Author Archives: Teri Gruss, MS

Eating Gluten-Free? Are You Eating Enough Protein?

chick fil a nuggets gluten freeAccording to a recent Wall Street Journal article, The Gluten-Free Craze: Is It Healthy? (6/23/2014) — over 29% of people surveyed said they are cutting back gluten consumption or avoiding it completely.

Whether a gluten-free diet is a “craze” or fad for those not diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity is debatable. Important questions for anyone eating a restrictive diet — for whatever reason, should be, “am I eating a balanced diet? Am I eating optimal amounts of protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for my individual needs?” Read More »

New Gluten-Free Blueberry Pancake Recipe

gluten free blueberry pancake recipe

2011 © Teri Lee Gruss

Gluten-free pancakes with blueberries feature one of nature’s richest sources of antioxidants, blueberries, a healthy and delicious way to start your gluten-free day.

Hope you like it!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 panckaes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all purpose flour blend  NOTE: I used 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Gluten-Free Pantry All Purpose Flour Mix – a blend of white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and guar gum) PLUS 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour. If you use a gluten-free all purpose flour blend with added xanthan gum or guar gum don’t add more gum to this recipe. If you are using a GF flour blend without added gum, add 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to this recipe.
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil OR your favorite neutral vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk OR your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (If using frozen blueberries, thaw first)
  • PLUS, extra vegetable oil for frying pancakes

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Gluten-Free Cooking for Kids – Plan Ahead and Keep it Simple – Tips for Cooking for Gluten-Free Kids

Photo by David Shankbone

Photo by David Shankbone

Cooking for children on gluten-free diets requires special planning and care to ensure that they are getting all the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Replacing gluten-filled junk food with gluten-free junk food of course, isn’t good for kids.

Research shows that children with celiac disease are at higher risk for nutritional deficiencies. A variety of nutritious foods are vital to healthy growth and development.

Plan Ahead When Cooking for Gluten-Free Kids

Explain to your child what foods are safe for them to eat and what foods contain gluten and are off-limits. The depth of this discussion will depend on the age of your child- use visual aids if you need to in order to help your child understand the concept of safe and unsafe foods.
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Great Gift Ideas for Gluten-Free Cooks

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gluten-Free Cooks

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gluten-Free Cooks

Here are 21 gift ideas for gluten-free cooks including useful and unusual kitchen gadgets, fun gifts for gluten-free kids in the kitchen, high-quality gluten-free ingredients and new gluten-free cookbooks for the cookbook addicts on your list. And all gift ideas cost less than $20!

Kitchen Gadgets for Gluten-Free Cooks

1. Nylon Spreader Spatula Set from King Arthur
I use my nylon spatulas every day. This versatile, inexpensive spatula set is perfect for shaping gluten-free bread batter into smooth loaves. New Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread Recipe

2. High Quality Pizza Pan for Gluten-Free Pizzas
Make thin and crispy pizza with this heavy duty pizza pan. Recipe for Gluten-Free Pepperoni Pizza

3. Holiday Pancake Molds
Gluten-free kids love eating reindeer, snowman and elf shaped pancakes during the holidays. Recipe for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

4. Mini Pocket Pie Molds
Be sure to watch the video at the Williams-Sonoma link. These little pocket pies Read More »

Gluten Free / Dairy Free High Protein “Banilla” Breakfast Smoothie

Gluten and Dairy Free High Protein Banilla Smoothie © 2010 Teri Lee Gruss

Gluten and Dairy Free High Protein Banilla Smoothie © 2010 Teri Lee Gruss

Kids love this creamy delicious high protein “banilla” smoothie. There’s a lot of nutritional value in this 5-minute busy morning gluten and dairy free smoothie. Use a frozen banana for extra creamy texture.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

Gluten Free Rice Crispie Square Recipe

gluten free rice crispie square

Gluten Free Rice Marshmallow Square Photo 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss

Gluten-free rice crispie squares are fast, easy and oh, so familiar- a gluten-free kid’s favorite recipe.

Make a batch to take along to sporting events, for sleep-overs or pack a bag for road trips.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

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Gluten Free Crab Cake Recipe

gluten free crab cakes

Gluten Free Crab Cakes © 2011 Teri Lee Gruss

Gluten-free crab cakes are delicious and easy to make using ready-made gluten-free crackers. Make large crab cakes as an entree or mini-crab cakes for out-of-the-ordinary appetizers.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 large crab cakes / 18 small

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Gluten-Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

gluten free carrot cake

Gluten Free Carrot Cake. Courtesy: Teri Gruss

Moist and luscious, gluten-free carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a gluten-free favorite at my house. The cake freezes well and the recipe makes one round layer cake, one 13×9-inch sheet cake or 36 cupcakes. Three cups of grated carrots add healthy carotene, a nutrient that the body uses to make vitamin A. Not bad for a cake! Read More »

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