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July 6th, 2011, 05:51 PM
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I got the idea for this from my diet book I was using back in February before I got pregnant. The book helps you form the habit of eating right. One of the meals for the first cycle was Lettuce Wraps. I can't remember exactly what went into it, but I do remember it had fresh grapes thrown in there as well. I think I just took those out and added the ginger and garlic. I love this meal. It's super easy to make too much of it which works for quick lunches for however many days you've got stuff left to eat.

I didn't put any measurements or amounts in there because it's easier to just figure how much you and your family will be able to eat. Enjoy!

-Chicken breast (thawed about 80-90% of the way)

-Carrots

-Bell peppers

-Onions

-Celery

-Iceberg or Romaine lettuce

-Balsamic vinegar

-Garlic powder (or minced garlic, or even fresh, whichever you have/like)

-Powdered Ginger (or fresh, whichever)

-Any other kind of veggies you'd like

Cut vegetables that need cutting (like if you want peas, you don't need to cut them obviously). Just slice the carrots, don't need to do anything fancy. The pieces of everything else should be about 1/4 inch square. Celery and carrots need to be less than 1/4 in. in width so they cook right. Lettuce does not need to be cut, leave whole.

After cutting, put carrots in frying pan first with some olive oil (or whatever oil you prefer). Let those cook some then add in the onions and celery and let those cook some. Then add in the other veggies. Do not cook lettuce.

Make sure the heat is no higher than medium and while the veggies are cooking you an start dicing up the chicken. How many chicken breasts and veggies you cut up is up to you. You should know how much you and/or your family will eat. If you have leftovers, that's fine, this is still great heated over. Dice the chicken into 1/4 inch cubes. Wash hands and return to cooking your veggies.

Sprinkles the garlic and ginger over the veggies and stir. Once the veggies are the consistency you prefer, put them in a bowl that's big enough to fit the chicken as well. Place pan back on burner and add the chicken to it. Use the ginger and garlic on the chicken as well. Chicken will cook fairly fast due to small pieces. Once this is done add it in with the veggies.

Pour the Balsamic vinegar over everything and then use a serving spoon (like the bigger size of your normal spoons you eat with) to mix everything together. How much vinegar you use is up to you. I eyeball it but I think it comes out to maybe 4 or 5 Tablespoons for how much I make.

Now take the lettuce and pull leaves from the bunch, being careful to make sure they stay whole. Make sure they are clean of bugs and dirt. Place them on a plate and you're done! To eat, just spoon the mixture onto the lettuce and eat.
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July 6th, 2011, 10:29 PM
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Sounds great! Thank you for sharing.
I will have to give it a try. My DH eats gluten free so this is a perfect meal for him.
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July 6th, 2011, 10:39 PM
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Gluten free is hard to deal with. My grandma has to eat that way because she has ciliac disease. Luckily she lives in a place that all about eating healthy and has tons of places for those with food intolerances to get stuff to eat. She get's her stuff for baking from a gluten free bakery where she lives.
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July 7th, 2011, 02:26 PM
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That is what he has. At first is was sooo hard to avoid gluten cause it is in so much food and even the health food stores didn't have a lot of choices. I have noticed the last few years that a lot more items have come out that he can eat. I am always looking for new dinner ideas as well.
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July 7th, 2011, 02:42 PM
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Try some Asian dishes. Rice doesn't have gluten does it? Or maybe it does cause I kept seeing non-glutinous rice flour as the ingredient in these sweets I was making.

If you'd like some sweets to make, search Daifuku or Mochi. They're delicious. The Daifuku have a filling and I usually grab the Philedelphia cheesecake filling and mix some with green tea powder or chocolate and cinnamon. But you'd have to find a different filling cause the cheesecake stuff has gluten in it. You can make strawberry daifuku. I think it's be pretty yummy to get a melon baller and put some fruit in the daifuku like that. Or get some jam or something. There's no end to the types of fillings you can use for daifuku. It's super easy to make too.

I think it's Vegan Yum Yum does a post abut Daifuku and that's the one I used. So try looking that up if you want.

Oh and if your guy can still have dairy, try taking the lettuce you use for the wraps and use them as the shells for tacos. The diet book also had that recipe in it. It had me use ground turkey and reduced fat shredded cheddar, which taste just as good, the texture is just slightly different. Then you don't have to use the tortillas or the shells to put the stuff in. It's really good.
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July 8th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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You have lots of ideas! thanks!
I do use a lot of rice and potato products. As long as they are not in a mix they normally don't have gluten in them. I have to watch sauces too. Even soy he shouldn't have.
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July 8th, 2011, 12:35 PM
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I've seen I think gluten free soy sauce or something. I can't quite remember. Have you bought a gluten free cookbook? My mom bought one for my grandma.

It's crazy how little gluten can set off the symptoms. My grandma once made a regular sandwich for the woman she takes care of. There were a few crumbs on the counter so she just brushed them off and then made her own sandwich with her own bread. After she at her sandwich, she had to go to the bathroom. I mean, just specks!

He doesn't have to stay away from dairy does he? The doctor told my grandma that usually problems with dairy come along with ciliac so to just stay away from that as well. Which sucks more for her because one of her vices is Klondike Bars. She's happy, though, she can at least have her soda.

But it's amazing the turn in her health. Her hair has gotten thicker and begun to curl like it used to and she has a lot more energy now because she's finally getting all her vitamins. She was with this one doctor for five years and he never noticed anything. But when he retired and turned his practice over to the new doctor, that guy saw my grandma's chart and called her in to discuss ciliac disease.

She keeps telling me and my sisters to get ourselves checked out for it because it seems to skip a generation with her family or something. I don't see how they could see if we have it if we aren't showing symptoms, so I haven't bothered yet.
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July 8th, 2011, 07:52 PM
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Luckily dairy doesn't bother him but he really only eats cheese and ice cream. He has never been a milk or yogurt person.
I did buy a gluten free cookbook when he was diagnosed and it did help a lot with meal planning.
He is the only person on both sides of his family that has it, which I thought was really weird. Once he made the switch he has been so much healthier. He isn't as sensitive as your grandma, thank goodness. Poor lady!
If you don't have symptoms I would worry about it too much. I think you would notice the change.
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July 9th, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Well that's good. I don't often eat cheese or drink milk and stuff anymore but I do love it. Haha I have to keep myself from drinking milk because it's yummy and filling so I'll drink a ton of it and too much calcium is not good for my digestive tract and I'd rather keep from having that problem during pregnancy as much as I can.

That's odd he's the only one. And yeah, I'd definitely notice it. But my iron has always been really good and I've never felt off and whatnot. I also have a pretty good immune system so if that went down and all I'd know something was wrong.
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