The GFCF Adventure -Reparenting Ourselves

March 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF | Leave a comment
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This blog was originally written in December of 2007, but I wanted to repost it after watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Food is such a big deal. To all of us. When did it stop being about nutrition and become about fitting in and feeling comfortable and feeling LOVED? I hope Jamie Oliver can be helpful in reparenting all of us where food is concerned. I am still working on it.

Dec. 14, 2007

We went to a holiday party tonight and one of my son’s friends (they are both 4 1/2) gleefully broke her roll in two pieces and a placed one half on my son’s plate. She said, “Here, a Christmas present for you!” and she smiled like she had bestowed the Frankincense and the myrrh! I tried really hard not to over react. I wanted to sand blast his plate, to make sure it was crumb free, but I was really aware of my son watching my reaction, so I asked him, “Is that something you can eat?” He looked at me and looked at her and then said sheepishly, “No, I can’t eat that.” Then there was a long conversation with the little girl about how some people can’t eat certain things. We started listing off the things that my son can’t eat – but for everything I said that he couldn’t eat, he told her something that he could eat – completely without prompting – and that was when it occurred to me that I might be doing a better job raising him than I am raising myself.

I’m always trying to put things in terms of what he can do instead of the opposite… but there I was listing all the things he couldn’t eat, while he reminded me of all the things he can eat. Later on in the night he suddenly launched himself at me and gave me a huge hug and a slobbery kiss as he said. “I love you Mama!” right before he ran off to play with his friends. I was reminded of what an adventure we are on. And adventures aren’t always easy – but they are always worthwile!

No Sugar, No Artificial Colors, Pink Lemonade

March 19, 2010 at 6:54 am | Posted in Birthday Parties, Recipes | Leave a comment

This weekend we get to welcome in SPRING!  Already the days are longer and here in Southern California they are warmer.  Today Jem asked me if we could make Pink Lemonade.  This is an easy to make refreshing drink that doesn’t cause and wild behaviors and he thinks of it as a big treat.  If you are ambitious you can steam your own organic beets to make to coloring.  I don’t have that kind of time so I just use a splash of liquid from a can of salt free beets.  I sometimes take some of this to a birthday party.  The rest of the kids have punch and his drink is just as colorful without all of the side effects.

GFCF Turkey Meatloaf With Hidden Veggies

March 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Posted in GFCF, Recipes, YUM | Leave a comment
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Don’t hate me because my child eats vegetables, I have a husband that considers vegetables toxic waste.  I remember him explaining to me when were dating that pickle relish counted as a vegetable, and he only used that sparingly.  So I have my work cut out for me.  Whenever I find a recipe that is GFCF (and my other son’s restrictions) and my husband will eat it – it is nothing short of a miracle. When it also has a full serving of veggies in it and both my husband and my son love it – then it’s time to celebrate!  I ought to call this meatloaf recipe CELEBRATION MEATLOAF!  It’s fairly easy to make, they both love it, it’s economical and it’s healthy.  DING! DING! DING!  We have a winner!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. of Ground Turkey

1 C. Carrots

2 C. Broccoli

1 C. Cooked Brown Rice

1 C. Water

I like to do things the easy way – so I put 1/2 instant brown rice, 1 cup of baby carrots and 2 cups of frozen broccoli into a bowl with the water and I steam them in the microwave until the carrots are fork tender.  You could steam the veggies in a steamer and cook the brown rice from scratch – I don’t have that kind of patience.

Take the steamed veggies, rice and water and puree them in a blender of food processor until they are liquified – it should look like pea soup, thick and green.  You may need to add more water.  You could leave it chunkier if you wanted, but it is my experience that my fussy eater (my husband) won’t eat it then.

Put the ground turkey into a baking dish that has a lid.  Add the liquified veggies and rice to the meat slowly and stir in.  The first time you make the meatloaf you might want to only add half of the veggie mixture and freeze the other half for the next meatloaf (get their taste buds adjusted before you hit them with the full veggie onslaught).

Smooth the meatloaf down into the pan and cover.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour.  Make sure that meat is cooked in the middle before serving.   It should make a nice tight meatloaf that can be sliced. If not cook slightly longer and next time reduce the amount of water you add.

You can use other veggies to make this meatloaf but this combo seems to work best for my family, my husband swears he can’t taste the veggies!

This is a picture of what I served Jem for dinner the other night.  Two pieces of meatloaf, 1/2 of a brown rice tortilla with red pepper humus, fresh cucumbers and some slice beats.  It ends up being about 4 servings of vegetables with a good lean protein, some complex carbs, lots of fiber and very little fat!  Best of all, he ate the whole thing and asked for more meatloaf!  My husband ate his meatloaf on a toasted bagel with barbeque sauce and was equally happy. I had the pleasure of knowing that he got his veggies too.

GFCF Corn Free Popcorn

March 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Birthday Parties, GFCF, Mixes, Namaste Contest, Recipes, Yeast, YUM | Leave a comment
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Listen, when I say that I can make almost anything out of Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza Crust, I’m not kidding!  Someone asked me the other day if I work for Namaste, because I’m always talking about it – here’s the sad truth – I don’t work for them I just love their stuff.  If your kid has as many dietary restrictions as mine, you’ll love it too.  Jem can’t have corn – it is too starchy and converts to sugar in his system and where there’s sugar – there’s yeast.  A little corn and I have a drunk elf – seriously he acts and smells like he’s been to a bar.  So, no corn – what do you do on movie day at school when all the other munchkins are dining on popcorn?  I make pop corn out of pizza dough! 

I take one cup of Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza crust mix and slowly add water one tablespoon at a time to get the right consistency, today it took 8 tablespoons of water (it can vary greatly depending on the humidity where I live)  The dough needs to be wet, but not soupy.   It needs to be wet enough to spoon it on to a cookie tray in small globs that will remain slightly spiky.  It should look like big popcorn.

Bake at 400 degrees for only a couple of minutes – Don’t bother walking away.  You need to bake it long enough to dry the dough out, but not long enough to brown.  My oven runs hot and I am at altitude so it only takes about 4 minutes.  Keep an eye on your oven the first time to time it – nobody likes burnt popcorn.  I serve it as is, but you can add salt if you like.  It’s good hot, cold or room temperature and it travels well!

What can YOU do with Namaste Pizza Crust Mix?  Enter the recipe contest on Everyday Autism Miracles and you could win a prize and have your recipe featured in Namaste’s new cook book!

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