Dec 29, 2012

Dec 29, 2012

Oatmeal with apple sauce, hemp hearts, and raisins
Stovetop Stuffing + grilled cabbage
Kyle's red curry

recipe: low-gluten lemon cranberry muffins

I'm trying out a reduced wheat diet. When I stick with it, I feel better - more energy, less lethargy, and a ..uh.. calmer digestive system. Fortunately Bulk Barn has loads of gluten free flours, and my sister (wheat/gluten-intolerant) has already given me some tips. This marks my first real attempt of gluten free baking (I don't count the awful chickpea-flour pancakes I tried a couple weeks ago), and I'm sooo happy with it!!  Actually... I added 1/4 cup of wheat flour, partially as a safety crutch and partially to use up the remaining flour. To make them fully gluten free, you could switch it out for 1/4 cup of your favourite gluten-free flour.

I made mini-muffins because they're the perfect size for snacking.

"Gluten-Free" Lemon Cranberry Muffins
Ease: 2 easy
Time: 4 not very quick
Ingredients: 4 not very easy
Source: I combined these two recipes and improvised a bit where I didn't have certain ingredients: Jules Speaks Lemony Cranberry  Muffins and this Universal Gluten-Free Muffin Mix.

  • 5 Tbsp margarine
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp zest (lemon & orange) 
  • 2.5 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup soy flour
  • 1/4 cup white/whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp xantham gum
  •  1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ~ 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped (I used the chop attachment on my hand blender)
  1. Cream sugar and margarine together in a large bowl (I used the wisk attachment for my hand blender).
  2. Add eggs, yogurt, vanilla, zest, and lemon juice. Beat well (I still used my hand blender wisk here). 
  3. In a (smaller) separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. 
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until well-combined (this goes against my instinct for making muffins, but the dough was thick and gummy and needed lots of mixing to avoid dry pockets of flour). 
  5. Fold in chopped cranberries. 
  6. Spoon into lightly-greased mini muffin tray and smooth a bit. 
  7. Cook at 400 F for 10 minutes, until lightly browned on top. (Closer to 20 minutes for normal sized muffins, I think). 

Dec 28, 2012

Meals Dec 28, 2012

sweet potato and cranberry casserole

Dec 27, 2012

Meals Dec 27, 2012

Stovetop stuffing
oatmeal with raisins and maple syrup
crême brulée ice cream
vegetable crumble (cauliflower and broccoli in cream sauce)

Meal Plan Dec 27

Kyle's curry
  • New Years Eve tradition: finger foods/appetizers. Veggies & dip & hummus, mushroom pizza, french onion soup bites, chicken nuggets, bean dip with tortilla chips
  • Pasta with tomato sauce
  • Veggie burgers (on collard leaves for me)
  • Chow mean/stir fry with tofu (on rice for me)
  • Kyle's curry
  • Snacks: potatoes, beets, veggie dogs, guacamole, clementines, pears, apples & cheddar, carrots
  • Breakfast:  oatmeal, Grandma's grain,

Dec 19, 2012

Meal Plan Dec 19

Kyle's curry
  • Ginger noodle stir fry
  • Kyle's curry
  • Kyle's pasta
  • Quesadillas for Nicole; Fajitas for Kyle
  • Snacks: Sweet potato and cranberry casserole, oranges, berries, pears, potatoes
  • Breakfast:  oatmeal

Dec 13, 2012

Meals Dec. 13, 2012

grandma's grain
rice (pilaf) with roasted potatoes/carrots
bean pie cookie
bean dip, rice crackers, toast fingers, hot chocolate

Dec 12, 2012

Meals Dec. 12, 2012

Breakfast: grandma's grain with apple sauce, raisins and hemp hearts

Snack: homemade caramel popcorn

Snack: greek salad on rice pilaf

Snack: spicy ketchup chips on BBQ dip

Dinner: sesame tofu with kale, collards, bok choy, and broccoli on brown rice

Dec 11, 2012

Meals Dec 11, 2012

Breakfast: grandma's grain with applesauce, raisins, and hemp hearts

Snack: boiled egg, 2 dates, slice of cheese

Snack: roasted vegetables on brown rice

Snack: homemade caramel popcorn and cookies

Dinner: rice crackers and triscuits with white bean dip, spicy ketchup chips with BBQ dip

Snack: mango

Dec 10, 2012

Meals Dec 10, 2012

Breakfast: three lemon raspberry muffins

Snack: grandma's grain with hemp hearts, raisins, and homemade unsweetened apple sauce

Snack: nachos with cheddar, salsa, red peppers, sour cream

Snack: boiled egg and sweet marie bar

Dinner: veggie burger on collard leaves with roasted potatoes and carrots

Snack: bean cookie pie with crême brulée ice cream

Dec 9, 2012

Meals Dec 9, 2012

Breakfast: polenta with cheese

Snack: bean dip with rice crackers

Lunch: greek salad and rice pilaf

Snack: bean cookie

Snack: chips and dip

Dinner: pad thai

Snack: half a fruit plate

Dec 8, 2012

Meals Dec 8, 2012

Breakfast: polenta with cheese, bacon, and milk

Snack: rice crackers topped with one piece of bacon and grated cheese

Snack: healthy(ish) deep dish cookie pie

Snack: small piece of homemade caramel, courtesy of sis

Dinner: Mediterranean medley

Dessert: small square of homemade 'sweet marie' bar, courtesy of mom

Snack: half a fruit plate

Dec 7, 2012

Meals Dec 7, 2012

Breakfast: mini sandwich with bacon, cheese, and tomato

Snack: toast with peanut butter and banana. Coffee.

Snack: rice with frozen peas, frozen carrots, and margarine

Snack: roasted chickpeas and wasabi peas

Dinner: veggie burger on collard green leaves with onions, mayo, and hot sauce.
Fries, mayo and ketchup

Snack: healthy(ish) deep dish cookie pie