A Well Stocked Pantry is a Celiac’s Best Friend

When I was diagnosed about 4 years ago, the food choices weren’t very good. Most of the stuff was really expensive and tasted like either cardboard or packing peanuts. Thanks to government food labeling and much more awareness there’s a lot more selection now, but I still like to do my own cooking, that way you know what’s in there!!! (Story time: I was lied to by a waitress at PF Chang’s who HAS a GF menu and got REALLY sick. Trust no one, kids!!)

So to keep all of you from getting sabotaged by a waitress at PF Chang’s, here are my favorite things to keep in the kitchen:

My 3-cup Hello Kitty Rice cooker!! You don’t need anything fancy, or Hello Kitty, but it’s fun, easy, and you just throw the rice and water in there and forget about it. You can even put it in when you leave in the morning, set the timer and it’s ready when you come home!

At least 3 kinds of rice; white jasmine or sushi, brown basmati, and brown or wild sweet, just for variety, flavor etc. It’s a great base grain and stretches out meals. Brown rice is really tasty, too, so that helps.

Rice pasta. Enough said. The ones with added rice bran in the ingredients, like Tinkyada taste most like real pasta. Trader Joe’s is great, too. Can’t beat the price. Be careful with sauce ingredients, though! Read those labels!!

Canned beans, black, red, garbanzo, makes for a really easy meal. Throw some white beans on pasta with canned tomatoes, instant protein!

Goya Adobo Light seasoning. You can use it on everything, and it’s gluten free!! Still haven’t found a good sub for soy sauce, though.

The Cuisinart Convection Bread Maker actually has a Gluten Free bread setting. The only one out there with one. I’ve had it for about 3 years now, and it’s still going strong. Saved a lot of money with that machine!

Flour…lots of flour…I try and buy it at Asian markets like H-mart, it’s a lot cheaper than the health food stores. Usually I try and keep white and brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and sweet rice flour in the house at all times. I’ll have garbanzo or something else if I have a recipe that calls for it, like that yummy brownie from BabyCakes NYC, but I can usually get by with those 5, alone or in some mixture.

I hope this helps people out a bit.

 

Cheers!

 

Lindsay

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The Bacon Explosion is Gluten Free!!!

I love BBQ!  I am extremely excited that BBQ, with a gluten free BBQ sauce, is GLUTEN FREE!

I’ve run across this recipe all over the internet in the past couple days, and even on the evening news, so I figured I was missing out if I didn’t blog about it, especially since it is GLUTEN FREE!   My favorite food, besides pizza or a good steak, is probably bacon.  

Whoever came up with the Bacon Explosion is a genius!!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE and more pics(food porn)!

With the popularity of this recipe, their server has been overwhelmed recently.  Bookmark this and come back to it later.

What is Celiac Disease? Great Videos!

This is the best, real-world explanation of Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance video that I have found.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has Celiac and has recently released book about living gluten free!  I have always thought she was hot… on Survivor, a hardcore Republican, and now I find out she has Celiac!!!  She is moving up on my celebrity hot list!

3 Million people undiagnosed with Celiac!

Here is another short and sweet one I found:

My History

Celiac runs strong in my family, starting with my grandmother and down to her grandchildren (my generation).  Nine people on my dad’s side of the family have celiac.  

I always was very active in sports and generally pretty healthy.  My favorite foods are pizza, Chinese food, cheeseburgers, and macaroni and cheese… I showed no signs of an intolerance to gluten.  My sister was diagnosed with Celiac after she went through a long period of pain and feeling poor.  My mom insisted that I have a blood test, and I failed miserably.  I was officially diagnosed with celiac via an endoscope when I was 22 years old and in college.  My eating and beer drinking habits at that time were gluten ONLY. 

Fast-forward a year or two, I’m 24 now… I’ve put on some pounds due to my favorite foods, am not aerobically in shape, and overall not feeling very well on a daily basis.  I still do not have the typical stomach symptoms that are shared by most people with Celiac.  

My First Post!

Here is my first(boring) attempt at a video blog.  I figured, I’d do it so people would have an idea who I am.  I try to explain my history and goals… in a boring, monotone, just woke up sort of way….

 

I decided to start this blog to help others learn from my personal struggle with Celiac.  I am a pizza and beer type of guy, so this transformation is going to be tough.  Recently, the celiac symptoms have started catching up to me (not the bathroom type of symptoms, thankfully!).  

I encourage you to not only read my blog, but also participate!  Please help me learn and offer suggestions; I will frequently ask questions or want feedback…and probably a shoulder to cry on.  I would love to have guest writers who offer their experiences or recipes. 

I hope we all can learn from this experience!