What I Made (And Did Not Eat) Wednesday

Catchy title, right?

Well, I think it’s pretty obvious from my update on Friday (by the way- thanks so much for all of your amazing comments and support!) that I will not be eating anything blog-worthy for quite a long time. No matter though, because thankfully my family doesn’t have the same food restrictions as me and are very willing for me to make all of their meals when I’m home πŸ™‚

Today I’m going to share some pictures of what I cooked up this past weekend, and let me know which recipe you’d like to see first!

It just so happens too that I have food for every major meal of the day. Perfect.

Breakfast:Β Oatless Oatmeal


If you would believe it, my dad doesn’t really miss the bread on his hamburgers or the chips for his salsa since going GAPS. No, he misses the quick and easy… oatmeal. It’s okay. Laugh a little. I sure did when I came home to find two full canisters of oatmeal sitting on our island. It turns out my dad just couldn’t take it anymore and was planning on throwing them out (he just hadn’t gotten to the “throwing them out” step yet as our trash was full πŸ˜‰ ). When I reminded him that my brother makes himself No-Bake cookiesΒ practicallyΒ every few weeks though, the oatmeal went back into the cupboard. A spark had been lit in my head though and I vowed to make him a bowl of GAPS-approved oatmeal that same weekend.

You may remember if you’ve been reading awhile that I made some allergy-free oatless oatsΒ for a snack last summer. This recipe is still grain-free, dairy-free and can be nut/peanut-free as well, but sadly not egg-free. For all of those of you who can eat eggs though (which is probably most of you), you will love the new recipe. Still, I gotta support my allergic peeps here (yes, I really did just call you “peeps”) and say that I’ve read that you can replace the eggs in the recipe with flax egg or tofu, but I of course I can’t guarantee the results!

Lunch:Β Homemade Ranch Dressing


My mom has been complaining (okay, not really complaining but “mentioning”) for quite a while that her salads just aren’t as enjoyable anymore without a good dressing and all of the homemade recipes that she has tried were less than stellar. When I got home this weekend I made it my mission to change all of that. I did a little research online and got a good idea of some of the ingredients that others put in their ranch dressing recipes. Then I pulled out a whole bunch of stuff from my pantry and got to work. Five minutes later I had something that looked and smelled like ranch dressing. The ultimate test though would be if it actually tasted like ranch dressing. This picture shows a salad that I whipped up for my dad (romaine lettuce mix, diced onion and pepper, sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped grass-fed beef burger) with organic green beans on the side. Of course there was the ranch dressing too.

Thankfully it was a success and my dad was genuinely surprised that it tasted so close to the real thing. I have to admit that I was a little surprised (and relieved) too. It’s so hard to make something and not be able to test it beforehand.

When my mom got home from work later that day she heard of the infamous ranch dressing and asked if there was any left. Um… Whoops. But within a couple of minutes there sure was. Let’s just say that my mom was even more thrilled than my dad and asked for the recipe. Again… Whoops. It turns out my hands have a pretty good memory though and with each dash of “such and such” and spoonful of “this and that” that I threw into the mix we measured out the ingredients and had a solid recipe.

This ranch dressing can also be made allergy-free with one simple substitution, so I’ll make sure to include that in the notes when I eventually post it on this blog.

Supper:Β Stuffed Acorn Squash


This will be more of a simple How-To. In fact, just from the picture you can probably already guess what the main ingredients will be comprised of. πŸ™‚

Snack:Β Oh-So-Secret Snack Bars πŸ˜‰


My mom tried Larabars for the first time on Saturday upon my recommendation and really liked them. Of course the price and size probably would have made my dad’s eye twitch, but the ingredients are so wholesome and clean it would be a shame to pass them up! Once again inspired though, on Monday before I left for school I whipped up some homemade bars with an ingredient that you’ll never guess (Hint: It involves recycling). These will be similar to the Acorn Squash recipe in that it will be more of a How-To with some measurement suggestions, but I’ll be making them again and can probably get a more accurate recipe for you all next week.

That about wraps up WIAW for today. Jenn is so awesome for hosting this shin-dig so go over to her blog and leave a comment thanking her for putting up with all of us every week πŸ˜‰


I’m hoping to get up at least one of these recipes on Friday, but if I’m absent, just know it’s because I have been swallowed by the vortex that is Spring Semester Final Exams. I have one on Thursday and one on Friday so Wednesday will be jam-packed with studying and trying ever so hard to not get on Pinterest/Hulu/Facebook/Netflix. But we all know that’s not going to be possible.Β 

Still, I am going to be quite busy this week in preparing for these end-of-year tests, packing up my dorm room, getting ready for my internship and moving (just under 3 weeks!) and taking care of some Financial aid stuff at school. Of course I’ll still be blogging, but if I’m late in responding or commenting, you’ll know why. πŸ™‚


Did you make (and not eat) anything for someone this week?

Which recipe would you all like to see first?

What have you been busy with lately? Exams? Spring Cleaning? Getting ready for summer? Busy at work? Share!

56 thoughts on “What I Made (And Did Not Eat) Wednesday

  1. I’d like to know about the ranch dressing! And thanks for not forgetting your egg-free “peeps.” πŸ˜‰ I love that you still found a way to participate in WIAW – you rock!

  2. I would love to know the “oat less oats” recipe!! Sounds yummy! And I am so busy with exams, stuyding, and packing up my dorm! I am so excited to go home though!!

    • I knew I could count on you for some squash loving πŸ˜€ I admit that the picture isn’t ideal. EH, oh well! Glad you found that funny too. I was like “Seriously? Out of all of the things that you could miss (hello cookies, ice cream and toast!) you miss oatmeal?” Haha.

  3. You are too sweet making all this delicious food for your family even when you can’t eat it. I can’t wait to see the ranch dressing. I made my own “veggie” dip a couple weeks ago. It was a bunch of veggies, sour cream, and some seasonings, and it was delicious. Good luck with your finals. I’ll be rooting for you.

  4. I made chicken alfredo for my little siblings but am not a fan of alfredo myself…I would love too try the oat recipe!
    Good luck with finals and wrapping up everything at school!!

    • I literally did a silent gasp in my head at your dislike for alfredo… Are we talking Fettucine Alfredo? Because that stuff is like heaven, especially the kind at Fazoli’s! To each her own I guess πŸ˜‰

      Thanks Taylor!

    • I guess I just don’t get out they can charge $1.25 for such a teensy weensy little bar. Yes, they’re good, but come on! Homemade stuff is so much cheaper and better like you said! πŸ™‚

  5. Everything looks really great, but I’m especially curious for the snack bars. I love snacks!
    I often make meals for my husband that contain meat or fish, and are way too spicy for me. Like last weekend, when I made him a pot of stew with pork belly and so much hot pepper paste that it almost burned off my mouth. πŸ˜‰

    • Snacks are the best. I hope you like the snack bar when I post it– it’s vegan!

      It sounds like you can relate to preparing food that you can’t try and test beforehand. But that hot pepper paste certainly sounds spicy πŸ˜‰

  6. I bet your parents just adore you for doing so much cooking πŸ™‚ Star daughter!
    The acorn squash looks amazing. I don’t think I’ve tried ranch dressing before though. I do like a good dressing to jazz up a salad. Usually I go for a balsamic one or a sweet one.
    Lately I’ve been busy with work. Ho hum!

    • Let’s hope that they’re not just being nice and secretly hating everything that I make them. That would be horrible! πŸ˜€

      Ranch dressing is probably the most popular dressing here in the states so that’s really interesting that you’ve never tried it before! My favorite is French or Italian dressing.

      Hope work gets a little less busy for you. Or I guess you can just relax on your 10 day vacation to Mexico!

  7. There is just something about oats that is just so comforting! I’ve been busy lately with coaching work and studying. Blah! I did make truffles for a post kickboxing presentation I did and didn’t eat them… I so wanted too 😦

    • That’s why I asked everyone else— because I couldn’t decide myself! haha. Everyone seems to be a mixed bag though so it looks like it’s going to be up to be in the end anyways. πŸ™‚

  8. The bars look so good!! I have been playing with oatless oatmeal too. Yours looks so good! I posted the recipe I made on my WIAW this week too. It was cashews, pecans, banana, and it turned out pretty good. I love all of the variety out there now! πŸ™‚

    Kalee @ Soreyfitness.com

    • I saw your post with the porridge from Against All Grain. It looks like it turned out great! Good to know that it was yummy as I pinned that recipe awhile ago. Now I know it’s a keeper πŸ˜€

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