Monthly Archives: March 2012
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)
- 1 1/2 cups of quinoa flour
- 3 tablespoons of psyllium husk powder (I bought at Nutter’s)
- 1/4 teaspoon of Sea salt
- 1 tsp of grapeseed oil (other oil could be substituted)
- 1 cup of warm water (just a little less is what I used)
1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, it combines easily so very easy to do by hand. Mix until fully combined, then knead until smooth on a quinoa flour’ed surface. Let rest covered with with a clean tea towel for approx an hour. (I didn’t and I didn’t have an issue)
2. Divide into 6 equal pieces and roll each into a ball.
3. Use quinoa flour to flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll out ball, turning over and lifting every so often to avoid it sticking to surface.
4. Heat a frying pan on the stove top to med/high heat and place rolled out tortilla onto pan, cook for approximately 30-45 seconds per side, until high parts are lightly browned. Set aside on plate with a clean damp towel covering till you are done cooking the rest.
Top with whatever your heart desires and enjoy the texture of a tortilla without grains and rice!!
I had an exciting Package week!
My www.iherb.com order come in, which included some special goodies…
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)
It is the least fancy noodle shape plate in the pasta maker… and I figured it would be a great place to start!
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!
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!
- 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
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.
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 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… )
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. ]
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.
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:
Which I turned into This…
[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]
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…
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
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|
After enjoying a handful of supplements, and a tablespoon of Olive Leaf I enjoyed my Quinoa Flakes!
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: Another Almond Coconut Macaroon (not the Kale chips I had planned… I did make some but put in baggies for another time)
*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.
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?
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.
In the Mug:
- 1/4 cup ground flax –just grind up whole stuff it’s cheaper
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 stevia packet (or you could use a tsp of whatever sweetener you prefer such as agave nectar, maple syrup or sugar. My family wished this one was a little sweeter… so maybe add two stevia if you like sweeter stuff?
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp coconut butter –you could use regular butter instead
- 2 tbsp blueberries
Mix up the ingredients but the blueberries in a large mug, then add the blueberries and gently stir in. Place in the microwave for 50-60 seconds.
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.
Calorie counts according to MFP databases for 1/3 of recipe: 89 calories, 7g carbs, 6g fat, 3g protein, 4g fibre
Have a Great Weekend!!
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!
In the mug: [Note: Use a LARGE mug... I used a normal sized one, and it overflowed and made a mess! It still came out of the cup nice, but was a little lopsided!] Put all ingredients in a microwave safe drinking mug. Stir ingredients together till blended, then put in the microwave on high power for 50-55 seconds. Invert onto a plate or bowl and enjoy warm. Calorie count according to MFP: 248 cal, 14 carbs, 19g Fat, 10g Protein, 10g Fiber (using coconut butter, and stevia packet options) I honestly would cut this into thirds like a vitatop muffin! Too big of a serving for a snack, as it is FILLING!!
In the mug:
[Note: Use a LARGE mug... I used a normal sized one, and it overflowed and made a mess! It still came out of the cup nice, but was a little lopsided!]
Put all ingredients in a microwave safe drinking mug. Stir ingredients together till blended, then put in the microwave on high power for 50-55 seconds. Invert onto a plate or bowl and enjoy warm.
Calorie count according to MFP: 248 cal, 14 carbs, 19g Fat, 10g Protein, 10g Fiber (using coconut butter, and stevia packet options) I honestly would cut this into thirds like a vitatop muffin! Too big of a serving for a snack, as it is FILLING!!
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??
To make the breakfast even better, I succumbed and stole Bubba’s last Cinnamon Raisin Bagel.
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 )
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!!