This BLT Salad is low carb and gluten free, but the best thing about it is that you can make it for one or for 20. It can be used as a side or as an entire meal. One thing is for sure though…you’ll love this salad! With 6 simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip this up in no time.
Remember my post about getting things started? I started training for Ragnar (a relay race from Chattanooga to Nashville in 36 hours) at the beginning of August. I’m about five weeks in to that training. I always dread getting started for training for a race. I declare that this is the end of my running career. I’m done. I’m never doing this again. And then…then, at this point it starts getting fun (and a little inconvenient, but mainly fun). I begin to realize what my body can accomplish when pushed…and I’m glad I started with the first steps. I’m also grateful for my health, but that’s a post for another day.
Since going gluten free two weeks ago I’ve changed several things in my diet, but not that much. The two biggest things I’ve noticed is that I can’t just grab a sandwich at home or out to eat and that I can’t just grab anything out of my pantry…say a cracker, granola bar and/or cookie. Having healthy options on hand that I can grab has been key. Of course, fruits and vegetables are always accessible and easy to grab, but have I ever told you how much I enjoy a cracker? I could eat an entire big of Goldfish crackers in 30 minutes. I do not do this, but I could. My sweet friend at church gave me a recipe for gluten free granola bars that I will be trying this week. They sound delicious so I thought I’d share it with you. Sorry I don’t have a picture, but when she showed them to me they reminded me of a No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie. So picture that when you read this recipe:
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. coconut oil
2 c. gluten free oats (You could use regular)
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. chopped dates
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. coconut
1/2 c. sesame seeds
Melt peanut butter and coconut oil. Mix in all other ingredients and pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Freeze them slightly and then cut them into squares. Keep in freezer and pull out as you’d like to eat.
For the Ragnar relay we have two teams. Team 1 is Team Grit and Team 2 is Team Grind. Each team has two vans, for a total of four vans. I am the van mom for van one. I can’t speak for the other vans, but my van will have these granola bars to munch on after we run a leg.
Scrambled Eggs with ham and cheese
Ribs (in crockpot), baked beans, corn, slaw
Hamburger steak, grilled onions, broccoli, french fries
Steak, baked potatoes, salad
Taco Lasagna, chips and dip, guacamole
We made it through the first full week of school for all three boys. We stuck with our five things to make school mornings easier, but it’s only week two. Check with me in March and see how this whole thing is going. I’m sure it will be completely different.
You’ll notice on the menu plan this week a few days where I’m offering two items on the menu. For the next two weeks I am trying to go gluten free. Fred will do a little with me, but for the most part it’s just me. After a little bit of research/reading up I’m going to test it to see if it will affect my energy level. I’ll keep you posted. If you have any simple/affordable/delicious gluten free recipes you’d like to share, please feel free to send them my way! In the meantime, I’m going to be relying heavily on my sweet friend, Annie, from Maebell’s. She really is the gluten-free queen! For now, here’s the plan for the week:
Bagels with cream cheese/Coconut Flour Muffins
Scrambled Eggs with ham and cheese, Orange Cooler
Peanut Butter Toast/Rice with butter and sugar
Granola Muffins , yogurt and fruit
Beef Tips (cooked in my crockpot in gravy) over rice,steamed carrots, green beans
Buffalo Chicken Strips, smashed potatoes, salad
Rice and Beans (I cook the beans all day in my crockpot and then use my immersion blender to make them like the Mexican restaurant), chips and cheese dip
Hamburgers, sweet potatoes, broccoli
Turkey Sausage, cheese cubes, pickles, crackers
Pork Tenderloin, leftover sides