Vegan, Gluten-Free Stuffed Bell Peppers, and my Family Loved it!!!

So, I have a Facebook page called, Vegan,Gluten Free Families with Special Ability Kids (yes, the title is long). I always try to post really great recipes and give the best advice on Autism (lifestyle choice) that a lot of parents and families can use everyday. I saw a recipe for Cajun Stuffed Bell Peppers (StrengthandSunshine.com) and it looked great, but I wanted to make sure my children would eat everything.  I have always had a problem with taking my time cooking in the kitchen just so your family can say, “Mom, I don’t like this!” Really? Can you at least try it. “No.” So I am on a personal mission that when I cook, I at least try to have one ingredient that everyone will like.  Is this easy? No. Is this a lot to expect? Yes.

Yesterday morning I was on the phone chatting it up with my Auntie Joyce (like at 2:30am, this is normal for us) and I was speaking to her about stuffed bell peppers.  I wanted to make a great recipe, but not something that introduces too many new foods at once.  She says to me, “Try rice and add what you want.”  Genius.  That woman is a genius. So below I have the simple recipe that I used. Love this so much.  Oh yes, FYI, I must say is you take foil or a tight tupperware container this can be taken to school or work. Enjoy!!!

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I bought this at Whole Foods, these nuggets are super huge so it will make several servings. (This does contain soy)

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They come out of the package huge! I chop it up, so that it can easily be eaten with the rice

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I put a little extra virgin olive oil (or any oil that you are comfortable with) for a quick pan fry. These nuggets only need to fry for about 4-6 minutes.  I then add Tamari Soy sauce (gf of course).

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Make sure that your bell peppers are fat and can sit up on their own.  Cut off the tops of the bell peppers, clean out the seeds and insides, and stuff them with rice. (Make sure that this rice is cooked)

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Bake it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes (I set it to 175).  You will start seeing browning or wrinkling at the top of the bell pepper when its about done.  Pull it out of the oven and use whatever topping you like!

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This bell pepper was stuffed with white rice, tofu nuggets, avacado and sour cream (Tofutti).  Of course a side of avocado and banana for dinner.

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This is an example of what my husband took to work this morning.  Stuffed bell pepper with white rice, tofu nuggets,avocado and jalapeño.

What kind of bell pepper are you going to make? Leave a comment below!

Have a great day and continue to be an overcomer! (autismovercomers.wordpress.com)

Nyisha G.

Vegan Cuts Box, Yay!

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So of course it is that time of the month, my VeganCuts box came to my doorstep.  I had originally heard of this through a great blogger, Michelle Cehn (World of Vegan.com). One of the biggest issues that I had was trying to find really awesome snacks for school lunches, and car trips.  It was such a pain going to the store and picking up a bag of cookies, pretzels or a new fruit snack and my kids lick it and throw it away. I know Im not the only ones who’s kiddos do that.  VeganCuts is $20.00 a month and you receive 7-10 new products to try out.  Some of these products have not even come out on the mainstream market yet!  I wanted to share with you some of the goodies I received for the month of September….

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Banza, this pasta is made of chickpeas! also, for my gf mommas it is also made in a dedicated gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, egg-free,lactose-free, nut-free facility.  Im trying this pasta out this weekend! Find out more about this product at eatbanza.com.

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This product has been the most interesting to me, so far. This is called Neat.  This is a breakfast mix (for sausages).  So all that you have to do is add water, 2 eggs (vegan) and cook it for 7-9 minutes on top of the stove.  I can’t wait to taste this. For more information about Neat go to eat neat.com

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A favorite in my household was Beanfield’s Bean & Rice Chips.  These chips have no gluten, no corn, they are Vegan, no peanuts or seeds, and contain 4 grams of protein.  Visit their website at beanfieldssnacks.com

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This was delicious! Mayesa.com has came up with an organic chocolate beverage.  I love chocolate (like the rest of the cool people) and this dark chocolate drink is made from Cacao and is high in Vitamin D.

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My kiddos loved this.  Chicagoveganfoods.com sells these awesome marshmallows that taste close to the real thing!  These would be perfect on top of a pumpkin pie for the holidays

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Have you tried Nature Addict (www.na-natureaddicts.com) fruit snacks?  These come in a resealable bag and have 1 serving of fruit per pouch.  My oldest gobbled these up…I hope you enjoyed some of the wonderful products that I shared, remember don’t give up you can do this!

Hear It.Accept It. Overcome It.

Gracias,

Nyisha G.

DIY Body Wash (no gluten, healthy and helps with eczema)

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1-2 cups of castille soap (in the photo above I have 3 different bottles, Eucalyptus, Hemp, and Lavender)

2 teaspoons of jojoba oil

2 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil (pure)

*The best way to use this body wash is if you use a squirt bottle, this can be shaken and it can help you control the amount that you use

When we decided to go gluten free what we didn’t realize is that gluten exists in food, but also in everyday products.  Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen,medicine, makeup and lotion (and much more).  I wanted to make sure that when we went gluten free we gave it 100%.  I found a wonderful website called diynatural.com.  This follows a couple that lives their lives organic and for the most part naturally (they make everything themselves).  I found an awesome recipe for body wash.  My youngest son Dominic had very bad eczema, so bad that we were asked while he is in the house do not allow him to wear clothes.  I tried this recipe for Dominic and for the past 3 years we have had no breakouts or problems!  The only difference is that the recipe calls for raw, unfiltered honey.  I took the honey out of the recipe and there were no problems!  Give it a try!

“Joyce’s Chikin Salad”

 

If you ask anyone who truly knows me, they will tell you that I love great southern food.  Turkey, fried chicken, collard greens, mashed potatoes, chicken and waffles; need I go on?  When we became Vegan and Gluten-Free, my main concern was making delicious meals that are healthy, but also remind me of home.  Who better to talk to than the best cook in the family? My Auntie Joyce!  Every year, during any holiday, it is automatically known that if you want some good food, go to Auntie Joyce’s house.  You never know what she is cooking, but you know that it will be delicious!  I was struggling with some great food recipes when I asked my Auntie Joyce if she could help me make some of her famous recipes vegan and gluten free.  She said, “yes” and my cooking has never been better!  Here is her recipe, a “vegan, and gluten free version” of her chicken salad.  I call it “Joyce’s Chikin Salad.”

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The ingredients are Vegenaise, Dijon mustard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or any oil for a quick pan fry), Sweet relish, One pack of Beyond Chicken, and for added greatness I add a supplement, like flaxseed or chia seed

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First, take out the “chikin” and cut it up into pieces, however big or small is entirely up to you. Next, pour about 1/2 cup of the extra virgin olive oil and sauté the garlic (or any onions, bell peppers, whatever you would like to add).

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Add your seasonings.  I like to add a little chia seed (1 teaspoon), flax seed (1 teaspoon) and continue to sauté for about 3-5 minutes (no longer than 7 minutes or the chikin will harden)

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Take the chikin out and place in a large bowl (this minimizes messiness) and add 3 tablespoons of Vegenaise, 2 tablespoons Sweet relish, and 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard.

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Mix together and put in the refrigerator. Wait about 1-2 hours and serve cold! Yummy!!!

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*You can also add tomato, celery, onion, bell pepper and much more!

 

I make this recipe according to what my children like, but feel free to experiment.  Please send me pictures of your chikin salad, I would love to see your version!!!

SoMa Streat Park, Very Vegan Sundays!

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I had the privilege of going to SF this Sunday and attending the Very Vegan Sunday event.  Every 2nd Sunday of the month SoMa hosts a all Vegan event at the SoMa Streat Food Park.

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We were surprised to find that there were also a lot of gluten free options.

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Vegan ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes, pizza, corn dogs, philly steak and cheese,  and much more!  If you’re eve in San Francisco (428 11th Street, to be exact) Stop by!  The next Very Vegan Sunday will be Oct 11th from 11am-5pm.

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Autism. My son?

Anybody who knows me can tell you that I like to stick to the plan.  I have never been that type of person to change plans, unless its an emergency or to make the original plan better.  See, growing up, I always had a plan; didn’t most little girls?  Have an awesome childhood, become a famous actress, get married to Denzel Washington and have the most adorable kids ever!  Hello! Who wouldn’t want that life?  When I met my boyfriend, we both worked at Blockbuster Video, I got pregnant and we got married.  Not a part of the plan.  On my “Wedding Day,” I didn’t plan on my future “family” trying to ruin my special day.  Not a part of the plan.  I went to the doctor when my son, Jordan, was 3 1/2 years old and was told that he needed to be tested for Autism.  Wait… doctor, he was just talking?  You said less than a year ago he was ahead of his milestones, that he’s smart and quick. Autism? What’s that?

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or autism, is a disorder of the brain.  Or several disorders.  People can have trouble with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.  Wait, Wait, Wait, my son was just talking!  Autism is not a part of the plan.  Why does this happen?  Who’s to blame?  How much will the cure cost?  There is no cure, a person with autism must learn to live with it.  Now you need to get a therapist, a special school, try a special diet, don’t force him to interact, your son may never be smart, he may never drive a car, he may be incapable of learning, he may never know his name, some children stop walking…

This is not a part of the plan.  My name is Nyisha.  I have a son, Jordan (7), who is on the spectrum.  I started this blog because I felt that someone needed to start being honest about how it truly feels to live with this diagnosis.  When a person gets diagnosed with autism (or anything cancer, blindness, tumor), the whole family gets diagnosed.  Things change. Your hopes and dreams must change.  Your diet changes.  The way that your friends and family treat you can change. What you will read in this blog is my journey with my oldest son Jordan(7), my youngest son Dominic(5), and my wonderful hubby, Will.  We are a gluten-free, Vegan family.  We have decided to eat this way for our son and we have learned a lot about ourselves, our marriage, our kids, Christianity and what type of parents we choose to be.

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When my son Jordan was diagnosed I wanted to give up.  My hubby reminded me with God all things are possible and we have to help our son be the man we know that he can be.  In this blog there are recipes, advice for parents, videos (coming soon) and special diet advice (I prefer to say lifestyle choice).  I learned along the way that I must accept that some things in life will be.  Instead of complaining about them, I can overcome them. To overcome doesn’t always mean that the situation will never be, it does mean that if you work hard enough you can be a success and, most importantly, so will your child.  I pray you enjoy this journey with me.

Hear it. Accept it. Overcome it. Be an Autism Overcomer.

Love,

Nyisha G.