Taste Test – Walmart gluten free Macaroni and Cheese

For Macaroni and Cheese, I particularly like Annie’s gluten free shells and white cheddar.  When I saw that Walmart had their own version, for half the price, I knew I wanted to try it.

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Doesn’t that look good and cheesy?

I boiled water, added pasta, so far so good.

I put in a good sized chunk of our version of butter, and added a good glug of milk.

Here’s where I started to think unwell of my choice to purchase.

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The color was not so much orange, but rather pink.

i stirred it in.

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It looks more cheesy here than it did in my bowl.

I had a serving. The cheese flavor was missing.  I added some cottage cheese. (Don’t judge).

i poured the rest into a container and placed it in the fridge.

SpecialK came home and tasted it.  His comment was that I added too much milk.  He didn’t want to eat it.

I ended up finishing it off, after rinsing off whatever sauce there was.

Walmart, you did well on the pasta.  White rice flour, Brown Rice Flour, Corn Flour, and Quinoa flour, all contributed to pasta that held up, and had a decent taste.

The cheese sauce needs more flavor!  Perhaps more of the color orange?

I’m back to Annie’s shells and white cheddar.  What have you tried recently?

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Labor Day Weekend, 2019

Our Labor Day Weekend was the perfect ending to a crazy summer.

We left home on Saturday, driving up to Shelburne Falls to visit The Bridge of Flowers. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone, so big will post a few of my favorite pictures.  You may notice I like to get up close and personal with the flowers.

 

From Shelburne Falls, we drove up into VT.

We started our day on Sunday by hiking into Quechee Gorge.

 

It was a visually delightful walk.  After, we have headed to the King Arthur Store, where we looked at everything and bought nothing.

From there, we drove home.  Monday afternoon was a rainy kind of day.  We went to the movies, to see Blinded By The Light.  We both enjoyed.

Isnt it still summer?

Jack Sprat

‘Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean.’

So said the nursery rhyme.  SpecialK’s nutritionist limited his intake of saturated fats and cholesterol.  My nutritionist limited my saturated fats and sugar intake.

I get the privilege of eating the remaining dairy, as I was told not to eat dairy free.

What are we eating?  I made chicken and white bean soup, and after SpecialK’s appointment, I made a mushroom bean soup.  The best part, they were tasty.  The worst part?  The puns.

One day at a time, just like every other part of life.

Which foods are part of your winter eats?

Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pizza, pizza, pizza!  SpecialK decided he loved the cauliflower crust pizza we tasted the Costco.  It has peppers on it which I won’t eat.  I found this pizza at Trader Joe’s and decided to give it a try.

SpecialK won’t let me make a cauliflower crust pizza, because he knows I won’t put enough starch in to make him happy.  (Yet he denies that his taste buds are programmed for sweet and starchy.  Ah, but I digress!)

Sitting snugly on a freezer shelf, I decided it’s residency had ended and it was time to bake it up.

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I preheated the oven, and put this pizza on a sheet of parchment paper onto our pizza stone and baked it.

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Their photo looks more red,   I like this picture, showing their artfully created version versus my cooked version.

It tasted like the frozen pizzas I ate as a teenager.  I tried to think of how to doctor it up, maybe some ricotta cheese?

The interesting note here is that it did not taste like cauliflower.  It tasted like a frozen pizza.

Final verdict, I would buy again.

What have you tried lately?

 

 

 

Me and My Fitbit

It’s a very interesting note on our behavior.  Just when I felt I couldn’t push through one more day of steps, I called my nutritionist to discuss.

She told me that just because the American Heart Association recommended 10.000 steps a day, it didn’t have to be every day.  Then, my group of international walking pals started another challenge, I am on Team Purple.  So I started my steps again and pushed through the 28 day challenge.

The challenge ended yesterday, and Team Purple did not outwalk Team Yellow.

Today, my inner 3 year old wants to throw a tantrum. I don’t want to walk today, then I look at my steps for the day, and wonder if I could somehow pull this one out.  The weights are on my hands and I am pushing through the resistance.

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Are you committed to a workout plan?

Toasted Cheese with jam

Where have you been all my life?  I might just be in love again.

i don’t recall where I read this idea, but here it is.  Toast a piece of bread, and spread a layer of your favorite jam on top.  Add some sliced cheese and return to toaster.  (Works best with toaster oven or regular oven).

It wasn’t until I was eating this that I realized the need to share this idea.

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Perhaps it is a statement of where I am at, or a need for delicious offerings, but this one works!

In other news, I got my stitches out yesterday, and can resume living, and getting my steps done.  Cancer free by my birthday was a nice gift.

What is your favorite way to eat toasted, or grilled, cheese?

A little c

5F9267A9-4C84-4E2F-A2BF-1F38800CE759.jpegA little “c”?  A small tumor, a basal cell with nodes and integrating roots.  The best news?  This type of tumor does not head to your lymph nodes.

The location of my basal cell was on the left hand side of my nose, as the nose flares out near the end.

I had Mohs surgery yesterday, followed by reconstruction surgery today.  As I said to SpecialK tonight, this is miserable surgery.

Sunscreen every day.  I like what my primary care doctor said, which is that  Vani-Cream is a zinc based lotion.  I was given some by a dermatologist in CA, and will not mind using it.  (I won’t feel the need to shower before bed, as I do when wearing sunscreen).

This is why I haven’t been cooking or baking of late.  However, I did supply myself with SmartFood and Halo Top for the duration.

Stitches come out Tuesday, and I can’t wait.

But first will be my birthday, this Saturday.  I have requested burgers on the grill, and a side of grilled pineapple.  SpecialK ordered me a cake, chocolate with chocolate buttercream.  (He turned down ganache, because of sugar.  WTH?)

Still here, hanging on.  Life will get better.  For tonight, I succumbed to a pain pill, and lay here wide awake with codeine in my system, again.

What will you do this Memorial Day Weekend?

New York weekend and Canadian find

Last weekend, May’s first weekend, we headed to New York City for the weekend.

I took 2 pictures in NYC, starting with this picture, outside Tiffany’s.

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This second picture was of the surrounds of our outdoors breakfast, looking up.

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We left New York a bit earlier than originally planned on Sunday, as SpecialK had a flight to Canada to catch on Sunday evening.

When he came home, he brought some Canadian snacks, gluten free and low carb, somewhat.

The one that caught my attention was this bag:

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Of course, I tasted them, before devouring the entire bag.  (It was a single serve bag.)

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I liked them!  (Hey, Mikey liked it!)

Here’s the back of the bag.

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Yes, it’s Canadian made.  Finding a foreign product that we like, just like when we went to Costa Rica.

Have you found any foreign made foods that you wish you could buy locally?

Slaw

I enjoy cabbage.  Having been encouraged to eat colorful vegetables, purple cabbage in now.

I made this slaw with a small head of purple cabbage, one Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut, and my home made dressing.  1/2 C each extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.  Salt and pepper.

Easy.  By the bottom of the bowl, I confess to adding some raisins and a small bit of honey, to offset the acid.  No slaw remains.

What is your favorite slaw?

Spaghetti with…?

I decided to try Walmart’s rice pasta.  I was definitely in an “I don’t care” type of mood, so I cooked some up.  Without a jar of sauce to use, I decided to have a bowl with cottage cheese.

This morning, because I want to use up this pasta, and because I have been told to eat more carbs, I carefully weighed out one serving.  I broke it in half, and plopped it into my frypan of boiling water.  Once cooked, I rinsed it, put some fresh water in, drained it, then added other ingredients.  I added some Earth Balance, a raw egg, and a hand full of shredded mozzarella.  Cooked until the egg was cooked and the cheese melted, I added salt and pepper and grabbed a fork.

It was crazy good this morning.  I followed up with an orange, as I started my daily steps.

Today is our 4th wedding anniversary, and SpecialK will be home sometime before dinner.    We will go out tomorrow night to celebrate.

What are you up to today?