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Almond Bars, Guacamole, Black Bean Casserole. Combine at own risk ;)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Hey! I hope you’ve all been doing well.

My camera and my computer are still fighting, so I’m wondering if I needed to take a break from all of my dessert recipes. I have no idea what that has to do with my technical difficulties, but I’ll go with it.

My favorite recipe is black bean casserole. I ate it for dinner last night, I plan on eating it for dinner tonight, and if Aubrey let me, I’d probably eat it every night until I felt like I’d scream if I ever saw it again. I swear the only reason I’m on this side of sane is because of that patient husband of mine.

The original recipe is delicious and can be found here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

But I was having some problems the days after I’d eat it, so I have been playing around with the recipe. I have been substituting more bell pepper in for the onions. If you can handle the onions, I say keep them because they are delicious. But cutting them out really improved my digestion. I already knew my body doesn’t like raw onions (darn heartburn) but I thought cooked was okay. Apparently I was wrong!

The other problem has been the cheese. While I’m not fully lactose intolerant, as I can certainly handle Greek yogurt, my body isn’t a huge fan of the cheese portion. So I decided to try the recipe with some vegan cheese.

This was some interesting stuff. It didn’t quite taste like cheddar, but it wasn’t bad. Although the taste did kind of remind me of years ago when I tried Velveeta. Or maybe it’s those American cheese slices I’m remembering. I’m not sure, it was different.

I put the usual amount on and it looked like I had sufficient covering.

But while it did melt, it definitely didn’t spread out as much as I’m used to (see the top picture).

So it didn’t quite hold together as much as I would have liked. The verdict? I still had problems the next day, but just not as many. But since the vegan cheese costs twice as much as the regular, and wasn’t as tasty, I think I’m just going to stick with my usual cheese.

Not everything in life can be perfect! Especially my stomach apparently.

But I can always try new things like topping my casserole with guacamole instead of sour cream. I saw the idea to add cucumber to guacamole for a clean, fresh taste. Sounded interesting, why not give it a try?

I grabbed a ripe avocado.

This one ended up being just right. I don’t know how I managed that! It seems to be the luck of the draw. I blended it up with lemon juice before stirring in salt, pepper, garlic, and cilantro.

Then I finely chopped up a large cucumber.

And stirred that into the mix. It definitely tastes different than regular guacamole, but tasty in its own right.

I’m starting to feel like the only person in the world with a slew of food intolerances, although I know I’m certainly not alone.

Like these delicious almond bars:

Which are so tasty, but keep irritating my stomach. emoticon Well sometimes they do sometimes they don’t….? Maybe I’ll have just one?

Apparently the answer is “sometimes.” Well if you want to make them, blend up 3 oz almonds, 3.5 oz dates and ½ tsp of vanilla. Form into the shape you want, let them refrigerate and harden before cutting into slices.

Do you have any food intolerances? Allergies? And as always, if you have any new recipes to share, I’d love to know about them!
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    That looks really good! thanks for the idea!
    2537 days ago
  • BILBY4
    Hmmm, what else have I tried in those bars? Sunflower seeds. Chia seeds (help to make them very solid). Buckwheat (needs to be cooked or sprouted first or it's kind of 'chalky').
    2541 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    I'm making that tonight for dinner! Love it!
    2541 days ago
    Sounds like a great combination to me! Haha! That casserole really is delish! :)
    2542 days ago
    I am just glad that you can find a meal you enjoy so much.
    2543 days ago
  • BILBY4
    If almonds are a problem just use other nuts. I make something similar to your bars and usually use walnuts. One used macadamias. It works.
    2543 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    My friend is allergic to soy, dairy, peanuts, lentils, tomatoes. Soy is the worst then peanuts. And there is soy in everything.

    So what are you allergic to?(I think wheat was one and some dairy)

    Your recipes sound yummy
    2543 days ago
    YUM! emoticon
    2543 days ago
    I can commmmpletely relate to feeling like there just might be nothing I can eat and feel normal anymore emoticon

    I really hope that's not true, but it's a long road to figuring out what's "safe" and what's not. There are those days where I long for normalcy--- being able to be out and just choose whatever sounds good on the menu... but we will soldier on.

    Your recipes look really good- I want to make those almond bars, stat!
    2543 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    Oh! Making my own corn tortillas will have to be my next experiment. Maybe it has been them this entire time!
    2543 days ago
    I make my own corn and flour tortillas because of the same thing. I am finding that I can almost instantly tell if a product has gluten in it just by how I feel after taking that first bite. I just wish I could trust the labels so I didn't have to suffer through the problems from consuming gluten.
    2543 days ago
    I'm envious of your perfect avocado!! I am with you, stick with your regular cheese. I make my own corn tortillas now, I stopped using store bought because I couldn't prove that they weren't made on a machine that processed wheat.
    2543 days ago
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