Where to start? It’s been awhile. I guess you can say I’ve been in a bit of a funk for the last month. I think that GF has finally caught up to me. We’ve been traveling a lot and it hasn’t been easy. Or to say it in a more positive way, it’s been challenging. My little soft-sided blue cooler has been my constant companion. As long as I have my McCormick’s Salt & Pepper with me, and a few snack bars and some fresh fruit, I feel ok going out. But still, I feel so left out when everyone else is eating what everyone else is eating, and I’m not.
Anyway, I have a whole lot to write about. I think I’ll start with the yogurt snack that’s been a mainstay when we’re home. Here is the very simple recipe:
gf Plain Yogurt
honey, to taste
granola, to taste
red Seedless Grapes, halved
Mix the honey and granola into the yogurt. After ingredients are well-blended, add fruit. Yum! Next time, I’m going to try and remember to add some flax seeds to it, as I’m trying to add flax seeds to my diet in a big way.
Granola was one of the more difficult foods to give up when I found out I had Celiac Disease. One of the foods I ate almost every day is the yogurt, fruit, granola combo I mentioned above. It was hard to find something to replace that, so when I found two different kinds of granola that are more than acceptable and I found that they were kick-your-heels in glee delicious, and great as a snack or mixed in some plain yogurt, I was able to bring the yogurt back into my life! Very Berry Crunch is made by Enjoy Life! I haven’t tried their other flavors, but I’ll bet they’re delicious. The other kind is made by a company called Bakery On Main. They have several flavors…the one I tried and love is Nutty Maple Cranberry Granola. Those two granolas are among some of my best recent GF finds! I found both at Whole Foods, though I’m sure other stores carry them. Plus you can order them from their websites.
I only have a picture of the Bakery On Main granola. But know that both kinds are very good. This pictured granola is heftier, with larger pieces of ingredients. The Enjoy Life granola is smaller and more crushed, both are great.
I’m going to try and make some muffins using both of the granolas. I haven’t done a lot of baking and we are having a group of people visit us at the end of July. They will be here for a continental breakfast and for lunch. So, I’m looking for some good baked items that we can serve for breakfast. Any ideas for muffins, scones, etc., please let me know.
These are expensive compared to other non-GF granolas, but Celiacs don’t have much of a choice unless we don’t eat these things or we figure out a way to make them on our own. For me, I am ao very grateful to be able to afford to pay extra money and have the food that I can eat. I do feel really badly for people who are Celiacs and can’t afford to buy the high-priced items that we are able to eat. Though, on one of the listservs, someone mentioned that Amazon.com now has a grocery store where you can buy GF foods for significantly less money than in the stores or at other websites. I haven’t tried that yet. I still like going shopping for my food on my own.
One of the best new finds I made is a bread created by Ina Garden. It is more than fantastic and fabulous. It is the first GF bread that I can eat without toasting it. I’m not kidding. Run as fast as you can and get this bread. And if you can’t find it in your local health food stores (or wherever you buy GF foods), BEG the manager of the store to get it. Ok, it’s expensive. $6.99 a loaf. But worth every penny. I’ve had it untoasted, toasted with butter, toasted with butter and jam, untoasted with grilled marinated tempeh and avocado and ketchup and mustard. It is just fantastic! I called up the owner and told her that though she didn’t know me, I loved her. She could have written me off as a crazy woman, but she was very kind and really seemed to appreciate the feedback. If only the Celiac community can continue to get these kind of homemade, high quality products, we will not feel so left out of the mainstream. Kudos to Ina Garden for making this for us.
Well, that’s it for now. More to come if I can stay out of the funk I’ve been in. Maybe the wonderful summer produce that is beginning to appear at the markets will give me hope:).