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Foodie Films 2014

July 10th, 2014 at 6:31 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so excited for the buffet of Foodie Films 2014 is serving us this year! We seem to have our plates full with what I have selected as this year’s Must See Foodie Films.  So get out from behind your computer screen, cell phone screen and tablet and go to the big screen to see how Hollywood is making food a star!

Chef

 

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I recently decided to whet my appetite with Chef - the film, written and directed by Jon Favreau and produced by OpenRoad Films.  I call this movie a Romantic Comedy because things heat up in the kitchen with Chef as he makes you fall in love with his passion for food. The plot of the film serves up a fun filled theme that follows through on entertainment with music, social media and food images that will make you want to eat more than just popcorn. Chef, the film, doesn’t miss a tweet now that Chef Carl has learned his way around 140 characters while multitasking in the kitchen and facing his nemesis.  Just as things are getting steamy in the kitchen, Chef hits a fork in the road and has to make a decision as to – what’s next?  His spicy Ex-Wife Inez (Sofia Vergara), has an idea that takes them to Miami where the real El Jefe is created.  The triangle between the bromance of Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), loyal friend and Chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl and Inez’s son, Percy, decide to hit the road and get back to their food roots for inspiration.  This is a must see movie this summer that will get your appetite going for some down-home fusion food-truck food.

 

 Tasting Menu

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A Culinary Event is the culmination of 15 years of creating artistically exquisite food by a world famous, award winning chef – Mar Vidal.  Chef Vidal has decided take her journey on another road by closing her doors and promises to create her best culinary event to celebrate her success.  Her artistic culinary menus and beloved restaurant are worshiped by foodies from around the world. Chef Vidal makes sure that everyone is well fed and entertained down to the succulent last bite.

The theme of “one last chance” is intertwined in the story lines  between courses, giving us morsels into peoples lives as we see who comes to fill the tables and witness such a grand finale.  What will happen at the end will have to wait because it will only work if all of the emulsions are represented and blended together to make an exquisite meal of a lifetime. Even if you don’t get to taste this menu your eyes will devour every delectable bite.  This is a must for added inspiration beyond social media. Magnolia Pictures presents Tasting Menu starring Stephen Rea, Fionnula Flanagan, Claudia Bassols, Jan Cornet, Vicenta Ndongo and Togo Igawa.

 

Haute Cuisine

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Who knew that a farmer and self trained cook, Hortense Laborie, would be called by the French government to be the personal chef for President François Mitterrand? Yes, it was one of those days when you shake your head and say is this for real? Hortense’s life is turned up side down when she gets a chance of a life time when President Mitterrand requests a “chef from the countryside that cooks like my grandmother”. Mitterrand was tired of the haute cuisine from the past 7 years of his first term and wanted simplified meals which happen to be Hortense’s specialty.  Once she accepts the offer she realizes that she is in for a battle between kitchens when she insists on being called Hortense – not chef, as she wraps her signature kitchen apron around her waist. 

The film unfolds into a beautiful and bountiful setting with steamy food images of the meals that Hortense creates.  You want to leap out of your seat and cheer from the sidelines as she strives to create just what the President desires to win and satisfy his appetite for simple meals against the all male chefs in the main kitchen.  Once she really gets rolling she brings in her purveyors from her countryside home to bring her truffles and Organic produce. There are moments of challenges and sweet tender moments throughout the film that remind us of how food connects us all of us. Haute Cuisine is based on a true story and is produced by the Weinstein Company.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film and it inspired me to stick to my roots and to the kind of food that speaks to me in everything that I do.

 

Fed Up

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The documentary film, FED UP is a collaboration of Executive Producers Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar Winning Producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig about the food industry from the past 30 years. The film follows families that are morbidly obese and shows how the food choices they make are a result misleading marketing. This epidemic is not just at the grocery store it is within our school lunch programs. FED UP gives us insight as to how this epidemic is spreading like cancer with allowing companies to reach the students at a young age to make them customers for life.

Throughout the film there are very informative, expert interviews from Michael Pollan, President Bill Clinton, Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Mark Hyman, and many more. Their thoughts give us insight as to why our past/current food system are making us sick and what we should do about it.  Is there a reason that diabetes is on the rise as soda sales are soaring?  The film spotlights the insanely high levels of sugar, disguised in all forms and gives us a lesson in reading food labels which will make your head spin. But wait, the dairy industry finds a way to sell a commonly consumed beverage and to make another cash cow product that is heavily marketed to ensure it will be in everything you consume.  So before you go out to eat another double burger with extra cheese and a super sized soda – GO SEE – FED UP and discover who is making big bucks for the food industry and why your waist is continuing to grow.

You can take a stand and tell the food industry your are FED UP too. Make your voice heard by the food industry with changing the way you shop for your groceries. To learn more about what you can do for yourself to make better food choices for your health FED UP has a “Sugar Free for 10 Days Challenge” that you can sign up for and follow on their web site.

FED UP the Movie will change the way you look at your food when you shop at the grocery store and eat out. This will hopefully be the kick start you need to clean out your pantry and make a fresh clean food start by shopping at your local Organic Farmers Markets.

 

So if it is getting too hot outside, grab your foodie friends and go inside to cool off at your local air conditioned theater! I hope that you enjoy my Foodie Films 2014 recommendations as much as I did.  For additional information go to Fandango.com to find local show times and theaters.  I am not associated with any of the films.  The opinions and descriptions expressed are my own for which I am NOT compensated. 

Go, See, Eat and be inspired by Foodie Films 2014!

Salud!

Lisa 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Frozen Yogurt

July 4th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Oh my! If ever there was a match made in heaven it would be raspberry and bittersweet chocolate! Today is July 4th and in the Pacific Northwest we are expecting temps in the high 70′s – 80.  So I decided to make my secret recipe for, Easy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Frozen Yogurt! So of course I decided to make, Raspberry Frozen Yogurt with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks.  I must say that for me, when the fresh slightly sweet flavor of the raspberries melds with bittersweet chocolate, oh my! To me it is the perfect bite, especially when it is cold and creamy!

 

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This year I am on a mission to make my own treats at home.  I am trying to save some money but I’m also trying to eliminate extra sugar, waste and extra ingredients that are not good for me.  I am focusing on high quality products with no added sugar, fresh Organic produce, grass fed meats, fresh wild fish and NON-GMO products. So when the mood strikes me on a warm Summer day, I make frozen yogurt with Coconut milk yogurt that I make at home or with  SoDelicous – non-dairy, unsweetened plain or vanilla yogurt. 

My secret is in the jar! I love Bonne Maman Preserves with my yogurt in the morning during the winter when I can’t get fresh fruit.  So it makes the perfect choice to use in my frozen yogurt as well.  Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves are perfectly sweet so I don’t have to add sugar to my frozen yogurt.  The flavor and the ruby color in the jar is beautiful too.  The frozen yogurt melds into a pretty pink hue when it is mixed with the other ingredients.

 It just says fresh, light and delicious doesn’t it?

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Raspberry Frozen Yogurt with Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks

1 -16 oz  container **SoDelicious Unsweetened Yogurt – Vanilla or Plain

3 Tablespoons **Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves

1/2 cup **Lite Culinary Coconut Milk – SoDelicious

2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut – optional

1 cup Dark Bittersweet Chocolate – chopped into small chunks

Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine and 1 pre-frozen freezer bowl

Mix all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate into a bowl with spout.

Assemble the machine according to the instructions. Turn the machine on and slowly pour the ingredients into the machine through the hole.  Let everything mix and freeze for 25 minutes.  Slowly add the chocolate until all is mixed in.  Turn the machine off. Carefully scoop out the frozen yogurt into freezer safe containers with lids. I save and re-use my jars from Bonne Maman.  I love the pretty red and white checkered lids.

Allow the frozen yogurt to freeze for 20-30 minutes before serving.  So go make some - Easy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Frozen Yogurt!

**Please note that I purchased all of these ingredients and this is my recipe.  A typical ice cream or frozen yogurt recipe adds at least a cup of sugar.  By using the preserves I get all of the fruit flavor and save on adding sugar to the recipe.  It is just a bonus that I love the NON-GMO/unsweetened yogurt and it really doesn’t need sweetener.

Have a safe and delicious Summer! Happy 4th of July!

Salud!

Lisa

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Mini Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

July 3rd, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Want to make a treat that is sure to please a crowd in a jiffy on a hot summer day or evening?  How about Mini Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches?! All you need is some of your favorite Gluten Free ice cream, in your favorite flavor – vanilla, strawberry, chocolate or espresso and some Pamela’s Simplebites -Mini Gluten Free Cookies.  Pamela’s makes three Gluten Free flavors – Chocolate Chip, Extreme Chocolate and Ginger Snapz. It just so happens I try to keep a bag or two of them in my Gluten-Free pantry just in case we want to have some fun with making spontaneous treats -

Mini Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches.

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The other night I met up with a some of my new neighbors.  We were sitting around the gazebo getting to know each other when someone said they had sweet tooth and a craving for a cool treat.  Well, my light bulb went off and I said I’ll be back in a jiffy!

I looked throughout my kitchen and came up with this cute and easy treat -

Mini Gluten Free Sandwiches

You will need 2 cookies and about a tablespoon of ice cream per ice cream sandwich serving.

Take out the ice cream and the cookies and use a spoon to scoop out some ice cream and spread it on the cookie.

Make as many servings as you need or as many cookies as you have to make an ice cream sandwich.

If you have time put them into a freezer safe container and let them freeze before serving, even if it is only a few minutes.  This will help them set and allow you to make the rest of the batch.

*Please note – I decided to make more to have on hand in the freezer. I wrapped them in cling wrap and then put them into a plastic- freezer safe container. They freeze well and are the perfect bite size Summertime treat. 

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Well I guess I need to make more because when I went back into the freezer to take some pictures to show you, they were GONE!   

Stay cool and go makes some yummy Mini Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches.  I suggest stashing some in an container to disguise the contents…

Salud!

Lisa

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Jennifer Esposito’s Celiac Chat With Jon Stewart

June 25th, 2014 at 12:46 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Actress Jennifer Esposito has Celiac Disease and she has written a book called Jennifer’s Way that took her 3 years to write.  Jennifer Esposito’s chat with Jon Stewart talks about her new book, she explains how she suffered with undiagnosed Celiac Disease for 20 years and navigated through the medical system.  Jennifer dedicated her book to everyone with Celiac or has yet to be diagnosed. Jennifer also has a Gluten-Free Allergen-Free bakery in New York called – Jennifer’s Way Bakery and can now ship her baked goods across the USA.jennifer's way book

 

Bravo to Jennifer and Jon Stewart for this very informative, positive interview about Jennifer’s story and Celiac Disease.  Jon Stewart’s son – the boy – has Celiac Disease as well and his experience with it is unfortunately very common.  Bravo! Finally a really good interview to cheer about!

I hope to read and review Jennifer’s book soon. In the meantime I think I am going to order some delicious Gluten-Free Allergen-Free Birthday treats for me! 

 

Salud!

Lisa

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Easy Gluten-Free Brownies

May 27th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am a baker that definitely enjoys spending some quality time in my Gluten-Free kitchen. But sometimes you have to put the proverbial pedal to the metal and the joy of baking is more about getting to that decadent bite as fast as you can.  The other night we were getting ready to watch a movie and we were craving something fabulous and fast.  The one thing we agreed on is that everyone wanted a chocolatey Gluten-Free treat. I love having a few mixes tucked away in my Gluten-Free pantry so that when the desire strikes, I can make it in a flash! So I went into the kitchen and started to make the perfect chocolate comfort food treat -  deliciously easy Gluten-Free Brownies from Kember’s was perfect!

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I love Kember’s mix because it is Dairy and Soy Free and because they use a variety of flours, almond and sorghum  that are a good source of protein and tapioca to keep it light.  The chocolate is Fair Trade. Kember’s products are made in a dedicated Gluten-Free kitchen and certified NON-GMO.

The brownies are so easy all you need to do is mix in 2-3 eggs depending on your cake or fudge-like-ness preference, oil (I use grape seed) and vanilla.  If you want to add more chocolate, nuts or whatever to the mix that is up to you.  I made the brownies in ramekins so that the brownies were portioned and my guests could customize their brownies.  We added M&Ms, walnuts, chocolate chunks and coconut in various amounts.  Believe it or not, one brownie was left as a traditional, nothing added, just pure brownie goodness.  Once the brownies were baked, we topped some of them with Non-Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream so it would melt into the brownie.

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I added iced cold coconut milk to mine! Might sound odd I know, but I love that creamy-coconut-milky texture as it oozes into my gooey brownie. It is as if I had intentionally spilled my milk inside my brownie! Oops … Oh my! 

I have to share with you that all of my family and guests know that everything I serve is Gluten-Free.  When I went into the kitchen the others were distracted.  Just before I put the brownies into the oven I asked if anyone wanted to add a few … add ins. I threw the bag away before anyone knew that this was one of my super fast and deliciously easy Gluten-Free brownies from a MIX! So let’s just keep that our little secret, Ok?!

Everyone raved about my secret super deliciously easy Gluten-Free brownies.

I met Marilyn Roseburrough, the master-mix-maker, recently at a Gluten-Free event.  She shared her story with me and said she was told by her doctor to go on an anti-inflammatory diet which included no gluten, dairy, soy, potatoes, corn, sugar or coffee. So she went cold turkey and lucky for us she made it through with flying colors and better appreciation of food so she created Kember’s Gluten-Free.  Marilyn, her daughters and husband all help out with mixing, bagging and selling their products.  Her daughters are the sweetest and happily enjoy a Gluten-Free lifestyle to support mom.

Kember’s Gluten-Free also makes Pumpkin Bread, Crepe and Waffle Mixes.  Oh my goodness, I have tried the Pumpkin Bread and it was so soft, moist and flavorful.  I can’t wait to try the others. You can buy Kember’s Gluten-Free Baking Mixes online from her site direct – Kember’s Gluten-Free or you can find her with her family at either the Vancouver or Camas Farmers Markets.  Her products are also sold at Lingonberries and at Neighbors Market in Vancouver, WA.

Salud!

Lisa 

Disclosure – Marilyn shared a complementary bag of her Brownie Mix with me.  She asked me if I would try it and give her some feedback.  I told her the same statement as I do everyone, if I do not like it I will not write about it.  I was not paid for my opinions that I happily wrote in my post today. 

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Gluten-Free Food Fest at New Seasons Market – May 17, 2014

May 13th, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Mark you calendar and make plans now to attend the Gluten-Free Food Fest at New Seasons Market – May 17, 2014 at two locations – Fishers Landing in Vancouver, WA and Progressive Ridge in Beaverton, OR.  This is a must attend FREE event this month to celebrate Celiac Awareness.

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Try some new Gluten-Free foods from a variety of vendors, learn about some Gluten-Free options to add to your shopping list and attend a “Beyond Gluten” class taught by a New Seasons Market Nutritionist. In the class you will learn about avoiding gluten and a variety of dietary approaches that are designed to maximize digestive healing.  We will compare the guidelines for anti-inflammatory, Paleo, FODMAPs and GAPS diets and evaluate the advantages of adhering to one of these alternative food plans.

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I absolutely love shopping at all 13+ New Seasons Market in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area.  They offer the biggest selection of Gluten-Free products from the local area that are fresh and packaged.  They keep up to date with the newest products and if you do not find what you are looking for just ask!  The staff is always so friendly and love it when you add requests to their suggestion box. They will even respond to your request via email or phone call which ever is most convenient for you,  I requested some special culinary coconut milk from So Delicious, a local company and they were able to order it and get it on the shelf within a week!  Now they don’t make any promises but they will do their best to find what you are looking for to make sure you have a happy and fun shopping experience.

New Seasons Market, opened in 2000, is a locally owned, sustainable company. They are committed to their communities and give 10% after tax profits to various organizations. NSM -philosophy is to keep their customers happy by offering local products.  They also do their best to keep the earth happy by managing a small footprint that includes – company wide recycling program, printing on recycled paper and using plant based ink, facilities that are located within 1/2 mile along public transportation, low flow toilets and faucets,  grey water usage for irrigation, rain water harvesting, and more. New Seasons Market is the first B Corporation grocery store that was certified March 2013.  To learn more about New Seasons Market’s certification as a B Corp please go to the web site.

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New Seasons Market really is the friendliest store in town!

It is always fun to shop at New Seasons Market so be sure to sign up for their weekly specials email newsletter and look at the calendar for special events all month, every month!  All of their locations have events and classes.  Make sure you check each store for specific location events.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Gluten-Free Food Fest at New Seasons Market this Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 12- 3 PM! It’s FREE so bring your friends, family and anyone you think would enjoy learning more about living Gluten-Free and celebrating Celiac Awareness month!

Salud!

Lisa

P.S. Check out this week’s Savings on Gluten-Free products!

 

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Gluten-Free Everyone Soaps and Lotions

May 6th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is that time of the year when I stock up on my unscented bath products.  I’m allergic to bees so I use unscented product when the weather gets sunny and warm so I don’t attract bees.  I found a new favorite, Gluten-Free Everyone Soaps and Lotions. I found them at New Seasons Market in Portland, Oregon. Everyone Soap, EO Products, are plant based soaps and lotions made with pure botanicals.  Everyone Soap and lotions are Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Polysorbate-Free, disodium EDTA free, sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate free.

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Everyone Soaps are created as a multipurpose body care product for your face, hands and body, including your hair! They offer scented products too – Lavender Aloe, Coconut Lemon, Citrus Mint and Unscented.  I love love love the soft feel of my skin when I step out of the shower.  The soap is so gentle on my skin and hair! I can’t wait to try the lotion! 

I decided to look up more information about the company after looking at their impressive label. The company actually has two brands EO (Essential Oils) Products and Everyone  with 12 product categories and over 250 products with 120 products that are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Certified Organic and B Corp.  I support products that take the time and extra expense to go through the process to become certified, verified and are sustainable!  Read more about EO labels here.

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To my surprise, I was very happy to find that EO Products created products for our furry family members as well – Pet Shampoo and Conditioner made with -

  • French Lavender Essential Oil is therapeutic and nurturing for coat brilliance.
  • Gotu Kola supports a lush, full coat.
  • Quinoa Protein, high in amino acids fortifies, conditions and repairs active coats.
  • Hibiscus, rehydrates keratin fibers adding luster and smoothness.
  • Organic Jojoba Oil, Coconut and Olive Oils lightly condition to restore coat softness.
  • Naturally derived Panthenol (Vitamin B) and Glycerin aid in moisture retention, hydrating the coat.
  • Allantoin, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E nurture and promote skin and coat health.
  • Rich Rice Proteins nurture the radiance of pet skin and hair.
  • pH balanced Formula for dogs.
  • Biodegradable, cleansing and extra gentle.

Additionally EO Products makes deodorants, hand sanitizers, bath salts, travel wipes, essential oils and more. You can learn more information about EO Products - Premium Natural and Organic Body Care Products on their website  and buy direct or find local retailers.  EO Products support their local community homeless shelters in Marin County, CA as well as relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, Haiti Earthquake, City of Joy Congo, Africa.

Bravo EO Products!

EO Products – Love Life. Live Clean  

Salud! 

Lisa 

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Celiac Disease Couples Study at PSU

May 5th, 2014 at 9:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Now that I have your attention …

So what does Gluten-Free Pizza have to do with a Celiac Disease Couples Study at PSU? Do you and your significant other share meal time together?  I mean really share in the process of planning and creating meals together to support your dietary restrictions living a Gluten-Free lifestyle due to Celiac Disease?

May is Celiac Awareness month and I wanted to share some very interesting information with you about a local  “Celiac Disease Couples Study at PSU”.  I recently chatted with Lindsey Alley, a graduate researcher in the Social Psychology program at Portland State University, (PSU). Her work focuses on eating behaviors within romantic relationships, and the roles of dietary support, emotions, and social interactions on diet adherence.

Lindsey explained that she used to work at Whole Foods Market several years ago.  She found that a large number of people would go to the market in hopes of finding support for Celiac Disease and learning about Gluten-Free foods.  Ironically, around the same time, she decided to go back to college to get her graduate degree and further her research in human behaviors. Little did she know that the seed was planted within her to research the lifestyles of people with Celiac Disease and their relationships.

I asked Lindsey what the purpose of the study is and she said, “Eating is an integral part of the human experience, which affects every aspect of our social lives.  Celiac patients are in a particularly interesting situation, in that they have been required to alter their “normal” diet to adhere to a strictly Gluten-Free one in order to maintain, or return to, adequate health.”  

She also noted that “It seems intuitive, and psychological literature supports, that such a change in behavior would affect not only the emotional well-being of the patient but also that of their closest ties (e.g., spouse, children, best friends). Until now, research has yet to explore dietary adherence as it pertains to couple functioning within the Celiac community. Thus, the aim of this exploratory study is to gain a basic understanding of what romantic relationships look like for Celiac patients; and specifically, to explore what role dietary support may play in how these individuals and their partners appraise their relationship.”

Lindsey says, “She feels that Celiac Disease provides an exciting arena for food research since the only current treatment is the adoption of an “extreme” dietary shift”. She is excited to share her findings from this study, and knowledge of dietary support from previous research, with the Celiac community!”

Adults with celiac disease and their significant others

are needed for a research study!

 People with Celiac Disease are needed to participate in a nationwide survey. 

Questions will focus on how you eat, what your relationship is like, and your thoughts about the gluten free diet.

Both medically and self-diagnosed people with Celiac Disease can take this survey.

If you choose to take the survey, they will also contact your significant other or spouse by email to see if he or she would like to take it.

They are looking for couples that have been together for at least six months, and where both members are at least 18 years old.

The survey will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, meaning you can decide to quit at any time.

You and your significant other are encouraged to take the survey separate from each other to maintain confidentiality.

Take the Celiac Disease Couples survey here.

Please share this post with your friends and family that have Celiac Disease.  The study will end on June 30, 2014.

So the next time you are in the kitchen preparing your meal, ask your significant other if they would be willing to support you and us – the Celiac Disease community by taking some time to answer some questions about your relationship and Gluten-Free food.

I look forward to following up with Lindsey and sharing results with you at the end of the Summer or early Fall.

THANK YOU in advance for your participation in the study! 

Lisa

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Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Frozen Yogurt

May 5th, 2014 at 12:35 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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The sun has been shinning and all I can think about is making something refreshingly slightly sweet and tart! I am not usually a lime person but for some reason I have been craving Limes and the perfect companion – Coconut!  I decided to make Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Frozen Yogurt. I love love love coconut and so for this fun frozen recipe I am using my favorites and newest products from SoDelicious – Culinary Coconut Milk and Unsweetened Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk.

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Maybe it is all of the talk about the lime shortage but no worries, I have an idea to get your lime craving fix right here. This is so easy, fast, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free.  Santa Cruz Pure Lime Juice is the perfect Organic juice to create the tart flavor to tantalize and quench your tastebuds on a hot day!  I used all of my favorite ingredients from SoDelicious, Bob’s Red Mill, Enjoy Life Foods and tools from Cuisinart and Weck Jars.  This was a fun and festive unexpected party in my kitchen when some new neighbors stopped by for a chat. 

Ingredients

11 oz So Delicious Lite Culinary Coconut Milk

16 oz So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk 

1 cup Santa Cruz Organic Pure Lime Juice

1/4 cup honey

1 3/4 cup coconut flakes

pinch of sea salt

1 lime zest

1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill almond flour

1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut flour

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Enjoy Life – Dark Chocolate chips or chunks – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free optional 

Tools

Cuisinart Ice Cream/Yogurt Maker

6 – 8 Weck jars with lids

tall pitcher

mixing bowl

whisk

Silicone spoon or round spatula

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Directions

Mix the coconut milk, cultured milk (yogurt), honey and lime juice in a pitcher. Pour it into your ice cream/frozen yogurt maker.  Turn the machine on and slowly add 1 cup coconut flakes and sea salt.  Add the lime zest.   Allow the maker to mix and freeze the ingredients for approximately 20-30 minutes depending on your machine. (check the owners manual for time because the newer machines are faster). Set a timer so that you will hear when it is ready.

While the frozen yogurt is mixing and freezing, set up your jars to begin assembling.

In a bowl, mix the almond, hazelnut flours with the 3/4 cup of coconut flakes and cinnamon.  Use a whisk to incorporate.

Add a generous layer to the bottom of the jars.  Set the remaining aside to use as topping.

When the timer dings, turn off the machine and carefully remove the top. Use a silicone spoon to scoop out the frozen yogurt.  Add some to each jar.  Create layers with the nut and coconut to make a parfait or just add a generous portion to the top after you fill it with frozen yogurt.  Secure the tops on the jars and *chill in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

*Please note that you can serve the frozen yogurt right away, skipping the extra freeze time,  if you have an impatient crowd, it will have a softer texture.  

Take the jars out of the freezer and allow a few minutes – 2-3 before removing the lids.

Add some dark chocolate, extra coconut and a lime wedge if you are lucky enough to find some!

You can also store extra servings with the lid on in the freezer.  Just as above, allow a few minutes for the jar to warm to room temperature, 3-5 minutes.  Add your toppings – coconut and dark chocolate as desired.

I absolutely love the combination of coconut, lime and dark chocolate! The tart lime with the sweet coconut and the deep bitterness of the chocolate. Oh and then the nuts! Wow! It is a must try if even just one big bite.   Let me know what you think?!

I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream/Yogurt maker and I absolutely love it! It is a few years old but I use it all the time, especially in the summer! I suggest buying an extra freezer bowl to make additional flavors and keep everyone happy.  Nothing better than a full belly of delicious home made frozen Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free yogurt on a hot day!

 I hope you try my recipe for Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Coconut Lime Frozen Yogurt and enjoy it as much as I do.  I can now say I am a Lime person!  Since I made this recipe I have also used other citrus flavors – fresh squeezed Meyer Lemon, tangerine and blood orange  I just love the citrus with the creaminess of the coconut. Try it! Which is your favorite combination?

Salud!

Lisa

Disclosure Statement – So Delicious sent me their new products used in this recipe.  I was not paid or influenced by the company for their gift. I buy SoDelicious products every week and absolutely love them!   As for the other ingredients and tools used I purchased them and was not paid to use them in my recipe. 

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Five Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals

May 4th, 2014 at 7:57 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I created these recipes for anyone who is busy and hungry for learning new ways to make a meal Super Easy, Gluten-Free and Fast!  All of these Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals are flavorful and healthy for everyday celebrations.  So here it goes – just a few ingredients and you will be surprised as to how happy your family and friends will be with your Mexican cooking!

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gluten-free cheesy red chile turkey enchiladas

I used Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey and Wholly Guacamole for all of these recipes.  I used my “Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe” for all of these ideas and cooked it the same way. 

The secret to my recipe is that is has all of the flavor without the mess of chopping and extra expense of buying a ton of ingredients.  I used a local fresh, Organic (Medium Hot) salsa that I bought at my Farmer’s Market.  I also use a Pico de Gallo in place of salsa as well if I want it more chunky.  Pick the heat level of the salsa that you and what your family and guests will like.  (I always have a spare hotter salsa on the side when serving any meal so that the extra brave people can add a little more to their liking.)

“Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe”

1 package – 1.25 lbs./ 20 oz.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey

2 tablespoons Olive Oil for the pan to cook the turkey and a little more for the individual pans to bake the enchiladas.

1 cup Organic Gluten-Free Salsa or Pico de Gallo – Mild, Medium or Hot

Cook the turkey over medium-high heat to 165 degrees.  I always follow the safe cooking tips provided on the Jennie-O Turkey Store site.   Lower the heat to simmer.  Removed some of the natural liquid. Add approximately 1 cup of the salsa to the cooked turkey and mixed well.  Let it simmer over low heat for 5-8 minutes, then removed it from the heat.  

I have been craving enchiladas lately and decided I just had to make them with a healthier twist.  I used ground turkey meat from Jennie-O Turkey Store. I came up with a recipe to cook the ground turkey that locks in all the flavor and moistness.  The Secret is my – Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe! 

#1 Super Easy Gluten-Free Red Chile Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas 

1 package – 1.25 lbs./ 20 oz.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey

2 tablespoons Olive Oil for the pan to cook the turkey and a little more for the individual pans to bake the enchiladas.

1 cup Organic Gluten-Free Salsa or Pico de Gallo – Mild, Medium or Hot

Tortillaland Corn Tortillas – Gluten-Free, no preservatives, no trans, sat fat or cholesterol – these are uncooked and you need to cook them before eating.  These are THE BEST GF CORN TORTILLAS! 

Frontera Red Chille Enchilada Sauce Gluten-Free, all natural, no preservatives - 1 package = 4 Enchiladas so please buy enough for the amount you are serving. I bought 2 packages to make 8 Enchiladas. 

2-3 cups Sargento Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican blend - Gluten-Free – *see Gluten-Free statement here

1-2 packages Wholly Guacamole  - Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Kosher, No Preservatives and all natural.  I always buy extra for scooping up with chips and to make sure I have enough!

1-2 fresh Roma Tomatoes

Cook the GF corn Tortilla Land tortillas over medium-high heat on a comal or cast iron pan.

Add 1 tsp of olive oil to the individual pans. Place the tortilla in the middle of the pan and add 2 Tbs of cooked turkey to the middle.  Roll up the enchiladas tightly with the edges on the bottom.  If you are adding cheese add it with the meat.  Add the red chile sauce and then some cheese on top of the sauce.  This makes them extra creamy and  you know it has cheese if you are making 2 different kinds.  Place 2-3 enchiladas in each serving dish for a hearty meal.

To make the non-cheese enchiladas, add the meat and roll up with the edges down and then top with the red chile sauce. Cover the pan with foil while cooking to keep them moist.

*Please note you can make this in a large serving dish with all cheese or all non-cheese enchiladas as well for larger groups.  I like to make individual servings for a smaller group. 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook the cheese enchiladas, smaller potions,  uncovered for 10 – 12 minutes.

Cook the non-cheese, covered with foil for 10 minutes.

If you are cooking a larger serving, cook cheese, uncovered 15-20 minutes and non-cheese covered 15 minutes or until heated through.

Let cool slightly before serving.  Serve with a generous side of guacamole topped with fresh cut tomato slices.

 

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#2 Super Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Turkey Quesadillas 

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

Cook the Tortilla Land Corn tortillas

Add 1 Tbs of cheese and 1 Tbs of Turkey on top of one tortilla while it is still on the pan.

Add a little more cheese on top and then the second cooked tortilla.

Use a lid from a pan to press down the quesadilla, just like making a panini so that the cheese will melt and make it stick together.  Cook approximately 2-3 minutes.  Carefully flip over and use the lid again to press down.  Remove from heat and place on a cutting board.  Use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla into 4 pieces.   Top with guacamole and fresh tomato slices.

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#3  Super Easy Gluten-Free Tacos 

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

6 GF Tortilla Land Corn Tortillas

Romaine Lettuce

1-2 Roma Tomatoes

1 package Wholly Guacamole

Cook the Turkey as above and set aside.  Cook the tortillas and add the turkey, lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Fold the tortilla or roll them over to serve and eat.

#4  Super Easy Gluten-Free Taco Salad

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

Organic chopped green lettuce

Organic fresh Salsa or Pico de Gallo

Cilantro

Cheese – optional

Wholly Guacamole

The Better Chip – Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

In each bowl add the chips, lettuce, 1/2 cup of cooked turkey, cheese, salsa/pico de gallo, cilantro and guacamole. Mix together and enjoy!

#5  Super Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Nachos 

Secret Spicy Salsa Turkey

The Better Chip – Chips – pick your favorite flavor

Sargento shredded Mexican cheese -

Wholly Guacamole

1 medium, purple/red onion – diced

1 cup sliced jalapeños – serve on the side and add as desired

2- 3 cups extra Organic Salsa or Pica de Gallo

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add a layer of chips to the baking sheet.  Make sure the chips are close but not on top of each other.   Add some cooked turkey, cheese and diced onion on top.   Cook in the oven 5-10 minute or until the cheese is melted.  Carefully take the pan out of the oven and let cool slightly.  Serve with a generous portion of guacamole, salsa and jalepeños as desired.

I like to make each chip individually so that each bite is perfectly portioned and satisfying.  Never missing any ingredient. 

Disclosure statement – I received complimentary Jennie-O Lean Turkey and Wholly Guacamole products from the companies.  By no means did this change or influence my opinion of either company.  I purchase both all the time on my own for my recipes and healthy meal and snack planning.  

All of the additional ingredients I purchased and gladly share my favorites with you in hopes that you have,  Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals.

Salud!

Lisa 

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