Breakfast - Oatmeal
I picked up this instant oatmeal mix at Independent Grocers. This is a good opportunity to remind everyone what has happened with labeling laws in Canada. The government has placed a restriction on labeling any oat products as gluten-free. This means gluten-free products containing oats can't advertise anywhere on their packaging that the product is gluten-free (instead they say they are 'wheat-free'). Since the company that produces this instant oatmeal is called Glutenfreeda, they have actually been forced to remove their company name from their packaging! Oats contain a protein called avenin, which is very similar to gluten in structure, which leads to about 1 in 5 people with Celiac disease being unable to tolerate oats.
I ate this breakfast with a couple of mandarin oranges.
I got the organic Ida Red apples (pictured above) from Springmead Farm through Dalew Farms. I ate some fresh, made an apple crisp, and made a large pot of apple sauce (pictured below). To make the apple sauce I cored the apples, cut them into wedges, and boiled them with a bit of water at a medium high heat until they were soft, stirring occasionally. It usually takes at least an hour, depending on how many apples you are using. I used an immersion blender in the sauce after I was done cooking it to make sure there weren't any hard peels left. This sauce was so delicious it didn't really need any sugar or cinnamon, which I was surprised by!
Lunch - Cabbage and Apple Dish
This surprisingly delicious dish is simply made with red cabbage, apples, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper (if you want it spicy). I cut up the cabbage and apples and put them in my dutch oven with a few tablespoons of water. I leave it at a medium heat until the cabbage is soft and the water has evaporated, stirring occasionally. If you use a softer apple it will dissolve into a sauce, but some apples will keep their form. At the end I add the apple cider vinegar (a few tablespoons) and the cayenne pepper (to taste). You can top this dish with seeds or nuts for some added protein.
Dinner - Burger, Salad, and Chips
This was a delicious dinner prepared for me by some friends! I ate a hamburger without the bun (topped with mustard and homemade ketchup), romaine lettuce mixed with Renee's Poppy Seed Dressing, and potato chips.
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!