Author Archives: John Libonati

5 Yummy Gluten-Free Pancake Recipes

Who loves pancakes? A better questions is Who the heck doesn’t! (A: Weirdos)

Here are five yummy pancake recipes for your weekend! Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Cappuccino Pancakes

For you java lovers – gluten-free cappuccino pancakes are almost caramel-like in flavor and color, a delicious alternative to plain Jane pancakes. Read more…


Lavender Blueberry Pancakes. Gluten-free and Vegan.

All right, I have a pretty big confession to make.

I steal lavender.

By that I mean, when I head out on my daily walks, my hand might ever-so-slightly slip onto a neighbor’s lavender plant and give a little tug. If some buds end up in my hand then I just figure it was fate and move along to the next yard. Read more…


Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are made from all-natural, simple ingredients. Grain-free and high in protein, they make the perfect breakfast for any day of the week! Read more…


Gluten-free Buckwheat Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

Buckwheat is commonly used as a staple in the cuisines of Japan (soba noodles), Korea, Northern Italy, Eastern Europe (kasha), and Western France (savory crepes)*.

This recipe is a great alternative to regular buttermilk pancakes and gives it a healthy spin  Read more…


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Recipe Your Family Will Love!

Even if you don’t roast them yourself, pumpkin-themed recipes are as ubitquous to the bay area as clam chowder is to New England. To figuratively put the frosting on the cake, if you are eating gluten-free, don’t worry, this recipe is easy and delicious. Get out the cinnamon and the cloves…it’s time to make pancakes! Read more…

Discover More Than 100 Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Ice cream and cookies and puddings, oh my!

Glutenfreeworks.com has over 100 delicious gluten-free dessert recipes in our dessert category. (118 in fact!)

Cookies, Muffins, Cakes, Pies, Sorbets, Ice-Cream, Puddings, Candy – the list goes on and on!

Peruse the entire category of scrumptious goodies here.

In the mood for something different? Entrees? Sides?

Click the recipe category links below to find the exact nom nom yummies you are craving!

Looking for our most prized recipes? These are the special ones you cannot find anywhere else. The best pie crust. The best bread recipe. The best pizza crust. Nutritious and delicious entrees, sides and desserts. You can find them all in our Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cooking Made Easy e-cookbook and nutrition guide. Get healthy while you learn which foods you need to eat to get the nutrients your individual body needs. It’s a win-win! See the recipes here.

Let’s Urge Our US Representatives to Cosponsor the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act

Gluten does not have to be listed on medication labels presently in the United States.

Since gluten is sometimes used as a binder or filler in medications, this makes it difficult to know which medications are safe or unsafe.

The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act would change United States law by requiring drug manufacturers to label medications intended for human use with the list of ingredients, their source, and whether gluten is present. 

Here is what you can do to help.

The Celiac Disease Foundation has created a form on their website that makes contacting your representatives easy. Click here to access the form and contact your representatives.

I just submitted my letter to my representative through the Celiac Disease Foundation website. It only takes a few minutes and will help so many when this passes. Thank you!

Connecting the Dots Between Underlying Causes and Symptoms – Apathy, Magnesium, Thiamin

Symptoms and health problems all have a cause. (Don’t believe it if someone tells you different, no matter what letters they might have behind their name.)

Cleo and John Libonati discuss why discovering the underlying causes is crucially important to wellness. Cleo explains how something as simple as Magnesium deficiency can cause other nutrient deficiencies and lead to a host of health issues.

Ready to get healthy? REALLY healthy?

Identify your underlying causes of health issues, fix your symptoms and get well with the Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide. Discover more here.

Five Must Have Gluten-Free Asian Entrees

If you are like me, you LOVE Asian food.

Here are five delicious gluten-free Asian entrees to add to your cooking repertoire.

Enjoy!

Beef & Broccoli {Take-Out-At-Home}

gluten free beef and broccoli

Who doesn’t love a quick easy version of one of your take-out favorites?!

I know not all of the ingredients below are traditionally what is found in beef & broccoli but it tastes pretty darn good.

There are a bunch of other beef & broccoli recipes out there on the web, and I really wanted to make something simple yet flavorful. Hope you give it a shot and enjoy it! Read More!


Asian Chicken Meatballs over Sesame Noodles

These meatballs are very similar to the filing of a dumpling or wonton without the wrapper.

My family really enjoys them. They are gluten-free and dairy-free and can easily be made paleo.

I recently brought these Asian chicken meatballs over sesame noodles to a party. It was a big hit!

For a paleo version, serve them over Read More!


Whip Up a Healthy Gluten Free Meal with some Asian Lettuce Wraps

Many of us are looking to kick off this year on a healthy note by eating more veggies and just eating better in general.

This Asian Lettuce Wrap recipe covers both of those bases. Lettuce, protein of your choice, and veggies.

Not to mention the fact that it’s super delicious! Read More!


Gluten-Free Asian Pot Sticker Recipe

A very long time ago, I took a Chinese cooking class. I still remember what I learned about making wontons, including stirring in one direction and then the other. This helps to bind the meat so it stays together.

I promised some Facebook fans that I would post this recipe so I’d better get on with it. I would highly suggest looking at the photos taken by Crysty of Garden of Gluten-Free. That was my starting point.

I would have taken more pics but my hands were messy. After they were cooked, my kids basically devoured about half of them, including the extra meat which I had used to make into mini meatballs. I ate mine with San-J gluten-free low-sodium tamari soy sauce with a few drops of chili oil. Yes, I was in heaven! Read More!


Gluten-free Orange Sesame Beef Stir Fry Recipe

I grabbed some of the veggies (cabbage, mushrooms and scallions) from the salad bar for easy prep and used cooked green beans from the fridge along with shredded carrots. When I cook, I usually prep as I go to save time but forgot that the flat snap peas take some time to take off the string in the center. Note to self: prep the veggies first!. Once you start cooking, it all comes together very quickly.

The meat is delicious on its own so you can use this part of the recipe to make Asian beef anytime. The orange rind is added at the end so it can even be omitted it you want something less “orange-y.” We served this over brown rice. Read More!

Video: The Importance of Recognizing Commonly Missed Symptoms

How do you know when you are unwell?

What are the signs?

Many people do not recognize common symptoms that are telling us something is wrong in the body.

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN and John Libonati discuss the importance of recognizing some commonly missed symptoms and what they mean.

Want to find out more about recognizing symptoms, so you can control your health?

Find out more at our Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide!

Video: Stop Having Panic Attacks By Doing This First

Panic attacks and anxiety are debilitating disorders that negatively impact life.

I know. I was anxious all the time until I discovered the true cause and fixed it.

Stress is a part of life. Our brain must be able to handle it, and normally, it can. If a certain underlying problem is present, no amount of medication, therapy or meditation will help.

In this video, I answer a question posed in an online support group and explain a frequent cause of chronic panic attacks and anxiety that is easily fixable.

Find out more about anxiety, what it is, its causes – including nutrient deficiencies – and the steps you can take to fix it in the Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide.

Five Quick Tips To Avoid Gluten In Different Situations

These 5 tips will help you stay gluten-free at the times when it is toughest.

Restaurants: Talk to the Manager.

Restaurants can be a minefield. Talking to the manager before you eat, even before you visit, can guarantee a safe meal. Why the manager? The manager has a vested interest in making sure you have a great experience. He or she often knows what is in the meals, usually understands gluten if the restaurant claims a gluten-free menu, and has quick access to ingredient labels. The other staff, even including cooks, may be new hires or less educated when it comes to gluten.

Family Events: Bring it. Hide it.

Family parties and get togethers are great, fun, boisterous times! Unless you know the host is making a gluten-free meal with lots of options, it is best to bring your food, even if it is “just in case.” Why hide it? When the cousins see your delicious gluten-free cookies or meatballs or bbq chicken, they are going to eat it. All of it. Cross contamination is also an issue. We’ve all seen people use the same spoons to scoop up different dishes. Bring it. Hide it. At least hide some of it.

Grocery Shopping: Choose Whole Foods over Processed.

Most processed foods contain multiple ingredients. Some are easy to figure out. Others might as well be a different language. Choosing whole foods makes it easy to shop gluten-free. Whole foods include eggs, meats, vegetables, nuts, fish, fruits…basically ingredients. While preparation might take a little longer, lots of times the meals we make are more nutritious and delicious. Especially when made with gluten-free love.

Don’t Chance It. When in Doubt, Toss it Out.

I once asked my mother whether a leftover in the refrigerator was still good. “When in doubt, toss it out,” she said. The idea is that it isn’t worth getting sick over. This logic applies to gluten-free. If you’re not sure about a food or meal, don’t risk it. Eating that particular food or dish isn’t worth being sick for hours or days. Also, your instincts are generally right.

Snacks Save.

“I……am…….starving!” We’ve all been there. Skipped breakfast. Worked through lunch. Whatever the reason, now we are starving and judgment is out the window. This is exactly the situation we want to avoid because being hungry makes it exponentially harder to make good decisions. Carrying snacks is so important and can be a live saver. Find a few shelf stable snacks you like and keep them in your glove compartment or in a desk drawer for those times when you need ANYTHING to eat.

Q and A: Lived GF After Only Bloodwork Diagnosis? Do You Fully Trust the Bloodwork?

Question: Has anyone just lived GF after only a bloodwork diagnosis? Do you fully trust just the bloodwork?

Quick Answer: Many people live GF after only a bloodwork diagnosis. It is best to get both the bloodwork and endoscopy with biopsy before you go gluten-free. None of the current tests for celiac disease are 100% accurate. If you are not eating gluten, your tests will be negative.  

Long Answer: It is best to get tested before going gluten free. This way, your doctor will take your diagnosis seriously. Also, you will be tested for various deficiencies as a baseline to determine future healing.

The blood tests are not pass/fail, but rather provide a level of antibodies that your immune system is producing. If the level is at a high enough point where a doctor would probably find intestinal damage on endoscopy with biopsy, then you are given a positive result. If the level is not high enough, then your result would be negative. Just because you are negative today, doesn’t mean you will not be positive in the future. This is exactly what happened to a physician assistant I met at a gastroenterology conference. She tested negative. Three months later her results were sky high.

Learn more about Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Testing and Diagnosis here.

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