Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Gluten Free Pasta Salad (Dairy and Gluten Free)

Here is a simple pasta salad that uses gluten free noodles.  There is definitely a difference between gluten free noodle brands.  I find the that the GoGo Quinoa Noodles work very well.  They stay soft even for next days leftovers.  This salad is dairy free however the addition of feta cheese would work very well ;) 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups small uncooked gluten free pasta (I find this one works the best)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet pepper
  • 1/3 cup black olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • chopped chives to taste (I used about a tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


Directions

  1. Cook pasta until al dente, drain and run under cold water to cool. 
  2. Put the pasta into a bowl. Add the tomatoes, olives, chives, basil, peppers, parsley, and cucumber into the bowl. 
  3. Add the vinegar, oil and seasoning. 
  4. Stir to fully coat pasta and vegetables with dressing.
  5. Let sit in fridge for 1 hour to absorb flavour.





Monday, June 20, 2016

Black Bean Burgers (Gluten Free with Vegan Option)

At least twice a week we stick to a vegetarian meal.  This is definitely a popular one in our home.  I always have a stock of cooked beans in our freezer so it is also a quick easy one to make.

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (separated)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 egg or 1 flax egg
  • 3-4 chopped mushrooms of choice (optional)
  • oil for frying 

Directions (makes 5-6 medium size patties)
  1. In a blender add 1 1/2 cups black beans, garlic, and onion.  Pulse until finely chopped.  Place in a bowl.
  2. Add the 1/2 cup reserved black beans and all remaining ingredients except the oil.
  3. Form into desired size patties.
  4. Heat oil in frying pan.
  5. Fry 3-5 minutes on each size or until browned and starting to crisp.  Do not over cook or they tend to get too soft and fall apart ;)
  6. I like to serve mine with a side of my nacho cheese dip.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (Dairy, Gluten and Egg Free with Limited Refined Sugar)

My daughter has been baking a lot in our home and these are definitely becoming a favourite for her. They have great flavour and don't dry out as quickly.  These are made without eggs as our little man has developed eczema.  



Baby eczema is generally caused by a food intolerance.  Since he is breastfed, that food is coming through my diet.  Often a baby will react to something of which the mother is intolerant.  Egg whites and dairy are high on my intolerance list.  So I have been very strict with keeping them out of my food and thankfully the eczema just about gone :)

Ingredients  
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons cups Bulk Pancake Recipe
  • 1 tablespoon egg replacer
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use a dark chocolate chip)
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup


Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare muffin tray.
  2. In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients.
  3. A medium size bowl add all the wet ingredients including the bananas.
  4. Stir or puree until fully mixed and then add the wet ingredients into the dry.
  5. Stir just until combined.
  6. Scoop into muffin tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Gluten Free Bulk Pancake Mix

I have been trying to simply some things at home as well as teach more independence for the girls.  I now have my oldest making pancakes using this bulk mix.  This mix can be prepared in advance and makes about 4 batches.  Each batch makes about 8-10 pancakes.
Ingredients 
  • 2 cups tapioca/arrowroot starch
  • 2 1/4 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

To Make Pancakes
  • 2 cups mix
  • 1 1/2-2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • chopped apple (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


Friday, February 26, 2016

Meet our Baby Isaiah

So it has taken me a little to write this post.  I have been  preoccupied, falling in love with our little boy.  Our precious son Isaiah arrived on February 18, 2016.  We are already so in love with him, our hearts are full.

For those of you who are interested in the birth story, I thought this would be a great place to write it out.  Isaiah was due February 16.  During the week leading up to this date I had been having a lot more Braxton Hicks and some other more "suspicious" contractions.  Overall I felt they were stronger than the regular BH but wasn't sure if it was the real thing.  On Isaiah's due date, our region was hit with a terrible snow storm.  I was warned by my midwife not to do anything that could induce labour.  No one wanted to drive in it! It was the one day in the week I really was hoping he would stay inside.
The amount of snow we received on his due date!

The next day I had midwife appointment and was told it could be in a day or so.  After much debate we decided that the girls should go to their Opa and Oma's house and that the dog should go to the kennel.  Of course with all that planning, nothing happened the first night :(

On the 18th I enjoyed a morning of movies and just hanging out with Dan.  We never have the TV on during the day...I felt like a rebel.  We decided to do a little shopping and go out for lunch so I could walk around.  I had felt stronger "contractions" throughout the morning and then during lunch I had a couple stronger contractions which had Dan saying, "We are going home!"  Since we were planing for our first home birth, I agreed.  No one wants a baby out in public.
2 hours before meeting Isaiah

Once home, I had a nap and felt a few more conractions throughout the afternoon, still not sure if these were the "real" ones.  I actually googled people's opinions on contractions because these were not what I remembered from the girls but they felt strong.  I was surprised to read more people experiencing the same feelings.  I now started to see that perhaps I was in labour.

By 5:00 pm I decided maybe I should time them to see if there was a pattern.  Well sure enough they were about 10 minutes apart and lasting for about a minute or longer.  Hmm maybe these are real.  So I did the true test and took a bath.  No change! Dan, who by now was getting a little anxious said, "I think we should call the midwives." Not being one to disturb others for no reason I said, "No not yet, I just want to be sure."  I can get a little too focussed on just moving things along which I think worries my husband.  About 10 minutes later I had one that took my breath away and told him we could call the midwife!

Both midwives arrived just after 7:00 pm.  Normally just one comes first, but they expected a quick labour due to my history. Unfortunately when they checked me, I was only 3 cm and still only having contractions about every 10 minutes.  In my head I was thinking....I did call them too early.

Determined not to be in labour long, I just kept walking around.  Meanwhile, the midwives were discussing with Dan about getting their equipment out of the car and making something to eat.  A moment or so later my water broke and the contractions came one on top of the other.  Plans changed. I barely had time get out of my wet clothes and make it to the bathroom.  Contractions lasted about 30 minutes and they were bearable.  Finally it was time to push!  Dan was right there and was able to "catch" him!  He was so honoured to be able to take our son. By 8:15 we were holding our Isaiah!
 

His name is one we had picked out around 4 months.  I really feel the meaning of a name has a bearing on the child and so I won't consider a name until I know what it means.  I had also been praying about choosing the right name.  I wanted a name that represented God being the centre/reason of your life but didn't know if there was a name to go with it.  One day Dan came home and inquired of the name Isaiah.  I like it a lot, but naturally wanted to know its meaning.  Wasn't I blown away when I found out Isaiah means; YAHWEH (GOD) is Salvation!  We never considered another name again.

We have really been enjoying having a little boy.  The girls are smitten with him.  They are constantly asking to hold him, walk around with him and smoother him with kisses.  He is a blessed little boy with such caring big sister.  My heart is full.