We are continually on the search for tasty, healthy and *hopefully* organic foods that are also gluten and dairy free. This is no easy task. It is made a bit harder being that the foods must be palatable to not only the adults in our household, but also to TeenGirl, two 7 year olds, a 6 and 3 year old (and occasionally the cat who steals a nibble or two.)
On our weekly Costco trip, we found a delightful new treat. Emerald Valley Kitchen ORGANIC Salsa and Bean Dip. Yummy. Both products are labeled GLUTEN FREE right on the back label, they are also fat free and have no cholesterol. Better yet, Emerald Valley Kitchen is based right here in Eugene, Oregon. How’s that for local sustainability? K3 and I enjoyed these two toppings on some crunchy corn flats for lunch and they get TWO THUMBS UP. (They came as a package deal, 30 oz of salsa and 16 oz of bean dip for $5.89.) Corn flats (both crunchy and tortilla style, are inexpensive and gluten free!, Costco carries a pack of 80 tortilla style for under $3.00. I found a 14 oz package (about 24) of crunchy flats at the local market for under $2.00. Be sure to read the labels, most I have found do not contain any gluten… but they aren’t labeled GF usually (except Mission brand… they do label the packages, but are more expensive).
For Dinner last night, I needed something quick and easy before the kids headed to Awana. I used corn tortilla’s and Tofutti cheese slices to make quesadillas. For a side, I grilled asparagus and baby carrots with Earth Balance margarine and black pepper, we finished it off with apple slices. ( I can’t wait for our tree to produce fruit! The blossoms are abundant this year!) It was a hit with the kids… the veggies were lightly grilled, but still finger food quality, so that’s always a winner.
On the way home from Awana, 3 year old Little Critter filled me in on what she learned… “Jesus, he died on the cross, but he’s alive now.” It amazes me that a child this young can retain that… I cannot say how many times we have talked about this at home and last night she got it. It was very cute and touching.
Today’s Green Tip- Buy in bulk when you can. This can save as much as 10% in packaging. LIttle things add up.