Pasta and ChEEZE
I've never made anything like this before, and it turned out AMAZING! I wasn't expecting it to be so delicious, and I didn't write any quantities down. So, following is my best memory of what I did. I highly recommend noodles made with lentils. They taste good, they hold together, their flavour doesn't overwhelm dishes, and they make you feel really full. I recommend you look for noodles that aren't mixed with rice, as we tend to get enough of that in our diet.
I hesitated for quite some time about buying an Instant Pot. I try not to fill my kitchen with electric gadgets that end up in landfills. I seriously considered buying a stainless steel pressure cooker (to replace the aluminum one that was passed down in my family) instead (because it would last forever). I finally decided it was worth it to combine a rice cooker, slow cooker, and pressure cooker in one device. I WAS NOT WRONG! It takes a little bit of work to get into the habit of using it, but then it makes life incredibly easy. All the convenience of using a pressure cooker without any of the fear of a small explosion in your kitchen!
For leftovers, I have a small collection of thermoses I choose from to carry them to work. If I pre-warm the thermos with hot water, my lunch is always piping hot, even if I eat it late.
For the chili, I used this recipe, with the following modifications:
Salmon and Carrot Salad
The neat thing about this meal, besides it being delicious, is that it is FODMAP-friendly.
The salad was made with:
Carrot Fries! I used this recipe, with the following modifications:
Sweet Potato Vermicelli, Black Beans, and Cilantro
I threw this dish together with what I had in the fridge. I would have added avocados, if I had them. It turned out really good, although many of you will want to add a little bit of hot sauce. Here is what I did, in the order that I did it.
For those of you who have been eating gluten-free for a while, you will remember the absolute travesty that was the Daiya gluten and dairy-free pizza. It was, quite literally, inedible. Well, Daiya got their act together, and now their pizza is the best on the food sensitivity market (in my opinion) AND this burrito is shockingly good. You can get it at Independent. This is a nice way to have a substantial breakfast on a busy morning (like the first business day of the New Year). Happy New Year everyone!
Filipino Beef Kare Kare
When it's a pandemic, and you live in the Near North, you have to make your own ethnic dishes!
I used this recipe, with the following variations.
When you make a special Filipino dish you HAVE to eat it with freshly made white rice. It's a rule. Ask a Filipino person, they'll tell you ;)
I cannot sing the praises of Dalew Farms enough. They're local, they're nice, they're humane, and the meat is delicious! The also put a lot of work into Click Fork, which is a local online farmers' market worth taking a look at.
Butternut Squash Soup and Savory 'Cheddar' Biscuits
This lunch is a great example of making food with substitutions and variations. I made this lunch at the home of one of the people in my social bubble who didn't have all the the tools and ingredients I'm used to having on hand. It was absolutely delicious, even if the biscuits were flat! Who cares, really, if they taste good?
I used this recipe, with the following variations.
Soups in a Vitamix are so easy! I fried two yellow onions until they became translucent, and started to brown. I dumped some leftover turkey broth (from the holidays), the onions, roasted butternut squash (peeled, although I recently heard you can eat the skin), a drained can of black eyes peas (for protein, I would have used white beans if I had some), and about a teaspoon of dried ginger. I then added enough water for the Vitamix to be able to do its thing. I left it running at high speed long enough for the soup to become hot (less than 10 minutes). SO GOOD!
Mashed Rutabaga, Lime Black Beans, and Strawberries From Too Far Away
These fresh strawberries were a delicious treat! Why do I say the strawberries are from too far away? Buying strawberries in the winter means that:
The black beans were drained from a can, and cooked in a cast iron frying pan with about two tablespoons of lime juice and two tablespoons of olive oil, until the liquid was reduced.
The rutabaga was a leftover from a holiday dinner. I peeled and roughly chopped the rutabaga, boiled it until it was soft, drained it, and then mashed it with a bit of vegan margarine. I warmed it in the same frying pan as the beans, once they were done, allowing it to brown slightly.
All in all, this was a delicious breakfast that took less than ten minutes to make, and a welcome break from holiday overindulgence.
This salad was SO GOOD! It had the following ingredients:
Sausage and Veggies
First of all, the sausage! I get my beef from Dalew Farms. I take part in an annual cow share. I love the fact that I know my farmers. I know that they treat their animals very well, AND it tastes good. They offer a gluten-free honey-mustard sausage, and that is what I ate tonight. I just can't recommend them enough! You don't have to buy a whole cow, just click on the link to learn more.
*they do not pay me, I just think they're great.
For vegetables, I was cleaning out my fridge the night before my bi-monthly trip to the grocery store.
Carrots - I cut up the carrots, boiled them, drained the water, and then added one part honey, one part plain yellow mustard, and one part olive oil. People love this honey mustard sauce, and it is so simple!
Radishes - If you've never tried fried radishes, you really should! I thought I hated radishes. Radishes (and carrots) are great because they'll keep in the fridge for weeks.
Cauliflower - I love 'Cauliflower Buffalo Wings!' Here is a sample recipe. I'm often too lazy to follow all the steps, so instead I do the following:
What I Eat
I want to give you an idea of how to eat healthfully on a restricted diet, without a lot of work, by showing you how I eat! I eat strictly gluten-free. You'll find A LOT of veggies in this blog! I eat both fish and meat a few times a week (local and/or humane, whenever possible), and dairy when I'm visiting family and friends, or eating out. I hope you find this blog inspiring and interesting!