Going gluten free hasn't been too terrible so far. I've lost a little weight due to the fact that so far I haven't had any bread or cookies or pasta. (I have some GF alternatives, but I haven't gotten around to dabbling with them yet.) There are actually a TON of GF products at a local store here. Although they are pricey, they are worth the money because they taste good and give me a good amount of convenience. (I haven't tried cooking GF too much yet - other than slight recipe tweaks - because I am not sure if this is permanent and I don't want to spend tons of time and energy on something that may be temporary. I did buy all kinds of new flour the other day though, and I think I will dabble a little. There's just nothing like homemade baked goods.)
But at least for now I have these little beauties to keep my taste buds happy:
Also, last night I went out with the girls (Wes' side of the family) and we ate at Buca Di Beppo. Definitely one of my new favorites. They had a good amount of GF options and we got a chicken dish for me. It was DELISH! I already can't wait to go back. Mmmmm.
Tonight I'm making Italian chicken with GF cream of mushroom soup. I thought I'd share the recipe since it's identical to the regular version with the exception of a gluten free soup. This is a great Sunday recipe because it's cooked in the crockpot and there's always plenty to share. :)
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pkg. Italian dressing mix (I use Good Seasons or Wildtree)
1/4 C water
1 block cream cheese
1 can cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup (I like mushroom because I think it gives it a more restaurant-y flavor, but I've also used the chicken and it's still really good.)
1 pkg. (or 1-2 C) sliced mushrooms - we love mushrooms, so we usually double this amount.
Put 4-6 chicken breasts in the crockpot. Combine water and Italian seasoning and then pour over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours. After 4 hours, add the remaining ingredients and cook on high for an additional 2 hours. Serve over pasta or rice. (Sometimes we also throw in some peas or steamed broccoli in to squeeze in some more delicious and nutritious vegetables. I think we'll do some peas tonight and serve oven roasted broccoli on the side.)