Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thanksgivukkah | Triumph Dining Thanksgiving Week

savory-latkes-finished640x360This year, for the first time in 70,000 years, Hanukkah starts on the night before Thanksgiving. This presents some interesting opportunities for the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah meals, both having their own set of traditions.

The recipe below came from Bay Area Bites one of my favorite blogs. The recipe was easily modified to be gluten-free.

Pumpkin Latkes with Cranberry Applesauce

The recipe’s author incorporated cranberries into traditional applesauce. Cooking the latkes is a simple as scooping about 1/4 cup of pumpkin mixture per latke into a hot, fat-slicked cast iron skillet and frying them until they’re well browned on each side. Keep early batches warm in a 300 degrees F oven while frying the remainder of the pumpkin mixture. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Cranberry Sauce | Triumph Dining Thanksgiving Week

cranberry+sauceIn our search for an interesting take on gluten-free cranberry sauce, we found this super simple recipe from Living Without Magazine. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without cranberry sauce and this one sounds extra tasty! Click to continue reading »

Not Much of a Baker | Triumph Dining Thanksgiving Week

grandmas-pumpkin-pie-6461I’m not much of a baker; the need for precision takes all the fun out of things. I’d much rather toss together savory ingredients and see how it turns out. Still, this is the time of year to bake. There’s just something about looking at the snow outside and having the oven on inside. Besides, there are big meals to be shared and gifts to give.

Next up: Thanksgiving pumpkin pies. Thanksgiving is at our house so that means gluten-free pies. I think baking gluten-free is even more of a drag than regular baking. I don’t do it often so my pantry isn’t stocked with all of those alternative flours around that are often required to make a gluten-free recipe taste good. And picking up a store bought crust isn’t easy to do. Click to continue reading »

Roti Mediterranean Grill | Triumph Dining Review

rotiGrowing up, my friends and I liked this one pita place so much that we’d be the first ones there when it opened. We knew the servers by name and they knew our order. I still like Mediterranean food but once I went gluten free, it meant skipping the pita and certain other dishes I used to enjoy.

I have found a new love in Roti Mediterranean Grill. Not only do they offer fast, tasty Mediterranean food, but they also provide gluten-free pita bread. (It does contain honey, almond meal, yeast and egg whites, in case you have further restrictions).

When you arrive at Roti, you have the choice of a sandwich, rice plate or salad. From there you choose the main protein or topping: chicken, steak, salmon or vegetarian, all of which are gluten-free except the Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Gift Baskets

gluten-free-gift-basketThe holidays are upon us. Maybe you’re big gift givers. Maybe you’re less into the commercialism of the season. Maybe you’re donating to those unfortunate souls in the Philippines right now.
Sometimes you just need to know where to go. And in this case we’re pointing you to Well Baskets, which offers mail order gift baskets for celiacs and a whole bunch of other people who don’t eat specific items. Click to continue reading »

Jessica’s Granola | Triumph Dining Product Review

JES204LWho among us isn’t busy?! Between working out of three office locations or traveling for work, plus keeping up with the schedules of two kids, I’m always on the go.

My busy lifestyle and needing to follow a gluten-free diet means that I try to never leave home without food or a snack. Lately, my easy breakfast of choice is a yogurt parfait. Naybe it’s not so much of a parfait as it is yogurt with granola mixed in. I like yogurt just fine, but sometimes I need to add a little crunch. I know they sell those pre-packaged yogurt-and-granola concoctions all over the place, but I find that they often don’t have the granola ingredients listed on the package so I just end up making my own. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Diet and Type 1 Diabetes | Triumph Dining

Mayo-ClinicMuch has been written about the link between celiac disease and Type 1 Diabetes, and the challenges of living with both. Unfortunately, when you suffer from an autoimmune disorder such as these, your odds of developing another are increased. For this reason we are always interested to hear about new research with a goal of reducing the instances of these conditions.

Research has shown that the intestinal microbiome plays a large role in the development of Type 1 Diabetes and now, recent research at Mayo Clinic has found that gluten in the diet may modify the intestinal microbiome, increasing instances of Type 1 Diabetes. Click to continue reading »

Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips | Triumph Dining Product Review

FST-81261-2Food Should Taste Good make some of my favorite tortilla chips of all time. They come in a variety of great tasting flavors, most of which are so much more interesting that your average tortilla chip. Think chocolate.

I was first introduced to Food Should Taste Good when I discovered their Sweet Potato chips. These are brilliant straight from the bag, dipped in salsa or guacamole, or turned into nachos for topping with tasty chili. Click to continue reading »

Qwackers Review | Triumph Dining Product Review

0000226_quackers-cheddar-cheese-crackers_300From the time kids can walk it seems like they want to feed themselves.  Usually that means small bite sized snacks that travel well.  There are these crispy circular pieces of cereal and a certain little goldfish shaped crackers that seem to go everywhere with children.

But those snacks that seem to be everywhere are not an option for kids who eat gluten free.  And kids who eat gluten free still need handy, fun, healthy snacks!  I so was excited for gluten free moms and kids everywhere when I discovered Gluten Free Kid’s Qwackers Cheddar Crackers.  These little yellow/orange duck shaped crackers had my kids laughing, quacking and snacking.  Together we polished off a small bag in a matter of minutes. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free for Newbies | Triumph Dining

I’ve been following a gluten-free diet for about eight years.  It’s easy to remember because I started right around the time I got married. In fact, I think we ordered the cake then I realized I couldn’t actually eat it. I have other friends who started avoiding gluten around the same time so it’s been nice to bounce ideas off or share new products, recipes and warnings.

Over the years I’ve had other friends reach out to me and ask what to get friends who were newly diagnosed with celiac or just starting out on a gluten-restricted diet. After getting questions a couple times I’ve created a list to easily pass along. On my list I include brands of items that are fixtures in my household:

  • Tinkyada pasta – I don’t buy any other kind so my entire family (I’m the only one GF) eats the same type with me
  • Udi’s bread
  • Glutino frozen personal pizzas
  • Pamela’s pancake mix
  • Betty Crocker’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Kinnikinnick Foods “Smoreable” graham crackers

I have links to helpful resources for the gluten-free lifestyle. From the Triumph Dining Gluten-free guides to websites, magazines and recipe resources, I also list out brands that I’ve tried but would not recommend, restaurants in my area with a published GF menu and those who are GF friendly.  I also can recommend where to shop for many of these items if the person lives in my area, which is Chicago-land.

Additionally, I list ingredients and foods for them to stay away from. That list doesn’t include obvious offenders, rather it includes those I’ve learned the hard way like:

  • Soy sauce
  • Imitation crab
  • Licorice
  • Soup, sauces, gravy, creamed spinach that may use flour as a thickening agent

The list has changed and evolved over time and will continue to be as I try new products or discover more restrictions. Overall though, I hope it gives the newly diagnosed a place to start. I hope it helps them to see that there are plenty of choices and convenient products still out there for their new gluten-free lifestyle.

Do you have a similar list? What info or items do you make sure to include on your list for gluten-free newbies?