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There's more to life than beans and rice...

Friday, November 05, 2010

...but I think they are tasty. Especially with pico de gallo. emoticon


Hello! I wanted to let you all know how I have been progressing on this gluten-free stuff.

First off though, I have been lying around on the couch for the past two days with a temperature of 103. I could sometimes make it move down to 101, but it kept jumping back up. I turned to my best friend for advice. (Having a bit of trouble with my health insurance right now!) She has been sick so much she could practically be a doctor besides the fact that sheís like a walking pharmacy! Following her orders I have successfully kept my temp down to its usual 97 degrees for about 12 hours now.

I sadly must admit that I have still been eating too many frozen dinners in lieu of finding meals that are gluten-free, meat-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. (Oh yeah, and try finding recipes that take those things into consideration that DON'T include mushrooms, squash or coconut. YUCK!) I havenít eaten meat in forever, my body canít handle dairy (except for yogurt) and the more I read about (unfermented) soy Iíd rather stay away. So basically, Iím incredibly difficult when it comes to food!

I have been getting cookbooks from the library so I can plan out a weekís worth of meals with whole foods that take into account my food intolerances and preferences. It hasnít been easy, but hereís what I have so far to try this next week (which would have been this week if I hadnít gotten sick!)

Black Bean Burgers (I know I used to make these, but the recipe will have been revamped to be gluten-free)

Pumpkin Enchiladas (homemade enchilada sauce and CORN tortillas)

Protein Potatoes (basically mashed potatoes with a few surprises)

Avocado Bean Salad

and Yam and Bean Burritos.

But all this talk is boring, so here is some food that already meets my requirements!

This is a bowl at the Laughing Planet Cafť in Portland aptly named the Steamed Rice, Beans, and Veggies bowl.



I know it looks like a big pile of vegetables, but there are pinto beans and brown rice under there too, really!

The tomatillo salsa really kicks the flavors up a notch. Oh and the pico de gallo doesnít hurt ;)



Yay something I can eat!



But I thought about it and this would SUPER simple to make at home. So I made up some pico de gallo, which I was super lazy about and will definitely be chopping finer next time.



I reheated some pre-made brown rice and pinto beans.



And topped everything with steamed broccoli and carrots.



I think I am making this (blank)-free cooking too hard on myself! But sometimes it just seems easier to grab a can of



And dump it into a bowl.



By the way, if you do happen to do this and realize that there is more liquid than you would like, please use a strainer! Otherwise you will be annoyed like I was when I dumped a good quarter of it in the sink. Trust me, you can clean a strainer. And if you have a dishwasher like I do, thereís no excuse!

Keep well everyone and if you do get sick follow your doctorís (or trusted friendís) advice, if you know they know what they are talking about!

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AUBREYINGMAN 11/13/2010 12:43AM

    I really liked the pico de gallo you made. I keep putting it on everything, even my scrabbled eggs.

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DNJEN471 11/7/2010 5:01PM

    One of my fav recipies is simple: One cup cooked brown rice, 1 can black beans, 1 can corn and 1 small jar of salsa. Mix it together and whallah! Easy and tasty!

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BANKER-CHUCK 11/7/2010 2:01AM

    I love Beans!!! I love making my own salsa especially Pico de Gallo. I grow my own chili peppers that are really hot. (Fresh tobasco peppers) Now I am hungry, so I am going to boil some beans!! emoticon

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*AMBER512 11/5/2010 1:37PM

    Yup! At least that's what the blood tests show. Haven't had a biopsy yet, which I believe is the next step.

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BSTELLING 11/5/2010 1:32PM

    I'm on a strict veg diet without any dairy, meat, eggs, etc. Noticed that you have celiac disease so no gluten. That must be really hard. I would really miss my WW bread for a start. Best of luck to you.

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