Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Food Allergies and Whole Foods

Today I was at Whole Foods market in Annapolis.  I am so glad that they mark Gluten Free items with special signs.  However, make sure that you read what is in the product. Often you will find corn, soy, canola oil, dairy and other allergens.  I try to steer away from corn and soy because they have similar proteins to gluten which I am already allergic to.  I also try to go organic whenever the option is available.
Pamela's cookies are good but they are dry which is often a problem with gluten free items.  I prefer a cookie with butter or coconut oil to give is some moisture.  Pamela's makes a chocolate chip shortbread cookie but it is hard to find.  I cannot find it at Whole Foods, but Wegman's carries it.
I love the sweet sorghum flour, tapioca flour and potato starch at Whole Foods.  I use them together in different amounts in many recipes.  I can also find unrefined peanut oil for frying there.  If you have a peanut allergy, you can use coconut oil.
Don't forget to send me a recipe or two that you want me to try to convert to gluten (and other) free.

Enjoy your gluten free journey which leads to better health!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Eating Gluten Free at Cheeburger Cheeburger ,Annapolis

This week my son and I ate at one of my favorite places, Cheeburger Cheegurger.  It's a burger joint but one notch above many.  They offer a burger salad that I love.  It comes with a burger, variety of fresh greens and cheese of choice. I am dairy free so no cheese for me.  You also can choose from a variety of toppings to put on the salad. e.g.,pineapple, dried cranberries, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and the list goes on . I ask for lemon wedges in place of dressing.  What a yummy treat that is gluten and dairy free.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Eating Gluten Free at Red Hot and Blue, Annapolis; Punk's Grill, Annapolis

Although we do not go out to eat a lot , my family and I enjoy eating out once a week. The other night my family and I went to Red Hot and Blue in Annapolis. I was very impressed by their special menu which listed all the ingredients in their dishes.  I had the pulled chicken (without sauce), a sweet potato and coleslaw. I had no reaction to any of it the next day.  I would definitely go back again.

Yesterday, I went to Punk's Grill at Annapolis Mall.  They have a listing of all their menu items with all the ingredients in them. It is awesome!  I had a salad (minus the cheese because I cannot eat it) with a honey balsamic vinagrette and 2 sides of grilled steak.  I could not eat all the greens, apples and nuts but enjoyed the flavors!  A definite win!

 I will review more places in the Annapolis, Md area weekly that have some gluten free and other allergy free options.

Don't  forget to send me a recipe or two that you'd like me to try to convert to gluten free.

God Bless,