Archive for the ‘Gluten free’ Category

 


The holidays are here. The family is over. There's food on the table.

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One bite of REAL stuffing won't hurt you, right? Wrong!

Announcing NFCA's Webinar

"Temptation Island:  Maintaining a Gluten-Free Diet During the Holidays"

Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT (more…)


Christie Bessinger

Giving Thanks for Health…My Story :)

December 8th, 2010 by Christie Bessinger

 
 

Here's me at 1 year gluten-free

 This Holiday Season I am especially thankful for the health I now enjoy... it's been a long journey these past 10 years or so...but I am so thankful for the knowledge I've gained about living a Gluten-Free lifestyle...the benefits that have come from it, and that after 10 years, I can finally say that I feel like "me" again. :)    I've never really shared my entire experience, and normally don't write posts that are too personal... but perhaps this can help someone out there who is wondering if they might have Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease... or someone who has been diagnosed  and wonders if it is really a "big deal" if they HAVE to go gluten-free or not. I can tell you from personal experience that it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!! It changed mine... and here's how: 

It all started back in junior high and high school. I just felt "tired" all the time. I can't even tell you how many times a day someone would come up to me and say, "What's wrong? You look tired." I even remember someone saying to me once, "You look dead." (ouch!) It seemed like maybe I was just depressed or (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Enter the NFCA’s Holiday Dips & Dishes Recipe Contest

December 7th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

PHOTOGRAPH BY A. ENRIQUE VALENTIN/SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is hosting the “Holiday Dips & Dishes” Recipe Contest now through Dec. 31, 2010. Sponsored by Crunchmaster, the contest will award $500 cash to the Grand Prize winner, and four First Place winners will get $50 worth of free Crunchmaster crackers.

To enter, submit your original recipe for a gluten-free dish that incorporates a Crunchmaster product or a gluten-free dip that pairs well with gluten-free crackers like Crunchmaster. Recipes can be submitted using the Holiday Dips & Dishes Submission Form atwww.CeliacCentral.org/Contest or by emailing the recipe toRecipeContest@CeliacCentral.org. Make sure to include your name and address, especially if you want the free coupon (see below). If you have a photo of the dish or dip, attach that along with your email, too!  Click here to read the contest  (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Holiday Giveaway Galore Ends December 15th

December 2nd, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

Katie Chalmers, author and illustrator of the new children's book, Mommy, What is Celiac Disease? is offering the “Gluten-Free Holiday Giveaway Galore x10!” to 10 lucky winners.

You can enter to win 1 of 10 holiday gift bags loaded with gluten-free goodies and treats for children on the gluten-free diet by visting the sites of the 10 blogger chosen to host the giveaways. 

The contest runs from Wednesday, December 1st - Wednesday December 15th and each gift bag contains:

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Janet Rinehart

Step by Step Guide: Beginning the Gluten-Free Lifestyle

November 29th, 2010 by Janet Rinehart

FOR THE NEWLY-DIAGNOSED CELIAC AND DH’er STEP-BY-STEP:  BEGINNING THE GLUTEN-FREE LIFESTYLE©

by Janet Y. Rinehart, Houston,  and Lynn Rainwater, San Antonio

BEGIN

A definite diagnosis of Celiac Disease (screening blood tests plus endoscopic biopsies) and/or Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin biopsy) means a lifetime commitment to a gluten-free diet.

  • Take full advantage of your local chapter membership.  Our group leaders and contacts have experience with the gluten-free diet.  We can help you acclimate to the changes in your lifestyle. We welcome your questions.
  • Join national celiac support groups, for example: (more…)
Amy Fothergill

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

November 29th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

If you think being on a gluten free diet means never eating some of your favorite foods, think again. There has been an explosion of gluten free products over the past few years so become familiar with the brands that work for you. Bionaturae has many options for pasta like elbows, spaghetti and penne rigate.

Here are important tips to cooking good gluten free pasta:

  • Make sure there is plenty of water when boiling.
  • Add salt to the boiling water.
  • Start testing the pasta 1 minute before the recommended time. If it's not done, test in 1 minute intervals.
  • Don't over mix or over cook gluten free pasta; it will fall apart.

The key to a satisfying macaroni and cheese is learning to make a good cheese sauce. By making a few adjustments from a traditional recipe, you'll soon be in business. (more…)

Marissa Carter

Gluten Free Soapbox: We Are Not Crazy!

November 29th, 2010 by Marissa Carter

This week's gluten free soapbox comes from the personal archives. I'm absolutely certain that I'm not the only one who has encountered this, but it doesn't seem to get talked about much...

Often times, it seems that people who are on strict gluten free diets get viewed as high maintenance, or picky. The constant need to check and double check ingredients tends to bother some people. The reports of contamination and reactions go unbelieved, and people give that knowing look when “gluten free” is mentioned.

I even had a doctor say that the worst that could happen with Celiac Disease is diarrhea, so not to (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

November 24th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

Are you looking for gluten-free recipes for Thanksgiving?  If so, then we've got you covered.  The number of gluten-free recipes on blogs and websites are plentiful and offer a unique twist on traditional favorites.  Thanksgiving should not be a time of stress, but one where you enjoy gluten-free cooking/baking and sharing good food and conversation with the ones you love.

The list below is only a small sampling of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that can be found (more…)

Teri Gruss, MS

Gluten-Free Traditional Crockpot Stuffing Recipe

November 24th, 2010 by Teri Gruss, MS

Prepare this traditional gluten-free stuffing recipe in a slow cooker (crockpot) and you free up valuable shelf space in your oven for roasting turkey and baking pies! This recipe is adapted to gluten-free diets from a recipe by Linda Larsen,About.com Guide to Busy Cooks.

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours Total Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten Free Turkey List for Thanksgiving 2010

November 18th, 2010 by Jennifer Harris

It is almost Thanksgiving and time for another holiday that centers around food.  This can be a time of stress for some on the gluten-free diet, but with a little research it is easy to determine which turkeys are gluten free.  It is important to note that fresh, plain unstuffed turkeys are naturally gluten free.  All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten even if you don’t eat it because the gluten stuffing permeates the turkey while it is cooking.  Check the gravy packets very carefully to ensure they are gluten free as most are not safe and should be discarded.

We dined on a Honeysuckle White turkey last year and couldn't believe how moist and flavorful it was, so that is now our turkey of choice.  If you question the status of a turkey call their customer service line for confirmation.  It is always better to confirm than to wonder or possibly eat a turkey that is not gluten free.  Here’s a list of turkey information from many major brands: (more…)