Rex Goliath

I’ve been posting a LOT about my allergies on here lately…

I know they center around food, and that’s what this blog is for, but enough about me. 

Let’s talk some wine!!!!!

To be honest, I haven’t had a wine that has wowed me in a while- or at least one that was easily attainable in the Tri-State Area. 

I had a couple people over for drinks over the weekend, and was ready to brace myself for a Yellowtail cocktail party. I HATE Yellowtail wines. Sorry.

As I was going for the eh stuff, I saw they sold large bottles of Rex Goliath wines…and $10 for 1.5L!!!!!

If you have never had these wines before, please do. I would have passed it up, but my husband is to thank for this gem. A 750ml bottle is $7!!!! 

The Pinot Grigio is my fave. Light, fruity and crisp. Great with some apples and goat cheese.

The Pinot Noir is light, supple and have some great fruit notes like cherry.

If you’re looking for a cheap, AND AMAZING, red or white this week…got for Rex Goliath

http://www.rexgoliath.com

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Planning is Everything

I had wheat this weekend.

I didn’t plan, and got stuck in a situation I could have planned for, but was busy and forgot.

I am sitting here itching my ass off as we speak.

I guess wheat really is the culprit. And I will plan better for the future.

A lesson was learned this weekend- I MUST think ahead every step of the way. And I should have some thing to munch on at all times just in case.

Comfort Food

My tail is between my legs this morning. When the news broke last week of this massive flu epidemic, I scoffed at the report. I hadn’t had the flu in over 10 years, and I’ve never had the flu shot. In fact, I believe the whole flu shot thing is a bunch of hocus pocus. I’ll never get it…

So now I have the flu. I feel like I’ve been hit by a train.

I’ve been doing really well with the diet too. I’ve introduced a few new foods back into my diet- tomatoes, potatoes, beef, corn and garlic. I did have some reactions to garlic, but we’ll see.

This flu is a test- a test to see if I can get past it without eating any bread. All my ‘sick’ comfort foods center around wheat. Noodle soup, saltine crackers, toast with jam… and I can’t have any of that. The real punch in the stomach is that I don’t have an appetite either. The thought of eating anything else makes me nauseous. I’ve made due- rice cakes with jam, lightly salted potato chips, oatmeal. Tomato soup with gluten free bagel chips. It hasn’t been easy though. And with the limited amount of energy I have, I haven’t been able to think creatively.

It makes mad and sad that we, as a world, have become so dependent on wheat. And why are ‘comfort foods’ center around wheat too? When I’m back on my feet again, I’m going to plan for the next time this happens. I will think of better ways to ‘comfort’ myself when I’m sick, yet still maintain a healthy diet.

What do go to eat when you’re sick? What are your comfort foods?

Taco Soup

e410a33830ee11e1a87612313804ec91_7My husband’s mother makes this soup that is soooo good, you can’t pass it up! And the best part is how easy it is. I think the hardest part of making this soup is opening all the cans! Here goes: 

  

Taco Soup

Brown: 1 1/2 pounds ground beef and 1 large onion

Add: One packet of taco mix

Add: 3-4 cans of beans (black, dark red, white, Great Northern, pinto or ever chick peas) drained, 28oz. can diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz can Del Monte diced tomatoes with mild chillies or jalepenos, 1 small can of sliced black olives drained, 1 can of corn with liquid, 1 small can of tomato sauce

Bring to a low boil and then simmer for an hour and a half.

Serve with sour cream, tortilla chips and cheddar cheese.

You can treat this as a soup, chilli or even nachos. It’s a great meal on a cold rainy night like tonight!!!

Where’s the Beef?!

Friday will mark the two week ‘cleanse’ from a laundry list of foods that I may be allergic to. And I must say, it was much easier than I thought it would be. Many things I may never bring back- like wheat and corn. 

I never really felt like I was ‘on a diet’ or ‘deprived’….. Until Sunday.

Sunday we went to Ruth Chris Steak House for dinner to celebrate my sister earning her masters degree. And I can’t have beef. 

I thought it wouldn’t bother me, and they were sooooooooo accommodating (they have a whole gluten free menu if you ask), but I WANTED STEAK!!!!!!!! 😦

I ate my Chilean Sea Bass, that I normally would savor, with such a sad feeling inside while I watched everyone cut into thick, beautiful filets. I’m sad typing this.

 

So, I’m very happy to try beef again! And garlic! And tomatoes! I just hope they’re not the foods that have been making me sick…

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Mac and Cheese, Cookies and Bread

I made ALL of these things this weekend.

And ate them. (Well, I didn’t have the bread yet- it’s still baking)

I needed a serious carb fix.

And everything I made had not one bit of flour in them! Well, wheat flour that is….

I had a bit of an enlightening education this weekend:

Did anyone out there know that the best peanut butter cookies only have peanut butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs?  I didn’t. Those suckers are freakin’ amazing!

Rice pasta has significantly improved since I last tried it several years ago. I don’t plan to make this a staple in my diet, but as I ween myself off these types of carbs, it helps.

I will NEVER EVER make mac and cheese again without supplementing some of the cheese with cauliflower puree. OMG! So good.

Buckwheat flour when made into dough looks like mud.  I’ll share the recipe if it’s good.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar ( I used 1/2 cup)

1 tsp. vanilla ( I used coconut extract)

1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a mixer add peanut butter and vanilla.

3. Add sugar and mix. Then add egg.

4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and push down with a fork. Sprinkle a little large grain salt on top if you want.

5. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

6. Have glass of milk waiting!

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Super easy!

Sugar :(

Last night after dinner, I really wanted dessert. I always thought I wasn’t one for sweets- more a sucker for bread, really. I had some errands to run, so I figured I’d stop at the super market on the way home and pick up a sweet treat.

I had a revalation about myself last night.

I. AM. ADDICTED. TO. SUGAR.

I was in the super market for almost 45 minutes. I couldn’t find ANYTHING that wasn’t made without wheat, soy, corn or chocolate.

And I got panicky.

I didn’t even know there was such a thing as ‘sugar addiction’ until I read about it in a blog my grade school friend posted on his own sugar addiction. I never thought sugar could be my nemesis.

It’s not bread that I am feeling deprived over- my meals have made me feel full and good. It’s the sugar that’s IN breads, and all the baked goods desserts are made of, that is making me feel deprived.

The last time I felt this way was when I quit smoking some time ago. I remember that panic feeling, like a prisoner in my own body. I felt sad today about the whole incident, but now I feel better. And it feels good to learn these things about myself as the days goes by.

I didn’t win the battle though…

I settled on some Chili Mango that does have some sugar sprinkled on it.

It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop fighting the war. There must be something said for not caving in altogether, right?

White Bean and Escarole Soup

Day 5- Hanging tough! First day back at work, and dreaming of spring break already… cuz Baby It’s COLD Outside!!!!!!

What wouldn’t be better than a hot soup and some crusty bread? Well, I’ll just be having hot soup…

White Bean and Escarole Soup

1- yellow onion with a coarse chop

2- heads escarole loosely chopped

2- cans while cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2- cloves of garlic smashed

8- cups of beef or chicken broth**

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1-2 parmesan cheese rinds (can be purchased at supermarket)

salt and pepper to taste

1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and turn heat to medium.

2. Add onion and red pepper flakes and saute until the onion is translucent.

3. Add escarole and let escarole wilt down, but still remain that bright green color

4. When the escarole is wilted, but still is bright green, quickly add the stock.

5. Add two cans of cannellini beans.

6. Add the parmesan rinds, but be careful about adding salt, since the rinds will eventually release salt( I add salt toward the end for that reason).

7. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for about 45min to an hour.

8. Sprinkle fresh parmesan cheese on top and serve with crusty bread.

*There’s a few modifications you could add if you want. like small turkey meatballs or even a can of diced tomatoes.

** A quick and easy broth is to throw some chicken bones or necks into a pot with some celery, carrots, onion, parsnip and parsley. Boil for an hour or so.

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Happy New Year!-Don’t Blow it on Resolutions

I’m so glad I started my diet 4 days ago and not today. I can positively tell you that if I started today, I wouldn’t be able to keep it going. I’m sure I’ll fail. Last night at dinner I was good- I had ONE tiny sip of a beer, ONE tiny bite of a pretzel and a half of a potato pancake. And I’m almost positive that wheat is the main culprit. After those bites, I almost instantly started itching, and the stomach pains that followed were insane. Despite the fact I drank too much when we got home, and I am still nursing a headache (coffee helps!), I feel good that I didn’t break the diet. There were MANY temptations, but I didn’t give in.

Like many, we all make today this monumental day of declaration of all that we want to change about ourselves. We treat today as some day of magic, where we cast ‘wishes’ of what we want different in our lives, and somehow we assume that by declaring them on this day, our wishes we be fulfilled. Sadly, two weeks later, so many of us give up because we don’t see the immediate results. What we don’t think about is many of the resolutions we make require HARD WORK. Loosing weight, eating healthy, getting organized, meeting people, starting a new career, making more money, being a ‘better’ person- these are all things that require us to CHANGE who we are, and that’s very hard to do. Many people treat things as ‘topical changes,’ when these changes are very internal and very personal.

Instead of spending the day thinking of all things that you don’t like about yourself, list all of the things you LOVE about yourself. And come up with resolutions to make those good qualities shine in the coming year. Those resolutions will be easier to keep!

And spend the day pampering you! Make your resolutions tomorrow!

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Happy New Year from Liz and Michael!