Monthly Archives: January 2015

Copycat Snack: Enjoy Life Trail Mix

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At the beginning of the year I bought all sorts of snacks because I was worried that I would not have time to make them with the new schedule change. I bought them in bulk on amazon.com, so they lasted a long time. Some of the snacks were better then others, but my absolute favorite was Enjoy Life Just Seeds, Not Nuts Mountain Mambo Trail Mix. I went to buy some more, but worried about the effect that purchase would have on my budget. Then I realized…I had everything in my cabinet to mix up that trail mix. All I had to do was buy some snack bags and I was set. I enjoy making my own even though it is a tiny bit more work as I get to add some coconut chips which I enjoy and I get to change up the ingredients like substitute golden raisins for regular and some orange flavored cranberries.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Copycat Enjoy Life Mountain Mambo Trail Mix

Makes approx 12 servings

1/2 cup diced dried apples
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup mini dairy free chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut chips (optional)
Ziplock snack bags

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Dice the dried apples. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well mixed. Scoop by the 1/4 cup into snack bags and seal. Enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday, January 26!

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Last week was busy as usual and we managed to eat up all the leftovers except for a bit of soup and some stir fry. I actually cooked almost all the meals for this week on Saturday evening and spent yesterday afternoon doing some baking for the week. Our fridge is pack full of yumminess right now!

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over at Celiac Family is Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. It’s another tough diet, but a good one for reducing inflammation and healing your gut. Although it’s tough, it’s not meant to be for the rest of your life. Once healing has taken place you can relax on some of the restrictions. As with all Paleo diets I have a hard time because I can only eat very tiny bits of animal products without getting sick.

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English Muffins that I baked yesterday! They were as easy and good as they looked!

English Muffins that I baked yesterday! They were as easy and good as they looked!

I will probably doing a post at some point about the pluses and minuses of a meal planning service. Right now we’re taking advantage of the money we paid. One more week and we have to decide if we’re going to continue! Happy Monday!

Saturday
Breakfast:
Bread pudding (Better Homes and Gardens), blackberries
Lunch:
Smoothie and snacks
Dinner:
Italian Broccoli Bowl (Basically, gf noodles with spaghetti sauce and broccoli. I cooked the frozen broccoli in the pot with the noodles for the last 5 minutes of cooking time!)
Sunday
Breakfast:
Blueberry Pancake, grapefruit
Lunch:
Lemon Chicken/Tilapia, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob/broccoli
Dinner:
Veggie sandwich on English Muffin (The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread)

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Blueberry muffin with fruit
Sweet potato with almond butter spread
Strawberry Parfait
eggs

Dinner:
Enchilada Bowl
Veggie Sandwich
Tomato Basil Rigatoni
Jerk Chickpeas
Curried Chickpea Wraps
BBQ Bean Stew
Black Bean and Salsa Soup
Leftovers
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!

Do You Want to Build A Snowman?

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Olaf!

Olaf!

It’s been a year since we saw Frozen for the first time, but hardly a week goes by in my house without some mention of the movie. Thankfully, we’ve moved past the stage of having to watch it EVERY DAY. I am so thankful for that.

The Princess delights in doing crafts of all sorts. When I was reorganizing some of our craft stuff I found these huge pom-poms leftover from a previously project. Since we had numerous requests for snow and building snowmen (not going to happen here in Florida unfortunately!) Olaf came immediately to mind. We basically raided our stash of pom-poms, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners to come up with this Florida friendly snowman.

snowman 1

I thought the result might have been a bit on the eclectic side, but the Princess is delighted with it. If you try it I hope you are as delighted with the result. She has Olaf sitting on her desk even weeks after we made him.

Menu Plan Monday, January 19!

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Happy New Year! I took a couple of completely unplanned weeks off blogging. Cleaning up from the great flu of 2014 was quite a project and then we had to do Christmas a couple of weeks late with family we missed out seeing due to being sick. I’m happy to report that everyone is back to their normal activities, although the evil cough is not gone yet.

The theme for the Gluten Free Menu Swap over Celiac Family is Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I actually have never heard of it, but it sounds interesting as it is supposed to reduce inflammation something that is always near the top of my mind.

Due to being sick so long and feeling overwhelmed with menu planning and cooking for picky eaters I decided to sign up for a menu planning service for the month of January. I decided to go with 7-Day Meal Plans by Lindsey Nixon. Her meal plans are vegan, gluten-free, and soy free. I figured they would be easy enough to add meat to if required and would get me eating more veggies besides providing me with a weekly plan for shopping and cooking ahead. My working schedule doesn’t allow me to be home cooking dinner every night and too often I would get home at 7:00 pm and not having anything ready to eat.

So all that to say I’m enjoying the experiment except for the excess oatmeal dishes for breakfast (but I knew that would be an issue going in!). This week we’re not following the meal plan as we have so many leftovers/meals I bought ingredients for that I haven’t made yet and are close to the end of the budget for the month already!

Saturday
Breakfast:
Grain free pumpkin bread, apple
Lunch:
leftover Veggie Rice Casserole with egg roll
Dinner:
BBQ chicken/salmon, steak fries, corn on the cob
(There are several new options at the grocery store for gluten-free and HFCS free BBQ sauces!)
Sunday
Breakfast:
Grain free pumpkin bread, apple
Lunch:
Chili and cornbread
Dinner:
Popcorn and Smoothie

Rest of the week:
Breakfast Choices:
Gingerbread, fruit
Hummus Toast with tomato
baked potato with re-fried beans and salsa
Eggs, sausage
And maybe try these muffins!

Dinner:
Leftover Indonesian Stir Fry (Have you tried brown rice stir fry noodles? They are my new favorites!)
Chickpea Noodle Soup
Italian Noodle Bowl
Triple Green Quesadillas (using this recipe for tortillas)
Black Bean Tortas
Pizza, salad
Leftovers!

For more menu ideas check out Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday! Or for gluten-free menus check out Celiac Family and the Gluten Free Menu Swap!