Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Menu Plan Monday: Week of June 24th, 2013 (Dinners on Vacation)

Hey guys!!!  I have been working like a madwoman.  Suffering though the 100 days of hell in the Flower Business.

So the family and I are on vacation at the moment.  We are in a gorgeous cabin on the Great Smokey Mountains.  It is so incredible here.  The views are breath taking.  So...... How does Paleo Celiacs go on vacation and eat?   I did find and call a few restaurants but my big plan is the crockpot.  Yes, I have actually gone on vacation with my crockpot AND my Kruig.  LOL.  I have adapted a few of my favorite recipes on the web to be crock pot worthy.  It's not difficult really, just prep and cook in the crock instead of oven, stove top, etc.  Early in the morning, after breakfast, I plan to just toss that meal in and eat a safe dinner back at the cabin.

Monday (first day of arrival)
Photocredit: Pioneer Woman
Cast Iron Cooked Herb Buttered Sirloin Steak, Hot Crash Hot Potatoes

Photocredit: RGQ2007 at Food.com
Going to dice and add ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low.
Don't do high though sine it has cream.

Photocredit: Kalyn's Kitchen



Easy Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas
Just layer Onion, peppers, Chicken and taco seasoning.  


Barbecue Chicken
Can you guys believe that I found a low carb sauce?  Whoot.  LOL.
It's just the sauce, honey and perhaps some spices if you choose


Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Cereal Review and Giveaway

As most of you know, this is not a cereal we would eat at our house. I gave the box for my sister's kids to try and review for us. What happened? Just one look at the box and they were really excited to give it a try. The box disappeared in one day. I am told that This cereal is in keeping with the good name of Hershey's Chocolate.

For a limited time you can also print out this high value coupon and try this cereal out for yourself.

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Here is what the Big G has to say:

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Paleo Angel Food Cake

This Paleo Angel Food cake is not white like your Standard version because Coconut flour is slightly yellow.  If you are not a fan of Coconut Flour, don't worry.  I promise you, you won't taste it in there.  The coconut flour allows for the added protein and keeps this traditionally DRY cake very moist.  Plus, the Arrowroot is a starch which I traditionally like to stay away from while trying to loose weight.  I feel like the extra protein helps balance that a bit. It's ok, just close your eyes and taste it.  The texture is a dead ringer for the original version.  The honey gives it a slightly different flavor than the sugar would have but we just LOVED it.  It was sweet enough, it was spongey enough.  It's very addicting so be warned!!!  Top with Strawberry and Whipped Coconut Cream!!!

3/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
1/4 cup Coconut Flour

12 egg whites (about 1-1/2 cup)
1-1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1-1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract (optional)
1/2 cup Honey

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  • Before you start, it's a good idea to whipe down your bowls and tube pan with a touch of vinegar on a paper towel. It will eliminate any grease, which could interfere with the egg whites' ability to rise. That's a Julia Child trick. 
  • In a bowl, thoroughly combine Arrowroot, Coconut Flour. Get out your sifter and sift dry ingredients.  Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they start to foam. Add the cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, almond and vanilla extracts. Continue to beat until just about stiff peaks form. Slowly drizzle in the honey in a slow stream.
  • Turn off beaters and set bowl aside. With a spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites, taking great care not to deflate the whites. You can not do this in the mixer, it WILL deflate your egg whites.  Folding is the only way you can mix in the dry ingredients.
  • Spoon the batter into an ungreased tube pan. Slice a butter knife through the batter several times in order to get it distributed in the pan, then smooth the top. 
  • Bake in a 325 degree (F) oven for an hour. Invert the pan (angel food cake pans have legs to allow this, if you are using something else, you may want to set up on something to serve as feet. (this helps to keep it from collapsing).


Friday, June 14, 2013

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Baking Review and Giveaway

The month of May was Celiac Awareness Month and my friend Betty Crocker has asked me to introduce you to their two new gluten free products. Betty Crocker introduced a new cookie flavor, Gluten Free Sugar Cookies, and a new baking mix, Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend.  With any luck you will see these fabulous two new Gluten Free Products right there on the shelves of your supermarket real soon.  Life as you knew it, back again!!

Betty Crocker and I are no strangers.  She has literally saved my hyde several times since my daughters Celiac Diagnosis.  While her mixes have way too may sugars for MY Paleo Diet, it is just fine for large gatherings, children's birthdays and various other Holidays and cheats.  In fact, I have a list of ideas of what to do with the Yellow Betty Crocker Cake Mix. Check out this link.

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix Recipes

Just leave out the sugar if I suggest to add more (I am way over those days).  But you must add the pudding.  Just 2 tablespoons makes a HUGE difference in the texture of your baking.  Give it a try for yourself.

Below is what Betty Crocker has to say:

Delicious, classic – and Gluten Free! 

Now, Gluten Free baking gets even easier (and tastier!) with two all-new additions to the delicious line of Betty Crocker Gluten Free baking products – introducing Gluten Free Sugar Cookie mix and All-Purpose Gluten Free Rice Flour Blend.

Smart moms already trust the great taste of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie, Cookie and Cake mixes that the whole family can enjoy, and now beginner-to-expert bakers can use mixes or create from scratch delicious recipes year-round! So why are Gluten Free moms choosing Betty Crocker?

Taste – Our consumers rave about the great taste of our Gluten Free products. Check out some of the great comments here.

Shareable – You can make one dessert for the whole family.

Normalcy – You can feel “normal again” baking for your family just like before you went gluten free.

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