Fruit spreads are good to top on your favorite meat or vegetable. Do your vegetables taste bland? You can microwave your favorite fruit spread, whether it is strawberry, raspberry or apricot, and mix it into your vegetable mixture. You can do the same thing with your favorite meat. Most fruit spreads are gluten-free but it is always safe to check the label for sneaky ingredients.
When you are on a gluten-free diet, you may have trouble getting enough fiber. Fiber may be hard to get because of the low amount of grains available for you to eat. One good way of having a gluten-free diet and also get enough fiber is to include dried beans and legume in your diet. This includes lentils, peanuts, black-eyed peas, chickpea, green spilt beans, and black beans.
You can jazz up the snacks in your child’s life by switching them up—just a little. Have you ever tried mini rice cakes? They come in a range of flavors from plain to ranch to caramel. All you need to do is spread a mini rice cake with a teaspoon of cream cheese (try the flavored whipped cream cheese!) and you have a healthy, tasty treat! And of course, it’s easy to go from there and add all sorts of toppings: a slice of cucumber or banana fits perfectly, and you can smear on a bit of peanut butter and/or jelly, a bit of leftover chicken or cheese….you get the idea!
Mini rice cakes—the perfect way to eat a bit healthier and have fun while you’re at it!
All natural teas are good for you: green, black, herbal and others. Green tea, though, has unique plant chemicals called antioxidants that may have anti-cancer properties! Besides containing immunity-boosting substances that can help celiac disease sufferers, now it looks like it’s even more amazing! Sip a cup of hot green tea, or enjoy a tall glass of iced green. However you like it, you can feel confident that you’re giving your health a boost every time you swallow!
Have you tried the blindfold taste test? It’s a great way to learn to like new foods. Try different versions of the same food—such as canned, fresh and frozen green beans—and see which you prefer. Or try new fruits or grains that are new—and with a blindfold, the fun is intensified. The only way to know if you like it is to try it!
Vegetables are a great source of gluten-free nutrition. Do you need some ideas on how to jazz them up a bit? How about roasting? Toss chopped veggies in a little olive oil and roast in a 375 degree oven until they’re tender and golden.
Use Chile flakes, cumin and other herbs and spices to zip them up, too!
One of our loyal shoppers and readers, Heather, shared some of her favorite gluten-free choices at Brookshire’s. She says she often finds people who are new to gluten-free eating are stumped on what to buy… and it’s comforting to know that there are mainstream choices out there.
Heather’s favorites include:
Chex mix cereals specially marked as gfree (My favorite is honey nut.)
Pamela’s pancake mix (These may need to be special-ordered. They make great pancakes & muffins.)
Van’s frozen waffles (These may need to be special-ordered. They come in buttermilk, apple cinnamon & blueberry.)
Frozen fruit/veggies (I use about a cup of frozen strawberries and Simply orange juice to make a smoothie in the morning.)
Fresh fruits & veggies
Pre-packaged salads (I like the organic prewashed salads available in tubs. Grab a handful, throw in some cheese, and bring your favorite gfree dressing to work for a quick lunch.)
OreIda frozen potatoes: zesty fries & shredded hash browns (I haven’t read all of the ingredients for their other products, but Ore Ida uses cornstarch instead of flour in these.)
LaChoy Soy Sauce & Teriyaki Sauce
Mission Corn Tortillas (Fry them with a little butter & lime juice – the only way they taste good. They make great tacos & enchiladas when fried like that. My husband and in-laws actually prefer the corn ones over flour now!)
Plain meats (frozen or fresh: chicken, fish, beef, turkey, pork – not processed.)
Dairy products: cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream; ice cream (I like Goldenbrook ice cream and sherbet the best – no cookie versions, though!)
Frito Lay chips (Frito Lay provides lists of products for specific allergies on their website!)
Corn chips (Frito Lay, blue corn, sweet potato; other natural versions)
Dried Fruit (Pick up some nuts & candy to make your own bags of trail mix.)
Manufactures really do listen to customers. General Mills has responded to the many requests for gluten-free foods by establishing a website with information and education about their gluten-free products.
Check out http://liveglutenfreely.com/
The General Mills site is not associated in any way with Brookshire Grocery Company.
Don’t you love it when you find a great sale, stock up, and can eat cheaply for weeks and weeks? Well, here’s your chance!
This week Brookshire’s has chicken split breasts on sale. A split breast is the kind of chicken that has the bone still in. And it’s split because what we call chicken breasts are really breast halves—a full breast has two big meaty sections.
Being big pieces of chicken, with bones still in, split breasts take longer to cook. If you freeze them as they are, they’ll also take a while to thaw. So to best use this sale, you might want to think ahead and do a little prep work. Here are a couple ideas:
Cook in advance. Place split breasts in a single layer on a baking sheet—as many as you can fit in the pan. Bake about 45 minutes at 375° F.—until the chicken is done. Now you can shred or chop this cooked meat, put in individual-sized freezer bags and fill your freezer with ready-to-use chicken meat. That’s more convenient than a rotisserie chicken! Enchiladas, soup, stir fries, you name it: just add the other ingredients and you’re good to go!
Season in advance. Take several split breasts (however many you need for one meal) and season them—sprinkle on fajita seasoning, or a roasting blend of thyme, basil and rosemary. Slide these pieces in a freezer bag, add a few chopped onions and peppers and stash in the deep freeze. Now, when you’re ready to cook, you’ve got the prep work all taken care of! Just bake and serve.
Use them now. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it really works out to your advantage. Make soup: place several split breasts in a pot of water with onions, carrots and celery; simmer until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken and cut the meat up. Add more veggies, some noodles…….and you have soup!
And the same goes for roasted breasts. Fix some for dinner, but fix twice as much as you need. Freeze the rest, or save a day or two to use as a second dinner.
When you get a great price on chicken, you’re smart to take advantage of it. What’s your secret for getting maximum mileage out of split breasts?
Posted in: Cooking, Diabetic, Gluten Free, Meat Market, Save Money, Save Time, Shop the Sale
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