Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Using Pinterest for Meal Planning & Inspiration

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Now, if you have been a blog friend for a while, you know that cooking is not at the top of my priority list. It takes waaay too much time for planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up afterwards, if you ask me. However, I do like trying new foods, and the northwoods of Minnesota is NOT the hotbed of variety for restaurants, groceries, shopping, etc. The lack of variety gets old!

With the new year, I am taking a new attitude toward cooking and food. I really need to take the gluten-free/dairy-free/sugar-free (GF/DF/SF) thing seriously, if I want to make a difference in my health. Remember when I talked about it last year? Well, I've been on and off that plan throughout the year. I feel good when I'm following the plan and not so great when I'm not. I really am moving toward my own definition of optimal health and living my best life. Yay, me!

So, what I've been doing is pinning all kinds of inspiring recipes that are GF/DF/SF and/or could be made GF/DF/SF. I'm collecting inspiration for getting busy in the kitchen! Here are some examples on my Recipes pinboard.

Last night, we had roasted root vegetables. Tonight, we had roasted peppers salad. See, the inspiration is working already! Both recipes were from the Vegetarian Bible, which I picked up at TJMaxx a couple years ago. It is great and has a photo for each recipe!! I think it's been discontinued but can still be found on Amazon for around $6.

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Yes, even treats can be GF/DF/SF, too. I'm collecting inspiration for healthy versions of yummy treats. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and even sugar-free can be delicious!! The treats below are from my Recipes-sweet pinboard. Does that mean all of the treats below fit the GF/DF/SF category? Definitely not, BUT they inspire me to find healthy versions of similar items. Thanks to the magic of google and the kazillion cooking blogs and websites out there, it's easy to find GF/DF/SF recipes and/or substitutions!

I have made these delicious No-Sugar Oat Drops from Blueberry Girl...they are as scrumptious as they look! I had pinned this a few weeks ago. I pulled it up on my iPhone at the grocery store and bought what I needed! I love when technology comes in handy!!

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Blueberry Girl

 I also want to try these No-Bake Energy Bites from Smashed Peas and Carrots...

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Smashed Peas and Carrots

Only I would use almond butter instead of peanut butter, raw honey instead of regular honey, and carob chips instead of chocolate chips. It's so easy to make a recipe GF/DF/SF or to tweak to your own preferences.

I love finding the inspiration. Now, if only someone would actually plan, shop, prep, cook, and clean up for us. Any takers?

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