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

Monday, April 04, 2011

Hey! I hope youíve all been doing well.

My camera and my computer are still fighting, so Iím 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 Iíll 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, Iíd probably eat it every night until I felt like Iíd scream if I ever saw it again. I swear the only reason Iím on this side of sane is because of that patient husband of mine.

The original recipe is delicious and can be found here:

But I was having some problems the days after Iíd 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 doesnít like raw onions (darn heartburn) but I thought cooked was okay. Apparently I was wrong!

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

This was some interesting stuff. It didnít quite taste like cheddar, but it wasnít bad. Although the taste did kind of remind me of years ago when I tried Velveeta. Or maybe itís those American cheese slices Iím remembering. Iím 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 didnít spread out as much as Iím used to (see the top picture).

So it didnít 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 wasnít as tasty, I think Iím 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 donít 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.

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

Like these delicious almond bars:

Which are so tasty, but keep irritating my stomach. emoticon Well sometimes they do sometimes they donítÖ.? Maybe Iíll have just one?

Apparently the answer is ďsometimes.Ē Well if you want to make them, blend up 3 oz almonds, 3.5 oz dates and Ĺ 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, Iíd love to know about them!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BEACH_BOUND120 4/10/2011 10:38AM

    That looks really good! thanks for the idea!

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BILBY4 4/6/2011 10:06PM

    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').

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DNJEN471 4/6/2011 4:52PM

    I'm making that tonight for dinner! Love it!

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MDTWEETY 4/5/2011 5:46PM

    Sounds like a great combination to me! Haha! That casserole really is delish! :)

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AUBREYINGMAN 4/5/2011 2:31AM

    I am just glad that you can find a meal you enjoy so much.

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BILBY4 4/5/2011 1:05AM

    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.

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DS9KIE 4/4/2011 6:06PM

    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

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MELLABELLAS 4/4/2011 4:44PM

    YUM! emoticon

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JUNEBUGABEE 4/4/2011 3:13PM

    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!

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*AMBER512 4/4/2011 2:46PM

    Oh! Making my own corn tortillas will have to be my next experiment. Maybe it has been them this entire time!

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    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.

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    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.

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