What I Ate In a Week – Birthday and Easter 2017

Today, I’m talking about what I ate in a week. Last week was my birthday and the tail end of it was also Easter so there was sure to be some good eatin!

I wanted to keep my birthday pretty mellow this year, but when it comes to food I was still all about it. Even on a somewhat restricted diet, I am a major foodie, and often times with a major sweet tooth (working on that).

It’s been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember to choose the menu for your birthday dinner and celebrate with close family. Whatever your heart desires. For me, burgers with ALL the fixings seems to be a popular choice so naturally, that’s what I picked this year. My 27th birthday menu was: turkey burgers spiced with red bell pepper, green onions, parsley and sage, homemade fries (sweet and regular), homemade coleslaw, and all my favorite burger toppings: bacon (obvies), goat cheese, avo, lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini, mayo, and mustard. Dang, they were good! They were served atop an open-faced Udi’s Gluten-Free Bagel and still were the type of burger you can barely wrap your mouth around. Unfortunately, I was too excited to eat this thing that I didn’t snap a photo but hopefully, you’re imagining that initial mouth-watering wide-mouth bite into one of these. The coleslaw was the perfect addition and I also like to add some to the towering burger.

My boyfriend got me this Copper Chef Crisper as one of his gifts and we used it that night for our homemade fries. I have to say these fries come out pretty perfect; crispy, and nicely fried without being too oily. The directions say no oil is required but I did very lightly coat the fries before baking. A little healthy fat can’t hurt, right?! Two thumbs up for this product, the only downside is that it’s not that big so two batches may be required.

For dessert, we had my luscious homemade banana cream pie. I’ve had this for a birthday dessert in the past before I was dairy/gluten-free, so I wanted to try recreating it Kylie-friendly this year and it seriously came out perfectly! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Pie Crust, Danielle Walker’s Against all Grain pie filling and ganache layer from her Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie, and a layer of TruWhip for the topping with sliced bananas. YUM YUM YUM!

Banana Cream Pie

Another birthday tradition in my life is at work. In the week of your birthday, our company purchases a birthday cake from Gayle’s Bakery to celebrate and enjoy during our weekly staff meeting. Unfortunately, because of my food restrictions, a cake from Gayle’s (let alone most bakeries) just isn’t possible, so I took it upon myself to bring my own birthday treat! Sometimes you just gotta make it yourself, and I’m ok with that! So, I made these delicious and fudgy brownies to share with everyone. They were a major hit.

Gluten-free Dairy-free Brownies

One day I hope to be able to branch out to other restaurants but for now, thank you to The Hideout for allowing me to trust you and for providing good quality and safe food for me to enjoy (it also helps to know the owners). My boyfriend surprised me with a dinner at The Hideout with some friends and it was a good time enjoying each other’s company, good food, and drinks!

For Easter, we had a small gathering at my mom’s, dyed eggs and enjoyed some yummy homemade snacks. I haven’t dyed eggs in years but I enjoy art so it brought back childhood memories in a creative way. Let’s just say dying eggs is a lot harder than I remember it being, there were many dropped and cracked eggs while trying to perfectly balance those freshly painted slick buggers. For snacks, I made guacamole deviled eggs and my mom/sister made a delicious roasted beet, goat feta and pumpkin seeds spinach salad…the perfect Easter brunch to wrap up my lovely birthday week.

Guac deviled eggs

We also whipped up this fruit tart pictured below using an extra pie crust from my birthday and some fresh fruits. We use Tofutti Cream Cheese to make the filling dairy free and a melted ganache layer over the crust to satisfy my chocolate love. Simple and easy!

Easter Celebration

My moral of this story is that yes, you can, even on a restricted diet, enjoy all the yumminess your birthday should be about. It may just have to be done slightly different, and that’s ok! We all deserve a birthday week full of delicious and nourishing food that makes your body and SOUL happy! Eat right. Feel good. Be happy.

Cheers, Kylie ♥

The Food Mermaid

Gluten-free French Toast

Birthday french toast not discussed above 🙂

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