Meat Pockets – Taco Attempt #1

The new foods are hard enough on the budget that I also recognise the need for making left over’s palletable.  It was the ” left over’s creation” night yesterday.  Observant people would have noticed that my Apple Pie Crust recipie had the dough divided into 3 but we only used 2.  Ahh HUH!..

1/3 of the Attempt #1 Crust.  Rolled thin.
Left over seasoned hamburger.  Browned.
Thin Sliced “Vegan Cheddar Cheese Flavored Soy”

The goal was to make individual “pockets”.  The most efficient way of doing so I found was to put the incredients in the middle of a long rectangle and then fold the two ends over to the middle and press the edges sealed.

Bake at 350′ for 15 min.  
Glaze with margarine when out of the oven.

I sealed and put them in the fridge when they were cold and we Microwaved them for lunch today.

Roarke enjoyed them! BUT they were filling!  Keep them SMALL.  make the crust thinner…  Brother said they tasted like heavy taco’s and got full half way through.  Not because he didn’t like them.. jsut because they were filling.  As I said… keep them small!


White Sauce – Attempt #1

My mom and my brother both groan about the loss of their Alfredo sauces.  Being big pasta lovers, this new diet has taken a huge chunk of foods into the ” not so convenient to get” catagory.  My Mission?  To make a rockin white sauce.

Basic Garlic White Sauce
Gluten-Free, Egg-free, Milk-Free

3 TBSP     Margarine ( Whey Free)
1                 crushed garlic clove
1 tsp          Salt
                                    Pan fry on MED heat.
5 TBSP      Rice Flour
1.5 C          Milk Alternative ( Almond Milk – Original)
1.5 C          Water
                                    Add to margarine and stir CONSTANTLY over medium heat until thickened.

Salmon Alfredo

1                Left over BBQ’d Salmon Fillet
1 tsp         White Pepper
1 TBSP     Dill
                                   Crumble Salmon into sauce.  Add seasoning and stir till heated.   Serve Immediately.  
                                   Approx 4 Good sized servings.  Recommend over Rice Fettucinne Noodles.


The sauce was not bad.  It tasted fine, thickened lovely… the best we could compare it to was A No-Name SideKicks mix.  It was ok.. but needs tweeking.   Tommorrow Night’s Mission?  

Fettucine Alfredo.   Changes we are projecting?  Double margarine and garlic, sauteing the garlic a bit more and picking up fresh parsley to add.


Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

(Milk free, Egg Free, Grain Free.)


  • 1C Shortening
  • 1C Margarine ( whey free)
  • 3 sm bananas
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 2C White Rice Flour
  • 2C Brown Rice Flour
  • ½C Potato Flour
  • 2C Chocolate Chunks (Milk free) – Dark chocolate is the best!  

Drop by generous teaspoons on baking sheet.  Bake at 325′ for 12-15 min  Yeilds about 6 dozen

Moist and not crumbly!  DE- LISH

I got a 6 cookie rating from Gabe.  ( that is how many he consumed before ditching the last one out of disinterest)  I will get ratings from the boys when they get home from school!


Apple Pie – Attempt #1

What a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon that making Apple Pie.  Keep in mind.. I am NOT a pie maker.   Not that I would let that stop me from trying!

GlutenFree, Dairy Free, Egg Free (Optional).

2C      Rice Flour
1/2C   Brown Rice Flour
1/2C   Potato Flour
3 tsp   Zanthum Gum
3 tsp   baking powder

3/4C      Shortening

3 Eggs  ( or Egg replacer)
3Tbsp   Sugar
6 Tbsp  Water

Filling – Blend together.
4 Apples.  Thinly sliced.
1/4C  Rice Flour
1/4C  Wh Sugar
1/4C  Brown Sugar
1tsp  Zanthum Gum
1/2 tsp  Cinnamon
1/2 tsp  All Spice

Blend dry ingredients and cut in shortening to crumb state.   Blend in liquid ingredients.  Kneed for about 2 minutes on a rice floured surface.  Divide into 3 equal balls.

Roll out one ball and line an 8″ Pie Plate.  Fill with filling ( below).   Roll out second ball and lay out on top of pie.  Pinch edges and place in middle of 425′ oven.  Bake 25 minutes.

Brush top of crust with margarine and sprinkle with sugar.  Let cool.


Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms

Traditional symptoms

  • intermittent diarrhea,
  • abdominal pain
  • bloating.

Sometimes people 
with celiac disease 
may have no 
gastrointestinal symptoms at all. 

CopyCats ; 

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • gastric ulcers,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • parasite infections,
  • anemia,
  • skin disorders
  • nervous condition.

less obvious including;

  • irritability or depression
  • anemia,
  • stomach upset,
  • joint pain,
  • muscle cramps,
  • skin rash,
  • mouth sores,
  • dental and bone disorders (such as osteoporosis),
  • tingling in the legs and feet (neuropathy).

Some indications of malabsorption that may result from celiac disease include:

  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps, gas and bloating
  • General weakness
  • Foul-smelling or grayish stools that may be fatty or oily
  • Stunted growth (in children)
  • Hair loss
  • Osteoporosis

There are no typical signs and symptoms of celiac disease.


Hidden Dairy!

Read labels carefully!

If you see any of the following items listed as an ingredient in a food, it will not be milk-free:

  • milk
  • lactic acid
  • milk protein
  • casein
  • nougat
  • milk solids
  • whey powder/protein
  • albumin
  • whey syrup
  • rennet
  • lactose (milk sugar)
  • curds
  • yogurt
  • caseinates
  • lactoglobulins



Soy Cheese Soy Good?

If you visit any natural grocery or health food store these days, you’ll notice there are a lot of soy cheese products available. The implied message from the name of these products is that they are made with soy milk, not dairy products, and are therefore either healthier for you or appropriate for people who wish to avoid cow’s milk for health reasons. But what they don’t tell you is that virtually every soy cheese product on the market is made with a dairy product. That ingredient is casein, a milk protein.



Soy Gouda

from: Yakso
Content: 227 g

Remarks: Looks very cheese-like.
Ingredients: Water, soy oil, soy concentrate, apple vinegar, vegetable flavour, seasalt, sea-weed extract
Tasting: As far as taste is concerned, it’s a good imitation of cheese. Texture is somewhat different. For ‘Gouda’ it could use some more colour.


Now to find Soy Cheeses in Calgary!  Takes foot work now!