Monthly Archives: January 2015

Surviving Game Day Gluten Free

superbowl partySunday 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. Read More »

Mental Health and Celiac Disease

If you’ve ever lived with undiagnosed Celiac Disease – chances are you’ve been to a psychologist at one time or another.  Perhaps your doctor told you that you had severe depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, or simply that it was “all in your head.” Believe me – I’ve been there, done that. I had even convinced myself as an undergrad in psychology, that with all the knowledge I was gaining, I would not only be able to fix my own problems, but that I’d some day be able to help everyone else fix their problems too. I would become so mentally tough that nothing could conquer me. The problem was -something was wrong … and it wasn’t really in my head. No amount of “positive thinking” could get me out of what I was going through. I didn’t want to be depressed – and yet I had depression. I didn’t want to feel anxiety, didn’t have any reason to be anxious – and yet, I had anxiety all the time. I knew who I was – but when I looked in the mirror, I wasn’t that person. Something else was going on- and it was beyond my control.

During my time as a psych student, I had begun to realize that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mood, energy level, and overall happiness. I started paying close attention to what I was eating and how I would feel afterwards – which eventually led me to walk into my doctors office and ask for a blood test for Celiac Disease. When I finally got some answers – I thought, “Wow, no wonder I felt horrible at school all the time” because I would eat a Gordita or Mexican Pizza just about every day on the way to class at our campus Taco Bell. (Just for the record, Gluten + addicting Taco Bell cheese opiates = not a good combo ;) I began to truly understand that what I was putting into my body had a direct effect on my mind. (The GUT-BRAIN connection).  Read More »

Pizza Hut Launches Udi’s Pizza Sales Today!

My fiancee and I like to cook. We like being healthy and since we hate unnecessary pain and suffering, we avoid cross contamination.  As a result, we tend to eat mostly healthy, tasty, homemade meals.

While we love cooking, we have busy lives and hate cleaning up. Every once in awhile we both wish we could just order a pizza.  In fact, we were just talking about it the other day.

Pizza Hut must have heard us talking because they just launched their Udi’s Pizza Sales today! And they deliver!

Here is what Pizza Hut posted on its website today:

For some time, we’ve seen you guys do all sorts of unique and inventive things to eat pizza. From your special homemade version to cauliflower crusts to zucchini pizza boats, we’ve been impressed with your pizza spirit. But we knew you were still missing out on the simple joy of ordering pizza and having it arrive at your door. So we got together with our friends at Pizza Hut and came up with a solution.

Since we’ve shared this announcement, we’ve been listening to all of your feedback. We’re so happy to see your interest and anticipation, but we’ve also been tracking your biggest concerns and questions. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are seeing.

 

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  Q: Are these pizzas baked in a separate oven?

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Gluten-Free Quinoa Meatless Meatballs {with Marinara}

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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…

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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. Read More »

Gluten-Free Crumble Cake Recipe

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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!

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Easy Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

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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…  Read More »

Girl Scout of America Introduces Two New Gluten-Free Choices Nationwide

gluten free girl scout cookiesFor the first time in Girl Scout history, gluten-free cookies will be available nationwide from most Girl Scout councils.

The two new gluten-free offerings include: Toffee-tastic, buttery cookies with toffee bits, and Trios, made with real peanut butter, chocolate chips, and whole grain oats.* The newcomers will join legendary classics like Thin Mints and Samoas/Caramel deLites. Not all varieties are available in every market, so contact your local council to inquire about the cookies they will carry this season.

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, which has become a national holiday for Girl Scout Cookie fans, will take place February 27–March 1, 2015. Girls across the country will sell cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie, the first national digital platform that enables girls to learn 21st-century skills while selling cookies through their own personalized cookie websites or face-to-face using a mobile transaction app. The 2015 Cookie Weekend will mark Read More »

Strawberry Delight

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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 Read More »

Product Review: So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip Is the Tops

So Delicious Dairy Free Coco WhipBack in the day it was impossible to keep a tub of Cool Whip in the house because it was irresistible to me plain (on the end of my finger) or on top of pudding, cake, pie, and ice cream. It wasn’t until later in life that ingredient choices became an issue and my beloved Cool Whip was deemed unsuitable. Tears were shed as a chapter of my life came to a close and desserts were no longer topped until So Delicious Dairy Free introduced CocoWhip.

CocoWhip, available in Original and Light, is made from organic coconut milk, it is naturally sweetened, and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. It is certified gluten free, vegan, and kosher parve, and Non-GMO Verified. CocoWhip ingredients are: Read More »

Gluten-Free Fish Stick Recipe

terigruss_fish-sticksCold water, wild fish is a healthy, safe option when you’re shopping for fish. If you can find it at your local grocery, buy frozen, wild caught Pacific cod for this recipe. It’s usually easy to find. I have used quite a few brands of frozen cod to make this recipe and find the best quality frozen cod is available at Costco. At least that’s the case where I shop.

Be sure to thoroughly thaw the frozen cod and blot it with paper towels until the fish is dry to the touch. This recipe is a great way to prepare fish to make a batch of delicious fish tacos.

Learn more about buying fish from our Fish and Seafood site.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2   large — approximately 7 oz white fish fillets —  preferably sustainable wild caught Pacific cod
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free sweet rice flour, more if needed
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free corn flour, more if needed (cornmeal can be substituted and will make the coating crunchier)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • Frying oil – preferably organic peanut oil or your favorite high heat fry oil

 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Chill: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: Four 3-ounce servings

 

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