An Easy Gluten-Free Salad | Triumph Dining

zucchini-shaved1000A few years ago my parents turned their in-ground swimming pool into a garden. My mother had just retired and this garden soon became her new hobby. We’ve benefitted greatly from the bounty of things she’s grown and when I saw this recipe, I knew we’d make it often.

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago

Serves 6

Credit: Bay Area Bites

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 small zucchini, trimmed (about 1 1/4 lbs total; I like to use a mix of different colors)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 oz. Asiago, Pecorino, Parmesan, or ricotta salata cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons chopped roasted, salted almonds; toasted pine nuts; or chopped toasted walnuts

Directions

Using a vegetable peeler, shave long strips of zucchini from the stem end to the blossom end into a shallow serving bowl or plate. As you shave ribbons, rotate the zucchini until you’ve shaved down to the center core of seeds. Discard the core (or shave it as far as you can!).

Shave edge of cheese with a vegetable peeler to create thin strips.

Drizzle with a little oil (1-2 tablespoons), squeeze the lemon over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat the ribbons evenly. Sprinkle with the cheese shavings and nuts and serve.

Pairdd | Triumph Dining Review

If you’ve seen the online ads for “meal in a box” services such as Blue Apron or Plated and wished there was a gluten-free option available, you may be in luck. Pairdd is a new Wisconsin-based company that will ship you gluten-free ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes each week so you can cook your own gluten-free meals without any hassle.

With Pairdd, you decide which meals you would like to make for the following week and pay for them on the website before each Sunday. On Tuesday, your ingredients will arrive at your doorstep, pre-measured with the recipes you chose from gluten-free bloggers, chefs and businesses. All the prep work is taken care of ahead of time so you can have your meal on the table in under an hour.

You can choose to make the meals the day you receive your box or keep them refrigerated for up to five days for meat-based dinners or two days for seafood-based dinners. The Pairdd boxes are sent to you with FedEx PeriShip, which is tailored to perishable items so there’s no need to worry about a box getting delivered to your home while you’re at work.

Pairdd has six weekly menu options either a la carte for $15 a serving, though each order is two servings, or through a weekly subscription of $50 for two meals (4 servings). This company takes a lot of the legwork and guesswork out of eating gluten-free. Sometimes a product is not clearly labeled gluten-free, or a manufacturer makes other products that contain gluten, resulting in cross-contamination. Pairdd double checks the ingredients in its meals whenever possible.

“We’re reading all labels and we also attempt to make phone calls to manufacturers to make sure that they are prepared in a place that doesn’t have any gluten around,” Casey Lanto, one of the company’s founders, said. “There’s certain products, say blue cheese, where it can be grown on gluten containing bread. Some blue cheese isn’t clearly labeled on whether or not there’s gluten in it.”

Also convenient is that Pairdd offers up their past recipes of a la carte items on their website so if you have already cooked your meal for the week, you can easily find inspiration for the rest of your dinners.

Unfortunately, Pairdd only serves the Wisconsin area right now but hopefully will be expanding soon! If you’re lucky enough to live in the delivery area, get your first week free by signing up on their website though you do have to pay shipping fees.

Gluten Free Backpacking | Triumph Dining

115781-425x282-Backpacking_dinnerWith plenty more summer weekends coming up, one of my favorite ways to relax, hang out with friends, and fit in a bit of exercise is to go camping and backpacking. Sometimes when we go, we will get a campsite or cabin which allows us to go car campingand bring an assortment of different gluten-free foods for meals and snacks. However when we go backpacking, it is important to only carry essentials in order to not get weighed down; it is a delicate balance between not carrying enough and carrying the right amount of food to keep you full and energized. Click to continue reading »

Is it Crohn’s or Celiac Disease?

Crohn’s and celiac disease are often confused with one another. With a common symptoms list that includes abdominal cramps/pain and diarrhea, it is easy to assume you have one or the other before visiting a doctor. That’s not where the similarities end either, and in both, the immune system is reacting to some sort of environmental stimulus. “In celiac disease, we know that stimulus is gluten, but we don’t yet understand what the environmental stimulus in Crohn’s is,”says Karlee Ausk, MD, a gastroenterologist with Swedish Gastroenterology, part of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Research shows that people with celiac disease seem to be at an increased risk for inflammatory bowel disorders like Crohn’s disease when compared to people who do not have celiac. One study shows the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease is up to 10 times higher in a person with celiac disease compared to someone without celiac,says Dr. Ausk. Click to continue reading »

More Fun at the Fair | Triumph Dining

mutlnomah-county-fair-e61d7198847c5689On June 3 we posted  about trying to enjoy a summer fair or carnival while eating gluten free. I listed all of the fried and breaded foods I found at the fair and decided to eat before I left or once I got home.

Thanks to our great readers I now have some ideas of what types of foods to look for when I go to my next summer event. Here are some of the foods our readers said they felt safe eating at the fair:

-        Kettle corn

-        Baked potatoes

-        Chocolate dipped frozen fruit on a stick

-        Fresh fruit

-        Carmel apple Sunday

-        Cheese curds (not fried)

-        Rice

-        Tacos on corn tortillas (depending on filling)

-        Grilled meats (depending on seasoning and preparation)

-        Corn on the cob – it’s often grilled in its own husk and you can opt for the butter or not

-        Salad

-        French fries – specifically the station at the fair where you can watch them slicing the potatoes and tossing them in oil. And that’s all they make there so you don’t have to worry about cross contamination.

-        Ice cream or shakes if the flavors are appropriate and there’s no cross contamination from filling cones Click to continue reading »

Boonville Cider House | Triumph Dining Product Review

2db6ff_0fd37da307ab4a729c58af4a7e0e0f3e.png_srz_311_374_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzFrom the owners of California’s Boonville Hotel comes one of the newest and hardest gluten-free cider brewers, Boonville Cider House. These folks have only been making cider since 2010, but have been doing it well enough to make a name for themselves in the emerging craft cider scene. Also making them stand out, Boonville Cider House’s Bite Hard Apple Cider is one of only a few served in an aluminum can.

Their Bite Hard cider is crisp and semi-dry, slow fermented from heirloom Northern California apples in the English tradition. This cider carries a distinctive bite thanks to the tannic and full-bodied fruit that goes in it. It’s a solid cider with a light sweetness and it’s very refreshing. It’s affectionately called Autumn in a Can. And at 6.9% ABV, Bite Hard is fairly typical of full-strength hard ciders, with no perceptible harshness imparted by the alcohol. Click to continue reading »

Must Try Pizza | Triumph Dining Review

Father & SonI’ve tried a lot of gluten free pizzas. I’m pretty sure all of you have too. Some just aren’t worth the calories, I’d rather bring make my own or eat a salad. You’re with me, right?

Hands down the best gluten free pizza near my house is at Father and Son Italian Kitchen in Skokie, IL. The gluten-free pizza there has a pan style crust that is buttery and crunchy in all the right places without being crumbly, chewy, soggy or tasting like cardboard. My favorite toppings include spinach, garlic and chicken but you can choose your own from a large selection of fresh options. Click to continue reading »

Smashburger | Triumph Dining Review

smashburgerlogoGood news burger fans! Smashburger will start offered Udi’s buns at its restaurants and has trained in employees in the art of preparing gluten-free food. The fast-casual chain has announced a partnership with Udi’s Gluten Free, which may mean Smashburger may get a few more gluten-free items in the near future.

“Practicing a gluten-free diet is an emerging consumer trend, and Udi’s is the clear quality leader in the gluten-free category,”said Tom Ryan, founder and chief concept officer of Smashburger. “The addition of Udi’s gluten-free buns fits in well with our strategy of marketing to consumers looking for healthy menu options.” Click to continue reading »

It’s 5am. What to eat? | Triumph Dining

Triumph Dining Early Morning PracticeIt’s 5:00am and you have to get your kid to swim practice or hockey practice or a track meet or some other off-season conditioning for you-name-the-activity. You grab your coffee and run through the drive through for food on your way, right? No. It’s not necessarily so easy if you have kids with special diets. It takes special planning for meals and no one wants to be figuring that out before an early morning practice. What to do?

When the rest of the team is eating their bagels, donuts or sandwiches you and your kid need to plan ahead and pack breakfast and snacks. Here are some of the breakfast items that seem to work well for my household. They are portable, require minimal prep and provide a healthy, filling meal.

-        Chex cereal (gluten free flavors) we like it, dry, out of a baggie or container  Click to continue reading »

Chambelland Boulangerie – Gluten Free in Paris | Triumph Dining

Chambelland Boulangerie – Gluten Free in Paris by Triumph DiningIn the 11th arrondissement of Paris is one of the newest editions to gluten-free bakeries of Europe, Chambelland Boulangerie. The bakery obtains the flour for their shaped breads from a dedicated gluten-free mill in the south of France. After the grains are delivered, the baker uses molds to shape the buckwheat, rice, rye, and other gluten-free flours into the beautiful array of choices that they offer fresh to patrons each day.

While you won’t find a traditional baguette here, you will find plenty of gluten-free breads shaped that way, as the French believe the crunchy crust is the most enjoyable part. However, because the bread is gluten-free, you will find it to be a bit denser as well, but also more moist. If you’re yearning for the traditional gluten bread taste, the bakery suggests that you to toast it first. Click to continue reading »