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A happy “gluten-free” ending

8 Jul

Following my meal plan for the week, last night we had Tortilla Espanola scheduled. I was quite excited to tackle it. As soon as I got home, I went to the kitchen and got to work.

I chopped up the Spanish onion and pealed and sliced the potatoes. I threw them in the pan with lots of olive oil, just like Mario Batali suggests.

After the onions and potatoes had cooked for 15 mins or so, I added the eggs. I let that cook for 10 mins or so and then put it in the oven.

Voila! This is what the finished product looked like. Yummy!

I then had to flip it on to a plate. Woops! Looks like it didn’t quite work.

When I put it on the plate, I simply turned it over. No one will notice, right? Paired with a salad. A delish and light meal, perfect for this heat. And look at the potatoey layers, perfecto!

 

I really enjoyed Spanish week! The flavors were really nice. The brand of smoked paprika I bought was La Chinata and it was amazing! I was really smokey flavors and I can see using regularly in the future. 

Perhaps you noticed that yesterday (Thursday), I didn’t make my weekly meal plan. There is a method to my madness! The reason is….this week is my last week gluten-free! 

That’s right folks; it has almost been a full 4 weeks. And let me tell you, my husband is celebrating! I guess this week at the grocery store, I will “wing it”. I will buy my favorite foods (mostly fresh veggies, fruits and nuts!) I would really like to select a  theme for next week, I am thinking Italian

We are planning to celebrate on Sunday with a gluten-filled day. The plan is to enjoy a toasted bagel for breakfast, a sandwich (panini?) on a baguette for lunch and pasta for dinner. To “test” the effects of the gluten, I must then refrain from eating any again for another 12-24 hours. I am supposed to observe any effects. This can range anywhere from digestive difficulties, fatigue, headaches to difficulty concentrating. I am secretly worried that I will misinterpret something I am feeling to be a sign of gluten intolerance or the opposite, disregard something I feel. I want the past 4 weeks to be worth something and to be an accurate “test”.

I will certainly keep you guys posted!

 

Feeling a little Spanish….

2 Jul

Hello! 

Yesterday was Canada Day so no meal planning was done. Instead, I participated in the annual tradition of helping people move.  I am proud to say I unpacked several boxes. That means today, I have a lot to catch up on! Better get started!

 First thing first, breakfast!

 Today I enjoyed 2 Mesa Sunrise waffles smothered in Greek yogurt, sliced banana and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yummy! And, I didn’t have to share it because my son slept in! Lucky me!

Today for lunch, I had a delicious salad. Check out all that color!

 After that, I was pretty stuffed! For dinner, I have planned Flank steak with corn-avocado salsa. Pictures to come!

Next up, meal planning.

So next week is my last week gluten-free. Due to the heat, I am feeling a little….Spanish.  I hope to pair these meals with LOTS of sangria! Here is the menu I came up with:

Saturday

Grilled Spanish-Style Snapper with Tomato and Green Olive Salsa with rice

Salad

Sunday

Smoked Paprika Roasted Chicken (Cooked on the BBQ, beer can chicken style!)

Mini-potatoes

Veggies

Monday

Smoky Red Rice and Chorizo with Black Beans

Tuesday

Spicy Spanish Mini Meat Loaves and Piquillo Pepper Rice

Wednesday

Pulled pork w/corn tortillas  or Yucatan-Style Panuchos

Salad

Thursday

Tortilla Española with a salad

I have a confession to make.

Over the past month or so I am been gaining weight little by little….and I don’t like it one bit! The problem is,  I have a little too much on my plate (pun intended) to do anything about it. I have overwhelmed myself in the past by setting big and unattainable goals and I have promised myself that from now on, I will take baby steps. That is the only way to make new and lasting habits. Whenever I have tried to make many changes at once, it never works. I think it’s best when things are done slowly. But, I am not sure if now is a good time because, like I said, I have a lot on my plate. Perhaps I can start small? I can work a little harder at reducing my portion sizes and making healthy food choices. I think that is a great start!

Question: What other small changes do you think I can make?

 

facelift

24 Jun

Do you like the new look? I felt I needed a little facelift!

 My GF free style of eating has been going well. I’ve been able to keep the slip-ups to a minimum! I’ve also managed to replace my daily bowl of ice cream with a fudgicle, less calories and fat but just as satisfying!

 The other day I put together a batch of chili in my slow cooker. I didn’t feel like browning the meat in a pot prior to putting in the slow cooker…what a big mistake! The texture was way off! It was all grainy. But, it still tasted good! Next time, I think I will opt to make it in a traditional pot on the stove. I paired it will a gluten-free corn muffin made from Bob’s Red Mill mix and a dollop of Greek yogurt on top. I was really impressed with how the muffins turned out. Really light and fluffy. Both my husband and son loved them! All in all, a delicious and healthy meal!

 

This morning I made a beautiful bowl of cereal. Fast, easy and tasty!  Mesa Sunrise topped with fresh blueberries and sliced banana. Mesa Sunrise has become my son’s favorite cereal!

Well, it’s Thursday again and you know what that means? Meal planning day! Wow, another GF meal plan. Here is goes:

Friday:

Omelette with zucchini and cheese

GF bread

Saturday:

Salmon with dill

Potato patties

Roasted brussels sprouts

Sunday:

Hamburgers at mom’s house (GF bun or no bun at all!)

Salad

Monday:

Mustard Maple chicken (thanks Kelly!)

Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday:

Baked beans (home-made,  frozen)

Potato wedges

Side salad

Wednesday:

Flank steak

Corn Avocado salsa (my recipe- see my new recipe page!)

Broccoli

Thursday:

Whatever is left in the house!

Gluten-Free Menu plan

17 Jun

Since today is Thursday, it’s time to do my weekly ritual of planning the following week’s menu and grocery list.  This time, since it will be a gluten-free menu and therefor more interesting, I thought I would share it with you.
When I begin putting together my menu, I usually begin with some “inspiration”. I turn to the flyers from my local grocery stores, websites (soscuisine, whole foods,  other bloggers, etc) and my many cookbooks. When I planned last weeks menu, I thought it would be challenging because it was gluten free. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it wasn’t! Going into my second week, I thought things might change. And I was right!

I used several different sources to create this menu. I had to take into consideration prep time, my son’s food preferences and the menu had to be gluten free! This is what I came up with:

Saturday Dinner:

Grilled Trout in a Balsamic Reduction (recipe taken from soscusine)

Cheese Polenta with Mushrooms and Artichokes (recipe taken from Whole foods)

Sunday Dinner:

Orange and Ginger Glazed Pork Chops

Lettuce Salad with Cucumbers and Radishes

Potato Wedges with Rosemary and Garlic

Monday Dinner:

Radish and Cucumber Salad

Turkey meatloaf  (recipe adapted from Whole Foods)

Steamed Basmati Rice

Tuesday Dinner:

Buffalo Bill Chili (made in advance)

Corn bread–still looking for a good recipe!

Wednesday Dinner:

Pork  Burgers (minus the bun or GF bun)

Lettuce, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

 Thursday Dinner:

Greek-Style Chicken Skewers

Greek style Potatoes

Friday Dinner:

Whatever is left in the house!

losing weight, gaining muscle

30 Mar

So, since switching my eating habits, I have lost 3 lbs! Can you belive it?! It’s actually quite incredible.

Here’s what a typical day looks like for me:

breakfast
1/2 cup dry oatmeal made with water
1/2 scoop protein powder
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp brown sugar
cup of coffee with 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp sugar
snack (around 10 am)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp maple syrup
3 tbl homemade muesli
lunch
leftovers – protein & veggies
snack (around 2:30 pm)
fruit with 2 tbl nute butter
dinner
protein with veggies (ex. chicken breast with eggplant, beef tenderloin with zucchini, eggs with broccoli, homemade pea soup with swiss cheese)
post-workout snack
protein shack with 1 scoop of phytoberry supplement
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grocery shopping

28 Jan

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love grocery shopping! In fact, my husband also loves grocery shopping. We have been known to peruse groceries stores while on vacation. For me, a vacation is not complete without visiting a local grocery store. I have visited grocery stores in France, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, the US and the Czech Republic. We even spent our Saturday night, while on a weekend trip to Freeport, Maine, at a grocery store beside our hotel. I love walking the aisles and observing the variety of flavors available.

It is a weekly tradition for me. I flip through cookbooks and magazines. I scour the internet. I look for the tastiest and healthiest recipes. I do all this in order to plan the following week’s meals. Once I have have planned my meals, I compile a grocery list. This is an invaluable tool. I CANNOT shop without a list. Here is this weeks list:
-Bok choy
-apples
-bananas
-shitake mushrooms
-green onion
-yellow onions
-avocado
-sprouted grain bread
-tortillas
-soy milk, almond milk
-cow’s milk for Sasha
-yogurt for Sasha
-tofu
-coconut milk
-raisins
-frozen blueberries

Having this list helps me to stay on track while I am shopping. I am also less likely to forget something. I love lists!