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The Perfect Gluten-Free Lunch When You’re Over It

So I say to my husband, I’m tired of this. All I can figure out to eat anymore is a Flying Dutchman at In ‘N’ Out and nachos. Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those items, but my god, I’m not 20 anymore. It’s been crazy town around here and getting creative at dinner is becoming more difficult. Lunch? Forget it. My husband tells me to hit the showers and when I come out he commands that I sit down as he has something to show me. ‘Twas this -

That, my friends, is quinoa with almond roasted kale and a sunny-side up egg. I know because that man I’m married to made a big flourish, and demanded that I photograph this lovely lunch and post it on my blog. Big props to him, because I didn’t even know we had kale in the house. Almonds, of course, are everywhere.

While the greatest husband in the world did stop me from throwing in the towel for yet another day, I am getting really burned out on cooking for myself all the time since I can never, ever grab a sandwich for lunch. Plus, gluten-free bread is phhhhhpt, for the most part. And did I mention I’m over it? Yes, I’m enjoying creating sweets that are all g-free because that is the most important thing in the world. But I’m done with planning every gd meal. I swear after my biopsy in January I’m falling right off this wagon. Or not. Since my hot gastro doc has a way of scaring me straight.

Still, god bless that other hot man in my life for whipping up this delicious lunch. I do know how to pan roast the kale and toss in the almonds at the end (Heat 1 TB olive oil in pan, saute one clove of minced garlic until brown, throw in kale and cook until delicious. Throw almonds in at the last minute), and you know how to fry an egg and cook quinoa, right? I do believe there is a sprinkling of chives and mozzarella on top, for extra fun.

So if you’re at the end of your rope, meal-wise, try this. It’s good. Not Italian sub good, or grabbing a quick slice of pizza good, but still — damn good. Thanks dude.

Any good g-free lunch suggestions out there?

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Gluten-Free Pancakes: Lemon Ricotta Nom Nom

One of the first foods I got hysterical about when I got my celiac diagnosis was pancakes. In addition to the fact that they’re a weekend ritual around our pad, I had just perfected a specialty pancake that involved lemon and ricotta that I adapted from MyRecipes.com. Yes, it is RAD. That’s my daughter up there making them, because if (god forbid) something ever happened to my stirring arm, she was being trained to take over the lemon ricotta pancake duties.

So naturally one of my first moves during my Whole Foods shopping spree was to pick up some gluten free pancake mix. I tried a few, and they were okay. (One tip — add water a little bit at a time and test the texture. I found I didn’t need nearly as much water as they called for in either mix.) These mixes definitely do in a pinch, but when I really wanted to get my pancake on I decided to throw some Bob Mill’s all-purpose gluten free flour in there along with that crazy xanthan gum. Voila! My super duper pancakes are back in rotation!

Here’s how you can impress your GF friends with an amazing ‘cake for breakfast (or if you’re not sensitive, just sub regular flour and skip the xanathan gum.) Continue reading

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Supermarket Sweep at Whole Foods

I’ll admit that after my initial diagnosis I wasn’t really taking this gluten-free thing that seriously. I had already decided that every third Friday was “Gluten Gorge Friday” and a cupcake from Magnolia every now and again wouldn’t kill me. Then I had my sit down with my GI doctor where he scared me straight. See, I’m incredibly lucky that I — unlike many celiac disease peeps — was only sick for about three months before getting my diagnosis. And I started to feel better even before my diagnosis, and abrupt change to my diet. Sure I lost a weird amount of weight in those three months, and I was a total mess of a girl, but after coming out on the other side I quickly forgot the pain that pasta could bring. Then the doc showed me my non-existent villi in my small intestine and started throwing around words like, “diabetes” “osteoporosis” “stroke” and the dreaded “cancer.” Which prompted me to go to Whole Foods and come home with this: Continue reading

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