Monday, September 24, 2012

{Gluten Free} That's Me!

Well I just finished my first {gluten free} shopping trip and let me just say, it sucked. I seriously wanted to leave my cart in an aisle and walk out to my car and cry. I spent about an hour in the produce section looking for various items that I didn't know existed. I bought an egg plant. The only thing I know about egg plants is that they are purple. I spent forever reading every label in the bulk section to find quinoa only to find it was sold out. Then I couldn't find any plain, {gluten free} quinoa by the rice. I sat in the cracker aisle for another 15 minutes looking for regular {gluten free} crackers. I finally settled on Nut Thins so we'll see how that goes. I also found out that {gluten free} subsitutes like bread and bisquick are TINY and expensive. At this point I am taking things one day at a time. I found a meal plan and shopping list at www.5dollardinners.com. I purchased everything from week 1 of the shopping list and spent twice the amount we usually spend on groceries for the entire month. I haven't looked through all the recipes yet. I can't. I've got tomorrow figured out and an idea for Wednesday. That's all I can handle for now.
I also signed up for an email newsletter at http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/. She sends emails almost daily that are directed to people like me that are new to the {gluten free} lifestyle. These emails include tips and recipes as well as some tough love and a look into what happens in your body and how going {gluten free} can heal you from the inside out.
I have also downloaded a couple apps called ipiit and find me GLUTEN FREE. They help you find {gluten free} restaurants and meal choices and alternatives.
My last resource worth mentioning is Pinterest. I've searched for {gluten free} meals a few times. I've come across a few that look pretty good but it mostly brings up {gluten free} sweets, pastries, cookies, and all the other things you think you can never have again when you begin a {gluten free} lifestyle. Even is I'm not to the point that I have the time and knowledge to make most of the stuff, it's nice to know there is hope.
I do have to say that I'm kind of excited for tomorrow's meals. They better taste as good as they look in the pictures. Here's what's on the menu for tomorrow:

Breakfast - {Gluten Free} Chex, I bought three flavors so I wouldn't get bored.

Lunch - Asian Spinach Salad with Soy-Sesame Vinaigrette
spinach salad

Ingredients
 1 bag baby spinach leaves
1 15 ounce can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 red onion, diced
¾ cup chopped walnuts {this was not listed on the shopping list}

Soy-Sesame Vinaigrette
 ¼ cup olive oil
3 Tablespoon white wine vinegar {neither was this}
2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
A pinch of sugar
Dash of pepper

Directions
 1. In a serving bowl, toss together the spinach leaves, Mandarin orange pieces, diced red onions and chopped walnuts.
 2. Pour the soy-sesame vinaigrette over the top of the salad and serve.
 Makes four lunch portions.

Dinner - Sesame Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps
Ingredients
  • About 1 pound BBQ pulled pork, cooked in slow cooker ($1.99 for 1 lb. pork +$.25 for BBQ)
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce - Use GF if GF icon smile Sesame Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps ($.10)
  • 2 tsp sesame oil ($.30)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder ($.05)
  • 1 tsp onion powder ($.05)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger ($.05)
  • Dashes of pepper
  • Large or small lettuce leaves from the garden
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated ($.10)
  • Side dish ideas – pineapple, cooked sweet potatoes ($.79)
Directions
  •  Place a 2-3 lb. pork roast in the slow cooker. Pour about 1/2 cup water in the base, then pour 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over the top. Cook on low for 8 hours. When done cooking, remove from the slow cooker and using 2 forks, pull the meat apart. Split the pulled pork into 2 meals worth…one for this meal, and the rest for BBQ pulled pork sliders.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, onion powder and ground ginger with a few dashes of pepper. Pour over the half of the pulled pork that you will use for the lettuce wraps.
  • Pick and clean a few lettuce leaves…or get some from the fridge!
  • Place some of the Sesame Pulled Pork into the lettuce and top with some grated carrots.
  • Serve Sesame Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps with pineapple or cooked sweet potatoes!
 
I know it's going to be a rough road but hopefully it will be worth it. If anything, at least a learn a little bit more about cooking.
 
Thanks to the following for letting me take something from your closets!