Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gluten Free aint so bad

Scott and I been gluten free for over a week now!
We've had a few minor slip ups, and Scott is only about 90% committed, but that's still pretty good!

For us, gluten free meals are pretty easy. 
But...sometimes I have to get creative. 
A few days ago Scott was having a craving for greasy cheeseburgers and was getting ready to head to Burger King for something nasty.

And so I ran in the kitchen and out of nowhere, whipped up these cheesy steak taters.

Here's what you'll need:
red potatoes (I used one potato for each of us, but if it had been dinner I'd have done more)
the cheapest thinnest steak you can find
sharp cheddar cheese
salt, pepper, steak seasoning
green onions

First you'll slice your potatoes. The best ones were about a 1/4 inch thick.
Throw them in some water and boil them for maybe 5 minutes, just to help them get started.
 Meanwhile, you'll want to get your skillet on the heat and let you butter start getting melty and delicious.

 Slice your thin/cheap steak (mine was labeled "thin cut steak") into little slivers similar to fajitas. Toss it in your favorite steak seasonings.
Make sure you read the label! Some are contaminated.
Cross contamination with gluten doesn't bother me at all, but I think it might affect Scott. It's hard to tell since he cheats.
 By now you butter is smelling good and coats your whole skillet.
 So throw your steak in there and toss em around a little. It really won't take long at all.
While the steak is frying up, grate your cheese and eat the handful you accidentally grated as extra.
 Then drain your taters and lay them flat in a pan. I didn't have many potatoes so I used this 8 inch cake round.
 Then top the slices with a generous slice of butter and try not to lick it off as it melts.
Yes, I have a problem.
 Then sprinkle some salt and pepper over the butter (garlic power is excellent too but mine "may contain" wheat).
Then sprinkle on your cheese and throw a few slices of steak on each tater.
 And bake at 400 until they look however you like them. At least 10 minutes. 
Sometimes I like them just melty so 10 minutes is perfect, but sometimes I like the cheese to get all bubbly so I'll leave them in for another 10 minutes or turn the broiler on for a minute.
Also, if your oven looks like mine in this photo, you should replace the bulb in your oven light.
 And this is the final product that last approximately 12 seconds. We topped each one with some sour cream!
A delicious, nutritious (compared to a Whopper), gluten free lunch!

Also, one of my favorite and easiest gluten free meals so far was my chicken gmaw tacos.
This is EVERYTHING I needed to make them:
  Chicken frying in the small pan, coconut oil heating in the skillet, corn tortillas (check the ingredients thought cause somehow they manage to put wheat in CORN tortillas sometimes).
Then of course all the toppings form the fridge.

And here you go. Yet another delicious, fresh, crisp, NORMAL, gluten free meal. We had it with basmati rice. We topped them with cheese, lettuce, jalapenos and sour cream, but would have loved some red onion and tomatoes also:(

 So there you go. Our gluten free journey so far has been delicious.
Although I will say it's really frustrating to think you've found an awesome snack like salted cashews, only to find that they contain wheat. 
Or try to buy fruit snacks for the kiddos and they have disgusting ingredients:\

BUT all in all, it's well worth the results.
More energy, less sickness, Scott feels better with NO stomach aches (that's a miracle).

And I'll leave you with this:

homemade Reese's. I even made the peanut butter:)

What are some of your favorite/easiest gluten free recipes?

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