Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Braised Chicken Livers & Onions

August 5th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN


If you've never tried chicken liver, here is a dish that is nutritious, fast, and flavorful. Enjoy this excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, iron, riboflavin, niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), copper, selenium, and protein once a month to keep healthy.

Ingredients
  • I pound container of natural/ organic chicken livers; rinsed well in cold water to remove bitterness
  • ½ cup rice flour or corn flour (masa harina)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil salt & black pepper
  •  ½ medium onion, thin sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar (apple cider or rice)
  • 2 tablespoons rice starch or corn starch

 

Process

Cut liver lobes in half, then dredge in flour of choice.  Heat skillet to medium, then add oil and livers.  Sautee until golden, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle salt & pepper. Turn over and add onions.  Sautee everything till golden, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked livers to a heated platter.

To make gravy, add lemon juice or vinegar to water then stir in starch.  Add to pan, scraping up brown bits for flavor. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Adjust salt & pepper.

Serves 4.


Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Apple Amaranth Pancakes

August 5th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

These pancakes are great for breakfast. Nutritious low fat amaranth adds its rich protein, fiber, iron, calcium, and B vitamins to whole grain brown rice, eggs and applesauce for a nutrient dense breakfast that really satisfies.

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour or cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fructose or other sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

 

Equipment

Skillet or griddle.

Process

Blend dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir in eggs, oil, vinegar, applesauce and water just until mixed.

Allow to set a few minutes, then drop 2 to 3 tablespoons onto hot greased griddle or heavy skillet. When bubbles form around the edges of the pancakes, flip over to cook other side.  Works just as well for making waffles. Serves 4. 

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Old Fashioned Stomped Lemon-ade

August 5th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

This tangy, refreshing lemon-ade has stood the test of time not just for extracting loads of vitamin C from the rind, but for exceptional taste. Someone can always be found to do the stomping, especially children. Makes a quart. New wooden stompers can be easily bought, or have fun looking for the old, turned ones found at garage sales or flea markets.

Ingredients
  • 1 large fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Works fructose
  • 1 quart of fresh water
Equipment

A heavy glass pitcher and a wooden stomper.

Process
  1. Scrub the lemon with baking soda on a clean wet cloth.
  2. Rinse well then cut into thin slices.
  3. Toss the lemon slices into the pitcher with the fructose.
  4. Stomp a few minutes until the juice is rendered, but not so long as to mash the rinds.
  5. Stir, add ice cubes and enjoy!

colorado_rockies_logo The Colorado Rockies have opened a dedicated gluten-free* concession stand at Coors Field, the stadium where the Rockies play. This may be the first dedicated gluten-free concession stand in Major League Baseball.

The menu features hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, chips, cookies, brownies, soda, water and gluten-free Redbridge beer.

The gluten-free stand is located behind Section 147 on the left field concourse.

This specific location was created in response to increasing requests for gluten-free options from fans with Celiac Disease.

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Celiac Disease Symptoms: The Gluten Free Works Symptom Guide

Could my symptoms be related to celiac disease?

This is a common question people ask in the face of a bewildering array of possible celiac disease symptoms. The Celiac Disease Symptom Guide will help you identify possible symptoms and health problems that you can present to your doctor.

Here is the list of over 300 Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders and Complications directly or indirectly resulting from celiac disease.

Gluten Free Works, Inc. was the first organization in the world to publish this information in its comprehensive book, "Recognizing Celiac Disease." This list is now being used by celiac disease centers, national celiac organizations and health organizations worldwide.

John Libonati

Gluten free diet cards from Glutenfreeworks.com

July 31st, 2009 by John Libonati

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Glutenfreeworks.com has comprehensive gluten-free diet cards that lists unsafe foods and ingredients (including hidden) broken down by categories: whole grains & cereals, flours, thickeners, sweeteners, distilled spirits, fermented, cooked products, baked products, protein polymers, brewed, germ/bran and other.

Gluten-Free Diet Cards make dining out and shopping for groceries easy. These cards are perfect for eating out at restaurants or comparing ingredient labels when shopping for groceries. No more long explanations to waiters and managers. Just hand them the card. They'll compare the ingredients to their recipes and let you know what you can have. No more wondering if an ingredient is safe or not when shopping. Just check it against your Gluten Free Works Diet Card. (Always call the company though if you're unsure!)

The cards are 4" by 3 1/2" and fold to wallet size. See what they look like here. Gluten Free Diet Cards

They cost $6.50 for 5 cards, $30 for 25 cards, or $50 for 50 cards. Shipping is included in the price.

You can also get 5 free Gluten-free diet cards when you order a copy of Recognizing Celiac Disease.

THIS SPECIAL IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here is a great offer I found on a gluten-free list-serve yesterday.

General Mills jumped into the gluten-free market with their gluten-free Rice Chex. They quickly followed with Chocolate and Strawberry Chex and has launched a growing line of gluten-free baking mixes. Reaction in the gluten-free community has been strongly positive. Now we have another reason to like General Mills.

For a limited time, you can contact General Mills to receive a coupon for a free Gluten Free Betty Crocker baking mix. At $4.49 per box, that's a pretty good freebie!

The list-serve included a message from General Mills:

"Folks can let us know if they want ongoing info/offers about General Mills' growing line of GF products… If they call our Consumer Services number: 1(800)446-1898 (same as is on the boxes), they can sign up. The real perk of this re: the new products is that we have coupons that we'll be sending to each household that signs up this summer so they can try a box of the new Betty Crocker® Gluten Free Dessert Mixes completely on us."

I called for my coupons today. Here is how it works.

Call General Mills Consumer Services number: 1(800) 446-1898. At the main menu, hit #4 or say “four.”

This will take you to a customer representative. I waited about 5 minutes for a representative, a friendly woman named Bridget.

I told Bridget that I was interested in the free gluten-free baking coupons.

She said sure and asked me a few questions. She asked for my zip code, whether my household did not limit gluten ingestion, limited gluten or was gluten-free. She then asked how many people live in the house and where we normally shop for gluten-free food – the name and street address of the store. After that, she requested a phone number and e-mail. (She assured me General Mills does not share private information.)

It was that easy. My coupons are coming the second week of August.

Call today. Nothing beats a freebie – especially when it is gluten-free!

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Squash

July 28th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Surprise the family with this colorful side loaded with taste, texture, and nutrition. Or make it for a healthy lunch, with or without, low-fat sour cream or substitute.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups yellow (summer) squash, cubed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked rice (leftover)
  • 1/2 cup (or more to taste) gluten-free refried beans
Equipment

Medium pot with lid.

Process
  1. Wash and chop the squash into 1/2 inch cubes. 
  2. Pour water into the pot and bring to boil. 
  3. Add the chopped squash, salt and pepper.
  4. Turn down heat to low medium and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice, cilantro, and refried beans.
  6. Cook 2 more minutes to heat through.
Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Old Fashioned Stomped Lemon-ade

July 28th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

This tangy, refreshing lemon-ade has stood the test of time not just for extracting loads of vitamin C from the rind, but for exceptional taste. Someone can always be found to do the stomping, especially children. Makes a quart. New wooden stompers can be easily bought, or have fun looking for the old, turned ones found at garage sales or flea markets.

Ingredients
  • 1 large fresh lemon
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Works fructose
  • 1 quart of fresh water
Equipment

A heavy glass pitcher and a wooden stomper.

Process
  1. Scrub the lemon with baking soda on a clean wet cloth.
  2. Rinse well then cut into thin slices.
  3. Toss the lemon slices into the pitcher with the fructose.
  4. Stomp a few minutes until the juice is rendered, but not so long as to mash the rinds.
  5. Stir, add ice cubes and enjoy!
Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

Gluten-Free Ham and Potato Salad

July 28th, 2009 by Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN

This old recipe is rich in flavor and appeal. It goes well with any main meat dish, salad, or sandwich.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white potatoes such as red bliss, yukon gold, or russet
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked Canadian bacon, sugar-free, or 4 strips of sugar-free bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free mayonnaise
  • 2 T unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seeds

 

Equipment

A large mixing bowl.

Process
  1. Cooked Canadian bacon does not need preparation, just cut it into small cubes. Bacon needs to be fried and crumbled with a T of the fat for flavor.
  2. Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender but not falling apart. Drain, cover the pot and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and chop the celery and parsley.  Add to pot with the potatoes. Add the vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Stir in the bacon, blending all ingredients without mashing the potatoes. Serve warm in a large bowl.