Friday, January 9, 2015

Wheat-Free Stuff I've Eaten Lately

I recently learned that I'm actually allergic to wheat (which explains why some of my weird symptoms go away when I eat paleo or primal or go on a Whole 30 or something).  I've actually been eating way more packaged "gluten-free" (since gluten-free is usually wheat-free) foods than I wish I was, but it has in some respects inspired me to eat in more preferred ways.

Plus, I haven't made a frivolous food post here in what feels like ages, so why not?

Simple Green Tofu Curry
I've been adding more meatless meals to my diet for environmental and monetary reasons, and this curry is the result of that.  I pretty much fry tofu until it's done (I hate undercooked tofu so for take my sweet time), add green curry paste, broccoli, coconut milk, and that's about it.  I don't remember if I just winged it or if I went by a recipe to make it the first time, but it's kind of similar to recipes I've found anyway.

Corn Pasta Lasagna Casserole
I've put two recipes including gluten-free packaged goods just because... well, I have been eating it.  May as well document.  This is a rendition of a recipe my mom used to make (when she still cooked).  You just layer cooked rotini noodles, cottage cheese, shredded mozzarella or Italian mix (I used the latter) cheese, and pasta sauce, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is well melted.  I added some Italian seasoning to the top.

Orange Tamarind Cornish Game Hen and Leftovers
 Some leftover lasagna casserole to the right.  On the left is a Cornish game hen which was baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour and periodically basted with a mix of tamarind extract, minced garlic, honey, and orange juice.  The rest of the mix was added as a sauce after cooking.

Flaxseed Chia Hot Cereal
This stuff is great if you don't eat oats (and, hell, if you do eat oats).  Mix ground flaxseed meal (about 1/2-3/4 cup), whole flax seeds (about half a tablespoon), and chia seeds (about half a tablespoon) in a bowl, add milk to cover, microwave for 45 seconds to a minute (you can change the amount of milk until it's your preferred hot cereal texture, which for me varies).  Add fruit and maple syrup if you want, but I think it tastes good as is.

Worst Cooks Knockoff Chuck Steak 

I've been obsessed with the show "Worst Cooks Ever" lately and as such have gotten lots of inspiration.  This was based on one of the dishes the contestants were supposed to copy.  I had a chuck eye steak and decided to use that.  I coated the steak with a spicy five pepper mix, seared it in a cast iron pan, sliced it, put a sprig of rosemary and a tablespoon of butter on top, and put the pan in the oven at 350 degrees for what turned out to be like a half an hour (keep checking for doneness/preferred redness).  I then made a puree out of sweet potato, butter, maple syrup, and milk.  When it was all done I used the sweet potato puree as a bed for the steak, and it was pretty delicious.

Tranniversary Muffin Cake
I wanted a cake for my 3rd hormone anniversary (I called it my Tranniversary but I'm not sure what qualifies for a Tranniversary these days. I was three years on hormones.).  I couldn't for the life of me find a wheat-free yellow cake mix, and I was really lazy that day, so I took a wheat-free blueberry muffin mix and baked it in a cake pan instead.  Decorated with penis candles and frosting and voila.