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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Crepes

I found this on the blog:https://www.mamaknowsglutenfree.com/gluten-free-crepes/#recipe

This was a great recipe. It turned out delicious. It was like I was in Paris France again.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk , dairy-free use almond, cashew or coconut milk.
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (leave out if your flour already has it)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter , for dairy-free use Smart Balance butter

Directions

Beat the eggs, add rest of the ingredients.

I had to use a mixer to get the batter smooth.

Drop 1/4 cup of batter into the heated pan. Cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for 30 seconds to a minute.

Add fruit to the crepe.

Why the oranges in the photo? Because I was originally going to make crepes with oranges and squeeze some for the juice. After inspecting they were not good to eat. So strawberries and bananas were the next choice.

Yes I added chocolate syrup to mine!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Spaghetti with Veggies

This is a gluten free and dairy free spaghetti dish. Great for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free spaghetti
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Nutritional yeast

Boil water and cook spaghetti until it is to your liking. While it is boiling saute the mushrooms and garlic. Add tomatoes until the skin peels off. Set aside and pour olive oil in another pan and saute the spinach.

When spaghetti it done. Mix all ingredients together and add some nutritional yeast.

Place basil on top as a decoration.

Serve with a salad and gluten free bread.

Happy Day

Caroline

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30 Drawings of Mandalas

Drawing Challenge

This challenge is to doodle 30 mandalas. Why, you ask? Just for fun, and to get myself focused on art and creativity again.

I am working out of a hardback sketch book, 8″ x 11″ using a black pen and crayons, color pencils or gel pens. This is something I can do before I go to sleep. Resting my legs under my weighted blanket after a long day. With my work schedule, taking care of my pets and resting my body, I won’t be able to finish these in 30 days. The outcome will be having 30 doodle mandalas.

I started drawing this evening. Here is my rheumatoid arthritis hand. Swollen, puffy and joints are in pain from all the drawing.

The completed drawing will be posted later…

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Pasta Casserole

There’s nothing like a pasta casserole. It’s a warm dish that can be served with a salad.

This is a gluten free and dairy free recipe. I don’t make pasta often since I eat for Autoimmune disease. As an option, ground beef can be used instead of ground turkey.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free pasta
  • Gluten free tomato sauce-i use Paul Newman’s
  • Dairy free parmesan cheese-spaghetti cheese
  • Dairy free parmesan cheese shredded
  • Ground Turkey
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Gluten free turkey gravy mix

Bring water to a boil cook pasta half of the time.

While pasta is cooking, brown the turkey, add salt and pepper.

Mix water and the gluten free turkey gravy mix.

After the turkey is cooked, add the gluten free turkey gravy mix. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down.

Add the tomato sauce to the turkey. Mix well. Turn off heat.

Sprinkle the dairy free parmesan cheese on the turkey mixture. Mix well.

Drain the pasta when it is done. Then put in the pan that can be in the oven. Add the turkey mixture. Mix together. Add the dairy free shredded parmesan cheese on top of the the casserole.

Put in the oven on 350f. For about 20 minutes or until it looks like the cheese is melted or brown. Remember, dairy free cheese does not melt like cheese with dairy.

Out of the Oven

Happy Day

Caroline

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Romaine lettuce salad

Today I tried a different salad. This is a simple recipe. It can be made as vegan by omitting the bacon with vegan bacon.

This recipe quick to make, easy to stand in the kitchen without chronic pain issues. Easy to digest.

Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce- cut it in small pieces before cooking.
  • Bacon-omit for vegan bacon
  • Radishes
  • Tomato- diced
  • Lemon
  • Potato
  • Follow Your Heart ranch salad dressing (contains soy)
  • Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast- optional

Make the bacon. Cut it in small pieces. Add back to the pan and saute the radishes to heat them up. Then add the lettuce. Stir it several times, cook until it wilts.

Bake the potato. I added vegan butter and salt, pepper, and chives on the potato.

Pour the salad mixture onto a plate. Add diced tomatoes on top. Then pour the Follow Your Heart ranch salad dressing on top. Squeeze a lemon on top for extra flavor. Can add parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast for added flavor.

Serve potato and salad together. Add fruit in the side.

Tonight I’m going to rest and enjoy my dinner in front of the television. Maybe a craft later tonight. Definitely will be doing yoga. My back hurts from working all day.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Blueberry Muffins

This is the first time using this mix. Very easy to make, with eggs, milk (I used almond milk) and oil. It suggests add-ons and gives the amount. I used blueberries since I had more than enough in my refrigerator.

I recommend to use this mix. It is simple and easy for anyone needing gluten free and dairy free products. But it is also simple for those with autoimmune and chronic pain to make. The time standing in the kitchen is only a few minutes.

Blueberry muffins were fabulous. The texture of the mix reminds me of using all-purpose flour. This mix is gluten free and it has a sweetness to the mix. Definitely will buy this mix again!

Happy Day

Caroline

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A Review of Meals this Week

My diet consists of gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune illness, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

On Monday, tuna, chicken BBQ and chicken burgers were prepared. Rice and roasted vegetables were also prepared.

An order from Whole Foods Market was made. They have the best gluten free and dairy free products, that I can not find anywhere else. Plus they deliver, so it’s easier to order there as my work schedule can be difficult to get to a grocery store.

I did not have a dessert every night. I finished the cinnamon muffins last night. The gluten free homemade biscuits were starting to loose it’s freshness so I had to toss those.

A spinach smoothie was made for Breakfast, along with eggs, avocado on toast and left over veggies were warmed up.

The refrigerator is now empty of this week’s meals.

This evening, I’ll make dinner. It will be a salad and a baked potato.

Tomorrow I work, so I have the chicken soup and tuna thawing. I will make those for dinner when I get home from a long day at work.

I’ll have to eat the grapes today for a snack. I also got out of the freezer the gluten free brownies I made the other day. And today I’m going to make blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins will be my breakfast for tomorrow along with fruit. I’ll post the gluten free blueberry muffins.

Meals

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chicken patties gluten free

Gluten Free Chicken Patty Ingredients

  • ground chicken
  • coconut aminos
  • sesame oil
  • minced garlic
  • minced ginger
  • sea salt
  • sesame seeds
  • red pepper
  • black pepper
  • pineapple rings

Recommended Cookbook

from Against all Grain by Danielle Walker

I usually serve this with my salad. I like to have the pineapple cut up in the salad, along with watermelon, cantaloup and cucumber, with a lemon basil dressing from Paul Neuman. There is a toping in the recipe book that is exceptionally good and tasty, but I don’t think I will be making that when I pull this out of the freezer.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make, because it is simple and easy to freeze.

Dinner

I warmed up the left over rice and veggies from earlier this week. Then I warmed up the chicken burger. (Goal for meals, is to use what I have and what I made).

For Dessert

Warmed up the last of the cinnamon rolls.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Restocking Pantry

This morning an order was made from whole foods market. I decided to buy for only this week, instead of thinking about next week. The goal is to use what I bought.

My meal plan is to use the meats that I already cooked and are now in the freezer, ready to be thawed and warmed up. This saves me time on the long days of being at the office. Having an autoimmune, being smart about cutting down time standing or waiting for food to be done is a definite goal.

Grocery List

  • broccoli florets
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • watermelon
  • cantaloup
  • spinach
  • romaine lettuce
  • mixed lettuce
  • vegan may
  • vegan ranch dressing-first time trying it
  • vegan cheese-for my tuna melt
  • popcorn
  • plantation chips
  • gluten free crackers
  • almond pudding-first time trying it
  • tomatoes
  • turnip-planning to roast veggies
  • carrots
  • asperagus
  • almond milk
  • bacon
  • potatoes
  • gluten free bagels
  • dairy free cream cheese
  • vegan butter

I think that was all…

Meal Planning for Breakfast

  • gluten free bagel and cream cheese with fruit
  • finish cinnamon muffin with fruit
  • fruit smoothie
  • egg and avocado with gluten free toast

Meal Planning for Dinner

  • Tuna melt with roasted veggies-asparagus and turnip and radishes
  • Finish BBQ chicken and rice-add a salad to it
  • Roman Lettuce-roasted, with side of roasted vegetables and potato with chives
  • Salad with chicken patties

Desserts

  • almond milk pudding
  • coconut milk pudding
  • gluten free brownies
  • mandarin orange

Breakfast

This morning, I was up early, just couldn’t sleep, but wanted to so badly.

I warmed up the cinnamon muffins in the toaster oven and made gluten free hot chocolate. Added watermelon and cantaloupe.

Dinner- Tuna Melt

Tonight dinner was made and it was delicious.

I cooked carrots, turnips, asparagus until tender. You can roast them. I chose to saute them. While the veggies are cooking, I warmed up the tuna from yesterday, mixed in vegan mayo.

I used Miyoko’s cheddar cheese. It is gluten free and dairy free. It is the best brand for cheeses and butter. It had me fooled it was the real thing.

On the side I included plantains chips. Gluten free as well.

I recommend this meal. It will fill you up and keep you warm.

Happy Day

Caroline

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BBQ Chicken Gluten Free Style

It’s another snowy day in the midwest. It is also another challenge of eating what I have in the freezer and pantry, before I shop at the grocery store. It is part of the simple living challenge and minimizing my life. And not holding onto things, for the “just in case.”

today’s meal is BBQ Chicken, gluten free style, which will be a early dinner, because I am starving!

Ingredients for BBQ chicken

  • chicken-I used chicken thights
  • vinegar
  • BBQ that is gluten free
  • ghee
  • olive oil-to spray in the crockpot pan
  • crockpot

Put a little olive oil on the pan, just to keep the chicken from sticking. Then add a few teaspoons of ghee, and pour a generous amount of BBQ over the chicken along with about a one tablespoon of vinegar to the chicken. cover and set the crockpot on high for 4 hours.

Shred the chicken and return to the crockpot for another 20 mins. I sometimes put the setting on warm for an hour until I am ready to eat.

I serve this with rice and a vegetable. Or I put it in my lettuce salad.

Happy Day

Caroline