Recipe: Tuna Patties

After being in a eating-rut, I finally made a recipe off my pinterest board and it was superb!

And in true Stacey-fashion, I didn’t follow the directions all that well, so….

I used parsley instead of dill, doubled the broccoli amount, halved the quinoa amount, used olive oil-based mayo and not traditional, and friend them in leftover bacon grease instead of coconut oil (I’m allergic to coconut and I love bacon – true southern woman so I have leftover bacon grease in my frig).Β 

These are truly delicious! I could have eaten the entire batch but tried to control myself so I could have some left over for lunch tomorrow.Β 

Recipe: Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

I am obsessed with this recipe ! Beef Stroganoff has been a favorite of mine for years, dating all the way back to Mom making the hamburger helper version growing up.

I did make some modifications so I’m going to write out the recipe below but the modifications were made because I didn’t have some of the ingredients the first time I made it. πŸ™‚

1 package of mushrooms (pick your favorite kind)
1 white onion
1 lb. of ground beef, browned (you could use any kind of ground meat)
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
onion powder
garlic powder

I sautΓ© the diced mushrooms and white onion until almost done. Next, add the browned meat and mix in. Add the wine and yogurt. Sprinkle the onion and garlic powder over the top of the skillet. Stir and let simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes. Serve in a bowl.

Some people following the paleo diet will still cook with wine and will eat yogurt and some people won’t. It’s personal prefernce. I’m not sure what you could substitute for these two ingredients in this recipe however.

You could add quinoa or any noodles you want to to make this more of a “true” beef stroganoff recipe but the flavors don’t need it (and neither does my waist line). Enjoy!

Recipe: Depression-Era Cake

My niece turned one back in February (still working on writing the post about her birthday party and my world-wind trip to Dallas) and my best friend (her mom) used this recipe for her cupcakes. I wasn’t the only person at the party that is gluten-free and a couple of the other party animals are also egg- and dairy-free so this recipe is perfect.

The recipe originated out of the Great Depression and world wars when people didn’t have eggs and milk to be able to cook with. It uses vinegar and water reaction (could be a pretty cool cook experiment to do with small children) to make it fluffy. We made the gluten-free version into cupcakes which turned out fabulous! I’ve since made this recipe three times because it is so easy and allergy-free. Enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I am a table leader for the membership class at church for 9 weeks which has given me a great opportunity to try some new recipes. There are a couple people at my table that are gluten-free and dairy-free which makes paleo recipes intising.

After pinterest-ing for much longer than is healthy, I decided to try this recipe. It was really good! I didn’t have any leftovers after class so I’m assuming everyone else thinks it’s pretty good too. I actually followed the recipe for this one (probably because it’s measure, combine, and dump) with my cooking time being closer to 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Almond Shortbread Cookies

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See the original recipe at Brittany Angell’s blog

CrossFit Matters had a fall paleo BBQ/family hangout at the box Friday night. We all signed up to bring food items on facebook. I was at work and quickly trying to decide what I was going to bring when I notice that no one had signed up for dessert. I figured I had lucked out so I signed up for it – then I read all of the instructions. No dairy, no gluten, no grain (including corn), no sugar (artificial/processed but not at all is preferred), no eggs, no legums (soy and peanuts). How in the world do you make dessert without all of those things?!?

I eat a gluten-free diet and have no dairy issues but still stay away from cow’s milk (I like almond milk) but this was going to be a challenge – no wonder no one else had signed up for dessert! After several hours of internet scouring, I ran across this recipe and I am so happy that I did! It’s quick and easy and was a huge hit at the party! There were zero cookies left to take home (much to my roomate’s disappointment).

Recipe Adaptations: I used honey for my sweetener and vanilla for the extract but I left out the salt, food coloring,Β and the liquid stevia. Although I attempted the pinwheel, I found that it used too much dough for the quantities I was trying to achieve so I just rolled them out and used a couple of cookie cutters. My cook time was about 9 minutes.

Tip: the thicker cookies taste more like shortbread (which is what I was going for) πŸ™‚

Bruschetta

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This is just about the easiest recipe ever – it’s an open, dump, and eat variety – but it’s amazing so here it is!

Ingredients:

  • Trader Joe’s Lentils (in the refrigerator case by salad)
  • Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Sauce (in the refrigerator case by salsa)
  • Feta Cheese Crumbles (or any cheese of your choice – my friend uses goat cheese crumbles)

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

This recipe actually tastes better after it’s been in the refrigerator for 24 hours or more. You can enjoy it on french rolls to have the “true” bruschetta experience but I am gluten-free so I just eat it with a spoon. This is a great recipe to take to a party or function to share with a crowd because it literally takes less than 20 minutes (including standing in line to check out Trader Joe’s) and it’s great for the masses with all kinds of dietary needs.

Review

I’ve been packing a lot into my weeks recently and have been remiss in updating/tracking my life. (I’m such an engineer since I want to track my life but o well – embrace what God gave you!). So here’s the highlights from this past week:

Monday: Bored at work which is rare, very rare in fact. Gospel Community (small group at church) was at different location this week. An all single male group offered to cook for us (all single female group) and it tasted amazing! We had grilled hamburgers, chicken and asparagus with all the fixin’s and the girls brought gluten-free dessert since we (all the girls) eat gluten-free. The boys were sweet to research GF cooking and celiac disease. It was a nice time to talk and meet some new people.

Tuesday: Still bored at work. My friend text me late in the day about having a rough day at his new job (he’s still in orientation which can be painful) so I volunteered to cook spaghetti if he was willing to help out with soccer sports camp at church. We were late but that’s ok – we made it and had a great time! It’s a real testament to God to see 25+ at risk youth from the neighborhood playing with each other and following directions. It also hurts my heart that no one from the Redeemer body sends their kids to camp. It’s more or less free. I pray that we truly reach out as a congregation and embrace our city, not just in words but in actions.

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Wednesday: Work is still boring which means next week is going to be a tough one. Soccer camp again after work. It’s neat to have the parent’s and kids start to remember you and want to know your name. The kids I played uno with last week were also there and recognized me. πŸ™‚

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Thursday: flew to Houston and back for a couple of meetings. It’s crazy to me that I am in a position with my company less than three years and that I would need to make a physical appearance for a singular day. Most of the time I try to be more efficient and combine meetings but wasn’t able to on this trip. I’ve also hit a point in my life where I want to be at my house. I pay good money to rent here and love to sleep in my own bed so I was willing to leave early and come home late to do so. The meetings were ok – I struggle managing this particular vendor (which is why I had to go in person and not via the telephone) but it was a productive meeting with them.

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I was also able to buy antelope hunting clothing. If you’re not sure what that entails, it is all khaki zip-off pants and a fishing shirt. I didn’t find the trail running shoes yet but I’m going back to Texas this week so there’s still time. I love to shop at Academy sports and outdoors. It’s like a cheap Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop but for more mainstream sports. I’ll have to explain how I was gifted with this trip at a later date.

Friday: worked a half day and then took one of my friends out to lunch since she’s moving to Texas. Unfortunately, I introduced her to Spin Pizza on her last full week in town and she loved it. O well, I’ll have to introduce her to some of the amazing places to eat in Houston. It is going to be fun to have someone to go to dinner with in Houston since I’m down there so much. I had my eye examined, took a nap, and got my hair cut Friday afternoon. I wasn’t really planning on the haircut but was sick of my current hair style, which was really a lack of hair style, so I called my hairdresser and she gave me this bob that I’m in love with πŸ™‚

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Top the day off with popcorn for dinner and falling asleep to a movie in my bed and it’s a great week!

Saturday: got up early to run 4 miles with a great friend of mine that ended in gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and iced coffee for breakfast. We sat outside at Mud Pie vegan bakery and coffeehouse chatting for a good while before walking the 1.5 miles back home.

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I love being able to run to restaurants and coffeehouses (I also love great conversation which Lee is a guarantee for). I then had coffee with my gospel community leader and had my eyebrows waxed.

At 2pm I met two of my coworkers and friends at Cellar Rat for a case taste wine tasting. For $5 you can try 12 wines which you can purchase (mix and match) a case for $100 which ends up being a significant savings. We ate sushi for a super late lunch/early dinner and then went back to buy our case of wine.

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I followed drunken, sushi bliss with dress shopping on the plaza for something to wear to the conference I’m going to next week in Florida. Thankfully I had quick success finding a dress on sale and at the first store. My friend met me to grab coffee and help him pick out dress shoes before going to see Despicable Me 2 with a couple other guys. It’s always fun to go see an animated movie but especially with four grown men πŸ™‚

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Sunday (today): full of errands and laying around. I made going away bags for the people traveling to Haiti this week and then went to a pool to hang out. Church at 7pm which is always a blessing. I’ll try to post my response on here this week. It was a sermon that hit home with me (which is fairly typical actually) which is always welcome. Now it’s time for bed in anticipation for the week ahead and crossfit at 6am.

Goodnight and God bless.

Ugh Gluten…

I’ve been eliminating my gluten intake for the past week in an attempt to prove to myself that I am in fact not allergic to it. I am thankful God has a sense of humor.

Not eating gluten has been coupled with not eating foods high in sugar (sweets/desserts but I can have fruit which has lots of sugar) as well as trying to focus on making everything whole/natural.

I’ve lost 7 pounds in a week.

Some of this weight is water weight and will probably return but it’s incredible! It’s all coming off from my stomach and chin which are the two places I don’t like having it the most. I think I’ve been thru the worst part of it now because the headaches and wanting to passout sensations have passed.

I was also able to go eat fajitas with a good friend in Houston tonight and actually enjoy them all night. Typically, I get really bloated and want to go to sleep immediately after eating but tonight I’m fine (all buttons still buttoned) and I’m awake (enought to be writing this anyway).

I only “cheated” once. You can’t even really call it cheating since I wasn’t committed long term to these nutritional choices for the last week but let’s not get technical…I drank a raspberry beer while at a fundraising/happy hour/meeting with the VP after work on Monday evening. My stomach responded accordiningly and I have to admit, it wasn’t really worth it.

I’m not going to be as careful as my mom and brother about gluten contamination at this point but I am going to stick to not knowingly consuming it. It’s been great to see some progress in the gym and in my figure this week πŸ™‚