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Gluten Free Diet

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by jl22aries, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    Any tips? Recipes? Warnings?

    Especially bakers out there...it's my thing and I'd love to get any advice on gluten free baking.
  2. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    I don't follow a gluten-free diet, but two of my favorite food blogs are gluten-free: Tartelette and Cannelle et Vanille. If you don't pick up any tips/ideas, at least you can enjoy the food porn photography.
  3. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    I'm not prescribed a Gluten Free Diet, but the odd times I've eaten that way, I've noticed a difference in how I feel. I do try to have a cache of GF recipes though, as I have friends who do have to eat Gluten Free and that way if they ever do pop up here for a visit, I'm prepared.

    Through Dr Oz's website, I discovered actress Jennifer Espsitio's (Blue Bloods) website/blog on her own journey dealing w/having to live Gluten Free and has shared her recipes as well. That's why she was on Dr Oz's show. She was making her Blueberry Scones and trying to get the word out that it's not impossible to still enjoy baked goods. Just takes some creativity is all.

    She also said she can't go to the set anymore w/out everyone asking if she brought any goodies along w/her, as they claim her stuff tastes better than anything else the Catering dept provides. :D

    Her website...

    Jennifer's Way

    Better Homes and Gardens also puts out a Gluten Free magazine. I think it's along the same lines as their Diabetic Living and is a quarterly magazine, as I don't see that often, but it is out there. You should Google them and see if they've got a website.

    Hope this helps!! :)
  4. dbell1

    dbell1 Well-Known Member

    Not sure where everyone lives, but I've noticed a big trend towards adding more gluten free items in local supermarkets. Our Trader Joe's does a tour every month. Whole Foods clearly marks their items that are gluten free.

    No recipes here, but some of the Jennifer's way desserts look really good. :shuffle:
  5. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    Here too. I live in a small town and we have a bakery/food store with lots of gluten-free products.


    You might want to check around and see if you have something similar, jl22aries.
  6. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

  7. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine who does have Celiac Disease, and whom I pointed towards Jennifer's site, tried the Banana Cookies last week. She said they were gone w/in the hour between her, the hubby and the kids.

    When the kids devour something, that's a pretty great sign the recipe deserves Five Stars. :D Can't wait to give a shot myself.
  8. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    I eat gluten free and, unfortunately, I'm not a great cook.

    I found that the first couple of months were the hardest. Once I figured out what was gluten free, it was much easier.

    In general, I've found that most gluten-free pastries and cookies aren't that great when they've got gluten free substitutes. They tend to be dense and crumble. So, the gluten-free desserts I like tend to be more naturally gluten-free -- merengues, ice cream, rice krispie treats, etc. When you're talking gluten-free substitutes, I find that gluten-free pie crusts can be decent. Maybe because they're naturally kind of heavy and crumbly. I've never made GF biscotti, but I've had some that is quite good.

    My favorite gluten-free pasta is corn pasta. It's more al dente. I don't care much for rice pasta, though I do like rice noodles in Asian foods like pho. Both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's carry plenty of GF pasta. They also both carry Udi's bread (with prices at Whole Foods being better during sales and having a wider variety, including bagels and hot dog buns).

    The most annoying place I find gluten is with soy sauce. You would not believe how many products include soy sauce. La Choy makes a GF soy sauce if you want to cook with it at home, and more and more sushi places are carrying it. (It's hard to avoid gluten at Chinese restaurants, but it can be done more easily at Vietnamese and Thai restaurants.) Gluten sneaks into all sorts of unexpected places. For example, a lot of times french fries are dusted in wheat.

    Soup frequently has gluten in it because wheat is used as a thickener. But, it's not that hard to make soup without it and you can find GF soup in all markets.

    Mexican food is fairly easy to make GF. Just stay away from tortillas made with wheat -- even some "corn" tortillas have wheat.

    I've never been that much into fried food, but when I'm in the mood for something fried, I make GF fried fish. Take a fish fillet, dip it in egg, and then coat it in parmesan cheese and some herbs and cook it in a small amount of oil in a frying pan.
  9. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Is there any benefit to going gluten free? That is if you don't need to do it for medical reasons. Just a question that I have wondered about for a while.
  10. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Holding Alex Johnson's Pineapple

    I researched that awhile ago. No, there is no benefit to going gluten free unless it's necessary for your health.
  11. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    True. Unless you are allergic to gluten/have celiac disease, there is no reason to cut it from your diet. It's a fad.
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  12. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    I made a Zucchini Almond Cake. It was gluten-free because it was made with Almond Flour. Could not find that flour at TJ's or WF, but I got it at Wegman's (is this national?) super sized market which has two long and full aisles of gf products. Had to make the cake twice because we did not squeeze the excess water out of the Zucchini, only drained it. Second try was delicious, and I truly did not get that full and stuffy feeling after eating, it just glided down so easily. However, had to frost (cream cheese frosting) each piece separately because my granddaughter is allergic to milk. Anyway, I would like to try a lot of other gf products because this one felt so light.
  13. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    Thanks for all your responses!

    I'm giving it a go. I don't tend to buy a lot of food that comes with labels and I'm lucky to live in an area with amazing farmers markets and whole foods awareness, so it hasn't been too difficult making the transition so far.

    In my research, I have also found that unless you are somewhere on the spectrum of gluten sensitivity - celiac (it's a wide spectrum, lots of people are on it and don't know it), going gluten free has no benefits. But, whole wheat and many other grains are hard to digest, only if your system is fully efficient should it have no problems digesting it. Another "but", is that any grain that has been processed to mulch and essentially no longer looks like itself might be worth cutting out anyway.

    Awesome links!
  14. timing

    timing fragrance free

    If you like cupcakes then I would recommend 'Artisanal Gluten-free cupcakes' by Kelli and Peter Bronski.
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  15. NeilJLeonard

    NeilJLeonard Well-Known Member

    I was diagnosed as celiac in 1980. There was very little stuff available then. Now even my local Florida Publix has a GF section in each store. They even have Udi's breads, hot dog rolls and hamburger buns. They also stock some of the GF flours that are now available along with cookies, soups, pastas, quinoa (keen-wha), and all kinds of useful stuff.

    Whole Foods is a very good place to look for GF products. They have everything that Publix has plus much, much more, including GF beer, but, the best place I've found for beer is Total Wine & More. They sell either by the 6 pack or singly, which is good because the really good GF beers are quite expensive - the new Omission brand is over $10 for a 6 pack and the outstanding Belgian Green's Ales, especially Green's Endeavour Dubble Dark Ale, one of the best beers of any type that I've ever had, is $6 per bottle....:wideeyes:...Yes, it is a luxury item for special occasions only.

    The best place I've found to shop for any and all GF stuff is www.glutenfree.com. It has nearly everything you need, including Bette Hagman's cookbooks, especially her "The Gluten-Free Gourmet". It is an excellent source of many types of GF recipies, incuding breads -the buttermilk sourdough is outstanding -, cakes, soups, home made pasta, sauces and various types of flours that can be used. It also lists 4 different soy sauces for sale. This stuff is not cheap, but, for someone like myself that has the need it is necessary and most welcome.

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012
  16. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine going gluten free for reasons other than health. It's a pain to be gluten free and there are a lot of delicious foods that have gluten in them. Sure, whole foods generally are better for you, but you can do that without totally giving up wheat.
  17. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    This is how Mom does her Venison Breaded Steaks, only w/the addition of cracker crumbs. After using Ryetta Crispbreads for making Chicken Breasts earlier this Summer, and how incredable they made those things taste, I think she might just switch to using those. Anyway...Using Parmesan Cheese as a coating for meat or whatever just adds such an incredable boost of flavour to food. Great addition to the Cooking Trick and Tools Kit. :)

    I wish more recipes had this very important piece of information in their directions/instructions for Zucchini recipes. Been there...Done that and it turned what should have only been a 25 minute prep into a much longer one. :rolleyes: I've got an awesome Zucchini Bread recipe I haven't made in forever. Need to dig that out now that it's the season for them. Then again, if we have the harvest of them we had last year, then there's no problem finding one...

    It got to the point I thought people would be turning around and running in the other direction at the sight of either one of my Parents. :D

    :eek: Wow...Not cheap at all, but as you said, perfect for that special occasion. I'll have to remember that for one of my friends who does have Celiac, likes to have a beer every so often and can't find a GF one in her area. She's willing to buy online as long as the site/company is reputable, so I'll have to let her know. :)
  18. Marilou

    Marilou Well-Known Member

    Not necessarily. I have never been diagnosed with an allergy or celiac, but have been trying to live gluten free for the past 7 years or so. My symptoms were more of an annoyance - bloating, abdominal discomfort and inflamation. My Dr couldn't figure out what the problem was, so I went gluten free on the advice of a naturopath and the symptoms went away, and the bonus, I lost weight! Every once in a while, when I eat bread, I have actually found the symtpoms return and are worse than before.

    When I told my doctor at the time what I had done, he didn't have a problem with it at all and said that there appears to be an increased sensitivity to gluten in the general population. Over the decades, wheat has become highly engineered to become more weather/pest resistant, etc. This engineering may have altered the protein (gluten) and people react to it. Some people with sensitivities are able to eat some of the more ancient wheats that are organically grown such as spelt or kamut.

    Now, my favorite pastas are defintiely corn and buckwheat - can't stand the rice pasta - becomes way too mushy. Don't bake a lot from scratch anymore as it's just my husband and I now, and I really don't need the goodies. When I have dessert, I also go for foods that are more naturally gluten free. It is great that more grocery stores carry gluten free products - I have found frozen waffles and pizza that are great, and I have also found a good rice raisin-bread. Other than that, I don't eat a lot of bread and usually use rice cakes or rice/other gluten-free crackers instead.
  19. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Then you are sensitive to gluten, as simple as that. Those who are not don't have a reason to avoid it.

    For instance, I don't have an officially diagnosed allergy to kiwi fruit but every time I eat it, my throat gets sore. So I don't eat it. It's really simple, if it makes you sick, don't eat it. If it doesn't, no reason to avoid it. A lot of people jump of the gluten-free bandwagon because it's a fad and gluten is the dietary :EVILLE: of the year.
  20. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    That happens to me with honeydew! Luckily I'm not super-sensitive to it, so I can still have fruit salad and eat around the honeydew and my throat doesn't get sore.

    I find that some people (mostly men, IME) simply accept their lactose intolerance symptoms (or gluten, etc) and don't try to avoid the foods. I spent a week with my cousins on a cruise ship and OMG. :scream:
  21. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Yes, I am not super-sensitive either. I can eat fruit that was sitting next to the kiwi and be OK, just not the actual kiwi. Interesting!

    Sorry about the cousins and you having to be around them. :(
  22. Marilou

    Marilou Well-Known Member

    However, there are those in the medical field that don't acknowledge sensitivities as they can't be diagnosed the traditional way. There are many people that suffer from nagging issues that could be related to some food they eat, however because they don't show up on an allergy test, it can be very difficult to determine the problem. My point was that I don't have a life threatening reaction when I eat wheat. However, I do have some digestive issues, that required a little persistance on my part to determine what they were caused by. Many people have health issues, some minor, some more serious that might be a result of something they eat and had never considered that wheat/gluten could be the culprit.

    ETA - And there are many people, such as myself, who learned of their gluten sensitivities long before the current fad, so maybe there is something to it.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2012
  23. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    At least that was only a week. I'm sometimes left with a present in the toilet if I get up too early, ie, when my fiance wakes up and has had his daily smoothie. :shuffle:

    My friend is allergic to mango. She found out while studying abroad in Nepal. (Strangely, she never had it when she was living in the States...and it's quite easy to get in California too.) Unfortunately, it was quite a reaction and her face swelled up like a basketball. Luckily she knows to request non-mango-containing fruit salads or juices now. :yikes:
  24. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Hers sounds like a serious allergy. I hope she carries Benadryl and Epi-Pens.
  25. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    I love pasta made out of quinoa! I like it better than regular pasta and I have no reason not to eat the regular.
  26. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    I'll definitely try this!

    Really, my diet is already quite gluten free -it's just a good fibre filled bread for quick breakfasts and my occasional pasta meal that need to make the GF switch. So quinoa pasta, here I come.
  27. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    Maybe the weight loss was related to the gluten's affect on your thyroid? I'm gluten sensitive, too, not celiac or allergic. The gluten causes a range of inflammation. For me, one result of cutting out the gluten was that my thyroid levels normalized. (When I was trying to figure out what was causing my hives, I had my thyroid levels checked and they were borderline).

    My favorite GF crackers are the Blue Diamon Nut Thins. (The pecan ones are my faves.) I like the Vans waffles, but haven't really found a GF pizza I like. Which one do you like? And what brand is the raisin bread?
  28. galaxygirl

    galaxygirl Rain City Bitch Pigeon

    Amy's pizza isn't half bad. The Glutino pizza crust has the consistency of paste.
  29. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    I had a minor version of this reaction as well for most of my childhood, which sucked because I love mangoes. For the most part I could get away with a couple of pieces before I would develop hives in the next few hours or so, wherever the mango juice had touched the skin around my lips and mouth. The worst was the time I got some on my hand, forgot, and rubbed my eye :duh: But eventually I decided that mangoes were just too tasty and decided to start pushing the limits and now I can usually do a whole mango per 24 hours with no effect :)
  30. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    :lol: Well there is the whole thing about getting your immune system used to the allergen...