Going Gluten-Free

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  1. Romy

    Romy Taxiderpy

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    You need to get your bootay over here for some green chile enchiladas. Or curry.

    There is a lot of crap cardboard tasting stuff out there. It doesn't have to be part of your diet by any means. I bet I could make stuff where you wouldn't know the difference (it's been blind-tested on my super picky dad and husband ;) )
     
  2. MafiaPrincess

    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    I wanted gluten free waffles.. Mere and I thought we'd try together for a week.. Couldn't find corn tortillas or gluten free waffles. *sigh*
     
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    milos_mommy Active Member

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    When I think of foods WITH gluten in them, they don't come to mind as being supremely flavorful... (pizza crust...bread....pasta...flour....they're all bland as heck unless you add flavorful stuff to them).

    It's just easier to add flavorful stuff to a gluten-y base than it is to try to find non-gluten substitutes.
     
  4. JustaLilBitaLuck

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    If you wanted to keep some frozen food on hand, in case you're in a hurry or something, I would check out the Amy's brand. They have a ton of great healthy food for a wide variety of food allergies - dairy free, gluten free, etc.

    I first discovered them when I was looking for food that I could microwave at work (since I'm terrible about making meals beforehand, and then I end up eating out). I'm mostly vegetarian, and it's HARD to find vegetarian frozen foods.

    I'm not sure what stores you have around you, but our local Cub Foods sells them in the organic section.

    www.amys.com
     
  5. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    LIES! LOL, I need a recipe or something, because I ended up making quinoa and dumping half a jar of salsa on it to make it edible.

    I'm doing gluten/dairy/soy free. I basically eat eggs, squash, and fruit :p
     
  6. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    I am a super picky eater - not really by choice I just don't like a bunch of things.

    Tonight I broke up a ranch burger (ranch mix and cheese mixed into it) and cooked it up and made burritos? on corn tortillas. OMG the corn tortilla was nasty unless I had a good hunk of meat in it.. then it was fine. LOL. Gonna try making grilled cheeses outta them tomorrow.
     
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    FYI, Costco has some type of excellent gluten-free cracker thingy.
     
  8. Romy

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    Just out of curiosity, did it come prewashed or did it still have the hull? Because the hull is really soap-ish, so much so that Peruvian women used to save the water they washed the hulls off with to wash their clothes in.

    ETA: To make corn tortillas edible, heat them on a skillet with a little oil before you make tacos or anything. It totally transforms them.
     
  9. AliciaD

    AliciaD On second thought...

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    GAH!! I hate quinoa, which is a shame because it's pretty healthy and has protein! What an epic bummer. :mad:
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Uhhh...idk, it looked like this:
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    I will have green chile enchiladas, please :)
    I'd also like that recipe :D
     
  12. Romy

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    First make your filling. We like chicken but shredded pork is really good too. Chicken thigh meat is the best flavored. Cook it in a skillet or crock pot with some broth, chiles, tomatillos maybe, pretty much whatever flavors you like. If you want to do vegetarian, black beans and corn or plain cheddar cheese are good.

    Then take a giant stack of corn tortillas. Fill a skillet with at least an inch of cooking oil and put it on medium. We use olive oil or grapeseed oil for health reasons. Grapeseed oil is fantastic for frying. If you heat olive oil hot enough for frying it loses the olive flavor but is still healthy.

    Get a plate ready with some paper towels on it. Drop the tortillas in the oil 2 at a time. The oil should make tiny bubbles underneath the tortillas. After 30 secs to a minute or so, pull them out and drain as much oil off as you can, then toss them on the plate and put in the next tortillas. They should be really limp and wobbly. You need to do a lot of them and it takes a while but this is what makes them taste good. You can toss more paper towels on the pile to soak up extra oil periodically if you want.

    Don't leave the tortillas in too long or they'll get crispy. If you accidentally do this you can use them for tostadas.

    Get a saucepan going near the end of the tortilla pile. Put a big tub of sour cream in it, and an equal amount of "cream of >something< soup. It can be chicken, celery, mushroom, whatever. Heat that up until it's sort of bubbling and warm. Add in a bunch of cans of green chiles (however many you want).

    The last part is just assembling them all. Get a big cake pan. Have your filling ready. Then you just dip the individual tortillas in the white sauce, blob some filing in them, roll them like cigars and nest them in the dish. I dump tons of shredded cheese on each layer, usually we cram 2-3 layers per dish. If you have leftover tortillas and sauce at the end you can dump the sauce on top and layer the leftover tortillas flat on it, then top with cheese.

    Then you just bake it until the cheese is melted, and slightly browned on the edge. It won't take long if you bake it right away. You can also cover it and freeze the whole thing to bake another day. Another variation we do is to make and freeze it in a bunch of individual pyrex tupperware dishes, and then Robert can take those to work for lunch. Or I can pull one out and throw it in the microwave or stove when I need a fast meal. It's a lot cheaper than buying Amy's microwavable enchiladas all the time.
     
  13. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    A week of going gluten-free and I've lost 2.5 lbs. Probably would've been more but I believe I went over calories a couple days.. but loosing more than 2 a week is just AWESOME for me right now.
     
  14. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    are you eating less carbs in general while avoiding gluten. Or just cutting strictly gluten?

    Congrats!
     
  15. MericoX

    MericoX Roos, Poos, & a Wog!

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    I would assume so, since I've had to cut out anything bready.
     

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