Sunday, March 14, 2010

Gluten Free Glee!

I have received some requests for some gluten free recipes, and I have a confession. I don't do a great deal of cooking, but I do love to bake. With this in mind I thought well, I can offer restaurants that offer amazing gluten free menu items and a cake recipe to boot. Also if you look back at my chili recipe I made before it is gluten free and the best chili imaginable. Especially if you like your chili a bit sweet.

Gluten free basically means food without wheat and flour. Luckily Mexican food can be ordered with corn tortillas, and is quite often gluten free on its own. A great deal of Asian dishes are gluten free, though most sushi places I encounter do not use brown rice unfortunately. What is really awesome is gluten free dishes do not taste any different and are so much healthier for everyone.

Should you be minimizing your gluten intake? In my humble opinion... yes! There are many gluten intolerance's that are currently undiscovered. Just because one doesn't have celiac disease (the most common gluten free diagnosis known) does not mean they are out of the woods. This test really shocked me, every answer I had told me I likely have a gluten intolerance.

My Mom's specialist told her "Gluten is what is killing this nation". That has truly resonated with me, especially because of how much people believe they need to eat bread because of our skewed food pyramid. I recently spoke with a family friend who is a nutritionist and she was telling me how wrong she was taught in school and how she is just now "relearning" the importance of a gluten free diet. Wow.

Well now that I've shared here is where you can enjoy a gluten free meal with ease:
  • PF Changs
  • Wildfire (person favorite)
  • Cheeseburger In Paradise
  • Maggiano's
  • Bone Fish Grill
  • Outback Steak House
  • Biaggi's Ristorante
  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
These are just off the top of my head. Also Trader Joe's grocery stores have a "g" logo on the front of their packaging if an item if gluten free. Whole foods is wonderful with their selection as well.

Now on to that pistachio cake. I made two of these for Christmas this year and it was quite the success. I've even had a request from my little sister's boyfriend to have this for his birthday this year. I recieved this recipe from my dear friend, Paula, and tweaked it to make it gluten free. Here goes:
You will need..
2 Boxes of Pistacho (JELLO) pudding
5 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 yellow cake mix box (Betty Crocker now sells gluten free cake mix. It's perfect and makes this recipe gluten free! Go get it and click your heels in gluten free glee)
Quarter Cup of Water
2 tubs of Cool Whip

Mix cake mix with one box of pistachio pudding and blend this with eggs and your oil.
Bake this for approximately 30 minutes but check with tooth pick for no remnants.
Let cool..
In a bowl mix two big tubs of cool whip (yes 2) and add a box of pistachio pudding to this. Layer this approximately an inch thick all the way around the cake and decorate as desired.
I was so hectic this Christmas I didn't take a picture of my gluten free cake but found a similar one and decided to show you what the end result will roughly look like:

I just realized how appropriate this is for St. Patrick's Day too. Let me know if you make it, I'd love to hear feed back.
Enjoy your weekend!

"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."- Romans 8:28


  1. p.f. changs gluten free menu is fab! i went gluten free for two months (doc thought i had celiac - turns out i don't!) and i never felt healthier. i ate so many more fresh fruits and veggies. it definitely does a body good!

  2. Makes one really wonder if going gluten free could make a change. I love bread, so that would be really hard to give up, but I have had some breads that are gluten free...hmmm...maybe this deserves more research on my part. Thanks for the info. :)

  3. Oh wow, I love pistachio cake! Have not had it in years, but I gotta try this recipe out! :)

  4. Thanks so much for your feedback! Also in the pistachio cake recipe, the water ingredient is just to add moisture as preferred. I actually didn't even need to use it with the oil.


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