|Edamame Mixed Mushroom Carbonara|
|For a delicious creamy and gluten-free pasta recipe that has less carbs but high protein and fiber, try this quick and easy recipe. Notice that this would no longer need additional meat like the typical Carbonara with bacon or chicken, since you can already enjoy nice protein from the pasta that you use.|
|It saves you cooking time and would also be very well within your weekly meal budget planning. Try this for your family this weekend. Enjoy!|
|Recipe adapted from 7 grains.|
1 pack 200 grams Edamame Beans Pasta
2 cups sliced Mixed Forest Mushrooms1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup milk
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
3 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, chopped
|Boil one 200 gram pack of Edamame Beans Protein Pasta until al dente. In a separate pan, sauté garlic and onions for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Add mixed forest mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes. Stir in soup, milk and thyme. Bring to simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes to bring the flavors together.|
|Remove from heat. Stir through parsley. Serve sauce over cooked Edamame Beans Pasta and top it with Parmesan cheese, if desired.|
Moms, and of course dads, too, know very well the challenge of feeding their kids healthy food. To be able to give the energy their kids need daily, parents want better quality for snacks they get their hands on.
However, children whose meals require more special attention make the daily diet plan not so easy to deal with.
So! Read up for we have some tips for you if you have gluten sensitive kids, that we hope might make things a lot easier 😉
1.) Fresh fruit slices in light syrup
Kids tend to be really active. So it’s really important to give some energy-boost mid-day while still having enough nutrients to maintain a good health. And since fruits are known to be gluten-free, adding this easy-to-prepare treat would really make you at ease.
-1 cup of sliced fruits (You can explore different kinds. But try to ask your kids first which they prefer more)
-1 tablespoon sugar
-1/4 cup water
1.) Dissolve sugar in water by heating on a stove or in a microwave. For another healthy tip, use chemical free muscovado sugar.
2.) Cool the syrup down by placing it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
3.) Pour over the fruit slices and chill for few more minutes.
4.) Serve on snack, or put in a container if intended as a packed snack.
2.) Fruity gelatin
Just to add some variety to your kids’ snacks if you wish to make fruits as staple, why not have some gelatin? Also known as a gluten-free food, gelatin would surely make children excited for snack with its glossy and easy to mold shape. In fact, this snack for adults who wish to lose weight!
-2 cups freshly squeezed/pureed fruit juice (depending again on your or your kid’s preference)
-2 packets of gelatin
-2 cups cups boiling water
1.) Boil water and gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
2.) Add fruit juice into the mixture, and stir.
3.) Put in a gelatin a molder or to any fancy shaped molder you wish to use (e.g. animal shapes)
4.) Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve.
3.) Flourless banana pancake
Hit two birds with just one stone by eliminating the gluten-packed flour in the recipe, and save more time in preparing this easy-to-make gluten-free pancake! We all know that kids are pancake fans, so making a safer alternative for our gluten sensitive children would definitely make them happy. Also, for those adults who are asking questions on how to lose weight and some diet tips, then this recipe is definitely for you, too!
-2 large very ripe banana
-4 medium eggs
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.) Mash the bananas and mix in the eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl.
2.) Spray the heated non-stick pan with oil and scoop about ¼ cup of batter in.
3.) Cook each side for about 30 seconds.
4.) Put on the plate and top with light maple syrup as you wish.
Join your kids in enjoying these treats and make snacking time more fun. Enjoy and eat up!
Since we already know that there is a large pool of gluten-free selections that we can indulge in, it’s now much easier to explore gluten-free recipes and whip-up scrumptious safe meals, worry free.
There’s a wide array of recipes to discover for you, ranging from gluten-free vegan recipes, gluten-free cookie recipes, gluten-free cake recipes, or maybe even some gluten-free snack recipes for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the family.
How about a filipino-style spaghetti? Here’s a gluten-free diet recipe for you that can be enjoyed whether or not you worry about gluten in your diet. 🙂
Filipino Style Rice and Corn Spaghetti
- 400 grams Rice and Corn Spaghetti
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 250 grams lean ground pork
- 250 grams ground chicken
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup fresh goat’s cheese
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 chopped white onion
- 1 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the rice and corn spaghetti until al dente or firm to the bite.
- Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan.
- Sauté the garlic and onion.
- Add the chicken and pork after, and saute everything again for another 3 minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce and water. Lower the heat and simmer the sauce for about 30 minutes.
- Add tomato paste. Stir well until it thickens even more.
- Add the sugar, and carefully season with salt and pepper.
- Put about a cup of pasta on each plate, and pour a ladleful of sauce on top.
- Top with some goat’s cheese. (Choose all-natural cheese for this recipe to make sure it’s gluten-free)
Serves 4 persons
Got any brilliant gluten-free culinary ideas that you would like to share? Just comment below!
Brazilian cheese bread, or pao de queijo, is naturally gluten-free as it uses an ingredient commonly found in Philippine supermarkets–cassava flour! Think of them as cheesy gluten-free pandesal!
It uses a few ingredients, although there is some effort involved in beating the dough, the smell of cheese bread baking in your oven makes the effort worthwhile. They are crunchy on the outside, and soft and airy on the inside.
If you can wait long enough to let them cool, these are best served freshly baked and piping hot. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and heated in the oven toaster, and they are as good as new. Serve them as snacks, appetizers, or even as sandwich bread.
Recipe adapted from Eat Retreat
18 oz/ 500 grams cassava flour
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons salt * (use 1/2 tsp if using queso de bola)
8 whole eggs
4 cups finely grated cheese (preferably a hard cheese like parmesan, but any cheese will do)
Put milk, water, extra virgin olive oil and salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Add in the cassava flour and mix it best you can with a wooden spoon. Remove mixture from the heat. At this point, the dough will not look incorporated.
You can use a stand mixer or beat by hand by this point (do not use a hand mixer!). Once the dough has cooled for 10 minutes or so mix in the eight eggs one by one, with the mixer, or by hand. Mix in the grated cheese. Add the salt, preferably partially so you can adjust by tasting the dough.
Use a 2-inch cookie dough scoop, or roll by hand into 2-inch balls onto a greased or non-stick baking sheet.
Bake them in a 350-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
It’s a comfort to know that there are some foods that are naturally gluten-free. Thankfully, fruits are on the list! Enjoy this very cool dessert that is a breeze to prepare and is safe for your tummy if you’re following the gluten-free diet.
Berries are great tasting and has amazing health benefits. It is rich in flavonoids which are best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Doesn’t that make for a cool treat indeed!
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
4 pieces frozen mangoes cut into squares
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4-6 tbsp sugar adjust to taste
2 tbsp chopped mint
Mix all ingredients together and voila, you have a perfect treat to beat the Manila heat, for kids and adults alike!
To make things a bit easier for a sometimes challenging diet to conform to, we’ve gathered some sandwich classics to help you whip up filling gluten-free meals for kids’ school baon (lunch pack) or even for the office.
As a basic, of course, you’d want to start with a gluten-free base like your gluten-free bread, and baguette. Though pandesal and tasty bread are out, don’t fret. There are still great alternatives you can try. These are available in your supermarkets, and be sure you are looking to avoid these in the ingredients: wheat, barley, rye, oats, malt, and brewer’s yeast. If you want more convenience, you can visit GERALD.ph for a gluten-free selection you can have delivered to your home in Metro Manila. If you’re new to the gluten free diet, you can visit celiac.com’s comprehensive list of gluten-free foods .
So without further ado, here they are:
1 – Egg salad sandwich
This is an easy one and definitely a favorite for quick sandwiches. We love it for it is moist, light but filling. It’s perfect that the typical ingredients, like mayonnaise and plain mustard, are grocery staples that happen to be gluten-free. Most come without the gluten-free stamp, but check the back label. Let a saucepan containing eggs submerged with water come to a boil, then turn the heat off and put the lid on and let sit for five minutes. Let the eggs cool in a bowl of ice water, and peel and dice. To the eggs, add mayonnaise plus mustard, salt and pepper, chopped celery and onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Smother on gluten-free bread, add strips of ham (check the label for some ham glazes may contain gluten. If the glaze is in a separate packet, just don’t use it). Chill and enjoy!
2 – Hamburger
Make your own burger patty and skip the frozen patties. You can make better ones for less. Pure unprocessed meats do not have gluten, and so the ground beef that you get straight from the butcher and then mixed with wholesome spices yourself is guarantee you don’t have gluten cross-contamination risks that processed meats may have. Also, this gets you away from additives and extenders that are common in local ready-made patties.
One thing that might require some research is the soy sauce to use with your patty. We do use a lot of soy sauce in our cuisine and a burger patty isn’t an exception. Based on a research made by soya.be, Kikkoman, a brand we have here locally appeared to meet the 20 parts per million content enough to qualify as gluten-free (and not have adverse physiological effects.)
Top patty with veggies like tomato, coleslaw, or gluten-free sauces to make different versions.
3 – Grilled cheese sandwich
Typically an American sandwich, but it practically has the Pinoy stamp on it what with the Filipino’s love for the really cheesy meals. Really, can you think of anything better than warm gooey melted cheese? I can’t. The ‘unspecial’ grilled cheese sandwich is made with processed cheese. For your gluten-free diet, go with the all-natural variety. It’s hard to find a proper grocery store now without a deli section so getting these should be easy (check: SM, Puregold, Rustan’s all has this. Now it’s online, too). Natural cheese does not have gluten, and you can choose to add much more interesting cheeses like emmental, gruyère, or comté, as long as they are soft, melting cheeses (Parmesan might be challenging to melt). Want to be more adventurous? Add crumbs of blue cheese. And the secret: add butter in your pan with the sandwich after your cheese melts. Look here to master the art of grilled cheese.
4 – Caprese wrap
Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil in a sandwich. To make a gluten-free roll up version, substitute corn or brown rice tortillas for bread. Add steamed or grilled chicken and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette, and you have an exciting roll up. With how easy it is, this simple but elegant tasting dish will surely be a regular in your lunch pack.
Tip: for wrap recipes, you can actually do away with bread altogether and wrap it in greens like a nice iceberg lettuce or cucumber. Healthy, and certainly gluten-free.
5 – Croque Monsieur/Croque Madame
For something a bit fancier, try to make this baking-required French sandwich. A little trouble in the kitchen but Oui it’s all worth it. With gluten-free bread as base, Croque monsieur for the most part already uses gluten-free ingredients: butter, milk, mustard, gruyere and Parmesan cheese. For the cheese sauce, just use rice flour instead of all-purpose flour. Check out an easy to follow recipe here. Don’t forget to substitute the ingredients!
Add an egg to make a Madame. 😉
Hope you can make yours out of these and try other gluten-free versions, too! Do share with us some of your own special gluten-free sandwich tricks in the comments!
References: Celiac.com, celiacdesease.about.com, soya.be, seriouseats.com
There’s no need to go to an Italian restaurant to enjoy this classic pasta dish, and you can even have it gluten-free. You can prepare it in minutes with the convenience of the frozen seafood available on Gerald.ph.
1/2 cup reserved pasta water
1 pack scallops (roe off)
1/2 pack mussels (shell off)
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup frozen chopped parsley
2-3 tbs garlic herb butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 tbs. flour
2 tbs. olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste