Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Promises, Shmomises! A few "kitchen-free" favorites!

Okay, my loving DH reminded me that I promised in my D'itchen post to share some of my favorite convenience, go-to, gluten-free foods!

Well, I apologize I have not made good on that!


Breakfast, the last few kitchenless weeks has been fun to say the least. When I do eat it, I'm eating EnviroKids Panda Puffs OR an apple and a cheese stick, or a Glutino Breakfast Bar. These are all easy grabs! When I have time, and feel like putting in the effort, breakfast is two over-medium eggs over jalepeno cheese grits. MMMMM....

Okay, how in the world do I make jalepeno cheese grits...here it is...this serves 2:

1/4 Cup quick grits (make sure source is gluten-free, of course!)
1 cup water
pinch salt
2 slices jalepeno jack cheese
1 tbs butter
pinch salt

Place 1/4 cup quick grits in a micro wave safe bowl, add water and 1 pinch of salt. Cook on high 2 minutes, stir and cook again for 2 minutes. If still too runny, cook another minute.

Immediately add butter and break up jalepeno jack cheese slices into hot grits and mix so they melt well, add salt to taste.

I usually let set up for a minute or two while I make my eggs.

Okay, lunches have been standard fare of salads, or salad sandwiches (where you use a romaine lettuce leaf as the bread!). I've also come to love Kinnickinnick Pizza Crusts. I toast on both sides for a couple minutes, then top with sauce and cheese and pepperoni...mmmmm. The other night I slathered in butter and used as a bread spoon for Pulled Pork! Very Yummy.

Dinner has been a lot of take out (eeek...the word itself sends shivers up my spine!). I'm trying my best to cook at home and relying on some quick "toss in the crock-pot" recipes.

A new snack favorite has totally come into it's own for me! I had tried it once before and not been too impressed, so either my taste buds have changed OR they changed their formula, because they are delicious! Lundberg Rice Chips are AWESOME and come in some really neat flavors. My favorites are Pico De Gallo, Fiesta Lime and Santa Fe BBQ. I have a bag of Sea Salt and a bag of Honey Dijion to try too. I served them one day to my dad (who is not gluten-free) and my husband one day when I was out of other crunch options...they both LOVED them and ate my whole bag. Needless to say, I'm starting to hide them! LOL (just kidding honey, I'll share!).

Popcorn is also a favorite. Fridays are movie nights with the kids, cuddled on the couch with a big old bowl between us all, it's fun!

The kitchen is in countdown mode, and I hope to post some updated pix tomorrow (charging my camera!). Hubby's working seriously hard, and its starting to come together!

:) Thanks for hanging in with me!


Neurotic Grad Student said...

Rice Chex have now reformulated and are gluten-free. Yay for General Mills. It might be a nice switch from the expensive EnviroKids stuff.

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Natalie said...

Hey Krista,

My favorite gluten free snack (other than naturally gluten free stuff) is probably a KIND bar. They are expensive, but great when you are starving!