Gluten-Free Pasta with Buttered Scallops, Cod & Halibut

This is an excellent pairing of gluten-free pasta and seafood: scallop and Greenland Halibut fillet. A dish that is perfect to serve if you’re staying away from red meat this Lenten season.

Pastas can be a great solution for a quick gluten-free meal planning. It is versatile and allows for you to create a variety of filling dishes. We use Corn and & Rice Spaghetti for this dish, but you can also use Penne, Fusilli, or pastas made of Soybean or Edamame. A great selection is available here that is available for delivery.

Ingredients

Directions

Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.

Create the spice mix by mixing paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

Dry the halibut fillets by patting down with paper towels. This allows for the spices to adhere well to the meat.

Rub the fillets with the spice mix , and set aside.

In a pan, melt butter over, and add garlic and sauté until brown.

Add scallops and cook on both sides until brown, firm but cooked through.

Remove scallops from the pan and put on a serving plate.

Sprinkle it with salt and pepper to taste.

In the same pan, with remaining butter, add the lemonsito.
Heat until saucy in consistency then remove from pan and set aside.

Pour olive oil in the same pan, sear the fillets for about 3 minutes.

Flip until the other side is also cooked through.

Drizzle lemon sauce on the scallops and fillets.

Pair with the gluten-free pasta.

Serve and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Lamb Roast

Roasting a nice quality meat is great way to serve up a feast. Meat being naturally gluten-free is safe choice on a gluten-free diet. How about a nice lamb leg roast?

You only need a rub that does not use any wheat, barley or rye, and also not cross-contaminated with other ingredients that contain gluten. A gluten-free mustard and herbs mix is a nice baste to start with. Here is a list of gluten-free mustards to help make things easier.

Now, on to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in lamb leg
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 °F.
Cover baking pan with aluminum foil.
Combine herbs and spices, minced garlic, and mustard in a bowl.
Pat dry the lamb leg using paper towels.
Rub garlic mixture thoroughly all over the lamb.
Place lamb in the baking pan and roast in the oven until the desired doneness (1.5 to 1.75 hours).
Make sure to check the internal temperature at 145 °F .
Let sit 15 minutes before cutting.
Serve immediately with baked potatoes.


Enjoy!

Quick Gluten-Free Breakfast

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Pancakes? Butter on toast? If you’re a breakfast kind of person, it is definitely one of the meals that would need an overhaul on a gluten-free diet. Thankfully, there are gluten-free bread options we can try that uses flour other than wheat.

Try this breakfast with gluten-free bread (that’s also egg-free and dairy-free) . This gluten-free rice flour, potato starch, instead of regular flour.  

What you need

Coffee
Gluten-Free Sliced Bread
Your choice of Gluten-Free Nut Butters
Your favorite frozen fruits

How to serve

Spread the nut butter on the sliced breads.
Brew your coffee as preferred.
Chop your favorite fruits – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches…
Arrange on a nice plate.
Serve and enjoy!

Steak with Gluten-Free Feta Sauce


Grilled Steak in Feta Sauce

Who says you can’t have a decadent steak meal on a gluten-free diet?

Meats being naturally gluten-free is a definite way to gastronomically indulge ourselves, safely. But if you’re like most, who enjoy steak glazed in rich sauce, the experience is not as complete without it. But Gluten-free steak sauce is not easy to come by, since most would have starch additives that contain gluten traces.

Here is a nice recipe so you can enjoy your steak fully.

A perfect steak created with a nice Gluten-Free Feta Sauce. 

RECIPE FOR GLUTEN-FREE FETA SAUCE ON GRILLED STEAK
Grilled Steak in Feta Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 pack of great quality steak (A nice ribeye or tenderloin steak)

1/4 cup Gluten-Free feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp minced shallot
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 tsp olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper

Directions

Sauce

Place gluten-free feta cheese in a medium bowl. A great selection vegan cheeses are available for home delivery here.

Add vinegar, dry mustard, shallot, parsley, pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Drizzle in 1 teaspoon olive oil and whisk to until well combined.

A side note, mustards can also be a tricky thing when you’re staying away from gluten. Mustard seeds are naturally gluten-free, but it is best to opt for high quality mustard that does not have wheat laden thickeners in the ingredients. When in doubt, check the back label for an ingredients list.

Steak

Preheat your pan on the stove on medium heat. Put a tablespoon of oil and heat until it shimmers. Use a cast iron pan if you have one, to have even cooking and achieve a nice crust.

Tip: Cook boneless steaks in medium heat for 4 minutes per inch per side, for medium rare.

Transfer the steak to a plate and let it rest for 5 minutes.

Serve steak with cheese sauce.


Have a fantastic gluten-free meal! 🙂

The Boon, the Bane, and the Basics of Gluten

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A lot of us are lucky enough not to experience the pressure of scrutinizing the details of what we eat. But for some, it can be a daunting process to have to know the components of every meal, before even tasting it.

Aside from the typical food allergens, there are also various substances that some of us need to keenly observe beforehand, lest we experience discomforts of having to deal with adverse reactions to the food that we eat. And one of those compounds is the hidden gluten component  in various starches.

What is gluten?

We constantly see a lot of articles about gluten being published in social media, among other sources. However, some fail to address the basic question before giving it a bad rap. So first things first, what is gluten?

Gluten is basically a mixture of different types of protein activated by water that provides elasticity and form to the final product of almost all breads and pastries that we love. It is generally found in wheat, barley, rye, malt, triticale, and even brewer’s yeast.  

Majority of the population do not experience adverse reaction when consuming gluten. Nevertheless, there are certain medical conditions that require avoidance of the said protein combination. This includes Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy. Since a lot of our processed starch sources contain gluten, it is necessary  that those people who have either of these medical concerns be well informed about the presence of gluten in products they wish include in their shopping list.

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Being well informed about gluten

Wheat is one of the most consumed cereals around the world. It is therefore implied that wheat gluten is one of the items that should be watched-out if you belong to the population who needs avoid it. Aside from wheat products, it’s also important to recognize other sources of gluten as well to make sure that there are no stones left unturned.

Though avoiding sources with gluten can be excruciating to some extent, preparing a gluten-free food list is quite an easy job. Since gluten is found only in certain grains, other carbohydrates sources such fruits, vegetables, and root crops are already out of the equation. Of course, animal proteins and fats are not included in the list.

When preparing a list of gluten-free foods, particularly grains that can serve as perfect alternatives to those gluten-rich grains, remember to include these perfect substitutes which you can incorporate into your meals:

  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Millet

Based on the grains listed above, there are far more varieties of grains that do not have gluten than those that have it. Filipinos are primarily rice consumers, so it would  not be difficult to stick to it during meal time.  However, it is wise to consider the manufacturing process of these grains, as most like oats are harvested, packed and manufactured in the same facilities as wheat.

Other gluten-free products to consider

Luckily, people who need to avoid gluten no longer bound to perpetually avoid their go-to comfort foods. Certain methods of gluten extraction and purification paved way to innovative production of gluten-free bakery products which we can all definitely enjoy. Here in the Metro, online shop such as GERALD.ph offers a wide selection of gluten-free products from different kinds of pastries, pastas, and even ice cream, which would certainly make people with gluten concerns live like any other gluten tolerant  individual.

Gluten-free lifestyle might be overwhelming to some of us. But with the right selection and now with wider varieties to choose from, developing a habit would be way easier than it was before.

Sources

 

  1. Lamacchia, Carmela, et al. “Cereal-Based Gluten-Free Food: How to Reconcile Nutritional and Technological Properties of Wheat Proteins with Safety for Celiac Disease Patients.” 6.2 (2014): n.pag. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.
  2. 4310830, 95 -. Sources of gluten – celiac disease foundation. Celiac Disease Foundation, 1998. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.
  3. Awika, Joseph M. “Major Cereal Grains Production and Use Around the World.” Advances in Cereal Science: Implications to Food Processing and Health Promotion. N.p.: American Chemical Society (ACS), Jan. 2011. 1–13. Web. http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whats-whole-grain-refined-grain/gluten-free-whole-grains
  4. “INFOGRAPHIC: How much rice do Filipinos consume?” Rappler, 7 Oct. 2012. Web. 14 Oct. 2016.

Gluten-Free Diet: Some Facts You Need to Know

Last week, we have discussed about gluten, its sources, and substitutes. Now why don’t we move a little bit further and talk about the gluten-free diet.

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What is a gluten-free diet?

Gluten-free diet, as the name suggests,  is a dietary intervention where we try to remove gluten from meals. Due to the adverse effects of gluten for people with gluten sensitivity, it is necessary for people to be knowledgeable about gluten, its sources and its best alternatives.

Though name of the diet speaks for itself, there are certain facts about it that are worth mentioning.

1.) Gluten-free diet is primarily made for people who experience adverse reactions to gluten. With that being said, certain claims that it is a miracle diet for weight-loss should be taken with a grain of salt due to the lack of substantial studies to back such claims[1]. Though it is not intended to provide an express lane for dieters, weight-loss can still be achieved when undergoing gluten-free diet plan. We’ll learn more about this in the future blog posts, so keep your eyes peeled!

2.)  A gluten-free diet does not require people to worry about other proteins and fat sources aside from gluten. Certain starch sources, which are essentially the main sources gluten, are the only food items that concerned individuals should keep a sharp eye to.

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3.) Aside from celiac disease, gluten-free diet is also applicable to those who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is a condition where muscle contraction during digestion is no longer coordinated, resulting to irritation during the process. The diet prescribed for such health concerns is called FODMAP (Fermented Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) diet, which includes gluten-free food items to avoid allergies or any other potential intolerance[2].

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4.) Gluten-free diet is also applied to certain health problems such as gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpatiformis, wheat allergy as well, other than the most commonly known diseases associated with this diet (Celiac disease and non-Celiac gluten sensitivity[NCGS]).  

5.) Gluten-free diet may also help improve systemic symptoms in certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and HIV enteropathy[3]. However, it is recommended to consult first your physician before following this diet in pursuit of remedy for these symptoms.

So there you have it. These additional bits of information will surely help not just those people who have Celiac disease and non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, but also those people who have certain medical concerns that necessitates gluten-free diet as well. Share this piece to your friends who need to be informed too!

Got questions about gluten, and the gluten-free diet? Just leave a comment below.

Sources:

 1.) CERTIFICATION, GLUTEN-FREE. Información en Español. The Gluten Intolerance Group of North    America, 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

2.)Angelle, Amber. “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention.” livescience.com. 20 Apr. 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

3.) El-Chammas K, Danner E (Jun 2011). “Gluten-free diet in nonceliac disease”. Nutr Clin Pract (Review). 26 (3): 294–9. doi:10.1177/0884533611405538. PMID 21586414.

Know Your Status: Are You Gluten Sensitive?

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A good number of people already know that gluten is found in various starchy carbohydrate sources. Here in the Philippines, we take pride in our carbohydrate-rich menus which are customary in every meal. However, since gluten intolerance is still not a familiar concept to many of us, we discount having gluten sensitivity when experiencing discomforts after certain meals, allergy or intolerance specifically to gluten is hardly even thought about.

Pandesal, typical Filipino gluten laden bread.
Pandesal, typical Filipino gluten laden bread.

Studies on the prevalence of gluten sensitivity or gluten allergy in the Philippines have yet to be published, though we have to be aware of the possibility that anyone of us might be part of the statistic, especially if the source of discomfort is not top-of-mind.

It is important also to differentiate between gluten intolerance and gluten allergy. Allergic reactions tend to be immediate and often severe, as opposed to intolerance, the symptoms of which are not immediately felt, could be from days to weeks, the cause of which are subtle and not readily detectable. Both are abnormal reactions to certain foods manifesting in your body in different ways. Gluten adverse reactions include skin conditions like eczema, digestive conditions like bloating, constipation, pain and diarrhea, even others seemingly unrelated to digestion, like fatigue, migraines and severe ones like seizures.

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When adverse symptoms continue to bog you down, allergy testing and food intolerance testing would definitely help shed some light on your concerns.

Allergy Testing

A trip to the allergist would help you determine if you are susceptible to allergic reactions to specific components of a particular food, such as gluten. Some other common food allergies are caused by milk, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish. Gluten and other food allergies can also be identified by undergoing a series of brief tests and interviews. Here in the Metro, we have quite a number of hospitals and centers that conduct tests know which food items you have to watch out for.

Quezon City

St. Luke’s Medical CenterQuezon City, ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country, offers a variety of services from asthma, drug allergies, insect allergies, and of course food allergies, to determine which substance you have an allergy to, through its St. Luke’s Allergy and Immunology Department.

It is located at 279 E Rodriguez Sr. Ave, Quezon City. They also have a branch in Bonifacio Global City: St Luke’s-Global is located at Rizal Drive cor. 32nd St. and 5th Ave., Taguig.

Makati and BGC (Bonifacio Global City)

Another center you can visit in BGC is LifeScience Center for Wellness and Preventive Medicine. Through a simple blood sampling that is analyzed using their in-house Food Detective Kit, which uses Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technology, which is a plate-based assay technique designed for detecting and quantifying substances including antibodies, assisting in determining your food intolerances.

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Healthway, the mall based clinic also  offers what they term as “FIT”, short for Food Intolerance Test, which already includes a consultation with nutritionist for briefing on their FIT service and to explain the findings of the test. You can find them in Greenbelt 5, as well as other malls in Alabang, Bonificio Global City, and Quezon City.

Manila

Manila Doctors Hospital, through its Pediatric Allergology and Immunology Department also conducts tests to determine your food allergies and food intolerances. Among its Allergology Services are allergy screening, and allergy management.

MDH is located at UN Ave., Ermita Manila City

Alabang

With 30 branches nationwide, including Alabang, High Precision Diagnostics offering Food Intolerance Testing is also an option for you. The food intolerance test is simple, done through blood sampling. You can get the results of the test in two weeks.

Asian Hospital And Medical Center in Alabang also offers food intolerance and allergy testing. As with its tertiary hospital counterparts in the North, AHMC provides services for immunologic/allergic disorders, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, sinusitis, insect allergy, unusual vasculitis syndromes, and penicillin and other drug allergies.

AHMC is at r, 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

With the variety of healthcare providers around, tests in determining whether you have some food intolerances is now very accessible. If you maybe suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned or you have an inkling that you could be adversely reacting to food but not completely sure, visiting your doctor and taking a food intolerance test could be well worth it. It can help improve your health and might even save your life in the long run.

Sources:

“Philippines.” Welcome to Ranking Web of Hospitals. Centro De Información Y Documentación (CINDOC), n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

Raneses, Katherince Grace. “Getting Tested for Food Intolerance at LifeScience.”Mucking Around Manila. N.p., 14 Nov. 2014. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

Aventajado, Michelle. “My Food Intolerance Test – Momma ‘N Manila.” Momma N Manila. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.

How do you travel Gluten-Free?

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Ah… the joy of travel. But only until your cravings kick in and your stomach rumbles.

If you are visiting a place for vacation, things commonly enjoyed are the sights, the fun activities,  and of course, the endless array of new delicious things to try. Even if you’re just taking a business trip, eating local food would be one of the ways you can savor the experience.

But with having celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance, or just having food allergies of any kind, you already know how frustrating it is to try to relax when you don’t know where your next safe food will be coming from.

So, what to do?

Preparation is key. Take the attitude that with just a bit of time and effort, maximizing your vacation is in  your hands, and it will be well worth the effort.

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1 – Visit online forums, especially for gluten-free dining,  and find out which local places serve food that fits your gluten-free diet. Luckily, you’re not alone in your quest for a hassle-free vacation. You’ll be surprised at just how many people are willing to make suggestions and give useful information on where to eat and which food items to avoid at your destination. Post your questions in forums at least 2 weeks in advance so that you have time get substantial replies from fellow planners like yourself. Your trusty Facebook account is a portal to dozens of gluten-free philippines tagged groups. You may also find dedicated forums on Celiac.com.

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2 –  However, if you would like to give the planning to someone else, there are resources that organize vacations and travel around the world that are especially gluten free. They reduce the worrying about the nitty gritties to a minimum. Since they specialize in gluten-free travel, they will have more options for you to choose from, and can make travel a treat, and especially if you’re travelling with your friends or family. One such company is, The Gluten Free Travel Site.

3 – Have a list of things you know are absolutely gluten-free, including food items and brands. If you are unsure of fastfood places, restaurants or even the food available at your hotel, visiting your nearest grocery store will be the next best thing. Especially, where the language barrier poses additional challenge, googling which familiar gluten-free brands are available locally will save you a lot of worry.

 

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4 – Be armed from the moment you walk out your door. Pack your own airport food.  It would make things so much easier if every bit of food with allergens is correctly labeled, but especially in the Philippines, this not the case. Airport dining is limited to only a few restaurants and gluten-free dining is not a priority. No frills flights like Cebu Pacific, only have snacks that typically contain gluten, and so it is best to come prepared. However, some flights, like international flights of Philippine Airlines do offer some comfort. PAL provides gluten-free meals in all classes, and gluten-free snacks may also be available. All special meals on airplanes must be ordered no less than 24 hours in advance. Take time to call.

 Want a first hand account of the experience? Checkout our review on an inflight gluten-free meal we have tried, on this blogpost.

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5- When you can, pack some food items that will last a few days. Order gluten-free in advance from your go-to gluten-free shops. Online shops like Gerald.ph will deliver to your home so you don’t have to go out to buy these things especially. Crackers, cookies that can last a few days in your travel pack may just save you a day of staying indoors dealing with unpleasant symptoms. Dry gluten-free pasta that is convenient enough to cook in a hotel suite or a BnB will come handy, and will save you a few bucks, as well.

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6- Take gluten inhibiting supplements in your luggage. Let us rejoice as there are multiple supplements available in the market now that may protect you from the effects of accidentally ingested gluten. Though gluten-free labels in food packaging and restaurants, the experience may still feel like a game of Russian roulette.  Brands such as GlutenEase, GluteGuard and GutenDigest can be your new best friends. Though none of these are available yet in Manila, you can have these shipped via HealthPost site and get them in under 10 days. Most of these are meant to be taken with a strict adherence to a gluten-free diet, and take care of those thoughts of  pizza and pasta splurge. Take caution though as some destinations have stricter rules for supplements than others.

So? Do you think you can hack your next gluten-free vacation? We’re here with you. With these handy tips, you’ll soon find each trip less focused on where and what you can eat, and more on enjoying the experience.

Raising A Child With Celiac Disease

It is normal for any parent to experience a roller coaster ride during feeding time with their kids. Remember those TV commercials where moms are chasing their kids with a whole entertainment production just to get their child eating a proper meal? It’s not really surprising that these actually happen in real life. Moms out there can testify.

But what we don’t know is that there are parents who have to make even more effort than others, especially when their kids have special dietary needs. This is perfectly the case when a child has Celiac disease.

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We have discussed what Celiac disease is in the previous articles. Though most of the symptoms of Celiac disease are identical to both adults and children, some are more generally observed with children, which include growth problems, delayed puberty, dental problems, and iron deficiency anemia (IDA).

If you have a child who has Celiac disease, here are some tips to consider:

  • Always check the food label of your groceries. It would really be helpful to scrutinize the ingredients indicated before serving those to your child. Good thing that the law requires that allergens such as gluten should be specified in the food label to help concerned consumers track the ingredients they are avoiding[2]. It pays to know what to watch out for since gluten sources are not always readily recognizable.
  • Personally prepare their baon to school. That way, you will be able to make sure that your child will be eating the right food.
  • Teach your child what gluten is and its sources. That way, they will understand even at a young age why it is important to be more watchful with what they eat. Encourage them to accept the condition that requires a different lifestyle, for them to be able to cope-up easily with the nonconventional approach to food as they grow-up.
  • Always listen to your child when they share something about their condition. In fact, no one would know what they really feel but themselves.
  • Medications recommended by the physician, should be strictly monitored. It would also be beneficial to you and your child if they would develop the habit of tracking meds time.
  • Did you know? Even some children’s toys may contain gluten especially play doughs[3]. So better make sure that their play area are also a safe spot for them.

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Celiac disease in children might be rare to a lot of us. However, if you think that your child is experiencing some discomfort and irritation, diagnosing Celiac disease or as other allergies or food intolerance should be considered.

Moms and dads, would you like to share some other tips and your experiences while raising-up a child with celiac disease? Just comment below!

Sources:

1.)  D. Hill, MD, Ivor, and Ann Roland Lee, EdD, RD, LD. “Celiac disease in children.” uptodate.com. n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2016.

2.)http://www.fda.gov.ph/attachments/article/194724/AO2014-0030%20-%20Revised%20Rules%20and%20Regulation%20Governing%20of%20Prepackaged%20Food%20Product

3.) Adams, Jefferson. “More kids’ toys going gluten-free.” Celiac.com. 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 25 Nov. 2016.

Gluten-Free Special Meal on Philippine Airlines

I ordered a special meal on Philippine Airlines, and I chose the gluten-free meal on my flight from Los Angeles to Manila. For a long-haul flight on Philippine Airlines, this consists of 2 full meals and a snack. Here’s what I got for my gluten-free meal.

For dinner, I had beef cooked in tomato sauce with squash and rice. I also had an asparagus and tomato salad, and fresh fruit for dessert. The regular meals were a choice of fish or chicken, and blueberry cheesecake from Goldilocks for dessert. My gluten-free dessert was fresh watermelon and pineapple.

Gluten-free dinner meal on Philippine Airlines

For my snacks, I was given more fresh fruit. A LOT of fresh fruit, like grapes the size of ping pong balls, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, and pineapple. The rest of the passengers got Goldilocks cake slices.

For breakfast, I got bacon, an omelet, more squash, and garlic rice. The others got a choice of chicken tocino with rice or veal sausage and bacon. I was happy that my gluten-free meal had a light amount of meat, compared to the regular meal…I can’t eat too much meat in the morning. And then they gave me even more fresh fruit, including this giant banana.

Gluten-free breakfast meal on Philippine Airlines

I was happy with my gluten-free meal on Philippine Airlines. Not only was it gluten-free, but in fact, it seemed that the selection was healthier over all. It helped that the pre-made cakes were replaced by fresh fruit. Special meals are also served first, before the service for the rest of the passengers, so there’s also an advantage in ordering a gluten-free meal on a flight.

If you want to order a gluten-free meal on Philippine Airlines, contact them no less than 24 hours before your flight.