Gluten Free Tuna Salad for Junk Food Lovers

March 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes Fast Easy


Greens are so essential to good health and yet most of us Americans rarely eat salad; it’s almost a curse to offer someone salad, even in California, land of the healthy hippies. A good percentage of people I know will refuse salad when I offer it to them, including my dear sweet mother!

Growing up on sweets, processed foods, and carbs, I was a mess by the time I reached my 20s.

If it were not for the fact that I get these Organic Farm Fresh boxes delivered to my house, I probably would eat very little green salad, even though I know it is good for me and I feel immediately better in body and spirits.

Rarely do I buy greens because they go bad so quickly. With my home delivery of fresh farm foods, to respect the money I have spent, and to respect my body, I try to force myself to eat the greens each day until they are gone. I also soak the stems in water bowls so they will last longer.

The salad pictured here is a creation based on my forced (by choice) greens supply.


— The SALAD is butter lettuce (my favorite), green lettuce (of some sort), radicchio (has bitter kick), and sliced red onions. Wash everything and make sure there is no dirt (which causes diarrhea) or wilted slimy rotten parts. Cut it up bite size.

SALAD DRESSING is an easy delicious creation I made:

    • Squirt of Mustard
    • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
    • 1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed Lemon *
    • 1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar *
*You can use just one of the Lemon or the Vinegar, tastes great with just one or both.
You can also add a few dashes of salt, pepper, or garlic if you like; tastes good with or without.
Put your chosen salad dressing ingredients into a small recycled glass jar and shake it up until fully blended. Use a spoon to distribute evenly on the salad.

TUNA SALAD SCOOP is made with one drained can of tuna and an enormous heaping forkful of Lemonaise, mixed together until creamy smooth.

Even for people who love eating junk food, I promise you, this salad will please you. It’s really good and may inspire further salad eating.


List of Gluten Free Products at Costco

March 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Products

Costco is understanding and embracing the gluten free diet. To see such a major food institution support healthier and niche market foods makes me so happy.

To recap, eating gluten free is not for weight loss or social issues, it is to resolve severe abdominal pain and to give clarity to one’s muddled mind caused by an intolerance of gluten (the modern strains of wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes soy and oats found in processed foods).

Here are some of my favorite gluten free foods I like to buy in bulk at Costco.

  • Hormel Corned Beef Hash has few ingredients and is my guiltiest carnivorous gluten free pleasure.
  • Lundberg Short Grain Brown Rice is gluten free, non-GMO, organic and 12 pounds lasts many servings.
  • Sabra Hummus gluten free is a great snack with a quick boost of protein and brain power.
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers are gluten free and organic; tastes good with hummus.
  • Kirkland Turkey Burgers are gluten free.

Other gluten free products we get at Costco are Organic Fair Trade Coffee Beans, Chicken Taquitos, Tuna, Pistachios, Gallo Salame, Turkey Dogs, Organic Tomato Sauce, Sausages, Wine, Tequila, and Toilet Paper (ha)!

Most cheeses are gluten free; I prefer Kerrygold Dubliner and Monterrey Jack which come in big blocks that last a long time.

You can also buy FRESH bulk Costco gluten free simple whole foods without ingredients like Fruits, Vegetables, Milk, Orange Juice, Eggs, Chicken, and Meat.

Always read the label and ingredients on packaged products to make sure it is gluten free. Products that are now labeling themselves as Gluten Free are really helpful and make shopping go a lot quicker.

Celebrating Oreo’s 100th Birthday With Gluten Free Cookies

March 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Desserts

Let’s celebrate Oreo’s 100th birthday, one of my all time favorite cookies!

Are Oreos gluten free? Sadly, no; Oreo cookies have wheat gluten in them. But there is an equally tasty substitute.

Eating gluten free, doesn’t mean having to give up Oreos.

Since Kraft-Nabisco didn’t jump on the opportunity (yet), the gluten free brand Glutino came out with their own Oreo style cookie: the Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies!

Glutino’s gluten free cookies are dangerously delicious and test your will power because you will want to eat the whole package they are so good! These are the best gluten free cookies. They are slightly lighter and airier than the original Oreo.

After opening the package, I put the cookies in an air tight glass jar so I can enjoy them over a long period of time and not get sick from eating them all in one sitting.