Archive for January, 2012

 

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten Free Lasagna Recipe

January 31st, 2012 by Teri Gruss, MS


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Gluten Free Lasagna Recipe 2010 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

A good gluten free lasagna recipe can be challenging for gluten free cooks because several of the usual ingredients may contain gluten. Italian sausage, processed marinara or tomato sauce and packaged seasonings may contain gluten as an additive. And of course, the majority of lasagna noodle products are made from wheat flour.This recipe is an adaptation of a Tyler Florence recipe called “Drop-Dead Lasagna” featured in his book Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen. Serve this rich, herb-laden gluten free version of lasagna to anyone, anytime, anywhere and comments will include “This is the best lasagna I have ever had!”

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (more…)


Sugar Free & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

January 30th, 2012 by Jenny Manseau

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These are mostly sugar-free because I used chocolate chips instead of a sugar-free alternative like carob chips. Substitute carob chips for the chocolate chips and you have yourself some delicious sugar-free cookies.

The cookies are made with Isomalt, which is a sugar substitute that is suitable for those who suffer from diabetes. Isomalt also has only half the calories of sugar, however it is suggested that adults should not consume more than 50g per day and 25g for children. I first learned of Isomalt while I was in my Baking and Pastry course at school. I am in no way an expert of working with sugar alternatives but I wanted to give this a try seeing as Bryan’s dad has diabetes and both of my grandfathers (who have now passed away) had diabetes.  We are really trying to cut back out sugar intake this year and when I was sent samples of this I wanted to give it (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Celebrities Who Eat Gluten-free…the Numbers are Growing!

January 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Harris

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Billy Bob Thornton Gluten FreeIn light of the recent article by Huffington Post entitled "Famous and Gluten Free?" it seems like the perfect time to update my article on celebrities who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease to include those who are also gluten sensitive, wheat intolerant, or those who choose to eat gluten-free foods.

The term gluten free is being used in the media quite often.  Sometimes it is use appropriately and other times the gluten-free diet is touted as a 'fad diet', 'weight-loss diet', 'dangerous diet', etc. Jeopardy recently used gluten free foods as a category.

It is also apparent that TV shows want to get in on the action and openly 'mock' the disease and perpetuate the 'fad diet' aspect.  Gossip Girl, 2 Broke Girls, and Man Up are the recent offenders and it seems (more…)

GlutenTox Home Test Kit

January 26th, 2012 by Darla

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There are many reasons people who wish to lead a healthier lifestyle chose to avoid gluten in their diets. Those with gluten allergies and intolerances, however, don't have a choice. For them, consuming undetected gluten poses a real health risk. The trouble is that traces of gluten can be found in foods that don't naturally contain it, due to cross-contamination, cooking methods, food additives, etc. This is especially true when it comes to restaurant and commercially processed food.

But the good news is that now there's a way you can check to be sure what you're eating is really gluten free. Boimedal Diagnostics has developed an easy-to-use gluten test kit, calledGlutenTox Home, and they were nice enough to send me a sample pack to try. Along with a free (more…)
Amy Fothergill

Gluten-free Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

January 25th, 2012 by Amy Fothergill

 

This is a hearty dish perfect for late fall or winter. It’s also wonderful with any root vegetable like turnip, carrot, parsnip, rutabaga, and sweet potato. If you don't want to bother cutting the squash many stores offer it pre-cut. (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Chick-fil-A Adds Gluten-free Grilled Nuggets to Kid’s Menu

January 24th, 2012 by Jennifer Harris

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chick fil a grilled nuggetsChick-fil-A is expanding its gluten-free options by adding grilled chicken nuggets and Buddy Fruits to their Kid's menu.

According to Chick-fil-A’s full-time dietitian Jodie Worrell, these new menu additions come as part of Chick-fil-A’s broader initiative to offer healthier menu options to customers. Initiative highlights include the addition of the Fruit Cup in 2004 and moving to a complete menu (including all condiments) with zero trans fats in 2008. Chick-fil-A also is actively working to reduce sodium across its menu, including a 40 percent sodium reduction in its Chargrilled Chicken filet, 25 percent less sodium in breads and removing 10 percent of sodium in dressings and sauces. Additionally, the chain has removed high fructose corn syrup from its chocolate milk, and some salad dressings and sauces.

According to the company, adding grilled chicken nuggets to their kids menu marks the first time a national fast food chain has offered (more…)

Christie Bessinger

How to Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet in 2012

January 23rd, 2012 by Christie Bessinger

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gluten free weight loss Well, it's that time of year yet again...we've all made our new year's resolutions...and more than likely, we'd all like to shed a few pounds :0)

In my 2011 weight loss post, I talked about 5 important factors for weight loss success: 1) Eating more lean, healthy protein 2) Chowing down on veggies 3) Cutting back on sugar 4) Avoiding processed foods 5) ...and exercising!

christie bessinger celiac scoopHopefully all of us are doing our best at these things... if we do, the weight should come off pretty easily without having to really "diet." I'd just like to add a few more things that have helped me, and hope they can help you too :-) (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Lobster Bisque Recipe

January 21st, 2012 by Teri Gruss, MS

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gluten free lobster bisque recipeA bisque is a rich, creamy soup made with one or more types of seafood, cream or milk and bisque is often thickened with flour. Our version of easy gluten-free lobster bisque is thickened with sweet rice flour which gives this lovely savory soup silky rich body.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced scallions (more…)

Become a Gluten-free Activist

January 20th, 2012 by Claire Harrison

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gluten free activismOn a recent visit to a museum, my husband and I stopped at its cafeteria for a snack. The choices were cookies and cupcakes, pretzels and potato chips, and assorted drinks.  Clearly, the cafeteria didn’t cater to those of us who are gluten-sensitive, lactose-intolerant, and/or weight watchers.

Much against my will, I bought the only snack I could tolerate although it meant throwing my diet out the window: potato chips.  And much against my dislike of being labeled a complainer, I decided to speak up.  “Would you consider carrying gluten-free products?” I asked. “I can’t eat most of what (more…)

Randi Markowitz

True Story: Doctor Says “Don’t Eat Wheat Ever Again”

January 19th, 2012 by Randi Markowitz

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Gluten Free Homemade Challah Bread

This is a quote that a lot of people are hearing these days. What happens after your doctor says these words? Here is a synopsis of my journey; if any of this sounds familiar, give it some serious thought...there may be a very simple answer.

I first heard these words while I was barely concious, in a bed at Methodist Hospital in Houston. I had become so weak and debilitated by my undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease that my life was in danger. The symptoms over twenty years included gastrointestinal problems, fibromyalgia, irritability, bone pain and more. The good news was that I finally found out what was wrong with me; the better news was finding out that the disease is completely manageable through dietary changes alone.--no medications, no surgeries, none of that stuff. Just don't eat grains that contain the gluten protein, mainly wheat, barley and rye. That sounded really good to me.

Not so fast. While still in the hospital, I was really still very sick, and not really able to process the information. After a couple of days (in which I was already improving), it dawned on me that (more…)