You wake up, you go about your business, you work, you spend time with family. Normal trappings of a wonderful life.
Then you go somewhere, learn something and it alters your thinking. I did that. I went to Bob’s Red Mill. I listened. I opened my ears and shut my mouth. I think in a total of 20 minutes my life changed.
I live a busy, joyful life. I have most of the things I ever wanted. I also enjoy amazing health as do my children and husband. But do I? Am I looking close enough? Have I confused youth with health and now, as I enter my 40’s and have become a mother, do I need to step back. pause, reevaluate and change? Yes, Yes I do.
I learned a bit about Gluten. I learned a bit about GMOs. I learned the little tiny bit that tells me that it can only help me to be conscious of these items. That we eat a lot of things we do not need, and that whole, fresh, thoughtful food is the way to health. Not counting calories, but counting the source of your food. Count the additives, count the GMOs. Count the allergy-causing ingredients. Ask. Ask yourself “are not the things I feed myself and my family the most personal thing there is?” Food keeps us alive. Food is the building stones of my beautiful children. Food ensures my husband is there to enjoy retirement with me. If we finally get a moment to slow down, I want to be able to go for walks on strong legs, read with healthy eyes, and still enjoy food.
So…In the last year I have had people come into my life who lead a GF (gluten-free) lifestyle that I have poo-pooed. Brandie, my friend and colleague actually shoots pod-casts with me and you see me CLEARLY rolling my eyes at her GF comments. Kathy, our wonderful nanny also lives GF. So, this is not a step that is without support.
Bob’s Red Mill are not a solely GF company but their dedication to these product is superior to any. Also, this is a story rich with love, family, faith, and even a fire! You need to visit and take a tour Monday-Friday to hear the story, but it is a fantastic one! Information about tours can be found HERE Please go! Their website is RICH with recipes, information, resources, and frankly, is just fun to click through! You can also order all the products you want on the website. Most stores carry some of Bob’s items, but not all – check out the store HERE! The tours may or may not yield a “Bob Sighting” but rest assured his office is there in the factory and he is working alongside the very employees that he and his family signed ownership over to on hist 81st birthday. Yes, he is that good of a man.
So, I did it, I bought the products. I have been practicing being GF for 2 days now. Do I plan on going 100% ? I have no idea. We will see. Here is a glimpse of last nights dinner. Chicken, Vegetables and Tri Colored Quinoa. Recipe below
Chicken & Vegetables with Bob's Red Mill Tri-Colored Quinoa
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Tri Colored Quinoa
- 1 lb Chicken Breast
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
- 2 cups cabbage, shredded
- 2 tbs minced garlic
- Sea salt, pepper, hot sauce based on personal flavor preference
- Cook Quinoa per instructions ( about 25 minutes) once pulled from the element start the rest.
- Poach chicken breasts. Slice into 2 inch pieces. Cook during quinoa process so it is read for the next steps.
- Over Medium high heat add 2 tbsp coconut oil to wok (I prefer to cook with a big wok, you can use a large deep frying pan). Add the onion, once sweating, add the cabbage and chicken.
- When cabbage is to your desired doneness, add the garlic and spinach. Fold together until spinach takes on a vibrant green look - only 1 minute or so. Remove from element.
- You can serve this over the quinoa - toss the quinoa in, or just have it on the side. I finished with sea salt, but you may want a drizzle of hot sauce or pepper.