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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)

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