What we ate today:
- Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo
- Rice Noodles
I had been dreading making Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free pancakes. I had found a recipe I could modify to work with our diet but given that I am not a great pancake chef I figured it would end in a huge mess with crying hungry children in the background. Amazingly, the pancakes were a breeze to make and turned out better than my standard ones! There is a decent amount of maple syrup in the batter so the kids contentedly munched on them sans syrup which meant no sticky mess to clean up! I just wish I had tried making these sooner.
Yesterday I made some extra fry bread to use for sun butter sandwiches today since we were meeting some friends for a picnic playdate. I thought it would be a good experiment to see how they tasted the next day. Bad news….they are pretty dense and awful the next day… like beef jerky bread. If you reheat them in the skillet they become edible. We did have one leftover pancake and it made a pretty awesome sandwich…so maybe I will see how they hold up stored in the fridge for a day or two? The good news was I still had a bunch of leftover breakfast oatmeal cookies so the kids ate those for lunch along with bananas and a handful of hazelnuts.
About 1:00 I put some chickpeas on to cook in the crockpot. They turned out amazing and finished just in time to make some hummus for afternoon snack. I made extra so we could make Falafel tomorrow. All the canned chickpeas I could buy had extra ingredients to preserve the color and firmness; thus, the need to make them from scratch using dried chickpeas.
I had an afternoon headache but I think I am almost over my caffeine addiction. Today wasn’t quite as good as yesterday as far as behavior goes but it was better than average for the kids. I have learned hazelnuts work great for satisfying a chocolate craving for me or the kids. I save them as a special treat since they are higher in salicylates but not so high I had to ban them. I just can’t believe my children are eating hazelnuts as a treat and are appreciative and not whiny about it. Who took my kids and replaced them with these calmer more rational beings?
Dinner was Rice Noodles from Trader Joe’s with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and Meatballs (without hardly any spices). My husband and I thought it was OK but not something we would really want to eat again or share with guests. I could get used to the taste if I had to and I was really craving Alfredo sauce. Mr Rockstar and Miss Tomboy tried it but then requested a bowl of plain noodles instead. My kids have never been fruit eaters but that was what they were asking for at dinner! I couldn’t believe they kept asking for bananas and pears. Miss Princess ate a reheated piece of fry bread and some leftover sun butter bars. My husband just couldn’t believe the kids were eating all this healthy food and even calling the sun butter bars “cookies”. Granted they weren’t eating what I made for dinner exactly but at least they were asking for some fruit instead of junk food. Baby steps right?