Monday, April 29, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Meal PlanAfter a very busy weekend, our kitchen is officially at a livable state!  We still have a long way to go to get fully settled, but we've got the important rooms set up for the most part, and we're starting to get back into our usual routine, which means cooking dinner every night instead of relying on restaurants or takeout.  Plus we now have our grill back after a long time in storage - something I definitely missed when we were doing the apartment living thing!

Monday

  • Grilled Garlic Cheese Sausages
  • Yellow Rice
  • Grilled Zucchini

Tuesday

  • Mini Turkey Meatloaves
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • Grilled Steak
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Green Beans

Sunday

  • Baked Chicken Breasts
  • Brown Rice
  • Broccoli

Friday, April 26, 2013

Gluten-Free Friday: Eating Out in West Palm Beach, Florida

Sorry for the long hiatus between posts - it's been quite a crazy couple of weeks getting packed up, moved and (somewhat) unpacked.  We are still living amid lots of boxes, but we're starting to put our lives back together.  This weekend is going to be another busy one, but I just keep reminding myself that every empty box is a step closer to our goal!

So there are clearly a lot of up sides to living in Sebastian, Florida – beautiful beaches, great weather, lack of traffic, vacation vibe.  But one of the big down sides is the lack of gluten-free restaurant options.  Sure, I have found places where I can eat safely, but there aren’t many gluten-free specialty products to be found except at the grocery stores (and thank goodness for those).

So when we head south to the significantly larger West Palm Beach area, I get super excited about all the gluten-free options they have in restaurants there.  I still have quite a few places on my wish list to visit, but here are the highlights of my most recent weekend trip! 

Breakfast

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We went a bit out of our way for this one on Saturday and drove down to Wellington so I could check out Taylor Made Cafe – they advertised having gluten-free tortillas and bread so I was interested in seeing the offerings.  I ordered a simple egg sandwich with ham, and it came on some pretty decent gluten-free bread.  It was still a tiny bit on the dry side, which is somewhat to be expected from gluten-free bread, but overall a very tasty sandwich!

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On Sunday we visited the Palm Beach Gardens Original Pancake House and I was served delicious gluten-free pancakes.  I make pancakes fairly often at home and they turn out pretty good, but these were absolutely amazing, really fluffy and rich – I would guess thanks to the addition of lots of extra butter.  But that’s what treating yourself is all about, right?  Extra appreciation for the fact that they brought out the butter in a separate little cup with a lid that had obviously been piped into the container, instead of putting it straight on the pancake with a potentially contaminated scoop.  

Lunch

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C.R. Chicks is a small chain with locations throughout Palm Beach County.  Their specialty is rotisserie chicken, marinated and then slowly cooked over Brazilian oak logs.  They have a lot of gluten free options for sides as well, and there is a gluten-free menu on their website. Food comes fast and it's really affordable, so it was a great option for a quick lunch.  The chicken was fantastic - nice and juicy, with a great smoky flavor.  I ordered mine with the rice and cucumber salad on the side, and it made for a very light and simple meal.  I will definitely be returning on our next trip!

Dinner

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This was my favorite find of the weekend.  Dave's Last Resort & Raw Bar is also bit further south, in downtown Lake Worth.  We were in the area for a concert, so I went hunting for restaurants near the park where the concert was being held and happened to stumble across their website, which advertised a gluten-free menu.  It wasn't online, but when we arrived I asked for it and I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found - apparently one of the owners can't have gluten, so they have an extensive variety of options, from appetizers to dessert, and even Redbridge beer!  

We ordered a bunch of seafood, and all of it was good.  I was introduced to rock shrimp for the first time, which is a bit harder to peel than regular shrimp but well worth it, as it has a bit more of a lobster texture.  We also had their peel and eat shrimp, which were amazing.  We also had the clams, which were steamed with garlic, lemon and white wine.

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They also had a good variety of cocktails on their menu that were safe for me, although these weren't on the GF menu.  I avoid sour mix because that's not always safe, but they had many options that only used fruit juice as a mixer.

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It was a great atmosphere with great food, and we had a really fun time there.  Bonus that it was walking distance to Bryant Park for the concert!  I was really happy with this place.

I found most of these places using the Find Me Gluten Free app, which is a lifesaver for gluten-free traveling.  Dave's wasn't on there, but I submitted it so future diners could take advantage of their awesome menu!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Meal PlanOne-week countdown to the big move has officially begun!  Simple again this week, and planning to go out this weekend - after 2 full days of packing, I know the last place I will want to be is the kitchen.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Turkey Mini Meatloaves
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli

Thursday

Friday

  • Pizza (using a new crust we found by Mama Mary's)
  • Green Salad

Saturday

  • Dinner Out

Sunday

  • Dinner Out

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Easy Gluten-Free Breakfast: Omelet for One

First of all, hope you like the new blog design - I am very close to my one-year blogging anniversary and thought a fresh look was in order.  Thanks, Blogger, for making template updates so quick and user friendly!

So lately I've been on a total egg kick.  I've been getting up super early in the mornings to work out, and while I did enjoy the overnight oats and quinoa concoction I came up with, particularly how easy it was, I started craving a hot breakfast. 

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Normally I'm not so into eggs, but I find that I really enjoy the texture of these little omelets much more so than scrambled or fried eggs.  And they are just as simple!  I used to think omelets were incredibly challenging - it was a running joke in my family that I did not make omelets, I made scrambled eggs with vegetables.  But when it's a single serving, they're actually not hard at all.

Omelet for One

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg (recommended - Eggland's Best)
  • 1 tbsp egg whites (recommended - All Whites)
  • 1 oz shredded cheddar cheese (recommended - Sargento 4-State Cheddar)
  • 1/2 slice deli meat 
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

Preheat a small nonstick skillet over medium-low to medium heat (I usually put it right in between the two).  Beat the egg and all whites together and add salt & pepper to taste.

Add a spray of cooking spray to the skillet, then pour in the egg mixture.  Let it sit until the bottom sets (approx 2-3 mins).  

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Sprinkle the cheese over the egg, then add the deli meat.

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When the top is almost entirely set (another 2 minutes or so), use a rubber spatula to fold over one side of the omelet.  After another minute, flip the entire thing and let it cook on the other side until cooked through.

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Serve with your favorite side - I like to eat mine with buttered Rudi's gluten-free soft & fluffy toast on the side.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Meal PlanYou’re going to see nothing but simple on the blog for awhile most likely – we’re down to two weeks until the big move!  So it’s all going to be either freezer or my own super-simple recipes. 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • Dinner Out

Sunday

  • Orange Maple Glazed Salmon
  • Green Beans
  • Brown Rice

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gluten-Free Friday: Glutino Cheese Pizza

In the past, we had Pizza Friday every week as a super simple dinner to kick off the weekend.  I would pop a frozen pizza in the oven, throw some chopped lettuce in a bowl, pour a glass of wine and call it dinner!  After going gluten free I dropped pizza for the most part, but have tried a few frozen options here and there when the mood strikes.

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My most recent impulse pizza purchase was a multi-pack of Glutino cheese pizzas.  I liked their small size in comparison to the Against the Grain crusts that I usually buy, as they would allow me to do 3 Pizza Fridays rather than just one.

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As expected, they are just as easy to prepare as any frozen pizza, and as a bonus they are small enough to fit in the toaster oven.  I recommend cooking it directly on the rack if your oven is not a cross-contamination risk for a perfectly crispy crust.

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In just minutes, you have a bubbling, delicious personal gluten-free pizza!  I topped mine with some chopped fresh basil for extra color. and served it with a side salad to fill out the meal.

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It weighs in at just 410 calories, so eating the whole thing as a meal is pretty reasonable. I made it a complete dinner with a side salad.  

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The crust has a nice crisp to it without being too dry or cracker-like, and the tomato sauce is really good and not overly sweet.  My only complaint is that I wish it had more cheese - but I have always been an extra cheese on my pizza kind of girl!  

I definitely recommend keeping these in the freezer if you like the occasional pizza without a lot of hassle.  They're carried in a lot of stores, so they're pretty easy to find - for a store that carries them near you, check out their store locator.

I'm doing a Pizza Friday tonight, but trying out Udi's this time.  I found a 2-pack of their crusts recently at Publix and thought I'd give them a try - by getting just the crusts, I can put as much cheese as I like on them!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Buttery Baked Chicken

This isn't really a recipe so much as a method of making delicious chicken with virtually no prep.  It takes just a minute to put together and a half hour in the oven, and it comes out nice and moist since the butter coats the chicken while baking.  I made it one night last week when Hubs was out and I had zero motivation to be in the kitchen, and the results were so tasty that I repeated it again this week!    

Buttery Baked Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Seasoning blend of choice (I used lemon pepper)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat chicken on both sides with the seasoning blend and place in a baking dish.  Top each chicken breast with 1 tablespoon of butter.

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Bake for 30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.  Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

Meal PlanI keep making these meal plans, but life keeps getting in the way so I keep rearranging - hoping to stick to this one this week as I am looking forward to these meals!  Keeping it simple and throwing in a few treats this week - we are in for a stressful month with the upcoming move so I'm trying to enjoy the last bit of calm for awhile, and also work on emptying our pantry and freezer stores a bit.

Monday

  • Turkey Mini Meatloaves
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

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