Honey Mustard Dressing

When my friends and I were in college, we were obsessed with honey mustard dressing. We would go into the sandwich shop on campus and get little to go cups of honey mustard to take back to our dorms. We would eat it with pretzels while watching Friends.

Honey Mustard Dressing

As an adult, I still love honey mustard dressing. What I dislike is all the preservatives that come in a bottle of honey mustard. There are tons of names you can’t pronounce and a lot of time, hidden ingredients that contain gluten. I have been testing this recipe for months and have found the perfect balance of creamy Greek yogurt, honey, and mustard.

Honey Mustart Dressing

What you need:

½ cup of Greek Yogurt

4 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard (you could use any kind)

4 tablespoons Honey

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

½ teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Pepper

Honey Mustard Dressing

What to do:

Whisk all the ingredients together and taste it. If you feel you need more salt or pepper, add it and mix.

Honey Mustard Dressing

You can use honey mustard dressing as a side, a dip for sweet potato fries, and in other dishes. Stay tuned for my Honey Mustard Chicken!

Honey Mustard Dressing

Radioactive Eggs… a Health Update

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.”

This quote is a proverb that I found online.  It rings true to anyone who is going through any health issues, especially those who have chronic health problems.  To remain hopeful is not always the easiest task. Sometimes I feel like I am wearing a mask, a big fake mask with a permanent smile. “You look so good”, is my favorite response when people see me. Yes, I might have lost a ton of weight.  Yes, I might have my mask with full make-up on, but I am sick. I might not “look” sick but inside my body, I am sick.

In addition to the Celiac Disease, I have another autoimmune disease called Inflammatory Disease, where my body just decides that it will randomly inflame different things. I also have Psoriasis (another autoimmune disease), chronic asthma, life-threatening food allergies, and regular food allergies. I have been living with chronic, debilitating pain in my side (the doctors think that it is scar tissue once again attacking something) and a whole bunch of random symptoms that make life no fun! (This is not a sob story, I promise.  Just a background of what I am dealing with).  Recently, I went to get another endoscopy to check in with the Celiac damage and to see why I have been throwing up every night.  On a positive note, the doctors found out that I am healing nicely from the Celiac damage (minus the annoying polyps). They couldn’t find a reason (endoscopically) why I am so sick. Flashforward to today…..

I had to eat radioactive eggs. No, I am not going to go all nuclear on you but it was definitely an experience.  Below you will find the radioactive eggs. Normal egg beaters infused with radioactive particles. (Some might say, “Jenn, aren’t you allergic to eggs?” Why yes, I am, but my doctor said the discomfort from the eggs is less important than the results we would get).

radioactive eggs

Delicious….

After eating the eggs, you get into a special x-ray machine and lie really still for 1 1/2 hours while it continuously takes pictures of your stomach.  The light ball in the center of the screen… those are the radioactive particles lighting up in the eggs in my stomach.

eggs in stomach

I watched it as it slowly traveled down into my intestines. And by slowly, I mean slowly.  I was there for three hours before the radiologist determined that 90% of one egg had been digested.

Why the gastro doctor wanted a Gastro Emptying Study done was to see how I am digesting my food. Hopefully I will receive some results soon to why I am getting so sick eating. Until then, I have to remain hopeful. If you are going through health issues, remember that you are not alone. Even today when something random health wise happens, I am like, “What?? Who else does this happen to? Why always me?” I try to remember that someone else out there is dealing with the same random, crazy symptoms and they too had to figure it out. Or maybe they are in the process of figuring it out.  Maybe they are dealing with something completely different. That is why I hope my words resinate with someone who might be going through a rough time. That they too can say, hey I am not alone. Someone else has been through this and I can be hopeful that I too can get through this too.

xoxo

Jenn

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Kale is such a versatile vegetable. It can transform many dishes and is great in juice or smoothies. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables around. It is full of vitamins like vitamin A, K, C, B6, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium to name a few. It is also loaded with antioxidants, which help counteract damage, by free radicals. Kale is delicious both raw and cooked. I made two variations with the Kale Chips, Plain Kale Chips and Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips.

What you need for the Kale Chips:

1 Bunch of Kale

1 Tablespoon of Herbed (or regular) Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Kale Chips

What to do:

Wash your Kale thoroughly! Kale is a root bound vegetable and it can get dirt stuck in between the leaves. I like to use a fruit and vegetable wash. I pour a little bit into a big bowl and fill it with water. Take each leaf and dunk it into the mixture. Then lay it out on paper towels to dry.

Kale Chips

  1. Take a sharp knife and cut the inside stalk out. You only want to use the leafy part.

2. Tear into pieces and place into a large bowl. You need enough room to mix all the ingredients in.

3. Add olive oil and massage the Kale. Yes, you heard right. You need to massage the Kale. Massaging the Kale helps break down the tough, bitter fibers in the Kale. It helps it become less bitter and softer. The olive oil is also great for your hands!

Kale Chips

4. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. This is to your taste. I love pepper so I used 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of pepper.

5. Mix again and put on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Kale Chips

6. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. If you like your Kale to be even crunchier, add another 5 minutes.

Kale Chips

For the Garlic Parmesan Kale Chips, you will need:

1 Bunch of Kale

1 Tablespoon of Herbed (or regular) Olive Oil

2 large cloves of garlic, crushed

¼ shredded Parmesan Cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Kale Chips

4. Follow the steps above (1-4) and add the garlic and parmesan cheese with the salt and pepper.

5. Mix again and put on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Kale Chips

6. Cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. This one needed a little extra time to be crispy.  This is my favorite variation of Kale Chips so far!

Kale Chips

It is hard to eat all the Kale Chips in one day (not impossible, but hard), so, wrap a left over dish with parchment paper and put in the Kale Chips. If they are a little soggy the next day, you could quickly reheat them in the oven again.

I hope everyone enjoys making Kale Chips. If you make any of my recipes, please let me know! You can either tag them on Instagram @lovegfreelife or email me at lovegfreelife@gmail.com! Happy cooking!

Xoxo

Jenn

Hello world!

Hello Everyone,

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Things have been heating up with my Instagram page (@lovegfreelife) and I wanted to branch out to a traditional blog.  I will give more detailed instructions on my recipes and be able to have open conversations with the challenges of having Celiac Disease and other Autoimmune Diseases.

When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease five years ago, I have to be honest, I did not know what that meant.  I thought, “Okay, I don’t have to eat gluten”.  It is much more detailed than that. I would occasionally have gluten (purposely!); if it was a holiday, something I wanted to eat, or happy hour with friends.  It wasn’t until I started to have more health complications that I realized maybe there is more to the Disease. I started to do a lot of research and saw a lot of my random conditions all had one thing in common, Celiac Disease. I have been on a dedicated gluten free lifestyle (I will never use the word diet) for over a year now.  I am happy to report that the Celiac Disease damage within my body is healing but I still struggle with other complications.  I learn more about my Diseases everyday and want to share my story.  I hope my blog will help you whether you have Celiac Disease, Autoimmune Diseases, or need to maintain a gluten free lifestyle.  That is my goal. Remember, we are all in this together!

xoxo

Jenn

Besides my blog, I have an Instagram account @lovegfreelife; a Facebook page @LoveGFreeLife; and you can always email me at lovegfreelife@gmail.com  Hope to hear from you soon!