Monday, March 29, 2010

Fantastic Contest on GlutenFreeFrenzy

The giveaway is for a case of four Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Mixes to include: Pizza Crust, All-Purpose Flour, Yellow Cake Mix, and Shortbread Mix.

Bob's Red Mill is one of the ultimate sources for gluten free mixes around. Check them out at

This is mostly what my household uses.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Gluten Free St. Patrick's Day Meal

My mother and I actually found a gluten free corned beef at the grocery store.

Corned beef (which is actually not Irish in origin), cabbage and red potatoes.

Well, it sure is a delicious way to celebrate.

I'll try to post a recipe later.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gluten Free Cheesecake Promotion on Gluten Free Mike Blog

There's a promotion for gluten free cheesecakes from Earth Café running on for this month. It's called "March Madness Promotion with Earth Café." For information about the cheesecakes they have, visit their web site at and click on "Taste Life."

Being the typical skeptic that I tend to be, I had to check this out for myself. Of the two that I looked at, there are no wheat ingredients whatsoever, which is definitely a plus for wheat allergy sufferers like myself.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Information from Food and Drug Administration

Why isn't gluten on the list of allergens? Why aren't all food manufacturers adhering to the allergen labeling? Why must we still read the little bitty list of ingredients (a time-consuming process) just to determine whether a food is safe or not? Why must we have to wonder why we can't all be scientists or doctors in order to interpret the ingredients because they list the same ingredient under twenty different names?

I'm scratching my head!

Wheat Allergy -

This is the heavy-handed medical definition.

Food Allergy Initiative - Wheat Allergy

Here's another great explanation of the difference between celiac disease and wheat allergy. This one is a little more comprehensive in that it includes red flags of what ingredients could indicate the presence of wheat in food!

Wheat - FAAN

Wheat - FAAN

This is the best explanation I have actually seen to explain the difference between celiac disease and wheat allergy. I have wheat allergy. But for the most part, adherence to a gluten free diet is essential.

People with celiac disease cannot even tolerate barley or rye. Sometimes they cannot tolerate any gluten whatsoever. But with a wheat allergy, barley and rye is acceptable provided there is no wheat included in the ingredients.

However, because of the widespread use of wheat in a number of foods, sometimes it is hard to find foods that are wheat free without going gluten free. Wheat can be found, of course, in bread. Wheat can also be found in candy, sauces, dressings, pastas, flours, soups and a number of other sources I probably do not even know about. 

First Gluten Free Lasagna

So one of the foods I've been missing during my gluten free life is lasagna. But the only kind of lasagna noodles I can locate is brown rice lasagna noodles. To me, it's all in the sauce and once you get past the initial weirdness of it and approach it with an open mind, it isn't that bad. My mother, on the other hand, absolutely hated it. But gluten free lasagna may only be a once a month or once every two month thing.

Now one thing I am looking forward to: St. Patrick's Day! Corned beef and cabbage time again!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Today's Gluten Free Menu

For dinner:
1. Gorton's Italian Herb Grilled Fish Fillets have no wheat in them like the salmon fillets do, so for me it's a safe food because of my wheat allergy.

2. Mashed potatoes.

3. Green Giant Corn.

4. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. My mom showed me a trick to getting them to come out better and they do taste good. We even experimented and made one like a pizza with green St. Patrick's Day M&Ms!

If I figure out to post pictures, I will get a picture of the cookie posted later in the week or next week.

But that was my gluten free dinner for the day! Yum!

*Here's a picture of the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie with Green M&Ms. It looks a little like a turtle....

My Favorite Gluten Free Foods So Far

Officially I've been completely gluten free as of January 21, 2010. I did begin a partial gluten free diet in January 2009. As I have been changing to gluten free, I have learned the following things: some of the foods taste like cardboard. Yuck! Some of them taste like their non-gluten free alternatives. Love that! Some of them are actually even better tasting and much healthier than their non-gluten free alternatives. Yay!

Anyway, these are some of my favorites:

Alternating Almond Breeze chocolate milk with the Silk.

Ancient Harvest Quinoa - great for spaghetti and other pastas

Baffles - They are a gluten free cereal snack of sorts. I'm mad that my local Whole Foods stopped carrying them.

Betty Crocker gluten free mixes: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, Yellow Cake, Devil's Food Cake.

Bob's Red Mill flours/mixes.

Most Chex cereals have gone gluten free.

Glutino Chocolate Cream Cookies - tastes like Oreos!

Joyva Sesame Snacks - can't enough of them. They're like healthy candy. But I hate that they went to smaller packaging so now you have to buy two packages whereas before one was fine. is under construction.

Still drinking Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk on a regular basis. I've been milk free since 2006 but was heading that way in 2004.

So Delicious Soy/Coconut Ice Cream - They even have gluten free varieties!

Whole Foods 365 Veggie Chips - They're just good.

Gluten Free

I'll add more to this post later or do what another blogger I know does and do a part II, but I'm checking out right now and they have this supercool contest for Mixes from Heartland (available at It's supercool because, personally, as a newbie to the gluten-free world, I find that my mom and I have to do a lot more baking and other home-cooking and it's so hard to find mixes that don't cost an arm and a leg. But my wheat allergy has been a small blessing in disguise: I am actually starting to lose weight on the gluten-free diet!