So since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the most frequent question I get asked is....drumroll please...ok, it's not that exciting of a question....alright...here goes... "What do you eat?!" Ha ha ha! I know seriously right?! Well, actually, that was one of the first questions I asked myself. What do I eat.... Honestly getting diagnosed with Celiac was a HUGE blow to my bread loving person! I am a huge huge huge bread, pasta, cracker lovin chica! I'm not going to sit here and lie and say that it's been an easy adjustment, and that I've had such an easy transition, from being able to eat whatever I want, to strict meal, and snack planning. It's been a GIGANTIC pain in the derriere! But once I took the time to stop sulking, and really look at the options I have, and the healthy food options, and lifestyle I am learning to live, and to be able to pass on to my boys, it's actually a really awesome thing! We haven't eaten fast food in 2 months! I do miss certain things, like Papa Murphy's, Subway sandwiches, and as grossed out as I am about admitting this, I still sometimes crave crave crave McDonalds! Oh well! It can be a little troublesome occasionally like when Ryan and I went to Olive Garden for our anniversary(yes, they do have a gluten free menu there), and they tried to poison me with gluten filled breaded chicken...ok I actually didn't take a bite, luckily I saw the light breading first, and on the plus side it was comped, and they made me a new meal, but it's the principle of the thing!
Well, what do I eat? A lot of fresh fruits, and veggies. Gluten free brown rice, and white rice bread. I usually eat that for breakfast as toast. Chex! Oh, my yum chex! I love them! So versatile, you can turn them into many delic, and easy gluten free treats! A lot of salad with tons of fresh veggies, gf deli meat, and gf salad dressing! Or leftovers from dinners nights previously past. I snack a lot too. I usually eat 6 small meals a day, some of those are just snack-ish. Rice cakes, love them! So many different flavors! Popcorn, and nuts! Ooooo! I love to snack on gf almonds(I say gf, because some have salts or ingredients that contain gluten), peanuts, love pumpkin seeds, light string cheese, yogurt. You get the idea. So that said, here is a little peaky look at the menu we've got planned out for dinners this week:
Monday: Squash Soup(with squash from BB), with rolls(for the wheat eaters), and grilled chicken.
Tuesday: Homemade Pizza(gluten free crust for me, but also making reg crust for the wheat eaters) this will be top your own pizza night, the boys love it!
Wednesday: Turkey Taco Wednesday! (we eat ground turkey taco's every Wed, usually with olives, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and cilantro lime ranch dressing! Yum!)
Thursday: Roast and Potatoes(plus veggies on the side from BB)
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas and Cilantro Brown Rice(made with gf corn tortillas, gf cream of chicken, you get the idea)
Sunday: Well usually I don't make a big deal about dinner on Sunday because we get so busy, and try to visit and eat with our families, so if we are home, we usually just make something we have around the house.
I get a Bountiful Basket every Saturday, and usually plan our weekly meals around the booty we get, we pick up our basket, plan dinners for the week, and then grocery shop for what we don't have. It's definitely been an adjustment, but I love to cook, and I love making new recipes, or making old ones shiny new and gluten free!