My Top Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Food Finds

GFCFEarlier this year my 11-year old son was diagnosed with a disorder caused by the overproduction of the amino acid glutamine in his brain.  It manifested in erratic behavior and an exacerbation of his already “obsessive-compulsive” personality.  One of the things his doctor suggested was a gluten-free/dairy-free nutrition regimen.

At the time, Deb and I had been eating essentially GFCF for several months, so it was not a struggle for us to get Josh on board.  He has been eating GFCF for 3 months now and has adjusted so well to his new “normal” – he reads labels and is proud that he can take control of what he puts in his body.

I am a firm believer in cooking from scratch.  I don’t use a lot of processed foods; however, when it comes to packing portable lunches  for the three of us, sometimes it’s just not feasible to pull out the portable cooktop.

I fully admit that I am a newbie in the GFCF world, but I though I would share my top GFCF supermarket finds with you all (in no particular order).

Nabisco-Rice-ThinsNabisco Brown Rice Thins – Delicious, crunchy, substantial crackers that come in a number of flavors.  Josh’s favorite is the Sea Salt & Black Pepper.  Great with peanut butter or lunch meat or shrimp or just by themselves!

probar-coreProBar Core Bars– Trying to find a GFCF protein bar that has adequate protein and doesn’t taste like dirt is a trick.  I have probably spent the better part of Josh’s college account buying and testing bars only to get the “Ewww” face.  While checking out at my local health food store (shopping trip to buy more protein bar samples), I saw Core bars in a display, checked out the label and bought the 2 flavors that were in stock – Cookie Dough and Chocolate Peanut Butter.  Josh tried both and gave them both a hearty two thumbs up!  I also tried them – WOW!!  They are GOOD!  I buy them by the case online.

tofuttiTofutti Sour Supreme– Dairy-free sour cream?  Yep, and I can pronounce all the ingredients too!

almond-milkSilk Pure Almond Milk– Meal Replacement shakes, Recovery Shakes,and Protein Shakes are a mainstay of our daily nutrition regimen, and although you CAN mix the shakes with water, they leave a little something to be desired.  Plus, they just don’t stick with you nearly as long.  Silk Almond Milk is just the ticket!!  It provides some richness and satiety that you just can’t recreate with water.  And at 30 calories per cup -it’s AWESOME!!

Amys-Kitchen-vegan-GFCF-pizza-2Amy’s Rice Crust Spinach Pizza – Josh’s major lament when it comes to his new lifestyle was that he couldn’t have pizza. However, a quick scan of our local Publix freezer section led to the discovery of Amy’s brand pizzas.  While they are not all GFCF, we did find a spinach pizza with a rice crust and soy-based mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.  Josh declared it yummy and ate the whole pie!

applewoodSmokedUncuredCenterCutBaconMaverick Uncured Applewood Smoked Center-Cut Bacon– Without a doubt this is the BEST bacon I have ever purchased in a store!  Nice thick (but not too thick) slices.  Wonderful flavor.  Perfect for free-day breakfasts.  It’s not cheap at ~$8 for a 12 oz package, but it is so worth it!

chicken-nuggetsApplegate Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets– What kid doesn’t like chicken nuggets? Well, Josh is no exception, and these GFCF nuggets are just the ticket.  I dare you to be able to tell that they are GFCF.

Multigrain2Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread – I’m not gonna lie, this bread is NOT very good cold – it’s very dry and crumbly and well, yucky.  However, this bread makes some of the best TOAST I have ever had – gluten-free or not!  I would buy this bread for toast over any bread out there – PERIOD!  Good stuff!  Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside.  Perfection!

quinoapastaAncient Harvest Quinoa PastaI’ve blogged about this pasta before but it is so awesome it’s definitely worth another mention!  Again, I would choose this pasta over any whole wheat or white pasta any day of the week!

Hope this post gives you some ideas for incorporating more GFCF foods into your food plan!

New Year’s Eve Randomness

random-thoughts-1This morning I woke up with a bunch of “randomness” in my head – I think it’s time for me to go back to work – so I thought I would share it.

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Photo Credit: Elise Bauer, Simply Recipes

Random Thought #1:  Best Shrimp Scampi Recipe EVER

When we were planning our Free Week menu Deb suggested that we have Shrimp Scampi one night.  I was happy to comply – I love Shrimp Scampi and we rarely have it because 1.  Deb is not a big pasta fan (and you HAVE to serve scampi over pasta) and 2.  I thought it meant a plate laden with butter and wine, and that just doesn’t fit into our food plan all that often.

I was looking through my cookbooks for a recipe and I found this one in my Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook (1996).  No butter… No wine…  Why not?

It was soooo good!!!  Amazing actually!

Shrimp Scampi
Prep:  25 min.  Cook:  5 min
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds uncooked fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp thinly sliced green onions (I used finely diced white onion)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (I used 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
2 large cloves garlic, minced
Grated parmesan cheese

Heat oil in large saute pan over medium high heat.  Cook shrimp and remaining ingredients (except cheese) for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until shrimp are pink and firm.  Remove from heat.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Calories:  145; Fat:  8 g; Carb:  1 g; Protein:  17 g

Random Thought #2:  Quinoa Pasta

As I mentioned above, Deb is not a huge pasta fan.  I can’t relate… I’m Italian – I’ve been eating pasta since before I could walk and it’s always been a staple in my diet.

However, since the end of August, we have been eating (nearly) dairy-free and gluten-free, and well, pasta is nothing if not GLUTEN.

So, when I was at the market last week, I did some label sleuthing in the pasta aisle.  Who knew how many alternative grain pastas there are?  Surely not me! I generally buy whole wheat pasta whenever we do have it.  I tried Dreamfield’s back in the low carb days and didn’t like it at all.  I’ve heard it is better now, but I haven’t worked up the desire to try it again.

quinoa pastaAnyhow, I saw Quinoa Pasta, and although a bit pricey at $3.49 for an 8 oz box, I decided to give it a try.

Ingredients:  Organic corn flour, organic quinoa flour. (I like that!!)

It was REALLY good!!  It did clump together like nobody’s business, but who cares – it was DELICIOUS!!!  And BONUS:  Deb liked it too!

The package says cooking time is 6-9 minutes.  I boiled the noodles for closer to 9 minutes, so perhaps cutting it closer to 6 minutes would result in a less “clumpy” product.

2014-homeRandom Though #3:  Shameless Self-Promotion

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Wishing you your best year EVER!!

A Swim-Bike-Run Christmas

2013-12-24 001 2013-12-23 009What a wonderful Christmas we had here at the Cheslow-Flynn house!!

The majority of my presents had a distinct “theme” – SWIM – BIKE – RUN!!

A Triathlon Christmas – how WONDERFUL!!

Indoor trainer workout videos, compression socks, new running shoes, running shorts, a SBR magnet and keychain, yurbuds, a speed/cadence sensor, a footpod…

garminBut my very favorite thing was the Garmin Forerunner Running GPS.

Now I can do all those fun speed intervals that Pam wants me to do without having to guess.

I know I said I was taking a couple of weeks off from running, and I have…

But I just HAD to try the watch out…

I mean, it would have been ruse not to, right?

So, I headed out for a nice, easy 4-1/2-ish mile run yesterday afternoon, and then came home an excitedly uploaded my run to application that shows all the cool charts and graphs that I love so much.

chartsYes, I run Galloway.  Right now, I do 2 min run/30 sec walk for a 9 min mile.  I am planning to get faster.

Yes, my elevation gain was 16 FEET!  I live at the beach.

One thing that was immediately apparent, even though there WAS a north-to-south wind is that my pace is not consistent.  I go out quick and then the pace fades.

I will have to work on that.

I can also see that I will have to monitor the amount of time that gets sucked away by my new toy.  I’ve already spent a lot of time looking at all the features and playing with the monitor itself.  Once I get the bike speed/cadence sensor and footpod there will be even MORE data to play with!

My heart is so full!!! 🙂

Hope you all had wonderful Christmases (or whatever holiday you celebrate).  I’m looking forward to an amazing 2014 filled with all kids of firsts!!