Sunday, July 4, 2010

Week One Successes and Recipes

Well, we survived Week One of the UltraMind Solution's eating program, something I wasn't sure I could do when I first considered trying the program. We tried so many new products this week, that I think I will make another post after this one dedicated just to them. This post will focus on just the dinner recipes and what we thought of them. We ended up switching the menu a bit because of time constraints, so sorry that it doesn't follow exactly what we did this week.

Monday night we had Shrimp Scampi w/ Corn Spaghetti, frozen peas, and GFCF breadsticks, as originally planned. It was fantastic! We got a pound and a half of fresh, cooked shrimp from United (it was on sale last week) and it was really great.

Shrimp Scampi
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs. shrimp (thawed, if frozen, and peeled)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch


Saute garlic and olive oil for 1 minute over medium heat. Add shrimp, oregano, salt and pepper and saute an additional 4 minutes. Combine chicken broth and cornstarch in bowl with whisk; add to shrimp. Heat until thickened. Serve over pasta.


We doubled the chicken broth and cornstarch so there would be more sauce and it turned out really well. I'm not sure where this recipe is from, it was written on a recipe card in my mom's cookbook.

Tuesday we had Sesame Honey Drumsticks with rice, frozen corn, and watermelon as planned. It turned out well too, although our drumsticks were pretty big, so they needed to be cooked a little bit longer as they weren't quite done after 30 minutes.

Honey Sesame Drumsticks


  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce (wheat free tamari)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks, skinned
  • 3 Tbsp. sesame seeds.


Combine the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and ginger in a bowl, pour into zip-close plastic bag; add the chicken. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Turn to coat the chicken. Refrigerate, turning the bag occasionally for at least two hours, or overnight. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a roasting pan or shallow baking sheet with foil, and spray with non-stick spray. Spread the sesame seeds on a plate. Remove chicken from the marinade, discarding the excess marinade. Dip each drumstick in the sesame seeds to coat one side. Place chicken seeded side up in the pan. Bake until cooked through, about 30 minutes.


Make sure to read the recipe long before it's time for dinner so that the chicken has time to marinade. (I almost learned that the hard way) I believe the recipe is from a Weight Watchers magazine, but I don't know which one because it was cut out in my mom's recipe book.

Wednesday didn't work out quite as planned, so we cooked some turkey hot dogs on the grill and wrapped them in lettuce leaves or half of a brown rice tortilla. We also cut up some cantaloupe. Not very fancy, but everyone ate and was filled.

Thursday we made the San Francisco Chops with mashed potatoes, fresh steamed broccoli and frozen corn that we had intended on making Wednesday. I started working on dinner a few hours before I was hoping to eat, but it was still not done until around 8, so I would suggest starting early and not having people come over in the middle of cooking so that you have to stop what you are doing for half an hour (like I did).

San Francisco Chops


  • 4 pork chops, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick, about 1-1/2 pounds
  • 1 Tbsp. oil (we used olive)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

For sauce:

  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 4 Tbsp. broth (we used chicken)
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. water


Trim pork chops of fat. Heat oil in skillet. Brown chops on both sides. remove and add a little more oil if needed. Saute garlic for a minute, being careful not to burn it. Combine oil, broth, soy sauce, and honey. Place chops back in skillet. Pour sauce over them. Cover tightly. Simmer over low heat until chops are tender and cooked through; about 30 minutes. Add a little water, 1-2 tablespoons if needed to keep sauce from cooking down too much. Turn chops once while cooking. Remove chops to platter. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Pour cornstarch mix into sauce. Cook until thickened. Pour over chops and serve.


Make sure you have a skillet large enough to hold all of the chops if you are doubling the recipe, we didn't so I had to finish making the rest after dinner, which was a pain. The original recipe is from a Great American Recipes card, I made a few slight alterations.

Saturday we made the "Penne" with Mushroom Sauce recipe that we were supposed to have on Thursday. Dad did most of the cooking while Mom and I shopped for food and things for this week. It turned out to be delicious.

Penne with Mushroom Sauce


  • 2 Tbsp. GFCF margarine, divided
  • 1/8-1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/8 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 (10 1/2 oz.) can beef broth
  • 1 (8 oz.) package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 4 cups hot cooked penne pasta (8 oz. uncooked)


Melt 1 Tbsp. margarine in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, and carrot; saute 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup beef broth; cook 10 minutes until liquid almost evaporates. Stir in thyme, pepper, and can of beef broth. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 3 minutes). Keep broth mixture warm. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in separate pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and saute 5 minutes. Add reserved broth mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute. Combine sauce and pasta, tossing to coat.


We didn't completely follow the recipe that was originally posted in a Cooking Light magazine. The original recipe has you strain out the onion, celery, and carrot from the broth, we left it in. We also didn't reduce the liquid nearly as much as was suggested, so we had to add more cornstarch. It still tasted great though. We also used rice spirals instead of penne.

Sunday we thought we might have someone coming over to lunch that is a practicing Hindu, and we weren't entirely sure of his dietary restrictions, so we came up with a vegetarian meal, but then he didn't come over, so we just grilled burgers instead and will be having the pasta dish later this week.

Hope you enjoy the recipes as much as our family did!


Mel G.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Gluten Free Frenzy's Shopping Guide Book Giveaway

The Gluten Free Frenzy blog ( is having a great giveaway this week. It's not food this time, but a book that lists over 30,000 gluten free foods, while still being small enough to fit in a purse or shopping bag. The book is sold at Cecilia's Marketplace ( for around $25 dollars, and we have the opportunity to win it for free! Cecilia's Marketplace also has a Gluten Free Casein Free Shopping Guide that could be very helpful on the UltraMind Solution. I encourage you to check it out if reading labels is as difficult for you as it sometimes is for me.

Good luck!
Mel G.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Week One Menu

Well, we're about to start the full UltraMind Solution program this coming Monday, so today before our weekly grocery shopping we made up a menu of what we're going to eat this week. In case anyone is interested, here is our menu...

  • Applesauce Pancakes w/ Apple Cinnamon Syrup and Almonds
  • GFCF Granola and/or GFCF Corn Flakes w/ Almond Milk
  • Eggs
  • GFCF Toast (w/ protein)
  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal w/ Almonds
  • Apple Cinnamon Millet w/ Almonds
  • Banana Muffins (w/ protein)
  • Grits (w/ protein)


  • Organic baby carrots w/ nuts (mixed, peanuts, or almonds)
  • Trail mix - almonds, peanuts, dried wild blueberries, cashews, sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds (if desired)
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Organic grapes or apple w/ nuts
  • GFCF bars (Lara bars or Trios)


  • Leftovers
  • GFCF Veggie Burger (Sunshine Burger)
  • Salmon Patties
  • Turkey Hot Dogs
  • Natural Lunchmeat or PB&J Sandwich


Monday- Shrimp scampi w/ corn spaghetti, frozen peas, GFCF breadsticks

Tuesday- Sesame Honey Drumsticks over rice w/ frozen corn & watermelon

Wednesday- San Francisco Chops (Pork) w/ mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli & corn

Thursday- "Penne" w/ Mushroom Sauce (w/ rice spirals), veggies & fruit

Friday- Lunch option/date night

Saturday- Grilled Fish w/ grilled veggies (mushrooms, onions, organic zucchini), rice

Sunday- Barbecue Crockpot Chicken w/ baked potatoes & veggies and/or fruit

Mom bought a few mixes and new items for this week, so I'll let you know what tastes good and what doesn't. Here's hoping the week goes smoothly!


Mel G.

Applesauce Pancakes with Apples and Cinnamon Syrup

This morning we tried Applesauce Pancakes, a recipe from the GFCF recipes yahoo group, and I made up an apple cinnamon "syrup" to go with it. They tasted really good together. The pancakes were rather plain by themselves, but with the syrup, I really enjoyed them. The recipe for the pancakes can be found here at the Recipe Circus site. The syrup I made was very simple and made the pancakes less bland when poured over them.

Apple Cinnamon Syrup
1-1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch

In small saucepan combine apple juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Remove about 1/4 cup of liquid from saucepan into small bowl. Wisk cornstarch into liquid in bowl until all cornstarch is dissolved (this prevents cornstarch "dumplings" from being created). Add cornstarch and juice mixture to saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir until thickened to desired consistency. If needed, add more cornstarch as before.

Hope you enjoy a great breakfast as much as I was able to!

Mel G.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Moving Right Along

Preparation week has gone without a hitch so far, (*knocks on wood*) but being busy with school I've not gotten to post much about it. Today I'll attempt to remedy that.

Monday went as planned with a simple chicken stir-fry, though I almost forgot about the chicken part. I made two stir-frys, one with regular, gluten-filled soy sauce and teriyaki sauce for Dad and one with wheat free tamari for Mom and I. I also made chicken (without veggies) seasoned with garlic, soy sauce, and teriyaki for the picky kids. Our stir-fry was delicious. Dad said his was good, and when he tried a bite of ours said he liked ours as much if not better. He also said he is happy to eat whatever we eat, so we don't have to make seperate dishes for him, he just doesn't want to do the complete UltraMind Solution.

Tuesday's tostadas were even simpler than the stir-fry the night before. We just heated up some canned black beans and some corn tortillas and put whatever we wanted on them. For me that meant just a tortilla with beans and cheddar cheese. Mom also made guacamole, but I didn't try any of that this time. After my tostada, I was still hungry, so I had black bean and cheese nachos with our "natural" tortilla chips. The kids had a "whatever night" because they are boring and don't like Mexican food at all (even the very boring version that I eat).

Wednesday's dinner was absolutely delicious. My mom's Creamy Braised Chicken recipe (which I think actually came out of a Light and Tasty magazine) was a hit. We adjusted the recipe a bit so the recipe I post will be our adaptation.

Creamy Braised Chicken


  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons GFCF margarine (we used Earth Balance), divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken breast halves (we used ones with bones, so they took a little longer to cook than boneless would have)
  • 2-1/3 cups chicken broth (we used Food Club brand as it had no sugar), divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup organic half and half
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, quartered


In a dutch oven or large pot saute sliced onion, carrot and celery in 1 tablespoon of margarine until tender. Remove vegetables from pot; set aside. Add chicken to pot, brown on both sides. Remove chicken from pan and keep warm. Add 1 cup of broth to pot; simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in rest of broth and seasonings. Return chicken to pot; cover and simmer for 5 minutes (perhaps longer if chicken has bones) or until juices run clear. Remove chicken onto serving platter; keep warm. Combine cornstarch and half and half until smooth, gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened (it took much less time than 2 minutes for mine to thicken). Return vegetables to pan. Remove from the heat; cover and set aside. In a non-stick skillet, saute mushrooms in remaining butter. Add mushrooms to serving platter. Discard bay leaf from sauce; spoon over chicken and vegetables.

Thursday we had lasagna that was rather delicious as well. The recipe is rather old (my mom made it for my dad when they were dating) from a box of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles.



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. basil (we used dried)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (we used canned)
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (8 oz.) package whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 2 (12 oz.) package small curd cottage cheese (or one package ricotta and one package cottage)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese


Brown meat slowly; add next 6 ingredients to meat. Simmer uncovered about 1 hour. Cook noodles until tender; drain and lay out on wax paper. Combine cottage cheese with next 5 ingredients in separate bowl. Place 1/2 noodles in 9x13 baking dish; spread 1/2 cheese mixture over noodles, add 1/2 mozzarella cheese and 1/2 meat mixture. Repeat layers. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Today's (Friday's) dinner was very simple. A bag of frozen mixed vegetables steamed in the microwave and some tilapia cooked with lemon and Parmesan cheese on top.

Trial and Error

I tried sea salt yesterday for the first time, which is what we are supposed use during the rest of the UltraMind Solution and learned that it is much saltier than regular table salt. Just thought anyone that was unaware (as I was) should know before they put way too much sea salt in a recipe.

Local Finds/Tips and Tricks

I found some more Full Circle brand chicken drumsticks in the 40% off section this morning at United. Also, they have completely organic Full Circle chicken at Market Street. It helps to look at what day the chicken will expire to know where you should go on which day if you don't have time to go everywhere (as I often don't). I also went to Vitamins Plus yesterday to look at their organic produce (which they get every Thursday) and found some great deals. First, I got about one and a half to two pounds of organic green grapes for only $1.81. There were also one pound packages of organic baby carrots for 94 cents. I also got a five pound bag of organic russet potatoes for $3.69, which I didn't feel was too bad, especially since they seemed very fresh and I haven't seen organic potatoes everywhere. It also looks like they are expanding Vitamins Plus as well, as there seemed to be many more gluten free items in particular.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gluten Free Frenzy Chips/Crackers Giveaway

Gluten Free Frenzy's "Food Should Taste Good" Chips/Crackers giveaway is ending tomorrow. The yellow corn chips look like they are a possibility while on the UltraMind Solution. You can find all the information you need at

Here's hoping!
Mel G.

Preparation Week Phase

Well, it's finally here. I can hardly believe it's time to start the UltraMind Solution and its seven week program. This week is Preparation Week and we spent quite a while this morning coming up with this week's plan of action food wise.

Weekly Menu:

  • Enjoy Life Granola with Milk and Fruit
  • Cottage Cheese with Fruit
  • Banana Muffins (the Banana Quinoa Muffins that we altered to not include quinoa)
  • Applesauce Pancakes
  • Eggs
  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • ?Grits?*
  • ?Yogurts?


  • Carrot Sticks and whole wheat homemade bread^ with almond butter
  • Trail mix - almonds, dried blueberries, cashews, walnuts, pecans, ?raisins?, ?sunflower seeds?, add pumpkin seeds the day of
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Cheese Stick w/ Fruit
  • Cottage Cheese and Fruit
  • Snack bars (Trios, Lara Bars)


  • Leftovers
  • Sandwiches - almond butter and jam (no sugar), cheese, or lunchmeat and cheese on homemade whole wheat bread



  • Chicken Stir Fry - bagged stir fry veggies, carrots, chicken, wheat free tamari, sesame oil, ?teriyaki sauce?, ?pineapple chunks? w/ brown rice


  • Mexican Night - Tostadas (corn tortillas, black beans, cilantro, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, homemade guacamole, salsa, ?corn?), baked tortilla chips, rice


  • Creamy Braised Chicken w/ mashed potatoes and frozen corn


  • Lasagna w/ spinach and strawberry salad (baby spinach, sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts, shredded mozzarella cheese)


  • Fish w/ potatoes or rice for Mel, date night for Mom


  • Turkey burgers for Mom and Mel, regular burgers for rest of the family, fruit, baked potato chips


  • Honey Pecan Chicken**, Baked Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes, Fruit and Veggies, homemade whole wheat bread

*Anything with question marks around it means we have to check into it and try to make sure it is free of what it needs to be or it's something we may or may not add.

^We are only eliminating white flour this week flour-wise, so we are still eating whole wheat stuff until next week, the book and guide were a little confusing, so that is how we're interpreting it. We are also not starting to eat all organic fruits and veggies until next week.

**We are interpreting that it is okay to use honey sparingly, as some of the recipes Dr. Hyman has in the guide include honey or agave nectar

I will try and post the recipes we use and like as we use them, as well as what we find and where at the stores here in Lubbock.

Tips and Tricks/Local Finds:

So far one thing we have found is that the local United Supermarkets and Market Streets have a brand of chicken called "Full Circle" that is all natural (no added hormones, antibiotics, vegetarian fed and some is free range). It is fairly expensive regularly, but this week we found some in the 40% off bin. The only thing that is important to know about United's chicken, though, is that all of it is previously frozen, so if you don't find some that is still frozen, you need to eat it very quickly. Supposedly they set out the meats in the 40% off bin from 8-9 each morning, so that is a prime time to look for specialty items that tend to be rather expensive. Also, Market Street has some grass-fed, organic beef that you may be able to find in the 40% off bins on occasion. We found two packages of Full Circle drumsticks that were still frozen this week for about $3 apiece.

I think that is about all we have to update at this point. UltraMind Solution here we come!


Mel G.