Since May is Celiac Awareness Month, the Celiac Disease Foundation has provided GF meal suggestions for the entire month! Thinking of gluten-free meals to make is a research and time investment in itself.
The Celiac Disease Foundation is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month with a seven-day gluten-free meal plan to help people who are newly-diagnosed with celiac disease adjust to the gluten-free diet. Below is a chart of the meal plan.
At their website there are links to recipes for each of the meals. The plan provides three meals and two snacks for each day and the recipes are easy and designed for busy families with children. This plan is especially helpful to parents of children with celiac disease and gluten disorders, as the recipes a very kid-friendly.
This meal plan is part of CDF’s toolkit to help people with gluten-related disorders monitor and manage the illness. The toolkit includes a symptom checklist and a nationwide directory of practitioners specializing in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Look for these items under “Resources” on the right sidebar of their website.
Focusing on ready to eat basic household foods that are gluten-free. Saves time from having to read every single label for ingredients, then researching each foreign ingredient you’ve never seen. If you don’t frequent a specialty grocery, Kroger has a great selection of organic and gluten free foods.
Cheese (Blue Cheese and Gorgonzola may contain gluten)
Rice Chex cereal
Nature’s Path GF Cereals
Nature’s Path GF oatmeal
Gluten Free Oats/Oatmeal
KIND (GF) granola bars
Corn Tortilla Chips*
Pasta/Grains – wheat free
Pasta made from rice, quinoa, corn
Frozen GF breads
Sauces and Dressings
Soy sauce* – Use Tamari- made without wheat
Frank’s Hot sauce
Rice bowls- Annie Chun, check ingredients if not plain rice
Options in Kroger’s specialty section
Good substitutes for cravings of foods normally containing gluten
Gluten Free Cafe brand
* Check to ensure gluten free, may affect consumers differently
Gluten is a protein composite of gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein). Primary sources of dietary gluten are wheat, rye, and barley. The word “gluten” comes from the latin meaning for “glue”, it is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.
Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that’s ground to make flour). Gluten both nourishes plant embryos during germination and later affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked wheat products.
Celiac disease is the condition in which there is an abnormal small intestinal mucosa that improves with a gluten-free diet.
For whatever reason you choose to go gluten-free it is important to enlighten yourself with the benefits and risks, and there may be no difference for some.
And when the answer is no… “Is — gluten-free?”, “Can you ask the cook if there’s wheat in this?”, “Sorry one more question, is the — gluten free?”…
Skipping over the basics, I’ve decided to blog specifically for the gluten-intolerant living in the Indy area, like myself. It is almost impossible to play it cool when going to lunch during the work week, and it can be embarrassing when going out to dinner. I tend to over-think everything and never make quick decisions when it comes to food in the first place. Food is a cherished item in my opinion, and everyone deserves the convenience of a satisfying and smooth order. So instead of going through the hassle of quizzing every server on their knowledge of gluten and their menu, I want to record and share my research to make everyone’s life a little easier.
Here’s a small list of some of my favorites so far;
Offers Udi’s Gluten-Free bread with sandwiches or for toast
Gluten Free buns for tasty burgers!
Salads – chopped salad is amazing
Hummus dip with cucumbers instead of bread
Gluten-Free crust and the pizza is just as outstanding as before
Gluten-Free menu is great
Awesome Gluten-Free menu
Has gluten free menu
California Pizza Kitchen
Good GF Pizza
GF soup choices
Old Point Tavern
Meat Chili is GF and delicious (Vegetable Chili is NOT gf)