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Gluten-Free Recipes and Tips

Banana Skillet Bread

Banana Skillet Bread

Through trial and error I came up with a cake I liked, but wanted a nicer crust, and so this became a skillet cake.
Plantains: The Starchy Solution to Gluten-free Baking

Plantains: The Starchy Solution to Gluten-free Baking

This tropical fruit packs a nutritional punch by serving as a good source of fiber, vitamin C, folate and vitamin A.
Black Bean Cookies

Black Bean Cookies

I love using common ingredients in unconventional ways. Take black beans for example. They are great for adding protein and fiber to meals and snacks, but what about using them in baking?
Black Bean Dip with Nutritional Yeast

Black Bean Dip with Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is one of those things I used to steer clear of for a while because I was scared of it. Those orange-yellow flakes really freaked me out. Well, you shouldn't let it scare you. Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite additions to all food.
Baking Banana Bread With My Girls

Baking Banana Bread With My Girls

Letting kids help in the kitchen teaches measurement, counting and builds their coordination and fine motor skills.
Taste Applesauce for the First Time

Taste Applesauce for the First Time

One of my favorite fall projects is making homemade applesauce after going apple picking. Trust me when I tell you: Once you've had homemade applesauce, you'll never buy another jar of that yellow stuff in the supermarket again.
A Valentine for Every Diet

A Valentine for Every Diet

Here are some of my tips for those looking to enjoy Valentine's Day while eating healthy or accommodating a food allergy or sensitivity.
Gluten-Free Raspberry-Chocolate-Swirl Banana Bread

Gluten-Free Raspberry-Chocolate-Swirl Banana Bread

I love the subtle crunch of raspberry seeds in the thick of this banana bread's soft crumb and the sunny tang of the fruit cutting through dark bittersweet chocolate.
Does Celiac Disease Cause Infertility?

Does Celiac Disease Cause Infertility?

It’s commonly known that around 1 percent of the population has celiac disease — a severe autoimmune reaction to gluten — and we often think of it as a gastrointestinal disorder. But celiac is four to eight times more common in women who are experiencing infertility without any other known cause.
What Happens When a Dietitian Needs Help with Nutrition?

What Happens When a Dietitian Needs Help with Nutrition?

Like most RDs, I make my living teaching others to eat healthier, but then go back to my own habits. But this year, I found myself on the other side of the fence — as the patient.
5 Tips for Hosting Holidays for All Dietary Needs

5 Tips for Hosting Holidays for All Dietary Needs

Planning a meal for guests with food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances or dietary preferences unlike your own can be a challenge when you are not used to it. Here are five tips to help you host a holiday dinner that everyone can enjoy.
International Travel Tips for People with Food Allergies

International Travel Tips for People with Food Allergies

For any traveler, an international getaway can quickly can turn from an adventure into a stressful encounter. For those with food allergies, there's an added layer of stress.
Is Gluten-Sensitivity Real? New Research Causes New Thinking

Is Gluten-Sensitivity Real? New Research Causes New Thinking

Sometimes called "celiac-lite," non-celiac gluten sensitivity (or NCGS) is a form of intolerance. Several new studies have offered insight into this condition.
Wheat Has Not Changed

Wheat Has Not Changed

Recent bestselling books convinced readers that modern wheat is responsible for every ailment from diabetes to weight gain to arthritis to asthma. But what if wheat hasn't really changed at all?
Flour Power: Learn about Different Kinds of Flours

Flour Power: Learn about Different Kinds of Flours

Step aside, All-Purpose. Today, every purpose has a flour and every flour has a purpose!
Local and Naturally Gluten-Free

Local and Naturally Gluten-Free

I find it fascinating that the local food and gluten-free trends have simultaneously gone mainstream. The former is my passion and the latter my necessity (and expertise).
Classic Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

Classic Gluten-free Sugar Cookies

These beauties encompass everything I love in a sugar cookie ... a slightly almond-scented dough baked into a thick, tender cookie with a barely crunchy edge.
The Common Denominators of a Healthy Diet

The Common Denominators of a Healthy Diet

Beware the trap of focusing on what you don't eat, and instead of being thoughtful about what you do eat.
9 Tips for a Gluten-free Vegetarian

9 Tips for a Gluten-free Vegetarian

Is a meat-free diet off limits for people with celiac disease? With extra planning, a well-rounded and delicious gluten-free vegetarian diet is totally doable.
Breakfast Anytime: 5 Morning-Inspired Recipes

Breakfast Anytime: 5 Morning-Inspired Recipes

Shake things up at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table with recipes from around the world.
Chocolate Coconut Chia Mousse and Herbed Chia Dressing

Chocolate Coconut Chia Mousse and Herbed Chia Dressing

Chia seeds are versatile — you can use them in smoothies, puddings, salad dressings and in crusts for fish or meat.
Gluten-Free Persimmon Pudding

Gluten-Free Persimmon Pudding

I knew that, living in Southern California, one could easily be spoiled by the year-round abundance of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, but clearly I didn't understand just how lucky we Californians are with our bountiful local harvest. So, this fall, I am happy to spread a little local harvest love with you, by sharing one of my favorite fruits of the season: persimmons.
Carbohydrates 101

Carbohydrates 101

Learn more about one of the basic building blocks of all of our food: carbohydrates.
Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie

Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie

Inspired recently by these seasonal fruit smoothies, I decided to create my own fall-inspired smoothie with simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right this instant.
Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Experiment with homemade hummus because it's simple and the options are truly endless.
How Ethiopia Safeguards Its Native Ancient Grain

How Ethiopia Safeguards Its Native Ancient Grain

As international foodies are drawn to the nutrition appeal of whole-grain, gluten-free teff, Ethiopia seeks to protect those who rely on their indigenous ancient grain.
Layered Zucchini Lasagna

Layered Zucchini Lasagna

Replacing the noodles with zucchini makes this meal a great match for those with gluten restrictions or who want to watch their carb intake. Besides being mouthwatering, this lasagna makes for the perfect packed lunch, and can be made with just five ingredients!
The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods

If you need to eat gluten-free because of a wheat intolerance or digestive disorder, The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods is a one-stop reference.
6 Unusual Uses For Oatmeal

6 Unusual Uses For Oatmeal

While this breakfast classic is still a favorite for many, oats are a versatile and inexpensive staple that can be used for a variety of applications both in and outside the kitchen.
Tips (and a Recipe!) for a Gluten-free Thanksgiving

Tips (and a Recipe!) for a Gluten-free Thanksgiving

Fortunately, many foods served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner are naturally gluten-free.
The Convenient Way to Bake Bread at Home

The Convenient Way to Bake Bread at Home

Baking homemade bread always sounds like a great idea until I get out my large bread maker. But the Lékué Bread Maker solves the dilemma of homemade bread.
The New Gluten-free Labeling Rule: Does it Go Far Enough?

The New Gluten-free Labeling Rule: Does it Go Far Enough?

Since this rule is hot-off-the-presses, here’s what you need to know.
17 Glorious Grains You Need to Know

17 Glorious Grains You Need to Know

All of these whole grains have three components: the bran, which contains most of the fiber; the germ, which contains most of the vitamins, minerals and fat; and the starchy endosperm. They are high in phytochemicals, several B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, copper and fiber.
Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

One of the benefits of eating vegetarian or vegan on Thanksgiving is that you can be as creative as you want with your main dish. This hearty casserole dish is filled with flavorful root vegetables and protein-packed lentils.
Ooh, La La! Buckwheat Crepes and Berry Bruschetta

Ooh, La La! Buckwheat Crepes and Berry Bruschetta

This morning, I made crepes. Yum. I am calling these "Buckwheat Crepes" because they have buckwheat flour in them…but really they are made with a mixture of gluten-free flours. For the wheat tolerant: Simply use whole wheat pastry flour or your favorite flour in the recipe.
How What You Eat Can Help — or Hurt — Your Skin

How What You Eat Can Help — or Hurt — Your Skin

Nutrition is a critical component in maintaining skin health. In fact, nutritional deficiencies are often observed first as skin problems. Explore how certain nutrients can improve or harm your skin's appearance and health.
Wow Your Guests with Roasted Edamame with Togarashi

Wow Your Guests with Roasted Edamame with Togarashi

This one-size-fits-all party food will enthrall the foodies, delight the gluten-free, indulge the waistline watchers and make the vegans swoon. It's made with togarashi, a seven-spice blend that is common in Japanese kitchens.
Get to Know—and Cook!—the Food of the Future

Get to Know—and Cook!—the Food of the Future

If there is one trendy food that you have to take seriously, it is quinoa. You may already know about this crop and its outstanding nutritional properties—it is considered a "super grain" not only because all of its nutritional benefits, but also because it's easy to cultivate (it grows almost everywhere!). What's more, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2013 the "International Year of the Quinoa."
Have (Gluten-free) Snacks, Will Travel: Tips for Traveling on a Gluten-free Diet

Have (Gluten-free) Snacks, Will Travel: Tips for Traveling on a Gluten-free Diet

As I write this post, there are officially 77 days until my family and I hit the road for our big summer adventure to Florida.
Gluten-free Breakfast Basics

Gluten-free Breakfast Basics

With back-to-school right around the corner, it’s time for people who can’t eat gluten to plan ahead for breakfasts.
You Won't Believe These Non-dairy Milk Scones

You Won't Believe These Non-dairy Milk Scones

I remember my first taste of almond milk. Clutching an enormous glass between unsteady fingers, I took a tentative sip of the pale liquid ... and loved it. Did I mention this event took place six months ago?
Veggie Stir Fry Made With Millet

Veggie Stir Fry Made With Millet

The rich, corn-like flavor will add a delicious je ne sais quoi to your meal.
Lemon-Zested Blueberry Crisp

Lemon-Zested Blueberry Crisp

A top dog for their super-rich antioxidant content, blueberries are key for brain health and memory functioning.
Get to Know Nutritional Yeast

Get to Know Nutritional Yeast

If you've spent any time perusing the bulk bins at your local grocery store lately, you may have noticed a product called nutritional yeast. Although the name sounds somewhat unappealing — and the appearance is hardly any better — this product is a nutritional powerhouse. And it is something you definitely should know about.
Warm Quinoa Pudding with Almonds and Lemongrass

Warm Quinoa Pudding with Almonds and Lemongrass

Not overly sweet, this quinoa dessert gets its flavor from being cooked in almond milk and light coconut milk that are infused with lemongrass.