A few of my favorite things . . .

We are still here. Promise. And we are still gluten-free, or in some cases sometimes-gluten-free.

And we have lots more to say on the subject. Stay tuned for tips, recipes, reviews, randomness, and even some recommended recipes compliments of one of our favorite authors.

For tonight though, I thought I’d share a few things that have become a fairly regular part of my diet—and things I rarely tire of. I love sitting down to a wholesome meal or snack of satisfying deliciousness. And I especially love it when it’s quick and easy to prepare.

  • Quinoa and Black Beans: by themselves, this is not terribly exciting, but if you throw on some spinach leaves, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, ground beef or shredded chicken, salsa, cilantro, and guacamole . . . deliciousness. This brings me to . . .
  • Guacamole: I rarely tire of this. On a salad. Scooped with a carrot. It’s really filling and it’s pretty easy to make. It’s even easier if you by Wholly Guacamole at Costco or Kroger.
  • Toast: Toast? you ask. Yep. Toast. Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original bread is really good toasted. Slap some almond butter and honey or agave and sit down with a cup of Oregon Chai (Dreamscape for those of us who are caffeine challenged), lightly sweetened with agave, and it’s a lovely comfort-food breakfast or snack.
  • Fruit: A peach, a dish of cherries, a strawberry smoothie, a juicy plum. Grab whatever you know you will wash and eat, and when you can, buy what is in season. It will be more affordable and extra tasty.

And now for a few of my less-than-wholesome favorite things:

  • Molly’s gluten-free cupcakes: They come from a box and they are amazing.
  • Udi’s Gluten-Free Cookies: Snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, it doesn’t matter. They’re awesome.
  • Chocolate. Of. Any. Kind: But I’m a particular fan of dark, and I eat at least one piece daily.

I hope this list is helpful and gives you some ideas of foods you might enjoy and reminders that gluten-free treats do exist and are quite yummy. On a more serious note, I had a sobering reminder this week that there are people in the world whose lives are vastly different than mine. People who have no food. People who will run for a drink of water from a puddle. Not only is it convicting to do more and share more and help more, it’s a reminder to be grateful. To really give thanks to God for providing for me and my family. To savor each bountiful bite.

Hope you’re having a good week, living well, and enjoying good food.