Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: August 31, 2011

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Today I started off with two toasted slices of Amy's Perfect Bread which is a staple for me. I hear people complain all the time about how celiac's "can't eat bread anymore", but it's simply not true! Gluten free foods have come a LONG way in the past few years (but of course home baked bread is always going to be the best!). Topped with Adams peanut butter & raspberry jam made from local honey, Pomona's pectin & berries picked by us from Sweder's berry farm I accompanied my morning PBJ with a perfectly ripe Okanagan peach.

Lunch was leftover Zucchini Baked Eggs. We've made this recipe more than once as it was an instant favorite. I can't get my hands on enough zucchini these days despite it being everywhere! I have only one lonely little guy left on the plant after some critters got to the rest. He lives in the greenhouse now. For my his own good of course.

I snacked on blueberries from our local u-pick and walnuts & almonds while I made granola bars this afternoon (which was the plan even before I came across this nearly identical recipe).

Dinner was a 7oz steak cooked over our little charcoal bbq accompanied by sauteed mushrooms, coleslaw & a slice of homemade bread slathered in butter, sprinkled with a bit of garlic powder, salt & parsley. Mr.C "splurged" on a loaf of garlic bread while we were at the grocery store this afternoon, and I caved and had to have some of my own (gf of course). I am weak.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: August 24, 2011

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I rarely scope out the cereal aisle these days, but in eager anticipation of GF Rice Krispies I've found myself strolling through it a few times in the past month. On Monday night (next to the regular RK's) I found Honey Nut Chex which I haven't purchased since it's come to Canada (I had some in Maui in May though). The Chex boxes were on sale- 2 for $6! I couldn't resist, so I grabbed a box. I don't normally eat stuff like this (or buy any sort of boxed cereal for that matter) so it's a bit of a treat. I started my day off with a bowl of them topped with Vanilla Almond Breeze.

I used the leftover milk from my cereal (plus a bit more) in the magic bullet with an overripe peach for a bit of a smoothie- tasty!

I snacked on the rest of the fresh blueberries from last week's fruit stand purchase along with a piece of havarti cheese. In amongst my chili making & bread baking I refilled my small kitchen jar of honey from the larger bucket that lives in the pantry. I licked the spoon, so I guess that counts too :)

So, that chili I made? There isn't a "recipe" for my chili per se, but I do have a secret ingredient I'll share with you- it's pumpkin puree or in today's case curried butternut squash soup from eons ago discovered when I cleaned out the freezer awhile back. Either will lend a smooth texture to your chili that I haven't found with anything else. It's delish!

Oh, and that bread? Yep- baked today! Amy's Perfect Bread is my go-to bread recipe. Sooo goood!

After dinner, we headed over to Winners (for the third time...) as we had decided that we were in fact going to purchase a giant mirror for our newly rearranged living room wall. It needed something large, and rather than trying (likely for months) to find something to fit a color scheme (we don't exactly have one) we picked out a neutral framed mirror. After a stressful wrangling in & out of the car (including the most embarrassing drive of my life with the seat moved up ALL the way) we needed a treat. Armed with my travel mug (which apparently now leaks!) I drove over to Starbucks for a little liquid love.

An hour (or so), two trips to Michaels for picture hanging hardware & a bag of Dare Real Fruit Gummies later we finally got the thing on the wall. And it looks great. This evening's activities were certainly more stressful than going to yoga (not sure why we chose the route that we did...) but the living room is much better off for it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: August 17, 2011

I had a slow start to my day which was completely acceptable given that I was scheduled to be at work until midnight or so... "Breakfast" could only be called by its name due to the fact that this meal was my first of the day despite the time hovering on the verge of "pm" rather than "am".

Poached local duck eggs with sea salt & cracked black pepper atop Udi's whole grain toast.

After a few hours of running errands, I came home & whipped up one of Jenna's Mango Lassi's with fresh mango, Liberté organic yogurt and the assistance of my oh-so loved Magic Bullet. Best. Housewarming. Gift. Ever. Because my mango wasn't frozen, I reduced the vanilla Almond Breeze to 1/4 cup. And because I had vanilla yogurt & vanilla almond milk I skipped the honey, it didn't need it. Very tasty!

Snacked on some almonds later in the afternoon along with a few triangles of PC brand "Suisse dark chocolate": their take on Toblerone, but without the dairy & artificial flavors.

It was at this point in the day when the 60% chance of showers turned into 100% chance. Between fighting off the sniffles all week and the miserable weather, I knew that it was a soup kinda day. I rummaged around in the freezer until I found the last container of turkey soup left from January. Mr.C was done school at 3:30 this afternoon then we loaded up our bowls, slurping quietly on the couch underneath a blanket.

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After a surprisingly busy Tuesday evening, I quelled my hunger with Earl's West Coast Prawn Salad. A high protein dish incorporating feta cheese, candied pecans, quinoa, avocado, spinach & strawberries amongst other ingredients. One of my favorites!

Friday, August 5, 2011

How-To: Cooking A Spaghetti Squash

One of the best substitutes for pasta (for those of you gluten free because you're low carb/grain free/paleo) is spaghetti squash. Don't get me wrong it's not exactly the same, but pretty darn close. And tasty! Spaghetti squashes can be found in a range of sizes from "just-enough-to-feed-two" to gargantuan "we're-gonna-be-eating-this-all-week"! Pale yellow & oval shaped is generally what you'll find, but watch for squishy spots when choosing your squash.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise, avoiding the stem. Don't even bother trying to cut through the stem because it's not going to happen. Use the biggest chef's knife you have (or even a cleaver) and some muscles to do this. Be careful!

Once you've wrangled your squash into two halves, scoop the seeds out. You can roast them just as you would pumpkin seeds, or compost them.

In a shallow casserole dish (you may need one for each half if your squash is large) place an inch or so of water, then the squash cut side down.

Throw it in the oven at 350F for 45 minutes.

Once the timer has gone off, pull the casserole dish out of the oven. Using oven mitts, flip the squash over and check it for doneness with a fork. If it is not very soft, put it back in the oven for a little longer. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of the squash. Ensure there is still water in the bottom of the casserole dish if it's going back in the oven.

Once the squash is cooked, pick up one half (using oven mitts) and begin to separate the strands in the squash with a fork. You will notice that they run in one direction within the shell- go with the grain.

You can top your spaghetti squash with a multitude of things from Garlic Scape Pesto to Roasted Eggplant Tapanade (our fave!) or a simple tomato or alfredo sauce. The choice is yours!