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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

GF Macaroni & Cheese

I think the best gluten free foods are those that mimic the foods we are used to, but without gluten. All of the recipes with 10 ingredients that I've never heard of are intimidating and freak me out.

This is one is not in the least bit intimidating, although it is kind of time consuming. The end product is worth it and it isn't difficult, it just takes a while.

I used the Pioneer Woman's Mac&Cheese recipe, but used a mixture of Tinkyada Brown Rice Shells and Quinoa Macaroni. I also used Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose GF flour instead of the white flour. This tastes just like regular mac&cheese. It was so good. 

Because of the brown rice and quinoa, this is super filling. I had a banana and this for dinner, and I couldn't even finish the bowl. This is a perfect recipe to make and then have for leftovers. I was able to take it for a lunch a few times during the rest of the week.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Salad of the Week: Taco Salad

We've been on a super big Mexican food kick during the last few weeks for three reasons: cheap, easy, & delicious. After our 30th burrito, we decided it was time for something new. Taco salad is one of the easiest meals of all time. It's pretty flexible as well because there isn't really any "set" ingredients. You can just take what you have and  go with it.

Take any or all of the following ingredients: 
chopped lettuce
chopped tomatoes
shredded cheese
queso fresco
ground beef
ground turkey
grilled chicken
black beans
kidney beans
chili beans
sour cream
ranch dressing
tortilla chips

Man sized salad

What do you like to put on your salads? 

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Step Into Womanhood

I wrote this for a class, and it was a hit. Hope you enjoy it ;)

I located the correct aisle from the overhead signs. Aisle 15. I approached the aisle and turned left. I saw what I was looking for on the shelves to my left. The entire stretch of the wall was colored pink, yellow, purple and white.
Feminine products.
I took a deep breath and stepped closer so that I could read the labels. A woman turned down the aisle, so I quickly turned my focus to the diapers next to the feminine products, because an 18-year-old single childless female looking at those was less awkward.
Once she left, I turned back to the feminine products. I scanned the brands and the styles. I knew that I didn’t like cardboard applicators because they were uncomfortable. I knew I didn’t like the off brand because they were generally dry and scratchy. I knew that I didn’t like scented tampons, so I steered clear from those. 

            Finally, I found what I was looking for. I picked them up and then grabbed a box of hair dye in the next aisle to hide the other box I was holding. I walked with my hand down low, stiffly grazing my hip, so that those dreaded items in my hand were out of sight.

I neared the cash registers and searched for an older woman, thinking that that would be the least awkward. All I found was a younger woman, so I decided that would have to do. My face turned a dark shade of pink as I placed my “items for purchase,” up on the rotating belt.
The cashier looked me square in the eye and asked, “Did you find everything alright?”
My pink face quickly turned into a bright red as I responded, “Yes.”
I quickly paid for my items and walked out of the store. As I headed home, I felt an enormous sense of embarrassment. I couldn’t wait to call my mom and tell her how much I appreciated her for buying my pads and tampons for me, and to fill her in on the awkward experience I had just had.
Along with that feeling came a different feeling, too. With every step I took, the feeling grew stronger. I realized suddenly that I had just taken a major step into womanhood. I bought my own feminine products! Next time I had to go through this ritual, it would be so easy. I could stand in the aisle and look without changing my focus if someone walked by. I could walk through the store, holding those tampons high above my head and not feel embarrassed. I could go to any cashier I wanted, even an attractive boy. 
I was a woman now. 


Monday, July 2, 2012

GF Pasta Salad

I've been trying to not eat gluten during the past two weeks. I tried this last summer too and failed miserably, so this time around I wanted to make sure I was at least somewhat successful before posting on the blog.

I have had eczema since I was in 7th grade. I have occasional flare ups and then at other times it gets really bad. I've tried every cream and lotion that exists. I've switched my soaps and laundry detergent to no dyes, scents or allergens. Nothing helped. Last summer I talked to my doctor and he said the best thing would be to cut out foods that I suspected(for food allergies) and see if it helped. I've also been having digestive issues with lots of bloating for a while, but I won't go into that :) After doing some research, I felt that gluten or wheat was probably the most likely to be what was affecting my body. Finally, I've had the motivation to keep going, and so far I've see good results.

Here's some lovely dry skin. This actually looks pretty good compared to other times.

It has actually been easier than I thought, you just have to know where to look. This pasta was really easy to make and is completely gluten free. It seems so complex, but it only is if you make it.

GF Pasta Salad

3 cups Tinkyada brown rice pasta shells 
1 (6oz) can olives
1 Roma tomato, diced
1 medium cucumber, diced
1 Tbs Parmesan cheese
1 chicken breast, grilled
1/2 cup Italian dressing 

1. Cook the pasta until al dente.
2. While the pasta is cooking, drain the olives and slice the tomato, cucumber and grilled chicken.
3. Combine the olives, tomato, cucumber, cheese and chicken in a medium bowl. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and pour into the bowl with the other ingredients.
4. Pour the dressing over the top, then toss the salad until evenly dispersed.

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