So, a few weeks ago some friends and I signed up for a Gluten Free cooking class. We decided to make it a girl's night and leave the men at home!
We grabbed a few bottles of wine, and drove 15 minutes down the road to a nice restaurant in a tiny Texas town called Clyde! We were really excited. As you know, I have only recently decided to start changing my eating habits! (You can read about my choice to Eat Clean Here.) So I was very excited that not only was I going to hear from someone that cooked organically in her own kitchen, but she also has a family, and her own business. *Is this Super Woman?* I also loved that in her profile for the class it mentioned that she used to teach yoga. Of course you know that I love Yoga, and even though I wouldn't say my deciding to Eat Clean came straight from getting more involved in Yoga, it may have had a little to do with it. Either way, I was very interested to hear from Jaclyn Harwell from My Organic Kitchens.
Anyways, we had such a great time! Jaclyn shared her journey that led her to start eating semi-Gluten Free, which had a lot to do with her children's behavior. In short, her son had very out of control behavior and after going to a doctor who suggested she take her 3 year old to a psychiatrist to be put on medication she had a serious change of heart. It was such a moving story, to see a mom share about the struggles she went through, and that she actually thought she might go through with putting her 3 year old on medication. That is when she decided to start changing her families diet. She started with excluding sugars from their food, and it went on from there. It was really neat to hear her point of view, and how she literally has her own observation lab in her home. With small children, and a very aware mother, it is easy to notice how different foods affect her children and their actions.
We got to watch her make various foods, and try each one! Here are the items that we got to eat!
Bell Pepper "Nachos," where she used Sauerkraut as the cheese. Honestly, I am a very picky eater, and never eat Bell Peppers, but on this night I ate every bit of the food she served. And I really enjoyed the bell pepper nachos, of course I felt like they were more like tacos. I have already made them at home for my husband.
We also had a Prickly Pear Lemonade. I think that is a specialty that the restaurant Bonterra Blu serves all the time. This was the brightest colored drink I have ever seen and it had a very good taste to it!
Next we had Cauliflower Shredded Beef Wraps, I am going to get really real with yall here and admit that I have never had cauliflower in my life! But, like I said, I ate everything, and these were actually VERY Good. I will definitely be trying this out in my home. Plus the beef she got from the Abilene, TX local Farmer's Market, which I am excited to try out.
Lastly, was the yummy dessert! Yes you can have dessert when eating healthy, or Gluten Free in this case. She made us Cheesecake! It was definitely delicious, and so interesting to see that she made the crust with mostly flax seeds and dates.
I would have to say that the biggest thing I took away from this class, the thing that has impacted me the most on a daily basis since then, is to use all natural honey as a sweetener. The weekend after the class I went to our local Farmer's Market, and purchased organic honey. I have never been big on honey, but since then I have used it in place of my artificial sweeteners that I am used to in my coffee: TASTES GREAT, and honestly with honey and my creamer, I can't taste anything different. I have also included it in a few recipes that call for sugar. One was a homemade fruit roll up that my sister and I made together! (I will be sharing that yummy and all organic recipe with yall soon!)
So, I am so excited to say that I have gotten to connect with Jaclyn from My Organic Kitchen since her first class and she has graciously decided to offer one of our readers the chance to WIN a Dozen Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls!!
All you have to do to WIN is enter in the form below! We will pick at Winner at random next Thursday!
Also, if you are interested, and a local, you may want to check out My Organic Kitchen's next class at Bonterra Blu! This time she will be talking about going beyond Gluten Free with a cooking demo and tasting! It's well worth it believe me. Or if you want check out the other classes they are offering in this series! I am hoping to make one or two more before the summer is over!