Beef Stroganoff with Zoodles

Beef Stroganoff with Zoodles

Beef Stroganoff is one of my favorite dishes. Maybe because it reminds me of my childhood. My father was a butcher and owned a grocery store, and he would bring home beautiful cuts of meat for my mother to cook. Beef Stroganoff was a dinner she made as it was quick and easy to prepare. Succulent strips of meat tossed in the creamiest mushroom sauce over a bed of tender pappardelle noodles. When I made this dish this past week, I was surprised to realize that I had not yet shared it here on the blog, so here is my healthy, delicious, and gluten-free twist on beef stroganoff. I’ve substituted the pasta with lovely zucchini noodles (zoodles!), and it’s just made me fall in love with this dish a little more….

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Zoodle Soup With Meatballs

Zoodle Soup With Meatballs

One of my kids came down with a nasty head cold this month shortly after returning home from a high school debate tournament. The cold quickly spread as my other son caught it too, then John, and then Nicole. As I am the only one left standing and the mom, I have of course become the designated nurse. :) One of my remedies in helping my family fight off this cold has been this super-delicious, super-immune-boosting zoodle soup with the tenderest bite-sized meatballs. …

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Why Am I Soooo….Fatigued? Again!

Why Am I Soooo....Fatigued? Again!

My husband, John, is visiting the blog today with an article about adrenal fatigue and recovering from the effects of celiac disease.  – Barbara

Most of us who are recovering from the long term effects of celiac disease and other chronic illnesses know that our times of feeling well can come in cycles. Sometimes we feel great and rejoice in the fact that we are really making advances. But other times we feel just terrible, and not only for a day or two, but maybe for weeks or even longer. I’m going through one of those down periods right now. I’m not just tired. I’m constantly fatigued! Again!

The question is why? I was doing so well. I was feeling better, pretty good as a matter of fact. My diet has been healthy (moderate paleo with absolutely, positively no gluten cross-contamination, and a daily juicing of greens). I have been walking and exercising regularly. My sleep schedule is not where I want it to be, but I seldom get less than 7 hours a night. But then in February, the fatigue started to creep back. At first it wasn’t every day: just a day here, a day there. But by March it was present most days. Though its intensity was not as great as years ago, I had many of the same old problems: fatigue, fibromyalgia, neck and back pain, a higher pulse rate at night, brain fog, etc. I didn’t end up incapacitated. But it was enough that I had to limit my activities.

This time however I have a pretty good idea of what’s causing my body to react this way. It’s stress!!!

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know how much I LOVE zucchini. Today’s recipe features beautiful green sticks of zucchini hollowed into cute, little boats and filled with sausage and Gruyere cheese. So incredibly tasty and so fun to eat too!

But before I get to the delicious recipe, I have several exciting announcements to share with you! :)…

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Special Offer: iPad Game for Gluten Free Kids is Free to Download This Week!

Special Offer: iPad Game for Gluten Free Kids is Free to Download This Week!

Hello, friends! I have some exciting news to share with you! For a limited time this week, our iPad game for gluten free kids is free to download from the App store. We’d love for you to grab a copy and share the word.

Our iPad game, Bouncy’s Great Gluten Free Adventure, is designed to help you train your kids to eat gluten free. Those of us who have children diagnosed with Celiac Disease have experienced the heartbreak the illness brings. Fortunately, we also know that our children can heal and enjoy a healthy life by maintaining a strict gluten-free diet. However, such a diet comes with its own set of challenges. Though at home we can monitor what our children eat, when they are away from home at birthday parties or other activities, children may need to be responsible for their own food choices. By playing Bouncy’s Great Gluten-Free Adventure, kids learn to be aware of what they eat, and they also learn that eating gluten free can be fun. :)

In this one-player game, you travel through the game maze, finding food for Bouncy to eat. In order to earn points, make sure Bouncy only eats gluten-free food. If you select the wrong foods, you will lose points. Earn enough points to win medals and be invited to Bouncy’s gluten-free birthday party and other events. The game focuses on learning by repetition, teaching the importance of always checking the ingredients to make sure your meal is gluten-free.

This app is the result of many hours of programming by my tech-savvy son, Michael. He has maintained a gluten-free diet since childhood and understands how children with Celiac Disease can feel “different” because they are not able to eat the same foods as their friends. His game helps children think positively about eating gluten-free, fosters good eating habits, and empowers them to take an assertive role in managing their own diet.

Special Offer: iPad Game for Gluten Free Kids is Free to Download This Week!

Features:

Special Offer: iPad Game for Gluten Free Kids is Free to Download This Week!

  • Easy to play! This game can easily be picked up and played by young kids from ages 6-8 (although we think it’s fun for all ages ;) )
  • Fast paced with Self-Esteem Building Achievement Awards! This game is designed to be fun and engaging for kids. Children are rewarded for choosing to eat gluten-free, and awards are quickly won in each level.
  • Entertaining graphics, music, and sound effects! The gaming experience is enhanced by upbeat music and fun sound effects.
  • FREE ON THE APP STORE THIS WEEK!

If you would like to help us out in spreading the word about the game, here are some ideas:

  1. Leave a review or rating in the App Store if you enjoy the game.
  2. Tell your friends and family who follow a gluten-free diet!
  3. Share it on Facebook or Twitter or mention it on your blog.

Thanks for your support and for being a part of our mission to spread awareness about gluten intolerance and Celiac disease. We hope our game will make following a gluten-free diet fun for the entire family.

BOUNCY’S GREAT GLUTEN FREE ADVENTURE! IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE APP STORE. DOWNLOAD THE GAME TODAY BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW:

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Special Offer: iPad Game for Gluten Free Kids is Free to Download This Week!

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Sardines on Cauliflower Toast with Gremolata

Sardines on Cauliflower Toast with Gremolata

Drizzled with olive oil and garnished with a beautiful Mediterranean gremolata of chopped parsley, garlic, capers, and lemon zest, these sardines on cauliflower toast make an incredibly healthy and delicious lunch or even dinner.

It’s hard to believe now, but there was actually a time in my life when I refused to eat sardines. I was only a kid and didn’t know any better and nothing could convince me to take a bite of these tasty, little fish. However, after struggling with dry skin and eczema for years, I decided to try adding more omega-3 rich foods to my diet. This, of course, meant eating more fish, and tinned sardines happen to be one of the best choices. They are an excellent source of high quality omega-3 fatty acids as well as being rich in essential Vitamin D, many minerals (including calcium and magnesium), RNA/DNA, and coenzyme Q-10 (an important nutrient for brain and heart health). Because they are small and wild caught, they have much lower traces of mercury compared to other fish. And, even better, they are much lower in cost and much more convenient, coming already cooked and ready to be eaten straight from the tin.

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My Healing Green Smoothie

My Healing Green Smoothie

This healing green smoothie is one of the best ways to start your day. It’s loaded with healthy organic romaine lettuce, kale, carrots, celery stalks, strawberries, an avocado, and a Granny Smith apple. Blend them all together for a powerful combination of fruits and vegetables to supercharge your health and boost your energy.

As I have written in my previous posts, I suffered for many years with ill health. Even though I began eating gluten free, I was not getting significantly better. Then about 2 ½ years ago, I introduced some significant changes into my health plan. One of those was a consistent program of juicing. A friend, who had just had bypass surgery, mentioned that he was following a new diet. He had just purchased a Vitamix and was starting a program of whole-food juicing.  I decided to buy a Vitamix as well and began incorporating green smoothies into my diet. The Vitamix is technically not a juicer but a blender. It blends the entire ingredient, retaining all of its nutritious fiber and health benefits. Many juicing experts prefer to juice their vegetables and fruits as they believe nutrients enter the blood stream faster. You can read some of the differences between juicing and blending here.

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Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Hi friends!!! I am so excited for the first post of this week: Jambalaya! I love trying new cuisines, and Louisiana Creole is one I’d love to explore more, especially because jambalaya is so amazingly delicious: a warm bowl of tender chicken, hot andouille sausage, and fresh shrimp cooked  with celery, onion, bell peppers, okra, and tomatoes in a sauce spiced up with Cajun seasoning. Even better, there is no wheat needed, making it a perfect dish for us gluten-free people. If you’ve never had jambalaya before, you are seriously missing out. And if you are already a jambalaya fan and have never made this dish at home, this is the recipe for you….

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Bacon and Egg Cups

Bacon and Egg Cups

Nothing says good morning quite like a breakfast of eggs and bacon. On Saturdays, John cooks up the strips of bacon in a skillet while Nicole and I prepare the eggs. We’re a big family and everyone has their favorite. Some of us like our eggs sunny side up, others hard-boiled, but we all agree that they’re delicious scrambled up soft and fluffy.

For Easter weekend, I wanted to make an extra special breakfast so I decided to put a new spin on bacon and scrambled eggs with these delicious little egg cups stuffed with broccoli and wrapped in strips of bacon. They make a fun, tasty meal at home or for breakfast on-the-go….

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Journey to Health: John’s Story

Journey to Health: John's Story

This is the first in a series of posts where we are sharing the stories of each member of The Gluten Free Homestead team. Today John is sharing his story. See his other articles here, here, and here.

Hi all! I have decided to write a history of my journey from poor health to finally having a sense of what it means to be well. Forgive me for its length, but I wanted to provide a comprehensive picture of what I went through over the last 29 years. Perhaps it may provide some hope for others that are my age and have experienced similar symptoms. Please note that this is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. I simply want to share my story and what has worked for me….

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