I celebrated by asking Cookie to bake me a wheat-free cheesecake (recipe from Wheat Belly). Only beautiful, whole ingredients. My favorite food is cheesecake and this was a brand new recipe. I was hesitant but optimistic. I ate it this morning for breakfast and I'm sure that I have never had a better cheesecake. There is some natural sweetener in there (we used Xylitol) but I would reduce the amount next time because there is plenty of natural sweetness without so much).
I not only like this diet because of the absence of illness and pain that the change has brought but also because real food is absolutely delicious. So I went from liking the effects of the diet to being completely smitten with all it's aspects.
And I can eat cheesecake and steak for breakfast.
SOME FAVORITE RECIPES
I studiously avoid all "gluten-free" products that contain junk carbs like rice flour, potato flour, tapioca flour, etc... but I have been slowly venturing into a wider world of wheat-less baking using nut and coconut flours. The results have been excellent.
Before I list a couple favorites, I want to note a key element to my loving these recipes. I have not had bread or cake or cookies for a year. By branching out with these recipes, I'm not trying to replace what I happily give up, but just trying to add to my food options, increase healthy choices for my kids, and find dishes that I can bring to pot lucks! I am not trying to "recreate" Wonder bread and that is a key ticket to my satisfaction with some of these new recipes.
Listen to me... ALL of my children will eat these without any cajoling. And they eat processed food regularly (yes, I do feel guilty about that). That should be evidence enough. They eat them with syrup and I eat them plain or with a berry sauce. They're not Ihop fluffy... but they are tasty and surprisingly light.
You should go to The Urban Poser (that is her photo above) to check out her recipe post with all the details but I'm copying it here to note my changes and recommendations (my notes in red)..
1/4 cup fruit (optional) We love them with blueberries and like a little more than 1/4 cup. :)
Makes about 25-30 silver dollar size pancakes. This sounds like a lot but the recipe does not go very far at all in a big family. I make them slightly bigger than silver dollar and only get about 10-15. I doubled the batch for the kids today and there weren't any left for me... so be warned if you have numbers!
Those two recipes are new but I still love the chocolate coconut energy bars and if you already like dark chocolate and coconut, I can recommend them without hesitation.
I list "treat" foods above because basic meal foods are easy and require very little prep. Meat, veggies, and fruit. There's a whole lot to be done with those. Things we ate this week:
~ Roasted pork loin. Potatoes cooked in olive oil. Peas.
~ Omelettes made with various yummy things such as: mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, onions, potatoes, cheese, etc.
~ Loaded baked potatoes (bacon, sour cream, cheese, green onions)
~ Roasted chicken with veggies
~ A huge variety of fruit
~ Taco salad: Bed of lettuce topped with seasoned ground beef (additive-free spices and tomato sauce), cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, green onions
~ Wheatless meatloaf: There are a million recipes out there. I've tried a few and prefer chunky, veggie stuffed meatloaf to fillers such as almond flour. I have used shredded apple and mushrooms and liked that one very much.
~ Burgers. Lovely on a salad bed with balsamic vinegar. Or the kids just eat them plain.
~ Lots of fresh veggies. cucumber salad with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper is a huge hit.
~ Smoothies. Lovely smoothies.
~ Hardboiled eggs