Ani was put on a gluten free diet a week ago today. The first few days were the hardest because I plan menus on Thursdays and grocery shop on Fridays. This meant I was grabbing a few things at the grocery store and trying to adjust the planned meals to be Ani-safe. Grocery shopping on Friday was a bit stressful. Thank goodness for a smart phone and manufacturer websites that tell you if something is gluten free. Things marked gluten free make me very happy.
A couple months ago I rearranged a bit in our kitchen and I still had an entire empty cabinet. This is now Ani’s cabinet. She can eat anything in that cabinet. There are gluten free foods elsewhere (that are ingredients for specific meals), but everything in there is stuff she can eat or use as she wants.
We’ve had a couple extremely successful gluten free meals over the last few days. I made crepes using the recipe on Gluten Free on a Shoestring. They turned out really good. We put turkey bacon (Butterball brand) in some and Nutella in others (Ani was very happy to learn Nutella is gluten free). Cameron had one crepe with both turkey bacon and Nutella (he said it was okay). I added some cherries, grapes, kumquats, blueberries, and blackberries and we had a truly delicious lunch.
We always have dinner in the crockpot on Sundays. Yesterday I made Sweet Baby Ray’s Crockpot Chicken. My dad always says that meat cooked in the crockpot, even when completely covered with liquid always turns out a bit dry. He is right, but even a little dry, the chicken tasted really good. We had some Hungry Jack potato flakes (happily, gluten free) so mashed potatoes were easy. I found some packets of Pioneer brand gluten free brown gravy when I went grocery shopping. It made really good gravy! Everyone liked it. I cooked some green beans and sprinkled those with Kraft parmesan cheese. All together, it made a yummy and filling Sunday dinner.
We did have a few complete failures this week. We got Ani some brown rice wraps. They were absolutely inedible. I’m going to try making some tortillas using the recipe on Gluten Free on a Shoestring. Ani’s never eaten much bread so she’s not concerned about replacing that. She doesn’t love pasta either (and let’s just say the gluten free pasta we tried was an epic failure). But tortillas. She eats a lot of tortillas both for Mexican food and for sandwich wraps.
Hopefully as time goes on it’ll get easier and easier to properly feed Ani. And even more hopefully, a gluten free diet is exactly what she needs and she’ll actually get healthy!