Posted by: Gluten Free Muse | June 12, 2010

Nice and Easy Friday Night

My weeks are so busy that occasionally, I will just do all my cooking on a Sunday night and eat leftovers all week.  Tonight, I felt like doing some partial cooking 🙂

Yesterday was really frustrating for me.  With Celiac disease, the symptoms manifest in many different ways, some quite obscure.  I have had Celiac disease for the past 4 years (2 years diagnosed), and I am fairly sure that I have experienced most if not all of them!  The worst by far is the depression.

Occasionally I will sink into an incredibly deep and dark depression, who knows why, but it just creeps up on me without much warning.  Being tired is one factor for sure, and not eating enough fat in my diet is another.  I tend to pick the same solution every single time I fall into this depression, and that is to fix it with eating foods that I have been depriving myself of: sweets and cheese and wine.  Like an idiot, the same thing happens every time I do this…I GO EVEN DEEPER BECAUSE I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH MYSELF!!! Why do I not learn each time around?? I think that is part of the depressive state as well, all rationale goes out the window.

So, I’ve come up with a solution to this problem. Eating healthy and admitting the fact that I am in love with food.  With my love for food and creativity, I am going to employ it through this blog.  I need to be better about being committed, but I think that this will be something I look forward to…my outlet, so to speak.

Also, I need to refrain from alcohol of any sort.  Alcohol not only makes me exhausted, but also makes me tend to binge and makes me extremely emotional.  Many reasons to get rid of it!  Not to mention that my most amazing and wonderful husband doesn’t drink alcohol, so all the more motivation to stop.  Not like I have a drinking problem, but on the rare occasion that I do drink, I never feel well after.

Lastly, I am going to check into my birth control prescription.  I know that it is probably a lame excuse for PMS type depression, but it should be worth looking into 🙂

Now onto dinner.  I had made some grilled chicken earlier this week…and almost lit myself on fire lighting the grill, but that is another story for another time.  I marinated the chicken overnight in a plastic freezer bag in a mixture of fresh parsley, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and a splash of molasses (inspired by my handsome hubby).  I grilled the chicken for about 10 minutes and put it in the fridge to reheat during the week.  I also made a baked sweet potato and put it in the refrigerator for later on.

When I got home, I pulled out the chicken and sweet potato along with some fresh asparagus and eggplant for more adventures in grilling!  I cut the ends off of the eggplant and sliced it in half longways.  Then I trimmed the ends off of the asparagus, and used extra virgin olive oil and a silicone basting brush to season the veggies along with a heavy coat of pepper and popped them on a hot grill for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway.  The asparagus was AMAZING, but the eggplant, not so much 😦 I don’t think it was quite ripe enough.  I think I might save it and try it in a protein smoothie as a good thickener :0)

I put the chicken on a bed of fresh spinach, along with half of the sweet potato and microwaved it for 2 minutes and piled my plate high with eggplant and asparagus.  To mask the sour taste of the eggplant, I topped it with one of my FAVS, TRADER JOE’S SMOKY SPICY PEACH SALSA!  If you have a TJ’s near you (I have driven 5 hours to get to the nearest one!), I highly suggest this salsa.  Although it is super tasty, it has minimal sugar and calories.  I recommend it on top of veggies or for dipping with chips…sweet potato chips are the best!  Then I drizzled a little tahini and sprinkled with nutritional yeast.  YUM!


I’ve also been trying to regularly eat a form of “dessert” at night prior to bedtime.  I try to keep it as healthy as possible, but give myself a little bit of sweetness in order to curb that craving I get on occurrence, but in binge quantities.  Here is a pic of tonight’s creation!

Antioxidant Probiotic Berry Bowl

This little bowl not only hits the spot, but is packed full of awesome ingredients!  I chopped up one little white peach, a handful of raspberries, a handful of blueberries, and topped it with kefir, a little agave nectar, and finally, the best touch of all!! Some of the MeAndGoji cereal I made for my husband for his birthday 🙂 Thanks baby!! is an awesome website and a super creative gift! I’ve given it to my mom, mother-in-law, dad, and father-in-law for every holiday imaginable and it has always been a hit!  Also, they offer gluten free options! Check out, you won’t be disappointed!

Now, I’m off for my detox bath…maybe tomorrow I’ll share my yoga buddy’s sugar scrub recipe. I plan on using it tonight! Ta ta and happy Friday night!


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