Avoiding nightshades is hard. I’m constantly saying “I can’t eat that.” In the winter it is nice to have something hearty and warm. I currently think one of the easiest ways to make sweet potatoes is in the crockpot. I wrap them in foil. No wholes poked in them. No oil. Just the sweet potatoes wrapped in foil. I put them in the crockpot on low for 8 hours.
When the 8 hours are up I take them out. Leave them in the foil and allow them to cool. I store them in the refrigerator. When I want one, I unwrap, split in half and heat it up in the microwave.
We finally found noodles that don’t turn mushy by lunch when in a thermos. These Thai Rice noodles are great. My kids have been taking soup for lunch with these noodles quite often this winter. We heat up bone broth to a rolling boil and add the noodles. The noodles only need about 3 minutes in the boiling broth. Put the hot soup and noodles in a thermos and they will be fine at lunch.
If you want to add vegetables or chicken while the soup is boiling it makes a hearty lunch, or a Pho-like dinner.
Finding soup I can eat is hard. They all seem to have…tomatoes, or milk, or gluten….the list could go on. I like making my own broth and have done it both on the stove and in the crockpot for years. Since my husband was nice enough to get me a pressure cooker last year I am now using it to make bone broth.
I like to add all sorts of things to the pot. We have chicken at lest once or twice a week and I freeze the bones. I put one to three chickens worth of bones in the pot of the pressure cooker. I love celery, especially the leaves. This is one of those times that just using the stalks is fine. I add lots of carrots and at least half bulb of fennel. A whole onion peeled and cut into quarters, and lots of cloves of garlic. I like to add some ginger and turmeric, both peeled and cut in chunks. I like fresh thyme and sometimes fresh sage and/or lemon grass. I add whole lemon cut in half, and lots of salt and pepper. I like to add kelp powder and dried mushrooms, I prefer shiitake. I then add a splash of apple cider vinegar and coconut amminos before covering it all with filtered water.
I set my pressure cooker for at least 45 minutes and let it set for at lest 15 minutes before letting the pressure out and straining it into a container.
I then cover the chicken bones and veg with more filtered water and re-season (salt, pepper, kelp, and amminos).
The news of the Gatlinburg Wildfires today has me thinking about evacuation. There are many questions I ask myself. Do I know where all the important papers are stored? Could I take our pets? What would I be the most worried about when I was finally safe and reflecting on the things I left behind.
Do you have an evacuation plan?
Watching the news this morning many people are lamenting the loss of pictures of family members who have passed. There are many services that will take old photos and film and digitalize them. When they are digitalized are they in a physical form or are they in the cloud? I have to admit this is one of those tasks that has been on my todo list for months (ok, years) that seems to alway be pushed to the next month.
When thinking of evacuation asa food allergy family, food always comes to mind. Although most places would have potato chips for most of my family (one of the safe foods we find everywhere), there often is nothing without nightshades. I am reminded to renew my search for a good tasting protein bar that is safe for all of us.
I currently do not have my plan written down. I know I do better with a list (I LOVE LISTS) and need to get at least a few of the really important things written down in check-list form. The first step is thinking about it and asking yourself the important questions of, do I know where the things I would need to take with me are, and could I get to them quickly.
My thoughts today are with the people in and around the fires in Tennessee.
Starbucks is one of our favorite places. It is always a bummer standing in line looking at all the pretty pastries in the case. We have shed many tears and had more than one argument about can we have it-NO!
So it is always exciting when there is something new in the packaged products that maybe we can eat. This fall it has been the Hippeas. The Fajita flavored ones are the preferred flavor. I can even eat the regular flavored ones. (No Nightshades!) And who doesn’t like a product with a pun for it’s name.
I love to read. Trips to the library are weekly if not a few times a week. I have tried to pare down my magazine subscriptions, but I still get some in the mail each week. When I’m done I take them to the magazine exchange at our library. It is one of my favorite donate drop-offs. It could be my favorite since I am accomplishing two things off my list in the same place! Some weeks it’s hard not to take a magazine or two, but if I do take some I tell myself it needs to come back the next week. I picked up quit a few magazines from the magazine exchange around the first of the year when I was putting together my vision board for this year. I had to check back a few times before the right travel magazine was there for pictures of places I wanted to visit this year.Does your library have a magazine exchange? – Susan
In September and October NAPO is having a challenge to help people see what can be donated. It also helps highlight the many opportunities and places there are to donate your items.
My donation secret is…. paper bags. I try to use reusable bags every time I shop, but there is one exception. At least once a month I ask for paper bags. I use these for our donations. I usually have at least three around the house filling up with clothes that have stains, the pan that is only a few months old that now has too many scratches, and the water bottle that is now the “unfavorite” color. Sometimes finding a container for your donations is half the battle.
I just dropped off 5 paper bags at Savers last week, of course forgetting to take a picture.