Naturally Gluten Free Beef Teriyaki and My CSA Haul for This Week

When I went gluten free, I never thought I would have to give up Chinese/Japanese food.  I mean really, it’s SOY sauce right… As long as I wasn’t eating wontons or battered food I was safe, or so I thought.  Then reality hit… Why was I getting sick after eating at my local Chinese joint?  After FINALLY reading the soy sauce ingredients, I realized I had been poisoning myself every time I ate it.

But how would I live without Chinese food?!  I love Chinese!!

After much research (and a ton of trial and error)  I finally have a recipe to satisfy my cravings for Chinese food.  (Yes I realize Beef Teriyaki is Japanese, but you get my point 😉

beef teriyaki

(Sorry it’s an Instagram photo)

Beef Teriyaki  (serves 4+)

1 1/2 lbs thin sliced beef cut into strips

1/2 c soy sauce ( I use LaChoy because it is the only gluten free kind in my area)

4 T water

2 T lemon juice

2 t sesame oil

2 t brown sugar

2 cloves finely chopped garlic

1 can baby corn drained

1 bag steamed broccoli  (or steam as much or as little as you like)

In a large wok mix together soy sauce, lemon juice, oil, brown sugar, and garlic.  On med-high heat, cook beef in teriyaki mixture.  When beef is almost cooked through, add baby corn and heat through.  In the last minute of cooking add broccoli so it doesn’t get soggy.

Serve over white rice.

I also like to serve these with Feel Good Food’s gluten free dumplings (which are phenomenal btw, if you haven’t already tried them)

That’s it.  Start to finish, it usually doesn’t take any longer than 30 minutes to make, so it’s great for a quick dinner.

Now for my CSA haul.

This week I didn’t get a picture of our haul.  Soccer has me whooped.  Tuesday’s leave me with little to no time to do anything.

This week we received 2 eggplants, 4 very large green peppers, a bunch of kale, a pound of green beans, a pint of blueberries, 2 onions (one of which is the size of a football I swear!!), 4 heirloom tomatoes, and 4 turnips.

Not many plans for this weeks veggies.  Some of them are starting to get repetitive, and I have a hard time getting my family to eat them the first time, let alone the next 3 times!!  My family is not very fond of eggplant or turnips, so using those should be interesting.  Anyone with any ideas on how to use them, please feel free to share!!

That’s all for today’s post.  I will try to post again before Tuesday, but no promises 🙂  Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to say hi!!

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Why my girls are going to hate me.

Our kids all have chores.  My oldest takes out the trash and helps with the laundry, my two girls do the dishes and wipe the table, and my youngest helps me set the table before dinner.  Now mind you, that is in addition to keeping their own rooms tidy, which can be quite the task.

Usually the girls’ chore only happens after dinner, or first thing in the morning…. between yesterday and today, they are going to hate me.  😛

Since my husband is on “leave” so to speak for two weeks while his car making plant is on their mandatory two week shut down, we have been trying to save money any possible way we can.  Which means no more paper plates.  No more paper plates = more plates in the sink.

Yesterday was quite possibly one of the worse days this summer.  Besides getting some not so great news, I had something bad happen…. I was going out to get something from our deep freezer for dinner.  I opened the lid, and TADA!!  It was not running, and half of my food was thawed.  :O  In a massive panic, I cleaned out the freezer and brought everything inside to take inventory of the things I could salvage.

I cooked 5 meals worth of food last night.  Which in turn = more dishes.  And since I was so focused on saving what I could from my deep freezer, I didn’t even get the chance to cook up hardly any of the produce that’s just chillin’ in my fridge from my CSA.  So guess what will be happening tonight….. Yep you guessed it.  More mass amounts of cooking and prepping… which means more dishes.

I swear my girls have washed every dish in the house like 3 times since last night.  After tonight, I’d say they earned a treat of some kind!

Save Money by Saving Your Carpet!

Quick money saving tip for the night!  My youngest just spilled red koolaid on the floor.  Literally 15 minutes ago.  I was not happy. :/

Thankfully living in military housing for years has taught me a few tricks for fixing things so I don’t pay outrageous move out fees.

So here’s my tip for getting that nasty red koolaid stain out before you spend hundreds replacing carpet.

First, go grab your iron and plug it in.  If you have a steamer iron, make sure it has water in it.

 

iron

(Every post needs a pictures, so here’s a picture of an iron.  I was in too much of a hurry to actually take pictures of the disaster that was my carpet)

The grab a white towel.  Technically I don’t have any “white” towels, mine is striped.  Personally I don’t think it matters as long as the towel has been washed and is color fast.

In a bowl (or spray bottle if you have one), mix together some Dawn dish soap and water.

Now the process….

Clean up as much of the koolaid as you can with paper towels.

Next spray, or scrub with a brush, the Dawn/water mixture onto the stain.

Cover with the towel.

Iron the towel while it is on the stain.  It will take multiple ironings.  In between each one, spray with the Dawn mixture, and use a clean piece of the towel.  Heck, it may even take a few towels, but it will work!!

I now have clean carpet!!  In fact, now I have to clean my whole carpet because the spot I cleaned is too clean… *sigh*   A mother’s work is never done 😉

Oh and did I mention it works on old stains too?!  I had a stain in one of our military homes that I couldn’t get out for a year.  This trick was my last resort, and it worked a whole year after I made the stain!!

 

 

What is a CSA?

 

When I tell people I am taking part in a CSA this year, I usually end up getting a look like this O.o or just awkward silence. I think maybe people think it is some kind of government program, or something they would rather just not know about. But simply put, a CSA is Community Supported Agriculture.

So what exactly is a CSA? Basically a CSA is two groups. A group of local farmers and a group of people who wish to purchase their goods. Think of it as Groupon for farmers. The group of consumers (like you and me) get together and purchase “shares” of the farmers goods. The total amount is divided amongst the farmers, and each week you get fresh local produce from their farms. And that is basically it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Here where I live, I participate in the Grow Youngstown program. This is my first year participating, and to say I was excited was an understatement. I pay a little over $300 for a family share that lasts 18 weeks. The good thing about Grow Youngstown though is, for families that are under the “poverty line” they offer what is called a subsidized share. For a subsidized share, you fill out a small questionnaire about your family. If you are approved, you pay $36 for the first and last weeks shares, and then each week when you go to pick up your produce you pay $18 for the next weeks share. Grow Youngstown also offers a single share, but only a family share is offered in subsidized form.

This past Tuesday was my first pick up for my share. For my $18 worth of produce, I was given a large bag of red leaf lettuce, a large thing (for lack of a better word) of bok choy, a bunch of swiss chard, two large kohlrabi, a bag of sugar snap peas, two good sized zucchini, two softball sized (FRESH…yum!) tomatoes, and one large white crisp onion. It may not seem like much, but have I mentioned it is all ORGANIC!!csawk01

That is the beauty of a CSA. You know where your food is coming from because it is all local farmers. You know it is fresh because it is locally grown and doesn’t have to travel. In fact, most of our local CSA’s produce is picked that day! AND more often than you would think, if they are participating in the CSA program, they are worried about the environment, and like our local CSA provide ORGANIC produce at a price that can’t be beat!

So now that you know what a CSA is, how a CSA works, and how it saves you money you can participate in one near you!

For those in NE Ohio, Grow Youngstown sent me an email this morning to let me know they are opening up 20 more shares for pickup beginning the 23rd of July. For more information on Grow Youngstown’s Farm to You program you can go to http://www.growyoungstown.org or email them at csa@growyoungstown.org They have a ton of information on their website including what payment types they accept, how to reach them, and the numerous pickup locations, as well as info on their other shares available for meat, cheese, eggs, honey, and more!

So for the blog, look forward to CSA Tuesdays when I share what I get in my CSA box, and what recipes I plan to make with it!!

Yours Truly,
Ms. Me