Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Celiac Disease resources

So my family asked me to send some information about Celiac disease resources that I use for some people who have been newly diagnosed. So I put together some of my favorite resources and things that I use and I thought I would post it for more people to use the information.
  • http://celiac.org/ This is the official website for the Celiac Disease foundation. This is a great resource for people who have just been diagnosed. It gives information about the gluten free diet, eating out, finding a Dr, etc.
  • http://www.glutenfreediet.ca/ Is a great website and recourse from Shelley Case a dietitian. I have been looking for new ways to get more protein into my diet as well as ways to just eat healthier overall. This website has some really great educational resources.
  • The dietitian who created the site said that there will be different levels of information for those just starting the diet to those who have been following the diet for a while. www.celiacnow.org
  • My favorite APP to use to find a good place to eat gluten free is Find Me Gluten Free. You can search for places that are gluten free friendly/aware in your location or a place you may be going.
  • My favorite cook book to bake from is Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free by Anne Byrn. She has another book out called Unbelievably Gluten Free.
  • My favorite stores are Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy and Sprouts. They all carry gluten free products at a little better price than Whole Foods.
  • Pintrest, Yes I am one of those people. I really think it is a great resource for recipes and information and a great place to collect and store the information. I also follow many Gluten Free bloggers through Pintrest.
  • Some good Magazine are Living Without, Delight Gluten Free Magazine and Gluten Free Living. They always have good recipes and tips.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Twice baked potato Turkey, bacon, cheeseburger casserole.

We happen to have ground turkey and potatoes. So I came up with this casserole. It's easy but it takes time. I'm new at this recipe writing thing so you will have to excuse my lack of proper measurements. Most of the time when I cook I don't use exact measurements, just a little of this and a little of that. I am trying to get more precise so I can share more recipes, but I still need to work on that. Mainly I am writing this down because my boyfriend said this was something we need to make again, so I thought I better write down the recipe so I can make it again.

4 large potatoes
2 table spoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
4 scallions
garlic salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
onion powder (to taste)
2 Plain Greek yogurts 0% (5.3 ounces each)
1/3 cup mixed cheese
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup pre-cooked bacon pieces

1. Pre-heat oven to 450.
2. Wash and cut potatoes. Put in cold water in partially cook in microwave or on stove till just slightly fork tender (not cooked all the way).
3. Drain potatoes, put into large casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Mix in olive oil, white part of scallions and seasoning. put in oven for about 45-60 minutes stirring occasionally until brown.
4. In large pan cook turkey and add seasoning to taste.
5. When potatoes are browned add turkey, yogurt and 1/3 cup mixed cheese to casserole dish and mix in.
6. When thoroughly mixed sprinkle cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and green part of scallions on top.
7. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted.
8. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chili Addiction

I have discovered my new favorite place to eat out, I just wish it were closer, or maybe not because then I would eat there everyday. Chili Addiction in Los Angeles, CA is a very gluten free friendly place with amazing food. The atmosphere is also very friendly and welcoming the owner and head chef, Johnny took time to talk to us about the menu and gave suggestions for items to try. He told us that both himself and the other owner are gluten free and he only creates and serves gluten free dishes (with the exception of some vegan dishes he created before going gluten free) because he has Celiac Disease and cannot eat gluten so if he were to make dishes with gluten he cannot taste them and would not know if they were any good. People who eat gluten should not be afraid they do serve buns with gluten for their burgers, hot dogs and sausages, they also serve pasta with gluten for their chili mac and chili mac and cheese. Celiacs do not be afraid they do serve gluten free pasta and gluten free buns and everything with gluten is kept separate for everything that is gluten free so there is not cross contamination. Their name may be chili addiction, but they owner informed us they they are really known for their burgers, and homemade hot dogs and sausages. They also serve homemade ice cream and all their desserts are gluten free (but you wouldn't know it they are amazing). This was my second visit to Chili addiction and I have to say everything I have had so far has been amazing from the chili nachos to the "Weho Fries" (Fries with cheese, bacon and bacon aioli) and the hot dog with bacon and caramelized onions. So good!!!! But wait there's more for you celiacs or gluten free people craving gluten free Italian they offer the "UTR" Under the Radar Menu. Johnny's background is Italian cooking, he has created a whole Italian menu, however if you would like something from that menu you need to call and order it at least 24 hours a head of time. They also offer have a freezer where they offer some of the Italian entrees, sauces and ice creams to take home. I highly recommend Chili Addiction to anyone gluten free or not who enjoys amazing made from scratch food. The only thing bad about the place is that it is not closer to me.

Chili Addiction
408 N. La Cienega Blvd.
los Angeles, CA 90048
http://www.chiliaddiction.com/

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gluten Free Parmesan Pasta

Before I went gluten free one of my favorite things was the Parmesan pasta at Louise's Trottoria. I like to think I created a bit of a healthier version of it and it's gluten free.

about 1 serving gluten free fettuccine
1 table spoon Brummel and Brown Spread
Parmesan cheese (I try to use low fat)

Cook pasta in salted water. When pasta is aldente drain pasta and reserve some of the pasta water. Put pasta, spread, and about 1-2 table spoons pasta water back in pot over low heat. Add Parmesan cheese and stir till combined. Add a little pasta water as needed till mixture reaches creamy consistency.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sharing the wealth of information

Yesterday I attended Celiac Disease Foundation Conference. It was very informative with lots of free samples. Lots and lots of free samples. I still have yet to go through all the samples, but I have to say that I had previously tried most of the samples on my own and nothing really stood out except the beef chili from Chili Addiction on La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles. They were the only restaurant there and I thought their chili was excellent. It is very hard to find places with gluten free options that know how to handle Gluten free food, I can't wait to go check out their restaurant. I found some new resources for information that will hopefully help me on my journey.
High lights:
  • My favorite quote had to be "The actress playing the part of your server for the night." The Dr. was speaking about ordering out at a restaurant and I think he hit the nail on the head not only because as we joke out here in CA that most waiters and waitresses are actors waiting for their acting career to start, but to me it also stressed the point that most wait staff is inexperienced and uneducated about Celiac Disease and food allergies.
  • http://www.glutenfreediet.ca/ Is a great website and recourse from Shelley Case a dietitian. I have been looking for new ways to get more protein into my diet as well as ways to just eat healthier overall. This website has some really great educational resources.
  • I met a young lady and her family who really impressed me. She wrote a blog of a college class about being Celiac and dealing with social situations. I have not been able to find the blog yet, but what she said and how her family supported her really impressed me. I  met the young lady's father while she was giving a presentation and he talked about going to restaurants educating the staff and showing his red bracelet to raise awareness. He reminded me of my own father and my own family and how they have been so supportive of me. I can't wait to read her blog. I was inspired by this young lady to keep up with my own blog a little more. www.ccglutenfreed.com
  • I found a new website, which is not up and running yet, but it sounds like it will be very resourceful with information on celiac disease and living with the gluten free diet. The dietitian who created the site said that there will be different levels of information for those just starting the diet to those who have been following the diet for a while. I am very excited to see this website as well. www.celiacnow.org In the mean time you can check out her other site http://www.deletethewheat.com/
  • I learned that Blue Cheese is gluten free (not that I eat it anyway). It was interesting to hear that Blue Cheese is made from Bread mold, it was thought that it might contain gluten, however Shelley Case said that in Canada they test lots of different blue cheese made from bread mold and found that none contained gluten, so if you like Blue Cheese, you are safe to eat it.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Businesses know your consumer and Consumers be aware and educated!

Going Gluten free appears to be the latest trend. More and more people are going gluten free and more and more businesses are creating products. Unfortunately the businesses creating and selling products are not as aware of their consumers as they should. They do not seem to be aware of cross contamination and how it may affect those with Celiac Disease, one of their potential consumers. It seems as if they just see "gluten free" and  think, "oh this could sell." Earlier today I was at a sandwich shop, where I normally go to get a salad, however I had heard they were selling gluten free bread so I was excited. Being the educated consumer I asked all the questions, "Is they bread toasted in the same toaster as the regular bread?" and found out the answer was yes, making the gluten free bread no longer gluten free to those of us with Celiac disease and severe allergies. Sadly I had to say no to the sandwich and settle for a salad.

 If a business such as a sandwich shop in this case or even a pizza shop is going to sell a gluten free product they need to be aware of cross contamination. Yes no one can never really say with 100% certainty that a product is gluten free unless it is a gluten free facility, but simple precautions can be taken by a knowledgeable business that can reduce the chances for cross contamination. If a business is not willing to take those precautions they should not be selling a product as gluten free. As an example I was very wary of Subway when I heard they were product testing gluten free bread, however I read an article from Triumph Dining about the product testing stating that the owner of subway was very aware of the issues of cross contamination and was re-educating the staff in every subway running the product testing on how to make sandwiches and how to make the gluten free sandwiches so that the chances of cross contamination were greatly reduced. After reading the article I felt confident enough in their knowledge and set up of the business that I would try a gluten free sandwich at Subway if I ever got the chance.

As for gluten free consumers, we need to always be aware of the product we are purchasing whether it be looking at the package and reading the ingredients closely or asking questions of the servers if you are ordering from a restaurant. Always be aware gluten free may not always mean gluten free.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Liz Lovely Cookies

Good Gluten free cookies are hard to find. When I first went gluten free I just happen to stumble upon these Liz Lovely Gluten Free cookies as I was looking for gluten free treats. I found them to be the best cookies I've found so far. Usually Gluten free cookies are hard and I'm not really a fan of those. Liz Lovely cookies are soft and made from all natural ingredients. My favorite flavors are the chocolate chip, which is so soft it's almost like cookie dough, the Snickerdoodle, my absolute favorite is so soft it's almost like cake and Chocolate Fudge which is like a brownie. To make them even better and probably the reason I fell so much in love with them is the story behind the cookies and the company that makes them. My dad always said the best restaurants have a story on their menu. Well these guys have a story on their cookie. The cookies are made by a "ma and pa" company that was formed when they lost their real jobs. Liz started baking vegan cookies for friends and family and the company grew from there. Such an inspirational story and really delicious cookies. You can check out their website at www.lizlovely.com where you can either order cookies directly or look up where to find the cookies in a store near you.