Thursday, April 23, 2009

of Newburyport
invites you to the release of

An Easy Guide to Gluten-Free Independence

by local author: ELIZABETH ATKINSON
Saturday May 2nd at 7:00 PM

"From its name to the information it offers, GLEE! is overflowing with "gleeful" advice!”
—DANNA KORN (Living Gluten-Free for Dummies, Kids with Celiac Disease, and founder of R.O.C.K. - Raising our Celiac Kids)

"Easy-to-read straight forward guide complete with personal anecdotes from the author.”
—TRICIA THOMPSON, MS, RD (The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide and co-author of CIG to Gluten-Free Eating)

Complimentary Gluten-Free Refreshments!
52 State Street Newburyport, MA 978.462.8615
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Available online from AMAZON/B&N June 1, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

QUINOA Madeleine

This is my daughter’s favorite cold meal (so I named it after her). I left the measurements open depending on your taste preferences. Start with the amount of quinoa you want and adjust the ingredients accordingly – you can add as little or as much as you like.

- 4 cups cooked & cooled red quinoa (follow easy directions on box, just like rice)
- ½ c – 1 c chopped firm goat cheese or feta
- ½ c – 1 c chopped tomatoes (prefer the cherry variety as they are more firm)
- ½ c – 1 c chopped cucumber (peel and slice into long quarters first and carve out seeds)
- ½ c toasted & cooled pine nuts (spread in cookie sheet , toast at 300°F until slightly tan)
- ½ c – 1 c chopped parsley (optional)

SHAKE or BEAT until well combined:
- 1/3 cup olive oil (can use a lighter oil like canola or safflower)
- 2 - 3 tablespoons cider vinegar (any vinegar except malt)
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon sharp mustard (most is GF but check)
- s/p to taste

Pour desired amount of dressing over quinoa salad, toss, and serve. This salad lasts many days in the fridge. If you aren’t using it right away do not add dressing until just before you eat.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gluten-Free TIP: The GF BLUES

One of the most common symptoms of Celiac Disease is mild depression, which should be obvious…most people are depressed when they feel yucky all the time. However I’m referring to a different kind of blues. Once a person is diagnosed with CD a sort of mourning period often follows. A lot of emotion and affection is tied to food, so it is totally normal to feel really bummed out when you can no longer eat the stuff you literally love.

Lauren Komack, a board member of the Healthy Villi in Boston, is a psychologist who specializes in treating individuals with Celiac Disease. She knows (first-hand) that it can be extremely difficult to adjust to a gluten-free lifestyle on many levels including the social and psychological aspects. While it is perfectly normal to be upset and angry with a CD diagnosis, it is important to remember that it is just food and that many people have food restrictions due to allergies, religious observances, and illness. Relearning what you can eat takes time and patience, but the health benefits are worth celebrating!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gluten-Free TIP: EASTER!

I had just started researching gluten-free options for Easter when I came across THE SAVVY CELIAC's wonderful blog on GF Easter ideas, dated March 24, 2009.

From coloring the eggs to a list of GF basket candy to brunch, it's all here. I've listed a couple other online sources with Easter options/recipes as well.

Happy Bunny Day!!