Gluten Free Lemon Butter Garlic Prawn Recipe

Lemon Butter Garlic PrawnsThis is practically a no-brainer dish that can be prepared in a matter of minutes.  This indulgent dish works for anytime you need to prepare something nice but do not have much time. Good news: Lemon, Butter, Garlic  and Prawns are naturally gluten-free! If you are highly reactive to gluten and need to be absolutely sure, try to find butter with gluten free on the label :-).

Ingredients:

1 block King Size Black Tiger Prawn 1.3 kg (12 to 15 pieces)

¾ cups butter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

8 cloves garlic

2 lemons – juice

Salt & pepper

1 tsp fresh parsley or(flash frozen parsley)

Steps:

To Defrost Prawns: Open bag and leave in the refrigerator overnight, or leave at room temperature for about 3 hours.

In a wok or large pan, melt the butter and add oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add lemon juice, and saute for another 30 seconds. Add defrosted prawns.

Stir-fry until color of prawn changes to pink and thoroughly cooked (about 4 to 5 minutes). Cooking the prawn with the heads on adds to the flavor to the dish.

Add salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle parsely. Transfer and assemble prawns to a nice serving dish and serve.

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Gluten Free Mixed Mushroom Carbonara


Edamame Mixed Mushroom Carbonara
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.
Ingredients:

1 pack 200 grams Edamame Beans Pasta


2 cups sliced Mixed Forest Mushrooms
1 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

Directions
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.

Hooray for New Gluten-Free Pasta!

Anyone with special dietary needs know that it takes effort to acquire the habits and lifestyle, in order to keep eating healthily. Whether it is mild allergies or severe reaction to food,  we would need to accommodate some degree of change in our day to day life. (Anyone can relate?)  One great help in this area is to find one place that worries about our own specific type of intolerance to food.

And so, great news to our friends who are worried about gluten in  their diet! GERALD.ph with its partner brand for healthy food substitutes, has added two great new items to its shop, which can dramatically widen your menu options for gluten-free food to help support a healthy lifestyle. 😉

Yellow Soybean Protein Pasta

This organic gluten-free pasta is made from USDA organic yellow soybeans.

Unlike typical  pasta, it is not made from starch  nor wheat (no gluten!), but protein packed yellow soybeans. You can enjoy your pasta meals, and usual pasta recipes with high protein, more fiber, and that’s right, less carbs! This is made with only with Yellow Soybean and water, so you know you are getting healthy plant-based protein, with no additives.

Edamame Beans Protein Pasta

This organic gluten-free protein pasta is also a fantastic choice. Made from edamame beans, this is another pasta that can give you healthy protein plus fiber, and much less carbs that is typical in wheat pasta. This is made with edamame beans and water.

Both are available in 200 gram packs and are:

-USDA Organic

-Certified Gluten-Free

-Non-GMO Project Verified

-Kosher Certified

No other food can provide you with flexibility and variety than pasta. Mix it with your own special gluten-free sauce, or light olive oil and your own concoction of spices and you’ll surely have safe, healthy hassle free entrees you can whip up in a flash.

GERALD.ph has more items for your gluten-free needs and so make sure to check their gluten-free selection here!  They also conveniently deliver within Metro Manila. Make sure to check it out and let us know your experience! 🙂

Gluten-Free Food Swaps on GERALD.ph!

As part of its continuous pursuit to an accessible holistic approach to achieve a more nutritious regular and gluten-free diet to every Filipino, GERALD.ph widens its selection of pantry goods and gourmet products by introducing the Healthy Food Swaps option, courtesy of its newest partner 7grains.

The list includes a new variety of day to day pantry needs such as seasoning, ketchup, noodles, chips, and other healthier food swaps that guarantee denser nutrient concentration, lower calories, and gluten-free ingredients compared to their commercial counterparts.

Snacking on guilt-less chips

Composed of a variety of 7 vegetables per crisp, the Skinny Veggie Chips boasts the nutritious benefits of cassava, malunggay, squash, carrots, water spinach, saluyot, and sweet potato tops. The 50-gram crispy vegetable party-in-a-pack also proudly highlights no MSG, no food coloring, no preservatives, and no wheat flour, making it a perfect addition to a gluten-free diet meal plan. Skinny Veggie Chips comes in plain and cheddar chive flavor.

Go skinny with the zero carb shirataki noodles

Considered as the “holy grail” of dieters in the US and Europe because of its almost zero calorie property, shirataki noodles, also known as konjac noodles, has successfully made it to the shores of the Philippines laden with its beneficial properties including a good amount of dietary fiber, low glycemic index, and gastrointestinal regulation coming from its primary ingredient glucomannan. Since the noodles comes from the konjac plant and not from wheat, barley nor rye, adding it to the gluten-free food list would definitely make weight-loss for gluten sensitive individuals far more easier than ever.

Umami-er meals with Gluten-free Seasoning

Aside from having high sodium content, some commercial flavor enhancers in the market are also virtually not gluten free at all. 7grains however took the initiative to introduce a gluten-free seasoning which enhances the flavor of Filipino dishes even more. Skinny Seasoning with its 16 amino acids concentrate produces the sought-after umami taste while providing potent antioxidants making it 10 times more powerful than that of red wine’s per serving. You can use this as alternative to your regular not gluten-free guaranteed soysauce. It is also packed with oligosaccharides which support good bacteria in our digestive tracks while yielding only about 1.16 calories per serving compared to the 15-25 calories per serving  of reduced sodium soy sauce.

Other products in store also include sweetener and gluten-free 7grains Calamansi Purée (Lemonsito) from freshly squeezed 1 kilo of calamansi making it a good source of Vitamin C; gluten-free Skinny Healthy Tomato Ketchup which, unlike its commercial counterpart, has no preservatives, artificial flavors, low in calories, high in soluble fiber inulin and an antioxidant called lycopene; and gluten-free Skinny Soup Base Paste essentially made from an assortment of real vegetables, herbs, and spices, making it a healthier substitute to your regular bouillon cubes, marinades, and soup bases.

Try these now for a more convenient gluten-free meal and healthy diet planning!

Gluten-Free Snacks for the Kids

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.

Ingredients:

-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

 

Procedure:

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!

Ingredients:

-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

 

Procedure:

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!

Ingredients:

-2 large very ripe banana

-4 medium eggs

-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure:

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! 

 

Common Gluten-Free Pinoy Dishes You Should Know

Generally, Filipino food is very friendly to people who need to strictly follow a gluten-free diet. Here are some common Pinoy dishes that do not contain gluten as it is, cooked with the usual recipe. These will be handy the next time you are craving for something really Filipino:

Adobo

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Be it chicken, pork, or CPA (chicken and pork adobo), adobo is normally a gluten free dish. Some questions were raised if soy sauce, one of the primary ingredients used in this dish is gluten-free. And the good news is, it is![1] In fact, if the soy sauce is made purely of its base ingredient which is soy beans that is naturally gluten-free. But to sure, always purchase the brand that you know and trust. As it may happen that soy sauce manufacturers process them in the same area as wheat, and cross contamination is still a possibility.

Sinigang

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Photo credit: PanlasangPinoy.com

One of the healthiest Pinoy dishes around and thankfully, also devoid of gluten. Do away with potential gluten source which are sinigang mixes which usually contain wheat. Flavor it with natural sampalok or guava, and eat worry-free. Also, since vegetables have no gluten, you can definitely be sure that no adverse effect will happen if you have gluten intolerance. Other might worry that since there are certain starches included in the list of ingredients such gabi, gluten might still be there. Apparently, even though most  of the sources of gluten are starches, not all starches have it. And the good thing is, gabi didn’t make the cut.

For more information about gluten sources, click here.

 

Pancit Bihon

We also discussed before about bihon, one of the party foods that we all love to serve, as a gluten-free staple for us Filipinos. And this ingredient itself is safe for consumption. Nonetheless, there are certain ingredients that we put in pancit bihon that should be used with caution or better yet, eliminated. Common ingredient such kikiam, should be, as much as possible, replaced with something whole such as meat chunks. Certain processed foods as such use wheat flour as binder. This also goes with other common street foods in a stick such as fishballs and squidballs.

We will include more information about anything gluten in the typical Filipino diet on the next articles, so always keep posted!

Got questions? Please don’t hesitate to comment below.

 

 

 

 

The Versatility of The Gluten Free Diet

Gluten-free diet is a diet primarily for those with gluten-sensitive enteropathy commonly known as Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and gluten-intolerance. But for some it might even be believed to be a “miracle diet”, one  which will make you less susceptible to various lifestyle diseases where gluten is allegedly to blame.

But aside from Celiac disease, where can we actually legitimately apply the gluten-free diet?

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Wheat and Gluten Allergy

Though the two are not the same, gluten-free diet can be applied to both since basically, gluten is a protein found in wheat, among other sources. Therefore, a gluten-free product is safe for those who have either of the two allergies since most gluten-free items do not contain wheat, as well. 

So, if ever have a loved one who has wheat allergy, substituting the regular wheat based food items with gluten-free ones would really help[1]. However, it is always safest to still check the ingredients of gluten-free meals you buy. 

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

As the name suggests, this condition may have similar gluten sensitivity symptoms to Celiac’s disease, but does not directly link to Celiac disease In fact, this NCGS is a curious case to medical researchers to date, and still there are questions whether gluten is to blame for this condition.

Though the correlation might not be clear for now, one certain thing as of the moment is that someone with NCGS can try a gluten-free diet to see if certain symptoms that they experience, similar to those with Celiac disease, can be eased[2].

Gluten Ataxia

In contrast to Celiac disease, Gluten Ataxia on the other hand attacks the cerebellum in our brain which is responsible for our body coordination and balance. People with such disease experience difficulty in complex movements such as walking, writing, talking and even swallowing.

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In this condition, gluten-free diet has been proven handy to avoid such abnormal immunological responses[3].

We will add more to this list next time. But for now, if you know some people with this condition, sharing this piece would really make a difference.

Got questions anything related to gluten or gluten-free diet? Don’t hesitate to comment below! We”ll absolutely be glad to help!

Sources:

1) “Wheat allergy.” ACAAI Public Website, 21 Jan. 2016. Web. 6 Jan. 2017.

2.) 4310830, 95 -. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Celiac Disease Foundation, 1998. Web. 6 Jan. 2017.

3.) Hadjivassiliou, M, et al. “Dietary Treatment of Gluten Ataxia.” Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 74.9 (2003): 1221–1224. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.