(**I know I am woefully behind in the GF/DF/SF updating game. I will post regarding each day until I’m caught up. I promise. I simply was too lazy to fire up the desktop each night last week. WHOOPS. My bad.**)
Wednesday started off with good intentions. Then there were breakfast wraps at my early morning meeting (Social Media Breakfast). And they were DELICIOUS.
Here’s the thing - I could’ve *really* gone off the rails - there was an entire 6 ft table filled with muffins and scones and other ridiculously good looking breakfast pastries. There were two trays of fruit - which I did partake in - but most of the breakfast offerings were heavenly temptresses of the gluten and sugar variety. So, when I got to the chaffing dishes labeled “Eggs and Bacon” and “Eggs with Sausage” I just had no more willpower. So I took an egg and bacon breakfast wrap and it was GOOD. Oh, it also contained cheese. So it was doubley off limits, but I didn’t care. I scarfed that sucker down like it was my last meal. (Not because the “diet” is really all that hard, but because I was really hungry.)
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. There was some sugar in the pre-seasoned pork loin I made, but sugar was the least of my worries when it came to this grand experiment. Actually, if I remember Wednesday correctly (which, honestly, I probably don’t), it was a pretty great day filled with no cravings or other missteps. Woot!
I did not plan very well yesterday. I didn’t bring enough stuff with me to work, so I was famished. ALL DAY LONG. Which meant when I go around to making dinner, there was totally not enough. I could’ve eaten all the tacos instead of just my 1.5 bowls full. Oops. I *think* I packed enough stuff for today…
Last night’s dinner was deemed delicious by the whole family. Chris mentioned it’s awesomeness on Facebook and commented about it to me several times - which means I can effectively swap the “recipe” into rotation for future use. (Not a surprise - we both freaking adore tacos and could/would eat them every day.)
There were a few things I learned and/or was surprised by:
Making your own taco seasoning is ridiculously easy and is way more delicious than using a packet (which likely contains gluten). It was almost as fast as ripping open a pouch and using the premixed seasoning.
(Recipe is here - ours was slightly modified since we didn’t have paprika and I don’t really like dried oregano: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-without-the-chili-powder/)
Making your own GF tortilla chips is also super easy… if you don’t burn them. They are also super tasty if the base tortilla you’re using is made with a little lime. OMGSOGOOD. Here’s what I did:
Preheat oven to 400
Take store bought GF white corn tortillas (I used HyVee generic) and split into stacks of 5 tortillas
Cut stacks into quarters
Lay your quarters out on a flat baking/cookie sheet (with or without non-stick spray) - make sure they don’t touch
Bake for 8 minutes (recipe said up to 12, but that totally burned my chips)
You can add seasoning (salt, cumin, garlic powder, etc.) if you want, but I didn’t need it for mine. The chips will be more “restaurant style” and are slightly thicker than traditional store-bought chips, but that’s my preference anyway. You *could flip the chips at four minutes to evenly brown both sides, but I’m lazy and didn’t do that and they are totally delicious anyway.
The one surprising craving I had last night (which I posted about) was for a cola. I must’ve been having a sugar/caffeine withdrawal because I totally would’ve broken down and had a soda last night if we’d had any in the house. I normally don’t crave sodas, but last night I *really* wanted one.
So far day 3 is going pretty well, but full disclosure: I cheated this morning. I’ll explain tomorrow…
I want a cola so badly right now.
I thought dropping sugar wouldn’t be very hard. I was wrong. Holy moly do I want a soda.
So, yesterday was technically day 2, but I just now realized that. Plus, it was the first day eating “free” while out in the “real world” that includes work and a schedule and whatnot. So, for blogging purposes, Sunday never happened (though I was successful in most all of my GF, DF, SF endeavors).
So… I ate ALL of the crackers yesterday. We found awesome multi-seed crackers (GF and nut-free) at the store. They’re made by Crunchmasters. I adore them. I also ate ALL of them. The entire package. All 600 calories worth. By myself. Whoops. Now, not only have I eaten 600 calories worth of crackers, but I don’t have any for the rest of the week. Dammit. Apparently I was really craving crunchy things because after work I also polished off half a bag of “baked fries” without even blinking.
I *almost* had some candy. I really, really wanted a grape Jolly Rancher. I even picked it up and walked it halfway to my office from my co-worker’s office before yelling (literally) at myself “NO!!!” and throwing it back into the candy bowl like it had eight legs and had come alive to crawl on me.
After dinner (which was actually pretty awesome — Caribbean seasoned cod - with some sugar OOPS - and chard with chickpeas and tomatoes) I had an epiphany about what to do about my strong desire for some ice cream or cookies: SMOOTHIE. Banana, cherry and fig smoothie. So delicious. Now we need more bananas because I could drink one of those every day of my damned life. The fig has a nice tang to it that made it almost feel fizzy like a soda. Ridiculous.
I’ve since realized that part of my problem with eating (no matter what I include in my eating plan) is planning. I wing it too often just assuming that tossing in a small breakfast, a small lunch and two pieces of “extra” fruit will cut it. It doesn’t. I become a whirling dervish of hunger and angst. Like, right now, I am quelling the beast inside me from running down the hall screaming “CRACKERS! FEED ME CRACKERS! I NEED CRACKERS!” Hopefully said beast is okay having cheeseless tacos for dinner… because we’re out of crackers.
I’ve also realized that I need to just suck it up and prep EVERYTHING for the week on Sunday night. Because packing a full day’s worth of food each night or each morning does not happen in my life. It’s never happened routinely in my life. It never will. I’m organized, but I’m lazy. And if my choices are 1 - stay in bed for an extra 5.7 minutes or 2 - get up and pack a breakfast/snack/lunch/snack bag I’m choosing bed. EVERY.TIME. And I’ll probably just go to Culver’s for some cheese curds for lunch. Or onion rings. Never the salad.
These realizations aside, I have discovered that GF stuff is way tastier than I’d previously thought. Maybe we accidentally bought the best tasting stuff on the first try or maybe I’m breaking some kind of well kept secret, but the baked fries and crackers we got were amazing. Expensive, but amazing. I don’t know if I can go back to regular chips now. I’ve also realized that I don’t hate almond milk. I totally thought I would. But, it’s good. And we even bought the “original” kind instead of the vanilla.
So, there you have it. Day “one” of this little experiment. It went pretty well. Hopefully the rest of the week goes as smoothly. And includes more crackers.
As promised, here is the recipe for stuffed peppers I am now raving about to everyone I meet.
(For some reason this doesn’t want to hyperlink: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/poblanos-stuffed-cheddar-chicken.aspx)
The base recipe is GF and sugar free. We made it with bell peppers and no cheese last night. If you’re vegetarian/vegan it should be easy to put in tofu or seitan for protein in place of the shredded chicken - or just do a grain in the tomato sauce and it will still be delicious. We used quinoa instead of rice (I like quinoa better and we had it in the cupboard).
Both times I’ve made stuffed peppers (once using poblanos, once using red bells) we’ve had a good amount of left over stuffing - though we have not made 4 peppers at a time either time. I like the stuffing enough to eat it as its own meal, but it’s also great on salad. The cooked quinoa gives the salad a bit of nutty crunch that I really like. :)
I’d post a picture of the finished product - but I keep eating the peppers before I can remember to snap a quick photo!