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Mar 25 2015

Naturally Gluten-Free: Back-to-Basics

I have written several posts in the past about naturally gluten-free foods. Sure, there is a place for gluten-free specialty food items, but there is nothing simpler than a food that doesn’t contain gluten to begin with. Whole, unprocessed foods are the healthiest foods for us, especially if they are naturally gluten-free. 

I have to avoid several other foods in addition to gluten. Some I am slightly sensitive to, others I have violent gastrointestinal reactions to. Fun, huh? Other times I am not sure what is making me sick or feel poorly, so I go back-to-basics and eat mostly whole, unprocessed, naturally gluten-free foods. 

Just because I am go back-to-basics doesn’t mean my meals are tasteless. No, in fact, quite the opposite is true. I tend to focus more on what food tastes complement each other and are on my “safe” foods list while being filled with the right nutrients to fuel my body for everyday activity and running. 

One of my favorite meals is a burger made from grass fed ground beef with sautéed mushrooms on top. I made this the other night and added some fresh, sautéed asparagus to the plate and topped my burger with sliced avocado. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper and you have a nice, naturally gluten-free meal. 

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When I sautéed my mushrooms I added in a bit of white wine to add some extra flavor. This meal was very tasty and filling. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, as I often skip the bun so I don’t feel overly stuffed when I am done.

Perfection! 


Mar 23 2015

Review: Immaculate Baking GF Fudge Brownie Cookies

There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies on a chilly day. Even though we have been seeing some glimpses of spring here in Columbus, we still have some pretty chilly days. So, when I spotted some gluten-free cookie dough from Immaculate Baking at the grocery store last week, and it was on sale, I picked up a package.

Immaculate Baking has a line of gluten-free cookie dough that includes three different varieties of cookies. The dough is already formed into cookies, so the only thing required of the “baker” is to pre-heat the oven and place the cookies on a pan.

  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough
  • Gluten-Free Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

I picked up the Gluten-Free Fudge Brownie variety because you can never have too much chocolate, right?

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Jon baked these when I was at work the other day, so the house smelled of freshly baked cookies when I got home, just the way I like it! The cookies were crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect! Jon was afraid that he had undercooked them, but I assured him that if he had left them in any longer, they would have been overcooked.

Immaculate Baking also has a line of gluten-free baking mixes. Look for Immaculate Baking products in grocery stores across the US and online. Have you tried any of the Immaculate Baking GF cookie doughs? What did you think?


Mar 20 2015

Artisan Bistro Introduces Gluten-Free Burritos

Our busy daily lives sometimes require fast meals. Those meals don’t have to come from fast food restaurants…they can come from frozen foods. Not all frozen foods are highly processed and unhealthy, in fact, there are some companies out there that strive to provide quick options using “the best sources of lean protein, fiber-rich whole grains, plentiful vegetables and healthy fats.” March is National Frozen Food month, so what better way to celebrate than learning about Artisan Bistro and their line of  frozen breakfasts, entrées, burritos, bowls and bakes.

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More about Artisan Bistro:

Everyone at Artisan Bistro is a foodie. We share recipes, restaurant tips and gather for meals regularly. New recipe and meal concepts begin with culinary trends, travel and new ingredients. Discussions with our dietitian follow. Then we talk with trusted suppliers. Ingredients arrive and the cooking begins. Our entire staff tastes each recipe and shares opinions about the prototypes. It’s a collaborative, creative process.

The burritos are new to the Artisan Bistro line and come in four different options:

The burritos are:

  • Gluten-free, non-GMO
  • Sustainable Wild Alaskan Salmon 
  • Antibiotic Free, Beef & Free Range Chicken
  • Organic Vegetables, Grains & Spices
  • 7 oz. Burrito

Artisan Bistro products can be found in many Target and Whole Foods stores across the nation. We received some samples from Artisan Bistro yesterday and will be sampling them over the next week. I’ll update once we try them!

Have you tried the new Artisan Bistro Burritos? What about any of the other Artisan Bistro meals? 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. 

 


Mar 18 2015

NFCA Webinar: The Future of Drug Therapy for Celiac Disease

Have you ever wished that you could just take a pill to cure Celiac Disease so you could eat whatever you wanted to? I know I have, but when I really sit back and think about it, I worry about the potential consequences of drug therapy. In the big scheme of things, eating a gluten-free diet isn’t the end of the world. There are many other diseases and conditions out there that have worse treatments or sentences.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is hosting a webinar on March 31, 2015 that will open a conversation about future drug therapies for Celiac Disease. More about the upcoming webinar:

The field of celiac disease research is moving rapidly, and some of the most exciting developments have been in the area of pharmaceutical therapies. Here at NFCA, we regularly talk to the community about their interest in a drug to treat celiac disease, and we hear your feelings of hesitancy and worry about the implications of a new treatment for the genetic autoimmune disease. Today, it’s time to open an honest conversation about the future of celiac disease treatment and management.

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Where: Your computer

Time: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT

All you need to do to attend is register here and follow the instructions you receive via email. If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be available for viewing in the webinar archives within 72 hours.


Mar 16 2015

Review: Crunchmaster Popped Edamame Chips

It was almost a year ago when I first heard about Crunchmaster Popped Edamame Chips. I found them in my local health food store, Raisin Rack, last week when I ran in to grab some protein bars, so I grabbed a bag of the Sea Salt variety to pair with my daily lunches.

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Each chip is about 2 inches long and an inch wide. A serving contains 130 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 1 gram of protein and only 1 gram of sugar.

Ingredients: Rice flour, edamame, safflower oil, dried cane syrup, sea salt. 

The chips have a crisp, rice-cake like texture and a mild, cracker-like flavor. I love that the ingredient list is short and non-GMO and the products are certified gluten-free. They offer a Wasabi Soy variety in addition to the Sea Salt. Look for Crunchmaster Popped Edamame Chips in your local health food or grocery store. Click here for a $1.00 off coupon for your next Crunchmaster purchase (on bottom left).

Have you tried Crunchmaster Popped Edamame Chips?