Whew-- lots of cooking this week! With Marc out of town all week for RUF staff training in Atlanta, I made it my goal to "get ahead." So I focused mostly on foods where I could make a big ol' batch and stock up my freezer!
My top 2 crowning achievements of the week... (I know this may seem pathetic to some of you, but I have to admit, I'm quite proud of myself! When you're forced to cook with new, weird things like "xantham gum" & "quinoa flour," it calls for celebration when it actually turns out edible! ha!)
Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, & egg-free blueberry muffins from scratch!
And a GF,DF,SF,EF (can I just abbreviate & spare myself the trouble?) lasagna! It was DELICIOUS!!! There is only one brand of cheese that I've found that is gluten, dairy, & soy free and melts just like the real stuff-- it's sold at Whole Foods. (which is over an hour away from my house, so we have to stock up on it when we can.) And we still had enough to freeze 4 big pieces for future meals for Caroline!
A GF,DF,SF chili in the crockpot. Again, perfect for freezing extras.
Some GF,DF,SF,EF FLOURLESS "peanut butter" cookies! (we used almond butter) After I baked them all, I put the rest in ziplock bags & into the freezer. (someone told me I could do this & they'd still be good... is it true??)
And we're still juicing our veggies & fruits! To be honest, this one wasn't all that yummy to ME (there wasn't enough fruit to cover over the "veggie" taste), but Caroline still loved it. (How many 2 yr. olds eat that in a day?? By the way, I know several of you have said you're interested in getting a juicer & trying it out. If so, be sure to drink the juice as fresh as possible-- if you let it sit in your fridge, it loses the nutrients & should be discarded after 24 hours.)
And even though it probably lost all of its nutritional value doing this, I took some of the remaining juice, poured them into freeze pop containers, & put 'em in the freezer so she can get a cold frozen "pop."
Baked pork chops, fresh green beans (her favorite veggie), & black beans. (this wasn't for freezing)
And I found this stuff at our regular grocery store-- it happens to be GF,DF,SF, etc. with no nitrates or MSG.
So it was easy to saute it over olive oil with fresh veggies and waa-lah- a meal! (also not for freezing)
These hands of love are tired!
But my daughter, YOU are worth it all.