Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yeast-Free Snacks

One of my favorite yeast-free snacks is hummus. I usually buy Sabra brand. I can purchase it at my neighborhood Publix. Costco carries it, too.  Two tbsp. of hummus is 2 Weight Watchers points on the Points Plus plan.




Since I haven't been able to find a yeast-free pita bread, I eat the hummus with Riceworks Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps, Sea Salt flavor.  I have mentioned these crisps in prior posts.  I just love them!  A serving of 10 crisps is 4 Weight Watchers points on the Points Plus plan.  The crisps are gluten and wheat free, too.  


I also have hummus with Mediterranean Snacks' Baked Lentil Chips (sea salt flavor).  They are gluten free and yeast free.  A serving of 22 chips is 3 Weight Watchers points on the Points Plus plan.  They are very tasty, too!  In the Central Florida area, you can find them at Publix and Chamberlin's.  There is a coupon for a dollar off your purchase on their website.  http://www.mediterraneansnackfoods.com/ They can also be purchased online at Amazon.



Here's to enjoying hummus with alternatives to pita bread!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Macaroni & Cheese with Brown Rice Pasta

Today was a big day for me.  I lost 3.2 pounds this week and received my 10% Weight Watchers key chain that signifies that I have lost 10% of my body weight.  Wow!  I'm so happy.  As you may recall, I found out I had a yeast allergy after I started the Weight Watchers program in December.  Having the yeast allergy has helped me to eat healthier than I ever have in my life.  I have embraced this challenge and hope you can, too.

I really didn't think I'd ever be able to eat macaroni and cheese again.  However, it is possible!  Here is the recipe I used:

4 Tbsp. of butter
1/4 cup of chopped onions
1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour
8 oz. of Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta (elbow)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cups of Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk
8 oz. (2 cups) of Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
1 10-oz. pkg. of frozen Cascadian Farms Organic Broccoli Florets
Handful of crumbled Riceworks Brown Rice Crisps, Sea Salt flavor


First, I cooked the Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta.  I cooked it a few minutes less than the package suggests since the mac & cheese has to go in the oven.  I have come to really love the brown rice pasta.  To me, it tastes better than whole wheat pasta.



While the pasta was cooking, I cooked the frozen broccoli in the microwave.  I cooked it a little less time than the package suggested, because it will go into the oven, too.



To begin the sauce, I melted butter and then added the onions.  Next I added Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour.  It is gluten free, wheat free, and dairy free. It is the perfect flour for a yeast-free diet.  Next, I added salt and pepper. I whisked all of those ingredients together.



After that, I added 2 cups of Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk to the mixture.  I added it a little at a time, whisking, to make sure everything stayed smooth.  Eventually, I let the mixture come to a boil and it thickened.



Next, I stirred in the Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds.



Then the pasta was ready.  I drained it.  Next, I stirred the cheese sauce into the pasta.  After that, I gently stirred the broccoli into the mixture.

I placed the mixture into a lightly buttered 8" x 8" casserole.  I put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  At 15 minutes, I placed a handful of crumbled Riceworks Brown Rice Crisps (sea salt flavor) on top and baked everything an additional 5 minutes.


This is how it looked when it came out of the oven.  Delicious!!


I served it with chicken and a salad with guacamole salsa salad dressing.


All of the ingredients were easily found at my neighborhood Publix.  They can also be found at most health food stores, too.  I hope you enjoy the macaroni and cheese with brown rice pasta!  

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bread on a Yeast-Free Diet? Yes!!

I have been on a crusade to find a yeast-free bread.  I follow Julian's Bakery http://www.julianbakery.com/ on Facebook and Twitter.  A few weeks ago they were advertising their new Paleo Breads, a coconut bread and an almond bread.  I read the ingredients and found out they are both yeast-free!  They also have a carb zero sandwich bread and cinnamon bread that are  yeast-free.



I bought the two Paleo Breads (coconut and almond) at Chamberlin's Natural Foods in Winter Park, Florida.

http://www.chamberlins.com/retailer/store_templates/shell_id_1.asp?storeID=2CB86C7B36BE4CFD914079104818C49B

The loaves of bread are frozen and can be kept in your freezer for 4+ months, according to Julian's website.

 

I found both of the breads to be tasty.  I toasted both breads, and I put butter on the coconut bread for my breakfast.  I made an egg white omelet this morning with Daiya mozzarella cheese and asparagus.  It was delicious! 

 
 
For lunch I had a sandwich!  How exciting to be able to eat a sandwich!  I made a chicken sandwich using the toasted almond bread, rotisserie chicken breast, organic greens and Vegenaise.  Vegenaise is a vegan mayonnaise that can be used on a yeast-free diet.  http://followyourheart.com/products/original-3/
 
 
 
I also had a fruit salad with organic strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  I topped the fruit with Stoneyfield Organic Plain Low-Fat Yogurt http://www.stonyfield.com/ and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  From everything I have read, plain yogurt is acceptable to eat on a yeast-free diet because of the good bacteria it contains. 
 
 
 
 
By the way, some of you may have noticed that I had coffee for breakfast.  That is the one "cheat" I allow myself.  I have been buying an organic coffee, Java Love, made by the Organic Coffee Co. http://www.organiccoffeecompany.com/
 
 
 
I use Silk Soymilk Creamer. http://silk.com/ The creamer is lactose, dairy, gluten, egg, casein, peanut and MSG-free.  It comes in three flavors:  Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut.  The creamers do contain a bit of cane sugar. The Original has less than a gram of sugar.  Like I said, it is my one "cheat". 


 
 
I hope I have given you some yeast-free options you can use today.  If anyone has suggestions as to coffee or creamer alternatives you have found, let me know.  I welcome any comments you might have. 
 
Have a beautiful Saturday!


 
 
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Afternoon Yeast-Free Leftovers

A healthy salad with leftover shrimp from last night's dinner is what is on the menu today at my house on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

I started off my salad with Organic Girl Baby Spring Mix. http://iloveorganicgirl.com/ I found this spring mix at my neighborhood Publix.  You can find it in many grocery stores in the Orlando area.  Check the locator on their website.



Next, I added half of a Hess avocado, half of a tomato, and 12 pieces of leftover shrimp from last night, cut into thirds.  For dressing, I added 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.  To finish off the salad, I added fresh ground pepper and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Nothing goes better with this salad than a glass of ice water with lemon.



So, here's to a healthy salad that is yeast-free and delicious!

By the way, Abbey was a bit interested in this salad!




Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday Night Simple Yeast-Free Dinner

Tonight was a beautiful night in Orlando, Florida.  At dinnertime, it was 71 degrees, with a bit of a breeze.  How I love the month of April!

Earlier this week I saw a shrimp recipe circulate my Facebook page from "Sharon's Pampered Chef Connection".  Here is the recipe:

Best Shrimp Ever

Melt a stick of butter (yes, a stick)

Slice a lemon and place on top of the butter

Place shrimp over butter and lemon (I bought one pound of shrimp and kept the shells on)

Sprinkle a package of dried Italian Seasoning over shrimp (Okay, I'm an Old Bay girl, so I used Old Bay instead)

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


This is how it looked when it came out of the oven:




Absolutely delicious!

I know that some websites concerning yeast-free diets mention to be careful of eating shrimp because of their mercury level.  Others say eating shrimp is perfectly fine.  I don't eat shrimp too often so this was a real treat for me.

I also sautéed some spinach in olive oil and topped it off with a sprinkle of sea salt.  Here is my finished meal, along with a glass of ice water with a lemon.



Who says that yeast-free living can't be tasty?  Not I.  And not Abbey!  She is never too far away from me when I'm outside!


Have a wonderful Saturday evening!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Breakfast for Dinner with Brown Rice Tortillas

After a long day at work, I skipped my trip to the grocery store and decided to have breakfast for dinner.  So, I whipped up some liquid egg whites, added onions, Daiya mozzarella cheese, and sprinkled the top with sea salt and ground black pepper.



Next, I wrapped the eggs into a brown rice tortilla.  


Happy was the day I found a tortilla I could eat! The tortillas I use are brown rice based and are wheat-free and gluten-free.  They are from the compay "Food for Life". http://www.foodforlife.com/about_us/yeast-free




The link directs you to the page that lists their yeast-free products.  In addition to tortillas, they produce yeast-free breads, pastas, and cereals.  Be sure to read all ingredients to meet your dietary needs. Food for Life has a locator on their website.  Again, I was fortunate to find the tortillas at my neighborhood Publix.  The tortillas are found in the freezer section.  You can keep them in your refrigerator or freezer.  Below is the nutritional information on the brown rice tortillas, as well as all of the ingredients.


For those of you on Weight Watchers, one tortilla is 3 points on the PointsPlus plan.  So, you can have tortillas on a yeast-free diet!



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Say Cheese

Yesterday it was back to teaching for me after Spring Break.  After work, my new patio furniture was delivered, so my blog went on hold for a day.

My nephew set up all of my patio furniture for me. He also hung a new cotton rope hammock in the backyard.  At first the hammock was too low to the ground and my collie, Abbey, tried to get into it with him.  Here is a picture he took of her looking really happy:


Say cheese, Abbey!

Oh, that's right....cheese!  That is our topic for the day.  Imagine how thrilled I was to read a comment on a blog one night about cheese that I could eat on a yeast-free diet.  I put the name brand, Daiya, into my iPhone "Notes" to check out on my next shopping trip.  

I was so excited to find Daiya brand cheese at my local Whole Foods in Winter Park, Florida.  I was only looking at the time for shredded cheese and they carried both cheddar and mozzarella.  I bought both of them.  Since then, I have also found Daiya mozzarella at my local Publix.

Here is the link to the Daiya website:  http://www.daiyafoods.com/

As you can see, they have many other products.  Be sure to read all of the ingredients on the package carefully to be sure they meet your dietary needs.  The website also contains recipes and a locator to find Daiya products in your area.  My neighborhood Publix did not come up on the locator, so you may be lucky like I was and find Daiya products at your local grocery, too.  The locator also lists restaurants that use their products.  Wow!  How helpful if you are eating out!

The Daiya shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese are 2 Weight Watchers points for 1/4 cup on the PointsPlus plan.  Not bad.  A tablespoon of Daiya shredded cheese on eggs whites in the morning is only 1 Weight Watchers point on the PointsPlus plan!




You can even put the egg whites and cheese into a brown rice tortilla.  More on brown rice options next time.