Gluten Free Tuna Salad for Junk Food Lovers

March 24, 2012 by  
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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.

THIS SALAD INCLUDES

– 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  
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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.

Gluten-Free Man Meal 1 – Corn Sausage Apple

December 5, 2011 by  
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In restaurants, the male gender dominates the kitchen as chefs and cooks, but let’s face it, if he ain’t gettin’ paid for it, he probably ain’t cookin’ it, and at home, women usually do the cooking.

Where do bachelor men fall, men who want to eat well but really aren’t into cooking and they don’t have a lady around to service ‘em? Maybe they put their career, bar-hopping, or mating opportunities before nutrition. They get home late and leave early. A lot of bachelors don’t even have a table and chairs. They eat on their couch or bed. Maybe they don’t have a kitchen at all, just a microwave.

Cooking takes time, energy, ingredients, cookware, and thought.

If you aren’t cooking and you don’t have a lot of money to eat out, you probably aren’t eating all that well.

I’m going to introduce some easy and tasty meals that single people can make without too much effort. I’m going to call ‘em Man Meals for fun, but of course, these are meals for anyone of any age and gender or marital status who just doesn’t have the patience, ingredients, or money to make spectacular meals.

These gluten-free meals are simple, well-rounded, and taste good.

Pictured here today is Man Meal 1.

Boil some water and toss an ear of corn in for 5 minutes. After you pull it out, you can flavor your corn with butter, salt, lemon, and/or parmesan cheese. If you don’t want to bother with fresh corn, you can also use canned corn, but realize that it is far less healthy and it costs more. You may want to choose canned corn if you are rarely home and fresh food tends to go bad before you can get to it. MICROWAVE ALTERNATIVE: You may microwave your corn for 45 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your microwave.

Put a gluten-free sausage in the frying pan on medium-low heat for about 4 minutes on each side. Turn it over when hot and browned on one side. When other side is browned, take it off. Trader Joe’s has lots of different types of healthy gluten-free sausages. Hot dogs are often gluten-free. Make sure to read the package! You want foods that you know what each ingredient means, nothing with weird long chemical sounding words. Try to get sausages with very few ingredients, organic when possible. MICROWAVE ALTERNATIVE: You may microwave your sausage for about 1-3 minutes.

Wash and cut an apple.

If you are a big man, increase the amount of sausages and corn to suit your appetite.

If you or your guest has a problem with gluten, do NOT drink regular beer! The CO2 carbonation and wheat, barley, rye elements will have your tummy tossing and farting.

Gluten-free alcohol beverages are wine, cider, potato vodka, and tequila.

And that’s it! So easy. It’s not a fancy or pretty meal, but it tastes great and gives you a perky mind and satisfied stomach. You won’t feel sick from all that processed food and flour. You can even serve it to a lady date and earn some respect for your thoughtful endeavor.

How To Avoid Gluten on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 by  
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Avoiding gluten is difficult on Thanksgiving.

I will take a typical Thanksgiving meal, the one I will be eating at my mother’s house, and tell you where the gluten is.

1) The muffins and bread!

2) The stuffing, which is made out of bread!

3) The turkey parts that touch the stuffing.

4) The gravy is thickened with flour.

5) Toppings on veggies or other things might have some bread crumbs or flour.

6) Desserts like pie, cake, and cookies are made with flour.

7) Beer and grain alcohols are made from wheat, barley, and rye.

What can you do to avoid gluten and eat gluten-free on Thanksgiving?

1) Don’t eat the bread.

2) Eat the top part of the turkey, furthest from the stuffing, and get it before it hits the stuffing or juice.

3) Don’t eat the gravy. I use cranberries as my sauce and that is delicious.

4) Eat vegetables that are not mixed with any other ingredients, other than butter & spices.

5) Bring your own gluten-free wheat-free desserts like brownies and apple crumble that you make at home before you go.

6) Bring gluten-free appetizers for everyone, like rice crackers, cheese, and olives.

7) I also bring my own alcohol such as hard cider (made from apples), tequila (made from agave), and potato vodka (you can find at Trader Joe’s: 1782 Monopolowa, smooth taste and only $9.99).

 

In bringing food and drinks, you are a more polite guest and offering up more eats for the family.

You don’t even have to say why you brought it or that it is gluten-free.

I like bringing foods and drinks to events and only informing people that something is gluten-free after they have commented on how delicious it is. People have this idea that anything healthy or gluten-free must taste disgusting, but times have changed and we’ve figured out to make yummy gluten-free foods. It’s better to let people make an unbiased opinion.

Thanksgiving is always a gluten health risk kind of day; I allow this as one of the days that I will probably get sick, but the pain is worth the time I get to be with my family. Just do your best to avoid gluten and enjoy your family.

Let the fart competitions begin!

Gluten Free Tater Tots from Heinz Ore Ida

September 3, 2011 by  
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I ain’t goin’ to lie folks, I eat shit like Tater Tots and love it. Probably not the healthiest thing, but this site is dedicated primarily to gluten-free eating with a secondary effort at being healthy. Organic and green is better, but let’s shake it up a little, right?

Not all tater tots are created equal. Some actually do have white wheat flour in them, so make sure to read the ingredients on the label.

Ore Ida has kindly gone so far as to include us Celiac folks when considering its new labels with its old fashioned tried and true branding. It now says on their bag, “Gluten Free” near the ingredients. No Trans Fats either.

The gluten-free bag of Ore Ida Tater Tots pictured here is a ginormous 8 pound bag of Tater Tots that you can find cheap at Costco in the frozen section. Tater tots are a nice companion for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — basically, it’s just potatoes and some extra stuff. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

You can prepare the tater tots a number of ways. Today, because I am in a hurry, I put a little butter in the frying pan and heated the frozen taters on low. The least healthy way to cook them is in oil in a frying pan. I find the best flavor and healthiest is to bake them.

Don’t write articles and make lunch at the same time: the house is filling up with smoke and I am burning my taters.

Gluten on Stamps and Envelopes!

June 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten

Have a glass of water with your letters and stamps gluten breakfast!

Did you know that gluten is found in some stamps and envelopes, to make ‘em gluey and stick? Yeah. Gluten is found in all the strangest places.

There was a funny episode of Seinfeld in Season Seven called “The Invitations” that aired May 1996: Jason Alexander’s character George is due to be married to Susan, but she dies from licking the toxic marriage invitation envelopes.

Don’t lick your envelopes or stamps!

Use a shot glass filled with water, dip your finger, and run your finger along the sealant. Or you can use a damp sponge.

 

Amy’s Mac-n-Cheese for Folks on the Go

June 8, 2011 by  
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For single adults on the go or parents who don’t have enough time in the day to be cooking healthy meals, Amy’s healthy-minded frozen food products are a great choice.

Today at WholeFoods, I planned on only returning some bottles and getting one bottle of cider, but then I saw one thing… and another thing, so I got a basket. Next thing I knew, my basket was full and an employee suggested some new gluten-free foods in the frozen foods aisle. When it comes to food, I am such a sucker!

Mostly, I make fresh foods now, so I am no longer familiar with all the new frozen food products. Only a few years ago, it was almost impossible to find gluten-free prepared foods. I started making all my own fresh foods out of necessity, not want, and it didn’t occur to me to see what gluten-free frozen food products may have been developed over the years. Honestly, I am still in shock about this big gluten-free movement. I felt very alone in my pain and I marvel at how many other people were privately suffering as well.

Who I met in the frozen foods aisle was a delightful surprise, the founders of Amy’s Kitchen foods, Rachel and Andy.

They had a meeting nearby and stopped in the store to check out a few things. They are actually real people and the story on the box is true. We had a lot of things in common, like living in Petaluma (where I grew up), being gluten-free, and loving Amy’s uncle Bill’s Old Chicago Pizza in Petaluma where my family ate regularly.

Back when I didn’t know I had Celiac Disease, all I knew was that I was physically in a lot of pain, I used to try all sorts of healthy diets, in hopes that something would work to alleviate my pain. Living in Hollywood, I was extremely busy and had a decent salary, so I ate a lot of Amy’s natural and organic frozen food products. My favorites were the vegetable pot pie and mac & cheese. When I found out that it was the gluten making me sick and bonkers, I stopped eating Amy’s products, about six years ago.

Today, I found out from the makers of Amy’s that they too also largely eat gluten-free now, and as a result of that, they have developed a bunch of new gluten-free products.

I knew about Amy’s gluten-free rice crust pizza and bought it frequently. WholeFoods stopped carrying the personal size one, though, and started only carrying the combo dairy-free gluten-free personal pizza for lactose intolerant Celiac Disease sufferers. As I prefer eating real cheese, I started making my own pizzas from scratch at home. If that seems like too much of an endeavor for you, to make your own pizzas, you should try to locate Amy’s gluten free pizzas, which are very tasty.

Rachel, from Amy’s Kitchen, pointed out all their new gluten-free products about which I had no idea. My favorite old mac & cheese that they make, now comes in a rice noodles gluten-free mac & cheese option! So that’s what I had for lunch today and it was sooooo good, just like the old days.

A search on their site comes up with 89 gluten-free prepared foods options! That’s impressive. Other than the one gluten-free pizza, I had no idea. Go check it out. Search gluten-free foods at Amy’s Kitchen: http://www.amys.com/products/product-search

Amy’s Kitchen specializes in lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, vegan, low cholesterol, soy free, dairy free, tree nut free, and low fat. Much of their ingredients are organic and non-GMO (not genetically modified). They have canned foods and frozen meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Plus, they told me about some new products they are developing in the Yum category, so stay tuned for that.

For frozen foods, Amy’s Kitchen has always been my favorite. Now that I know first hand that they are deeply caring health-conscious real people and that they have so many gluten-free food options, they just got back one of their good old customers, me! And yeah, their gluten-free macaroni & cheese rules.

Organic Farm Fresh Produce Deliveries

May 9, 2011 by  
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There was a midday knock on my door last week from a representative of Farm Fresh To You offering to deliver me weekly or monthly boxes of fresh produce.

Some of my friends have this service, organic farm goods delivered to their door, so I had heard about it before and thought it was a marvelous idea and jumped on the opportunity.

Remember the milk men of the 1950′s? It’s like that.

In the photograph here is my first box of delicious fresh organic farm fruits and vegetables: broccoli, endives, salad, strawberries, avocado, red potatoes, white onion, apples, oranges, and some other things: all gluten-free! Much of these foods I do not buy regularly, so it was nice to be forced into making some new and healthier meals and snacks. What I have eaten from this batch has all tasted delicious and decidedly different from non-organic grocery store foods that come from far away places.

If you do a search for “organic farm produce food box delivery” and add your county and state name, you can see which organic farms do home deliveries in your area and what are their prices.

Natural food has dirt on it, the leaves are different sizes and colors, bugs are in the box and have eaten a bit of your food — this is normal in the real world, be happy about it! Any food that you see that is all the same size, same color, no bug bites or age or tears, you can be pretty sure it is GMO genetically modified food and has used poisonous pesticides.

For Celiac Disease sufferers, you can call and ask if there are any wheat, barley, or rye growing within a mile radius if you want to be really sure about it being gluten free.

Buying local food produce helps your local community to prosper, keeps small farmers in business, and is healthier for your body.

Plus, having a mystery box delivered to your home is fun.

Bean & Cheese Mexi Melts

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Recipes Fast Easy

If you have a big family and limited time or patience, try this quick and easy delicious meal that will suit all your gluten-free and vegetarian needs.

Buy corn flour tortillas; make sure to read the ingredients so that it is only corn and not made in a factory that also processes wheat flour goods.

Heat up your corn tortillas on low heat in a non-stick pan with a little butter or olive oil. After a minute, turn them over and add a thin slice of Jack Cheese. You can buy big blocks of cheese for very cheap at Costco. Next, put a tablespoon scoop of Refried Pinto Beans. For adults, add a squirt of hot sauce for excitement; I like Tapatio Salsa Picante. Let this heat up until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot to the touch. Put on a plate. Add some avocado slices for a delicious quick fast and easy Mexican style meal.

Of the mini style corn tortilla pictured here, 3 to 5 will satisfy an adult, 1 to 2 for small children.

*For kids under 6 years old, they probably prefer it without beans, and definitely no hot sauce.

Gluten Free Hors d’Oeuvres, Appetizers, and Snacks

January 27, 2011 by  
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Who the heck can spell hors d’oeuvres? I am fluent in French and a pretty good English speller and I still never can remember how to spell hors d’oeuvres, even though I love to eat ‘em. I’m copying and pasting the term from the dictionary right now, I’ll have you know.

Just so that you all can nagivate your way safely to this page, we shall call ‘em appetizers and snacks too. This is any small finger food dish you’d like to serve as a munchie at a party or before the main dinner entrée.

I had some family over the night. Being family, even though they won’t admit yet that they are gluten intolerant, seeing how it is genetic and they constantly have stomach pains, I like to provide snacks and meals that we can all enjoy, foods that will show them how delicious and easy it is to eat gluten free.

Over time, I will be posting many hors d’oeuvres and food recipes. Almost every meal I make at home is unique, so it will take some time before I can get all my mad creations up online.

In the meantime, here is a very simple healthy plate of appetizers that you can serve to your gluten free guests.

The edibles featured in this photo are:

  • Fresh oranges from the yard
  • Kiwi slices
  • Dutch Gouda cheese
  • Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Rosemary and Olive Oil Crackers
  • Edwards & Sons Brown Rice Snaps
  • Cucina & Amore Artichoke Bruschetta

YUM!

Each food is delicious alone or together with the other components.

Enjoy!

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