March 3rd, 2015 by Leanne Vogel
February 9th, 2015 by Teri Gruss, MS
For you java lovers - gluten-free cappuccino pancakes are almost caramel-like in flavor and color, a delicious alternative to plain Jane pancakes.
January 30th, 2015 by Leanne Overlander
Sunday is the big game day, Superbowl XLIX. Many will be gathering with friends and family to see who this year's Superbowl champion will be. I am not a football fan, but I will most likely find myself at a party on Sunday. Since I am gluten free, I will need to be careful that I don't eat anything that will make me sick.
Here are some suggestions on surviving the big game day gluten free. Some of the common causes of accidental gluten ingestion are cross contamination from crumbs or pieces of gluten food dropping into gluten free foods or on plates, serving utensils used with gluten foods used on gluten free foods, or not knowing ingredients in a dish.
If you are hosting a party:
1. Separate tables. If possible, have separate tables for gluten and gluten free offerings. This is the most reliable way to keep cross contamination from occurring at a party.
2. Label serving utensils and dishes that are gluten free with the same color ribbon, so guests can tell which serving utensil goes with which dish. (more…)
January 23rd, 2015 by Leanne Overlander
Celiac Disease (CD) is not curable, but it is manageable by eating a strict gluten free diet. That may not be enough.
Many suffering from CD still feel ill even after being faithful to a gluten free diet. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease which causes your body to attack and destroy the microvilli and villi in your small intestines. These are key to the absorption of nutrients from food and are also where many enzymes used in digestion are made. When these are destroyed, the ability to absorb nutrients decreases and can lead to malnutrition.
This is not all that happens in a damaged intestine. Gluten can cause the tight junctions, spaces between cells lining the intestines, to be damaged or destroyed allowing larger molecules such as proteins and even microorganisms to pass into the blood stream.
Under normal circumstances, the intestinal wall only permits small particles to pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood stream. When these larger molecules make it through into the blood stream our bodies do not recognize these larger molecules and an autoimmune response begins. It is these autoimmune responses that may be the cause of you still feeling ill. What needs to happen to feel well again, is to (more…)
January 21st, 2015 by Chrissy and Lauren
Now that I am recently self-employed I have been spending my first week of freedom melting in my house. I was tempted to go to Barre class twice in one day because it was a nicely air conditioned environment. I would have really regretted that one. I can only do so much shaking and pulsing…
I have been trying out a few new meatless options for my vegan/vegetarian clients and honestly, it hasn’t been as tough as I had thought it would be! These meatless quinoa meatballs are quite a tasty alternative to the original meatball. They are just as filling, hold together well, and have great texture. I bet even the biggest meat lovers would swoon for these meatless ones. (more…)
January 19th, 2015 by CC Bonaduce
Last weekend I made 6 sandwiches using Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread for a picnic with friends. One of my friends mid-meal asked “CC, how are you eating this?!” When I explained the bread was gluten-free, she was shocked! Although there are a ton of great gluten-free options out there, sometimes I find myself craving something from back in my gluten-eating days that I just can’t satisfy with gluten-free alternatives. What do you do when you crave something that doesn’t have a gluten-free equivalent?
You make it happen!
Before going gluten-free one of my favorite pastries was the Crumble Cake at Starbucks. I haven’t seen any pre-made products out there that even come close to this glorious baked delicacy. Last weekend I decided to try and make it and to my surprise, it turned out to be a totally satisfying gluten-free replica!
January 16th, 2015 by Bella McKenzie
I have a treat for you this weekend! Gluten free vegan easy and super creamy tomato basil soup! A classic comfort dish!
Yes, that is right – this recipe is creamy, rich deliciousness that is vegan and doesn’t take forever to make!
It has been exceptionally cold around the Mid West these days, and while this is the time of the year that my heart longs for a warm repose, there is nothing like a warm classic soup to soothe the soul!
Okay, I really didn’t mean to rhyme!
But anyway, I started making this and didn’t know where I was going. Seriously.
All you chefs out there know what I am talking about… (more…)
January 12th, 2015 by Laura Hanley
With football season in full swing, it’s time to whip out the finger foods. Luckily, recipe creation is a bit easier with new gluten-free ingredients popping up. McCormick Gluten-Free Recipe Mix recently released new spice packets that not only make everyday life easier when it comes to dinner prep, but party food, too!
I have come up with three fun recipes with a bit more class than what you usually see in the lineup.
No more boring bags of chips. Step your game up with these nacho bites.
January 8th, 2015 by Inge/Gillian Harris
This is one of our very favorite desserts. It meets all the criteria we look for in making a dessert. It is generally loved by young and old alike. It doesn’t require baking, there are no gluten free flour ratios to balance out, no added sugar, free of lengthy preparation and complicated steps, and most importantly so delicious. In our globally connected world, you can now find strawberries almost year round. We generally prefer to eat foods as they are available seasonally, and locally grown if at all possible. But that is just not always practical when you live in a high desert environment, where so much of our food gets trucked in. Nearly all our local stores carry quite an assortment of (more…)