Still wavering between simply gluten-free and hard-core paleo. I have developed a stumbling block to emphasize GF at the expense of paleo. It’s possible to be GF and have some treats, some cookies or cakes or brownies or well, you get the pic. I’ve been baking quite a few treats and had some recent bouts of IBS. I went on my annual camping trip to a music festival and took lots of goodies but came back sick and cramping. Almond flour is the main culprit. Yes it’s GF. It’s also ground-up nuts. I don’t eat nuts. Occasionally I go the route of soaking raw nuts and cooking with them but they are still irritating in larger amounts. I’ve been eating too much lovely almond flour biscuits and treats. I’m not calling it quits completely because well, I’m not giving up all those chocolate chip cookies but I do intend to go more of the “clean” route. My daughter goes this cleaner approach and she says it helps a lot. Gulp, can’t believe I need to go more strict but it reminds me of eating as a kid. We simply didn’t eat treats very often. Most other families didn’t either and when you did eat treats, it was small and limited in quantity. You had one small slice of cake, often without frosting. You didn’t eat 2 pieces. You didn’t have huge pieces. You made it yourself along with a modest home-cooked supper of simple meat, simple vegetables, simple bread. Going back to my childhood, I guess.
Here’s some recent foods:
I’ve tried some hearty salads because we still have a garden and main dish salads are a way to eat lots of veggies while going meatless or having small quantities of meat. It’s easy to skip the non-GF croutons and the like. Here’s an English Pea Salad from the March 2014 issue of Country Living Magazine. It was a little too bland for our tastes so I added coarse-ground Dijon mustard and toasted almonds [!]. I didn’t like the canned peas – you just open the cans without cooking the peas – so I’d use lightly steamed or frozen peas the next time for more crispness. The other is a delicious but simple Cucumber Salad with feta cheese in a lemon vinaigrette. We had lots of cucumbers from the garden this year and I made this salad many times. It’s from the Taste of Homes 2002 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes [Reiman Publishers, 2001], page 73. I’m enclosing the recipe because it will be difficult to find the book, which is full of wonderful recipes.
2 medium cucumbers 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped green onions 2 T lemon juice
1 T olive oil 1/8 to 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 c [4 oz] feta or blue cheese, crumbled
Cut cukes in half lengthwise. Using a s. poon, remove seeds and discard. Cut cukes into 1/2 ” cubes, put in bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Stir in onions. Combine remaining ingredients and gently stir into bowl of cukes. Serves 4-5
It’s excellent to chill these for a while before serving.
I’ve made this Peach Crisp a couple of times using fresh peaches but canned or frozen fruit always work well in crisps. It’s from the Elana’s Pantry link on my blogroll. I own a couple of her cookbooks and I’ve noticed that she’s cut back on sweeteners in her more recent recipes. This does use 1-1/2 c almond flour, not a lot for a big crisp, and it only uses 1/4 c honey or agave so it’s excellent for those watching their blood sugar. Very nice with some healthy whipped coconut cream on top. The best thing is just keep some chilled cans of coconut milk in the fridge.
I’m trying to eat heartier breakfasts since I’m not much of a breakfast person. Here’s some Danielle Walker Banana Pancakes – she makes them in the shape of Mickey Mouse head so she calls them Mouse Pancakes – from her Against All Grain cookbook. It’s an excellent cookbook to own, a new one is planned for September release, I think. This one is a basic in GF cooking so I’m curious about the changes in her new one.
I also made several jars of Diane’s Homemade Refrigerator Pickles but I can’t find the pic right now. I’ll add it later if I find it. The recipe is at the link of Tasty Kitchen, which you can easily get to from The Pioneer Woman link on my blogroll or you can go direct at http://tastykitchen.com/recipes