Archive for the ‘Gluten free’ Category

 


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It is New Years and the season for top ten lists. Here is a list of the top ten gluten-free items that every gluten intolerant person needs in their pantry.

1. A good general gluten-free flour blend. Highly recommended: Better Batter Flour, Meister’s Flour, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Blend.

2. Xanthan gum or guar gum for your baked recipes.

3. Quality flavored olive oils and vinegars. Make sure these are gluten-free and you can whip up a marinade or salad dressing in no time.

4. Quinoa. Buy pre-rinsed quinoa from a company such as Ancient Harvest and save yourself a few minutes in the kitchen.

5. Great gluten-free bread such as Udi’s or Katz’s. Keep it in the freezer for those times when you need to make a sandwich on something that tastes like the “real” thing. (more…)


Amy Fothergill

Bard’s Beer Tastes Great and is Gluten Free

January 5th, 2010 by Amy Fothergill

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Many people think of food when they think of a gluten free (gf) diet. No regular bagels, pizza or pasta. Many may not realize that when on a gluten free diet, you can’t have anything with wheat, barley, rye or oats (unless the oats are gf). Unfortunately, most beer is made with barley which means it’s on the list of things you can’t have.

bards_gfbeerIf you’ve missed the flavor of beer, you can now try Bard’s Beer, described as a craft beer, which is made from sorghum. According to the website, “sorghum is a genus of numerous species of grasses, some of which are raised for grain that can be used in the production of beer. Sorghum has been used in making beer for centuries in other parts of the world and is naturally gluten-free.” Sorghum can be made into flour which produces an excellent gf bread. (more…)

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For many people, the thought of cooking and baking with bean flours can seem strange. After all, when trying to replicate your favorite cakes, cookies, muffins, and other sweets in order to make them gluten-free and food allergy-friendly, bean flours don’t exactly elicit the same mouth-watering cravings as traditional white and wheat flour. While bean flours may seem too savory to be added to your favorite baked goods, they actually can be a healthy and cost-effective replacement for gluten-filled ingredients.

bean_floursBeans and legumes, of course, are high in protein and fiber, among other nutrients. Bean flour varieties include green split peas or lentils, garbanzos, soy, navy and black beans, fava, red kidneys, and many others. (more…)

Chick-Fil-A Gluten Free Menu

December 30th, 2009 by John Libonati

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More and more fast food restaurants are getting into the gluten-free swing of things – using dedicated fryers and offering gluten-free menus. Here is Chick-Fil-A’s gluten-free menu, taken from their website on December 30, 2009. You can find a printable version here.

Information for customers who have intolerance to gluten
(wheat, barley, rye, triticale, oats, and spelt)

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Chick-fil-A menu items listed below may fit your gluten diet. This information was obtained from the suppliers of each of the items. We have bolded the grain source on items where customers have had questions. Some ingredients such as spices and natural flavors may be proprietary; therefore, we may not have the source listed for those items. We recommend you review this list with your physician before consuming any of the products listed below, or any other item on our menu. (more…)

Review: Shane’s Rib Shack – Gluten-free

December 29th, 2009 by Kimberly Bouldin

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I had the wonderful opportunity to try Shane’s Rib Shack the other night. I had known that Shane’s had a gluten-free menu, but had never dined there before.

shanes_logoThere are a great number of choices for those who have to follow a gluten-free diet, including pork, ribs and chicken. The BBQ sauce is gluten-free. Shane’s also has a number of sides that are gluten-free, including cole slaw, baked beans, corn, and salad. For healthier options, there are salads on the menu with brisket, grilled chicken or pork. (more…)

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With 2010 just around the corner, many people are working on their lists of New Years Resolutions. It comes as no surprise that, with the economy the way it is, that one of the New Years Resolutions topping the list this year is trying to reduce spending. For gluten free households, this can be a challenging thing to do.

Grocery_CartA single loaf of gluten free bread can cost between six and ten dollars. Add to that the expense of flours, pasta and the ever present snack foods and the grocery budget can get out of control very quickly.

If your grocery budget could use a little trimming this new year, these suggestions may help. (more…)

Randi Markowitz

Gluten Free Vegetarian Jello: Who Knew?

December 29th, 2009 by Randi Markowitz

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If this product had existed when I was a kid, I would probably be a healthier person today! For all you parents out there who have kids that love the “usual” gelatin snack product, but cringe when you think about the ingredients, fear no more.

cool_cups_orangeYou now have vegan Cool Cups. Cool Cups come in several flavors. At the Whole Foods near my house, I bought the orange, black cherry and peach mango. (more…)

Perfect Shelf Stable Gluten-free Breakfast Item for Travel

December 29th, 2009 by Tiffany Janes

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Most U.S. hotels do not offer gluten-free bread products for breakfast (or other meals). They might have bacon, eggs and potatoes but they are not likely to offer gluten-free muffins or waffles. It’s annoying to get a “free” breakfast that offers you only a piece of fruit, or if you’re lucky, a hard boiled egg.

sorrela_cinnamon_swirl_bagNow the search for the perfect shelf stable breakfast treat is over. Sorrella Bakery Biscotinnes are handmade gluten-free biscotti type cookies. They are crunchy but not as dense as regular biscotti. There are several flavors but we only tried the “Cinnamon Swirl” which is phenomenal. (more…)

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A hidden source of gluten is often found in shampoos, conditioners and lotions. Who would have known?

desert_essenceMany beauty products contain some source of wheat. Those with food allergies should check with the company to make sure their product is gluten-free. One of my favorite gluten-free beauty products is by Desert Essence. Their fragrance free collection is great for those who have sensitive skin. The lotion is delightfully moisturizing, the shampoo and body wash lather extremely well and the conditioner detangles the hair nicely. Desert Essence also makes several other shampoos and conditioners with an assortment of wonderful fragrances. (more…)

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The holidays are upon us, which means lots of holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family, and of course, delicious desserts.

gingerbread_cookiesIn the mood for something new? Try these gluten-free cookie recipes courtesy of Whole Foods.

Chocolate Mocha Sugar Cookies

These cookies go great with a steaming cup of peppermint hot chocolate (more…)