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HOLIDAY CRANBERRY MOLD

November 19th, 2017

I would like to share a delicious recipe that your family will enjoy year after year during the holidays.

Yield:  16 servings

2 (12-ounce) bags fresh cranberries
1 (20-ounce) can unsweetened pineapple chunks in its own juice, drained, (reserve  juice)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons clover honey
1/2 cup peeled and finely chopped apple
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1. Lightly oil a 6-cup ring mold with vegetable oil and chill. Pick over cranberries, removing stems and any shriveled berries, then rinse. Place into a food processor; add pineapple chunks. Pulse into a thick puree, scraping down sides of bowl. Transfer to a large bowl; add honey. Fold the in apple, celery and nuts. Set aside.
2. Place reserved juice into a small saucepan; sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand 5 minutes. Place over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add to cranberry mixture; mix thoroughly.
3. Remove ring mold from refrigerator. Blot any excess oil with a paper towel. Pour cranberry mixture into the mold; cover. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
4. To unmold, place mold at room temperature for 15 minutes. Remove cover. Invert mold onto a serving plate. Cover with a hot, damp cloth; shake to release. Repeat procedure if necessary. Serve with turkey or roasts.

Tip: Mold can be made up to 3 days in advance.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Like us on Facebook.

Source:  Comfort Cooking Without Grains and Refined Sugars,  p.270.

LIVING GRAIN AND GLUTEN FREE

October 30th, 2017

 

This information was posted on my blog several years ago but I am repeating it for those newcomers to the site. There are two books that have helped me immensely on my journey to living grain and gluten free. These books explained in detail how grain and gluten intolerances affect the human body. The books are listed below:

Celiac Disease A Hidden Epidemic by Dr. Peter H.R. Green
Going Against the Grain by Melissa Smith

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TEENS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

September 28th, 2017

Food Allergy Canada has developed several projects that position teens as mentors, educators and authors. With the help of the teens on its youth advisory panel, the food allergy organization created WhyRiskIt.ca a website by and for teens; it features videos on dating and dining with allergies, blogs, and opportunities for visitors to post stories.

The groups newest project is an e-book, to be released this fall, titled The Ultimate guidebook for Teens with Food Allergies. While doctors have reviewed all of the information, the book is completely written by teens.

For a list of Allergic Living’s 21 Teen Resources visit allergicliving.com/teenresources.  Like us on Facebook.

Source: Allergic Living, Fall 2015, p. 33.

HEALTHY LUNCH BOX SNACK

August 28th, 2017

Kirkland brand (at Costco’s) offers a delicious naturally sweet gluten free organic applesauce in pouches with no sugar added that are convenient to eat because no spoons are required. Great for school lunch boxes.

Available at Costco’s www.costco.com.

STORY BOOKS FOR KIDS WITH ALLERGIES

July 20th, 2017

The story books listed below are wonderful tools to help your child cope with some of the issues involved with his/her allergies.

The Adventures of Celia Kaye by Kaitlin Puccio and Sarah Larnach (Illustrations), Bent Frame, $17

Blue by Katia Dabdoub Hechema and Oswald Iten (Illustrations), URSO International, $14.95

Frenemy Jane by Stephanie Sorkin and Susan Robinson (Illustrations), Mascot Books, $14.95

 

ALLERGIC LIVING

June 24th, 2017

We already know that 83 percent of the people with celiac disease in this country are undiagnosed. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) announced in December 2015, that they changed their name to Beyond Celiac.

The new name unveiled through their updated website the evolution of the organization from their early focus on awareness to the expanded role today of helping to increase the rate of celiac diagnosis, improve care, and expand research on new treatments, with the ultimate goal to find a cure for celiac disease by 2025.  Learn more about the organization’s community resources, advocacy work and research efforts by visiting www.beyondceliac.org.  Like us on Facebook.

 

Source: Blast, Alice, Moving Celiac to the Next Level, Allergic Living, Spring 2016, p.36.

 

FRENCH DRESSING

May 10th, 2017

This is a delicious dressing to top your summer salads. It is gluten-free with no artificial ingredients.

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic tomato paste
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon finely grated onion
1 tablespoon clover honey
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2  teaspoon organic mustard powder
1/2 cup canola oil (expeller pressed)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1.  Set out a glass jar or bottle with a 2-cup capacity. Set aside.
2.  Using a blender, mix vinegar, tomato paste, and lemon juice until well blended. Blend in onion, honey, paprika, salt, and mustard.
3.  Combine oils in a measuring cup. Add oil mixture slowly in a fine, steady stream to tomato mixture. Blend well.
4.  Pour dressing into a the glass jar. Chill until ready to serve. Shake well before using.  Like us on Facebook.


 

Source: Comfort Cooking Without Grains and Refined Sugars, p. 156.

GLUTEN FREE SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS

March 25th, 2017

You are probably about to make plans for your child’s gluten free summer camp. The website below offers a list of gluten free camps that are located throughout the country.

www.gluten.org/community/kids/kids-camp/ Like us on Facebook.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES PROMOTE HEALTH

February 24th, 2017

Nutritionists have long touted kale as a superior vegetable for its many health benefits. Now its cousins bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and especially cauliflower are found to be equally as beneficial. These vegetables which are called cruciferous vegetables are among the most nutritious because they are rich in certain vitamins and minerals that have unique disease fighting compounds that are known to break down into cancer-protecting compounds. This family of veggies stand out for the abundance of vision protecting carotenoids as well as fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins C, E, and K.  Some of these nutrients may also control inflammation and protect against heart attack.  Refer to your favorite cookbook to find recipes that include these veggies.  Comfort Cooking Without Grains and Refined Sugars has 2 wonderful soup recipes that include these vegetables.  Like us on Facebook.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health , February 2017, page 9.

A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL

January 7th, 2017

Let’a make a New Year’s resolution to improve our diet not only to feel better with more energy but also to look better.