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Gluten Free Rice Noodles with Salmon and a Salad

This is a gluten free dairy free and soy free meal. It is a meal for autoimmune.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free Rice noodles
  • Sesame oil
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green onion
  • Black olives
  • Lemon basil dressing
  • Watermelon
  • Cantelop

Boil 3 tbsp water with sesame oil. Add the Rice noodles to the boiling water, cover and cook for 3 minutes. The noodles will break apart. Turn off the heat. Add cilantro and lime juice when it is finished

While the noodles and salmon cooks, make a salad.

Combine the noodles and salmon on a plate add watermelon and cantelop for a side along with the salad.

For the Drink

Ice water

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

autoimmune · gluten free · mindfulness · simple life

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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Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • Frozen butternut
  • Frozen Carrots-I used a half bag
  • Frozen diced Onions-I used about 1/4 cup
  • One sweet potato- diced
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bone broth or vegetable broth

Put all ingredients in crockpot on high for 3-4 hrs. Then let it cool. Use an immersion blender to make it smooth.

Some recipes call for sweet apples. I did not have any. It is snowing today and I just didn’t want to go to the store. So I skipped the apples for the soup.

I was not a fan of this soup. I will not make this again. I prefer the butternut squash soup from Organic Imagine brand. It is gluten free as well. It is at Whole Foods Market and Amazon. I also found it at my local grocery store.

https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-Organic-Creamy-Butternut-Squash/dp/B004SIA4BK/ref=mp_s_a_1_4_0o_wf?crid=B8X674QCU0UA&keywords=organic+imagine+butternut+squash+soup&qid=1642973097&sprefix=organic+imagine+bu%2Caps%2C112&sr=8-4

It might be a fail to my taste buds, but I’m really understanding what I prefer to make and store in my freezer and pantry. So that is a WIN!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Intuitive Painting

Evening Routine

This evening I found myself painting. It was not planned. Earlier in the day, I was consumed with watercoloring, cross stitching and knitting.

I wanted to do yoga tonight. The past few weeks my house was being updated in the kitchen and bathroom. Last week I finished the minor parts, painting my closet door and doing touch ups and painting my bathroom.

I not only stopped yoga and my artwork for awhile, I also had a set back in my diet.

I have to eat gluten free and dairy free and soy free. I have an autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis. I made a dish with cheese in it. Evidently I can not go back to eating dairy.

My stomach is bloated, gassy and felt nauseous. All side effects of dairy intolerance. I have not tried to eat anything with gluten in it. At this point I will not be trying any.

Yoga to the rescue. I did a yin yoga to hold the poses longer. Afterwards, I had this desire to sit at my art table again. I began

painting…

Acrylic Painting/ Intuitive Painting

Earlier in the day I painted these fruits in watercolor.

My Art Expression

If you follow my art, I tend to put a little abstract flare to it with some retro vibe. You can follow me on Instagram and on my Etsy shop.

I’m now laying down and need to go to sleep. I have a client early tomorrow and need to get up early.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

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Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

autoimmune · etsy · rheumatoid arthritis

Gluten free chicken meatballs

Something new to post A new recipe at 4pawsartstudio….

Since I began the gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lifestyle it’s been slightly challenging to make some changes.

For instance, dairy free sour cream yuck, but Kite Hill is the best one.

Dairy free cream cheese, I’m still looking.

Bread? Everyone on gluten free diet knows bread is irreplaceable. Canyon is the best and can be found at target and whole foods. But there’s others that can be bought through their website which I have not tried. But heard they have less sugar and more healthier and actually tastes like bread.

Back to the gluten free, dairy free chicken meatballs..

I used a recipe from Pinterest and converted it to gluten free and dairy free products.

Here’s the recipe

1 pound ground chicken-or turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1/2 cup dairy free parmesan

2 tablestoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

additional seasoning-Italian seasoning

combine all ingredients and mix together. Roll into small balls. I made this in a crockpot. Put the setting on high, spray crockpot with olive oil, add dairy free butter to the bottom of the pan-a few small slices, add about 1 tablespoon of water to the crockpot before placing the meatballs in it. Cook for about 3 hours. stir halfway through to prevent from burning and sticking, may need to add additional water to the crockpot.

I made a salad with these meatballs. I do not care for gluten free pasta. Having an Autoimmune illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I need to eat mostly anything that will help flush out the fluid my body retains.

Salad recipe:

green leaf lettuce

mixed salad greens

dandelion

green onion

apple cut in cubes

lemon salad dressing

mix together and enjoy

Reminder: 4pawsartstudio has art and knitting products for sale on Etsy.

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline