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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 she’s 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 haven’t eaten meat in forever, my body can’t handle dairy (except for yogurt) and the more I read about (unfermented) soy I’d rather stay away. So basically, I’m incredibly difficult when it comes to food!

I have been getting cookbooks from the library so I can plan out a week’s worth of meals with whole foods that take into account my food intolerances and preferences. It hasn’t been easy, but here’s what I have so far to try this next week (which would have been this week if I hadn’t 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 Café 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 doesn’t 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, there’s no excuse!

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

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    I really liked the pico de gallo you made. I keep putting it on everything, even my scrabbled eggs.
    2751 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    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!
    2756 days ago
    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
    2756 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    Yup! At least that's what the blood tests show. Haven't had a biopsy yet, which I believe is the next step.
    2758 days ago
    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.
    2758 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/5/2010 1:34:30 PM
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