Breakfast - Sweet Potatoes, Kale, and Avocado
I threw this breakfast together pretty quickly on a weekend morning. I've developed a technique for making sweet potato in a frying pan where I cut it into cubes, fry it for a little bit in avocado oil, add about two cups of water and boil that down, and then finish frying it in oil. They're done in about 15-20 minutes, and taste almost as good as if they were roasted. This was leftover dinosaur kale from a previous dinner.
Lunch - Falafel with Zucchini Noodles
One of my patients recommended the amazing Shine Juice Bar and Cafe in Orillia to me. I've been twice on my way down to work in Toronto, and it is a wonderful restaurant. Everything on the menu is plant-based and gluten-free (and delicious)!
Dinner - Baked Fish, Rice Noodles, and Cauliflower
I'm sorry, I always forget what kind of fish I've used when I'm writing up my blog posts. I'm 99% sure this is haddock that I purchased frozen and thawed before making this meal. When you're looking at what kind of fish to buy, I recommend using this guide. The guide was drafted in 2006, but I've done the research recently and it is still current and relevant.
Next, I KNOW this dish doesn't look amazing, but it tastes AMAZING! Here's what you do. Chop up a bunch of garlic, onion, and ginger and mix it in the bottom of a baking dish with oil (I use my cast iron frying pan). Then flip the fish a few times in the mixture and leave it on top of the chopped veggies. Put the pan into an oven at 420 degrees and bake it until the fish is done and the veggies have become translucent and started to brown. The fish stays super moist, and the flavour is really good!
Now that spring is here, who else is excited about eating a whole lot more fresh fruits and vegetables? I got the garden started this weekend, and I'm very much looking forward to visiting the Farmers' Market.
Breakfast - Fried Radishes, Grapefruit, and 'Cheese' Bread
Every once in a while I get a citrus craving that can't be ignored. I sliced up the radishes and fried them in avocado oil in my cast iron frying pan. If you're like me, and thought you hated radishes, try them fried (they're delicious)!. Details on the bread itself below, but it's got Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds melted on it.
I decided to take another crack at making my own bread. It wasn't great, and it wasn't terrible. It was VERY DENSE. I followed this recipe, except this is the flour blend that I used:
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2/3 cup of an old rice-based gluten-free flour mix I had open
2/3 cup brown rice flour
one cup sorghum flour
I may, or may not, take another crack at making bread, you can check in and see! I do try to limit my grains, but I also like the idea of making my own bread when I choose to eat it (if for no other reason than loaves of gluten-free bread are costing at least seven dollars these days!)
Lunch - Salad With 'Breaded' Tilapia
Dinner - Tahini Stir Fry
Ok, so this dish doesn't necessarily look amazing, but the tahini sauce IS AMAZING!
Tahini Sauce Ingredients (blended up in a high-speed blender):
I fried stir-fry veggies, added the sauce, put it over white jasmine rice, and topped it with chopped cilantro.
It's that time of year when I'm eating lots of winter foods, like squash and cabbage, but really looking forward to eating local, fresh fruits and veggies!
Breakfast - Roasted Butternut Squash
This breakfast looks a bit more burnt than it actually was. It was delicious! I had previously roasted a butternut squash. When it came time for breakfast I sprinkled pine nuts and Daiya mozzarella style shreds on it, and warmed it back up in a 350 degree oven.
Lunch - Caribbean Roast Chicken Salad
From the Artisan Cafe. This lunch was really, really good!
Dinner - Taco Salad
I was surprised by how well this dish turned out. I've started using steamed green cabbage as a base for lots of dishes, and it works very well. Cabbage is cheap and extremely nutritious!
Today's post is, unintentionally, all about balsamic vinegar and buckwheat. Today's dishes were also all, intentionally, extremely delicious!
Breakfast - Buckwheat Porridge With Peaches
Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed, as opposed to a grain. It's pretty easy to cook. You just use two parts water to one part groats (that's what the seeds are called). Bring the water to a boil, add the groats, and then simmer over a low heat for about 20 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed. I made mine with Ontario peaches that I froze when they were in season last summer. This dish was sweet enough I didn't need to add any sweetener, and fairly filling.
You can make the groats even more digestible by soaking them overnight (in about four times as much water, and then rinsing thoroughly in the morning). With one cup of soaked groats, you would only need 1/2 cup of water, about five minutes of simmering.
Kasha is the name for toasted buckwheat, and I'm going to try that soon, and get back to you about how it works out!
Lunch - Rich Man's Stew
This turned out to be absolutely delicious! The combo of basil and balsamic vinegar really works. This was my first time making this dish, and people were asking me for the recipe as they ate it. I used this recipe, except I substituted celery for green peppers. I got the recipe from this cookbook, which was pretty good!
Dinner - Sweet Potato Noodle Dish
I found these amazing noodles at the Bulk Barn (picture below). They don't say gluten-free on the package, but the website (and ingredients list) confirms that they are. They are super easy to cook, and hold their form well but, as with rice noodles, they make TERRIBLE LEFTOVERS. I decided to pair them with steamed swiss chard, caramelized onions, fried sweet potatoes, and balsamic vinegar. This dish was SO GOOD!
If you've never caramelized onions, here is how I do it. I use red onions. I slice them into strips and put them in my cast iron frying pan with some olive oil. I fry them until they start to brown and then reduce the heat to a medium-low temperature and leave them for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Delicious!
Breakfast - Sausage, Toast, and Persimmon
For the most part, I try to avoid processed grains, but I'm having a hard time going without toast in the morning lately. This is the Little Northern Bakehouse Millet and Chia Loaf, which I pick up at Independent Grocers. I like this bread because it is free of gluten, dairy, and eggs. The sausage is from our local Dalew Farms, I take part in their cow share program. I also try to steer clear of imported and/or tropical fruits, but I have weakness for persimmons! I picked up a flat of them when I was last down south in the GTA.
Lunch - Mussels and Carrots
This dish is made with President's Choice PEI Mussels in Provencale Sauce. The way I make it is to prepare the carrots, and then put them in the bottom of the saucepan with the frozen mussels poured over top. I follow the cooking instructions on the label, except it takes a bit longer for the carrots to become soft and the mussels to open. It's an easy, one-pot meal!
I don't eat a great deal of packaged food, so posting this one served as a great prompt to check into the current regulations.
Health Canada requires manufacturers to list common allergens in plain language on their labels, including gluten sources. This information does not, however, pertain to the circumstances in which the food was prepared, which could include cross-contamination (more information here).
You can contact Presidents Choice by phone, provide them with specific information off of your package of food (bar code number, lot number, and expiration date), and they will tell you whether or not that product is gluten-free. I called today, and they told me that if the product says it 'may contain gluten' then it is possible that the product was made on a line that processed gluten at another time.
In general, if a product is declared gluten-free it must contain less than 20 ppm.
I used a hand spiralizer on the carrots, like this one. (I've included a picture of some zucchini I had spiralized below, including the size of the leftover pieces.
Dinner - Tortillas and Beans
I found this amazing recipe here.
I've been toying with the idea of buying a tortilla press for years, and finally someone bought one for me! I think it might have been this exact press.
I started out using parchment or waxed paper between the press and the tortillas, but I quickly switched to just oiling the press well, which works just fine. After you've made the tortillas, you can put whatever you'd like on them! Here, I used black beans, red onions, olives, guacamole, and some dressing. They don't hold together spectacularly, but they're decent!
Added Bonus - Coconut Bacon
If you've never tried it, coconut bacon is absolutely delicious. I used this recipe, which was quite easy. Making this led to me discover liquid smoke, which is pretty amazing. Here's some interesting information regarding any possible negative health effects of liquid smoke, in case you were wondering. I just put a focus on using it in moderation.
Breakfast - Fried Radishes, Roasted Chicken, and Avocado
This is the kind of breakfast that will leave you feeling full and energetic for hours. The chicken came from a previously roasted chicken from DeHaan Family Farms in Powassan. I sliced and fried the radishes in a bit of avocado oil, and mixed it with avocado and chicken. Delicious! I'm always telling people, once you start eating this way for breakfast, and see how amazing you feel, you'll never stop.
Lunch - Fried Rice
This happens to be a lunch I picked up at a restaurant called Sweet Lulu's while I was in Toronto for work. However, you can easily make fried rice (with lots of vegetables) at home.
Dinner - Quail, Rice, and Veggies
I have a friend who recently started to raise quail, and he brought some of them with him to dinner. I used this recipe, which was quite good! I also made brown rice with this seasoning and carrots (made into noodles with a vegetables peeler) and seasoned with vegan margarine.
Breakfast - Sweet Potato 'Toast,' Salmon, and Avocado
Yup, if you haven't heard of it before, I jumped on the sweet potato toast train! It works pretty well. Just slice large, peeled sweet potato (at least a centimeter thick, or else it starts to cave in) and pop it in the toaster....over, and over, and over. It takes a while for that sweet potato to cook! The finished product is slightly blackened on the outside, and not quite completely cooked on the inside, but still delicious! I ate mine with some canned salmon mixed with my poppy seed salad dressing, and some avocado (mixed with salt and lime juice).
Poppy Seed Dressing:
(blend up the following)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 of an onion, roughly chopped
1 cup of olive oil
(and then add)
4 tsp poppy seeds
Lunch - Caesar Salad from Arugula
Arugula makes some really wonderful food! Their salads are amazing! I should note, however, that I have found that I, and others, do not tolerate their gluten-free pizza crust well. I have no idea why, but this side effect has proven to be relatively consistent.
Dinner - BBQ'd Souvlaki, Brown Rice, Cauliflower, and Coleslaw
A friend brought over the grilled souvlaki (they were from a pre-prepared package, but all the ingredients were ok for me). I made brown rice with Roasted Garlic & Peppers One Step Seasoning added to the rice at the beginning of the cooking process. I cut up a head of cauliflower and cooked it at a medium-high heat in my dutch oven with a bit of water and avocado oil, until it was soft.
I also made some quick coleslaw.
half a small head of green cabbage, finely sliced
one apple, thinly sliced
1/3 cup currants
approx. 3 tbsp rice vinegar
one tbsp. maple syrup
I thought it would be nice to show how great my friends are about bringing treats to parties that I can have! I think the only things I couldn't eat on this whole counter were the finger sandwiches and the nuts.
There were some dried mangoes, dates, potato chips, grapes, and guacamole, among other things. I'm a lucky woman!
Breakfast - Rutabaga Fries and Chicken
Yup, this is really breakfast! Once you start eating a balanced meal for breakfast, you'll never be able to go back to processed carbs again, you'll just feel so much better.
The chicken comes from deHaan Family Farms in Powassan. I met this lovely family at the North Bay Farmers' Market, and I'm loving their birds!
I cut the peel of the rutabaga, sliced it into fries, dumped them in a pyrex lasagna pan, poured some avocado oil on top, then added a few tablespoons of this seasoning mix:
7 tbsp. mild paprika
one tbsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. ground ancho chile powder
one tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. ground black pepper
I mixed up all the ingredients with my hands, put the pan in a 400 degree oven, and roasted the fries until the they were soft, turning once (approximately 45 minutes).
Lunch - Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
(adapted from www.cookieandkate.com/2015/peanut-dipping-sauce)
Here's a nice little video about how to use rice paper. You can find this paper in the international sections of many local grocery stores, the package will look somewhat like this.
Here are the ingredients of my favourite dipping sauce (just put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together).
¾ cup creamy peanut butter OR sunflower seed butter
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup water
⅓ cup reduced sodium tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 to 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced, to taste
I filled the rolls with avocado, lettuce, carrots, and bean sprouts. Not much protein in this lunch, but that is just fine every once in a while.
Dinner - Breaded Fish and Salad
I got this wonderful fish and chips (with salad in place of the chips) meal at the Hour Glass Restaurant in Sudbury, they have a great gluten-free menu!
I've been travelling down to Toronto for work a lot lately, so I figured it was time for another travel based 'What I Eat' post. I did a fair amount of cooking. As you can see from the picture below, at one point I was using every burner on my stove to get ready for this trip!
What have I got in all those pots? Well, you can see the lovely asparagus (which one my patients brought me as a gift from their garden!!!). I sauteed the asparagus in a little bit of margarine. The orange pot has some broccoli steaming in it. The frying pan has Dalew Farms ground beef, to which I added some balsamic vinegar and crushed garlic. The stainless steel saucepan has a porridge that I made by preparing whole grain red rice with some frozen blueberries and fresh strawberries.
Here's my cooler, all packed. As you can see, I've got some mangoes, apples, a cucumber, rice cakes, and some freezer packs. Beneath that there are some Daiya mozzarella style shreds, peanut putter, a package of hummus, avocados, and stainless steel containers with the meals I prepared on the stove.
Here's a picture of the breakfast porridge. It doesn't LOOK super delicious, but it was amazing how much it smelled like candy! I didn't need to add anything besides the red rice, the blueberries, and the strawberries, and it was delicious.
Here's me eating one of the meals on my lap during a seminar (I added a basil pesto the broccoli and beef). Besides the obvious advantages of keeping my meals hypoallergenic and saving money, bringing my own food also means that I get to spend breaks exploring the area I've traveled to!
I was staying in the Danforth so, of course, I had to visit the Big Carrot! I had access to a kitchen for this meal, so I picked up some organic dinosaur kale and sauteed it with some garlic. The fish was a pre-cooked (smoked, actually) mackerel made with salt, pepper, and mustard. It made a nice meal!
I ate this meal at one of my favourite restaurants with a gluten free menu, State and Main. This is their fish taco dish, with romaine leaves substituted for the tacos. It was so good!
Hello everyone, welcome to another week of What I Eat! I've been having great success with patients lately by asking them to radically change their breakfasts. It seems that if I can convince people to move towards a veggie-based breakfast with some protein, it has a dramatic effect on their overall health. I have two theories about why this is. The first is that they're not eating foods that they would normally eat every day, and that don't agree with them, such as dairy or wheat. The second is that a balanced breakfast sets them up for a day of stable hormone levels (like insulin and cortisol). Why don't you give it a try? You don't have to eat breakfasts as radical as mine, but consider heading in that direction?
Breakfast - Fried Radishes, Olives, Smoked Herring, and Avocado
I'm telling you, once you try frying radishes (in avocado oil) you'll want to keep on eating them. The smoked fish is from Brunswick.
Lunch - Quesadillas
-brown rice tortillas
-Daiya mozzarella style shreds
I put a little bit of avocado oil in the bottom of my cast iron frying pan. Then I put in a tortilla, the rest of the ingredients, and the second tortilla. I turn the heat to medium-high until one side browns, then I flip it over, and leave the pan on the burner with the burner off until the other side browns. This makes a delicious lunch!
Dinner - Fish Tacos
The picture does NOT do this dinner justice, it was absolutely amazing! I'm always reminded when I use a recipe how great it is to introduce myself to a new flavour combination. I used this recipe for the the fish, the slaw (except I substituted iceberg lettuce for cabbage), and the sauce. I picked up the corn tortillas pictured below. I've also included a picture of the fish in my frying pan (because it looked so delicious).
I was recently given the gift of a lovely cast iron tortilla press, so I'm going to see if I can manage to make my own tortillas. Stay tuned, and I'll let you know how it goes!
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!