Tuesday, June 8, 2010
SOS and other goodies!
Today has flown by!  We went to bed around 9pm last night and pretty much passed out.  I knew today was going to be busy so I got up at 6:30am to work out and get the day going.  I am so glad I did because my body is in need of some movement after riding in the car so much!  Since I was in the car driving to Chattanooga and back to get my boys from their grandparents today, my food was not so exciting and my butt hurts...but you aren't here to hear about my toosh!  However, I have a few things that I made recently that I definitely wanted to share!  First off...SOS!
Sh*t on a shingle is the long version of that.  This is our traditional Memorial Day meal.  SOS is a military meal that came about in the 1960's.  The illustrator is a fan of this dish and has always liked to make it as a sign of respect to the military.  This year, I had the task of making it dairy free and gluten free.  I am happy to say that it turned out perfectly!

2 lbs. extra lean ground beef
1/4 cup butter (I used Light Smart Balance)
1/2 cup white rice flour
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef (I used my electric skillet as my mother-in-law suggested and it worked perfectly). Remove browned beef from the pan. Add Smart Balance to the pan and melt. Next add the rice flour to Smart Balance, cook until a paste forms (roux) and turns slightly brown. SLOWLY add the almond milk and whisk. Whisk until mixture thickens slightly. Add beef back to the gravy and cook to desired consistency. Serve over bread (
Nature's Own Gluten Free)!

This really is a great basic easy meal.  It is basically sausage gravy with ground beef instead of sausage.  My boys were happy!
This was an incredibly easy dish I threw together while cleaning out the fridge trying not to make more leftovers before we left on Thursday.  I had black beans in the fridge, but I needed something to go with them.  We had broccoli in the freezer and whole canned tomatoes in the pantry.  I started putting bits and pieces of this together...threw in some cumin and hot sauce...oh my gosh...this was so good.  I was not expecting to like it.  In fact I started eating before I took a photo thinking it was nothing to document!  I don't normally buy whole tomatoes, but I will from now on.  I thought they were so sweet and juicy...full of flavor and I loved the texture combination!  I am definitely getting the hang of the stocked pantry idea, but don't tell the illustrator.  It is so helpful to have a variety of canned (tomatoes) and frozen vegetables!  I will definitely be throwing this together again soon!  Just goes to show you that good food, does not have to be difficult!

So, I also said I would try to take pictures of the stash of food we took with us this year.  I am really surprised at how well we did with food!  I am so glad we took this stuff with us since it kept us from starving during the day.  The only places to eat around the Charlotte Convention Center during the weekend are a pizza place and the food court upstairs...neither of those were options for us.  Most people think we are crazy for taking so much, but when you are dealing with food restrictions due to allergies and intolerances...you have to be prepared.  You don't want to be around me when I can't eat!    
This was the prettiest version of cinnamon bread I have made and it was only for the illustrator in the hotel room.  Isn't that always the way it goes?
Boiled eggs!  These actually travel really well.  I was surprised they were such an easy snack.  Although, you definitely need to peel them before refrigerating them...trust me on this!  We also took a salt grinder to travel with.  We were well equipped!
These are sausage balls...not dairy free, but gluten free and now I am ready to try out some Daiya in them!
These are the illustrator's favorite cookies...oatmeal cookies!  I put some of the JK Granola in the mix and that worked perfectly!  
Hummus!  We are best friends on trips!
Here are most of the goodies...we also took apples, bananas, chips, water and box wine...cause we are that classy!  When we go on long trips we take a plug in cooler.  I could not live without it now.  I love having access to things when I need them.  If we don't use them, then that is fine too...but we definitely will not go hungry!

Now, things are getting back to normal!  I missed my boys...I am off to hang out with them for a little bit! 

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