Gluten Free is HOT right now—as a private chef many of my clients are gluten free or are going gluten free for a variety of reasons. Here are my tips for making the switch!
- Going “gluten free” doesn’t mean “going without” – it’s about creating a healthy, delicious diet that makes you feel and look your best. Focus on the things you CAN eat rather than what you can’t.
- Join a gluten free support group or initiate a cooking co-op where gluten-free dieters exchange ideas, success stories and the occasional goof!
- Be cautious when dining out and don’t be afraid to ask questions as many are still not aware of gluten or wheat in certain foods such as wheat extract. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free dishes and menus.
- When in doubt about what to eat, stick with gluten-free basics like fruit, vegetables and lean meat to create simple, satisfying dishes.
- Be familiar with gluten-free brand names including Udi’s for sandwich bread, pizzas and granola; Kinnikinnick for panko “bread crumbs” and English muffins. You can also easily source stores and websites that only offer gluten-free products.
- Discover the wonderful world of Asian noodles such as mung bean threads, yam noodles, rice noodles and rice paper wrappers; you won’t miss traditional wheat-based pasta at all.
- When it comes to condiments, watch out for products such as Worcestershire Sauce, Hoisen Sauce, Plum Sauce, Oyster Sauce and Black Bean Sauce as many of them contain wheat starch as an ingredient. Many products, especially condiments, are now labeled “gluten free” when appropriate so keep an eye out for those!
Sprout is a fantastic all organic toddler and baby store in San Francisco. They have a variety of events each month and have a really cool space available for baby showers. The first time that I walked into the store, I loved the vibe and wanted to be a part of it.
Last month I presented a shortened version of my healthy snack seminar at in their store. We all love the idea of ‘healthy snacks’ and I think that healthy snacks should be the same for both children and adults. Cheese, yogurt, fruit and nuts are all examples of basic healthy snacks. But what about when you want something a little bit more decadent? Can you find something that satisfies? Will it still be wholesome? I think that you can. Homemade fruit leather and granola can be made with a minimum of fuss and are both tasty and delicious. I also love to make fruit filled quesadillas with flour tortillas. You can use gluten free or sprouted grain tortillas if wheat is an issue. Banana and chocolate are a favorite as is apple and cheddar.
Check out my video blog for recipes and demos. Hopefully you will see more of me at Sprout in the spring! Everyone deserves to eat tasty food.
Chicken Pot Pie
Mac and Cheese
Chicken in Red Chile Sauce for Enchiladas
BBQ Chicken Wings
Grilled Stuffed Pork Loin (apples and cranberries)
Grilled Branzino with Lemon Bread Crumb Crust (Birthday Dinner)
Teriyaki Glazed Salmon with Rice Bowl and Veggies
Turkey Tetrazini (2x)
Corn and Edamame Saute
Beet and Potato Gratin
New England Boiled Dinner
Frittata with Chicken Apple Sausage, cheddar and fresh tomatoes
Roasted Tomatoes with Basil
A plethora of roasted, steamed and grilled veggies
Gluten Free Teriyaki Beef
Spinach and Bacon Quiche
Tea Cake with Peaches and Nectarines
Really amazing triple chocolate brownies (for me and Pete, of course!)