Buitoni and a Guest Post!

So last week, I (like gazillions of others) got a ginormous (can I use any more made up words?) package from FoodBuzz containing a lone package of these: dscn2443-300x225(Do we like the Polaroid background?) Since they contained mushrooms, and Adam works late tonight, I decided yup! They’re dinner! I followed the package directions and drizzled them with a bit of olive oil and parmesan cheese, and they were accompanied by some pan-roasted broccoli: DSCN2485I gotta say… these were quite delicious and very gourmet tasting. My only complaint? They were not very satisfying. I had 6 of them, a serving, and I’m still hungry. It might have something to do with the whopping 675 calories I burned tonight at Jazzercise, but I don’t think I’d normally use this many calories and sodium (33% DV per SERVING) on a regular meal. It was a nice treat though. Thanks Buitoni and FoodBuzz! Now, I’ve been having many Guests for Dinner this week, and am LOVING all the guest dinners coming in! Tonight though, I have a special visitor. My good friend Holly and I “met” on WeightWatchers online almost three years ago now. I asked her to do a guest post, and chronicle her new “adventure” of going Gluten Free. She’s such an inspiration to me, and I can’t WAIT to see her at my wedding in November! So, Holly, pull up a chair to my table, and tell us your story!
When Mara asked me to write a guest post, I was both eager and anxious! I am not a food blogger, I'm a potter! But, I agreed, nonetheless. I love to cook, and enjoy trying new recipes all the time, so it was tough when Mara asked me to make and post about a favorite recipe. She also asked me write about my new journey on a Gluten Free diet, so here goes. TMI warnings and all that!! Until a little over a year ago, I struggled with stomach problems. I would get terrible pains that would almost be debilitating. I had terrible bloating and would feel uncomfortably full after even small meals sometimes. I had regular issues with gas and indigestion - I mean, I could go head to head with my Dad! I was also lactose intolerance, and could not even eat ice cream. My parents had no idea what would cause it, and neither did I. These pains would strike me at the oddest times, and were seemingly unexplainable. At several times in my life, I had given up wheat, and felt a bit better. Most recently, in December of 2007, I found myself again wheat free. At first I felt better, but kept reacting to something. After much reading, and realizing I was still reacting to my beloved OATMEAL, I knew I had to do something. Eating a bowl of oatmeal became a painful experience that made me learn to love grits! Ha! So, I decided in early 2008 to try a gluten free diet. OH.MY.GOD. Within a week, I was a new woman. I had no stomach pains, my clothes felt better and I was much happier. People around me even commented that I was no longer a raving B@#($ sometimes! Obviously, GF was the answer! Over the next year+, I fine tuned my diet, and feel fantastic. I have more energy and I am amazed at how little gas and indigestion I have most days. Having lived your life that way ("full of it"), the complete opposite feeling is often hard to describe, and accept! I decided personally not to get tested for Celiac disease, simply because the treatment is the same as for a gluten intolerance - avoid gluten forever. The improvement I felt physically after going on the diet was enough of a diagnosis for me. Long story short? going gluten free has changed my life for the better. It's a pain, but so worth it!

OK, now, here's the recipe - which is what you all really want, right? Unlike Mara, I use recipes. I concoct things, but usually just want to make something I KNOW will be good and not futz around with creating a whole new recipe! The one below is one of my favorites, and comes from Cooking Light. The combination of pork and peanut butter may strike you as odd, but trust me (and MARA) - it's amazing!  Because I have not been able to find gluten free teriyaki sauce in San Antonio, I had to get a friend to ship me some so I could make this dish! I hope you enjoy it as much as Mara and I do! Thai-Style Pork StewYUM Stew: 2 pounds boned pork loin, cut into 4 pieces 2 cups (1 x 1/4-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce 2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter Remaining ingredients: 6 cups hot cooked basmati rice 1/2 cup chopped green onions 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts 8 lime wedges To prepare stew, trim fat from pork. Place pork and next 5 ingredients (pork through garlic) in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid, and cook on low-heat setting for 8 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker, and coarsely chop. Add peanut butter to liquid in slow cooker; stir well. Stir in pork. Combine stew and rice in a large bowl. Top each serving with onions and peanuts; serve with lime wedge.

gratuitious dog pic That’s Sophie, looks like she’s waiting for HER portion!

I read a lot of gluten free blogs, and here are some of my favorites! I hope you like them. Elana's Pantry Karina's Kitchen Gluten Free Gobsmacked

Mara -thanks for having me for dinner!

Thanks Holly! Be sure to check out Holly’s Etsy store too to see some of her amazing pottery! Seriously, that recipe is SO GOOD that I can’t even have it in the house! No matter how much of it I make (tried halving the recipe, doubling the recipe…) it was ALL GONE in oh, 2 days. It works great with chicken too. **Gratuitous Link Love** My friend MizFit has a fantastic post on Yahoo! Shine today about Energy Vampires (No, not Edward!) You need to have a Yahoo! account to comment, and if you don’t already, take the 45 seconds to get one and tell her how awesome she is! If you don’t know and love the Miz, you must get acquainted at her fantastic daily blog, MizFitOnline. I recently found a fantastic food blog, Keep It Simple Foods. It's chock full of simple recipes, great photos, and fun writing! You all must check it out!! Oh, and Pearl? You are wonderful and amazing… and I wish you weren’t hundreds of miles away. I’m still fairly without words. Love you! There’s a Grey’s Anatomy double-header on tonight, so I’m DVR-ing The Office. I’m going to have a Turtle Mountain Vanilla Coconut ice cream mini-sundae and call it a night. Happy almost Friday!
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23 Responses to Buitoni and a Guest Post!

  1. I’m TOTALLY jealie over all the Buitoni samples everyone has gotten!!

    I’m a Tastemaker but they won’t send anything to Canada. They won’t send anything to my U.S. P.O. Box either because it’s not a residence.

    Boo!!! And they look so good!

    Thankfully, you telling me they’re super high in sodium and calorically dense makes me feel better about missing out! LOL I’m bad! 😉

    TorontoGirloutWest´s last blog post..A Friendly BSI (Almonds!) Reminder

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    Great meal and guest post!! Hooray for a fellow gluten-freer!! 😀

    VeggieGirl´s last blog post..Satisfying Reader Requests

  3. brandi says:

    i thought the ravioli were tasty, too! but definitely needed a side 🙂

    GREAT guest post Holly!

  4. coco says:

    I can’t wait to try those raviolis, it looks so delicious!!! ~~
    great guest post! 🙂

    coco´s last blog post..Day 11: working, not talking!

  5. Jessica says:

    Thanks Mara, you are too sweet! Sophie is so cute! what kind of dog is she?
    I will definitely have to try that thai pork dish- yum!

    Jessica´s last blog post..Chocolate Nut Butter

  6. Matt says:

    Mmmm ravioli!

    Matt´s last blog post..Burning Up

  7. holly says:

    Thanks Mara. That was fun!

    jessica – Sophie is a soft coated wheaten terrier. She already has her summer cut because it’s so HOT here already! Normally, she looks 30 lbs heavier!

  8. Time to get the slow cooker out… The recipe sounds really good….

    I love mushroom ravioli, but, I know, store bought ones are quite calorie dense… And it’s a bit too easy to eat more than one portion…

    Andrea@WellnessNotes´s last blog post..Have You Had Your Water Yet Today?

  9. Melissa says:

    The pasta looks great. I probably wouldn’t be to thrilled due to the fact that mushrooms aren’t my thing. Love the roasted veggies though!!

    Melissa´s last blog post..The Days Go By

  10. Pearl says:

    what a great guest post! and fab use of your buitoni sample!

    🙂 <3

    Pearl´s last blog post..Almond Brittle

  11. MizFit says:

    GURL, thanks for the link love.
    and I think I need to hire you and NOT JUST AS MY PUBLICIST 🙂

    that coooool subscribe link when one clicks ovvr via twitter?!

    d-a-y-u-m.

    MizFit´s last blog post..Link Love & Chipper Jerky giveaway.

  12. Man, I want to try that pasta so badly! It looks sooo good, and it definitely seems flavorful enough to have it simple as you did without red sauce.
    I’m hearing more and more about celiac’s disease so this post was interesting. I enjoy your guest posts 🙂

    Lara (Thinspired)´s last blog post..Foods of Childhood’s Past

  13. Becca A says:

    My parents received my package of those. They seemed to like them but combined them with chicken and alfredo sauce.

    Becca A´s last blog post..At the Library

  14. Danielle says:

    I can’t believe how big the box was for such a little packet, seemed like such a waste!
    Glad you enjoyed them even if they didn’t hold you over!

    Danielle´s last blog post..Most Pointless Day of Work EV-ER

  15. Krista says:

    Those raviloi seem to be getting pretty good reviews around blog land!

    Krista´s last blog post..Taming the Hunger Beast

  16. I’m actually going to concoct a fun little sauce for the Buitoni this weekend! That post should be up tonight or tomorrow. I usually have the same problem with those premade little pastas (not always the most filling), but I have some ideas on how to get past that issue.

    Yay for the guest post!

    Kimberly @ Poor Girl Eats Well´s last blog post..Recipe: Gnocchi in Heirloom Tomato Sauce

  17. Mara, I was amazed by the size of the box from Food Buzz too!!

    I haven’t made mine yet, but yours looks great!

    I enjoyed reading about your friend. I have a few friends at work who are dealing with food issues too, no whey, and no sugar!

    I know its hard when there is so much out there to worry about and having to read labels so much more carefully, but if it makes you feel better in the long run, that’s what counts!

    Jenn@slim-shoppin´s last blog post..Slumgulion

  18. Quix says:

    Yeah, raviolis are delish, but never filling enough for me, have to have a big side of veggies or salad with ’em to make it a meal.

    Quix´s last blog post..Music Makes the World Go ‘Round

  19. Tasty ravioli! I think I joined Tastemakers right after theys ent those out! BOO ;(

    Anyway, they look delish!

    have a great day!

  20. Marianne says:

    Mmmmm, mushroom filled ravioli. I sounds awesome, probably because I don’t get to try them like everyone else. Although, I do think I can get some fancy raviioli at one of the markets here if I really want to.

    Marianne´s last blog post..My Ears Are Ringing

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