I know its been awhile.. Polenta Lasagna

I really need to start doing this again... but I was recently asked for a recipe I hadn't shared here. I am not making it at the moment, so no pics, but here is a recipe for my version of dairy free polenta lasagna:

Polenta Lasagna

Tomato sauce (see below)
Polenta- ¼ inch thick, 1 large or 2 small pans, cut into 3” strips (see below)
2.5 bell peppers- cut into bite sized pieces (I used 1 red, 1 orange and ½ yellow)

Chickpea flour Peanut Butter and Chocolate chip cookies- YUM!

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chickpea flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350

new job and a breakfast on the go recipe

I am now working for Davita Dialysis. Monday I take the Renal Dietitian exam, after that I hope to go back to more regular entries here. I am still doing homecare and private practice too- the position at Davita is only 24 hours a week (after training)

I am working early in the AM with a bit of a commute, so since I know I need protein as part of breakfast and don't always want to be doing granola bars (though I am keeping them in the rotation), I started playing and came up with:

Baking Powder Biscuit and Egg Muffins.

non dairy cheese sauce.. and a yummy year round chip dip...

As I was mentioning to a friend the cheese sauce I made for my Mexican stuff I realized I'd never posted the recipe here..

I adapt this several ways which I'll describe below. It is wonderful as a dip because unlike real cheese it doesn't solidify as it cools so in the summer can be used cold.. even poolside or on a picnic.

The main ingredient- nutritional yeast can be bought at most health food stores, some grocers, and some bulk food stores.

National Nutrition Month and Chicken Tortilla Soup

It is National Nutrition Month- lots of encouragement out there this month for people to eat healthily and be healthier. I am just hoping to add to that with this recipe- it's a family favorite. I did take a pic of MY bowl, so no cheese sprinkled on the top, but that is the only dairy. As long as the ingredients used are gluten free (I used corn tortillas), it is easily adapted to be GF as well.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serves 8

New research links gut problems to autoimmune diseases...

Many with autoimmune diagnoses find resolution with dietary changes. For some going gluten free can cause relief of issues- include rheumatoid arthritis. For others it is other dietary changes. Since Autoimmune diseases are now one of the top 10 leading causes of death among women, this is important to note.

Fake Food???

Recently there have been more accounts of food products marketed as something they are not. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently announced that a variety of foods from Pomegranate Juice and Olive Oil to Fish are not what they are labeled. This can (and has) led to recalls from the FDA, but not always as fast as we'd like to see.

Exercise can help us reduce the amount we eat...

it doesn't just affect our metabolism, but also the hormones that trigger appetite. In a sense this makes people eat more, but along with that, they also trigger a hormone that increases satiety. People who did moderate exercise for 1 hour every other day ate LESS calories than those who didn't.

A study that links fast food to asthma and excema...

This one mildly surprised me: The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood released a subset of data that was published on their site and in the British journal Thorax this week which essentially says that kids who eat more fruit and less fast food have less issues with Asthma and Excema. The Study looked at kids aged 6-7 and 13-14.

Granola bars- perfected recipe:

Much better and OH so yummy... they actually hold together BETTER than the original recipe.


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