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( Aug. 3rd, 2009 10:45 am)
Seems like lots of my friends are trying the gluten free lifestyle these days, so here are a few of the tricks, tips, and items I've found really useful:
  • Leftovers - I always make enough for leftovers, because having something quick to eat for lunch or a snack the next day is priceless
  • Tinkyada Gluten Free Pasta - this is a godsend. I love the macaroni, the penne, and the fettucini. The texture on thinner noodles doesn't quite work for me. Always, cook it for a couple of minutes less than the package says. Stir regularly.
  • Amy's Gluten Free frozen meals - Wholefoods carries them, so do some Safeways near me. Pricey, but safe. Mac n Cheese is the best.
  • Trader Joe's Gluten Free Boxed Mac and Cheese - it even has dayglo orange cheese sauce!
  • Rice flour, sorghum flour, xanthan gum
  • Using rice flour and egg, you can make onion rings, fried fish, fried chicken, etc - and it will taste as good as the gluteny stuff
  • Gluten free baked goods are always better toasted
  • Wholefoods has a whole gluten free baked goods refrigerated section
  • Quinoa is a great alternative to couscous
  • Almond flour is great, but most store brands are too grainy and need to go through a food processor. Buying online can be a lot better.
  • Cream of buckwheat - for those who like hot cereals, this is a good choice

Websites with good gluten free recipes:
Elana's Pantry - gluten free and mostly sugar free - she uses agave nectar and lots of almond flour
Karina's Kitchen/Gluten Free Goddess - some great stuff here, also vegetarian
Gluten Free Mommy - some nice recipes here
Gluten Free Girl - has some interesting stuff, but I mostly use it as a starting off point and do my own modifications


I'm still tweaking my diet, but here are a few solid conclusions:

Gluten = bad for me - it makes me very sick. You do not want details.
Peppers (chili peppers, bell peppers, red peppers, cayenne) = even worse than gluten - oh, my goodness, the rash, the swelling, the inflammation, the nausea.
Sugar = bad for me - sadly, this one gives me mood swings and increases my hunger.
Nightshades - bad for me - related to peppers (most peppers are nightshades) but not all nightshades are so severe. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, paprika, and pimentos appear to give me eczema.


Still up for debate:
pork
corn
dairy
chocolate

I've been eating all of those, and clearly something is still not right. At the moment I'm eliminating pork, to see if that's the culprit. I hope that's the culprit, because I don't want it to be any of the others...
I have discovered that even the sugar in chocolate chips is too much for me. So, tonight [livejournal.com profile] krchicken  and I made agave sweetened chocolate chips. The recipe is as follows:

1 cup cocoa powder (we used Ghiradelli's)
1/3 cup and 1 tsp butter or coconut oil*
2/3 cup agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract


In a medium sauce pan, melt butter or coconut oil over low heat.
Add vanilla and agave nectar.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
At exactly two minutes, remove pan from heat.
Stir in cocoa powder (quickly, otherwise it gums up).
Pour/scoop into greased pan/mold.
Chill.
Remove from mold and chop into pieces.

The texture, because of the agave nectar, will be a bit chewy. The flavor will be the same as regular semi-sweet chocolate.

*I haven't tried it with coconut oil, although that's what the original recipe called for, because I did not want coconuty flavored chocolate in my mint chip ice cream


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