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Crustless Gluten Free Quiche

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Today, I made my first quiche ever! It was crustless, simple and completely gluten free. Best part? The 9-year old liked it and ate it for dinner. Bonus! Here is the recipe:

5 eggs, beaten
16 oz. potatoes peeled and shredded (or thawed pkg. hash browns)
1 c. shredded cheese (I used mozzarella and pepper jack)
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cups raw spinach, chopped
1/2 c. sour cream (or cottage cheese)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Dash chili paste (or hot sauce)
Paprika
6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

Combine all except paprika and 1/3 of the bacon. Mix well. Pour into greased 9 inch pie plate. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set. Remove and sprinkle with remaining bacon. Bake 5 more minutes. Let set 5 minutes and serve.

It cut perfectly even on the first piece! Let me know if you like it or make any alterations. I wanted to add mushrooms, but the hubby hates them. Apparently, he also refuses to eat spinach so I could have included them. Next time I guess. 🙂

Do you have a quiche recipe you like?

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Gluten Free for Your Dog

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So, if I wasn’t gluten free myself, I never would have thought about needing a GF option for this little lady, but when she was always sick and had uncontrollable itching, I started doing some research. In addition to the human counterparts, dogs can be very intolerant to gluten. This article has some good info on the type of symptoms dogs can have from eating gluten. I love that this vet figured it out when he was diagnosed with celiac disease!

Like a dog in the article, my Pomeranian would scratch until her skin was bloody she itched so much. We tried medicated shampoo and hypoallergenic shampoo and tons of other remedies, when I suggested to my hubby we try going gluten free. He thought I was crazy at first, but it had made a world of difference.

In addition, my dog never seemed to like eating and would throw up all the time. And I mean all the time. now that she has switched to GF, she likes to eat and almost never throws up.

Now, all her food and treats are GF (which makes me feel good about in a cross-contamination sense as well) and she is 500% better. For Coach, we buy Natural Choice food and Wag More Bark Less dog treats. There are many wheat an gluten free options for animals, so find one that your dog likes and see how it goes! Like anything GF, it’s a little expensive, but totally worth it.

Is your dog gluten free or have you thought about a gluten free diet for your dog? How is it going?

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Should We State the Obvious?

I have heard people complain when they see a food that is “obviously” gluten free advertise this information on their packaging. Their argument is usually something about consumers being smart enough to “know” that mustard or frozen peas are gluten free just by their nature.

I disagree.

For someone with celiac disease, 1/4 tsp of gluten in 24 hours is enough to cause a reaction. Since gluten is more than just “wheat” (wheat, barley and rye) how do you really know? Maybe, someone thought barley malt added a nice flavor to that mustard – or lightly dusted those peas with flour to make them less likely to stick together. Or, if they were in a facility that processes wheat, that could be enough.

I like seeing “gluten free” on any label because to me, it means the company at least thought about it. Of course, seeing the certified gluten free logo means it is absolutely the one to buy.

For me, if one product (regardless of what it is) says “gluten free” on the packaging and the one next to it doesn’t – there is no question which one i will buy. And, I will probably talk about it here on my blog.

I say, no question. If your product is truly gluten free and you make an effort to ensure that – put it on the packaging. If its not gluten free and you just slap it on there…beware the wrath of angry celiacs everywhere.

Where do you stand on this debate?

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GFree Connect

A while back now, the folks at GFree Connect asked if I would be willing to sample their offering and include the information on my blog. My thoughts? Can you send me free gluten free food (and we all know that ain’t cheap) to sample and write about? Heck yes! (So, sidenote to all of you out there reading this – if you sell GF products that you want me to review, let me know and I would be willing to sample them. But, I will not lie and say I like your product just because you sent it to me…so be ready for my honest feedback).

Moving right along. The folks at GFree Connect have a pretty interesting offer: from my understanding, you sign up for a quarterly “care package” that has a sampling of several different options that you can try out. Kind of like a jelly of the month club…something I have never been a member of, but I understand how it works. The quarterly sampling doesn’t cost as much as it would to buy all these products outright at the store (some are sample sizes and some are full size) and you can try different types of pretzels, chips, cookies, sauces, etc before shelling out tons of food at the store for something you determine is gross and that you would never buy again. If you have to buy gluten free food – I would be willing to bet you have experienced this crap-shoot before.

Also, it is good for any of the companies whose food they distribute because their target audience finds out about them without having to do massive amounts of marketing – or hope that theirs is the item that gets grabbed off the shelf. There were items in my care package that I hadn’t seen before and I was excited to try them (not all were fantastic, but I will do reviews of the individual products in future posts).

So, in short, I would recommend signing up for GFree Connect – at least for a while – to try the options that are out there. Take it from someone who paid $7 for a smallish bag of “pretzels” that turned out to be horrific tasting, if I would have sampled them in the package I would never have bought them and would have sung the praises of the company that helped me avoid this misfortune. I can’t speak for the value that comes out of continuing to receive the packages (if they start having repeat items after a while…I couldn’t say). However, with the plethora of new GF items that are popping up out there every day, I would bet this wouldn’t be a problem that soon.

So, I think this is a good service for those of us with celiac or who otherwise eat gluten free. Have you signed up for this? What are your thoughts?

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White Box Pies Bakery & Cafe – Spokane

This weekend we went to Spokane, WA for a little family trip. Family vacations are used to be a time when I looked forward to the times we would stop for quick bites on the road and keep driving – stomachs full of greasy deliciousness. Ever since I was diagnosed with celiac disease…that is no longer the case.

Now, traveling means packing a lot of munchies that I know are safe for me to eat, sitting in the car eating an apple while the smell of french fries and burgers wafts from the other occupants of the vehicle (with my blessing – I don’t want others to suffer because of my dietary needs), and wondering when we will find somewhere that I can have something more than the random items I was able to throw together 2 days ago when we left.

So, when I do find something that has gluten free options I have to rave about it! My husband (who wants me to eat more than the random stuff I pack as much or more than I do) spotted this little gem, which I will frequent whenever we go to Spokane and you should too.

White Box Pies is a family owned business just across the street from the Sonic Drive In (where hubby and the little guy ate) and they have a plethora of gluten free choices. This includes, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts (oh, the desserts). On this occasion, I ordered a turkey croissant (on a gf bun) with a side salad. The turkey sandwich was delicious – lots of turkey, with several flavors going on at once. The sandwich has cream cheese and provolone with cranberries, lettuce and tomato – yum. One of the things I liked most was that the bun didn’t fall apart when I was eating my sandwich – too many gluten free breads are crazy kinds of crumbly – and it had that nice sweet flavor that worked well with the cranberries on the sandwich.

I spoke with one of the owners and she let me know that they use a puff pastry type of batter for their buns for this very reason. I saw some chocolate eclairs and cream puffs that had a similar looking bread on them and I can imagine how delicious they were! The bread of my sandwich had a nice layered look like a traditional croissant would have, and that was nice to see.

I was a little overwhelmed with the salad choices – they all looked delicious. There was a broccoli raisin salad; cranberry, apple & walnut salad; cucumber& tomato salad; potato salad; and pea salad – all gluten free. I opted for the broccoli raisin and it was fantastic! The most I have ever enjoyed broccoli. It was sweet (they told me it had pineapple in addition to the raisins) some carrots, bacon and a light, sweet dressing. Honestly, it was fabulous.

Next time, I will get one of the unbelievably delicious looking desserts and blog about that heavenly experience. The main problem will be deciding if I want a pie, cheesecake, lemon bar, eclair, cream puff, cobbler, brownie tort, bread pudding, or…

Have you been to White Box Pies? Or, have you discovered a gem like this near you that we should all check out? Let me know!

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Learning to run

I’m sure that “learning” to run seems like a silly title – most of us have been running since early childhood – but I have always been a terrible runner. Not only in the way I look while running (which Hubby says looks noticeably different from other people when they run) but I also get exhausted in a ridiculously short period of time.

Part of the problem, I feel, is that before I was diagnosed with celiac and stopped eating gluten I felt sick and lethargic most of the time. I’m also on the slightly heavier side: not Biggest Loser contestant material, but definitely above average.

As mentioned in a previous post, now that I’ve been gluten free for 6 months, I am training for a 5k. This week was one I was dreading: jumping from running 6 minutes (over a 30-minute span) to 12 minutes. Yikes. I was really struggling with my 2-minute increments so 4 minutes together seemed impossible. So, I read up on running and learned that I was running too fast. As a beginner, you should still be able to talk while jogging and not be “huffing and puffing” through the run. I reduced from 6.0 to 5.5 on the treadmill and (tada) success.

Reading up on running is helping me to achieve my goals. Hopefully I will start to look like a “normal person” when I’m running soon too! What is your best running tip?

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The “life” stuff

As this blog is entitled My Celiac LIFE, I think it’s about
time I write a little about the rest of my current lifestyle. Of
course, there is some celiac info sprinkled throughout. When I was
diagnosed, people often said (and still say), “That sucks, but you
are going to lose so much weight!” I thought so at first too, but
alas, no. I’m the same ol’ average me, which is quite honestly, a
little bigger than “average.” Now that I’ve been off the gluten for
a few months, I’m starting to feel healthier. I have more energy
and I’m not as hungry or inclined to constantly eat as I used to
be. (My previous inability to properly absorb nutrients from my
food made me feel like I constantly needed to be eating, even when
I knew I wasn’t actually hungry.) So, I’ve started going to the gym
and I’m working on reducing my calories so I can lose the weight
too. I get up at 4:40 every morning to catch my buses to work and
gym and get in about an hour before work. I’m starting a running
routine – I want to do a 5k this spring in the name of celiac. I’m
starting at the absolute beginning (jogging one minute with six
minutes of walking in between) and the guide says I should be able
to run 30 minutes together in eight weeks. It’s almost the end of
week two and I’m feeling skeptical at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll
get there. I just wish there were more gf meal bars and things that
keep you full and rebuild muscle…I’ve yet to find a good one.
Look out for a guest post from a personal trainer/nutritionist in
the coming weeks with advice for celiacs looking to lose weight.
Ok, so that turned out to be a lot about celiac, but like the title
says, this is my celiac life now.

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