01/31/13

Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti (seriously)

 I’m not celiac, but when I saw “gluten-free brown rice spaghetti” in the bulk aisle at Winco (I was buying regularly spaghetti for some a ragu I was planning to reheat for lunch) I knew I had to do a taste test.

gluten free spaghetti

gluten free spaghetti

Frankly, I’m more than a little suspicious about a lot of “gluten-free” products (probably from being forced to try so many “diabetic-friendly” products, growing up), but I’ll keep this review short and sweet, and avoid gilding the lily as much as possible…

Worthy of note – I come from an Italian family, and three generations of chefs…I know pasta. My Nona’s Sunday gravy recipe is the best pasta sauce that has ever graced this lowly earth. So, I felt well positioned for a straight-up, non-biased taste test.

Here we go…

This stuff is great.

Great.

gluten free spaghetti

The brown rice pasta (bottom) is noticeably darker than it’s wheat cousin, but the general “raw” feel and snap are the same.

I cooked both in identically salted, simmering water. The generic pasta (right) took its typical 10 minutes; the brown-rice version (left) required 15 minutes.

gluten free spaghetti

The slightly longer cooking time produced a perfect al-dente pasta that, on the “plain pasta taste test” actually had a pleasantly mild, nutty flavor, similar to whole-wheat pasta, but without the chewy, gummy mouth-feel that I hate about those products.

Blindfolded, with my nose pinched, I’m not sure I could have told you, consistency-wise, which was which, and (and I can’t believe I’m saying this)…I actually liked the taste of the gluten-free stuff a little better than the regular spaghetti.

gluten free spaghetti

It added a more noticeable (in a good way) layer of flavor to the sauced dish, than the regular pasta does.

Now, I’m sure you noticed that the price on the GF label is a bit more than twice the price of the old stand-by, but let’s be realistic here, okay…we’re talking about a fraction more than an additional thirteen cents per serving.

As I’m sure most celiac shoppers will tell you…big whoop!

So, I gotta give brown-rice spaghetti two thumbs up. I was very pleasantly surprised, and won’t hesitate to recommend it in the future. If you’re trying to maintain a gluten-free lifestyle (and, if you are, be sure to check out our Gluten-Free & Easy Meal Plan)…this is a really good product to add to your shopping list.

‘Course, you could put my Nona’s pasta sauce on an old army boot, and it’s going to be awesome…just sayin’…

Chef Perry

11/6/12

Gluten Free Tip: Cross Contamination

If not everyone in your home is gluten free it can be easy to cross contaminate when using a butter knife to spread mayonnaise, mustard and other spread type foods and condiments.

Squeeze bottles are a great way to avoid this and an expensive solution to buying the “squeezable” versions off the grocery store shelf,  is to buy squeeze bottles from a dollar store, or online, and pour your own stuff in them.

Eat great, eat safe!

Chef Maryse

Gluten-free specialist Maryse L. Blake, CHC, is also the healthy lifestyle blogger of The Healthy Momma is a certified holistic health coach. Diagnosed with Celiac disease over 5 years ago, she thrives to simplify the process of eating gluten free without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

 

 

09/28/12

Suddenly Celiac

I remember the day as clearly as if it were yesterday, at 37 I was suddenly celiac.

What now? I asked my doctor, as she handed me a list of all the things I could no longer eat.

Later, as I stood there at the grocery store with my long list of “can’t haves” in hand, I felt overwhelming sense that I would never eat real food again begin to creep over me…but hey, I have a love affair with food…what was this but an opportunity to learn how to love something new?

Yes it’s Celiac, yes, it’s a lifelong condition for which there is one cure…a gluten free diet, but that doesn’t mean the end to yummy food!

Thus begin my journey down the great, and glorious, and sometimes downright hilarious road of gluten free cuisine! There are things I had to learn how to do differently, of course.

First lesson?  You can’t make an apple taste like an orange no matter how hard you try, and the same theory applies to gluten free recipes.

Once you accept this and stop trying to make the perfect French bread that taste just like regular French bread (but without any of the regular ingredients) then, and only then, can you embrace the joys of eating gluten free.

So my journey has led me here now, to a place where, as a certified holistic health coach, I can help others faced with the daunting task of completely changing their way of eating.

I’m looking forward to working with Hautemealz.com and creating their weekly gluten-free menu plans.

I believe in what hautemealz.com doing. I’ve been on the receiving end of “Mom, what’s for dinner?”… (without a clue for an answer) way more times than I would like to admit!

Our Gluten Free & Easy menus are designed to take the guess work out of planning and preparing GF meals. Relax while you shop for products and brands that I have personally researched and verified to be gluten free!

Ever have a question about a recipe or an ingredient…we’re here for you!

So, check out our menu plans, download a free week, and give it a try. With our better-than-money-back promise, what have you got to lose?

And I promise you, I promise you… there will be gluten free French bread here no matter how many attempts it takes me to get right!

I look forward to sharing many wonderful meals with you,

-Maryse

Maryse Blake, CHC

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09/7/12

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Making a major life-change in planning, cooking, and eating can be depressing, frightening and overwhelming, and frankly…many folks just give up.

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