Getting Pinny | Food

After an initial few busy weeks of summer, we’ve slowed down and little and I’ve been able to get a bit organized. I’ve also started Pinning like a mad-woman and am enjoying it. I have folders and notebooks of magazine clippings I’ve collected over the years and have perhaps acted upon 5% of them. Pinning has brought that process to an organized, easily accessible and actionable realty for me! Wahoo! Here are some of the foodie things I’ve been up to in just the past two weeks.

1 - I made my own creamer - yummy!

2 – Oatmeal packets! So easy and when I double the recipe for my kiddos, 70 carbs a packet – perfection!! I don’t think Caleb’s eaten anything else for breakfast since we started making these.

3 – I will never boil an egg again, although when I see the baking soda trick for easy-peel eggs, I’m a little tempted.

4 – Egg muffins – easy to just crack in the muffin pan and add whatever you want, but I prefer the mix first variety inspired by Alexis. Use your imagination on this one – the point is individual servings and made in advance.

5 – Potato rounds – slice with a mandoline and super easy from there. Each round is one 1 or 2 carbs!

6 – This chicken dish is beyond easy. Huge raves from the crowd here although I suppose anything baked with a stick of butter can’t be too bad. I’m planning to make my own Italian seasoning from another pin, but for this one, I used the packer. Oh and I didn’t melt the butter – just cut it up and threw it on top.

7 – Holy Hannah this salad is delicioso! Sweet and spicy!

8 – White Castle!!! The key to mimic that White Castle flavor is the onions. These buns are more robust than the real thing, but still were great and gobbled up by all!

9 – My absolute favorite so far is the mason jar salads! Just love this! I prepared these while prepping lunch one day and tailored them to everyone’s preferences. We had them that night with number 8 and the eggs were prepared as per number 3 above. Oh and I almost forgot! The dressing is what I’ll make bonus number 10 - will never buy prepared salad dressing again!!!

Happy Pinning!

D-Feast Friday | Pasta, Beans & Broccoli – Rienzi Gluten Free

This is a tasty and healthy meal. In addition to the recipe, what I want to share is this particular brand of pasta: Rienzi Gluten Free Pasta (yellow box). A college buddy of mine who eats gluten-free tipped me off to this. I had been using Dreamfields pasta, which tastes great and although is not as complicated to dose as regular pasta, still causes highs late in the night for which I need to extend a bolus. We were also using Tinkyada rice pasta, which is friendly to Caleb’s blood sugars and I think is great for our homemade macaroni and cheese dish, but the texture is not quite what I want when having something like pasta and meatballs. These are both still wonderful choices, but now we have another.

Rienzi’s gluten free pasta is made from corn and rice. The texture is a little firmer than just rice pasta and the flavor is better suited to what I consider the traditional pasta meals (with the good old Italian gravy). Caleb’s blood sugars respond well – just a regular bolus with no extension necessary and we all have a comfortable night. It was also well suited to this recipe, which is quick and easy and everyone in this house enjoys. In fact, I think I have all the ingredients on hand so I’ll make this tonight!

1 pound pasta

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 bunch broccoli florets cut into bite sized pieces

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 cups chicken broth

1 can white beans of your choice – I use cannellini

1 teaspoon lemon juice – fresh or otherwise

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, heat skillet with oil. All broccoli and garlic and cook attentively over medium heat until broccoli is bright green.
  • Add broth and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender.
  • Stir in beans and lemon juice.
  • Adjust any and all seasonings to your taste.
  • Drain pasta and combine with broccoli mixture in a big bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.