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Gluten Free Recipes

July 27, 2012 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and immediately switched to a Gluten-Free diet. Are you aware of these surprising signs of gluten intolerance? 

What is Gluten?
It's the stuff found in wheat that is activated or extracted when the plant is processed. And it is in MANY items other than bread, pasta, and "multi-grain" cereals.

It is in ice cream, soy sauce, most SEASONING packets, not individual spices, play doh, shredded cheese, crackers, pretzels, and the list goes on.

What is a Gluten-Free diet?
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes foods containing gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and triticale.

It is used as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent, often as "dextrin". A gluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease and wheat allergy. (wiki)

What is Celiac Disease?
The disease occurs when the body’s natural defense system reacts to gluten by attacking the lining of the small intestine.

Without a healthy intestinal lining, the body cannot absorb the nutrients it needs. Nutrient deficiencies can result and may lead to conditions such as anemia and osteoporosis.

Other serious health problems may include diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and intestinal cancers.

Some people don’t get immediate symptoms, but when they do, they are typically gastrointestinal-related, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea.

And some people do not have any symptoms at allbut still may have intestinal damage and risk for long-term complications.

It is important for individuals with celiac disease, who may vary in their sensitivity to gluten, to discuss their dietary needs with their health care professional.
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Thanks to changing food labelling regulations, finding foods that work with my body is getting easier. But even without the help from the FDA (Not the USDA....they do not have the same labelling regulations so beware with meat and dairy!), I know that the cleaner and closer I eat to the source, the less chances of getting a gluten contamination.

So how did all this start and how did I know it was gluten?

First Diagnosis

Progress Report

It's definitely a work in progress. I had to learn to cook favorite recipes with new ingredients and at times, I really miss some "old" foods I enjoyed like take-out pizza and seasonal cupcakes.

But I clearly remember the last few days of a 10 month battle with digestive issues. I actually consider myself fortunate in that my body CLEARLY lets me know that I've been contaminated and I have always been able to figure out the source and cross it (usually a restaurant food) off my list.

Depending on the severity of the gluten, my symptoms may last for just a couple of hours the next morning or they may be so bad, it would require me to take a sick day from work. I think I can live without pizza and cupcakes and be satisfied with gluten-free versions ;-)

Beginning with fall of 2012, ALL of my recipes are Gluten-Free. I cannot test any recipe with gluten. Posts prior to fall of 2012 contain foods with gluten. I am currently updating those recipes with a Gluten-Free version.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Being a kindergarten teacher has its perks. One of them is making cinnamon applesauce ornaments every December. Many students in our school have limited experiences with holiday traditions such as baking or cooking. I like to spend an afternoon with my students making “gingerbread” men that they can put on their tree for years to …

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Carnitas & Haricot Verts

This is one of my most favorite meals and it’s all because of fat and flavor. I make a big pan of my favorite pork carnitas and each time, I find more ways to use them. I was late coming home last night and needed something quick. I already had the carnitas in the fridge. …

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Mushroom Frittata Cooking Light

Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite meals. With the New Year healthy cooking spree I’ve been on, I’ve been eating several variations of the classic frittata. I love frittatas because I can use a wide variety of ingredients and put the pan under a broiler. It doesn’t get much easier! No tossing or …

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Thai Red Curry

This is a big bowl of comfort food and it did not take long at all to make it. I started with this recipe from Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine which is an unbelievably authentic book with recipes she perfected while traveling around Thailand. I then tweaked it a bit because I wanted a …

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Cottage Pie

Down here, when the temperatures dip below 90*, we think fall sweaters and hot cocoa are just around the corner so it must be time to turn the ovens back on. During the humidity of June-August, I rarely turn on the oven. But I have missed hot roasted meals and vegetables. I’m also enjoying as …

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Swiss Almond Ice Cream

A few weeks ago, I opened this book to look at all the recipes that I could make that would not involve dairy or gluten. Since being diagnosed with Celiac disease two years ago, I’ve drastically scaled back my dairy since the proteins in dairy can cause issues for people with gluten intolerances. It’s almost …

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Shrimp Pesto Kebabs

Grilling season is in full swing! I’m ready to put anything on the grill that I can. I’m a firm believer that if it can fit on a skewer, it should be grilled. I bought some beautiful peppers this weekend and while I love steak and peppers, this savory pesto shrimp recipe looked easy but …

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Citrus Tea Punch

With summer in full swing and vacation plans finalized, all that is left to do is enjoy the last days of school and sip some tea on the back porch. But I didn’t want ordinary iced tea. What I was really craving was icy punch like what we serve at showers, parties, and weddings. In …

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Bistro Dinner Salad

We just got back from a great week in Austin and I wanted something quick and easy for dinner. I opened up Cooking Light and this recipe came up when I searched for eggs. I didn’t want the usual “breakfast for dinner” that I sometimes do in a pinch so this looked interesting. This is …

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Ginger-Lime Shrimp

I love shrimp all year long even in the middle of the most brutal April winter. Yes, it is still showing signs of winter here in Alabama. Instead of beautiful pictures of tender green shoots and leaves across richly fertilized farm soil, we have this. And I’m in extreme denial that I’m still wearing a …

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Curried Short Ribs

I have another confession. I am not a fan of curry. Let me try to paint the picture for you. Spring 1998. A few of us were about to graduate from college/grad school and we spent most of our 4-5 years eating at the cafeteria, the Taco Bell in the student center or the local …

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Gluten Free Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

When Russ, the Domestic Man, posted a recipe for gluten-free nuggets that tasted like the real thing from Chick-Fil-A, I was a little skeptical. Since having to cut gluten due to Celiac disease, those little bites of fried glory were high on the list of things I will forever miss. Not chicken nuggets. I can …

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