Sunday, February 2, 2014

30 Day Gluten Free Diet Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 of the 30 Day Gluten-Free Diet Challenge has been excellent. I realized that I tend to use the recipes and meal ideas quite a bit once the challenge is over, but then I start slacking as the year goes on. Maybe I need to start doing it twice a year even though the actual challenge only happens in February.

Day 2:

Breakfast: Banana Pineapple Smoothie
For some reason, I used to think that smoothies were hard to make. That all changed the first time I tried the Banana Pineapple Smoothie from the book. At this point, I will make random smoothies with whatever fruit or other ingredients I have, but I almost always follow this general recipe. I wish you could actually taste the goodness that this photo cannot accurately portray.

Morning Snack:
I'm allergic to nuts, and I was at church during the time I would have had snack anyway, so today, I'm counting my morning snack as my cup of coffee I had after church. I didn't seem interesting enough to get a picture of it ;)

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich & Potato Chips
I got to use our new Cuisinart machine once again, only this time I used the panini press feature of it. I was really worried about burning it, so I made the mistake of leaving the heat too low. You can see the indentations, but you cannot tell that it was actually toasted. It tasted toasted, and the cheese was excellent melty goodness. Lesson learned for next time.
I wish I had gotten a pic of the smoothie I had with lunch too. I had some leftover for breakfast, so I finished it off with my lunch.

Afternoon Snack: Applesauce
We went apple picking last summer, and I made applesauce with the bountiful supply we picked. Most of the applesauce was frozen for later use as there was no way we could eat it quickly enough. This is one of the containers, and it worked perfectly so that I wouldn't have to buy store-bought apple sauce.

Dinner:  Stir-Fried Chicken & Vegetables in GF Teriyaki Sauce w/Brown Rice
I'm still having issues with chicken, so we subbed out steak instead of chicken. I'm also trying to figure out my weird personal issue with soy. I seem to have had slight effects from the soy sauce we used for the teriyaki sauce, but nothing like if I have soybean oil or soy lecithin (most people can't have soy, but they can have soybean oil and soy lecithin if they're intolerant to soy).
I'l let this meal speak for itself with pictures (note we also didn't use mushrooms because neither of us likes them--we used carrots instead).

A close-up and a shot of the whole meal:

I meant to take more pictures of prep, but this is when I got started--the steak is in the wok, and the teriyaki sauce is ready to be heated up in the sauce pan:

And this is the teriyaki sauce just before it was finished. This stuff is super easy to make, but I wish you could bottle it. As soon as it cools off, it hardens, so you have to make it fresh each time:

Evening Snack: Pineapple
Just a nice close-up of this wonderful fresh pineapple...

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