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Gluten-Free Gluttony

There is so much buzz about gluten free these days. And now many gluten intolerant and people with celiac disease can rejoice in the many wonderful and tasty gluten free options. I have another amazing guest post from Vitacost.com to share their gluten free options at low cost. Thanks again Vitacost!!

Eating without gluten may be easier today than ever before. Bakeries are specializing in gluten-free treats, concession stands are selling gluten-free beer and merchants are stocking a variety of gluten-free foods. Sweet and savory treats are no longer taboo for gluten-intolerant folks—go ahead, have your cake and eat it, too! (Health Coach interjection – all in moderation Smile)

Put pasta back on your plate – Gluten comes from a protein in wheat kernel. Traditionally, pasta is made with durum wheat flour or durum semolina (a.k.a. wheat). With the increasing prominence of gluten intolerance, companies are concocting faux pasta by replacing wheat with rice. Rice pasta looks the same, smells the same, tastes the same and generally cooks the same as regular pasta. Looking for whole grain pasta without the gluten? Try tossing brown rice pasta shells with your favorite organic dressing for a quick, tasty pasta salad.

It’s your party. Eat cake if you want to – Again, the wheat flour in most sweet sensations – cookies, cakes, pies – spoils any good birthday or wedding when you have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. With the selection of cookies and cake mixes today, you finally have something sweet to celebrate. If you don’t want to make your own gluten-free dessert, look for a local bakery to satisfy your dietary and sweet tooth needs. At your next party, BYOD (Bring Your Own dessert) so you can indulge, too – sharing optional.

Cheers to beer – Wines are naturally free of gluten, so gluten-free sots will sip wine as a safe bet. (Warning: some vineyards add gluten to preserve freshness.) But what about having a beer while watching the game? Drive (sober) to the nearest liquor, or specialty wine, store for a variety of gluten-free beer brands. When you’re watching the game live, research the stadium before you go. Many ballparks feature concession stands dedicated to gluten-free fare, which might be just the ticket!

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By: +Elizabeth Lotts writer for Vitacost.com

A few gluten free recipes from Pam Higgins:

http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/2012/coconut-curry-chicken/

http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/2012/pumpkin-seeds-butter/

http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/2011/turkey-thighs-in-the-crockpot/

http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/2011/sweet-potato-and-black-bean-stew/

Decadent Chocolate Valentine’s Cake

Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetie! This chocolate delight is both dairy free and gluten free for your special loved one.

Serve with lots of hugs and kisses XOXO!

 

Recipe adapted from my Birthday Cake!

Ingredients:

* 1 cup millet flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour

* 1/2 cup quinoa flakes

* 3/4 cup unrefined turbinado sugar

* 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

* 4 Tablespoons applesauce PLUS 2 Tablespoons canola oil

* 1 cup water

* 1/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Sift flour, quinoa flakes, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa together into an 8×8 inch ungreased cake pan.

3. Make three depressions. Pour applesauce and oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour water over all, and stir well with fork.

4. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of batter in pan.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

6. Cool completely, then cut into 16 small squares.

Moist and delicious, the perfect Valentine chocolate treat for your sweetie!

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Quinoa Tabouli

 

Quinoa is a great gluten-free substitute; it’s also a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids. Tabouli is typically made with bulgur, i.e., cracked wheat; this is a twist on a traditional Mediterranean dish I grew up eating. Read more

Sunday Brunch

I decided to throw together a quick Sunday brunch using leftovers. This meal consisted of leftover cooked collard greens, a crumbled slice of maple bacon (Nitrite free). Read more