Noodling Around

Noodling Around
The other day, when I was shopping for some food items on the internet, I couldn’t help but realized how things have changed.

Let’s face it....grocery shopping isn’t what it used to be. Take macaroni for example. There may have been a few different brands but they were all basically made with the same ingredients....fortified semolina or durum wheat. They could be found in any store....displayed proudly on the shelves where a box could easily be grabbed and tossed into the shopping cart.

My preferred brand of choice? Creamette, of course. It is what my mom used.

Gluten-Free
Then came the era of allergies, food sensitivities, diet changes and food limitations. Creamettes were to be no more. Now, the search was on for "gluten-free". No longer was it a quick trip to Copps or Piggly-Wiggly.

A quick in and out was now a thing of the past. Every trip now required a thorough search of ingredients of every “gluten-free” box of noodles....only to find out it had not been manufactured in a “dedicated gluten-free" facility. And, so, the search continued.

Most products used white rice or corn as a substitute for the glutinous ingredients of wheat, barley, rye and oats. However, rice and corn only added empty calories and carbs. We all know what that adds up to!

Grain-Free
In no time necessity required gluten-free to be replaced with “grain-free". However, time also brought a revolution to how foods were being made. Now, foods with new and different flours were being introduced....chickpea, black bean, lentils. And, let’s not forget the nuts and seeds....almond, cashew, pecans, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, sunflower. The list could go on and on. It would seem a whole new world of banquet eating had just opened up!

Enter AIP (Auto-Immune Paleo)
Not familiar with an AIP diet? I am so happy for you because, hopefully, you do not need it!! 😂😂

Seriously, though, it is a way of eating that focuses on reducing the inflammation that people with auto-immune disorders tend to have by removing “inflammatory” foods from the diet. These foods include nuts, seeds, grains, dairy, and nightshades. For me eggs are also excluded. No more banquet of new foods for me!

The Internet
Many people find the internet to be a quick and convenient way of shopping.

What if someone wants macaroni and cheese and can’t wait for it to be shipped? No worries. Creamettes can still easily be found on your local grocery store shelves. And, don’t forget the ketchup for the mac ‘n’ cheese. (You know who you are.)

Internet is Quick?....Let me tell you....I entered a search for “grain-free” noodles....30 mins later I found an acceptable macaroni that had only 2 ingredients.

Frustration and Anxiety
Emotions play such a huge part in our health. Imagine how frustrating it is using all that time just for one item.…and, still may not find what you are looking for.

Perhaps, you are wanting to travel. Do you know what it is like to look at a restaurant menu and not be able to find something to order? Or, maybe it is gluten-free but not grain-free....or, grain-free but not dairy-free. “yes”, they say...we have grain-free buns and noodles”. Your excitement starts to build only to wane because they are made with almond flour or lentils or eggs.

Sadly, grocery shopping and meal preparation is no longer quick or easy. But this does not mean we are left to wallow in our sorrow. Sometimes, it just requires a fresh, new approach and perspective to gain back that freedom to enjoy life again.

So, the next time you see me on my phone for hours....I’m probably doing my grocery shopping. And, by the way, I was quite thrilled with my newly discovered, 2-ingredient, grain-free macaroni noodles. 👍

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When Life Throws You Lemons .... Make Ketchup!!

When Life Throws You Lemons .... Make Ketchup!!
When I was growing up it seemed only natural that every meal was served with the Classic American Condiment …. ketchup (or catsup as some know it).

Ketchup Eating Styles:

I personally enjoyed ketchup on scrambled eggs. But better yet were potato chips. After coming home from school, I would grab some potato chips and squirt ketchup on them before popping into my mouth ....one ....savory ....chip ....at a time. 😋

We cannot forget the ketchup sandwich eater (you know who you are). This requires one slice of white bread with ketchup squirted on half of the bread and then carefully fold the slice of bread in half.

And, of course, there are the saucy ketchup eaters. They cannot eat ketchup alone. It must be mixed with something else like mayo or horseradish.

Last but not least are the “dry” eaters … those that wouldn’t touch the stuff with a ten-foot pole …. unless, of course, it was added to their burger without their knowledge. (It was the fastest eaten burger ever …. you know who you are 😂)

A Little History:

Originally “Catsup” was made without any tomatoes by the British. It actually referred to any “spiced” sauce. The original recipe contained oysters, cloves, cayenne, cherries, walnuts, vinegars, mace and more.

It was the Americans who added tomatoes and changed the name to “ketchup”. It was declared "America’s National Condiment” in 1896 to be found on every table in the land. The NASA program even sent it into space with the Astronauts.

When Life Throws You Lemons …. Make Ketchup!!

As much as I love ketchup, it is, unfortunately, a nightshade vegetable. This means it can be an inflammatory food for some. 🙋‍♀️ Yep …. that’s me.

So, what does a person do when tomatoes become lemons?

Well, I could do the “whoa is me” routine and focus on what I can’t do. That just is not my style. I am more the half-glass full kind of person. There is always more than one way of doing everything and food is no different. When life throws you lemons …. you make ketchup.

Here is a recipe I use and it is a good one. In fact, since it doesn't contain any tomatoes, could it be the original "Catsup"?  Of course, it does not contain any "oysters" either! 😝 Be sure to use the exact amounts or one flavor will overpower the others. I will say I also added some ground allspice and an additional drop of clove essential oil.
Yep, this is great on burgers. I am sure it is great on eggs, chips, and in those special sauces too!

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