Gluten Free/Whole 30 Menu for Week of 26 June 2017

I’m late posting my weekly menu – sorry.  On the bright side I am on day 8 of my Whole 30 so YAY ME! I thought it was going to be almost impossible to give up my daily fix of coke/diet coke but truly it hasn’t been that hard, and while I’d like to say to say that I have been drinking tons of water, the truth is I have been drinking 100% juice mixed with water and plain iced tea (on top of the occasional glass of ice water).  So this is what I’m cooking this week:

Chicken Puttanesco with GF Pasta (not for me) and broccoli

  • I already made this and the sauce-part was delicious but my chicken didn’t turn out very tasty. Then again, I’m not a huge chicken fan so…

Marinated Flank Steak with Oven-Roasted Potatoes

  • I already made this too and it was so darn good. I have to be honest though – there is no way in hell I am cooking with dates – I think they’re nasty, so I left them out. It was my first time using coconut aminos and I thought it was alright (I saw mixed reviews online).

Roasted Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

  • I haven’t made this yet and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to because I’m having a heck of a time finding Whole 30 compliant sausage (which is the only reason I even want to make this!).  As if finding gluten-free sausage isn’t hard enough….

Avocado BLT Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

  • Having these tonight and I can’t wait to try them! Will probably break down and make GF grilled cheese for the kids though because they will freak out if I put this on their plates.

Paleo BBQ Chicken Casserole (served on Buns for Hubbs and N)

  • As crazy as it sounds I am leaving out the spaghetti squash because we don’t like it and E and I will eat it over salad. Hubbs and N will probably eat it on tradition (gluten filled….gasp) buns. That is IF I can ever find Whole 30 compliant BBQ sauce.

Skillet Beef Fajitas with Salad

Hope you all have a great week.

Happy cooking!

-j.

 

 

Gluten Free Dinner Ideas for Week of 8 May

We are moving in less than 2 weeks and as you can imagine, things are hectic around my house! The majority of our household goods are currently being dropped off in our new house over a thousand miles away, and we are “roughing it” here in OKC. With that said, my menu planning has been fluid, but I still wanted to share what I shopped for and plan to make some time this week:

Parmesan Chicken Tenderloins with Salad

  • This is somebody’s Weight Watchers recipe and since I’m planning on starting Weight Watchers (again…ugh) soon I thought I would try this out. I’m making it right now and really it’s similar to several other Yummly recipes I use, so I’m sure we will all like it. I substituted ground-up GF bread for the regular bread crumbs, of course and I don’t have any GF Italian Seasoning so I just used Garlic Powder, Pepper and Parsley. Smells delicious. If it turns out good I’ll post some pics.

Tuna Salad over Salad

  • Another WW recipe I wanted to try. My kids will NOT eat tuna so I plan to make them GF grilled cheese on the day I make this.

Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Little Smokies in GF BBQ Sauce

  • I HAVE to try these, they look delicious! Although I’d be happy with just the potatoes, I’m going to make some Smokies in BBQ Sauce to appease the rest of my family. My daughter will not touch anything she deems “spicy” so this is the GF BBQ we use:
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Ranch Meatballs with Rice and corn

  • My kids love meatballs and these sound a little different so I thought we’d try them this week.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole with Salad

  • OMG I love this recipe! I am going to double the artichokes though (and hope nobody notices) because I LOVE artichokes. I also bought provolone AND Swiss cheese because last time my kids thought that it was missing something, and I’m curious to see if they still think so if I switch the cheeses.

 

Have a Great Week!

-J.

Menu for Week of 10 April 2017

Here is my gluten-free menu for this week:

Mon – Parmesan Meatloaf with Salad

  • For this recipe I only use ground beef (I personally don’t care for ground turkey) and because I haven’t been able to find actual gluten-free breadcrumbs at the commissary, I tear apart some gluten-free bread to use as breadcrumbs. I also use Prego for the pasta sauce.

Tues – Chicken Skewers with Risotto Parmesan and Peas

  • I really like risotto so I’m excited to try this recipe. The last one I tried, lemon risotto, was a bit too flavorful for my family so I’m hoping this will be more to their taste.

Wed – Breakfast

  • Eggs, Sausage and Hash Browns – always a hit in our house

Thurs – Grilled Adobo Porkchops with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Corn

  • I cheat and use this gravy that I have found at Walmart and our Commissary:

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Fri – Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

  • This recipe is DELICIOUS!  My kids, who don’t even like real chicken and dumplings (and neither do I for that matter), LOVE this. I use Gluten-Free Bisquick that I add just a touch of xantham gum to (maybe half a teaspoon) when I make the batter to drop into the soup.
  • I also use 1-2 large cans of canned chicken and a frozen bag of mixed vegetables. So good….

Sat – Grilled Hotdogs with Baked Beans

  • I believe most of the Bush’s Baked Beans are gluten-free (we always check before purchasing and the cans say it) so we stick with Bush’s.
  • We purchase Oscar Mayer Selects Turkey Dogs. They are cheaper than regular hot dogs , taste good, and say “gluten-free.” This is what they look like:

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Sun – Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Gluten Free Pasta and Salad

  • This is what I make when we are missing Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill!  I love this recipe!!! I haven’t made it in a little while so I thought I would make it again since I have some heavy cream leftover from last week that I need to get rid of.
  • I don’t use the sun-dried tomatoes. Instead, I cut up fresh tomatoes and sprinkle them and fresh Parmesan on top right before serving.

Hope you all have a great week and Happy Cooking!

-J.

 

 

The Road to Celiac Diagnosis – E’s Story

When I tell people that my 10-year-old daughter has celiac disease, inevitably they will ask me how we found out.  I think to many people, celiac is a middle-aged woman’s disease and it seems almost inconceivable that a little girl could truly be afflicted.  But as much as I wish it weren’t true, E does in fact have celiac, and it was a long road to diagnosis.

We always knew something was a little off with her. She was the BEST baby – she rarely cried and she slept, which was wonderful. She was much better behaved than her colicky older brother was when he was a baby. But when she was only a couple of weeks old, she would put her legs straight in the air and cry (a lot) when trying to poop. She’d stop crying as soon as she went and go back to being the best baby ever. We mentioned this at one of her well-baby checkups and the doctor said we could try changing her formula – so we did. The brand change didn’t help, so another doctor (by this time we had moved) told us to try soy formula – so we did. The soy formula didn’t seem to make much difference so the doctor told us to give her a few ounces of apple juice, a couple of times of day. That finally seemed to help a little so we stuck with that.  By this time she was about 6 months old.

Around this time she developed other problems, and her tummy issues took a backseat: the pediatrician noticed a lazy eye, that turned out to not only be “lazy” but also had compromised vision. So for a period we spent much of our energy on that. By the way, trying to get a 6-month-old to wear an eye patch and glasses is no fun.

Fast forward about 3 years and I noticed small bald spots on the back of E’s head. Her doctor told me that she had Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks hair follicles.  Wonderful. Luckily, my stepmom did some research and read somewhere (thank God for Google) that Alopecia in kids can sometimes indicate other autoimmune conditions such Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (which I have) so I talked to her pediatrician about it and sure enough, E’s TSH levels were high and she had the antibodies indicative of Hashitmoto’s.

So why am I mentioning Alopecia and Hashimoto’s in a post about Celiac Disease, you may ask. Because one thing they all have in common is they are all autoimmune conditions, and as my endocrinologist once told me, “where there is one, there are usually three.” How true that is, I don’t know.  But read on…

After her Hashimoto’s diagnosis we again approached the doctor about our concerns with E’s constipation, bloated stomach, terrible gas, and to be blunt: huge poop.  At least two more doctors told us that it was just normal childhood constipation and we were given prescriptions for polyethylene glycol (Miralax), that she was to take daily.  When she was about 6, I even asked about celiac and was told by one doctor that E didn’t exhibit the signs of celiac because she doesn’t have diarrhea that has her racing to the toilet.

Fast forward again and E is 9-years-old and we have moved again, this time to Oklahoma City where we are seeing an off-base doctor. Does it matter that all the doctors before were military doctors? I don’t know. But our doctor here finally listened to me when I asked him this question,”exactly how long is my daughter supposed to take Miralax before we investigate what is causing her symptoms?”  He referred us to a Gastroenterologist who told me that he really didn’t think it was celiac but was going to run the celiac panel anyway to rule it out. It came back positive and a couple of weeks later that was confirmed with a biopsy.

I can’t be certain that E had celiac all along, especially since I’m not sure how prevalent it is in infants. Perhaps she only developed it in the last couple of years?  I do wish that more had been done to investigate her symptoms when she was younger though, and that is my fault as her advocate for not pushing harder. I guess there is a fine line between trying to be a good parent and not overstepping your boundaries at the doctor’s office.

When I found out E has celiac and that my other child has diabetes, one of the first things I did was turn to the internet to read other stories to see if anyone had similar experiences, if what we were going through was normal, etc. So I am sharing E’s story in case some other parent is on the fence and not sure whether to push their doctor a little harder to get the answers they need.  My suggestion is do it.

-J