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Spicy Sriracha Chicken Salad

Okay, so this salad was born out of a rad trip to the Calgary Farmers Market this weekend. I have to give a huge shout out to the Cherry Pit for their amazing pre-shredded cabbage, carrots and amazing bunches of kale and cilantro, as well to Bee Land for your amazing honey! Spring time is always amazing for finding fresh inspiration and healthy eats.

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Herbed Pork with Roasted Veggies 


Fall is such an amazing season to experiment with thyme, rosemary and garlic and root vegetables! I love this recipe because you only need about a 1/2 the butternut squash and you can freeze the other half for a future recipe or soup! I always make this in a foil pan for easy clean up! This recipe is easy peasy and the pork is tender and delicious!

Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1 pound of butternut squash peeled and cut into about 2 inch chunks

2 parsnips cut into chunks

2 carrots cut into chunks

About a pound of baby potatoes halved (or russet peeled and quartered)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoon Salt

3/4 teaspoon pepper

Method:

  1. Toss veggies in a roasting pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary (dried will also work) and 2 large cloves of garlic minced and 3/4 tsp of salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper and rub onto the roast.
  3.  Place roast in roaster with the veggies and cook at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes-1 hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Allow meat to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing

DIY: Gluten-Free Flours

I decided that I could make my own flours for WAY cheaper than they are selling them in store, I simply purchase my certified GF quinoa and brown rice from Costco where you get large quantities for very cheap prices. The other thing you will need is a coffee grinder or a blender with a milling blade! (I have a nutribullet, it was 89.99 and it came with one and it mills all my grains perfectly)

Quinoa Flour, Brown Rice Flour, and Almond Flour 

For all of the above use as much as you like (I buy large costco size quantities so I make lots at a time)  and simply add these ingredients to a coffee grinder or a blender with a milling blade and grind all of these down until you have a fine, flour like consistency with each (ensure that everything is ground evenly so you do not end up with chunks of rice or quinoa in your baking). 

TIP: When making the almond flour ensure that you use blanched, slivered almond as this will be easier on your grinder and without the skins you will get a finer flour as the skins do not breakdown as well. 

Classic Fluffy Gluten-Free Waffles

Ingredients: 

2 cups of guten-free all purpose flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

3/4 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of xanthan gum

3 eggs, separated

1 3/4 cups of milk

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Make it:

1. Sift flour with baking powder, salt, and sugar; place in a mixing bowl

2. Beat egg yolks until frothy; stir in milk and oil. Pour into flour mixture; beat with a electric beater until smooth

3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into the batter

4. Pour batter onto a hot, lightly greased waffle iron cooking to manufacturers instructions or until golden brown.

4. Serve with fresh strawberries, maple syrup or whipped cream.

Gluten Free Beauty

While sitting in my class today I decided to put on some hand lotion, my celiac friend grabbed the tube and mentioned that there were oats in it….oats, processed near wheat, grown near wheat fields, cross contamination, touching food, gluten is on hands, gluten goes onto my apple, bam I am ingesting gluten, yikes!! This then sent me into a gluten paranoia, forcing me to check my lip balm, lipsticks and other makeup, body washes and body lotions.

Now ingesting gluten in any form is a no no in celiac disease, however some celiacs experience a form of dermatitis when they come into contact with gluten topically.

Dermatitis herpetiformis will affect between 15-25 percent of people with celiac disease at some point in their lives (Blumer & Crowe, 2010). It has been deemed the celiac disease of the skin and manifests itself in the form of a skin rash that affects the skin of the:
-Elbows, Knees, and buttocks as well as the  face, scalp and back
-Pink, blister like sores that are raised above the skin in these areas will appear when in contact with gluten
-Itchiness will accompany the sores

The most common nasty terms I found in my products were colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and hydrolyzed wheat germ and modified vegetable proteins which could contain wheat.

Now while I could populate my own list of gluten free beauty I thought that I would refer you to one fabulous gluten free resource The Celiac Diva, her site has a very extensive and newer list of current gluten free beauty. Visit this link http://www.theceliacdiva.com/category/gluten-free-beauty-products/ for an amazing product list and other interesting articles.

Celiac Disease and Cold Season

Staying healthy during cold and flu season is as about as fun as playing leap frog with a unicorn, as in not very. However I have found several things to work for myself in attempts to maintain my immune system during epidemics such as the one Alberta is under right now.

1) SLEEP. your body cannot repair itself nor defend itself if you are over tired, opt for at least 7-8 hours per night of uninterrupted sleep. With work and school as life this can be something that is extremely difficult to maintain but if you can manage it most nights your immunity will reap the benefits of catching those extra zzzz’s.

2) Vitamins, now while it is a myth vitamin C aids in cold prevention it has been shown that proper vitamin D intake is crucial in maintaing ones health and as celiacs we suffer from malabsorption of the sunshine vitamin so be sure to talk to your doctor about a supplement amount of vitamin D that is right for you. As well zinc is a fantastic supplement for your immune system. Also iron for celiacs is another supplement that is very much needed as we are typically anemic which makes us vulnerable to the outside world during cold and flu season.

3) Already sick? try a soothing combination of peppermint tea, freshly grated ginger (about a teaspoon) and a tablespoon of honey, and some sliced lemon. This will ease a sore throat, clear the sinuses and the ginger with the peppermint will sooth a upset tummy.

4) I invested in a nebulizer about 8 months ago (can be found at eden in the Calgary Farmers Market as well as Saje stores) you add essential oils to water and it moistens the air as well as dispersing soothing oils into the air. Eucalyptus in one of these is a godsend when congestion and cough strike. I found it aided in getting a proper nights rest.

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