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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Month of June!

For the last several months, I’ve been weaning myself off of dairy products–milk, cheese, ice cream, butter–all of it! And I’ve felt tons better! (And I mean TONS!) For instance, normally, I have horrible seasonal allergies, and this year was supposed to the worst in three years for our region–but being off dairy, my body was able to fight the allergens and I only had to take an allergy pill about three times all season! On top of that, my stomach has felt better. I didn’t even realize I felt bad, but those couple of days that I would add it back in as a “test,” I definitely felt it. So, I have noticed a beneficial difference, and–as much as I can–I’m going to try to stay off of dairy for good.

I thought I would miss cooking with butter, but between olive oil and coconut oil, I really don’t miss that too much. I thought I would miss cheese, but I’ve noticed that I am enjoying the flavors of different fruits and vegetables and grains on their own without it. Having said that, the one thing I’ve missed the most is probably mac-n-cheese…but I only miss it when I see someone else eating it. So, I found this recipe that is pretty much like it but uses cauliflower, dijon, nutritional yeast and garlic for the flavor instead, and I used soy milk instead of milk. It’s not quite the same, but it’s enough the same that I don’t feel like I’m missing out…and it’s has quite a bit fewer calories than its original counterpart!

In the meantime, I’ve also had quite a few friends find out they are not only allergic to dairy but also allergic to gluten. So, rather than go to an allergist, I thought I’d run my own experiment. This month, I’m going to try to be dairy-free AND gluten-free, and see how it goes. Now, for the record, I have nothing against dairy or gluten or wheat, and I believe God gave us all things richly to enjoy! But, we also live in a fallen world–and that means our bodies have weaknesses, including allergies for some. Plus there is research that suggests the nutritional content of our food is significantly different from that of our Old Testament ancestors. Needless to say, I am one of those flawed, fallen creatures with a weakened body. No, I’m not sickly or anything. In fact, I’m pretty healthy, but I want to be as healthy as I can be and be a good steward with the body God’s given me–flawed as it may be. So, I’m trying to fuel it with the type of fuel it needs and runs best on (kind of like not putting gasoline in a Mercedes Benz when it needs diesel to run best).

One thing I’m learning is that having allergies doesn’t have to be a death sentence…or a death sentence to enjoying good food! I love pure, raw, unadulterated produce! As close to the earth as it can come! And I’m not sure I would have figured that out without experimenting with these foods apart from the common allergens. I’ve also learned that cooking for those with food allergies can be a means of hospitality and care for my brothers and sisters in Christ or as a means of showing love and grace to unbelievers I come in contact with.

So, I’m starting by compiling recipes! One list I came across that seems to have a good smattering of recipes in different categories like breakfast, breads, side dishes, desserts, etc., is from Gluten Free Goddess’s blog. It has quite an extensive assortment. Another thing I did was create a board on Pinterest for GF-DF (gluten-free, dairy-free). Feel free to follow it, as I’ll keep adding new recipes as I come across them.

Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 10.22.48 PMJust look how colorful some of these recipes are!! Yum! I can’t wait to try them!

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And I found these helpful, snapshot, meal-planning ideas on Pinterest too:

Do you have a favorite gluten-free, dairy-free recipe? Share in the comments, please! And enjoy the journey!

Journey Journal: Days 4-6

Day 4: Friday, January 4, 2013

Had a small glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee with my multi-grain pancakes before heading to work. Good day at work, though it didn’t feel like Friday with a holiday right in the middle of the week. Lunch was a few leftover pork, brussels sprout, and carrot egg rolls with a half a cup of homemade baked apples. Had a cup of tea and a square of dark chocolate for an afternoon snack, and did some reorganizing in the back office at work, which I counted as my weight training for the day. After work, we walked 1.5 miles. For dinner, I had some barbecued beef on a small pumpernickel roll with a slice of swiss cheese, a salad, green beans, and more baked apples for dessert.

Day 5: Saturday, January 5, 2013

Slept in! Praise God for Saturdays! Bryan made rice and eggs for breakfast, and we had some baked apples again–they’re kind of addicting! Didn’t track my food today–it’s good to have a cheat day about once a week. We still focused on vegetables and lean meat, and we walked a 5K together in the afternoon before heading out on our continued search for an elliptical. We think we found the one we want, thanks to some recommendations from friends. For dinner, we had our friends Jared and Heather over and got to use our shish kebab set for the first time! (It was a Christmas gift from my folks.) We marinated some beef and pork, along with shallots and bell peppers and fired up the grill. Our friends brought baked broccoli, and we had some mushroom garlic risotto as a small side. For dessert, we shared a French Press of coffee with some dark chocolate. We talked much…of life and struggles, of freedom and truth, of sorrows and joys, and much of Christ. So thankful for godly comrades in the faith that share a passion for Jesus. It was a sweet ending to a long week.

Day 6: Sunday, January 6, 2013

More pancakes and coffee for breakfast. Lunch was a smorgasbord of leftovers–cleaning out the fridge before grocery shopping time again. We had pork and rice with mushrooms, onions, and peppers: it hit the spot! My cousin Ryan made it into town, ready for his final semester of college! We had a good conversation with him and one of his fellow students. Then when the guys gathered upstairs to listen to old records, I decided to take a 2.5 mile walk (to finish my weekly 25K goal). It was a beautiful afternoon, and I meditated on the mercy of God (the attribute of God that we reviewed with our second graders this morning). After a quick shower, we headed to church for a “Concert of Prayer” service. It was times of prayer interspersed with various songs reflecting on the different types of prayer: from adoration, to confession, to petition and intercession, and finally, thanksgiving. It was beautiful! We did some prayer times individually, some with a prayer partner, and some in small groups. It was a refreshing time. And afterwards, my cousin and his friend came back to the house for a dinner of cubed steak, salad, and roasted vegetables (parsnips, carrots, cauliflower, red potatoes and onions), more conversation and good music, and a dessert of wontons filled with baked apples–fried, and tossed in cinnamon sugar. And now for bed, as we must rise early for Bryan’s first day back to school for the semester! Not sure where Christmas break went. Good night.

Summer Basket and Weekly Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Celery, Kiwi, Valencia Oranges, South Carolina Peaches, Local Green Bell Peppers, Flavorosa Pluots, Spinach, White Corn, Hurricane Creek Red Oak Lettuce, Parisi Farms Tomatoes, Parisi Farms Potato Medley and Parisi Farms Marketmore Cucumbers. What a beautiful summer basket!!

Weekly Menu Plan:

New Recipes: (others can be found on M&H’s Recipes Archive Page)

  • Fruit, Cheese and Herb Skewers (instead of skewers, I layer them in a large mouth mason jar and drizzle with a mixture of 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar – it’s faster and has a fun tangy sweetness!)
  • Green Pepper Egg Rings with Tomatoes
  • Giada’s Spinach Lasagna Rolls
  • Cream Cheese Dill Spread (for Cucumber Sandwiches and/or Veggie Dip): combine 2 blocks of cream cheese with 1/2 c. mayonnaise and 1/2 c. sour cream; add 1 Tbsp. dried dill (or 2 Tbsp. fresh), 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Peel cucumbers and slice thin for sandwiches.
  • Chicken Satay
  • Thai Cucumber Salad (add cooked and chilled rice noodles to salad, if desired, or serve rice noodles hot on the side)
  • “Compost Pizza”

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day of Irish inspired feasting, recognizing the patron saint of Ireland for bringing Christianity to Ireland. There is wearing of green and talking of leprechauns and eating of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage.

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included traditional Irish ingredients, like Local Green Cabbage and Red Potatoes, Jumbo Carrots and Yellow Onions, along with some other seasonal goodies, including Parisi Farms Turnip Greens, Parisi Farms Beets with Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Bananas, Valencia Oranges, Braeburn Apples, Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit, Shallots, and Boston Butter Lettuce.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan that aren’t on the M&H Blog‘s Recipes Archive Page:

Weekly Meal Plan and Recipe Ideas

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Green Beans, N.C. Covington Yams, Rainbow Chard, Brussels Sprouts, Fuji Apples, Hurricane Creek Tomatoes, Yellow Onions, Grapefruit, Green Leaf Lettuce, Garlic, Sunburst Tangerines, and Blueberries. What a colorful basket!

Some of you may be thinking, “Brussels Sprouts?! Really!? Who eats Brussels Sprouts?!” This poor vegetable has earned a bad rap, especially among kids. My personal opinion is that if you’re thinking that, you’ve never had Brussels Sprouts prepared properly. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I took the picture of this week’s basket’s, I put everything else away, and immediately cleaned the Brussels Sprouts and cut them in half, pan frying them with salt, pepper and garlic in a combination of butter and olive oil. Yum!

Now for this week’s meal plan, using Pepperplate.com:

Recipes from this week’s meal plan:

Other Recipe Options:

Weekly Recipes and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Red Potatoes, Yellow Onions, Jonagold Apples, Bosc Pears, Pomegranates, Roma Tomatoes, Shallots, Parisi Farms’ Broccoli Crowns, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash. My butternut squash so was so adorable – yes, I honestly think produce can be cute. ;) Some baskets had kiwi and lettuce, but I have plenty of lettuce because I had coupons to use from Organic Girl by the end of 2011.

This Week’s Meal Plan: I’m eating a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet, with only 5% of my calories from animal protein, but I did add optional meat, egg, and cheese options for my husband.
Recipes in the Meal Plan:

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan via PepperPlate.com

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Braeburn Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Kiwifruit, Red Potatoes, Navel Oranges, Broccoli, Portabella Mushroom Halves, Parisi Farms’ Lettuce Mix and Butternut Squash, Bio-Way Farm’s Cilantro and Greens (Sensopai, Collards, or Kale), Hurricane Creek Farm’s Cucumbers, and Chef’s Greenhouse Radish Microgreens (picture taken via Instagram).

And here is the Meal Plan I created using PepperPlate.com (an amazing online recipe organizer and meal planner that populates a shopping list):

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Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

And some extra recipes that might be fun:

Also, I am eager to attempt Homemade English Muffins from Simply Life’s Blog!

I hope you all have a restful and refreshing weekend full of delicious, healthful meals and some down time. The only thing I have planned is a walk with a friend, coffee (and maybe dinner) with another friend, and church on Sunday. I love low-key weekends!

What’s on YOUR menu this week?!

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Braeburn Apples, Kiwifruit, Ruby Grapefruit, Yellow Sweet Jumbo Onions, D’Anjou Pears, Celery, Romaine Lettuce, Klamath Pearl Potatoes, Chiogga Beets, Hass Avocados, Limes, Roma (Plum) Tomatoes, and Hurricane Creek Cucumbers.

Beautiful Organic Produce!!

From this week’s basket, the recipe ideas I came up with included the following:

And here’s a meal plan that uses the majority of the recipes above, along with some others. Mix and Match the possibilities and figure out what works best for your family! Click on the meal plan below for the PDF with links to recipes.
Bon Appetit! And Enjoy the Journey! Happy Weekending!
By the way, I’m taking a blogger break this weekend, so I’ll see you back on Monday! Don’t forget to enter the contest for the Joy Bauer Food Cures book by Tuesday at noon EST. It really is a fabulous resource!!

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan for November 4-11

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included the following: Bio-Way Scallions, Bio-Way Mustard Greens (hiding off to the left hand side of this picture), Macintosh Apples, Golden Tangelos, Parsnips, Bananas, Seedless Crimson Grapes, Leeks, Spring Mix, Parisi Farms Green Peppers, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farms Eggplant (mine are green).

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

And finally, check out this week’s Meal Plan:
For an interactive PDF with recipe links, click on the meal plan above or here.

Go ahead and wash those grapes and toss them in a freezer for a fast, fun snack! I can’t wait to try the “Crustless Mini Pies” using last week’s butternut squash tomorrow night! I might just have to go ahead and make it tonight!

By the way, if your eggplants were green like mine, eggplants don’t change color as they ripen. Some are purple and some are green, so go ahead and throw them in some curry or grill them with olive oil and seasonings. Whatever you do, enjoy them!

Bon Appetit! And have a great weekend!

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan

For the last several months I’ve been sharing recipe ideas and creating a meal plan for the Milk and Honey Organics blog (The Beehive Buzz). I’ve decided I’m going to start posting the ideas and meal plan on here as well each Friday. I hope you enjoy this!

This Week’s Basket: Grape Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, Cucumbers, Kale, Microgreens, Lemons, Bartlett Pears, Red Potatoes, White Mushrooms, Baby Spinach, Valencia Oranges, Granny Smith Apples.

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

The simplest way to eat butternut squash is to slice it in half, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and your favorite herb (I like rosemary, sage or thyme), and roast cut side up at 450F for 45 minutes. Once it’s cooked, you can store it in the refrigerator for about a week and add it to various dishes or reheat as a side item.

Last night, I made “Thanksgiving Soup” by adding 1 ½ c. of cooked butternut squash to 1 can of organic chicken broth, 2 c. of cooked whole wheat spaghetti, and ½ can of whole berry jellied cranberry. Add salt, pepper, and herbs to taste. Heat through and serve hot.

For More Recipes, check out the Recipe Archives Page on M&H’s Beehive Buzz blog. And here’s a simple, budget-friendly meal plan:

Bon Appetit! ~Melissa