Navigating the wheat free, gluten free diet

Archive for September, 2010

A Celiac’s Cold Comfort

I started teaching for the first time last week. Well, not teaching teaching-I’m a Teaching Assistant for a mass communication course here at UF.  But I do teach two labs of 20 students.  And just my luck, I caught a cold from one of those students on the first day. Now in the midst of early-semester panic, what I could really use right to fight it off is some chicken noodle soup.

The Campbell’s classic and its counterparts is something I didn’t even bother to look into when I caught a cold last year, my first year of being gluten-free. This year, I’m feeling a little more creative.

I could always make my own soup, but who wants to take on that undertaking when they’re sick? Gluten-free Girl has all sorts of cold/flu remedies like tea with lemon and plain chicken stock, but that’s not good enough. Ooh, a brand called Kettle Cuisine makes a GF chicken noodle soup with rice noodles, but it’s not something I can get my hands on quickly. I’ll have to remember to stock up on that for when I’m sick again this December. Let’s keep looking…

pho

Mmm mm good

A-ha! I think I found my remedy: a big bowl of chicken pho. Chicken? Check. Noodle? Check. A little spice to clear the sinuses? Check! It might not be as familiar and homey as Campbell’s in a can, but then again, it might be better.

-Taylor

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Hungry-Girl Goes Gluten-Free

Another Saturday and I’m up way too early again. I was just watching the Today Show as I thought it would help me go back to sleep (what?? Matt and Meredith aren’t even there on Saturdays), when I saw a familiar face.

A couple years ago, before my great food shift into the gluten-free world, I was an avid reader of Hungry-Girl.com. A co-worker who always seems to be on a diet had showed it to me, and I found the site’s witty take on unhealthy foods and recipes for really lo-cal alternatives to be pretty motivating. Now it seems Lisa Lillian has published a few successful Hungry-Girl books and appears regularly on Today.

I didn’t always try the recipes on the site, as many of them required a pantry full of base items that I didn’t always keep around, like tofu shirataki noodles and ground up Fiber One cereal to use as breadcrumbs. What I really enjoyed was the News section, which always had up-to-date info on lo-cal foods in restaurants and new healthy foods hitting the market.

She also compares items with their competitors to see which one was the healthiest and the tastiest. Reddi-Wip vs. Cool Whip in a can? Reddi-wip all the way.

Even with all the success, the site remains virtually the same in format and content. She’s even thrown in a couple of gluten-free news bits. Yep, I’m adding her to my Google Reader.

-Taylor

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