Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tomorrow's the Big Day!

Well, tomorrow I find out if I have what it takes to be Master of something (heehee).  My thesis defense is tomorrow afternoon, so I'm once again glued to the computer working on my presentation.  I wish I had a picture of me pulling my hair out :)  I'm actually relieved that the day has come.  I feel like I've been working on this forever, and I'm ready to be finished. 

If I pass the defense, there will be plenty of exclamation points in tomorrow's post! 

Wish me luck!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Galbusera ZeroGrano Line Gluten Free

Occasionally, I have come across an Italian brand of products at my local grocery store called Galbusera.  As a kid, we would sometimes eat their crackers or melba toast-like bread products at my grandma's house. 

A few months ago, I stumbled across the brand in my local Longo's, with a large red Gluten Free sticker across the front of one of the packages.  The product was a large cracker, made with rice flower and with a hint of rosemary.  My son really liked them, and they were sophisticated enough to serve to adults as well. 

Since there were no other products with the big red sticker on them, I figured that was the only cracker they made without gluten. 

Turns out I was wrong.

My husband took my son to visit some friends this weekend in Aylmer, Quebec, not far from Ottawa.  (While I was working on my thesis presentation.  I will be happy when this is over!)  While there, he picked up some simple cookies for my son from the same company.  The cookies are the crumbly, sandy-textured cookies that are great for dunking in milk or coffee.  They come wrapped in single serving packages of a few cookies each, making it great for packing in lunches, while ensuring that the others in the pack stay fresh for longer. 

So, I did a bit of research and discovered that this company has a line of 5 different gluten free products.  The product line is called ZEROGRANO. It includes the crackers, the cookies, a chocolate chip type cookie, a chocolate cookie with a vanilla cream centre, and a wafer style cookie. 

The website is only in Italian, and the packaging of the product is in Italian as well, with stickers in English and French placed on them for sale in Canada.  I've only found them at Longo's, but my husband found the cookies at a mainstream supermarket in Quebec. 

If you can find them, I highly recommend them.  The crackers and the cookies taste really, really good and the product is good quality.  They stay fresh for a long time, and the packaging is convenient for travel or snacks on the run.  A great product to add to the list of gluten free options!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan

Monday: Vegetarian Fajitas with Corn Tortillas, Black Bean Spread,
Guacamole and Fresh Tomato Salsa
(This has to be made the same day, so everything doesn't go soggy)


Tuesday: Gluten Free Pasta Bake with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Chicken in a Creamy Sauce 






Wednesday: Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry over Rice
(I have my thesis defense this day.  If I pass, we're going out instead!)



Thursday: Pureed Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Crostini 








Friday: Chicken Fingers and Oven Crisp Potato Wedges

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Udi's Makes Gluten Free Baguettes!

I almost forgot to post this!  Last week we picked up a frozen gluten free baguette, made by Udi's.  The baguette had the look of a traditional baguette, although it's about half to three quarters the length of a regular one. 

It needs to be popped in the oven for a few minutes before eating, to get the outside nice and crispy and the inside fluffy and soft. 

We ate ours the first night to accompany our meal, and I have to admit it was pretty good!  did it trick me into thinking I was eating a gluten filled baguette?  Not exactly.  But it was a perfectly respectable substitute, and one that's been sorely lacking in our lives!

The texture of the bread doesn't hold up well the next day, unless it's reheated.  I sliced what was left and popped the slices in the toaster.  Slathered with some jam for breakfast the next morning, they were delicious.  They'd also make great crostini in the oven, drizzled with some olive oil and salt. 

I was enjoying the bread so much that I forgot to take any pictures.  Guess I'll just have to buy another loaf!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sorry for the Light Posting This Week

This week has been a busy one, and I haven't had a chance to plan out my posts as well as I generally like to.  I have end of semester marking to get done, as well as preparing my presentation for my thesis defense next week. 

Forgive me? 

I'll be posting tomorrow, and the menu plan will go up as usual on Sunday. 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Marking, Marking, and More Marking

Exams started today, and with it came a pile of marking.  Keeping my energy up with water packed fruit cups, gluten free granola bars and fruit smoothies! 

Oh, and dreaming where I'd like to go on my next vacation!!!

South of France, Anyone?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The End of a Semester & the Start of Something New

The new year has just begun, but at work the end of January is when Semester One ends where I teach.  This time of year is always busy- last few days of classes, exam prep, and tons of marking.  It's a time of transition for both students and teachers, and everyone feels a little worn down by the time exams actually start. 

On the flip side, the start of a new semester also brings with it all the excitement and change that starting something new entails.  I'm looking forward to the challenge of a new semester, and starting the second half of the school year. In the meantime though, I've got essays to mark.  So I'll cut this short.... Until tomorrow!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Product Review: Sweets From the Earth Chocolate Cake

While at Metro this weekend, I saw a new Gluten Free chocolate cake product from a local Ontario company called Sweets From the Earth.  The box was fairly small for a cake, but the size of many gluten free baked goods are smaller than regular ones, so that didn't put me off.  I thought that $14.99 was a bit expensive, but since many cakes are ten dollars and up, I picked up a box.  It's tough to find gluten free baked desserts that are also dairy free for my son, so when I find one, I give it a try.

 
I have mixed feelings about this product.  I'll begin with the positive.

The Good: This product tastes really good.  It has a dense texture, which is more like a brownie than a cake.  There's a generous layer of chocolate frosting on the top, with a flavour that reminds me of the homemade frosting my mom would make when I was a kid.  Thick, sweet and chocolately with a homemade feel is the way I would describe this product.

The cake, still in the box

The Not So Good: There were some things that I didn't love about this product.  The cake is baked directly into the box, so it would make it difficult to present the cake in an attractive way without trying the lift if from the bottom in one piece or cutting the edges off the box.  Also, as I mentioned above, it doesn't actually remind me of cake in the traditional sense of the word.  To me, this product is a classic brownie, and I actually wish it was marketed that way, because then I wouldn't have been expecting something different.



The Verdict: While I really like the taste of this product, I think that the $14.99 price tag for what is essentially a package of brownies is too high.  I don't mind spending extra money for a specialty product that is too difficult or time consuming for me to make myself, but I can buy 2-3 gluten free brownie mixes for the price of one of these chocolate cakes.  For that reason, this won't be one of my go-to products.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan

Today is a VERY big football day, so although I cooked, I didn't take pictures.  Here's what we're eating at our house this week.

Monday: Chicken Parmesan with Potato and Sweet Pepper Salad

Tuesday: Chili Con Carne with Tortilla Chips

Wednesday: Chicken & Rice Soup with Spring Vegetables

Thursday: Pork Gumbo Served on a Bed of Long Grain Rice

Friday: Spinach Quiche in a Gluten Free Pie Crust & a Mixed Salad

The pie crust used for the quiche was a store bought, frozen crust, and I'll be doing a review of it this week.  I've also got a review for the chocolate cake I picked up at Metro. 

Now it's back to football!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Metro Supermarket Surprises Once Again

One of my first product reviews was for Metro Irresistibles Gluten Free Cake Mix.  Metro is one of the few supermarkets in Canada with their own line of gluten free foods, and all at reasonable prices. 

This weekend I received their flyer, and was surprised to see how many gluten free items were highlighted, and from a variety of different companies.  Although I don't generally do all my grocery shopping there, I decided to swing by and check out some new products. 

What I found was a section in the Bakery Department with gluten free cakes, muffins, and other treats.  I decided to pick up a locally baked gluten free chocolate cake to try, and an Udi's frozen baguette.  Can't wait to try both and let you know what I think!  The selection of frozen products was larger than I'm used to: cupcakes, raisin bread, cinnamon buns, baguettes, and cheesecake were just a few products that aren't carried where I usually shop. 

Looks like I may be changing supermarkets.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Five List

Today was one of those days when you ask yourself "why did I bother to get out of bed at all?"  There's nothing worse than feeling sick at work, when all you want to do is curl up under the covers and sleep the day away.  Fortunately, there are always a few things to brighten up even the gloomiest day.  Here are the things that made this day bearable!

1- The friend who surprised me with lunch for no reason other than she knew I was having a bad day
2- The student who stopped by at the end of the day to tell me that they hoped I feel better over the weekend
3- Sharing a few laughs with a colleague I don't get to see very often at work
4- Treats in the workroom office!
5- Knowing that as soon as I put my son to bed, I'm going to bed too!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Product Review: Luna & Larry's Organic Coconut Bliss Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

While searching for an alternative to sorbet for my son, my husband came across this product.  It's a coconut and dark chocolate "ice cream", that is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, sugar free, vegan and organic.

Checking out the ingredient list, the list was surprisingly short: organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, organic fair trade cocoa, and organic fair trade vanilla extract.

Many dairy-free ice cream substitutes I've tried have a strange texture, a bland taste or a funny aftertaste.  Not with this product. 

The container suggests that the product be taken out of the freezer 5-10 minutes before serving, and it makes a huge difference.  The texture of the product softens up jut enough to be rich and creamy, impossible to distinguish from real ice cream.  The agave syrup provides a hint of sweetness, but the rich dark chocolate flavour of the cocoa powder really stands out and blends nicely with the coconut milk.  The flavour is rich enough that jut a small amount is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth.  It also appeals to children, as both my son and my niece ate their servings in record time. 

The product is marketed and packaged as a specialty product, in a small container that comes with a fairly large price tag when compared to a traditional tub of ice cream.  That being said, most non-dairy products also cost more and come in small packages.
 
I feel that this product is worth the price for a few reasons:
1- The short list of all natural ingredients that are also organic and fair trade are a nice change from the long list of unrecognizable ingredients that certainly don't grow on trees
2- The agave syrup adds a nice hint of sweetness without the product being full of white sugar or artificial sweetners
3- The TASTE!  It was delicious!  High in fat, but a small serving goes a long way, and an occasional indulgence is worth it. 

I would highly recommend this product to anyone who needs to eat gluten and dairy free but but misses ice cream.  The look and texture are similar to regular ice cream, and the taste is just as delicious.  I can't wait to see what other flavours they offer!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recipe: Chicken Salad

I took a basic chicken salad recipe, and added a few extras to make it my own.  This is great as a sandwich on a gluten free bun, as a wrap in a gluten free tortilla, or on a bed of lettuce.  I made enough for dinner this week and for a leftover lunch.  

Ingredients (4 servings)
2 cups diced, cooked chicken breast (approximately 2-3 chicken breasts)
1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup seedless green or red grapes, halved
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 green onion, thinly sliced (reserve a sprinkle for garnish)
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
4 tbsp. plain Greek-style yogurt
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp. Dijon or Grainy mustard
1-2 tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Directions
1- Cook chicken breasts, if not using leftover chicken.  I bake mine in a 350F oven until cooked through.  When cool, dice or shred chicken.
2- Place prepared apple, walnuts, grapes, celery, green onion and bell pepper in a bowl with the chicken.
3- In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, oil, salt and pepper until completely blended. 
4- Pour dressing over dry ingredients and stir to mix.  Use immediately or cover and chill. 

This salad has sweetness from the apple and grapes, a bit of bite from the mustard, and crunch from the walnuts, as well as some colour from the bell pepper.  It's great as a lunch, cold dinner, or even a snack served with some crackers. 

Chicken salad, in its most basic form.  Add a bun, tortilla or a bed of lettuce for a delicious meal!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Blue Monday?

A friend of mine told me this morning that today is known as the most depressing day of the year.  Blue Monday. 

To be honest, I thought the worst day was in November.  That may just be because as a teacher, November is a long, busy, stressful month, both for teachers and students.  Apparently I was wrong.  It's not the first time, and it probably won't be the last. 

So how do you stay happy on Blue Monday (and every other cold, dreary day)?

-take a walk
-phone a friend
-watch something funny
-EAT A GLUTEN FREE TREAT SO YUMMY YOU FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE WHO STILL THINK GLUTEN FREE = DRY AND CRUMBLY!!!!

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan



Monday: Pan Cooked Tilapia with Fresh Vegetable Salsa and Quinoa 










Tuesday: Gluten Free Caesar Salad Spaghetti








Wednesday: Roast Chicken with Steamed Veggies and Spinach 









Thursday: Avgolemono Soup (Lemon and Egg Soup) with Rice









Friday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Gluten Free Buns
(I'll put it all together the day I want to eat it!) 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Few Thoughts on a Saturday

The little guy was sick today, running a low grade fever and in need of much cuddle-time on the couch.  Thankfully my son likes sports, so we watched some soccer and some football, interspersed with some Caillou.

Not much else got done, except I did get the menu plan ready for tomorrow, and I've got a few great new recipes to add to my gluten free repertoire! 

I also tried a great dairy free Dark Chocolate and Coconut ice cream that my husband picked up at the gluten free store.  I'll be posting a review for it soon, after I have a few more bowls!


Enjoy your Saturday night, and remember to check back tomorrow for the weekly menu plan! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gluten Free Rice Krispies in Canada?

I've been hearing reports from a few different sources that Gluten Free Rice Krispies are now available in Canada.  If this news is true, YAY!  I haven't been able to confirm this with the company, nor have I found any boxes on my local grocery shelves yet (although my husband is currently on a fact-finding mission as we speak), but I did have the opportunity to pick up a box while in the United States this past summer. 

The gluten free version is made from brown rice, and doesn't have the barley malt that regular Rice Krispies have.  Aside from a slight colour difference, the taste was comparable, with the same familiar snap, crackle and pop I was used to. 
Just like the original!

So, if the news about the product coming to Canada is true, I will be one happy gluten free momma!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snow, Freezing Rain, and Curled Up on the Couch Under a Blanket

Snow is nothing new here in Canada, but this winter has been warmer than usual.  Today however, rain turned to snow, and snow turned back to rain, with temperatures sent to plummet again overnight.  Yippee. 

On days like today, I feel my motivation to do anything useful fly out the window.  So, after my son went down for the night, I took a nice hot shower, put on my jammies, and curled up on the couch under a blanket.  I think it's time to catch up on some of my blog reading; I've been neglecting my fellow blogger friends. 

All I need now is a nice, steaming cup of tea.  Maybe I can talk my husband into bringing me one...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thank Goodness Green Beans Are Gluten Free...

The past few weeks my son has been picky with his eating.  Things he used to love, he no longer wants to touch.  Other times, he asks for something to eat and then pushes it away when he actually gets it. 

Tonight, despite the delicious meal I had prepared for him, he refused to eat.  Fed up with watching him push away the plate of food but determined that he would eat something nutritious for dinner, I cut up some steamed green beans and set them down in front of him.  Surprisingly, he ate them all.  And then asked for more. 

Two plates later, he was (literally) full of beans.  Hee. 

I was happy, he was happy, and I was thanking my lucky stars that vegetables are gluten free. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Recipe: Gluten Free Meat Lasagna

I make this easy lasagna quite regularly at my house.  Aside from the time it needs to bake, the preparation is quite quick and simple, even when I make my own sauce from scratch.  Also, if you don't have the dairy restrictions that we have at our house, feel free to use a stronger cheese, like Asiago, and add Parmesan cheese to each layer.  No one will know this is gluten free!



Ingredients
1 package oven ready rice lasagna noodles (I use Rizopia Oven Ready Brown Rice Noodles)
2 jars of tomato sauce (a thick tomato puree also works well here)
3 lbs. ground beef
500 grams mozzarella (we use goat's cheese mozzarella)
1 tsp. dried basil
Salt and Pepper to taste


Directions
Preheat oven to 350F
1- Cook the ground beef in a skillet, seasoning with dried basil and salt and pepper.  Once cooked through, drain the beef and return to skillet.
2- Heat the tomato sauce in a small pan, adjusting the seasonings to taste.  Puree the sauce with an immersion blender.  A thin sauce is more likely to separate, leaving your lasagna watery.  ***Using tomato puree instead of a bottled sauce removes the need for this step.  Add some chopped garlic, basil and salt and pepper to create a sauce.  Add 1/3 of the ground beef to sauce, stirring to incorporate it. 
3- Ladle a layer of sauce on the bottom of your lasagna dish or roasting pan.  There must always be sauce touching one side of the noodles.
4- On top of the sauce, layer lasagna noodles, trying not to overlap.  Top with a layer of ground beef, 1/3 of the cheese, and more sauce.  Continue layering noodles, beef, cheese and sauce, laying the noodles in the opposite direction each layer, until you reach the top.  Break noodles so they fit when layering horizontally.  This helps the lasagna to stay together when serving.  I do three layers of noodles, and finish with the ground beef and cheese on top.
5- Place lasagna in a preheated oven, covered, for 30 min.  Uncover and cook for another 15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown.  Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.

Serves 6- 8 with a side dish.  If you are serving fewer, freeze the leftovers in single serving portions, and just defrost and reheat as needed.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan

It's back to work tomorrow, so this week's menu plan was created with leftover lunches also in mind!



Monday: Beef Tacos with Corn and Black Bean Salad (Beef is ready, I'll put together condiments tomorrow)







Tuesday: Broccoli and Leek Soup 








Wednesday: Gluten Free Meat Lasagna









Thursday: Yogurt Citrus Turkey Breasts with Simple Green Beans and Carrots




Friday: Leftover Lasagna & Arugula Salad

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

Last night I made some cupcakes for my cousin's birthday party.  I always bring a few along for my son since he can't have regular cake.  I usually make the Betty Crocker Mix, but I had a Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix lying around, and decided to give it a try.


The mix calls for 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of water.  After blending everything according to the mix instructions, I was a bit concerned about the texture of the batter.  Where most cake batters are relatively thin and runny, this mixture was thick, climbing the beaters of my mixer.  I had to spoon it into the cupcake holders, and found the batter quite sticky.  The mix made about 18 cupcakes, a pretty good number for one cake mix.


How did they taste?  I'm happy to say, the cupcakes were delicious.  The cupcakes rose and were really light and fluffy.  The flavour had a nice hint of vanilla, but nothing too overpowering.  My son ate two, and would have eaten more had I let him.  Usually he just licks the icing off the cupcake instead of eating the whole thing.

I would definitely make this mix again.  I love chocolate cake, but these vanilla cupcakes were fantastic.  There will be a space in my cupboard for Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix from now on!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Five List

1- Thesis Defense Date Is Set!!! February 1st.  Wish Me Luck!
2- Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix makes goooood cupcakes! (Review Post tomorrow)
3- It's time to take the tree down, but I really can't be bothered.
4- I also need a new computer.  Any suggestions?
5- One more weekend before it's back to work.  Hopefully I feel better next week than I've felt all week this week.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cookbook Review: The Gluten Free Asian Kitchen

Welcome to the first cookbook review of the new year!  The Gluten Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell has been on my wish list since I heard about it late last year, and I decided to make it my first cookbook review of the year. 

At first glance, the book looks good.  Although not hard cover, it is a nice manageable size and the picture on the front is eye catching. 

In fact, one of the things I like best about this book is the photography throughout.  Not every recipe has an accompanying picture, but several do, and each photograph is a work of art.


The book is easy to navigate, with a useful first section called Getting Started.  For those just starting out on a gluten free diet, and even for those who have been gluten free for a while but perhaps aren't well versed in Asian food, this section walks the reader through the most common ingredients used in the book and which ones commonly have gluten.  The chapter provides a description of main ingredients, where to find them, and gluten free alternatives.  It also provides a description of what the ingredient tastes like, helpful for understanding the key flavours in each recipe.

The book is broken into eleven chapters, with ingredients like rice and noodles each getting their own dedicated chapter.   The author does admit that the dessert chapter contains the least authentic recipes, as she provides mostly Asian-inspired desserts, but the rest of the book doesn't shy away from tackling authentic Asian recipes, even time-consuming dumplings.  There is a nice mix of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai dishes.

For this review, my husband and I prepared several recipes from the book: Yakitori Chicken Skewers with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce, Carrot and Daikon Pickle, Roasted Pork Meatballs with Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce, Korean Green Onion Pancakes, Shaking Beef, and Kung Pao Chicken. 

We kept faithful to the recipes with two exceptions- we used arugula instead of watercress in the Shaking Beef recipe, and we left out the spice in the Kung Pao Chicken recipe. 

The recipes were easy to follow, and fairly simple to prepare.  The only thing I would change is that recipes where some of the ingredients are used both in the main dish and in the sauce are not broken down into those two elements, sometimes making it too easy to accidentally add too much of one ingredient to a dish.  Other than that, the recipes are well written, in simple language and easy to understand directions. 

Most ingredients were simple to find, if a bit unfamiliar at first.  The only ingredient we couldn't find was the mirin, but we didn't check an Asian supermarket.  We bought everything at our local Fortino's or Walmart.  I personally would go to a specialty shop for an ingredient I really want, but for a cookbook to be practical for the average person, most ingredients should be readily available at their local supermarket.  In our case, they almost all were, either in the International Foods aisle or the Gluten Free/Organics aisle.  

How did they taste?  Fantastic!  The recipes were all winners, which is something that rarely occurs when trying out new recipes for the first time.  Each dish had a really fresh, authentic flavour.  Our son tried everything except the Shaking Beef, because the red onions are a bit too spicy for him.  My husband and I enjoy a little heat, but we took the heat out of the Kung Pao Chicken to make it more kid-friendly, and our little guy really liked it. 
Shaking Beef


Korean Green Onion Pancakes

The Verdict:  I would recommend this cookbook to anyone who likes Asian food, period.  Whether you are gluten free or not, the recipes in this book are delicious.  The book offers a great introduction to Asian cooking, in an easy to follow format and with great photographs.  Despite the several recipes I tried for this review, I already have a list of several more that I can't wait to try, like Braised Tofu in Mushroom Sauce and Crispy Spring Rolls.  After spending a week eating almost exclusively from one cookbook, still wanting to go back and try some more is a sure sign to me that this book is a keeper, and one that will get plenty of use in my gluten free kitchen.





Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gluten Free at the Food Court? New York Fries Are Gluten Free

Eating at the mall is not something one should do too often, but the reality is that we all do it sometimes.  Finding a gluten free option can be difficult at the best of times, but the deep fried options that abound in a food court can be a minefield for cross-contamination, if there's even anything gluten free on the menu to begin with. 

One of the few exceptions?  New York Fries. 

The company website FAQ page states that the only thing fried in their fryers are the fries, in 100% non-hydrogenated sunflower oil.  A bit of salt after frying, and that's it.  They do have gluten in their sauces and condiments, so it's important to be aware of the chance of cross-contamination, so steer clear of the different flavours and enjoy their fries as they should be enjoyed- with a dash of salt, and a dip in some gluten free ketchup!

An every day meal idea?  Probably not a good idea. 

An occasional indulgence?  Why not?

Just a tip- I always let the people behind the counter know about my son's restrictions when ordering, and ask all the appropriate questions.  Always check the company website for the most up-to-date information, as recipes change.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Gluten Free Weekly Menu Plan

Well, it's a day late, but it's done!  This month I'm reviewing the Gluten Free Asian Kitchen cookbook, so many of the recipes in my weekly plan are from that book.  Here's what we're eating at our house this week.



 Monday: Lentil Soup from New Year 




Tuesday: Shaking Beef on a bed of arugula with onions and cherry tomatoes








Wednesday: Korean Green Onion Pancakes with Dipping Sauce and a Side Salad








Thursday: Yakitori Chicken Skewers on a bed of Rice and Carrot and Daikon Salad




Friday: Kung Pao Chicken (without all the spice, so it's kid-friendly)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Slow Start to the New Year

Forgive me for not getting the menu plan up today?  I'm currently couch-ridden, unable to stand for any length of time, and therefore unable to cook for the week.  My husband and son are at my parents' house for New Year's Day dinner, and I've got Buffy and football to keep me company. 

I don't know if I'll be well enough to get cooking tomorrow, but my husband is going to help get the menu plan cooked and photographed.  I'm reviewing the Gluten Free Asian Kitchen cookbook this month, so many of the dishes over the next little while will be from that book. 

Looking forward to it!