Monday, October 22, 2012

Not My Day

Today is not my day. I had my washer start leaking into my basement, my three year old cut into a quilt I've been working on for over a year, and I just discovered that I left a dirty diaper in my 9 months old crib.... Lets just say the dirty wasn't in the diaper any more

Now I just need to figure out what to make for dinner. Preferably some sort of comfort food...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Diet is OVER!

Well folks, our diet has come to an end. I decided to celebrate by taking my husband out for our anniversary (two weeks late). It was nice to not have to stress or worry about anything other than gluten. Especially since the two places we went to were very educated about gluten free and very helpful and hospitable. So I got italian and some frozen yogurt without making a mess in my kitchen and without kids demanding things of me the whole time. And even better, the baby slept the WHOLE time for the babysitter, so leaving my kids was essentially guilt free as well! I really just tried to focus on enjoying my food, my comany (a cute husband), and the peace and quiet. We also had some of my family over for dinner tonight who had been doing the clean out as well, so that was a lot of fun to celebrate with them.

 I probably over did it this weekend though, because I'm feeling a little yucky. My sinuses are a little clogged and my stomach isn't awesome, but then again... I had those problems during the diet as well. So who knows! Such is my life, a constant guessing, questioning game, but I'm here to WIN! Even if it's just by trying to have a good attitude.

Anyway, to those of you who did the diet, congrats on a job well done. I know it wasn't easy, but I hope it helped some of you in some way. I know one of my friends was able to help her daughter go for more than 2 weeks with out a stomach ache, which has basically never happened! So that's great. I will begin to post some of my other, not-so-diet-but-hopefully-still-kind-of-healthy-and-definitely-gluten-free recipes. :) And hopefully I can remember to take pictures of them all!! I'm also going to work on a few goals I've made for myself in trying to eliminate some of the stress associated with food and eating. I'll let you know how it goes. Feel free to share your stories and thoughts about the diet and ways you work to mentally accept the challenges you face in this glutarded world.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tasty Protein Bars

So after the past 4 weeks I decided I could try this little recipe found on Mutritious Nuffins.
I made them and probably ate too many. But they were quite good. I didn't have the right sweetener for the chocolate so I added just a tiny bit of sugar. It was still pretty bitter. But it wasn't bad because of the stuff on the bottom. I also was out of coconut oil so I just used olive oil. They aren't as pretty as the ones on the blog, but they did taste pretty good. I also don't have a food processor, so I used my blender to mix the bigger things, then I used my kitchen aid to add the wet ingredients. They were a little crumbly, but real tasty. ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Comfort Foods and Comfort Words

The past couple of days have been dinners of comfort food. Another beef stew with left overs from Sunday's roast dinner and biscuts, and one of my FAVORITE fall meals - Pumpkin Dumplings! I feel a little guilty for adding somethings back in, but yesterday I was so physically tired, I just need some more carbs. So I've added in rice, potatoes, and my brown rice flour mix. But basically there's only a few days left anyway, for those of you doing the diet, so if you don't try this recipe this week, be sure to try it next week.

Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by food, and so many emotions attached to it, that I wonder if maybe I'm causing my own stomach aches just with all the guilt, worry, stress etc that goes along with eating it. I'm sure many of you have experienced the anger, the sorrow, the pain, and the confusion that accompanies the life of a glutard, or any other allergy stricken individual.

This month has brought on a lot of confusion, and frustration. Thinking that my body should be feeling better, and not have any somach issues etc. And yet there have still been many. I've been tired and sluggish (although that could be due to the insane amount of times I get up with children at night). But today as I was listening to President Monson's Conference talk (thanks to my three year old who saw his picture on the computer and asked to listen to general conference), something he said really touched me. He asks us to look for the blessings in our lives, not dwell on the negitive. Which is no easy task for me, as I tend to be somewhat negative. Then he reminds us that if we pray for answers we will get them. He also reminded me that NO need is too small or insignificant. As I thought about what I consider to be my "insignificant" issues - fatigue, stomach aches, food complexes etc. I felt the confirmation from the spirit that, like President Monson said, "Our Heavenly Father is aware of our needs and will help us as we call upon Him for assistance." No matter how small we think our needs are. It may not be in the way, or time that we would like but he will. I have been praying a lot lately, but sort of without faith and without recognizing the small answers that have been sent to me. So here are a few of the blessings I've found in my life the past couple of days.
  • Yesterday when I was to tired that I didn't know if I could make it home from the library that was only 10 minutes away, I prayed that my kids would take naps so that I could get some rest. Well 30 minutes after falling asleep the baby woke up and my 3 year old was still playing in her room. I was upset that my prayer wasn't answered, but then I stopped and realized that I HAD gotten a nap, and I DID feel quite a bit better. I also told myself that I would do what I could with what energy I had, and then not worry about the rest.
  • Despite getting up 2-3 times last night, I wasn't too tired this morning.
  • My husband was home last night to help me jump the car (one of the kids left a light on), bathe the kids, and get them in bed, then proceeded to help me fold laundry.
Well sadly that is all I can think of right now, but I'm sure there have been countless others. I'm grateful for the learning experiences I have each day, and I hope that you all know that even for someone who has been dealing with being a glutard for years, I still have hard days. That's not to say it doesn't get easier, but I hope some of these ramblings are things you can relate to and help bouy your spirits.

Pumpkin Dumplings

This recipe has been adapted from "Cooking for Isaiah" By Silvana Nardone. It might sound a little weird at first. When I first made these for my family everyone was a little wary. But even my dad and teenage brother liked them. Although they wanted more of the bacon. :)

1 can Pumpkin Puree (15 oz)
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour Mix
1/2 Onion chopped
1/2 cup Spinach chopped
3-4 Tablespoons REAL bacon bits (or you can cook up real bacon and crumble it)

  • Bring a large pot of water with a little salt to boil.
  • Mix the pumpkin, eggs, flour and some salt all together. (I like my dumplings a little more firm, but if you like them a little more mushy use less flour)
  • Then using two spoons scoop up some of the dough, then use the other spoon to slide it off into the boiling water. Do that to about half the dough.
  • Let them boil for 2 minutes. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon onto a plate
  • Repeat for the rest of the dough
  • In a large pan cook your onions in some olive oil until they are translucent.
  • Add the bacon and spinach and dumplings. Cook until the spinach is wilted and the dumplings are a little brown around the edges.
  • Stir them carefully otherwise it can turn into a big goopy mess.
* if you like spice, add a little red pepper flakes to it.

This picture does not do this meal justice, but you get the idea.

Brown Rice Flour Mix

This flour is essential to my pantry! I use it all the time for thickener, cookies, brownies,, muffins, sweet or flat breads etc. I usually mix up a large batch and just keep it in the pantry. This is what I will be using for most of the recipes I post on here. 

 Here is my large batch recipe:

6 cups. Brown rice flour
2 cups potato starch
1 cup tapioca starch/flour
4 tsp xantham gum

Mix it all up in a container. I store it in my pantry because I use it fairly quickly. But supposedly it stays better longer if you store it in the fridge or freezer.

Monday, October 15, 2012


This cleanout diet has been a real challenge and eye opener for me, as I know it has for many of you. Over the weekend I've been doing a lot of deep thinking and pondering over food. Sometimes I think I obsess and stress a little too much over food. But after going to church and talking about it there, and talking with friends and family I've just come to realize a few things:
  1. There is SO much information out there. Diets, quick fixes, different healing foods, foods that are bad for you etc. Some days I feel like every single thing I put in my mouth could be linked to some "government conspiracy", or is "genetically modified" or could ruin this or that part of my body... the list goes on.
  2. It's important to be educated. Read, study, find out what's out there.
  3. Pray. Pray to be guided to the answers you need. I've been trying to pray more about being guided to foods that will not hurt my stomach. Then focus on enjoying the ones I CAN eat. (I could DEFINITELY still improve in this particular area.
  4. Everyones bodies are different. What works for my body, may not necessarily be the exact answer for someone else. I feel like the person I am and the place I am at nutritionally is a compliation of many different sources of people, doctors, nutritionist, literature and internet advice.
  5. Real food is intended to nourish our bodies, our gifts from God. I think that as long as I do my best to take care of that gift, even though it won't be perfect, He will bless me for it.
  6. Take time to get to know your body and may you be blessed in finding what works for you.
So good luck to everyone, and I hope you are all doing better and feeling good on this diet. I'm excited for it to be over!! :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 21, 22, 23 menu ideas

So for the past few days I've been clearing out my fridge of left overs and repeating some older recipes. Here are some things I've made as well as some ideas for new things.

Curry chicken
Tin Foil Dinners
Beef Pot Roast
Split pea soup

A couple of those I had on my "to make" list but it was kind of a crazy weekend and I didn't get around to all of that this week. I hope to make a few new things this week, but we'll see. Good luck to you all and i'm sorry I'm slacking. Only one more week!! :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 20 Menu and Recipes

So I've been eating rice, and I think if you choose you could add rice and/or beans back in. I also added Potatoes back in but I think they might be making me a little bloated.... who knows. It's hard to tell sometimes. Either that or the insane amount of raisins I ate yesterday.... Oh dear. There's always gonna be something isn't there?

Breakfast- Banana Pancakes (my little one devours these!)

Lunch - Rice and roasted vegetables stir-fried up

Dinner - Borscht, Salad and Pineapple


I made this in the crock pot this time and it was SO much easier than other ways I've made it. I personally LOVE this soup. The cabbage and beets together really just make it so delicious. It's good with either chicken or stew beef. I usually do chicken though. I've also been saving my chicken and beef broths throughout the weeks, storing them in the freezer to use at a later time for soups etc.

3-4 Chicken Breasts
3-4 Potatoes diced (Omit if on diet and you don't want to add them back yet. Just do extra of the other veggies)
1/4-1/2 of a Cabbage Shredded, about 2 Cups
1 Can Beets - I usually slice them up a little smaller, and I added the juice as well for that awesome purple color
1 Onion diced
2-3 Carrots diced
4 Tbl tomato Paste
4 Cups Chicken Broth
Season with :
Seasoning Salt
Mrs Dash

I threw everything except the broth, beets and paste into my bigger crockpot with a 1/4 cup water and seasoned it generously. I let it cook for about 4-5 hours. Then I added the paste, beets and broth. I let it simmer in the crock pot for another hour while I got my salad and pineapple ready.

Serve with sour cream, cheese and rolls or corn chips if you want.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 19

Leftovers and more steak.... that was what we had for dinner. And some roasted vegetables. Sorry I'm being very uncreative this week. Tomorrow I'm going to try for a crockpot Borscht. So check back tomorrow for the recipe.

Oh I also made this tasty treat tonight: Choconananutty Shake :) The only problem is nut butters always seem to make me nauseous. :( Oh well.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 18 Menu and Recipes

So for dinner tonight I just did a Ham in the crock pot with baked sweet potatoes (and regular for the kids). I have to admit it was a slight failure... I over cooked the ham a little. It was still pretty tasty, and it was sort of falling apart, which I like but it did have a slightly burned flavor... just slightly. And i'm just not a fan of baked potatoes, sweet or not, without my butter and sour cream... what can I say, I like my dairy. I also did green beans with it. Once again I was husbandless tonight and amid the chaos of two very demanding children, and a hungry baby who wanted milk, but for some reason my body was refusing to produce it.... I forgot to take pictures... So I'm sorry if I'm letting anyone down... if anyone even reads this one.... GOOD LUCK!

Also I think Satan is out to get me, because I had decided earlier to try to be more positive with this diet, and find the good things about it, and then this evening happened and I'm feeling upset and frustrated with it all over again. SO I'm going to say one positive that has come of this diet. I think I've lost some weight! I don't have a scale, but my pants are a little looser, so I think those few extra baby pounds have been shed. (let's just hope they aren't the milk pounds...) YAY!

Happy Anniversary

Saturday was our 7th anniversary. Usually we go out to eat on conference weekend, especially when it falls over our anniversary. But I really didnt want to go to a restaurant and pay for unseasoned, unflavored food (trying to be good on the diet) and watch the rest of my family eat something delicious in front of me. So we decided not to go out. Then because it was General Conference my husband was at the priesthood meeting that night. My baby was having a rough time going to sleep, when i realized no one had fed him dinner. The kids were already fed and in bed, so I fed the baby and by the time he was down it was nearly 8:30. So I finally got around to making my own dinner, made some cabbage, chicken and a nice big smoothie! Look how delicious that looks!!
As I was carrying my food into the living room to rest on the couch and watch a show something happened... I'm not even sure what exactly. Maybe the condensation on the glass, or I bumped the wall. Either way my smoothie started to slip out of my hands. I tried to catch it with the hand holding my plate of food, but all that did was dump my food on the floor along with the smoothie that had escaped my grasp and shattered. As you can see it went all the way up the book case. Not to mention it was all over the backpack you can just see a little of and a few other things not in the picture. I stood there in shock, tired, hungry and just not sure whether to cry or laugh. Luckily I had my phone in my pocket, so I quickly took a sad picture to send to my husband, then I decided to sit down and have a good cry out before cleaning it up. (and no I'm not pregnant, even though I usually only drop and break things when I am...)
Then I could laugh about it. After I got it clean up I turned around and made more dinner, more smoothie and finally got to watch my show. By then it was near 9:30... oh well. Happy anniversary to me. I told myself when this thing is over I'm taking my husband somewhere awesome to eat!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Day 17 Menu and Recipes

Breakfast - eggs... again... anyone else feel like the eggs and chicken are starting to taste awfully similar... maybe it's just me.

Lunch - Homemade applesauce and some sauteed vegetables

Dinner - White Bean Chicken Chili or Rachel's Chocolate Turkey Chili

*I'm adding beans and lentils in this week. I need a little more variety and then you can test and see if beans bother you. I've also been doing rice, so I might start adding a few rice recipes! Both of these chili recipes are two of my favorite soups. Enjoy!! 

Rachel's Chocolate Turkey Chili

1 lb Ground Turkey (you can also use beef)
1 T Olive Oil
1 Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
2 T Chili Powder (more if you like it really spicy)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Cumin
1 can Tomatoes (28 oz) blended in the blender, unless you like it chuncky
1 can Tomato Sauce
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cocoa
1 can Red Beans (2 if you want more beans)

I usually cook the meat, onions and garlic on the stove together first. Then throw everything all together in the crock pot for a few (4-5 hours)

I know this is a little vain, but I give this recipe 4 1/2 stars. I LOVE it. It's more of a sweet chili and the cocoa gives it a rich flavor. It is also excellent with some sour cream and my gluten free corn muffins.

White Bean Chicken Chili

2-3 chicken breasts
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 medium onion chopped
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
2 Tb olive oil
4 garlic cloves minced
1 can white beans
3 1/2 cups water

Top with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and cilantro as desired. (unless your on the diet, then just cilantro)

Cook onion and garlic in oil until translucent. Add the chicken, seasonings and water and boil on low for about 30 mins. Pull out the chicken and chop into pieces. Add the beans and put the chicken back in. Simmer for another 20 mins and serve.

*adapted from here

I LOVE this recipe. It's really quick and easy! I usually just use a few frozen chicken breasts, which means I don't have to remember to thaw them! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 15 and 16 Menu and Recipes

Day 15 -
So I think the weekends make me lazy... I'm just doing some more crock pot chicken tonight.

Day 16 -
Dinner - Curry Shrimp you can serve it over rice, or you can just eat it plain and have some fruit and or salad on the side.

Day 13 and 14 Menu and Recipes

We'll skip lunch and dinner for these days and let you figure out what things you've liked so far and fix that.

Day 13:
Dinner - Beef Stew, Fruit Salad

Day 14:
Dinner - Citrus Chicken with Baked Acorn Squash and Salad with Balsamic dressing

Citrus Chicken and Baked Acorn Squash

This recipe is thanks to my friend Stephanie! It was delicious and the kids liked it too. I actually put the chicken on top of my salad with some balsamic vinegrette dressing and it was great!

Citrus Chicken

Marinade 4-5 chicken breasts in the juice of:
1 lemon
1 lime
1/2 orange (or I just used a little orange juice concentrate)
Pineapple rind (I hade some leftover...optional)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Marinade over night or all day.

Cook over med-low heat in a covered pan on the stove, or you could throw it on the grill as well. Serve over salad or just plain!

Acorn Squash

Preheat oven to 375
Chop acorn squash in half
Rub olive oil on top
Season with Sea Salt and Pepper
Bake for 40 minutes or until soft.

Beef Stew

So this is one of my favorite meals, but I made my own beef broth this time. I made enough to store 3 or 4 containers of it in the freezer. When we went to the fresh beef place I bought the stew meat along with some beef bones (about 4). Recipe below:

Beef Broth

4 beef bones
8 cups of water
1-2 tsp of the following seasonings:
Season Salt
I also had a vegetable seasoning blend I put in that had peppers, onions, sweet potatoes and some other spices.
You can season the water fairly heavily for a better flavor broth.
Bring to a boil then simmer on low for a 2-3 hours or longer if you want.

Beef Stew

1 pound beef stew meat
1/4 cup water
10 or so baby carrots
1-2 stalks diced celery
1 diced onion
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Choose a couple or all of the following green vegetables:
Meanwhile in a crock pot put the beef, water, carrots, celery, onion and seasonings in the crock pot. Cook for 3 hours or until veggies are almost tender and meat is cooked through. Add the green vegetables you want and cook for another hour. The add about 2 cups of the beef broth and if the broth is still hot you can serve immediately, or let it heat through.

*if you like your soup to be a little bit thicker you can toss a spoonful or two of cornstarch or brown rice flour mix in the crock pot with the meat and veggies BEFORE putting the broth in. I stir it around till it's somewhat dissolved, then add the broth and let it heat till it's slightly thicker.

And of course as I finished the last bite of soup I realized I hadn't taken a picture of the finished product :( sorry! It was just so tastey!

Day 12 Menu and Recipes

Breakfast - your choice... I'm sort of running out of new creative ideas for breakfast foods. I bought a pineapple the other day and that was delicious.

Lunch - Stir Fried Chicken and Cabbage with fruit

Dinner  - Pork Tenderloin - (try seasoning with some curry powder or cumin for a different flavor), side of salad or broccoli and cooked carrots

Friday, October 5, 2012

Curried Shrimp (or chicken)

This is one of my all time favorite recipes! And it has NO dairy, Gluten, eggs, corn or really any other allergen! So enjoy!

1-2 cups shrimp and/or chopped chicken
1 onion cut the way you want, bigger for actual pieces in the sauce is how I do it
3-4 Carrots cut into sticks
1 cup broccoli
1 cup Zuccini
1/2 cup red pepper (optional)
1/2 cup peas
2 T oil
2-3 tsp curry paste - red or green
1 can coconut milk
2 T fish sauce, or 1/2 tsp salt

  • Cook meat, onion, peppers and carrots until they start to get tender, add the broccoli, zuccini and peas.
  • Once everything is cooked through, take out whatever meat and veggies you will need for litte one who may be really upset with you for even thinking of making something as awful as curry. ;) Set aside.
  •  Add the curry paste, coconut milk and fish sauce. (you can also add a tablespoon of sugar if you want, but it really doesn't need it.)
  • Heat through and serve over sticky or jasmine rice. (or just eat plain if you are on the lovely clean out...)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stir fried chicken and cabbage

1 piece of Chicken
some shredded cabbage
1/4 onion sliced
Stir fry these all in some olive oil.
season to taste with:
curry powder
onion powder
salt and pepper
Serve over rice if you want. Or I served with a side of sauteed beats, and pineapple slices

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sauteed Cabbage

Shred the cabbage. Heat up some oil in a pan. Throw the Cabbage on with some salt and pepper, stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and slightly translucent. I really liked it. I do it a little brown around the edges too. Your kids might even eat it this way!

Day 11

Here we are, I'm getting so close to half way through and I'm struggling! I know I'm not the only one craving a huge piece of chocolate cake, or french toast, or other tasty treats! But... I will be strong for all of you faithful followers. :) And for those of you not torturing yourselves yet, feel free to join the club! It's awesome and hopefully it will help you feel better in the long run. I think I need to add some acidopholus into my diet to try to help build my stomach lining back up.

Breakfast - Smoothie and eggs

Lunch - I grilled up some chicken and onions and threw them on a salad with beets, olives, pecans, cucumbers and zuccini.

Dinner - Once again doing the Pork Tenderloin in the crock pot, because it is delicious and my husband didn't get any last time... (yes I did eat the whole thing... over two days...), Sauteed Cabbage Green Beans

I also have to confess, I've been eating a little rice once in a while. I'm a nursing mom and sometimes I just need the extra calories, especially after a day like today, I think I nursed every 2-3 hours... and he's not a newborn anymore!  Keep up the good work everyone!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day 10 menu and Recipes

Anyone other than me feel like these recipes are getting a little monotonous. I'm feeling like a little bit of a failure. I need to do a little more research for different ways to cook vegetables because I'm getting really sick of boiled veggies, and plain sliced fruit... I'm just feeling a little bit bitter today about this diet. It's a cool, rainy day and I just want to go bake some yummy bread or cookies, or muffins... but alas....

Breakfast - ...there's really only so many things I can think of to have here... more smoothies? :)

Lunch - leftovers

Dinner - Tortilla-less Fajitas, Fruit Salad


3-4 chicken Breasts diced
1 sliced onion
1 sliced pepper
1 Garlic clove (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
2-3 Tbls Olive Oil
1/2 tsp chili powder (more if you like it with some kick)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp seasoning salt
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat up the olive oil in a skillet or pan. Once the oil is hot throw the chicken, onions and peppers all in at the same time. Add seasonings right away so they really soak it. Cook on med-high heat until chicken is cooked through and onion and peppers soften. (I like mine a little more soft...)

Usually you serve with corn tortillas*, sour cream, cheese and lettuce. You can just put them on lettuce, or eat plain.

* Secret to making corn tortillas soft and warm. Heat up an old pan on the highest heat you can, when hot cook the tortilla for about 10 seconds on each side until it's soft, or bends easily. sometimes I also cook a little lower heat with a lid on to lock in moisture.


So sometimes I feel like i'm contagious. My mom, dad and my mother in law have a wheat allergy, but they all found out AFTER I did. I know that celiac isn't a contagious disease and that many people have it and don't know it. But it seems like many people end up with celiac or a gluten intolerance after I get to know them. So I'm sorry if you are one of those people I've "contaminated." Hopefully some of these recipes can help all of you afflicted with the allergy.

Day 9 Menu and Recipes

Breakfast - Applesauce Pancakes

Lunch - Left over Salmon Salad

Dinner - Steaks, or Grilled chicken, Oven Roasted Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower, Butternut Squash, and homemade Applesauce

My husband bought a lot of red meat the other day so we'll be eating a lot of that this week... :)

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash
Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Preheat oven to 400. Chop Butternut squash length wise into 4 pieces. Rub some olive oil into the top and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Until the edges start to turn a little brown, or you can stab easily with a fork.

Oven Roasted Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower

1-2 T Oil
Mrs Dash
(your favorite seasonings...Make sure they are GF!)

Preheat oven to 400. Chop the broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower into bite size pieces. Toss with oil and seasonings. Cover with foil and cook for 20 mins.


Seasoning Salt and
Mrs Dash

Sprinkle and rub those into the steak. Put a little oil in a pan and heat on medium high heat. When it's hot, put the steak on and cover with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. (2 if you want it more rare).

I also served mine with some sauteed onions and mushrooms. Of course I forgot to take a picture... I was distracted by the tastiness...
 I'll repost the picture of michaels oozing rare one... ick...