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Eating at Events- Food FODMAP Fiasco

Brandon & I

Enjoying the Wedding Weekend!

Imagine this…so there you sit with your partner, at the wedding rehearsal for your lovely sister-in-law and you suddenly realize, crap I’m on this newish to me (the low FODMAP diet) and I don’t’ want to blow it, but there will be limited food options all weekend.  Have you been there or something like it? Yeah I just did this over the weekend ..and on thing I HATE is feeling like the pain the butt so I kinda panicked. Don’t get me wrong most of my family is very supportive, but I have changed diets so many times and really…I remember planning my wedding and there were so many things to worry about that remembering peoples dietary issues was not on my radar other than making sure there was vegetarian food.

So back to this weekend… there we were, at a gorgeous yard right on the Puget Sound, the sunshine keeping us warm as we laughed and chatted. One would think that as the appetizers came around it would have dawned on me that I would have to deal with dinner and my diet. Nope, I had my glass of wine and was happily chatting with family deWhidbyviewclining the tasty treats. Then we were seated and my gorgeous dressed salad with fig, blue cheese and bacon arrived.  It looked amazing, and like a HUGE NO NO… I stared at my pretty salad for a moment  as if I could ask it, can you just be something I can eat please.  It stared back as if to say, Um…No lady figure it out. I sighed…then excused myself and headed into the kitchen.  I thought if I discretely spoke to the catering staff they could help me out. I did meet some resistance from the proud chef, but in the end we worked out a meal for me eliminating my large and random seeming FODMAP list. Phew. I drifted back to the table and pawned my tasty looking figs off on my happy to receive them hubby.  Sounds like the end of the story until….

One of the hosts was worried, seeing me chat so long with the catering staff she asked what happened. I had to fess up that I had dietary issues so I had to be careful with my food. I hoped it would end there but it started a discussion. I think it is a good thing that people are interested in allergies and FODMAP diet (or any diet) but somehow I find this terribly embarrassing when I just want to enjoy and fall into the fold. But this is my lesson, I need to speak up for myself and get the food I need to stay healthy and able to enjoy this kind of time with my family.  And I did it and had a great time at the awesome wedding. Phew…

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Wheatless-ish Barley

Last night I was happily enjoying my crockpot chicken over lettuce, while my boyfriend was eating it over rice. I asked for a bite, because he had it over my favorite brown rice from Trader Joe’s, the one with lots of texture called “Brown Rice Medley”.  And of course once I had dodged the cheese he had added, I got a nice ricey, chickeny nummy bite!  I loved it. Then he asked “what are the little round kinda crunchy things.” I  wasn’t sure so I grabbed the package and much to my surprise it was barley.

Trader Joe’s ‘ Brown Rice Medley”

Ah barley, the much debated “can you eat it if you’re gluten free” question.  I have read many sites and what I’ve decided to believe is that, if you are a Celiac, it’s not a good idea. If you have gluten allergies (meaning you can have trace amounts without issue) then it’s usually all good. I’m allergic and have never had issues with barley.

The reason I have found that it does cause issues for Celiacs, is the same reason some doctors advise Celiacs not to travel to countries like Tibet (an allergy to a country because they grow so much wheat! I had never heard this before.)  The reason to avoid barley if you are sensitive to cross contamination is because barley and wheat are grown in the same fields and often processed in the same plants.  So the barley would most likely have trace amounts that could cause big upsets in a Celiacs system.

So that is my research for the day. I eat barley with no issue, but it’s one to be careful of and consider if you have a Celiac, or a super sensitive system to wheat.

Tic Tac Controversy

I was happily chomping on a box of orange tic tacs at work today when one of my colleagues stops by and says “hey, those have gluten in them ya know!” I looked up shocked. ” They can’t can they?” I asked. He just nodded and walked away. Ah pooey, Mr. Grimgluten reaper!  But now I can’t get the idea out of my head, so I’m looking it up and it seems they have CORN gluten not WHEAT gluten.

Image from pennypinchinmom.com

I guess it’s to be a day of learning because I didn’t realize gluten wasn’t specific to Wheat products exclusively… but now I wonder when my Doc said “no gluten” if she knew this an meant no on corn or wheat. After reading a bit,  it seems that Corn Gluten is a misused term so she probably didn’t mean avoid it.. So weird.

Here is how I found out about the claim they are gluten free: http://www.tictacusa.com/sections/faq/index.swf

Corn Gluten is assumed okay for Celiac’s and other GF Folks http://www.celiac.com/articles/186/1/Corn-Gluten—Is-it-Safe-for-a-People-with-Celiac-Disease-Who-are-on-a-Gluten-Free-Diet/Page1.html

Biased Bison?

Who doesn’t love a night filled with friends, birthdays, good food and a good game of spades? I know I love it! Our friends came over the other night and since we cooked last time, they brought food fit for a king, they were making bison spaghetti (of the quinoa variety) YUM!

Bison Spaghetti - Image from http://thechiclife.typepad.com

Now you might flinch if you haven’t had this tasty meat. I’m a big squeamish about different meats much of the time but this one was fantastic. It’s a nice lean red meat that blended into the sauce with such great flavor! Then to top it off some dairy free cheese. It was super yummers! Give it a try, I think you’ll love it!

My friend that brought this over did it to fit into my dietary restrictions and told me it was lower in fat. If you have any to share please share it! I want to learn more. I have started researching and found great info but it’s mostly from a pro-Bison site.

Donut Make a Bad Decision!

Have you ever had that tough morning where nothing goes your way? It’s a slew of little things so you feel like you have no real right to be upset but you are super ticked off? Yeah this morning was that morning for me. The dog wouldn’t come in, in fact she ran all over the yard to avoid me, which made me leave for work late. Then the dry cleaners couldn’t find the slacks my boyfriend needs for a wedding we’re going to tonight, The ATM had issues with the check I was trying to deposit, Traffic was worse than usual, etc… You know that day. Not a good start.

Then I got to work about a half hour late and what happens? Of course, it’s Friday, the day filled with those horribly tempting boxes of donuts and other baked goods. They’re like a Trojan horse for me… they look all sweet and innocent than BANG they wreak havoc on my belly!

I saw them sitting there, my jelly filled love right in the center of the box and I thought “Well heck, why not? It’s not like my day can get much more annoying.” I reached for it and stopped.  I realized that it would make my already rough start for a day even rougher.  So guess what I did… I walked away and grabbed a bag of sweet dried apple chips. Sweet, tasty and friendly to the belly. I’d say this was a win of a donut battle, at least for me! I’ll bet someone else here eats those belly achin’, 8 Weight Watcher points right up!

DISCLAIMER: No Jelly Donuts died by my hand to create this post.

No Wheat? No Dairy…that’s okay have Frittata for Breakfast!

A few days ago my boyfriends mother was trying to figure out what tasty breakfast treats she can make on Christmas Morning that fits into my  diet world. I found myself embarrassed  answering  “oh just plain eggs and bacon are totally fine.” She told me I’m worth it to just let her know. So I jumped online and found this on a great Gluten/Dairy free blog: tastyeatsathome.com.

Here is her most of the post:

A Gluten-Free Holiday: Breakfast and Brunch (Zucchini and Sun-dried Tomato Frittata)

A Gluten-Free Holiday is being hosted this week over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs by Ricki Heller, and the theme is Holiday Breakfast and Brunch. Ricki is giving away a copy of her book, Sweet Freedom, and a copy of Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays by Jennifer Katzinger, so be sure and head over there to check out the party!

* from Tastyeatsathome.com

Christmas is a time filled with lots of indulgences. Lots of cookies, tons of candy, and ever-so-special baked treats that make the season bright. Breakfasts are no exception, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t fond of a Christmas stollen, donuts, or a coffee cake. But overindulgence in these treats, I’ve learned, comes at a price – my still-sensitive system still can’t handle a ton of sweets and grains, even gluten-free ones. So I pick and choose when and what I’m going to enjoy, even on the holidays. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for “special” meals – far from it! Special, in my mind, means something that’s a departure from the everyday (in a good way), and that doesn’t always have to equate to extra sugar. In fact, for breakfast, I know I prefer a protein-and-veggie-filled meal to a carb-heavy one.

Hence the reason for this frittata. It comes together relatively quickly. Of course, the most important part? It’s tasty, in a light and fresh sort of way. Yes, there is some bacon involved (which also ups the “special” factor a bit), but it’s definitely nowhere near as heavy as most baked egg dishes, which are full of cream and cheese. The bacon and sun-dried tomatoes are pleasant components here, providing some depth of flavor without being overwhelming. This frittata is a delicious way to start a special day, and is light enough to leave room for a bit of other Christmas breakfast goodies, such as those being shared over at Diet, Dessert and Dogs this week!

Zucchini and Sun-dried Tomato Frittata

2 slices bacon, cut in half to fit skillet

1/4 c thinly sliced onion

1 large zucchini, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)

3 T sun-dried tomatoes (I used my dehydrated “tomato candy“)

1/4 c roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

3 eggs, whisked

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat a small 8-inch oven-proof skillet over medium heat and fry bacon until crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Remove bacon, leaving the grease in the pan. Once bacon is cool enough to touch, crumble. Add the onion to the pan and saute for 2 minutes, then add the zucchini. Saute until just tender and brown in a few spots, then add the sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, and crumbled bacon. Toss together a bit, and remove from heat. Add the whisked eggs and season with salt and pepper. Stir the vegetables and bacon together with the eggs a bit to incorporate everything evenly. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until eggs are set in the center. Remove from oven, and place a plate upside-down over the skillet. Holding the bottom of the plate with one hand, and the handle of the skillet with the other, flip the pan and plate together so that the plate is now at the bottom and the skillet upside-down on top. The frittata should come free from the skillet and lay on the plate. Cut into wedges and serve.

Makes enough for 2 as part of a breakfast or brunch. Can be doubled – just bake in a larger skillet, perhaps for a few extra minutes.

Jambalaya that won’t bust your Waistline

I love love love spicy cozy meals when it gets cold outside. And between my dietary restrictions and wanting to not bulk up on calories I have a hard time finding good food. I found this on a few websites and kept altering it until it tasted so good that even the men in my life find this a tasty tasty treat for a cold winter day! Even though it doesn’t start with a rue (calories and gluten make that not possible) this works so well… it’s easy and I love it! Weight Loss and health…YAY!

Chicken & Turkey Sausage Jambalaya

Low Calorie Jambalaya!

Ingredients
1 spray cooking spray
1 Turkey Kilbasa – already cooked
1 large onion(s), chopped
2 stalks of chopped celery
1 Jalapeno (if you like spice)
1 small chopped green pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp table seasoning salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
2 cloves minced garlic cloves
2 medium skinless chicken breasts
28 oz canned tomatoes, whole, plum, peeled with juice
1 small can V8 juice
2 cups fat-free chicken broth
1 cup uncooked white rice, long-grain
1/4 tsp of hot sauce (to taste, I love to use Franks Louisiana Hot Sauce)

Instructions
Spray a nonstick sauce pan with the cooking spray. Over high heat cook onion, celery, jalapeno and green pepper; saute until tender.
Then, add Sausage and raw Cubed chicken. Cook until Chicken is mostly cooked through (white all the way through)
Reduce heat and stir in cayenne, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic; saute until garlic is fragrant.
Stir in tomatoes, broth, V8 or other tomato juice and rice. Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

About 1 1/4 cups per serving. ** If you leave it over night add the V8 or water before heating. The rice sucks up all the juice! This is also great frozen and reheated when needed.