Sep 062014

Our menu this week is a nice mix of old favorites and new recipes. I am pretty creative in the kitchen and don’t always need a recipe to fall back on but absolutely enjoy trying new things and over time taking a recipe and making my own little edits to come up with something that suits us.

I am not the pickiest eater ever but I do have a few things on my NO list and today I added another. Cod. UGH! Fresh tuna is my favorite fish, salmon and steelhead trout tie a close second, after that I can tolerate tilapia, and of course catfish with a crispy cornmeal crust holds a special place in my heart. And then there is fresh crab. Mmmm. Red Rock and Dungeness are my favorites but I also enjoy Alaskan King. I’ve only tried lobster once, squid twice, and definitely love shrimp!

The point is I was expecting to enjoy cod. Unfortunately I didn’t. One bite was enough to turn my stomach and the four I took after that just made things worse. Luckily Nick enjoyed the meal and will eat the leftovers but the house reeks and my head hurts. When he’s not looking I may chuck it all, Tupperware included.

With that rant out of the way… let’s get on the menu! Everything this week is naturally gluten free, I think. If it isn’t I will obviously modify it so it is.

Hearty & Healthy Beef Stew with Zucchini Noodles
Shrimp Avocado Salad with Spinach & Apple Noodle Salad
Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli with Butternut Squash Rice
Crockpot Taco Soup
Buffalo Chicken & Potato Skillet
Chili Roasted Cod with Zucchini Ribbons
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins with Garlic Snap Peas
Chex “Fried” Baked Chicken with Roasted Cabbage
Tiramisu Protein Pancakes with Fruit Salad

Obviously I am getting a lot of use out of my newest kitchen toy, the Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer. We’ve had it a little over a week and have used it almost every other day.

 Posted by at 8:01 am
Aug 232014

We’ve eaten a lot of the same food the past month or so due to money. Lots of simple stuff like salmon, chicken, and potatoes. This week we are better off and you can really see the difference in our menu. Nick is on board with me now and we are branching out to try new things. I will let you know the verdict on how they come out!  Another change we are making is replacing sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.


Beef Stirfry + Rice
Shrimp Tacos
Turkey Muffins
Banana Pancakes
Zucchini Boat Enchiladas
Bacon + Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder
Crispy Baked Chicken + Asparagus
Spinach Salad w/Salmon + Berries
Broccoli + Egg Muffins

Overnight Oats
Granola Bars
Baked Potatoes

 Posted by at 1:16 pm
May 172014

When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005 I lived with my parents and sister and then went on to hop from state to state living with friends, going to college, getting married/divorced, and once again having roommates. It was difficult to keep up with a gluten free diet while living with people who didn’t eat the same way I did. Interestingly enough my college roommate and a friend I lived with in Wisconsin have both been diagnosed with Celiac Disease since we lived together.

When I decided to move in with Nick we talked a lot about my diet and the way a simple crumb could make me sick. He has been incredibly understanding and supportive and if he gets annoyed he does a good job of hiding it. We both love to cook but since I am waiting for my new job to start in June I’ve taken over the majority of housework and cooking since he works full time and I need something to keep me busy.

To make grocery shopping easier I made a menu for the week and wanted to share it with you. Most of the time I gravitate to naturally gluten free meals to avoid the hassle of replacements and baking but this week I went ahead and bought pasta, bread mix, and brownie mix.

Breakfast & Lunches:
Eggs, fried/baked potatoes, cereal, banana pancakes, granola, sliced bell peppers/carrots/sugar snap peas, yogurt and fruit.

Banana Pancakes & Sausage
Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce
Baked Chicken & Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sausage w/Peppers & Onions
Bunless Hamburgers & Baked French Fries
Teriyaki Stirfry w/Maifun

Brownies with ice cream and hot fudge sauce.

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Jun 142013

I burned 1,428 calories today. Which I used to have small, but amazing late birthday celebration at the river followed by baby back ribs, baked potatoes, and brussel sprouts. Turning 29 was fun, I was spoiled (my family is extremely low key with birthdays). My parents bought me a scarf, a trivet, paint brushes (yay!), and a butterfly decoration for my car. My sister is sending a new case for my iPhone, and my Grandparents always send money – which I used to buy the dress in my last post. Of course I got myself presents too, mainly my computer and a gym membership.

After we went swimming today I headed to my new gym and got everything set up. Then I ran for the first time in over a week. I’ve been so scared of getting dizzy that I just stopped trying. With some encouragement I was able to at least get on the treadmill… which of course is easier, so I ran harder and I am feeling it now! I tried out the elliptical and the stationary bike and hope to give the other machines a chance later on. This gym is open 24 hours (a rarity in our tiny community) and far from fancy, but it has the tools to get the job done. It’s right on my way to and from work, so my plan is to utilize it on my way home on work days, and then use the road on the days I have off.
It’s time to pack lunches and I am SO tired of the monotony of what I pack. Always leftovers, veggies, and salad. This week I am trying to break it up a little. Here is what I’m packing, keep in mind I eat all three daily meals at work…
Chili & Garlic Salmon with capri vegetables
Broccoli, sugar snap peas, and cheese.
Spinach and balsamic strawberry salad.
Mashed sweet potato
Lemon or Peach Greek Yogurt
Sun Tea
Hopefully the variety will keep me interested and out of the cafeteria, where I tend to make bad choices. Next week (or maybe the week after) I plan to use a meal plan from Happy Herbivore. It’s plant based and gluten free which makes it easy to stick to the type of diet I tend to function best on. I will probably keep eating yogurt (I hate soy yogurt), honey, fish, and very occasionally meat or dairy. I bought a month subscription though, so I am going to try and stick to what I paid for.
Have a great weekend!
 Posted by at 5:54 am
Oct 082012

It’s been a great week for food. I spent $175 of my own money, an additional $50 from a friend who had borrowed money from me, and a bag of gluten free and organic goodies from my parents.

I’ve had a green smoothie every day, and enjoyed opening the fridge, only to have things fall out because it’s so full.

Right now I have a roast in the crockpot, beans in the Dutch oven, and rice in the pressure cooker. Lunches are going to be great this week!! There is homemade hummus, chayote squash, bell peppers, salad, and apples ready to pack into my lunch bag.

For dinner I had a piece of gf bread with almond butter, a smoothie, and ginger tea. It’s a far cry from what I was eating when I moved in to the RV last November. I feasted on canned spinach, hot dogs, and broth packets… There were days I had to eat at work before coming home because I knew there was nothing here.

Slowly my cupboards have filled up with staples, my freezer has extra in it, and I am taking an entire days worth of meals to work with me. Switching to nights has forced me to start thinking about what I put in my body. 12 hour shifts means I eat the majority of my days calories at work. Some days I might have a small snack at home before and after my shift, but typically not.

So now I’m gluten free again, why I ever stopped eating that way boogles me. I was diagnosed with celiac disease years ago, and did very well for a long time… And then stopped

I feel much better after just a month!

 Posted by at 2:27 am