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Dec 31 2015

Celiac-Disease.com Going On Hiatus

Websites can be expensive to run, ranging from bandwidth costs to paying writers, and Celiac-Disease.com is no exception. Over the past 8 years, this website has been supported by advertisements and the sponsorship of several gluten-free companies, helping us to keep the virtual lights on.

Unfortunately, the internet landscape has changed quite a bit in those 8 years. People use their social service of choice to get their news, leave their comments, and click their ads. This can be extremely convenient for readers (myself included), but it prevents people from visiting the actual website, leaving comments on articles, and visiting our advertisers. Without that traffic and revenue there is no way to cover the writers payments and operating costs. These past few months we’ve had to make some tough decisions, and after careful consideration, have decided to put the website on hiatus for awhile.

With that said, we’ve got 8 years of articles, guides, and resources that we are very proud of available on our website, and we will do our best to leave them available for as long as possible for the Celiac community. There are also numerous other resources around the Internet that do an excellent job of keeping the Celiac community informed, and I wanted to bring to your attention a few of the most popular ones:

Celiac Organizations

Celiac Support Groups

  • United States Support Groups

Celiac Guides/Reference

Celiac Disease Support Forums

Recommended Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Diet Books

Dec 18 2015

Recipe: Rich Pistachio and Dried Cranberry Rice Pudding

Christmas is one week from today! I thought this would be a great time to share a recipe from Setton Farms for Rich Pistachio and Dried Cranberry Rice Pudding. This is a great recipe to bring along to a family gathering or serve at home for a special treat. I also love that the recipe is dairy-free in addition to gluten-free.

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Rich Pistachio and Dried Cranberry Rice Pudding

Serves 4-6 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup short grain organic arborio rice
  • 3 cups organic un-sweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup organic evaporated cane sugar
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 slices (1 inch thick) lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries*
  • 1/3 cup Setton Farms Pistachio Kernels, roughly chopped

*To make the dish even faster, substitute 4 Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, roughly chopped


To a 4-quart pot and add rice, almond milk, sugar and sea salt. Stir gently. Cover and cook about 5 minutes, or until at a simmer. Add vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, and lemon peel to rice. Stir once more and then partially cover. Cook at a simmer over low heat until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes. Stir in dried cranberries and Setton Farms Pistachio kernels or the Pistachio Chewy Bites. Serve warm or chilled.

*Recipe courtesy of Setton Farms

Dec 16 2015

Recipe: Gluten-Free Vegan Quinoa Gingerbread Men

’Tis the season for holiday cookies! Have you started holiday baking yet? I haven’t. It is hard to believe Christmas is just nine days away! What is your favorite holiday cookie? Do you make more than one variety? Our favorites are Spritz Cookies, Gingersnaps and Thumbprint Cookies. Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flour is a great substitute for regular flour. Check out this recipe for an old classic.

Gluten-Free Vegan Quinoa Gingerbread Men



  • 2 cups Ancient Harvest quinoa flour, plus additional for rolling
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup firm coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal mixed with 2 ½ tablespoons warm water
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • Optional: powdered sugar, icing, or decorations of choice

1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.2. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, molasses, and coconut oil and beat on a low with a mixer to thoroughly blend. Beat in (flax) egg and almond butter.3. Gradually add flour to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Press into a ball, cover and chill dough for at least one hour or overnight.4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Carefully roll out dough on a floured surface to approximately ¼ inch thickness, generously sprinkling the top of the dough with flour before rolling.6. Carefully cut dough into desired shapes. Use a spatula to lift shapes and place on baking sheet one inch apart.7. Next, use a lightly floured spatula to carefully transfer the cookies to a baking sheet, working quickly. Leave 2 inches for spreading.8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they appear only slightly browned on the edges. Let cool and decorate.

Servings : 15

Ready in : 30 Minutes

Dec 14 2015

Review: Simple Truth Fresh Roasted Chicken

Grocery store rotisserie chicken is a quick and easy way to put dinner on the table in a hurry. The only problem with that is the seasonings that are used to season the chicken may not be gluten-free. There are many store brands out there that do have gluten-free rotisserie chickens, but having to avoid more than just gluten can make things complicated. 

I quickly ran into Kroger last week to grab a few things when I spotted (and smelled) rotisserie chicken in the deli area. There were a couple of different kinds, including this Simple Truth Fresh Roasted Chicken. 

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I immediately turned the package around to check the ingredient list to see this:

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In case you can’t read the above ingredient list, it is simply: chicken, water, sea salt. That’s it! What a way to make me one happy camper! The chicken did cost $2 to $3 more than the other rotisserie chickens made by another brand, but I was willing to pay the difference. *I want to add that I believe this chicken is also larger than the less expensive chickens made by a different brand. 

More about Simple Truth:

  • Are minimally processed
  • Contain no artificial ingredients
  • Are fed a 100% vegetarian diet
  • Contain no antibiotics, ever
  • Contain no added hormones*

* Federal regulations do not permit the use of hormones in chicken.

This was one of the best store rotisserie chickens I have eve had! The meat was moist with great flavor and reheated well. Simple Truth products can be found in Kroger stores across the US. They offer many gluten-free items, but it is important to note that not all of their products are gluten-free.

Dec 11 2015

The Sourcing of Oats

Let’s talk about oats, shall we? Oats themselves are gluten-free, but may be contaminated by the process by which they are grown, transported, and manufactured. It used to be that In order for oats to be considered gluten-free, they must follow a purity protocol. This includes being grown, harvested, and processed in a gluten-free environment. Now there are several companies that have moved to using oats that have been mechanically or optically separated from gluten containing grains. The scary thing? These oats are still marked “gluten-free.”

Some of these companies are solely using the mechanically separated oats, while other may be using a combination of purity protocol oats and mechanically separated oats. In early November Tricia Thompson, of Gluten Free Watchdog, shared on her Facebook page that both Nature’s Path and Bob’s Red Mill were using mechanically separated oats in their gluten-free products. Quaker Oats is also using the same mechanically separated oats for their new gluten-free oatmeal.

So where does this leave us? All products labeled “gluten-free” must meet the FDA’s ruling of having less than 20 ppm gluten, but the way I understand it is that not every batch is tested. Each company has their own process and while some test every batch, some test a sampling of the batches and then use an average. If the products says, “no gluten ingredients used” they are exempt from the FDA’s ruling.

Eating oats on a gluten-free diet for those with Celiac Disease is a personal choice. This decision should be well thought out and discussed with your physician. If you go ahead and eat oats, pay attention to how you feel after you eat them and in the following days.

Do you eat oats? If so, do you eat purity protocol oats or any “gluten-free” oats?