Baked Beans and Banana Bread…

What a day! The Celiac Support group meeting was an awesome experience. It was neat to sit around and chat with people who deal with the exact same day to day struggles I face. Come to think of it, I’ve never had a face to face conversation with another Celiac… weird… We discussed various topics ranging from hair products to restaurant tips. I can’t wait until the next meeting!
Before the meeting, I inhaled some pineapple and strawberries and some Rice Chex. Not too exciting, but I was trying to be kind to my tummy. (I tend to crave simple carbs the day after I have been sick. Anyone else?) Not that I was so thoughtful when it came time to eat dinner…
I cooked dinner tonight for my extended family. Let me tell you, I am not one to normally go for the full out Texas style BBQ. Tonight was the exception. I made pulled pork sandwiches (with homemade gluten free hamburger buns), homemade baked beans, sweet potato fries, a salad, and watermelon for dessert. Everything turned out A-MAZING! Would you take a look at that sandwich! YUMMY!!! You would never guess that was a gluten free bun (link to my recipe here) now would you? (sorry to all my veggie readers…) The pulled pork recipe was a crockpot classic from Beantown Baker. I just made sure all my ingredients were gluten free. The baked beans recipe came from the lovely and talented Jenna of Eat Live Run. These were seriously the best baked beans I have ever eaten. I was only able to eat half my sandwich. I’m not use to so much bread at one time. Regardless, everyone was raving about the food. I love being able to cook for an entirely non-gluten free group and please all of their palates! I did have room for 2, count em’ 2, pieces of No Worries ‘Mon Banana Bread when I got home. Dude, home-girl has got to eat! I’m making up for all the food I missed out on yesterday! 🙂 Thanks for all of your “get better” wishes! I am basically at 95% now, and expect to be at 100% tomorrow! I am going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
– Gil Bailie

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10 thoughts on “Baked Beans and Banana Bread…

  1. yay i'm so happy to hear the group session went so well :)! that watermelon pic. is priceless! nothing like some good ol' fashion pork n' beans 🙂 have a great day, girlie!

  2. ND- You can definitely sub almond milk for coconut milk. Xanthum Gum acts as a binder in gluten free baked goods. It makes the bread spring-y vs. a mess of crumbs. Guar Gum is also used for the same thing.

  3. Jessica- The hamburger bun tastes like a bun even though it looks a bit like a biscuit. To make it more "hamburger bun-like" in appearance, you can brush the top with an egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on it. This will cause it to brown more. Just make sure you watch them! You may have to cover them with foil to keep them from getting too brown.

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