GFCF Contest with Namaste!!!

February 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Namaste Contest, YUM | 1 Comment
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The big joke in my family is that I can make anything out of Namaste
Foods Sugar-Free Pizza Crust mix.  It’s kind of true.  I make bread sticks out of it, I make biscuits, next week for Dr. Suess’ Birthday I will make green eggs and ham out of it (my kid can’t eat eggs, ham or green food coloring but with a little creativity and Namaste, I’m good!) It occurred to me that if I could make some crazy good things with a Namaste product maybe other people are making crazy good things too!  Turns out that the folks over at Namaste Foods were having the same thought at the same time.  SO the GFCF Namaste Recipe Challenge was born!  We want to know what fabulous creations you are cooking up using Namaste Foods mixes! 

Have you got a kickin’ cookie recipe using the brownie mix or a totally scrumptious shrimp scampi and pasta bake using the  Taco Shells Pasta Meal?  We want to hear from you!  Create a winning recipe and you can win a $50 gift certificate for Namaste products and your recipe will be featured in the NEW Namaste Foods Cookbook!   Here are the particulars of the contest:

Prizes will be awarded to the best recipe in the three following categories:

1. Entrée – this is anything you would serve as the main course of a meal.
2. Dessert – tasty treats ranging from a Birthday cake, to a brownie and beyond
3. Everything else – this could be a side dish, a snack or even a dog biscuit!  Anything goes in this category.
Contestants must create a fabulous recipe in one of these categories using one of more Namaste Foods products.

To Enter:
 
1. Clearly write the ingredients and instructions to your recipe and email it to everydayautismmiracles@gmail.com
2. Be sure to include your email address, name and address as well as your phone #.
3. Attach a photo or your finished recipe
4. In the subject line type the category your recipe should be judged in. (entrée, dessert, everything else)
5. Tell us in 100 words or less who you make this recipe for and why they love it!

Submission will be accepted until  April 15th.  Winners will be notified by May 1st.
Winning recipes will be featured in the New Namaste Foods cook book.  All entries will become the property of Namaste Foods and could be featured in upcoming cook books, recipe cards or on line.

Have an idea and getting ready to step into your kitchen to test drive it?  Namaste would like you to enjoy a 15% discount of their products ordered from their website.  Visit www.namastefoods.com fill your shopping cart and enter promo code 50014 to receive 15% off of products.  Please note that the 15% reduction is for product only and cannot be applied to shipping costs.  Namaste Products are also available in stores such as Whole Foods Markets.  You can find a store close to you by visiting the store locator at www.namastefoods.com .  The promo code is only applicable to products purchased via www.namastefoods.com

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What Jem Eats

October 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Posted in GFCF, Staples | Leave a comment
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By Shannon Penrod
 
Okay, three times this week people have asked me to make a list of what Jem eats.  The requests in two cases were people who want to be helpful in the event of an emergency and the third was a mom who is looking for hope.  It’s time to BLOG!

So here it is – this Jem’s GFCF, Soy free, No Yeast, No Sugar, Picture or Video 273No artificial flavours, color or sweeteners, no potatoes, no corn, no eggs, no almonds, no apples, no rasins, no grapes or strawberries, Feingold modified, Specific Carbohydrate modified diet – fondly refered to in my home as “The Autism Miracle in my Kitchen!”

 

Breakfast

Usually this is 2 peices of Food For Life Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Brown Rice Bread – toasted in the GF designated toaster – served plain.  With breakfast he gets a Ecological Formula Co-Enzyme B and what ever Probiotic we are currently using (we usually alternate between Kirkman Labs and Klaire Labs)  he takes these pills with water.

For a special breakfast treat he gets pancakes – Namaste sugar free pancake mix mixed with either carrot juice, pear juice, water, flavored seltzer water or around halloween- pumpkin, we do not add eggs or any kind of milk.  For an extra special treat – maybe twice a year – we make pineapple upside down pancakes by adding three tidbits of pineapple (packed in its own juice) to each pancake. He will eat 3-5 pancakes. 

He will occasionally ask for cereal.  This is puffed brown rice cereal, make sure that it is gluten free, many are processed in factories along side wheat!  He likes just a little carrot juice or seltzer water on the cereal.  We get Trader Joe’s carrot juice (no sugar, no preservatives)

Lunch and dinner

Lunch and dinner are  fairly similar and can be broken down into categories:

Protein

Shelton’s Hot Dogs, Free Range, Gluten Free, Chicken or Turkey -they come in two sizes big and small, Jem likes both.  He will eat 4 of the small hot dogs or 2 of the large ones. He will ask for more, we don’t let him have more.

Chicken – I usually roast two chickens a week, I buy them at Sam’s – I think they are Tyson.  I rinse the chickens, stuff an organic lemon in its butt and roast the hell out of them.  400 degrees for four hours, the meat falls off the bone but is not dry because of the lemons, make sure to prick the lemons many times. Jem loves to eat the legs, thighs and wings bone in.  A leg/thigh and wing is great for one meal, he will eat it hot or cold. 

Later in the week I slice the breast meat and coat is with Namaste’s Sugar Free Pizza Dough mix and lightly fry it in Canola oil to make chicken nuggets.  Be careful with these they are so good Jem will over stuff himself with these to the point of making himself sick if not monitored.

I also use the breast meat to add to burritos.  We use Food For Life’s Brown Rice Tortillas, spread a little Cedar’s Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers on it (All hummus is not created equally, much of it is not gluten free – Cedar’s is available at Whole Foods Markets)  and then throw almost any fresh or grilled veggies in.

Shelton’s Gluten Free Turkey Sausage Patties – we call these meat cookies in our house.  They have to be cooked for a minimum of 20 minutes, so when I cook them I cook the whole package by boiling them in water and when the water boils out pan searing them to get them brown.  3 is an appropriate amount, he will ask for more.

Fried or Baked Chicken – thighs or drumsticks – bone in or out, coated with Namaste Pizza Dough mix or not.

Chicken roll ups – when chicken breasts are on sale I buy them and butterfly them and then pound them thin.  I roll them around green beans (Trader Joes Frozen) and then pan fry them.

Turkey Burgers/ Meatloaf.  To bind the meatloaf I use brown rice bread crumbs or rice cakes sent through the food processor along with pureed, steamed veggies (what ever is in the fridge)

Once in a blue moon I will roast a turkey, he likes the dark meat and I make nuggets from the white meat.

Jem loves salmon and tuna.  I never give him fish more than once a week because they can raise metal levels.  He loves salmon in any form – on picnics I take a can of Trader Joe’s no salt added and he loves to eat it right out of the can.  He will eat tuna, but not as enthusiastically.

Carbs

Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes – Low or no Salt – He will eat them plain or with Hummus (Cedar’s) or Mutabul (Sam’s Flaming Grill).

Bicuits, bread sticks or buns made from Namaste’s Sugar-Free Pizza Dough mix. 

Pizza – made from Namaste’s Sugar-Free Pizza dough mix, topped with shredded beets (not pickled) tri-colored peppers (Melange a trois, Trader Joe’s frozen) carrots and broccoli.

Vegetables

Canned Beets (not pickled)

Carrots (cooked or raw) Walmart carries cooked carrots in a plastic cup which are perfect for lunches.

Green Beans (Trader Joe’s Frozen)

Broccolli – Fresh, Steamed or boiled

Cucumbers, peeled and sliced

Green, Red, Yellow and Orange peppers – his favorite, preferably organic

Squash – butternut, pumpkin or acorn – he won’t eat much

Sugar snap peas – he won’t eat much

Eggplant – steamed

Mushrooms – raw

Cauliflower – raw, steamed, mashed – he won’t eat a lot.

Treats

No, No Nana’s Lemon or Ginger cookies – give sparingly, no more than one a day – you will get a reaction.

Fruit – Melon, bluberries, pears, bananas, mangos, pineapple, peaches, cherries and nectarines – these must be given sparingly or he will have a reaction -so less than 1/2 cup a day and not given every day – just special occasions.

Cashews – Jem loves cashews but should not have them often, he is already allergic to almonds and we certainly don’t want to add on to that list.

Pink Lemonade – 1 tbs. Lemon juice, 1/8 tsp of water from can of beets, 2 cups of lemon flavored seltzer water – served on ice with a straw.

That’s pretty much what my kid eats!

GFCF Green Eggs & Ham (Eggless)

March 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Recipes, YUM | Leave a comment
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by Shannon Penrod

Okay, so one of the big things I hear from parents all the time is that it’s too hard to be GFCF once your kid goes to school.  There is too much peer pressure to look the same and eat the same, there are too many food related things to keep up with, etc…

I choose to look at it in a different way.  For me this is an opportunity to teach my son about the wonders of being different and how okay that it is.  If he had a peanut allergy it would be non-negotiable and the world would just accept that he can’t eat the same.  My reality is if my son eats gluten he becomes a stimming mess and stops speaking, eggs he gets a 100_5110rash, artificial colors and he becomes hyperactive, sugar and he behaves and smells like a drunk.  So I consider his diet non-negotiable and try to have fun being creative with it – this mindset makes it fun, even when I’m forced to scramble.  Which is what I did last night trying to figure out what I was going to send for “Green Eggs and Ham” day.

When in doubt I always get out that Namaste Sugar-Free Pizza Crust mix, last night was no different.  I grated about 1/4 c of zucchini skin into it, next time I’m going to use broccoli (although the zucchini worked great). I added about a cup of the pizza crust mix and enough water to make a loose dough. (Add the water slowly)  I heated canola oil in  a heavy pan and spooned lumps of dough in. This is how we make biscuits.  I have used beets before to color them pink. 

Shape the dough to make the egg shape.  Flip when lightly brown.  When both sides are crisp drain on a paper plate.  Cut both ends off of a cucumber and use them for green yokes.  Slice Shelton’s All Natural Gluten Free Chicken of Turkey hot dogs thinly for ham!

I asked Jem how they went over at school.  He said they tasted good.  I asked if his friends thought they were green eggs – he said no, they thought they were cucumbers.  I said did they think they were cool.  He said no, but that he thought they were cool.  I’m sure the older he gets the harder it will get;  but I’m not going to trade his ability to function to make him look like he fits in. In the meantime we are having fun being creative!

Namaste’s Rocking Sugar Free Pizza Crust

February 28, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Posted in GFCF, Mixes, Recipes, Staples, YUM | Leave a comment
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If some one came to me and said you can only have one product to help your son stay on the GFCF diet, I would have a hard time choosing between his Food 100_4743For Life Yeast Free Brown Rice Bread, his Shelton’s Free Range Hot Dogs and his Namaste Sugar Free Pizza Crust – but I have to say, I think I would say the Pizza Crust because it is SSOOOOOO versatile.

Yes it makes a pretty decent pizza crust.  But it also makes really good breadsticks, kick butt bisquits, fabulous fried chicken coating, sublime chicken nuggets, and even hot dog on a stick crust.  And how can I possibly forget – I made Christmas cookies out of it too!

C’mon now!  That’s pretty verastile.  And it tastes good.  My son’s one on one aide loves the bisquits!  Namaste makes several other products that are good also – me also use their Sugar Free 100_4483Pancake and wafffle mix.  Again very versatile -for Thanksgiving it used it for pie crust.  Their products clearly list what they are free of.  We are also soy, corn, potato, yeast and sugar free – which leaves nothing right?  No, it leaves glorious Namaste!  If you do allow sugar in your little one’s diet I here their brownie mix is fabu! 

You can buy Namaste in most health food stores.  I suggest telling the store when you start buying it.  Usually they order a case and wait til it runs out, then order another (leaving days when it isn’t available)!  Whenever you try a product and like it tell your store that you are going to buy it on a regular basis so they keep it stocked!

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