Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just Me – Gluten Free

 

As I was commuting home tonight, I sat a stoplight waiting and I glanced in my rear view mirror. Just at that moment, the lady behind me was CHOWING DOWN on a slice of pizza. Typically I would have felt a pang of jealously; I wish I could grab a quick slice. But not tonight.

Tonight I just felt happy. I had just left Whole Foods, where I offered a new gluten free gal and her mom some advice in the frozen section, and had just gotten recognized for my blog in the produce department. Gluten Hates Me, and you know what, I hate gluten too.

And I don’t need gluten. On the rest of my drive home I reflected on how much being gluten free has became part of my identity. I eat gluten free; I write about being gluten free; I help new gluten free folks; I create gluten free recipes. Being gluten free has made me a stronger person, both mentally and physically. I feel like I’m finally getting to a point where I don’t envy those that are able to eat and digest gluten; I’m just happy being me!

And…it doesn’t hurt that Parrish made an amazing supper last night, sans gluten!thursdays_steak

Arugula Salad with fresh sliced tomato and fontina cheese on the side of:

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a super steak sandwich! Which I’m calling Save Your Calories Steak Sammie

I literally saved over my half my calories for the day so that I could enjoy this tasty dish for supper, complete with Against the Grain Gourmet gluten free baguette. On that toasted bun is sliced sirloin steak, havarti cheese, caramelized onion, and a dab of horseradish sauce.

This sandwich has Chef Parrish written all over it! The side dish was my addition :)

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Arugula is da best!! Peppery :)

It was a really good supper, and totally worth the occasional (once a year) calorie splurge. Remember the last time I splurged my calories? Are you beginning to see why I cook most nights? :) Parrish is an amazing chef, but calorie conscience he is not! I think we balance each other out that way.

Know what was even better than that supper?

My breakfast today!

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Oats

In the mix: 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats, 1/2 tbsp. Chia Powder, and two strawberries sliced and whipped. Topped with one tbsp. Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, a sprinkling of Kinnikinnick gluten free graham crackers, and a whole strawberry.

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This may have been better than the strawberry cheesecake oats, I kid you not!! It’s hard to believe that not even two weeks ago I was in a breakfast rut. I’m realizing with oats, it’s all about the toppings!

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T-minus 24 hours until my bachelorette weekend!!!!!!!!!!! If you follow me on twitter, then get ready for plenty of pictures of all the fun!! I’m going to try to post while I’m in Wilmington, but…we’ll see :)

6 comments:

camper said...

YUM! I'm not a huge oats fan but between the chocolate and the cheesecake you make them look good. I'm also at the point where I'm happy to be gluten free. My younger sis lives in Greenville, SC and is just goinging GF. I love sending her new products and having her love them too. I feel like I'm saving her from wading through all the bad stuff. Enjoy your weekend with your girls!

Theresa said...

I love that camaraderie ya feel when chatting to someone in the gluten free isle, it's as if we are in a G-free army, discussing ways to take out the enemy - one meal at a time. That's what I feel like anyway...
That's so cool that you were recognized for your blog, go you! :)

Marlow said...

Camper- My hometown is about 30 minutes from Greenville, SC!! Small world :)

Theresa- Totally a G-Free army!! Love it :)

Kathleen said...

I just bought that same brand of baguette the other day! Can't wait to try it.

Betsy said...

Amen! I feel the same. Gluten free is my life, embrace it. Why get all hung up on something you'll never ever have?!

Looooove the strawberry oats recipe! I heart PB&Co. chocolate pb, never thought to mix it in oatmeal! genius!! :)

Maxine-TastyBite said...

Your gluten-free meals look absolutely delicious! It's really hard when one finds out he/she's gluten intolerant or allergic and it's definitely a big adjustment. Luckily there are so many blogs and cookbooks out there today to help with this process. For you gluten-freebies, might I suggest the brand Tasty Bite. Here at Tasty Bite we have preservative-free, all natural, ready-made meals, most of which are gluten-free. They're great for quick lunches, if you need to whip up a quick dinner, if you're camping, for road trips, etc. Here's the website: www.tastybite.com if you're curious! We'd love to hear your feedback! :)