February was a bust as far as the food budget goes. I don't have the official numbers yet, but I know that it's going to be bad. Remember how I went to the allergist and found that I'm allergic to practically everything in my pantry?
Well, I panicked.
Then I went shopping.
Then I panicked some more.
Then shopped even more.
It's a vicious cycle I tell ya.
Last week I got the blood test results back. I tested negative for Celiac disease so I went out and had myself a big old hamburger, white bun and all. And it was "When Harry Met Sally" good.
Then it wasn't.
So, here's what I know. Beef is NOT my friend. It causes an inflammatory reaction that makes my thumbs swell and feet hurt.
Bread is NOT my friend either. It gives me a horrible headache and causes my tummy to do very bad things. At the very least, I'm gluten intolerant.
And shellfish~how I loved thee. Now it causes my throat to tighten up as if I have a scarf wound too tightly around my neck. After abstaining from chicken and eggs for 2 weeks, I am finding that I have zero problems with either, so they're back on the menu. I'm adding peanuts back in this week, so we'll have to wait and see how they fare.
Here's what I know about food allergies...if you have a shellfish allergy, Red Lobster is not a restaurant you need to visit. Asking for an allergy menu does nothing to set the food server's mind at ease. In fact, I'm fairly certain when she returned with the special menu she was packin'.
An epi-pen, I mean.
Poor gal. We tipped her well.
I'm still wondering why my Mister took me there to begin with...☺
Here's what's cookin' this month...
2/27~Butternut Thai Curry Soup, broiled asparagus
2/28~Crockpot Peanutty Thai Chicken (new), soaked brown rice, broiled asparagus
2/29~Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread (new)
3/1~Spicy Turkey Sausage Pasta Sauce (new) over brown rice pasta, Caesar Salad
3/2~Lazy Chiles Rellenos Casserole, Easy Cheesy Pepper Corn (new)
3/3~Split Pea/Sweet Potato Soup (new), GF Biscuits
3/4~Beef Stew with Orange & Cloves (new), sourdough rolls (family)
Garden salad with Balsamic Dressing (me)
3/5~Loaded Sloppy Joes (with ground turkey breast), baked french fries
3/6~Italian White Bean Soup (new), garden salad w/ Balsamic Dressing
3/7~Fiesta Mexi-Chicken (new), soaked brown rice
3/8~Crockpot Potatoes Au Gratin, fried venison, green peas
3/9~Spicy Black Bean Soup (new), Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread
3/10~Spicy Thai Noodles (still new), using brown rice pasta
3/11~Mexi-beans (new), soaked brown rice, tortilla chips and salsa
3/12~Minestrone Soup (new recipe), Gf Biscuits
3/13~One Pot Mexi-Mac, green salad w/ Lime Vinaigrette
3/15~Beef & Broccoli Stir-fry (family)
Leftover Broccoli Soup (me)
3/16~Lentil Burritos (brown rice tortillas for me)
3/17~Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green peas
3/18~Crockpot Orange Chicken (new), Jasmine rice
3/19~Fancy Schmancy Macaroni & Cheese, elk steak, green beans
3/20~Pineapple Pepper Chili (new)
3/21~Spinach & Herb Risotto (new), Roast, garden salad w/ Balsamic Dressing
3/22~Gf Pumpkin Waffles (new), fruit salad
3/23~Caribbean Black Bean Soup (new), deviled eggs
3/24~Cincinnati Chili (with brown rice noodles)
3/26~Toe Warmin' Chili, Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread
Chili Baked Potatoes, sweet corn
Breakfasts~Yogurt Smoothies, Cinnamon or Almond Joy Granola, Omelette's, Banana Walnut Muffins, Baked Oatmeal (different variations), Brown rice or buckwheat pancakes, Simple Soaked Oatmeal, Blueberry French Toast Casserole, Breakfast Hash, Steel Cut Nutty Oats, eggs & toast
Lunches~Leftovers, toasted cheese & tuna sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, almond butter & honey sandwiches (Our "sandwiches" are not always on bread. Sometimes they're on brown rice cakes, in wraps, or on biscuits!), popcorn & fresh fruit, layered bean dip & tortilla chips, quesadillas, Salad "buffet"
If it seems like there are a lot of new recipes, well, I found a new cookbook! I'll be using my crockpot several times a week to free up some of my afternoons for some crafting projects.
After all, a girl has to have her priorities.☺
This post is linked to Menu Mondays at Organizing Junkie.