Review: Organic Bistro and Helen’s Kitchen Gluten-free, Microwavable Meals

The week before last was stressful. I was busy with some of my least favorite activities: Worrying About Bills, Feeling Fat, Cleaning the Apartment, and Pondering the Immediate Future.

Lame, right? That’s why I was so glad to see a box full of organic, gluten-free meals arrive from Organic Bistro and Helen’s Kitchen: I wouldn’t have to think about food for a couple of days (who am I kidding? I always think about food). Since it happened to be lunchtime when the delivery truck came, I began my not-thinking-about-food immediately and popped one in the microwave.
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Oodles and Oodles of Gluten-Free Noodles

'Craft Bean' posted this pick of amazing homemade gf noodles on Flickr.

I love pasta in all forms, but there’s something about pasta that comes in long thin strings that brings out the noodle-slurping kid in me. Noodles are very versatile- you can load them up with meat, top them with sauce, sprinkle them with cheese, stir them into soup, or eat them as a cold salad. While traditional Italian, Asian, and Jewish noodles made from wheat flour are off-limits to the gluten-free diner, there are plenty of gluten-free noodle materials out there as well.

For example, rice noodles are quite common and corn pasta is growing increasingly widespread, but have you heard of pasta made from quinoa, konjac plants, or squash?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Need to Cure that Chocolate Craving? Make Gluten-Free Brownies!

I personally am a brownie edge kind of person.

Gluten-free chocoholics rejoice! There are more gluten-free mixes of the sinfully rich, fudgy, chocolatey desserts that are brownies on the market than ever before. In fact, I counted twelve gluten-free brownie mixes in the latest edition of the grocery guide. Gluten-free baking mixes come in handy on those days when you really need a chocolate fix, but don’t have time to pull all of your gluten-free baking ingredients down from the shelves, so we’ve rounded up some of the top brands of gluten-free baking mixes.

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Multiple Sclerosis Patients Present High Rates of Celiac Disease

Another interesting study out of Spain today.

The study examined data 72 patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and 126 of their first-degree relatives in comparison with 123 healthy control subjects from the same area. Researchers were looking for indicators of celiac disease, and the results were…well, they seemed surprising at first.

Like celiac disease, MS is an autoimmune condition. Also like celiac disease, there is a genetic component and to some extent it runs in families. In patients with MS, the myelin sheath, a protective covering around nerve cells, gets increasingly worn down because of inflammation. The nerve damage causes a range of symptoms, depending on where in the nervous system it strikes: loss of balance, sight, mobility, bladder control, etc. There is no cure.

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Please Sir, I Want S’more… Gluten-Free Graham Crackers

Thanks to for the gorgeous pic!

You can’t make s’mores without sweet crunchy crumbly graham crackers to sandwich your melty marshmallow and chocolate between. And some of the best pies (I’m looking at you, cheesecake) require a graham cracker crust for authentic flavor. But it’s not always easy to find a gluten-free version.

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