Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | Filed in: Labels: Bread, Celiac, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Gluten-Free, Pork-Free, Recipe, Soy-Free, Walnut-Free, Yeast-Free
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some GDSYWP-free Irish recipes!
Cottage Pie from Recipezaar
A Traditional Irish Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef and Cabbage) from Wellsphere.com
Gluten-Free Shamrock Sugar Cookie Recipe from About.com (sub butter with Spectrum spread)
An Irish Stew from Gluten-Free Cookery
Potato Leek Soup from FoodIreland.com (use safe milk and butter and in place of half-and-half use coconut cream, more milk or Mimic Cream!)
Irish Lamb Stew from AllRecipes.com (replace flour with an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend)
A variety of Irish Soda Bread Recipes - a naturally yeast free bread! :):
One from the Gluten Free Goddess, Karina
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread, #1 from Living Without
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread, #2 from Living Without
And, of course, who could have a Saint Patrick's Days without beer? There are plenty of gluten free options! Add some green food coloring and you're all set!
I should preface this post with one fact: I am NOT a beer drinker. Call me crazy, but I've never, ever liked it. Growing up, my father used to brew his own beer in an storeroom that was immediately below my room and I got to have the pleasure of smelling the hops and yeast while he brewed it and while it fermented. So, obviously, I definitely don't like the smell. But, I never liked the taste either. It's too bitter and ... well, something, for me. I have tried many types before going GF thanks to my beer "connoisseur" father and husband, but I honestly just could never take it. So, I am providing this information to you based soley on what I've read about them on the internet. I can offer you no opinions on this matter but thought that it was important to share with my blog readers who may not know that even when gluten free, yes, too, beer is possible! :)
The three most commonly found brands in the United States are:
Redbridge - Produced by Anheuser-Busch, Redbridge is arguably the most commonly found gluten free beer. This rich, full-bodied lager is brewed from the natually gluten free sorghum grain.
New Grist - Made at Lakefront Brewery, a locally-owned microbrewery in Milwaukee, this beer is brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. A crisp and refreshing Session Ale.
Bards Tale Beer - Founded by two Celiacs, this company brews the "Original Sorghum Malt Beer" with their own proprietary malted sorghum. Using only sorghum, yeast, hops and water, this American-style Lager has a medium body and an amber color.
Less popular gluten free beers that are available domestically are:
Tread Lightly Ale - Brewed by the New Planet Beer Company, this beer is made from fermented sorghum and corn, hops and yeast. This beer was inspired by the American Pilsner and has a light taste and body, low caloric content and does not have the aftertaste of other sorghum-based beers.
Ramapo Valley Brewery’s Passover Honey Beer - A blue ribbon Honey Beer, this unique beer is Kosher certified for Passover. It is bright golden in color and has notes of honey and hop. The main fermentable is amber honey, molasses is used for flavor, nutrients and color and noble hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the honey sweetness.
Monday, March 1, 2010 | Filed in: Labels: Beverages, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Product Review, Soy-Free, Walnut-Free, Yeast-Free
While the age-old, B.R.A.T (Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast) diet is popular for gastrointestinal distress, what is one to do when toast isn't an option? Organic B.R.A.T. Wellness Drink is made with a base of banana puree, brown rice and applesauce to be easy on stomachs while also providing electrolytes and nutrients. At around 100 calories for an 8-ounce glass, it is comparable to other dairy-free milks and is safe for to those with any of the top eight food alleriges.
Overall, these beverages have a smooth texture with the consistency of watered-down milk, which is thin enough to help calm upset stomachs or to consume when not feeling well. It comes in four flavors:
Original - This is similar in flavor to unflavored, original rice milk with just a hint of banana.
Vanilla - Slightly sweeter than the orignal flavor, this flavor had only a slight vanilla flavor but had a strong vanilla smell.
Cinnamon Toast - Although this had intense cinnamon toast scent, it wasn't overly "spiced" providing a light cinnamon flavor. I imagine this flavor would be great cooked into baked goods like muffins or cakes. This was my husbands favorite flavor.
Chocolate Honey - This was my favorite flavor despite my dislike of the flavor of honey. Actually, I personally didn't taste honey, just a light chocolate flavor.
In addition to being an excellent product, Organic B.R.A.T. Wellness Drink company donates 10% of its profits to various food and medical charities, including St. Jude Children's research Hospital, Feed The Children, Celiac Society, Autism Speaks, and others.
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Disclaimer: While I was provided with free samples of this product, my opinions are my own and were not swayed in any way by the company.