So perhaps I should categorize this post as “One I never thought I would write.”
You see, I am a carb-o-holic. I have never met a carb I didn’t like. If it is made with white flour, all the better.
Well, recently I have been lamenting the shape my body is in and hating the level of energy I have. So, I went back to an eating plan that I knew worked for me to help me get started. It basically cuts back nearly entirely on carbs. I eat good carbs- like in veggies and fruits- but cut out junk. Sounds simple right? Not so when you have a house with 4 kids in it… none of whom actually like the same things. And eating all fresh for a family of 6 is not easy on the wallet either. So, like most things, I picked my battles… and my carbs. I started simply with wheat stuff.
Well, I started to feel great. I mean seriously super. Maybe it was the working out I was doing. Maybe it was just generally healthier eating. I lost some weight and felt great.
Then we went out to the lake. Lake eating is like some of the worst picnic/potluck eating you have ever encountered. And by “worst” I mean sinfully yummy pasta salads and baked goods and fresh breads deliciously bad “worst.” After one day of eating like that, I felt like h-e double toothpicks. Total hell.
So, being the analytical thinker that I am, I recounted what I had eaten… and no, alcohol surprisingly wasn’t involved. It came down to flour based stuff. It was all there. Maybe that was the trick?!
Back on the flourless diet I went. Now, keep in mind, I was not eating strictly flourless or totally gluten free. Another 2 weeks… feeling great. Had a giant party with friends… off the diet… hell. The pattern was emerging.
So, after talking to my mom, learning that my family has a history of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, I started doing research. Of course all of the things that I love to eat are at the top of the no-no list, and well, I started to feel seriously sorry for myself. Dessert is one of my decadent gifts to myself on special occasions and the thought of always eating a piece of fruit just wasn’t going to cut it for me. So, again, I went digging.
What I discovered was a wonderful list by saveur.com It included this recipe for Baked Apples. Being in an apple state and having picked some lovely gala apples recently, I gave it a shot. I baked the apples according to their recipe but substituted a family friendly caramel sauce.
Recipe for Carmel Sauce:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Half and Half
2 tablespoons of butter.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Whisk the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook while whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until it gets thicker. Add the vanilla and then cook another minute to thicken some more. Turn off the heat, cool slightly and pour the sauce into a jar or serve warm over the apples and icecream. Refrigerate any remaining sauce.
This dessert was actually eaten by my whole family! How could they resist… It all smells wonderful!
Do you eat gluten free? Do you love any recipes? I would love to hear them.
Thanks for reading!