Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

We are fortunate in the Treehouse, both of our children with Celiac Disease tolerate certified gluten free oats without a problem. While they are still not as cheap as the regular type, they provide us with a frugal breakfast for our large family.

I actually consider this grain a ninja in the gluten free pantry. If you can tolerate it, don’t leave the store without it!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder (or your preferred sweetener to taste), optional
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, except applesauce, and cook on High in a small pot, stirring frequently until thickened. Pour into your bowl an top with 1/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix together, or grab a small dab of applesauce with each bite.

*I have made this without sweetener and it is still sweet enough due to the applesauce.

This is a single serve recipe and is an E meal on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan.

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How to Build a Gluten Free Pantry on a Budget

As a large family our food budget is definitely one of the areas, where we have to make our money do miraculous things every month.  Really, it’s God in action, because I don’t know how it happens most of the time.

Now, the gluten free life style may seem like just another fad, but it keeps our children healthy in the short term, and affects their future health in every way.  Two of our children have an autoimmune disease called Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease is not something they will ever grow out of, it is not something that they acquired from eating the wrong things as babies, i is not from me eating or drinking anything while I was pregnant with them, or coming into contact with pollution or the wrong type of non-GMO grains.  It is a true allergy at the cellular level, specifically in their intestines.

If they go on and eat gluten later in life it will damage their bodies and create a whole host of health problems that could result in a shorter life expectancy.

So, the gluten free pantry is incredibly important.

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I did a video tour of our pantry, and you can see it here!

 

Start with empty shelves!

You will have to throw things out. I know, the thought made me shudder when we were starting. Find another family to bless or donate what is still usable!  We can no longer use the food bank, but they would love your items!

Get rid of your plastic storage containers and utensils. Gluten is a sticky protein, and you don’t want to cross contaminate all your new pantry items, or the food you cook in the future.

Look up the sneaky names for gluten. You may be able to save canned goods or frozen fruit and vegetables, but be sure of the ingredients, and manufacturing.

Here is what our pantry has…..

Dry goods:

Beans – we choose dried because they are very cheap and we can control cross-contamination better

Rice – We generally use brown rice to fit into the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating

Quinoa

Nutritional Yeast

Spices – you will need to make your own seasoning blends because anti-caking agents and cross contamination are very common, and buying single ingredient spices in bulk is how we do this

Nuts and seeds – these are best and cheapest raw and un-roasted because of seasonings being an issue. Also, buy the packages that say “pieces”, they are so much cheaper than the whole nuts.  I started making my own peanut butter, and my family love it!

Oatmeal – Certified Gluten Free Oats

Gluten Free Flours – You can find our list here

Canned Goods:

Check all your cans for manufacturing!  It’s not usually what’s in the can that is the problem, it’s how it was packaged.

Canned Veggies – and you can see where we use some of them in my Green Bean Goulash

Canned Coconut Products – Full fat milk, and coconut cream

Canned Beans – We do not do this much anymore, but we do keep some for emergency use, now we like to soak our beans from dry and cook them ourselves

Condiments – Thickeners, preservatives, and colorants are big here.  Stay safe!

Frozen Foods:

Again, check manufacturing!  Very few seasoned, or saucy items are clean of contamination. Stay safe!

Veggies, Fruits, Meats – no preformed patties because they usually have “modified food starch”

Refrigerated/Produce:

Milk Products – I make my own Kefir, Greek Yogurt, and Cottage Cheese.  Because we were dairy free for 7 years we do not usually use it for straight drinking or cooking.  I also can sell surplus kefir grains if you message me here

Meats

Cheeses

Eggs

Veggies

Fruits

 

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Southern Style Green Beans – FP

Southern Style Green Beans - FP

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This recipe is inspired by my 83 year old grandma.

A wonderful lady who grew up in Missouri and whole-heartedly believes that green beans cannot be served without bacon OR bacon grease.  I’m not saying she’s wrong, they’re pretty good that way….but I needed a veggie that fit into a few more of my Trim Healthy Mama Plan meals.

So, taking the flavors into account I came up with this…..

I am a mother to 7, and keeping in mind that I need this to stretch and hopefully make it to leftover days I doubled what we would normally eat in a typical meal.

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Servings: 8-12

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

5 Pounds Green Beans

1 Tablespoon Mineral Salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

¼ Cup Nutritional Yeast

1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke (I use hickory)

1 Tablespoon Oil (Avocado or MCT)

Directions:

Put your beans (fresh, frozen or canned) in a large stockpot.  I use a 22 quart so I can stir it around well.  Then add all your other ingredients and cook on Medium until well mixed and heated through.

*Do not be intimidated by the amount of green beans!  They are great heated up for other meals, and fit into my Leftover Day routine because there are usually enough left for everyone.

 

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How to Not Cook Two Days a Week, Without Fast Food and Cereal

I used to think I had to plan for one day of eating at a time

It’s what my mom did.  She’d come home from work and this is the conversation that would happen…

Dad: “What’s for dinner Ma?”

Mom: “I don’t know, What do you want for dinner?”

Nobody planned ahead, and we generally ate the same hand full of meals on rotation.  Then, when the fridge was bursting at the seams, and we were scared to see what science experiments we would find, we would venture into the fridge for the leftovers.

This was an epidemic in my family!

My Grandma did it, my Nana did it, my Biological Dad did it when we visited him and his wife. I knew, when I became responsible for the menu in my family I needed to have a plan.  I poured over every way to menu plan that you can imagine, but leftovers are not really addressed as an integral part of the process, except as a money-saving measure.  Still not sure about how to make my leftovers work for me, my husband was discharged from the military, and things changed drastically.   I became a working mom after 5 years of being a homemaker, and my job was overnight, and 30 hours a week.

I tried to manage everything, and have the menu set up, but I was exhausted and cooking every day was not something I had the energy for.  We fell into the eating out habit, or just using boxed meals.  This was the time that our two middle children got diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  We had to make everything now!

How to not cook two days a week, without fast food and cereal

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My Plan

I notified my family, all 5 of them at that time, the tall and the small, that all leftovers were to be saved.  It did not matter if it was 1/4 C of rice or an entire gallon container of soup, it was saved and put in the refrigerator.

Then, I designated two days, equal-ish days apart, on our busiest days of the week that we would eat on those leftovers.  This made our trips in and out of the house for therapy and church, and me needing to sleep during the day for work on one of those days, something manageable for everyone.  I felt FREE!  The plan was working!  Yes, we typically did not have breakfast leftovers but we ate anything for that meal in the fridge, and sometimes the favorites were eaten immediately by the earliest risers, but EVERYTHING had to go!

We are now a family of 8.  I have to double, triple, quadruple, and sometimes octuple, recipes to plan for leftovers or for freezing purposes.  But, the schedule is set.  I tried to change our days, to accommodate our schedule and it threw everyone off and we missed so many leftover days as a result, that I rescheduled our kids’ therapies again to get us back on track.

What about holidays and birthdays?

My husband is easy, and so are my kids.  He sees the value in our leftovers schedule.  I meal plan for special events either the day before or after the scheduled leftover day (for us it is Sunday, and Wednesday) and we eat a traditional holiday meal, or whatever our kids have picked as their birthday meal.  We do certainly make treats to eat on that day, and sometimes to go with the other day, just because we can.

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