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East to West – God Knows Best

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You know the Scripture in Psalm 103, that says God loves us as much as from the east to the west He removes our transgressions far away from us?  Well this week, in our sermon – the pastor shared a visual lesson with a globe how you can go east – all the way around the globe, and you never stop going east.  Same thing with the west.  You can continue going all the way around, and you’re still going west.  Had God said, “I love you north to south”, that wouldn’t have meant the same thing (obviously)… as if you go north to the top – and go around the north pole to continue north, suddenly you’re going south towards the south pole…

You get the picture?

God said that … because before WE ” discovered” the world was round… HE knew it was round.

He meant what He said.  There is no end to His love for us.

I often marvel at how God simply shows us what to do, if we listen to Him.

I mean, truly listen.

The point is… that God is talking to us, directing us – are we listening to HEAR HIM SPEAK?  Do we trust in what He says?

God is powerful, way beyond our ways, and how our simple minds process.  Do we trust in that?

There are few things I’ve been fanatical about in my life…  but when something strikes a chord with me – just ask my friends, or siblings – WATCH OUT.  I have a hard time shutting up about something I believe in – that God fills me with confidence about.  I call that God-confidence, not self-confidence.  If channeled right – this can be a great thing – but it’s been known to drive a few people I love crazy now and then too.  {Being aware of that is part of my therapy}

Daily I ask God to give me eyes and hears to bring this topic up to others I see struggling, who could potentially have issues with gluten… and it’s been amazing how much He has allowed me to learn from others, and how He continues to put people in my life who were struggling with some type of health issue/ behavioral issues/auto immune disorder – ALL related to gluten.

Today, I got a great article from a good friend who is suspecting lots of symptoms related to gluten sensitivity.  Her husband is actually a grain specialist at a university – so he was definitely interested in researching this for their family – of whom a majority showed GS signs.

I cried with JOY tonight as they shared some more articles/studies he discovered in his research.  Articles of recent studies done or discussed just this year… about the time all of my 30 year struggles were coming to a peak.  {I have made it downloadable for you, just click on the link – and enjoy!  Another GREAT article for you to take to your doctor, who might be doubting that gluten issues are highly possibly reality for you.

God is so awesome.  He really is.  I marvel at His greatness, and I’m THANKFUL for His provision in this journey.  Thank you for reading – and for helping to educate others too!  May God continue to use us all to help one another be HEALTHY FOR HIM!

“…as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12

Sapone et al 2012_spectrum of gluten related disorders (1)
 
Summary:
“It is now becoming apparent that reactions to gluten are
not limited to CD, rather we now appreciate the existence
of a spectrum of gluten-related disorders. The
high frequency and wide range of adverse reactions to
gluten raise the question as to why this dietary protein
is toxic for so many individuals in the world. One possible
explanation is that the selection of wheat varieties
with higher gluten content has been a continuous process
during the last 10,000 years, with changes dictated
more by technological rather than nutritional reasons.
Wheat varieties grown for thousands of years and
mostly used for human nutrition up to the Middle Ages,
such as Triticum monococcum and T. dicoccum, contain
less quantities of the highly toxic 33-mer gluten peptide
[65]. Apparently the human organism is still largely vulnerable
to the toxic effects of this protein complex, particularly
due to a lack of adequate adaptation of the
gastrointestinal and immunological responses.
Additionally, gluten is one of the most abundant and
diffusely spread dietary components for most populations,
particularly those of European origin. In Europe,
the mean consumption of gluten is 10 g to 20 g per day,
with segments of the general population consuming as
much as 50 g of daily gluten or more [66,67] All individuals,
even those with a low degree of risk, are therefore
susceptible to some form of gluten reaction during their
life span. Therefore, it is not surprising that during the
past 50 years we have witnessed an ‘epidemic’ of CD
[68,69] and the surging of new gluten-related disorders,
including the most recently described GS [44,62]. This
review provides some rationale to explain these epidemiological
phenomena and expands our current knowledge
to gain more insights into gluten-related disorders.”
 
 

Empathy, A Lost Fruit.

My daughter making fruit salad at our gluten-free food party at Hy-Vee!

We started gluten-free at the end of the school year last spring, in what my son calls, “The LONGEST unit study on gluten sensitivity, ever.”

{I know he means that in a good way.}  But with all of my doctors appointments, and feeling increasingly awful most days, it might go down as on of the longest semester for ME, for sure.  We needed a reason to celebrate!  (I love a good party!)

This summer I planned to make one of our children’s birthdays into a GLUTEN-FREE celebration at the HyVee kitchen club!  It wasn’t as much about a birthday party, as it was about sharing JOY in the things we can do, as a gluten-free family.  All of the books we got on celiac disease for the kids, had somewhat of “here is what you’ll be missing” type of attitude.  Not super positive, or what you hope for you kids.

When we started things, it was the end of soccer… the “big” pizza party… and while the kids were totally fine eating the foods they knew they could have (a sandwich picnic on the floor by all of their friends enjoying Pizza Hut)… a part of a mother’s heart breaks, knowing it’s just “one more way” – we are different.

Some things, we choose – one might say.

You chose to have a big family.

You choose to home school.

You choose to eat like that.

That wasn’t really a choice was it?  Unless we are going to choose to be ignorant on the matter – then obviously, it’s not.

Honestly, we don’t see any of those things as a choice in our hearts – but rather, a surrender to our will – for a responsibility to God’s calling for our family.  Different than a majority, it’s not a burden, but a blessing.

When you look at the way of the world – you see how easy it is to get pulled in.  Like a tornado and all of its sucking power… grabbing everything around it, in its path – and spitting out a less than desirable outcome.

It’s hard to stand firm and be different, especially when it’s viewed as a choice.  Whoever said it was easy…. wasn’t being truthful.

OBEYING God… that part is easy.

Explaining it to the world?

That part is difficult.  Almost, impossible.

When I would tell people I didn’t really want children, nor did *I* plan on a big family… but that GOD opened my heart to all of the children we have… it warrants some really, strange looks.

Yes, one or two would have been “easier” or more managable, and perhaps better for my husband’s job, or in the light of the world – within the limits of how America is set up – family of 4 = perfect.   If it wasn’t for God and my husband’s obedience to his calling – I was fine with two also.  God must have known, we needed more sanctification in our entire family – and he sent us 6 more than the “legal limit.

Homeschooling… you KNOW, that has to be a calling, because no one in their right mind would take on being mom, teacher, and every other roles in-between with no breaks.

I agree – we’re nuts.  The world is right on that one.  (I’m only kidding…. I honestly couldn’t imagine it any other way.  It’s a blessing and a honor to be with our children all day, each day – showing them how to love life and learning in ALL aspects of their daily walk.   We hold this calling, dear to our hearts.  Pretty dramatic heart change for someone who was NOT going to home school.  Ever.)  Is it for everyone?  Absolutely not.  We are all part of the body, and hopefully – we’re all doing what we’re called to do, at the point God has us – without too much opposition, especially from other Christians.  (Not wrong.  Just different.)

How we eat.  We choose this – right?  It could be a point to constantly complain about… the price, or the time it takes to plan… or how difficult it makes it to eat out, or travel, visit other people.  Yada, Yada, Yada…

We see it as a gift… a gift to try foods we would never have tried before.  Time to slow down and be with our family, preparing foods as a team…and serving one another.  {after all, kids DO seem to eat the foods well, that they HELP prepare!}  It forces us to think outside of the box… and witness while doing it.  It also has allowed me to do something I’m horrible about doing except for my closest of friends…  and that is:

Share my struggle.

Share a struggle with the outside world that says … “Hey, we aren’t perfect…  and until glory – we never will be… do you struggle too?”

Perhaps at this point, my friends wish I shared a bit less…  but for me, the more people I connect with who are struggling – the more I talk about it in amazement at all God has done and continues to be at work… and there have been A LOT of contacts each week.  More than I would have ever imagined for something “so rare”…

My oldest, showing off his GF pizza creation at the Hy-Vee food party.

In the lack of empathy world we live in, it’s easy to shrug off hurting people and think, “big deal, I have problems too, quit your whining.”  Or as my husband’s family says; “No organ recitals!”

I took on an attitude of never talking about my health issues for years.  Realizing – no one REALLY wants to hear about complaints, they only want to hear good news.  Even in pregnancy I learned to suffer – in silence, to a fault.  There seem to be two camps – those who always complain (they need more empathy), and those who never complain  (they need empathy too, we just need to show them it’s ok to share!)  Being sick was “my normal” for as long as I can remember.  You don’t really consider your life – full of symptoms, when you’re not looking for a common factor cause like an auto-immune disease.  That was just life…  you deal…

Empathy is just not something that is often taught… very few people have this skill, or fruit of the Spirit.  Yet, Jesus shows us empathy… time and time again in God’s Word, and we want more of that for our kids. So it starts with us, as parents.

I believe this has helped give me eyes I used to have as a child –  to seek out others who are also hurting in a similar way – on a daily basis – to reach out in a way that I wouldn’t before due to hurt, pride or selfishness.  (Definitely not in an all-knowing and in your face way, because the only thing I’m an expert on, is myself and my family.)  I pray not… that isn’t my heart.  But rather, in a way that desires more for others too, the way God has blessed us.

Don’t ever short change how God is growing you.  He doesn’t have us struggle for no reason.  It’s with great purpose, and opportunity to share that with others – so that they might also see God’s love through you.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”

1 Cor. 12:12

YES! It Tastes Great Too!

My son said these are awesome, you could probably order them by the case – like we can through our health food store. Just ask! They come in GF/dairy-free too.

Since I have a marketing background, I’m big into first impressions, how things look… how they’re packaged – and sold.

I’m definitely drawn to things that appear simple, clean, easy to read… marketed well.

Many of things I admire about a great marketing campaign – whether it’s politics, or food – is how it’s being sold.

It’s amazing what great marketing can do to the perception of the product or idea being placed in front of you. It can bring to mind images that give the “buyer” confidence in what they’re purchasing.

When we went gluten-free, it was a major GAME-CHANGER. I didn’t know any of the brands… nothing looked familiar. They aren’t “big” names that I’d see in ads, or on television (if I watched it anyway…)

So, it left me wondering… how does the food TASTE? It looks….

Different.

When you’re already not good at different… you wonder…

Different bad?

Different good?

Oh please be different good….

Well, it’s comical to me now… my kids actually say, THIS food tastes BETTER! (and they’re RIGHT!)

It can’t be “just good marketing” to my kids, because they don’t buy the products I pick out.  They just eat what we put in front of them.

I wonder… is it that there aren’t so many preservatives, obviously no gluten? Food shouldn’t have a shelf-life longer than a cat’s-life.

Maybe it’s the other ingredients…. vs. high fructose corn syrup in almost every product….

Maybe it’s the lack of GMOs?

Whatever it is…. my kids are right. A majority of the food is really great, it’s just different.

Definitely – different GOOD.

Someone gave me some advice… of brands they liked – and it was super helpful for me, as I searched for everything unfamiliar. Currently some of our favorite brands include:

Amy’s, Udi’s (which is said YOU-DEEs, not YOU-DIE like my nephew coined, that would be the other bread), Pamela’s, Enjoy Life, KIND, EnviroKids, Gluten Free Mama, Justin’s, Larabar, Nastasme, Applegate, Van’s, Food for Life, Annie’s (GF bunnies and Mac and Cheese)… although truthfully – we mainly eat fruits, veggies and organic meats. I make our own bread – and I’m still in the process of perfecting that. Stay tuned for some updates on bread and the garden this week!

“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits–

Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”

Psalm 103:3

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Tea for Me

TAZO’s BLACK TEA – AWAKE is the type of tea Starbucks uses in their concentrate.

I love black tea.

It’s no secret that I love my black tea from Starbucks.  But since I live in the middle of no-where, Starbucks isn’t always an option.

What is a girl to do?

Enter… TAZO tea at home.

AWAKE!

It’s not in the pretty TRENTA sized cup, and yes – I had to make it.  But it works in a pinch – and it tastes great!

I put my coffee mugs in the microwave for 1 minute – steep for about 2-3 minutes, and pour over ice.  Fill the rest with water and wa-lah!

There lots of quoted benefits for drinking black tea… and for me, it beats any other alternative out there.  It’s full of antioxidants, helps to boost my metabolism and it’s not killing me, like soda.

On a whim I tried some green tea last week when the lady at Starbucks accidentally made my drink wrong… and… well….

it wasn’t black tea.  

Personally, I didn’t care for it.  BUT, at least I tried it!  Right?  (that’s a BIG step for me!)

What is YOUR favorite drink – other than WATER of course?

“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.  The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.  And God is faithful.  He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.  When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Summer Lovin’

A perfect summer dish, and it was DE-LISH!

There is just something about summer, isn’t there?  Especially before the excruciatingly HOT temperatures kick in, and your face is melting off…

There is that nice… warm breeze, calm evening… romantic aura about summer.

I have many great summer memories, and I always look forward to this season.  Sand, water, love… AND FOOD!

I love that summer meals are often quick, and LIGHT!  Fresh produce is in season and at it’s best!  What isn’t to LOVE about that?

I whipped up a simple meal to tonight and we enjoyed pineapple, diced apples, strawberries and blueberries.  DE-LISH!

I’ll call my dish –

 

KEEN – HOT – KINI 🙂 (with organic chicken fresh off of the grill!)

– 1 cup green (light-colored) quinoa

– 2 cups of water

– 2 smallish green zucchini – halved and diced

– 1 smallish yellow zucchini – halved and diced

– 1/2 red pepper diced

– 1 can of organic black beans (low sodium)

***  Cook according to quinoa instructions (bring to boil), reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed.  Germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain.  SO perfect!

 

Did I mention it’s my anniversary today?  14 years.  I don’t know what 14 years is supposed to look like… but it doesn’t seem as though it’s been that long to me.  I may not look 18, but I feel 18 most days…  and that was almost 19 years ago.  It amazes me that God took two totally arrogant, bruised, and selfish people, and transformed us into the people we are today.  It is true that what we think we want, is often – not at all – what we need.  I’m thankful God gave me exactly what I needed – it is way beyond what I ever deserved.  God loved me, the unlovable and disobedient, and taught me what love means.  It isn’t about gifts (although I really like them, probably TOO much), it isn’t about anything else ANY person can give YOU…

True love is giving of yourself – beyond what the other person deserves.

Just like Christ showed His love for us.

It’s letting go of grudges.  It’s forgiveness.

It’s like that peaceful calm of a perfect summer night.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.

When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;  then we shall see face to face. 

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Cor. 13:11-13

Big Family, Little Garden

The organic things we planted in our garden box!

They say you have to start somewhere.  We’ll start here.

At least it’s a start!

We always had a large garden growing up.  Ironically, I ate almost everything out of the garden – except tomatoes.  I hated tomatoes.

I enjoy tomatoes now.  Perhaps I’ve matured, or my taste buds have.

I assumed we’d have a garden, when I dreamed of husband…  and my children-less family.

Little did I realize we’d build on land that was almost 85% CLAY.  {Not very fertile ground, if you catch my drift.}  The best soil made us able to have a septic system… and I believe that was by the grace of God.  This dirt is not the greatest.

Enter in:  Square Foot Gardening!

I’ve read about it in lots of magazines, and passed by books on the subject – but after reviewing what unit studies to do with my kids, I was sure NEXT SPRING we’d build a garden and learn about it in depth.

I ran the idea past my husband before the homeschool conference…  “it would be a great way for the kids to learn more about their food source, take part in building the box, getting the dirt, planting and caring for the plants…”

He laughed.  “Oh sure, we can do that… but next year – right?”

“Yes,” I assured him.  I knew we didn’t have the time to do one THIS year.

As Facebook would have it, I saw some neat square foot gardens my friends had made this spring… and they looked so cute, it seemed so simple.  Surely we could do this.  A few boards, some screws… some dirt and seeds – and wa-lah!  Right?

Or not.

Did I mention I have OCD?  When I get an idea… watch out.  It’s probably going to happen soon, vs. later.

Really this wasn’t that difficult… but a few more therapy sessions of encouraging my husband to get the wood, build the box and we’d take care of the rest…  I wanted his blessing.   So we set out on a Saturday and collected our supplies.  I brought my iPad so we could look at the Pioneer Woman’s blog again.

We made our box over the course of a few days.  Not because it was difficult, but because we had other projects going on.  Next, we filled it up with a mix of top soil, manure, compost and peat moss that we picked up from the local horticulture store (we did this part while my husband was out-of-town – to make it painless for him!)

The kids were all about helping unload. This is one of my comical children appearing as if I’m crushing her. They were good workers!

The older kids helped me, and we mixed it as we dumped it, and then used string to mark off our square feet to begin planting!

They are so stoked about their garden, and it’s been a great learning experience so far!

We’re not even one week in, and our cucumbers have peeked their green leaves through the soil!  The kids are so excited!!  Stay tuned to see if anything else grows!

“I planted the seed,   Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”

1 Corinthians 3:6-7

 

 

Tabata, Tabata, TABATA

See my good reason for skipping my formal workout yesterday? More on this little “project” later…

TAB-ATA

Say THAT really fast in row!

So I just finished a mean Tabata workout and WHEW!  That was fun!

If you’re like me and have no idea what Tabata is…

It was founded by a man with the last name Tabata, from Japan.  (Hence the name)  Basically, he conducted tests on two groups of athletes; comparing moderate high intensity training with high intensity interval training.  Through this, he discovered that the athletes training in high intensity interval training improved their aerobic systems as well as their anaerobic system.  The athletes who only did the moderate high intensity training only improved their aerobic system and had little to no increase in their anaerobic system.

So what it is – is 4 sets of some type of cardio interval – 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest.  So for the one Bob Harper had me do… it was 4 minutes of push-ups, then 4 minutes of walking (alternating) lunges, 4 minutes of sit ups, and 4 minutes of air squats. (OUCH!)

Ok, so I’m thinking… how hard can THIS be?  You get a rest? Since you’re doing 8 reps of each for 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off…  very quickly, you feel pain.

The goal is to keep track of your TOTAL NUMBER OF REPS.  (Think Cross-Fit Training)  So you keep counting from the first push-up, and add onto that number when you move onto the next interval.  So if you’re at 51 push ups total, when you get to the walking lunges – you start at 52.

So my total number was 399.  (I know, I was frustrated too… but I’m being honest – SO CLOSE to that even number, but it was my first time!!)  The advanced person in the workout did 477.  Wowza.  Your goal is to keep a journal and each time you do the workout – increase your number!

Fill me in if you’ve tried this – and what types of exercises you’ve done.  If you Google it, as with anything… you’re bound to come up with lots of ideas.  The difficult thing (without a workout partner or trainer, or video) is obviously the timing, and counting.  For me, it was hard enough trying to workout, count and listen to Bob… with the clean up circus going on around me!

But ta-dah… I sort of skipped my time with Bob yesterday (see reason above)…  but I feel great today!  Have an excellent day!

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

Luke 8:18

That Girl

I saw this, and of course cried.  I was always “THAT GIRL” before for being so selective with certain foods that I knew made me sick…  and now, even more so as I’m more sensitive and have realized the reason.

Celiac Disease.

Food is such a social thing.  Feeling excluded or being “a pain” is my least favorite thing when it comes to people having to make “special adjustments” for me.  Truly, I dislike it.  But, on the otherhand – as a family, we’re used to be excluded.  Often times there’s just too many of us, or people don’t like the togetherness of our family…   It’s not a new battle for us.  Being different…  but I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt sometimes.

We had a couple over the other night, and they brought cookies they had made for us.  SUPER sweet.  It was a genuinely awesome thought, but I felt sick at having to tell them we couldn’t have them… I didn’t want them to think we didn’t appreciate the gesture.

Just to review.  Celiac disease isn’t something people choose to have.  They don’t eat gluten-free as a form of trying to lose weight, nor is it a trend for us.  We know it’s more caloric – so we have to monitor our intake all the more.  We do it to be healthy, because it’s best for OUR bodies.  We all have to do what is best for us.

Also…

* I didn’t choose Celiac disease for my family.  God did.  I’m glad He doesn’t make mistakes and I can trust in His plan for us.

 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

 your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 

  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, 

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  

 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

 all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:16-19

Processed Food, That Doesn’t Process.

We have this little running joke at our house.  It stems from a trip we took in our first year of marriage.  My husband’s family owns retail stores, and we used to travel to a yearly convention, where we set up shop for a week.  Meals were scarce – as were bathroom breaks… we stood on our feet a lot!  We ate TERRIBLY back then.

When we stood in line at a Burger King for breakfast… Yes, I said Burger King and breakfast – together. *YUCK*  One of the menu items to order was a mini-cinnamon roll set of 4, in  box made for a hamburger no doubt.  As the orders were placed, the staff person kept saying “CINNA-MINI” into the microphone, to let the back “cooks” know to put another round in the microwave.  {That way they were nice and FRESH you know.}  Yeeeeeeeah.  Not. So. Much.

Ever wonder why you feel so poorly after eating fast food? We saw this at the HS conference in April. It’s 5 years old… Makes you wonder how your body is supposed to “use” stuff like this and process it – after we consume it?? Just say no.

Anyway… the whole mono-toned “CINNA-MINI” makes me giggle…  but the idea of what we ate or what was in that food, makes me a little sick to my stomach.

I used to LOVE cinnamon rolls.  Our local bakery made the best.

They probably still make the best, I just don’t eat them… obviously.  I stopped eating them 6 years ago when I stopped eating many cake-like breads.  However, my kids still REALLY wanted some cinnamon rolls – and I wanted to make that happen for them.  I present to you – gluten-free cinnamon rolls in cute little muffin cups! (I’m sure you can make these with whole wheat/white flour too…)

GLUTEN FREE CINNAMON ROLLS

3/4 cup luke warm water
2 packages active dry yeast
3/4 cup almond milk
3 T sugar
2 T canola/grape seed oil
1 tablespoon honey
3 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Almond flour mix by Gluten
Free Mama)
2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/4 cup GF carbonated water
3/4 cup sugar
3 T. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup gluten-free or organic butter, cut into 12 squares
Pecan halves (optional)

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups. Set aside. In a large
mixing bowl, stir lukewarm water into yeast until dissolved. Add milk, 3 T.
sugar, oil and honey and mix well. Let stand for 5 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Add flour
mixture to milk mixture and beat until combined. Stir in carbonated water.
Fill muffin cups only HALF FULL with a glob of dough.

In a small bowl mix 3/4 cup of sugar with cinnamon. Sprinkle batter in
each cup with about 1 Tablespoon sugar mixture. Top with square of butter.
Fill with remaining batter.

Use a skewer or knife to make a swirl at the top of batter in each cup. Top
with remaining sugar mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Top
with pecan halves if desired. Serves 12.

Stressed OUT??  Someone IS listening.  Talk to Him!

“In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God.   From His temple he heard my voice; my cry came to His ears.”

2 Samuel 22:7

Summer Salad

Saw this and had to share!  It seems perfect for summer, and easy too!  It’s from page 62 of “Gluten Free Made Simple”… but it’s great for anyone.  Refreshing!

EASY CABBAGE SALAD

1 – 14 ounce package shredded cabbage with carrots

1 – 10 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

1/4 cup whole almonds or almond slivers

1/2 cup gluten-free Italian or Oil and Vinegar dressing

* In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, oranges and almonds.  Add dressing and toss to mix thoroughly.  Serve immediately OR chill for up to 2 hours.  Serves 8.

** always double-check labels to check for hidden gluten in the ingredients.

120 calories per serving

8 g. fat, 1g. sat. fat

10 mg cholesterol

20 mg. sodium

9 g. carbs

2 g. fiber

3 g. protein

“Praise the Lord,my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 103:1-5

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