Monthly Archives: March 2012

Quinoa Tortillas!!!

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WOW… I have been searching for any kind of tortilla that is wheat, rice, sugar, and yeast-free… Well I found it!

…err, Okay I made it! (after finding a recipe here… I changed it up a little bit. My changes are in the recipe below)

Into the bowl went Quinoa Flour, Psyllium Husk Powder, Salt, Grapeseed Oil, and Warm water…

Quinoa Floured Surface and rolling pin

3 of the tortillas (I refrigerated the last three balls as I am sure they are better fresh)

Topped with ground chicken, blackbeans, zucchini, spinach, onions, tomatoes, and a bit of spices. Oh, and a dollop of pureed avocado with some lime mixed in.

It was AMAZING! It was nice to finally have mexican night with the family!

 

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My Packages arrived!

I had an exciting Package week!

My www.iherb.com order come in, which included some special goodies…

Flavoured Stevia Drops (less than $10 each, Nutter's locally wants $18.99 per bottle!) Great for flavouring sparkling water!!

Amazing tasting Freeze Dried Crunchies (Fruit) --the blueberries and raspberries are whole and so addictive!!

Raw Cocoa Powder & Raw Cocoa Butter to make my own sugar-free chocolate :)

Stevita Sample Pack Freebie - I have only tried the gum, sadly the flavour does not last long :(

 

Right now iherb.com is having a promotion that if you spend over $60 you get $10 off instead of the usual $5 off first orders! Plus international shipping (to Canada is now greatly reduced!)

My new Kitchenaid pasta maker came in too!  YAY!

Being on a diet without wheat and rice, it makes it a little difficult to make meals that my whole family will love, and hopefully this will help!  The day I received the pasta maker in the mail, I decided to make some quinoa spaghetti.  Pasta Recipe I used can be found here. (If you are grinding your own quinoa for flour, make sure you get it as fine as possible so it does not clog the extruder openings)

Check out all the different plates you can use to make different shaped pasta! :)

It is the least fancy noodle shape plate in the pasta maker… and I figured it would be a great place to start!

Turned out surprisingly well with the Quinoa Dough!!

Cooked nicely and kept it's shape without breaking!!

It was a hit with the whole FAMILY!  My Picky Hubby and the boys all said it was already worth every penny!  Pretty good for only one meal made with it I say! ;)

Do you use any Stevia products? Would you recommend any?  —I have to say grape is my favourite Stevia flavoured drops in sparkling water!  

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Homemade Yogurt :)

Wow… I am feeling a TON better!  I have really been focusing on what I can eat verses what I can’t!   One thing I can eat is plain yogurt, and since I have been going through it quite quickly, and I buy my greek yogurt for $3.99/ 500ml ($3.50 at Costco) container I figured I would try one of the homemade versions!

It was actually really easy!

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with active cultures. (I just used my plain Liberte 0% as a starter) It cannot have added sugar, or gelatin!
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk powder

Procedure:

Step 1: Put 8 cups of milk in the slow cooker and turn it on the lowest setting, and place a timer for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Then go about your day… and wait :)

Step 2: Once the 2.5 hours are done turn off the slow cooker and unplug, then set timer for 3 hours. Walk away! :) See I told you it was easy! After 2 hours, place candy thermometer in the milk, and check the temperature.  You want the temperature between 110’F and 120’F.

Step 3: Once the milk has cooled to above temperature, remove 2 cups of the milk and add the skim milk powder and the plain yogurt to it.  Stir together till fully mixed, then add it back into the slow cooker.

Step 4: Wrap the slow cooker in a warm blanket, or towels (I used three towels) and set the timer for 8 hours, and once again… walk away.

Step 5: After the 8 hours you have yogurt!  Scoop it into cleaned out mason jars or reuseable containers and place in the refrigerator.

Step 6: Optional, Place some cheese cloth or some clean linens over a bowl and secure it with an elastic Place yogurt on the cheese cloth and cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to make thicker greek yogurt, or yogurt cheese. :)

In total I made 2L of yogurt, for approx $5.50 (small town high-priced milk plus approx $1 worth of yogurt and milk powder, and some time… )

One of my favourite treats right now is a little yogurt mixed with some unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla stevia, topped with berries! YUM! It honestly tastes like a satisfying dessert…

Now if I could only find a good salty snack alternative… I am still waiting to hear back if I can have popcorn… as some anti-candida diets allow it, but mine does not say if it’s permitted. BOO!

[Disclaimer: I am not a scientist, I just combined a few recipes for slow cooker homemade yogurt, following the temperature directions given.  Most important part for safety is to keep the yogurt incubating at a consistent temperature and to not leave it out too long. ]

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Week and a half down, Five to go!

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I made it through the week!  Whoo Hoo!  There were some trying times, and some VERY trying times! lol

Wednesday I had really, really bad headaches, and felt nauseous.  I may have had the flu… or it may have been a detox flu.  Regardless the world was spinning, and I was not feeling it!

Back in the day when I felt nauseous I would have toast, but on this diet toast isn’t allowed.  So the next day when I was feeling a little better I decided I had to look into some recipes for bread-like items that I can eat. I found a Paleo Bread recipe, and substituted the honey for stevia.  Paleo Bread with Stevia instead of Honey

It isn’t my favourite recipe, I could taste the baking powder.  So my search will continue…

One a good note, I am down 6lbs from last week!!  YAY Me!  That’s the one thing about this  Yeast Eliminating Diet that I like… weight should be easier to lose by eating this way!!

I actually am feeling a lot better about the plan now.  I am settling in with the options open to me and have found a few websites that has some recipes that I can make and enjoy.

Some of my eats this week included:

Mini Turkey Meatloaf with Cauliflower Mash and Veggies

Which I turned into This…

Turkey Shepards Pie with Cauliflower Mash top :)

[Note family’s version behind. They had regular mashed potatoes the night before so I cooked them up some beef and other veggies for their Shepard’s pie]

Parfait of Quinoa Flakes, Chia Seeds, Greek Yogurt, and Green Apple and Cinnamon with Stevia to sweeten

 

So you can see this diet isn’t all that bad!  I am able to Eat Clean foods that taste good, and still stay on the Plan!

I feel like I am finally over the hump, and am able to focus truly on what I can eat instead of what I can’t!  The weight is coming off as a nice side effect, if only my foot wasn’t killing me so I could go to bootcamp, and I could really make a difference in my weigh ins! Seeing as my ACL reconstruction is a month away I need it to heal as it will be my supporting foot :(  Oh well the bike is my friend too!

Any blogs, recipes, or books you would recommend  regarding my plan?   —Leave Comment Below…

 

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Day 2 on Phase 1…

Well I have survived!

A bit of a headache from noon on… but I persevered! –That sounds corny, but my kids say that all the time… They have a great Expect Respect program at school that teaches them such great words, and their meanings!  Honestly, I probably would have traded my watch or wedding ring for a cup of coffee today.  I have to say that has been the worst part so far. :(

I didn’t follow the meal plan too much today… although I didn’t off the phase one plan with the straying!

My Plan————–>My Actual

Smoothie——–>Smoothie

Raw Coconut Cookie—->nothing, not hungry as I had smoothie late

Quinoa, Chicken, Bean & veggie bowl—–>Spinach, Black bean crema, Chicken, avocado, and Fresh Salsa

Greek Yogurt,Berries+ Puffed Millet——> Meyer Lemon, and 6 Almonds

Salmon and Veggies—-> Greek yogurt w/protein powder, topped with Strawberries + puffed millet

Kale Chips—-> One-Minute Blueberry Flax Muffin minus the cinnamon but added some organic lemon flavouring… AMAZING!!

Food-wise I was very satisfied, and thankful that I had already ate this way occasionally so it hasn’t been so much of a shock!! Plus I am logging my Foods on MFP, and surprisingly with all the food I have eaten I am still around 1200 Cals today!

Calories 1,084 Carbs 75g Fat 40g Protein 115g Fiber 26g
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Day 1 of Phase 1

After enjoying a handful of supplements, and a tablespoon of Olive Leaf I enjoyed my Quinoa Flakes!

It is not oatmeal, but it is a pretty close second, and I will take it!

In the Quinoa was chia seeds, cinnamon, blueberries and a few drops of stevia.

I am tracking my food on MFP, however I am not worried about my calorie counts right now.  I am just trying to make sure I am not hungry, and I don’t reach for something that I shouldn’t!

Today was a sad scale day… I was 200lbs even this morning :( I haven’t seen 2s for A LONG time, and it was a little depressing.  However I guess it will be a great reminder of another reason why I am doing this diet plan.  HEALTH!  200lbs on a 5’4.5″ frame is NOT healthy…

Snack: Raw Almond Coconut Macaroon

Lunch: Softboiled egg and tomato with a smear of cream cheese in a lettuce leaf wrap.

Snack: Another Almond Coconut Macaroon (not the Kale chips I had planned… I did make some but put in baggies for another time)

Supper: Black Bean Crema*, Diced Chicken, 1/4 of an Avocado, and fresh salsa served over a bed of spinach

*Black Bean Crema was a recipe I first saw on HEAB. She found the recipe here on Ashley’s Blog, the edible perspective. I changed it up a bit and subbed the half and half for a 1/4 cup of greek yogurt, and some water to thin it out to keep with my dietary restrictions.

Late Snack: bowl of berries :)

So that was my 1st day on Phase One… with a LOT of water!

Naturopath’s suggested water intake:

Bodyweight /2= Ounces  —I need to drink 100oz a day or…  

Ounces /33.8= Litres of water per day —approx 3L- DONE! Plus More!! :)

Have you ever given up any foods??  How did you fare? 

 

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A New Phase of Life…

Well… I had my naturopath appointment on Friday, while there I had a live cell blood analysis done. The Naturopath took my history, and we spent about an hour and forty-five minutes discussing what he saw on the slides, and comparing them to my allergies and other symptoms I have.

My RBC stacked instead of floating freely, and yellow spots are yeast in my blood.

It really was fascinating!  I know some do not believe in blood analysis done by naturopaths, but I am putting some faith into the ideas and believing my body can heal itself from within if treated right!

He thinks I can improve my Allergies, and my Hypothyroidism, and Arthritis if I eliminate the yeast in my blood through diet.  So… in the next 12 weeks I am going to try and follow the  2 Phase Dietary plan he suggested.  It is a Yeast-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free diet.  It is GOING to be HELL!!!

The grain-like products I am allowed are Quinoa, Millet, Amaranth, and Buckwheat.  There will be no rice  on the plan.  Which makes finding substitutions a lot harder than people who normally embark on a Gluten-free diet.

No pork or shellfish allowed.

The only sweetener I am allowed is Stevia.

Oils: No corn or canola oil

I plan on sharing as much as the journey as I can… Please bear with any possible sugar detox meltdowns I may encounter.

I think the hardest part will be giving up caffeine.  I drink a lot of diet pop, coffee, and tea.  I am sure my Soda Stream will come in handy to give me the sparkly bubbles I crave, with a little lemon or lime added. But I will miss my warm mugs of coffee and tea, luckily non-fruit herbal teas ARE allowed…

At least you know I will be experimenting in the kitchen, and will be sharing it on here!  Here’s to the next 6 weeks of my life.  I can do this!!

This week’s Meal Plan:

This is my plan… but as we all know actual is sometimes different.  Some snacks are left open to give myself some options if I want.  I will still follow the plan for these snacks, just don’t know what my body will be wanting by then.  I assume by the end of the week I will be struggling with the plan, and I want to allow myself the freedom to satisfy a clean-craving :)
Well I am off to bed, as I think I will need all the rest I can get! —Fingers crossed I am not a bear without my caffeine tomorrow!
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Blueberry Flax One Minute Muffin

After last night’s success with the One Minute Flourless Muffin recipe, I figured I should try out another skinny muffin recipe! Original recipe can be found here.

Since I had some blueberries that needed to be used up I decided to go with the blueberry one.


The original recipe just shows them inverting it onto a plate but I found I have had to slide my butter knife around the edge.

Invert onto a plate, and enjoy… however I like to cut into thirds.

It is like homemade vita-muffins in a smaller more snack-like serving size.  Uses whole ingredients, and is a nice clean recipe!

Calorie counts according to MFP databases for 1/3 of recipe: 89 calories, 7g carbs, 6g fat, 3g protein, 4g fibre

We topped with a little Sunbutter! YUM!

Have a Great Weekend!!

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One Minute Flourless Chocolate Muffin!

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WOW!!  Is all I can say! I first saw it on Heather’s blog HEAB It looked SO amazing I had to try it! The original recipe can be found here it says it was featured on Dr Oz.  But since I am not a daytime TV watcher this is the first I had heard of it.

I honestly made it in less than 5 minutes from start to finish and that includes finding the ingredients in my not finished kitchen!

There are few variations free for download on the site.  I used HEAB’s version, and it was delish! Even the picky kids liked it!!  Which if they like it, anyone will!! —I may have added a little chocolate sauce before they tried it ;) 

Although high in calories in regards to a “snack” it is meant to be a healthy option, providing you with essential fatty acids, lots of fibre, and protein!  And it is HUGE!  I shared mine with my kids and was still very satisfied. Plus if you were careful about where you bought your ingredients including making sure your baking powder was Gluten-free you could enjoy a GF treat! :)

I took lead from Heather and added a mini scoop of all natural ice cream… but it really didn’t need it, it was surprisingly good on it’s own!  I look forward to trying the blueberry in the near future!  Breakfast tomorrow Maybe??

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Cinnamon Breakfast of Happiness!

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This morning I celebrated the fact it is Friday and I have NO plans for the weekend by enjoying a nice mug of Tazo Black Chai Tea Latte, with some heavenly foamed skim milk!

To make the breakfast even better, I succumbed and stole Bubba’s last Cinnamon Raisin Bagel.

Not a breakfast of Champions, but I loved every last sip and bite

Todays plans include cleaning my bathrooms, baking/cooking there are a few blog recipes I want to try, and I need to make pies for a STARS fundraiser this weekend (no worries I will wash my hands after I clean the bathroom :P  )

and maybe getting a few more things prepped for the cabinet makers to come and finish the cabinets on Monday.  Hopefully in the next week my kitchen will be done!  Fingers Crossed!!

Well that is minus the one Progress Lighting pendant that was backordered till the end of March… so much for IN STOCK!  Unable to cancel it when they offered as the first one arrived and was installed for a month now, plus I LOVE THEM! I took a nice shipping refund of $76 US.  It almost makes the wait worth it!

 I  love the shape of the pendant and how well it matches the Murray Feiss Sullivan dining fixture that we bought!

They go without being too Matchy-Matchy! I am excited to reveal the before and after on the blog as SOON as it is done!  I go back and look at the before’s often to remind myself where we started so I can appreciate the in between!!

What are your plans for the weekend??

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