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CYCLONECUB Posts: 18
7/15/08 10:33 A

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Hi, I've had Celiac for over 6 yrs. Cooking gf isn't that hard. My husband is a great cook and he uses cornstarch for our gravy. He prepares meals that are the basics, roasts, steaks, burgers and we eat vegetables and salads just like the non-celiacs. You can make anything gf. It was very overwhelming at first to to our family. I have a sister, son, and brother that all have it. I really believe that joining a support group is the number 1 thing to do. We all help each other, what products are worth buying and which ones are not, recipes we share, etc. We have a walk every yr. to raise money for the national celiac headquarters to keep studying it and to find out why we have celiac, one is we are missing a gene..

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7/15/08 8:31 A

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As the others have said, it does get easier. I've been GF for just over 6 months. I'm going to try writing out my menus again. Funny that this post came up, I grocery shopped yesterday based on this idea. I figure that if I repeat several staples that I know my family likes I only need to try one or two new things to keep things interesting.
We eat a lot of soup - especially chili. We're also eating more Mexican food than ever - corn tortillas, refried beans, rice, and any type of meat. We're experimenting with Thai and Indian dishes because most of them are GF naturally. Basing a meal or two around rice or risotto each week is easy because they are so flexible - the meals can be completely different. We also indulge in some comfort foods more often then we use to such as Bush Baked Beans (GF), hot dogs (many GF varieties available), and tater tots (check labels carefully.) Be inventive - our new favorite thing is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich on corn tortillas served with tomato soup.


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GLUTENFREEMAMMA Posts: 10
7/15/08 1:16 A

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Hey Cyclonecub--

I've used the Tinkyada Lasagna, and made a pan of it for guests, they all said, "I didn't think you could eat this stuff anymore." None of them were any wiser until after the meal that they ate "weird pasta." It was very tasty, and loaded with cheese, meat, and tons of veggies, the perfect meal!

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CYCLONECUB Posts: 18
7/14/08 11:19 P

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The pastas that I have very good luck with is Tinkyada, they have all kinds of pastas. I really like the Organic Brown Rice Pasta Spaghetti Style. Their elbow macaroni ( I make Homemade mac and cheese)is good also I'm sure all of their products are great, I have the Lasagna ones too but haven't used it yet... Just make sure you follow the directions, i use the Quick method directions on the front. It tastes like real people food..My family can not tell the difference. There is also a gf noodle that I use for Homemade Chicken and Noodles and Beef and Noodles. I'll do research on this I forgot the name,I haven't had it for awhile.
Good Luck..

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7/14/08 4:26 P

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I love the support the newbies are giving each other! I commend those of you cooking for families. It is tougher. Most who have been gf for awhile go with one dinner for everyone. You're not a catering company. And it does become second nature.
My sister and her partner were here this week. He was reading one of my Bette Hagman's cookbooks and wanted to get it because it had lots of healthy recipes (he's Czech and is very into herbs and healthy foods). I had to laugh.
I urge you to read past posts especially the sticky topics - there is one on meals that will give you lots of ideas.
And you don't need to go without the hamburger bun. Read the breads topic and have a look at the food pics in my Spark photo gallery. They'll make your mouth drool.

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hi, i'm newer to this too, and have struggled with the same thing. i've been using corn shells now for tacos, & when i make spaghetti i make reg. noodles for them and a small single serving of the rice pasta for me, it doesn't take extra time just an extra pan. i still do roasts with, potatoes & carrots, and then cut up the rest of the roast and put it over rice, i eat mine without gravy but still add some onion and green peppers to it. i still make sloppy joes for them, but put my meat on some Polenta. i've been making a batch of quinoa for myself (i brown onion in 1 tsp. of olive oil, add 1/2c each chopped carrots & celery, then add 1/2 quiona with 1c of chicken broth i make from chicken base. simmer for 20min.) i eat that when they rest of the family has mac.& cheese or butter noodles, it makes enough for 3-4 times, i usually add brocoli to it one of the days and i enjoy eating it with grilled chicken.; i still eat lean hamburger without the bun when they have hamburgers i just have a salad with it.i make porcipine balls with ground turkey,&rice and cook them in v-8 juice,garlic,green peppers & onion then have baked potatoes & veggie. i too have to watch my budget since i usually feed 7-10 kids in addition to me and my husband. i do make my self a loaf of gf bread using the Gluten Free pantry brand mix. i slice it and put half of the loaf in the freezer & half in the frig.(save the crumbs for meatloaf) i eat a slice of it as toast with my eggs in the morning. or 1 slice with tuna or turkey brst. when i'm in the mood for a sandwhich, then i just eat extra fruit or veggies instead of the second slice of bread. rice chexs cereal is one of the cheepest gf cereals you can eat. i also use Gluten Free Pantry mix for pancakes and just make a whole batch up and freeze them in small packages, and that way when i make pancakes for the family i just pull out a package from the freezer for me. you can use puffed rice cereal and make rice krispie treats with them also. and most rice cakes are gluten free so i put them in baggies to take with me if i'm going to be needing a snack. this site has been a blessing to me, it's a great way to learn more from others who are living the lifestyle. good luck!

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7/14/08 12:29 P

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Green Eyes,

We (two of my boys and I) were diagnosed around 2 years ago. I remember crying the first time I went to the store trying to figure out what to buy. The first few months were SO STRESSFUL. I can relate to what you are going through.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. This has become so much a way of life that it is absolutely easy now. Not only that, preferred!!! Yes, I do the Brown Rice Pasta for the kids & hubby quite a bit and I do Brown Rice pasta for spaghetti & meatballs, etc. It is more expensive and finances are very tight for us, but they are also healthier and they digest better for everyone. My hubby and daughter prefer brown rice pasta to regular pasta, any day.

It will get easier. And when it does you will look back and smile. Laugh even!!! Hang in there and I will keep you in my prayers.

P.S. Last night we had tacos. I had a taco salad (I do low-carb I don't eat the GF breads or pastas) the rest of the family had tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole (very health), cheese, and sour cream in corn taco shells. (Old El Paso's). It's GF naturally and therefore not expensive. That's a good, easy meal! You can do this!!!

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7/14/08 12:23 P

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Ada,

I creamed my hubby at Scrabble last night, so all is well. :)

You can come over anytime, how far are you from SC?!?! I love to cook and my hubby and kiddos love to eat, so hey - it works!!!

And - the grill is my best friend - all year round!!!

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7/14/08 5:48 A

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Thank you all for your help!! I guess I need to sit down and figure this all out. I like to be organized, and lately I just feel all flustered because I haven't been able to do that yet.



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Green eyes,
Be kind to yourself, we all do the best we can and yes, the budget can be a factor. I like rice better then the rice noodles so that isn't hard to do. I also like casseroles with rice, it has been a standard for years. But when I was new at a special diet (not this one because the diagnosis is new) but for allergies it was hard for me as mom and cook to make the change and bring my kids along with the change. But it worked out.

Scrabble is my favorite game, enjoy!

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Hi WIFEONC~
What time do you eat dinner? I will be right there! All of your meals sound delicious! Thanks for the ideas! Have fun playing Scrabble!!!

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7/13/08 11:02 P

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Green Eyes,

The best word I can come up with for you is... COMPROMISE. I have 4 kids, but only 3 still at home. 17 yr, 12yo & 6yo. My 12 & 6yo are GF, but my 17 yo and hubby are not. We have a mostly GF house. They prefer it now and prefer rice pasta, etc. to the old yucky stuff anyway. We try to eat healthy, but with kids I also do fun meals for them. Here are some of our standards. HTH

Tilapia (fish) either broiled or fried. (When frying I soak in water & vinegar and then bread with gf flour, cornmeal, and old bay seasonings. Cole slaw (which I make homemade as I do it with Splenda to keep it low sugar also), fresh veggies, maybe a salad.

Salmon, broiled with capers and olive oil, sauteed spinach done with a tiny bit of olive oil and butter, rice, salad

Barbeque chicken on grill, applesauce, mashed potatoes, veggies

London Broil done on grill, baked potatoes, veggie, salad

Pork Roast, potatoes or rice, veggies & salad

And more, but my hubby just came in and wants to play scrabble. So I will try to post more later. HTH!!




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7/13/08 10:31 P

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I too tend to use rice much more now than before, and I guess I have always used rice more than many people because I don't feel like it was that much of a change. No, I haven't figured out how to make lasagna (I also am casein free), but a rice dish with sauce and meatballs is very tasty. I have tried the brown rice pasta from Trader Joes and do like it better than many of the other GF pastas I have tried, but if it is an issue of cost, good old brown rice is cheaper than pasta anyway.
I also like to buy the small red potatoes in a big bag, steam, bake or roast them. They are great in a frittata for breakfast, if you have leftovers.
If I were you, I would probably find about a dozen good GF meals to work into your regular menu, and alternate that with the grilled chicken (or fish or whatever). Go through your cookbooks like before and flag the recipes that are gluten free, and build up a repertoire!
It is just so daunting at first that you get overwhelmed... I totally understand!

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Hi everyone~
Yes, there are so many different things you can do with rice! I am asian so rice is a mainstay of my diet. In the winter I make vegetable soups and have it with rice. In the summer, salads are a favorite with some chicken or tuna topped with a vinegar dressing. Raspberry vinaigrette is a fave of mine! There are a lot of foods for us to enjoy that are gluten free, maybe not at the fast food places though~ emoticon

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7/13/08 9:01 P

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Yes, my kids pedi is aware of my diagnosis. They have physicals scheduled for the end of July. He didn't want to send them for bloodwork until then in case he wants to do other bloodwork too.

I could do rice noodles, but to feed my whole family a spaghetti dinner using rice noodles would cost me a fortune. I have a 7yr old boy, a 6yr old girl and an almost 16 yr old step son who can eat a pound of pasta himself.

I was always a very thrify shopper/menu planner. I always went off the circulars and used coupons. I cant stil be thrifty using gf alternatives, at least from what I've seen. Its only been around 3 weeks, so I'm still very new at this

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7/13/08 8:53 P

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But you could do spaghetti sauce over rice? And why not over rice noodles? those are good.

I am new to this too so I am focusing on getting off of the gluten and not so much on replacing it yet, I tend to lots of veggies and protein anyway. But I miss my morning bagel. But I am single with my daughters grown and gone so it is just me that I am cooking for.

But if you have celiac it is very possible your children do to, it is genetic. So they may need to be GF too.
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Hello all!

Before my diagnosis I used to plan all of our meals 2 weeks at a time and do my grocery list from that, etc. I loved doing it, I felt very organized, everyone knew what to expect for dinner, because it was written on the fridge.

Well, now I feel lost. I never know what I'm doing with meals because I feel like a lot of my options are gone. I would sit down for an hour or 2 on a Sunday, go through a cookbook or 2 and write up the menu. I feel very limited. And yes, I know that there are still so much that I can eat and I dont feel like I'm focusing on what I cant have, I just feel like I cant write a menu becuase I pretty much cant do what I was used to doing. LOL If that makes any sense!!!

I'm trying not to depend on a lot of the gluten free substitutes. I would prefer to stick with natural whole foods. I know I could plan say spagetti and meatballs using gf pasta, but I would rather not do that.

So what happens is that I end up just eating grilled chicken over salad pretty much at least 4 nights out of the week. The rest of the family doesn't want to do that and I really dont want to cook 2 different meals every night.

So I dont know if you guys could give me some tips on how to get myself into some kind of groove or something, I would totally appreciate it!

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