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Eight Gluten-Free RecipesFebruary 22, 2014

I am pleased to announce my athletic debut in the 2018 Winter Olympics as a professional curler. Inspired by the fine athletes in Sochi, I dug out a leftover piece of granite countertop and my Swiffer. I've been practicing and have found the smooth sleek ice at the Ice Cube Curling Center is not quite the same as the conditions at my practice rink, the sheet of ice that is my driveway. I hope to continue on my quest to be an Olympian as the summer months in Connecticut approach and my driveway thaws. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

In the meantime,

I am thrilled to tell you all about our most recent dietary experiment. As you are aware, The Hubbster and I spent a couple weeks 13 days on a clean eating cleanse last November. The experience was difficult, but beneficial. While we decided not to adhere to the clean eating rules after the cleanse ended, we did make several permanent healthier changes to our daily diets. So, needless to say, we are experienced in limiting our diets.  We I (The Hubbster eats what I make) decided to go for it again, eliminating gluten from our diets. While I am fairly certain that neither I nor The Hubbster has a gluten sensitivity, this experiment produced a couple interesting results.
  • Gluten Baby: The most notable result was what I like to call the gluten baby. This was not noticeable until the day after the experiment ended and I had my generous portion of gluten-rich pasta. Several hours later, I looked down right before getting into the shower and noticed that I looked about 14 weeks pregnant. I knew there was no chance of a real baby and realized it was likely bloating from the gluten. Awesome.
  • Cravings: There is no question that gluten is addictive. I went through withdrawal and was irritable (to say the least) for the first couple days after eliminating it. Jen is not happy when you take her pasta away. The withdrawal subsided within a couple days and I did feel MUCH less irritable and even had a little more energy!
  • The Gluten-Free Fad Trap: The grocery stores are lined with so many gluten free options, ranging from desserts to breads to pastas and beyond. I wanted to make sure that we weren't just replacing gluten products with substitutes that could be even worse for us. The gluten-free pastas may not have flour, but they do have more calories per serving. No thanks on that one!

Gluten Free Almond Crusted Chicken FingersGluten-Free Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers: The Hubbster loves a good chicken tender. In fact, when I first met him, it was his go to order when we dined out. These almond crusted chicken fingers passed the tender test. Dipped in BBQ sauce, they were a winner at our dinner table. The crunch and crisp factors were surprisingly high for chicken that was baked, not fried! The secret is to use a baking rack to elevate the chicken and cooking spray to help with browning. Serve it to your kids. I can almost guarantee they won't know the difference.
Gluten Free Baked Polenta and Sausage
Gluten-Free Baked Polenta and Sausage: Don't ever underestimate the power of polenta! Made with sautéed spinach, grape tomatoes and gooey melted cheese, this dish is sure to please your family. The Hubbster couldn't get enough!
Quinoa with Apples, Goat Cheese and Cranberries
Quinoa with Apples, Goat Cheese and Cranberries: One of my all time favorite recipes is this Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries. I decided I couldn't make it through my gluten-free week without it. So, I made it with quinoa and it came out fantastic!
Pumpkin, Goat Cheese and Sausage Spaghetti Squash
Pumpkin, Goat Cheese and Sausage Spaghetti Squash: As we all know, I have a deep love affair with pasta and all the sauciness that comes with it. While dieting gluten-free meant nixing the pasta, I wasn't about to give up the sauciness! The creamy pumpkin and goat cheese mixture is a great complement to the sausage in this gluten-free, yet saucy dish!
Seared Scallops with Shallots
Seared Scallops with Shallots: My grandpa was one of the pickiest eaters I've ever known. Every time he came for dinner, I had to think long and hard about what I was going to make ensuring that it would be something he would want. Scallops were always a sure bet.  I remember him fondly every time I indulge in my favorite seafood.
Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies (2 ways)
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies (two ways): Never would I ever expect that cookies with no flour and only four ingredients could be so tasty!  Make them on a whim using ingredients you already have in your refrigerator!
Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Who wouldn't love a complete meal stuffed inside a sweet potato? Filled with ground turkey, creamy goat cheese, tons of veggies and nutty quinoa, not only is this dish healthy but it's also delish!
Gluten Free Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Apple Soup: With a hint of curry and some brown rice to add body, this soup is the perfect end to a long, snowy winter day.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Thank you for not forgetting about us poor gluten free folk! Now I have 7 new dinners and a dessert to add to my breadless life....sigh

John Dickman said...

My favorite was the chicken fingers.