So tis the season of …. Snow. Seems like during the extreme cold, I like pasta, in any form. My husband and I went to Julie’s Pizzeria in Springville and I was not sure that they carried gluten free pasta…. HAPPY DANCE’ they do indeed and I could order almost all of their pasta dishes gluten free. So I choice Alfredo sauce with pasta…. It was great! I did miss having the bread that you usual get, but I can learn to adjust there.
So since it is cold and the snow is still falling I thought I would try the Rice mac and cheese I bought by Amy’s brand. I packed it up with an orange and my lunch was set. The next day where I volunteer it was lunch time and I was eager to try my new pasta. The instructions for microwaving was in for 3 minutes, stir, in for another 2 minutes, stir, and let set for 1 minute before eating. Well, in for 3 was more than enough heating for this for me, I stirred it and went to put it back in, and decided it was way to hot as it was. I let it sit for a minute and then longer as it was too hot to even attempt to eat. But it was very tasty indeed!
My herbalist sent me some information regarding gluten free and some of the foods that you should eat … looking over the list for veggies of week one going gluten free, was most of the veggies I like anyway. Carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, my absolutely favorite Veggies… well it is right up there with avocadoes which is also on the list, Bell Peppers and Spinach!!! Woohooo glad they are on the list. Then onto the meats, eggs, easy, bacon, chicken… more of less all meats that I have in my freezer. Fruits, all that I like were on the list as well, I have been on a raisin and orange kick lately anyway, and both are on the first week list. One thing I do need to add to my diet and food list is fermented food. I do like yogurts and sauerkrauts, pickles and such , but just never seem to eat them a lot, just off and on. As I read the list for week to week (Practical Paleo 2nd edition) I am finding that I am eating a lot of the foods on the list already, so do not need to change much. But it is nice to know that there is a book and a list already created that you can print and use as a shopping list, along gluten free items that you might want to get for your house, such as peanut butter, bread, mixes, soups.
I also have recipes for spice blends, my next thing I am doing and leaving on my shelves in my cabinets a savory spice blend… makes about 6 tablespoons worth, ok, I have a jar that will fit in. To make it, you add 2 tablespoons of Rosemary-Sage Salt, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, ½ tablespoon paprika, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Mix and store. I am wondering if I can used my dried garlic and dried onions if I did it, but for now, will mix this up, store in my cabinet for seasoning. Now I am thinking I can create my own mixes as well and leave in my cabinets, I dried onions this summer and tomatoes so I have them already, and they are really easy to do. I did find out if you dry them to long they turn into powder, so that mistake was a discovery that might now be useful. Mmmm wonder if I can dry garlic and onions mixed up on the tray together as well. Now that is something to think about, just creating my own seasons . Ok, got to research that as well. I will keep you posted on that.
Now time for me to sit down and have a cup of coffee and my coffee creamer I make with 1 pint of heavy cream, and 1 can of condensed milk, mixed together. Gluten free, and sure is nice for a afternoon delight!