The weather has finally started to look a bit more promising, therefore the kids and I have been spending some long overdue time outside. I love the fact that my kids love to be outside whenever the opportunity arises. We made a snowman yesterday, and today when we went outside we found our "rock" smile had fallen out and the dog had swiped the two sticks we had put in for arms, as well he found the need to remove the hat and scarf and leave it on the doorstep. Sheesh...oh well! I managed to do a couple laps running up and down the driveway pulling my oldest two in their toboggan, it won't be long before the driveway is a muddy mess, so with that said we spent three hours in the sunshine and snow! The kids were having so much fun, but I knew I had a nice piece of salmon waiting for me to cook in the house! In we went...the kids played in the tub while I sat and pondered "what's for dinner tonight?" Fret no more, I had it planned... I am a huge fan of MEAL PLANNING! I love the fact that I can sit down and spend time with my cookbooks and come up with two week's worth of amazing meals in half an hour! Better yet, I love the fact that my food budget can be between $400 and $500 a month, compared to some people's $900 to $1000! Even though we are now gluten, wheat and soy free, I have still managed to keep our budget in check. Being gluten free does not mean that you stop enjoying food, quite the opposite actually. Being gluten and soy free means becoming educated, becoming really aware of what you are putting into your body, becoming creative, becoming healthy, becoming happy! I have never felt better in my life (and I usually feel pretty darn good!!) Anyways, where was I...oh yes what's for dinner tonight! So Being a Pescetarian ( The Webster dictionary defines it as " one whose diet includes fish but no meat.") I love salmon, probably eat it 3 nights a week, tonight I was keeping it simple. Pan seared Salmon with a nice blend of herbs and spices, along side a tasty blend of brown and wild rice. I opened the fridge to check produce availability and came across a nice looking head of cauliflower. So tonight I was taking it back to when I was a child and my mom use to make Cauliflower with Cheese. Mmmm.... So our salmon was paired with a Gluten Free version of Cauliflower and Velvety Cheese Sauce. My kids could not get enough, they literally inhaled it! Best I've seen them eat all week!! So here's the recipe for you to try! Gluten Free <
Velvety Cheese Sauce
Try spreading this on your favorite vegetable, or perhaps you need a dip for your corn tortillas? Do what you will, this sauce is fantastic!
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp gluten free flour blend of your choice
1 1/2 cups of milk (of your choice, I use rice!)
1 tsp dry mustard powder
1 cup of cheddar cheese (grated)
salt and pepper to taste
1) Over medium heat melt butter and slowly incorporate flour until the consistency of play dough.
2) Slowly whisk in milk 1/4 cup at a time (the slower you go the less lumps) Turn down heat to medium-low.
3) Add mustard and season with salt and pepper, continue stirring at all times to prevent burning. You will want to cook this for approximately 10 minutes to be sure your flour has "cooked" and your sauce has thickened.
4) Add cheese and stir until melted. Enjoy!
What was your favorite food as a kid? Pizza was definately mine...perhaps tomorrow will be pizza night, stay tuned!