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General Discussion / Cheerio's
« on: January 04, 2014, 07:46:46 AM »
Last night I saw an interesting story on the National News. While I would be that LAST person to advocate for Cheerio's, I have got to give them some credit. They have announced - due to pressure from consumers - they will no longer be using GMO products!

This is a step in the right direction & we can hope that our purchasing power with this WOE can bring some changes.

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Food Elements / Coconut Aminos
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:54:02 AM »
Does anyone have experience with Coconut Aminos? I went looking for a BBQ recipe that is not as heavily tomato as the WB recipe and found one that does use tomato paste but is mostly bone broth  with spices and has a more syrupy texture that I was looking for. Coconut aminos were used & from what I can tell it is a soy sauce substitute. If I try this recipe I'll report & post.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Pizza Meatballs
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:21:53 AM »
DH & I had these last nite - pretty  darn good. The recipe is adapted from Giada De Laurentis, she calls it " Meatballs a la Pizzalola" & I think it's still on FoodNetwork.com.

I'll give you her recipe & my changes are in ( ). It was very WF to begin with.

Vegetable oil cooking spray ( I used olive oil)
2 large shallots, pealed & chopped (Did not have shallots used about 1/4 onion)
1/4 C sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained (mine were not in oil so I softened them up in a little water in the microwave about a minute)
1/3 C packed fresh basil leaves (did not have fresh used 2tbsp dried)
1/4 C grated Parmesan
1/3 C shredded mozzarella
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 lbs 20% fat ground beef ( have ground round in 1 lb packs so I used that)
1 lb ground pork
6 oz smoked mozzarella cut into 36 1/2 inch cubes ( Can't get smoked here so I used fresh, fresh will be a much softer consistency & I like larger meatballs so I cut 18 instead of 36. If some of the cheese happens to leak out of the meatballs during baking just scoop it back on top)
1/3 C olive oil (I used about 2 tbsp coconut oil)
3 C marinara sauce warmed ( each fall I roast tomatoes in the oven & freeze for later use, added S&P, a little garlic powder & a bit of basil.

Directions

(You can save yourself the step of shredding & grating the parm & mozzarella by cutting them into pieces & putting into a food processor with a steel blade)
Pre heat oven to 350 & spray with oil, set aside

In a food processor pulse together shallots, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, parm, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, basil & salt. Process till blended. Transfer the mix to a large bowl. Add the beef & pork & mix ( easiest to use your clean hands). Shape mix into 36 equal size meatballs about 1 1/2 inches. ( I made 18 about 2 1/2 inches.)

Insert 1 cube smoked mozzarella into each meatball & form the meat around it and completely enclosing the cheese..

In a large nonstick skillet heat 1/3 the oil ( I used coconut). add 1/2 the meatballs & cook turning occasionally till well browned on all sides. drain ( I did not) and repeat with remaining meatballs. (18 meatballs fit in my skillet)

Place the prepared meatballs onto baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes for medium doneness. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

( Because I used 2 lbs of meat instead of 2 1/2 & did not adjust the red pepper flakes these were spicy! But we liked that)

Enjoy the taste of pizza again.


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General Discussion / Defending ourselves during Virus, Colds & Flu season
« on: October 06, 2013, 10:50:03 AM »
Recently DH & I contacted a virus setting us back about a week. This bug had been racing around town & I know it was viral because friends had gone to ER & were told nothing we can do for a virus, ride it out & drink fluids. The usual lame advise from Dr's. I am sure I picked it up from teaching an Art class to middle school kids at the library. Middle school kids - germs on legs. Anyway, we are doing much better now. This is the first time I have gotten sick since going WF, 10 months! Some very surprising things happened so I am wondering if anyone else has common experiences.

Our symptoms were fairly mild compared to what others were saying & I am thanking WF for that, better overall health. Interestingly enuf, all the painful parts of my body that got me into WF in the first place were where the brunt of my suffering was. Hands, stiff fingers, achy shoulders & neck, upset bowls & stomach. It felt like being severely "wheated" , even tho I had not. I also had the worst cravings for wheat, the usual old "comfort foods" since my first few weeks of WF. That really surprised me but I managed to resist knowing that giving in would only make matters worse.

We both get Flu Shots every year, it is still a little early for this years, take a good multi vitamin, DH does probiotics, I do fermented foods, bone broth & are eating the WF way. Are there any other suggestions on how to stay healthier during the cold weather season. I found that taking 2000 - 4000mg of Vit. C helped & using XClear was also a help.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks
Mosey 

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