit until we figure it out. :D

Happy cupcake baking – I’m on to my next task:  converting this recipe for a lighter, airy non-chocolate version.  So far?  So good!

~Kate