Green Bean Goulash – THM E

This recipe was something I created, and made a lot, as a tween.  I come from a family of 7, so I knew how to feed a crowd on a dime from the beginning.  In my childhood home it was made with venison burger hunted by my Dad, white Minute Rice, and Soy Sauce.  Now, I have had to change a few things to fit our current eating style.

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#1 – Make it Gluten Free!

I have to read labels to check the green beans for cross contamination.  So far, the #10 (101 ounce) cans from Walmart are our cheapest safe option.  We go through between 4 to 6 of these a month for our family of 8 for varios meals.

Then, I had to ditch the soy sauce and replace it with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.  You could change this to either Coconut Aminos or Tamari.

It seriously took more time to figure all that out than it does to cook it or to eat it!

#2 – Make it work for the Trim Healthy Mama Plan

There are two different fuels in the body that are used for energy.  Fats and Carbs.  Obviously, we’re working with a Carb source here, rice!

White rice is not recommended for those looking to release weight in THM, just young children and those at goal weight, so I replaced the white minute rice with brown rice.  Yes, you could use the brown Minute rice here, but it is cheaper for my family to use the slow cooking kind.

I also subbed out the venison burger because we have not had plentiful sources yet, which could easily be used in this fuel type because of its lean properties, for either extra rinsed regular ground meat or at least 96% lean ground.  I am not picky at all about ground meats in my cooking, and so I use anything I have on hand.

There, you have it.  A recipe that is simple, frugal, gluten free, and THM compliant.  It actually fits all allergy types too because it is egg, nut, tree nut, dairy, shellfish, sugar free and gluten free! It is Soy free if you used liquid aminos!

Green Bean Goulash – THM E

Servings: 6-8          Print

Time: 1 hour (if you have to cook the rice), 20 minutes if you don’t

Ingredients:

2 Pounds extra lean ground meat

8 cups brown rice, cooked

1 – #10 Can green beans (101 ounces), drained

1/2 Cup gluten free soy sauce alternative

1/2 Cup nutritional yeast

1 large onion, diced

Pepper, garlic, Onion Powder to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon and go from there)

Directions:

Cook your rice according to package instructions.

I cook approximately 2 Cups of dry brown rice for this recipe.  In a skillet, at least 12 inches or a stock pot of some kind, brown all your ground meat.

If using at least 96% lean ground meat you do not need to rinse it, if you are not then rinse in the pan under very hot water for at least 5 minutes to release additional fat and drain off the water.  Return to the stove and set on medium-low heat.

Add diced onions, cooked rice, and green beans.  Soy sauce alternative, and other seasonings and heat through. Adjust seasonings to taste.

*Note: the picture has corn in my mix, I added 1 Cup of corn for the entire pan there to use some in my freezer.  I would not add more than that, or leave it out entirely to keep the Carb count within E meal territory.

For growing children: Add a fat of some kind to their meal.  I add coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or butter to my kids’ bowls. I just drizzle it on and mix it up.

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A Simple Guide to Going Gluten Free

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Can you Live Without Bread?  

This question has gone through the mind of every person who has been told that they cannot have gluten, til death do they part.  Not just that they cannot have wheat, but that they cannot have any gluten-containing item, at all. I don’t even want to talk about items that are cross-contamination risks…..

The answer is yes, but the process of getting there can look like a trip to the peak of Mount Everest!

….., but let me show you how I would do it over if I could.

What do I do first?

Remove any gluten-containing products from your home.  Gluten is not just isolated to food, it is found in glue and even stickers.

It becomes a part of your pots and pans, as baked-on residue, those have to be thrown out because the only way to completely remove it is to sand it off.  If it was a really expensive set, I will cry with you when you chuck it or donate it.

Then, clean….

Flour and cracker residue is going to be everywhere.  Wash all your storage containers and wipe our the cupboards. 

Clean your oven and the racks inside, making sure that you scrub it all very well to remove all baked-on residue.  No, you do not have to get a new oven, because it is not likely that you will eat anything that falls out onto the oven floor or the racks.

My vote is for the cleaning cycle of the oven, vinegar-based cleaner because natural is best to me.

Go Through your Soap!

Because people cannot possibly stick with simple ingredients like lye and oil(that’s just too basic)!  They have to add all sorts of colors, fragrances, and wheat germ oil to soap.  Check your packages, and chuck the offending soaps.

This will include hair, hand, and whole body soaps.  Initially we were told that we did not need to go that far, but kids will eat and swallow the craziest things.  So, safety first is how we roll around the Treehouse.

Body Care Products, Beware!

Make up, chap stick, lipstick, lip gloss, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion (wheat germ oil again…I know, right?).  Check them all.

Go through Your medicines, and call your pharmacy to make sure that yours are safe.  If they give you an answer without going and looking at the insert, or calling the company….find another pharmacy.  This could be the difference between long-term glutening or remission, and you are worth the few minutes of their time it takes to be truly sure.

Craft Closet Clean-out

Yes, the craft supplies are probably the second biggest offenders in my opinion.  If it can be molded like bread dough or has “-doh” in its name it will need to find a new home unless you can get the specs from the company.

Stickers, adhesive, paint, dye….check it all!

Now, go figure out the sneaky names of gluten!  It’s time to go shopping!

If you have no idea where to find it, or want all this information in digital form.  You can find it in my book, The Easy Start Guide to Gluten FREEdom.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!

If you want to learn more about my family, why I believe you are a Gatekeeper, or how to cut down your cooking time you have come to the right place.

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