Cooking is Therapy for the Soul

I don’t know about you but cooking is one of my favorite things to do, I’m a regular ole house wife these days (said with a huge smile across my face, cause I really love it). From the planning and prep to the cooking and enjoying, it is such a stress relieving activity. I found a great article called Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Up Mental Well-Being, it’s a short but good read that touches on the mental benefits of cooking!d5632f03476de17a0393b20961d930d2

I must admit that I was really great about planning out our meals during our first year of marriage, but that second year not so much. When we lived in California, I use to get out the cook books and plan two weeks worth of meals and write out all the ingredients I needed from the store for my grocery run. When we moved to North Carolina, I started making  a list of the things we were out of that I know we eat a lot and occasionally wrote out ingredients for meals. I am gonna be honest we ate a lot of taco soup, mini meatloaves, tacos, chicken or fish and rice last year. On the plus side I never heard any complaints. However this year, during our long “see you soon”, I have decided I am going to get back into the habit of planning out two weeks of meals and the ingredients needed, along with spicing things up a little bit with some new dishes, and veggies with lunch and dinner. Confession, as much as I enjoy cooking, I am not amazing at multitasking (cooking mutliple items at a time), I usually end up plating the food and realizing I totally forgot the veggie.

This is the year for improvement! So lets get into the really good stuff! All the cooking things I’ll be sharing are gluten free. I went mostly gluten free in 2014 and haven’t looked back, well except for the occasional donut, but I pay dearly when I overdo it, with sinus congestion, headaches, and irritability! I do not have an “allergy” to gluten that is life threatening, but I was experiencing “seasonal allergy” sinus issues and did some research to help me feel better, and what you eat matters! To read more about my reasons for cutting out gluten click here!

Here are a few things I’ve made and enjoyed lately.

Tacos, one of my go to food choices! Sometimes we do chicken fajita style as well, I think this might be one of my favorite meals….we eat it a lot!

Something new I made over the weekend was this amazing One Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

Another new side dish I made was cauliflower “rice”, the recipe came from my against all grain cookbook (I have the one to the very right “meals made simple”).

While searching for the cauliflower “rice” recipe (with no luck), I found a new recipe that I can’t wait to try this week called Beef Cauliflower Fried Rice, but I’m gonna use chicken instead of beef!

I don’t have any tips for cooking but I can tell you, keep trying. Learning is good for the mind, and on the plus if you mess it up, you’ll know better next time. 🙂 Also Pinterest recipes can be amazing or they can be total flops, so don’t be to hard on yourself when they don’t turn out. I have had my share of pinterest fails, as frustrating as it can be, just throw that recipe out or modify to make it better! We’ve had our share of, “It might be gross but this is what’s for dinner, I won’t make it again…Sorry” moments. Thankfully my hubby can always find the bright side to my cooking, or fibs and tells me “it’s not that bad” when I am eating that same thing and know it’s not that great either. Thank God for a loving husband, who appreciates the thought and love I put into making our meals!

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~Hannah

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Personal Diet| Gluten Free

Hello all you love people who read my posts!

I am making a change, a change to my eating habits!

I have seasonal allergies that get really bad in the spring and fall, like sinus colds and congestion, all that fun stuff. So had read a post on my chiropractor’s fb page APTOS Chiropractic, about foods to eliminate to help with allergies like wheat, peanuts, and milk, just to name a few.  So I did some personal research, since all this talk about Gluten and healthy eating has become so prominent.I found some info that I am going to test in my own diet.

According to “health.howstuffworks.com” sugar, dairy, and wheat are large contributors to sever sinus congestion, and I’m gonna be honest I like bread and I like sugar. I’m not too big on dairy as it is, so that won’t be a problem, well minus my love of ice cream…that is gonna be a little challenging. However they have so many alternative options out there, I am sure it won’t be long till I find several that I enjoy eating.

I am starting with gluten elimination, which means no wheat, barely, or rye, among other ingredients that are made with gluten.

I have found many helpful websites like glutenfree.com that offer a lot a great background knowledge about gluten and diseases related to gluten. Of course, I have searched pinterest.com and found a whole lot of great recipes and tips from others who practice gluten-free eating. Some great blog posts concerning gluten-free and affordable eating, like Bargainbabe.com.  Overstuffedlife.com has some great tips for transitioning into gluten-free eating.

Today I purchased a few different Gluten free products from Nature’s Pantry and am gonna be searching for the good stuff! Thing that taste good gluten-free. So far I have only eating a two products:

Pepperoni pizza by Udi’s Gluten Free= YUM, taste like thin crust pizza

Maple Bliss Cookies by Lucy’s = YUM, taste like tea cookies* and full of flavor (*for those of you who don’t know what a tea cookie is, it’s a drier cookie)

I must admit, it’s a little overwhelming when you think of all the products that have wheat, barely, rye, and other forms of gluten in them, but there are tons of products that are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free in your own home.

In my search the most common places to find gluten-free products are health stores such as Nature’s Pantry, which will have the most variety. Also Target has a pretty good selection in-store. My only though is I would rather pay a little more and everything be available than have to travel to 7 different stores to get things cheap, cause to me that’s not cheap at all, cause it means spending more on gas!

I have also been reading The Daniel Plan and started trying to eat more veggies, fruit, meat, and less junk. It’s a good book, I am enjoying reading it, even though I am a slower reader.

Thank you for reading, and I hope if you are looking to change your diet and get healthy for personal or medical reasons you know, You can do it! There are tons of resources out there so get to googling! Don’t be discouraged, there will be hard days, but there are lost of us out there doing the same thing!

Thanks again!
Hannah

~ All the links are attached to anything I thought you might like to read for yourself!