Gluten free? Yes to lasagna + a cool new magazine: easy eats

My husband recently decided to go gluten free. He has noticed that he gets brain fog the day after eating gluten and has decided to eliminate it to see how he feels. This adds an interesting element to our family since last year my two kids and I were diagnosed with an allergy to whey and casein: the protein in dairy.

I’m the main cook in our family. My husband is happy to grill but I’m the meal planner, shopper, chopper and everything else-er. So coming up with gluten free as well as dairy free meals has been a bit of a challenge. However, I had a year to get used to the dairy free aspect so adding gluten maybe wasn’t such a big deal (not nearly as huge as going dairy free but I think that calls for a blog post of its own). But I still needed help.

So I was happy to learn of a new magazine called easy eats. I immediately signed up for the free first issue and was really impressed. Beautiful photos and yummy sounding gluten free recipes.

Going gluten free has opened up a world, not to mention a whole section of the grocery store, to me. I am learning about what are the best gluten free breads, pastas and of course, double chocolate cookies. Inspired by the gluten free pastas, and encouraged by my friend who recently told me some of the dairy free mozzarellas aren’t really that bad, I acquiesced to my son’s request for lasagna. I know, I know, dairy free, gluten free lasagna? It can’t be done! Well I made it and it really was pretty tasty. Even kind of creamy. Since my son’s favorite lasagna is really all about the meat (both italian sausage and ground beef) and the sauce, I thought it might turn out since the cheese and the noodles are really playing second string. I used Daiya mozzarella shreds and Tinkyada brown rice lasagna noodles. It turned out great! Next time I’m going to take my friend Heidi’s advice and mix crumbled tofu with some dairy free pesto and add that in there for another flavor element—kind of like ricotta, only not really.

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Pawan - April 22, 2012

I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix to make bread in my breadmaker all the time. I love it. The hubby even eats tuglen free bread with me. I use Blue Diamond Almond milk in mine, I like the flavor of it best. It looks like your bread turned out great! Good job! Happy Baking đŸ™‚

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    Flaco - July 6, 2012

    I have been going without dairy for some time now since ltltie Creed is allergic. Did you know there are about 15 different names for dairy. Goats milk has the same protein he its allergic to. Have you tried better than creamcheese or better than sour cream? I now like it better than the real stuff and freddy’s has it. Also I luv almond milk the best we cook with it and if you make a strawberry milk shake w/the almond vanilla and frozen strawberries it is way better than the real thing and not so many calories. I feel way better without the milk myself, but so far the only chocolate I can find is the guittard dark chips. Why did you cut dairy Jen? Miss u xo ps u should try coconut milk ice cream a couple soon fulls and you are done!

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      Hafiz - September 16, 2012

      My local Schnucks does a nice job of this, too. They actually have a ctomitmee of gluten-free customers that advises their efforts. At the little store near me there are gluten-free products with their regular counterparts so I can pick up pizza crust mix or brownie mix easily. These are labeled gluten-free on the shelf price tag. Actually, I used the same shelf labeling and found out a nice but inexpensive brand of alfredo sauce is gluten-free.They only use the shelf labeling with products that say gluten-free somewhere on the packaging, though, so there are still times in which I must read ingredient lists. It is a great improvement, though, and I applaud Schnucks for it. In their larger locations they have a little gluten-free section.

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        Isah - November 27, 2012

        Could it be they might fear that one of the ‘little guys’ could come up with the next great idea, and the tide of public inesertt and power might shift to someone, or a small company, who didn’t forget their roots, or ethical centers? With the growth of FaceBook in recent years, we know that something that starts small can take off in a hurry, and that power can shift in a very few years! Marketing 101 teaches that public mindset is a key marketing tool, and FDA and others in power positions keep spinning to us what they want us to think; but they are beginning to figure out that there is a rising tide of the American public that still has a mind of its own, and is becoming more and more resistant to status quo verbage. Dairy Revolution, anyone?

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