Now Eat THIS….

Well, let me begin this post by expressing my anger for WordPress post scheduling. Twice now a post I’ve scheduled has not made its way to you, dear blog and readers and not known about it until I log in to write the next post.  This is SEVERELY unnerving for someone who keeps her ducks in a neat little row for the most part.  So, let me give you the short but sweet version of the blog you SHOULD have gotten yesterday!

Thursdays are now known on my blog as Now Eat This Thursdays!  I love food, and I’ve had my challenges with it.  But in the past year, I’ve really made a thoughtful attempt to improve my eating and cooking habits.  I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease, so following a Gluten Free diet has become very influential in this turn for the healthy.  It’s very easy when you’re living on your own to eat cereal or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But, neither of those things are good food staples…once in awhile, of course! (I’m not a sadist for cryin out loud).  Healthy, fresh and GF are my most important focuses when it comes to cooking now.  I’m also a proponent of extra sleep, so making things in a family size quantity and then refrigerating/freezing them in smaller, lunch size containers keeps me in bed for an extra few minutes on my 6 days of work that require a lunch.

In order to accomplish my goals, I turned to one of my favorite social networking sites, Pinterest, for many a food inspiration.  It’s been so great to share recipes, ideas and factoids on that site.  If you haven’t tried it out, please do the best/worst thing you will ever do for yourself and sign up for an account.

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

Click on the title of the section to get taken directly to the site responsible for both these images and the recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Image via Gimme Some Oven

Image via Gimme Some Oven

This treat was a great twist on a classic favorite for me.  I used Rice Chex cereal for this recipe, and they are Gluten Free!  Of course, tis the season for all things pumpkin spice, so all I had to do was add a bit of pumpkin pie seasoning.  I did, though, adjust the recipe to use half regular chocolate and half white chocolate chips because I’m not generally a fan of white chocolate.  Many thanks to the bloggers over at Gimme Some Oven.  Visit them and pin the recipe to your Food boards!

Crockpot Chicken with Apples and Sweet Potato

Image via the Stockpiling Moms

Image via the Stockpiling Moms

This was one of my favorite dinners of the week!  I have a small crockpot that I use whenever I can, and this treat really spoke to me because I happened to have all of the things in the house already!  I really wanted to use some honey crisp apples that I had in the house as well, but I was a bit too nervous with this recipe. It called for so little liquid–just 1 cup of applesauce and 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.  Just to be safe, I added some butter and a cup of water.  The result was a delicious stew-like dinner whose leftovers I’ve been happily chowing down!  I ate this dish plain, but it would be great served with rice or a nice noodle.

Slow Cooker Chili

Image via Cooking Classy

Image via Cooking Classy

So, I also unabashedly made this one for Roy and I to have last Sunday for dinner.  I’ve always been a great chili chef, but I didn’t have a solid recipe for a crockpot.  I went to this recipe and was not disappointed!  I added a few more onions and a bit more garlic, because that’s how I like my chili.  One ingredient I hadn’t put in my chili before was cocoa powder, but it really added a great layer of flavor!  I’m also a fan of serving chili with noodles on the side and cheese and sour cream for toppings.  We stopped at my local market and picked up a fresh made cornbread to avoid having to make any of our own, and let me tell you, it was a great pairing with the chili.

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

Image via IBreatheI'mHungry

Image via IBreatheI’mHungry

 If you’ve ever seen people saying that you can substitute caluiflower for all of the starchy things you miss as a Celiac’s patient, you’ve probably been doubtful.  That is…until you try it!  The cauliflower tasted  perfectly starchy and held up as well as any noodle or potato would have.  This recipe reads like it can be served as an entire meal, but after eating it for a meal, I’d go with it as a side dish.  I substituted turkey pepperoni, and I could see using sausage in the future as an option, too!

Moscato Raspberry Punch

Image via The Pampered Jes

Image via The Pampered Jes

This punch is fantastic for a brunch or lunch.  It’s sweet and easy on the gullet.  You can’t go wrong with this as your go-to drink!  We made this for a patented “Girly Night” where my friends and I leave kids and significant others at home and..end up talking about kids and significant others. 🙂

Well guys, there you have it!  If you’re on Pinterest, look me up and let’s share some more awesome recipes!

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