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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 2

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GF Everyday Eats Day 2

Day 2

(If you are wondering what is going on… please read this post.)

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Man!  I was busy today – just running around with the girls.  In fact, I was so wiped out, I fell asleep putting them to bed.  (Surely I am not the only mom who does this, right?)  :D

Here are my meals for the day:

Breakfast:  Rudi’s tortilla’s with egg, sea salt and cracked pepper (cooked egg on top of tortilla in a pan, top like a quesadilla, flip), some cherries and coffee

Breakfast - Day 2

 

 

Lunch:  A lunch pizza (Glutino crust (thawed), in a pan topped with fresh garlic oil, a couple slices of turkey, egg, and feta cheese = baked then topped with seaweed (sesame seaweed).  Served with cantaloupe.  (PS.  While my husband wrinkled his nose at the mere thought of seaweed on my pizza, he had no trouble eating 2 slices.  LOL)  Water to drink.

GF Everyday Eats Lunch, Day 2

 

Dinner:  Rosemary-oil grilled chicken, honey & thyme quinoa, fresh spinach salad with homemade strawberry-balsamic dressing and watermelon.  Water to drink.  

Dinner day 2

 

Tomorrow will be interesting to see what I end up eating.  My post will be late.  Not only do we have a morning playdate out of the house (with lunch, most likely, on the go as well) but we are going to a friend’s house for a 4th of July Fireworks buffet.  I’m sure I will eat more than my share, but yes, it will be challenging.  And yet, it is totally doable.  Just wait and see.

And you?  What did you eat today?

Hasta mañana – and until then – Happy Gluten Free Eats, everyone!
-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