Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hormel Natural Choice Packaged Deli Sandwich Meats

Packaged Deli Sandwich Meats

Have you see this product yet?

Up until this product came along, we had no options in our little corner of the world for Gluten Free Lunchmeat except the one ham product they sold. One day the ham I purchased was sold out and that left me with no options.  Lucky for me I had time to go rooting though the refrigerated section and found this.

Right there on the bottom left hand corner (too small to read in this picture) says Gluten Free.  Flip the package around and it will tell you how it has no nitrates, no nitrites, no artificial ingredients, minimally processed, no MSG and raised without hormones.

Here is the ingredients list for ya!

Ingredients: Turkey Breast Meat, Water, Salt, Potato Starch, Turbinado Sugar, Rice Starch, Carrageenan (from seaweed), Baking Soda, Celery Juice Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture (not from Milk).

I wonder why they need stuff like the starches and baking soda?  It's not like they are baking a cake with it!  LOL...   I remember way back when we lived in New Jersey, we used to be able to go the the supermarket and order store roasted meats in the deli section to be sliced.  These were basically only the fresh meats, roasted.  Those were the days right?  I think I need to open a throw back mom and pop supermarket someday!

The starches and sugars make this product not exactly Paleo for us dieting adults but still a perfectly reasonable option for my children and the Gluten Free Community. Print

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Paleo Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

This is basically my old Salisbury Steak recipe minus the sugars and condiments like Worcestershire and Soy Sauce that I would have normally used, but are a Paleo NoNo. Soy is a Legume which is a Paleo NoNo and Worcestershire has sugar so that rules that out.  I am not so sure how the Paleo world would look upon me using powdered Garlic and Onion but I feel that it adds a tremendous amount of flavor when combined with fresh. It is amazing how good the flavor was in this dish.

Initially I tried to thicken the gravy up with Coconut Flour.  Although it was thickened slightly, it acted like sludge at the bottom of the pan.  The sludge did not affect the flavor, but the look was unappealing.  My husband suggested I try Gum but what I ended up doing is boiling the sauce down to a glaze and it slightly thickens and dramatically enhances the flavor.

The old picture, obvious from the corn in the background! 

1 lb. Ground Beef
1 teaspoon Fresh Garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Mustard Powder
1/4 teaspoon Thyme
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1 egg

4 Tablespoons Butter
1 large Onion, quartered and sliced
8 ounce Mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon Fresh Garlic, minced
1 cup Beef Stock, good quality
1 teaspoon dried onions
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Mustard Powder
1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
1/8 Cayenne Pepper
  • Add all patty ingredients and mix well. 
  • Form into 5 or 6 oval shaped patties. 
  • Add 2 Tablespoons Butter to pan and brown patties on each side, remove from pan.
  • Add 2 more Tablespoons of Butter to pan along with onion, mushrooms and fresh garlic. 
  • Cook until onions are translucent and mushrooms give some moisture. 
  • Add patties back to the pan and add remaining sauce ingredients.
  • Cook for 7 to 10 minutes on low, until patties are heated through and sauce is thickened.

Serve with Mashed Cauliflower and enjoy a paleo style comfort meal!!! ;-).


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 28th 2012

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  We will be honoring our fallen heros as well as all the other noble men and women who served at our local city hall with my son's Cub Scouts Group bright and early Monday Morning.  I love how Cub Scouts incorporates into their program good examples like Community Service and respect.  Now I feel like our kids won't grow up thinking Memorial day is national BBQ day.  Speaking of BBQ's, we are also having one of those too!

I am still muddling though this idea of a Paleo Diet.  My husband says he lost 18  pounds now.  WOW!!!  He is totally hard core about never eating carbs, sugars, legumes. Our diet has really gotten shabby lately and really did need a face lift.  Our new direction though is a diet called The Rosendale Diet.  His idea is eating for longevity but it his ideas are extremely similar to the Paleo Diet.

Dijon Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Paleo friendly Cole Slaw.   I have not looked up the Paleo Mayo recipe yet but I have in mind digging out my Julia Child cooked mayo recipe and making that Paleo by way of oil choices.  We are a mayo and cabbage sort of cole slaw family.  Simple spices like garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper and we are very happy.  

Memorial Day Monday:
BBQ Lunch: Grilled Back yard Burgers with Layered Romain, Sweet Onions and Plumb Tomatoes on top, green salad with home made Balsamic Vinegar Dressing, Greek Salad.  Chips and Dip for those non Paleo folks.  Watermelon for dessert!

Dinner: Stuffed Yellow, Orange and Red Bell Peppers.  Going to use cauliflower instead of rice and my home made Bolognese Meat Sauce minus the sugar and made a tad thicker.  Should be good.  Probably serve that green salad on the side again.  When we were younger we used to serve green salad to ourselves before we ate any meal. We had really gotten into a rut and its time to bring back the veggies.

Avocado Boats and Green Salad.  Found this idea over at and I think this idea is just brilliant.  I just happen to have ripe Avocado's to use as well as leftover chicken legs that I picked clean of its meat.  Using leftover Paleo Mayo I made Sunday.

I think Sour Cream is the "grey area" of Paleo so I'm using it.... ;-).
Served with a side of Sauteed Mushrooms.

Roasted Chicken Breasts &
Mashed Cauliflower.  Maybe Broccoli too!

Turkey Burgers served over Sauteed Spinach
and served along side Cauliflower Rice

Strip Steaks, Sauteed Zucchini and Summer Squash
& Garden Fresh Cucumber Salad (home made Paleo Mayo)

Spaghetti Squash with leftover Bolognese Meat Sauce
Served with a Side Salad

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swapheadquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 


Monday, May 21, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 21st, 2012

My husband came home from work early last week and announced that he now wants to follow a new diet plan very similar to the Paleo Diet.  The Paleo diet (in my mind) is like the gluten free diet only you simply do not try and replace the bread. My usual response is, "we do not really eat much of the gluten free replacements".  My husband said that from his point of view we have done an excellent job at replacing what we missed eating gluten. I suppose we just don't realize how many carbs we eat now.  Maybe he is right!!

I am always up for a diet challenge.  Dieting for whatever reason has always been something I can do really well.  So lately I have been trying to research "Paleo".  My hubby says to be careful because some sources are not reliable.  If you happen upon my blog and know a good reliable source I'd love for you to share it with me.  Right now my favorite site is She is a former pastry chef, food blogger and designer.  Love her ideas and how wonderful her dishes end up looking.  Her recipes look too good to be Paleo.

For now our plan is to make a large bowl of green salad which will be the basis of all things and a big bowl of Paleo appropriate fruit salad. In the mean time, its meat and veggies until I get this all figured out. My husband lost 7 pounds in just one week so he must be onto something.  Who could not spare an extra 10?!?!  Well maybe some of my Celiac friends but not many.  My daughter when we first diagnosed her was pretty boney but the closer she gets to good health the plumper she looks.  NOT that I think she needs a diet, just making a point that good health has some curves.  In my opinion anyway.


Herbed Grilled Pork Chops (Seasoned with Mrs. Dash Steak) and Steamed Broccoli

Salisbury Steaks (minus the oats and thickeners for the gravy)

(altons's recipe using olive oil), steamed Green Beans

Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
TBD, tho probably going to do Ribs on the Grill for Saturday BBQ

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swapheadquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Nuggets Review

Am I the only person left on the web who did not realize these Chicken Breast Chunks were Gluten Free?  I even called Tyson and confirmed.

I never really would have even considered to look for such a product since it is much cheaper to just buy the chicken on sale when its $.98 cents a pound and fry them up myself.  That was until a series events changed my time availability. I went back to college  and my daughter was diagnosed. As a result we needed to be lunch packers every day and went to the old reliable gluten free chicken nuggets which used mostly corn products as a breading. My son's mild corn allergy, which he was diagnosed with as an infant and outgrew, seemed to have returned as an intolerance once we went gluten free.  So the quick and convenient breaded chicken nuggets for lunches had to go.

As a side note, it does have modified food starch in this product which turns out to be a corn product.  And gosh I hate the word modified in ANY of my foods!  Seriously I do.  But they do taste good and most definitely are Gluten Free!  As for my son, the food starch content says 2% or less so we are giving it a try to see if he is able to tolerate this product.  It is not like I intend to feed him these every day.  My plan is to keep them for a quick emergency meal.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Keep Your Butter Fresh with The Butter Bell Crock

I found this product on Foodie Blog Roll and wanted to bring it to your attention.  When my mom first moved out here (where I live, in the middle of nowhere) she was shocked to find that sometimes I keep butter on the counter.  Truthfully, it is so much easier to have that butter already softened.  The microwave just does not soften it adequately and usually causes pitted melted pockets of butter.  My mom is always worried, though because butter is a dairy product.  She worries that keeping the butter on the counter may cause it to spoil.  This product solves that problem.  You see why I had to share right?  Right now they are having a special offer and you will hate me for suggesting this but it is never too early to think about Christmas.  Do you have a group of lady friends or an exchange you attend each year?  Or even a family gathering at Christmas with relatives you hardly see but like to remember?  This would be an ideal gift for that.  I am ALWAYS looking out for that perfect exchange gift!!!!  I have linked the offer banner below here for you to see.  Apparently it was featured on Food TV but I never seen it there.  Commercials are my time to get up and get stuff done!!! 

Anyway, I really truly love this idea!!! How about you?  So click here for the coupon and go check them out if you never heard about them before.  


I was not actually given this product to sample but this sponsorship is brought to you by The Butter Bell Crock who I have partnered with for this promotion.  I do however really like the idea of this product.  


Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 14th, 2012

This is my kids last week of school for the year.  I am so excited to have them home with me, I can't even begin to tell you how much.  I am a little worried about how lunches will go.  At school the kids have to eat whatever I pack and I am not there to complain to, LOL!  But at home... "NO, I don't want that", is the response for everything.   I did make a trip to Whole Foods, which is a 2 hour trip, and cleaned them out of our favorite gluten free things so I am ready.  Bring on the summer.....

Baked Chicken Breasts, buttered noodles, green beans

Hotdogs & Baked Beans

Turkey Burgers & Oven Fries

Ham Steaks, Macaroni and Cheese

Pizza (making the sauce & crust)

Busy day, we have a Karate Tournament, Communion practice and a Birthday
Going to put some Philly Cheese Steak Soup in the Crock Pot
So there is something home to eat in a flash.

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swapheadquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Friends and Family 2012

Every year my husband and children wake up before me and shop for my flowers and make me these blueberry muffins!  According to my children it is now a tradition.  When they were young and asked me to explain i told them, "a tradition is something worth repeating if you enjoy doing it".  Making these muffins is no small task but they enjoy the process anyway.  It makes my heart happy to see them declare things a tradition. My daughter decided I needed a makeover so she is currently painting my nails and drying them with her Barbie really works hair blow dryer!  ;-)

I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness!

Love Always.....


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Home Made Boston Style Baked Beans

Have you ever made Baked Beans from scratch?  It always seemed like such a scary task to me, though I don't know why.  I made refried beans from dried beans before. It is no more of a task than that.  Plus lets not forget it is so easy to get excellent baked beans in a can.  I went ahead and made this dish from scratch for my brother who was coming over for dinner.  He can have almost NO salt.  I am so glad I did, it was so good.  It tasted like candied beans! LOL.  Well not too sweet it had just the right amount of savory from the onions.  Go ahead give it a try.  Use your crock pot if you wish.  You won't regret it.

2 cups Navy Beans
12 ounce pack of Frozen chopped onions
3 tablespoons Mild Molasses
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 cup Katchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup reserved bean water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

  • Soak beans overnight in 8 cups of water.
  • The next morning, summer the beans in the same soaking water until tender, approximately 2 hours on low.  
  • Meanwhile, in a fry pan simmer onions on low until caramelized.  
  • Add Molasses, Pepper, Dry Mustard, Katchup and Brown Sugar.  Stirring occasionally, bring mixture to a medium boil.  Remove from heat
  • When beans are done, drain liquid, reserving 1/2 cup.
  • Place beans in 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Mix in sauteed onions and Sauce, mix well.
  • Make sure beans are covered with liquid, otherwise add additional reserved soaking liquid. 
  • Cover and Bake for 2 hours in oven until beans are tender and sauce is thickened. 


Monday, May 7, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 7th, 2012

Is it May already?  Wow, I am still not used to putting in 2012 from the change of the year.  LOL, crazy!  It is finals week for me but I am still hanging in there.  I am really ready to come back and make this menu planning thing stick.  I am so lost without it.  The problem is, without the plan I really don't know what to make!!! LOL.  My meal plans have sort of been pushed back too.  What I mean is, I am shopping Thursday and eating thursday/ friday/ saturday/ sunday/ monday what I purchased.

Two things have changed with our eating style.  #1 we are now also totally corn free.  #2 we are exploring salt free.  My brother has been put on a 2 gram salt diet and I have been trying to help him explore his eating options.  Since I am basically making everything from scratch anyway, what I end up doing is selecting low salt whole foods and not adding the additional salt.  Mrs. Dash is an excellent replacement for salt.  It is really good stuff.

Quick pizza's made out of Udi's Pizza Crusts.  One pizza crust per person.  
I used my home made pizza sauce though!

Lunch: Grilled White Turkey Dogs on Udi's Hotdog Rolls
Dinner: Blue and Gold Banquet, I'm bringing Green Salad, Deviled Eggs 
and Home Made Boston Baked Beans (recipe to follow)

Lunch: Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Church for Lunch, I'm bringing Santa Fe Rice and Beans
Dinner: Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic dinner rolls

Turkey Burgers, home made Rolls, Oven Fries, Coconut Cream Pie

Grilled Pork Loin Chops seasoned with Mrs. Dash steak seasoning


My kids F~A~V~O~R~I~T~E!

Quick Pizza's again!
Try my Crust and Sauce recipes!!!


Sweet and Sour Chicken served over white rice

Spaghetti Dinner, home made sauce

Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swapheadquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here

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