As I said in my first post, this blog is about the grain-free journey for regular people; people who don’t grow all their own food, for whom all organic, all perfectly controversy-free, laboriously and expensively obtained and prepared food is not always an achievable goal (especially if you’re a single parent like me). Now that we’re all on the same page – here are some of the grain-free meals the kids and I have tried recently.
- Bottom round roast (on sale), slow-roasted in the oven
- Broccoli and radishes (also on sale) coated in olive oil (bought by the half-gallon from Costco), salt, pepper, and garlic powder, roasted in the oven on 375 for about 20 minutes – the radishes get mild and sweet, superyum!
- Homemade potato chips fried in olive oil (this was quite an insanely messy and torturous project and I’m not sure I’ll do it again, but they were yummy and the kids gobbled them up)
- Chili – mine is pretty simple: saute onions and garlic in olive oil, dump in a couple different kinds of beans, a big can of crushed tomatoes, a couple tablespoons tomato paste, some water according to the consistency you want, and spices (I use chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper)
- Homemade grain-free crackers from this recipe. These were a bit of a project but nowhere near the time consumption and traumatic mess level of the homemade chips. And they were yummy. Because they’re made of nuts, they probably shouldn’t be an every day indulgence but they are great for when you miss that crunch of “normal” wheat- and preservative-filled boxed crackers. After the first day I used the toaster oven to crunch them back up again.
- Cowboy stew from the GAPS cookbook Internal Bliss – the stew was delicious and filling and would be very flexible if you wanted to swap different veggies or meat for the ones in the recipe. I dropped some fresh parsley and sour cream on top to make it all purty-like.
- Butter lettuce with store-bought dressing (yes, I’m still hooked on store-bought salad dressing – this is on my list of personal malfunctions to reprogram in my brain)
- Tiny potato with butter and salsa – the little bit of bulk really helps the meal stick for a while and staves of feelings of “deprivation”.
More random grain-free meals for regular folk yet to come.
What are your favorite easy and filling go-to meals sans grains? Share in the comments.
A brief word on breakfast
Friends have asked me what I eat for breakfast if I don’t eat cereal, toast, muffins, pancakes or…you get the gist. Truth be told, smoothies are my favorite breakfast and actually have been for a long while – before I ever started eating grain free. So, what’s in my smoothie? Typically a combo of several of the following:
- milk (either cow’s – which I’m trying to eliminate, almond, or coconut)
- coconut water
- frozen strawberries
- frozen pineapple (just a few chunks – too many and the smoothie gets too grainy and bitter)
- banana (ALWAYS banana – in my opinion it’s the one ingredient that eliminates the need for added sugar)
- raspberries – fresh or frozen
- greek or regular plain-flavored yogurt
- a splash of orange juice
- chia or flax seeds
- kale or spinach (only occasionally at this point, since my blender doesn’t completely puree the bits – the fruit really does mask the flavor for the most part)
- peaches or whatever other fruit happens to be in season
- a drizzle of honey if you prefer a sweeter taste
- yogurt with fruit or preserves and seeds/nuts
- eggs – boiled, fried, scrambled, poached (I have a microwave poacher that we adore), omelets!!!
- meat – bacon (I bake mine in the oven – SUPER easy), sausage, ham, buy on sale!
- fruit and cheese (go all French-like on your breakfast, why not??)
- apples and peanut butter (I still eat peanuts at this point – use almond or other butter if you don’t)
- hash browns (I openly admit I get the frozen patties, they’re cheap, easy peasy in the toaster oven, and the kids love ’em – I have other hash brown prep ideas I’ll be sharing in a future post)
Being a major noob in the grain-free kitchen, I haven’t experimented much yet with alternative flours, so here’s a great list of more complex grain-free breakfast recipes on The Home Life and Me blog.
In the end I’m all about simple. The kids usually grab cereal or sometimes even potato chips (shhh). I’m usually up late working, and my stomach is a bit skitchy in the morning, so when I get up I want to cram some quick ‘n easy energy into my body. More often than not that means a smoothie, but I am looking forward to trying out some different recipes especially with the holidays coming.
A friend just loaned me the GAPS cookbook Internal Bliss, so I will be sharing the results of some of those dishes in the coming weeks.
Share your favorite grain-free breakfast with me in the comments!