Wednesday, September 28, 2016


gluten free menu

All right. I'm back in town and had a blast letting other people cook for me and drive me around.
Back to reality. Fortunately hubs did a tiny bit of grocery shopping while I was gone, so the kitchen wasn't a total wasteland when I arrived home. In fact, there were meat roll ups waiting for me!

Since I arrived back in town late last night, I had today off work. Rather than be productive, I took the opportunity to sleep in, read a book, laze around, and generally be a bum. That means we ordered sushi for dinner. I'll go to the grocery store tomorrow... after the dentist. Merh.

Second breakfasts:
Greek yogurt + honey, fruit, nuts

Thursday- Vegetable soup + cornbread
Friday- Tuna salad + edamame
Spaghetti + broccoli. If I can find spaghetti squash at a reasonable price, I'll use that instead of noodles.
Sunday- Black bean enchiladas (with leftover spaghetti squash hidden inside)
Salmon + cauliflower

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quinoa Veggie Salad

When I made this for dinner tonight, I didn't plan on posting the recipe. I didn't think it would be that good. Hubs even remarked about the lack of meat as he served himself a helping. I'm TRYING to keep us healthy and fit. Especially because I basically had vodka and tator tots for dinner last night.
It's all about balance...

I expected this to be mediocre.
It's Tuesday, I'm tired. My feet hurt. I'm not in the mood for shenanigans. I don't want to make an elaborate gourmet dinner.
You know what I really wanted? Chicken nuggets and tator tots warming in the toaster oven while I sat on the couch with my feet up and a glass of wine. But like I said, healthy. And I should probably limit that behavior.

As it turns out, this dish was actually really good.
I didn't want it, but when I started eating I realized this is what my body needed and it was delicious.
It's fine for us as a meatless meal, but in the future I'd make it for a potluck or something.

gluten free quinoa veggie

Made with quinoa, edamame, and black beans, this meatless dish has enough protein to satisfy... I think. The real test is after I eat the leftovers at work tomorrow, throw myself back into the lab gauntlet, and see if I get hungry by 3pm.

Basically though, it's fine for a weeknight dinner.

The idea is to throw a bunch of veggies together in a bowl with quinoa and beans, then toss with lime juice. For the specifics of this dish, read on:

Quinoa Veggie Salad

Start quinoa on the stovetop.

Saute red onion, chopped carrot, frozen shelled edamame, chopped kale, and a can of rinsed black beans. Season with salt, pepper, ground thyme, and garlic powder.

In a bowl, mix slivered almonds, chopped cucumber, and the juice of two limes. Add the sauteed ingredients and the cooked quinoa, still hot. Mix to distribute.

Be surprised at how the flavors jive, and be humbled by the power of fresh lime juice.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


gluten free menu

I had a lot of fun this weekend. Saturday included lunch with long-lost friends, a bit of shopping, a few minutes of nephew and sister time, and a night full of bbq and good company.

I got a bit of me time wandering around Target this afternoon, finding everything on my list, most of it on sale!

Wishing I had another day before the work week starts again. I feel like I've been moving nonstop.
Maybe I can grab a nap before dinner.

Here are this week's eats:

Second breakfasts:
waffles + peanut butter
cottage cheese + blueberries + almonds

Monday- Honey lime chicken with edamame rice- This was eh. Make this instead.
Quinoa veggie salad
Beef something-or-other. Probably in the crock pot.
Tuna salad + carrot chips
Salmon + broccoli

Saturday I'm checking out Calvin's first T-ball game, being forced to participate in a 5k, then making an appearance at a birthday party.

Sunday I'm headed to New York for another training! Yay hotels and happy hour receptions and free vending machines!

And when I get back, I have another dentist appointment to look forward to. Mugh.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

No bake pumpkin cheesecake

Sooo. I didn't take a picture of this until it was almost gone. It was that good. And so easy.

This recipe happened because I wanted cheesecake. I wanted pumpkin. I didn't want to turn on the oven. So I grabbed what I had: a can of pumpkin, a bar of cream cheese, and a package of pudding mix.

Hey-yo! Delicious.

gluten free no bake pumpkin cheesecake

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

In the stand mixer, combine:
1 can of pumpkin
1 block of cream cheese
1 T. pumpkin pie spice

In the meantime, prepare the crust by mixing:
1 c. GF flour
1/4 c. melted butter
and pressing it into an 8-inch pan.

When the filling is all mixed, slowly whip in 1 package of unprepared pudding mix (GF). Get it nice and fluffy. Pour it into the pan and refrigerate overnight.

See? Easy. And the kitchen doesn't get any hotter.

Dirty quinoa

gluten free dirty quinoa

A twist on dirty rice-- this dish mixes sausage, bell pepper, onion, kale, and quinoa. Pretty tasty. Hubs went back for seconds.

Dirty Quinoa

1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 red onion
1 c. kale
1/2 pkg GF sausage

Put a deep skillet on medium-high heat. Heat up the sausage until browned. Drain as much grease as you can. Sautee the onion, kale, and bell pepper in the remaining grease.

Stir in:
1 c. quinoa
2 c. water
1/4 t. ground thyme

Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, until the quinoa is cooked. Season with salt and pepper.

gluten free dirty quinoa

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Currently: Enjoying the long weekend. The Sunday blues are postponed! I originally asked to work the holiday weekend, but my boss insisted that I take it off. Smart lady.

The plan is to get the normal Sunday chores done today, so that tomorrow I'm free to do whatever I want, (any old time.) This rainy weather is not exactly motivating, but at least the laundry's getting done.

I'm working NEXT weekend so the schedule gets a bit wonky and I end up with two weekdays off this week. I'll take it!

Second breakfasts:
Hummus and carrots
Muffins with peanut butter

Monday- Chicken tacos
Tuesday- Sweet potato chili
Wednesday- Salmon + green beans
Thursday- Dirty quinoa
Friday- Tuna salad on cucumber slices
Saturday- Paninis?