Friday, September 23, 2016

It's Trader Joe's pumpkin mania time (and it's gluten free, too!)

If you cook gluten free food, you know there is no higher compliment than, "Wow, this doesn't taste gluten free."  Here are just a few of the easiest and best ways to get your fall feast on gluten free.

1) Get a jar (or 12) of Trader Joe's pumpkin butter. Sure, you can spread it on toast.  And you can also spread it on their gluten free Maple-Blueberry muffins.
> slice a muffin in half.
> slather each half with pumpkin butter
> then top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Everyone's going to want what is on your plate.

2) Buy a box (or 24, like I did) of TJ's gluten free Pumpkin pancake mix. Using the whole box and the recipe on the side of it:
> substitute 1/2 almond milk and 1/2 plain yogurt in place of all the water
> use butter or Earth Balance not oil
> add in 1 more egg.
This will yield 12 jumbo muffins or 24 small ones. Using cooking spray on your muffin pans (baking cups are even better). Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.  Test with a toothpick until it comes out clean. Cool 'til warm, then stuff your face.

3) Buy a bag of TJ's honey roasted peanuts. Buy a box of TJ's Pumpkin O's (they're gluten free). Empty both into a large bowl and mix.  Portion out in 1/2 cup scoops into plastic, ziplock snack-size baggies.  Delicious munchies for everyone.

Happy Fall!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Do you or don't you have celiac?

It's simple.  Get a blood test.  Yes, there is an easy way to find out if you need to be eating gluten free for your health because you cannot digest gluten in foods.

There is also a genetic test that can be done - however, it may not be as exact in the results.

Take a look at the Celiac Disease Foundation's website for all the correct answers and insights.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Another celebrity makes a bad dietary choice... going gluten-free for no reason

It's the pseudo-celebrities and their less-than-intelligent trends that shatter the validity of real need in some of us who must eat gluten free.

Who, you ask?  The pulp-fringe of Hollywood gossip - a member of the "K" family and her three kids are now eating "gluten and diary free."

Why, you ask? Because (get this) "... we had muscle testing done, which showed we all have sensitivities to corn, gluten and dairy." )

Wake up and smell the wheat bread baking, Ms. K - THERE IS NO SUCH TEST - medical, that is. There may be soothsayers or shamans with leeches out there doing something new.

Please, please do not think that those of us who have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive/allergic would not love to bite into a big, doughy pizza crust - we can't, but you can. Ms. K is denying her three children the extra protein and fiber that is found in wheat products (excellent nutrition the gluten free among us cannot enjoy).

Don't let the uninformed and trendy-but-stupid influence you.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

If you want to understand people who are gluten free, read this

The National Institutes of Health released a terrific article in May, 2016 that explains why some people must eat a gluten free diet.

With all the recent 'kerfuffle' about an ignorant restaurant owner's remark ("demanding a doctor's note if you order gluten free food here...") readers here can get a serious look at the science and nutrition for those who cannot eat wheat.

Enjoy the read... 'Necessary for some, optional for others'

Monday, September 5, 2016

Does Dallas need another restaurant chain? Yes!

          When you have to eat gluten free, it can often be a challenge to find a restaurant where everyone can enjoy a great meal. Too often, gluten free diners have choices limited to eggs or a salad (usually with oil-and-vinegar because so many dressing use gluten-based thickeners). It gets boring real fast.

         Coming in a few weeks is a new chain, Grabbagreen. The first location will be located on the edge in Deep Ellum (at edge of the Baylor Hospital-Dallas campus).  Here's a link to find out more about their healthy fast food choices for all diners.

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