Friday, February 19, 2016

Gluten Free Pizza

Yes, we are all guilty of it from time to time, craving things that is. You can remember what good food tasted like. You remember that perfect pizza crust loaded with extra gluten to make just the right texture.  Hey, I understand.  I'm that way, too. Whether it's good for me or not, if it was something I enjoyed as a child, then chances are I'm gonna want to recreate it. Why? Cause it links me to the past. It brings back many happy memories. Well, having said all that, it took me four years to get this one right. Its fresh, its corn and gluten free, and it has a good texture. Presenting...
Gluten Free Em's pizza crust.
1 1/4 cup freshly milled Lundberg organic brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon arm and hammer baking soda
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (Optional. Just for flavor)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I use California Olive Ranch brand)
3/4 cup whole milk greek yogurt (not fat free)
Oil and flour a pizza pan. I use the cheap one from dollar tree;) Place wet dough in the center of the pan in a mound. Flour the top of the mound of dough, and gently press it into each part of the pan working it from the center out. Top with your favorite pizza sauce and cheese. Add desired toppings and bake at 425° for somewhere around ten minutes. Watch that the crust does not brown to much. It should be lightly golden and the cheese fully melted.
The key to good pizza is using the greek yogurt, and not overworking the dough. Oh yeah,  and a little oregano (the pizza spice) in the sauce if you make your own. I hope you try this out with your kids, they will find it fascinating. Mine always do! Enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

My Favorite Gluten Free Pasta

I recently had a conversation with a lady about the best gluten free pasta. I've tried many kinds and found that I like the pasta made from brown rice the best. Particularly,  the Tinkyada brand which can be found at Walmart for just under three dollars a pound. This brand makes nothing but rice pasta in their facility, so there is no chance of cross contamination! Yay!!!! They offer several types of pasta; elbows,  spaghetti, linguine, shells, lasagna, penne, and a few more. Check it out and be prepared to enjoy pasta again, only this time it's gluten, corn, and egg free!

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Best Gluten Free White Bread

Yes, I have tried a lot of things, and no they weren't all good, but this bread is exceptional! Try it, you will love it!

4 organic cage free eggs minus 2 yolks
1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar in the raw
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (I like the California olive ranch brand)
1 teaspoon David's kosher salt (Or regular salt)
1 cup of milk
1 packet of active dry yeast (About 2 1/2 teaspoons)
Mix these ingredients well with a whisk before pouring into the bread machine pan. Next add these dry ingredients.
1 cup tapioca starch (I use Bob's Red Mill for all my flour except brown rice)
1 cup potato starch (Not potato flour)
1 1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup freshly milled brown rice flour (I mill my own from the Lundberg Rice which can be found at Walmart)
Set the bread machine to either basic or gluten free setting. I use basic with a medium crust. Be sure to scrape the sides of the pan with a rubber spatula as it needs to be sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated properly. The last few steps are the best. Wait for it to bake. And let it cool completely before cutting, serving, loading with Kerri Gold butter, and ENJOYING EVERY DELICIOUS BITE! This is a treat not a daily indulgence. Lol.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

MORE OPTIONS

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY MONTH I HEAR OF ANOTHER OF MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE EITHER BEEN TOLD TO, OR JUST DECIDED TO GO GLUTEN FREE. IT IS BECOMING SO POPULAR! THERE ARE SO MANY MORE OPTIONS OUT THERE THAN THERE WAS FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST WENT GLUTEN FREE. I JUST HAD SOME PRE-MADE GLUTEN FREE WAFFLES THE OTHER DAY THAT I ONLY HAD TO POP IN THE TOASTER AND THEN SLATHER WITH KERRY GOLD BUTTER. YES, THEY WERE PRETTY GOOD! OF COURSE, HOME MADE IS ALWAYS BETTER WHETHER YOU ARE GLUTEN FREE OR NOT. FOR SOME OF YOU OTHER ALLERGY SUFFERERS YOU MAY FIND THAT HOME MADE IS STILL A NECESSITY FOR THE MOST PART AS IT IS WITH ME. BUT I THINK IN A FEW MORE YEARS EVEN US MORE HARD TO PLEASE PEOPLE WILL HAVE A LARGER SET OF OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM. IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!
HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY, GLUTEN FREE DAY!
~EM KENNEDY~

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Leaky Gut Introduction

How many of you know about leaky gut syndrome??? This is where stress, allergies, or other things like candida overgrowth cause the intestine to weaken and damage it to the point where undigested proteins are absorbed into the bloodstream. This causes inflammation and disease. Interested and want to learn more?? Check this out:

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Taking Care Of Your Most Important Asset

It is proven scientifically that 70-90 percent of your immune system is located in your gut! No wonder us gluten intolerant people have auto immune issues! When food is not digested properly, the proteins can enter the blood stream through leaky gut and cause all kinds of undesirable effects. Inflammation, pain, nervous disorders, food allergies, depression, headaches, malnutrition and much more. If you are gluten intolerant than you already know that your gut has been compromised. You need to make an effort to heal this prized possession to prevent future problems from occurring.
First, find yourself a high quality digestive enzyme to take at every meal. This will help your stomach break down food proteins before they enter your intestine. There are several good ones on the market, but the two that I recommend are: Digest Gold and MAX GI. If you have an underlying yeast issue than I recommend starting with the more gentle Digest Gold before jumping into Max GI which contains oregano oil which might cause yeast die off symptoms. Of course, Max GI is the most preferred one because of the healing oils it contains.
Second, start taking a quality probiotic supplement. These can be found at your local health foods store in several different forms. Those who are allergic to milk can find that there is a coconut based one as well as a soy based probiotic available at most health food stores.
Third, eat right. This is so important if you want your body to heal. Eliminate all sugar except for those naturally found in fruit. Eat only whole foods. Avoid anything that is processed or contains preservatives. Go for raw organic vegetables and fruit as often as possible. There are enzymes found in raw produce that are destroyed when cooked. Go for organic grass fed meats, avoiding pork. Bison, Antelope, Quail and Lamb are good alternatives to just eating chicken and beef all the time.
Fourth, keep a positive attitude. All these changes might be challenging, but if you focus on what you are trying to accomplish it will be easier to keep trying. Healing takes time. Be patient. God knows how tough it is; ask Him to help you to keep the right attitude and never give up.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

No More Gluten For Me

Okay, like we tried the gluten thing over the last few weeks to see if my boys had perhaps outgrown their intolerance. The oldest was alright just a little constipation. The middle boy was a different story. A little flair up of asthma. Belly pains. He has been weepy and moody. OK, no more for him. The littlest one just had stomach issues from it. We Still Need To Be Gluten Free! I was hoping that one day they would outgrow it, but obviously not yet.
Maybe you are like me and get frustrated about the inconvenience of it all. Hey, friend, there are worse things out there than having to avoid gluten. Live a thankful contented life, and thank God that you found a solution. Is gluten the enemy in your home? Maybe you would benefit from some of the research I had to do when I first went gluten free. Check out the different links on this blog to find a world of info to help you on your journey.
Have a happy healthy gluten free day!
~EM KENNEDY~