Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Weekly Gluten-Free Post

Still going strong over here. Have found a few new things to enjoy and one to avoid.

Pasta: Bionaturae Gluten-free pasta. YUM. I'm sorry it has soy in it, as I'm not a fan of soy, but once in awhile... I guess I can look the other way about it - because this pasta is GOOD.

Gluten-free beer: RedBridge is nice. Since I don't drink beer all that often, it will be awhile before I try another brand, but I like this one.

Gluten-free brownies: We tried the Pamela's Brownie Mix, and did not love it at all, found it to be grainy. Even though I swirled it with Fran's dark chocolate sauce... it was not good. How can something ooey-gooey chocolate be not good? I was surprised. Then we tried the Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie mix and LOVED it. Next time I won't put in quite as much oil as it calls for though.

Gluten-free bread: We have a difference of opinion around here. The two grownups like Udi's bread better than Rudi's bread. The kiddo likes them both but thinks Rudi's is better.

Energy~Snack Bars: Zing! Chocolate Coconut! Really. Almost like an Almond Joy, only better for you.

Quinoa: Red Qinoa to be exact - Frank picked this up, I guess he was feeling adventurous. I browned some mushrooms, added the quinoa, and chicken broth for the liquid, salt and pepper, and it was really, really good! I was following directions and used a whole cup, which made a BIG pan of it, so we had left-overs and they reheated just fine.

Luke is still missing his "goldfish" - the one and only thing he walks by at the grocery store and starts pouting over - so last night he googled "homemade gluten free goldfish" and came up with The Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom: Gluten Free Goldfish - and we are going to try this today. I even ordered the tiny goldfish cookie cutter she has the link to in her blog post.

I read "Healthier without Wheat" by Dr. Stephen Wangen last week, and the biggest thing I got from it was the recommendation for the supplement "L-Glutamine" - it is supposed to help repair gut damage from gluten intolerance, help repair muscles, supports the immune system. Sounds good, the reviews on iHerb sound good too.

Oh, and I signed up to be a tester cook for an upcoming gluten-free cook book one of my favorite bread baker authors is creating... so I need to get to work on that, though I'm not loving the ingredient list. So I don't know if I'll actually do many recipes or be able to recommend the book when it comes out. Maybe one of the recipes will convert me, I don't know. I was so excited about it... but now I'm not. Oh well. I'm not supposed to talk about it, so you'll have to wait until the book is out and then I'll clue you in.


  1. Thanks Pam,
    I just sent a link for your post to my daughter - she has a wheat intolerance, and is always on the lookout for gluten free products.

  2. Your foray into gluten free eating really caught my eye. My daughter is 16 and has had acid reflux from birth. We never even considered that gluten might also affect her skin rashes! We've talked about it and after your experience, we are going to try it for a week as well. We even found Bisquick that is gluten free! I'm starting to accumulate things for the week we try it. Thanks for relaying your experience.

  3. Good luck to your daughter! It's the best thing we ever did, health-wise, I hope it helps her as much as it has us :)