Friday, April 27, 2012

Mini Gluten Free Meals (part 2)

Going along with my Mini Gluten Free Meals (part 1) post, I've also made a few other freezer meals for Rayelle.

This is gluten free mac & cheese.  You can just use any mac & cheese that you like.  I made it on the stove top as the box directed.  Then put it in foil liners in a muffin pan.  I added some ground flaxseed because there is practically no fiber in the rice noodles.  And added some shredded cheese to the top.  

After the mini meals have cooled down completely, I put them in large freezer bags and popped them in the freezer.  Then I just pull one out for lunch or dinner and microwave for 1 minute.  Then it's ready for Rayelle to enjoy!

I also made her some chili.  She has been loving chili these days and she can't eat a whole by herself.  So I opened it up and put it in muffin liners in a muffin pan.  I added cheese to the top and baked it.  We used Hormel brand because it is the only gluten free brand I saw.  She loves it!

I added these pics because they were pretty.  These a couple of Ray's lunches that enjoyed this week.
I found summer sausage on clearance for $1.  So we've been enjoying that around here.

Summer sausage, cucumbers, Cheese

Summer Sausage, Mango, Cheese

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mini Gluten Free Meals (part 1)

About a month ago now, we found out that Rayelle has some food allergies that interfere with her everyday eating habits.  When we found out I didn't panic or stress because I knew there were so many resources out there to help us get through this.

Her food allergies are:

Wheat / Gluten

I think the hardest one to deal with for her is bananas because everything else has an alternative.  But you just can fake eating a freshly peeled banana.  

But we have figured out some great meals that Rayelle can enjoy and still feel like she is getting a variety.  And at the very least, she is eating healthier than the rest of us since it's always safe for her to eat fruits and veggies, plain dairy, and meats.

So here are a few of the things I've been up to in helping Rayelle with her meals.  I found these great ideas at  Ring Around the Rosies.  It is a great blog that I am slightly obsessed with lately.

Mini Corndog Muffins

I used Bob's Red Mill cornbread mix.  And I used ground flaxseed and water as an egg replacement.  Works like a charm :)
I just made the recipe according to pkg directions, except for the egg part.  Then diced up a pkg of hotdogs and folded them in after I mixed the dough.  I lined two muffin pans with foil liners and filled each liner.  It was the perfect amount of mix for 2 dozen.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Mini Pizzas
I made these using Bob's Red Mill pizza crust mix.  It tastes really yummy but it tastes like a muffin crust; so I don't know if it tastes any better that the gluten free Bisquick-type product would.   So I think I'll use the gf Bisquick next time to try it.  I think it's cheaper that way.

I made the crust according to pkg directions then smoothed some dough into the bottom of each muffin cup. I didn't use liners because of the oils.  Just make sur to spray your pan with cooking spray.  Them I put some spaghetti sauce, cheese, and mini pepperonis on top.  Baked them at 350 for 25 minutes.
Afterwards I thought I should have added mushrooms, peppers, and olives since she likes all that.  But oh well, next time :)

After the mini meals have cooled down completely, I put them in large freezer bags and popped them in the freezer.  Then I just pull one out for lunch or dinner and microwave for 1 minute.  Then it's ready for Rayelle to enjoy!

And for anyone interested in trying this "mini" cooking method for an older child or an adult, it might not work as great.  The portions are small but they work perfect for my toddler who is 2 years.
I did see that a  "jumbo" muffin pan is made.  I thought that will be a great way to go once Rayelle starts getting older and needs bigger portions.  Just so you know ;)

Be sure to check out "Mini Gluten Free Meals (part 2) with more recipes!   
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Puerto Rican Garbanzo Beans and Rice

Puerto Rican Garbanzo Beans and Rice

(don't judge me for the white rice, I usually feed my family brown rice but I needed to be extra quick tonight)

This is one of the most yummy beans and rice recipes I've enjoyed.
It's one of Matt's favorites.  And Rayelle even eats it when I make it.

It's a recipe that Matt's step-brother brought home from his mission in Dominica Republic.

I like this recipe because It is a super fast and easy dinner.

Beans and Rice:

2 cans garbanzo beans
3 TBSP Sofrito (recipe to follow)
2 packets Sazon - Goya Brand bright orange box (it's in the hispanic food section)
2 tsp. chicken bullion
3 cups hot rice

Start cooking rice (2 cups water to a boil, then add rice.  Cover with a lid for 20 minutes--no peeking!)  Meanwhile, put beans, sofrito, sazon, and bullion in sauce pan.  Cover and let simmer until rice is done.  Enjoy!

Sofrito:  (This makes a large amount, so freeze the unused in 3 TBSP. portions in snack size freezer bags.)

2 green peppers
1 large or 2 medium yellow or white onions, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped (not stems)
1-2 TBSP. olive oil

I throw it all in a blender/food processor and puree it.  It's just easier that way.  I even use the stems on the cilantro and it turns out great.  Then I put it in the freezer bags and lay them flat to freeze.  It seriously makes about a dozen bags.  

Then when I need a fast dinner I throw my rice in the rice steamer (I use brown rice).  I pull a bag of Sofrito out of the freezer and microwave it for 20 seconds.  Then toss it in the pan with everything else.  Cook it on med-low while the rice cooks.  Its all done at the same time and I don't have to anything.  Love it!

If you try this recipe let me know what you think!
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Handkerchief Skirt for Rayelle

Rayelle loves to model for me now. 
Isn't she just the cutest little model though?! 

It was a while back now, but I found this super cute tutorial online for one of the cutest skirts ever!
So I put it on my to-do list that is a mile long in hopes that I would get to it soon.
I got around to finishing one for Rayelle about a year ago.  I got another one sewed together but never got around to sewing the elastic on it.  Until today that is!  

This is the one I made last year.
(too small for her now probably, I should try it on her)

With the pink skirt, I used two bandannas that I found at the dollar store.  They even have two-packs!
The black one I used regular fabric that I cut to the size of a bandanna.
Goes to show that this pattern can be adapted for any size.  Just makes it easier to use a bandanna for little girls.

One of the cool things about this pattern:
If you use two fabrics that show on both sides the skirt can be reversible.  

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