Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gluten-Free Cooking Class at Whole Foods Recipes Attached

What a informative, educational and fun night I had last night at Whole Foods in Wellington. I signed up for their monthly Gluten-Free Cooking class in their lifestyle center. It was my first one, and I learned a lot from Chef Joe – who is extremely knowledgeable on all things gluten-free and cooking too! Check out my photos – Chef Joe gives you ample and generous samples of everything he made – and the photos from my iphone probably doesn’t do the food justice! it was so good and healthy!! AND GLUTEN-FREE

The Menu (which was on a handy take home sheet and I scanned it in here to share with you) was Eggplant-Garbanzo Bean Dip, Salmon with Parsley-Horseradish Crust, and a delicious Chocolate Mousse (which was surprisingly gluten, free, dairy-free, vegan, low sodium and high in fiber!

Before Chef Joe even started cooking – he gave some great information about being gluten-free, about the importance of labeling, 3rd party certification of Gluten-Free facilities. And just because something says wheat-free doesn’t mean that it is gluten-free. and the risk of cross-contamination in kitchens. Words I didn’t want to hear – since I love to eat out – and I realize that it is risk. He stressed that even though a restaurant has a gluten-free menu – doesn’t mean they aren’t gluten-free and that in a kitchen it is very easy for dust from flour to get spread around. A few more of Chef Joe’s cooking classes and maybe I will be happier eating in!

Check out the gallery for some photos of Chef Joe cooking. The lifestyle center is such a great place to host the event, plenty of seating and two monitors with cameras above the stove so you can see what Chef Joe is doing.

This was my first cooking class – but I will definitely go to the next one – Chef Joe says they are on the calendar monthly

Embracing Eating in

I will be the first to admit – I think food taste better when someone else makes it. I love to go out to eat! But going gluten-free makes eating out a little more difficult and maybe not as fun as it use to be. However, I feel so much better going gluten-free that I don’t miss the gluten anymore. Nor want to accidently eat it – don’t want to feel bad anymore.I am also embracing making food for myself and eating in. It is a lot easier knowing what is in my food since I am making it – to make sure I dont accidentally eat any gltuen. I am learning It can be just as good with a little effort! and in most cases healthier too!

Here are two meals from this weekend that I made with just a little work.

One was lunch yesterday, I had just bought some Boars Head (all their deli meat is gluten free) Low Sodium Golden Catering Style Turkey Breast from Publix. I made a very yummy sandwich with Toasted Udi’s Bread, instead of Mayo – I used Sambra’s Greek Olive Hummus, fresh lettuce and tomato. On the side are my new favorite chips Food Should Taste Good – Tortilla Chips – with a scoop of hummus to dip them in. Very yummy! and healthy (estimated calories for the whole lunch is 536)

The following evening – we were invited to a friends bbq. I knew they were grilling chicken, so I offered to make a Summer Salad – Some fresh spring greens, cut strawberries, blueberries, and feta cheese – and you have  delicious and sweet salad. And to top it off – I made my own glazed pecans, and used a yummy strawberry poppyseed dressing made by Maries (refrigerated produce section of your grocery store). This was perfect to bring with me, because I then knew I could have a salad with chicken breast on top. Luckily everything was gluten free at the bbq. (except for some cookies, which I didn’t eat) and the salad was a big hit.

A Quick Dinner

Sometimes I need something quick to eat in a hurry – today was a busy day and at the end of the day I had nothing left to cook a meal.

So on the way home from swim lessons, I took a quick stop into Pollo Tropical.

I got a chicken tropi-chop – rice, beans, tomato, corn, chicken – all gluten free

Here is Pollo – Nutritional Guide (PDF)- which also has allergen info

Lunch at the Raw Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago I went to lunch at  The Raw Kitchen in Downtown West Palm Beach.
After a busy morning at Leaping Lizards indoors playground chasing my daughter,
I was very hungry and looking for a healthy option for lunch.
I walked about a block down clematis street just on the other side of the train tracks and found it on the right.
It wasnt the clearest of marked places – but the minute I walked in you could tell you were in the right place.

I was super excited to go to The Raw Kitchen knowing that the whole restaurant is gluten-free and I could order anything on the menu took a lot of the the normal stress I have going out to eat.  I admit I am not totally up to speed on the raw food movement – but I love to eat salads so I figured it would be good fit for me.

I decided to go with the half of pizza  half of salad for $10.00. I chose Gigi’s Fave: Spinach Pizza sprouted buckwheat crust, house made nut cheese, fresh garlic, spinach and sliced mushrooms. It was so delicious and full of flavor. The mushrooms gave it a meaty feel – without the meat. the salad was simple with a yummy fresh ginger dress. I especially loved the nut cheese – it made a great substitution for red sauce. The “crust” of the pizza was delicious – I normally dont even eat the crust on pizza but i ate it all up. I was so full I didnt have room for dessert – maybe next time. One of my friends recommended the zucchini noodles. So I think next time I will order those.

You can check out their menu here

And become a fan on facebook here

Getting over the hump

Happy Hump Day!

What a challenging week – I accidentally glutened myself two days ago! and finally started to feel better today. What a difference when you start to feel better and then to feel bad again.

Check out this post from  @DailyDietribe about how to start a gluten free diet! Great info for a newbie like me! http://bit.ly/iN5oqJ

Also don’t forget to  to like us on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gluten-Free-West-Palm-Beach/209818455704004

Tonight hubby said we are going out to eat – I think Outback.  So I will post how it goes and what options they have.