I apologize for not posting anything for a long while. Things have rather gone topsy-turvy on this end lately. School started again in August and, considering I’m one semester away from graduating with my Associates and I’m President of my school’s IEEE Robotics Club, I’ve been having to try to keep my nose to the grindstone. Throw in switching jobs and adding in a seasonal job for October, things got really hectic!
As I’m still trying to figure out what I can and can’t eat, I haven’t been eating well, honestly. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight. I needed to, but not by unintentional nutritional starvation. I need to be taking vitamins, but it’s gotten very hard to find any that don’t contain fish/shellfish or are too expensive for a college student’s budget. I have discovered that Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol drops (non iron variety) are supposed to be free of any allergens that would bother me including being gluten free. I realize it’s for little kids, but anything I can take to help, the better. I’ve read that it’s quite nasty tasting though. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!
I’ve discovered that Ken’s Honey Mustard Dressing in the dipping cups is safe for me to eat, which means I’ve been eating salads again! That really does make me happy, as I greatly missed salads. I need to find some dressing recipes that I can make that will keep for longer than 3 days.
I’ve found an amazing recipe for pan seared lemon herb chicken. Instead of oregano (which now makes my mouth go numb like garlic does) and parsley, I use rosemary. It is absolutely delicious! The first time I made it, I put about a 1/4 of the fresh squeezed lemon juice into some yellow squash and zucchini I was pan searing in another pan. Talk about flavor! One of my sisters was awesome enough to let me try the recipe out on her. She made yummy noises the whole time! The second time I made it, I put all of the lemon juice in the chicken and made some gluten free rice pasta to go with it. I now know to hold back about 1/4 of the lemon juice to add to the pasta, as I ended up with extremely lemony chicken!
Speaking of pasta, I’ve found two brands that are quite good. The pasta I used for the lemon chicken was DeBoles Gluten Free Rice Spaghetti Pasta (found at Kroger in the organic section). I highly recommend it for non marinara related dishes, as the flavors didn’t mesh too well for me when I tried it. I’ve also found SamMills Corn Pasta (Kroger in the organic section). It’s gluten, egg, dairy, cholesterol, and GMO free with a low glycemic index! It smells a little like a corn tortilla when it’s cooking, but I can tell very little difference between this product and regular spaghetti noodles in taste.
Aldi has become my go to store for certain items that are safe for me. Their Happy Harvest brand is inexpensive and taste pretty darn good. I can’t have their pasta sauce, but I can have their tomato paste. I haven’t figured out a good balance of flavor yet for spaghetti since I have to leave out oregano, but when I do, I’ll post it! This tomato paste makes for very good pizza sauce, too.
Glutino makes a very good Gluten Free saltine cracker. I need to check out their other flavors and see if I can have them. I wish they didn’t cost so much, though.
Another quick meal I’ve found I can make is Thai Peanut Chicken with rice. A Taste of Thai has a delicious Peanut Sauce Mix (gluten free!) they sell in some stores. It calls for coconut milk, but I used regular milk and it’s just fine. I will either chunk up some chicken tenders and pan sear them or use the precooked canned chicken and add it to the sauce to let them simmer together for a few minutes. Simply put it over rice (I like the single serve Minute Rice cups as it only takes two of them) and store any that is left in the fridge. It’s a little spicy, but it’s worth it.
I ordered The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook from Amazon.com and received it today in the mail. It had good reviews, so I can’t wait to see what it holds between its covers! I’ll let you all know how things pan out with it…no pun intended.
This was a long post, but I had to make up for lost time! Until next time!