Gluten Free

Gluten Free Living

Gluten Free appetizers, dessert, meals and drinks for gluten allergies.  I learned what gluten free meant when my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease two years ago.  Since then my sister in law, nephew and a couple of nieces have been diagnosed.  When people say they are on a gluten free diet to loose weight I say, “What”?  A GF diet is not lower calories than regular foods. Living in a GF house is easier than making foods with and without gluten.  Cross contamination is just as bad as eating gluten, so I went gluten free also. Going out to dinner is sometimes tricky but you learn what restaurants will work with you and who will not. Eating GF is good for you with lean meats, veggies and fruit since they naturally contain no gluten.  Pastas, breads, cookies, candy and snacks, usually are not gluten free.  GF foods are not fat free or sugar free.  They have many more calories than the regular versions. See the list below for gluten free flours that are used in baking.  Since the big “Gluten Free” hype came about there are more products available to replace the regular items.  Below are gluten free recipes that I have made myself.  I have listed drinks, desserts, appetizers, Jello and pudding shots. Wine, alcohol and their mixer like juice naturally contain no gluten. Beer is is made with barley which has gluten in it.  Check out my gluten free product list of items and beers that I have tried and where to buy them.

Giant Eagle food store has been great to work with and I’m so glad I have one in my area.  If you have any questions you can call the number on the package and someone from the lab will get to you with whatever info you need for their products. http://www.gianteagle.com/Search/?q=gluten+free+product+list

APPETIZERS AND DESSERTS
Popcorn Party Mix
Chocolate Fudge
Fetti Cake Popcorn
Rolo Pretzel Delights
Amaretto Soaked Cherries
Gluten Free Chicken Fingers
Microwave Popcorn Nutrition Values
Ambrosia Fruit Salads
12 Layer Jello – Looks great with your wedding colors for the wedding shower
Salads
Lime Green Jello Recipe with pineapples, walnuts and apples
Homemade Ice Cream

DISHES
Chili
Chicken Paprikash
Salad With Fruit, Nuts and Chicken
Rigatoni
Progresso Soups
Quinoa Salads

DRINKS
Martini’s
June Bug Drink
Dead Little Green Frogs Drink
Margarita’s
Lemon Blast Party Drink
Apple Pie Cider With Everclear
Smoothies
Dandy Blends (Herbal 100% Caffine Free Coffee, Instant or Brewed)

JELLO AND PUDDING SHOTS
Pudding Shots
Jello Shots
Jello shots made in fruit
Peanut Butter Cup Shots

Bragg Products - They have all natural, organic, gluten free salad dressings, vinegars, soy sauce, marinates and more.  I have tried the Liquid Aminos, natural soy sauce and Braggberry dressing and marinate.  They are excellent soy protein product.  Their products are recommended by Bob Harper from Biggest Loser.  I use the Liquid Aminos for stir fry’s and fish and the Braggberry fat free, salt free and gluten free for salads and marinates.

GLUTEN FREE FLOURS

WHOLE GRAIN FLOURS
brown rice flour
buckwheat flour
corn flour
mesquite flour
millet flour
oat flour
quinoa flour
sorghum flour
sweet potato flour
teff flour

WHITE FLOURS/STARCHES
arrowroot flour
cornstarch
potato flour
potato starch
sweet rice flour
tapioca flour
white rice flour

NUT FLOURS
almond flour
chestnut flour
coconut flour
hazelnut flour

BEAN FLOURS
fava bean flour
garbanzo bean flour
kinako (roasted soy bean) flour

gluten free chili
GF Chili in a crock pot.