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gluten free casein free snickerdoodles

Before I went on the gluten-free, casein-free diet, I was known among my friends for making amazing Snickerdoodle cookies. You know, the kind where you can’t eat just 7? The original recipe is called “Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles” and I downloaded it 12 years ago from cookierecipe.com!

So, this week I’m playing around with a new ingredient, called Konjac Powder, so I thought I’d try it with the Snickerdoodle recipe. And, well, according to Nicholas’ Thumbs Up Rating, he is giving these “a quadrillion thumbs up!” Hope you enjoy them too!

GFCF Snickerdoodles (Nicholas Rating = Quadrillion Thumbs Up!)

1 cup organic vegetable shortening

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour

1/4 tsp Konjac Powder

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp white sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cream together the shortening, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, the eggs, and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, konjac powder, cream of tartar, soda, and salt.

3. Mix the 2 Tbsp white sugar and the 2 tsp cinnamon in a small bowl.

4. Shape dough into small balls (a little smaller than a golf ball). Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

5. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set, but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.

Yield = approximately 36 cookies

It’s summer in Southern California and that means surfing! Nicholas enjoyed a week of Surf Camp and the weather couldn’t have been better. It’s also time to list my 7 Recipes I love for July.

These are the ones we have been enjoying this month, and I hope you will too!

1. Creamy Cashew Pasta Salad  – what is it about cold pasta salad and summer? They just go together, beautifully. And, a GFCF version is even better!

2. Shredded Beef Tacos – my son asked me to make “tacos like they have at Chipotle” and this recipe really delivers.  It can be made in a crock pot too, so it doesn’t heat up your kitchen.  My husband and Nicholas couldn’t stop raving about these!

3. Coconut Cajun Shrimp – I’ll admit it…I have a definite weakness for recipes that include both coconut AND shrimp! This one is extra special because it’s spicy to boot.

4. Gluten-Free Crepes – yes, you can make crepes with coconut flour! Another fun item for summer because you can stuff them full of all the fruit that is in season now.

5. Paleo Hungry Man Sweet Potato Casserole – another hearty meal that you can cook in the crock pot. Crock pot cooking is really great for summer, especially if you are very busy.  Dinner is waiting for you in the evening, after a little bit of prep in the morning; fabulous!

6. Asian Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce – chicken on a stick…doesn’t that just scream SUMMER? I’ve seen the prepared, marinated skewers at the store and realized there’s too much junk in the marinade (including MSG and gluten usually). So, I was so thrilled to see such a yummy recipe to make my own.

7. Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Donuts – “But, Mom! I really miss donuts!” Nicholas was super excited to find out that he could eat these donuts and not violate the GFCF Diet.

 

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Today, I have a special announcement! I’ve launched a new website, GFCF Diet Plan, to help you succeed with the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet. I’ve been asked by so many people for help in following this difficult diet that I felt it would be a great idea to put a website together to help people succeed with the GFCF Diet.

Don’t worry, though! I will continue to run this blog where I can offer you recipes and other great articles about all things related to gluten-free, casein-free living. I’m just trying to provide you with a more in-depth guide to succeeding with the GFCF Diet.  I hope you will check out the website and also sign up for my mailing list so you won’t miss out on anything!

 

6 GFCF Recipes I love for June

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I started this idea last month by posting 5 recipes I loved for May, and so I’m continuing it here by listing 6 recipes from other people’s blogs that I have enjoyed making this month. Here we go!

1. Fudgsicles from Comfy Belly (yes, these are gluten-free, dairy-free but full of chocolate flavor!)

2. Sweet Potato Latkes from Everyday Paleo  (an easy breakfast solution for those of us bored with sweet potatoes!)

3. Butternut Squash Lasagna from Health Bent (I admit, at first glance, this didn’t seem too appealing….but, wow! It blew me away with all the flavors!)

4. Green Guac Roast Rolls from Eating SCD (I love to do this for lunch; sometimes, I use turkey instead.)

5. Quinoa Gucamole Salad by Just A Taste (We have just discovered quinoa as a great alternative to rice, since my son can’t eat rice anymore. This is an easy, summer salad with lots of flavor!)

6. Carrot Banana Muffins from Elana’s Pantry (A great way to sneak some carrots into your vegetable-averse child!)

Did I miss anything? Please leave a comment and a link to your favorite recipes or let me know if you make one of these choices and how it was. Thanks!

Today’s product recommendation is a book about healing autism through natural methods. It’s titled, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, and is co-authored by Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel.  This book contains quite a bit of information about the GFCF Diet as well as other nutritional therapies and supplements. It is not light reading, and if you are squeamish about detailed information about poop, you may have a tough time getting through at least one chapter! However, the reality is that for many people with autoimmune disorders, including those on the Autism Spectrum, poop is something we usually have to correct (either there is not enough or there is too much, to be polite). In addition to this information, there is also a great deal of information on environmental toxins, allergy testing, and dietary intervention.

I realize that if you are not a big Jenny McCarthy fan it may be tough to take this book seriously. However, while Jenny provides the human, humorous touch to the subject, the “meat” of the information comes from Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, a well-respected pediatrician specializing in the biomedical treatment of autism and autoimmune issues.  (To learn more about Dr. Kartzinel, go here.) I found that the combination of their voices helped to make a difficult and potentially boring subject quite readable. The book is set up in a Q & A format and is packed full of resources. My copy is dog-eared and I’ve probably re-read it about 4 times because it is such a good source of information.

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it. Please comment below!

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Many people associate the GFCF Diet with Autism Spectrum Disorders or with Celiac Disease, or even just consider it to be a new weight-loss fad. However, there are many other autoimmune disorders that can be helped by the GFCF Diet. The reality is that many people with autoimmune diseases also have Celiac Disease or they are gluten intolerant. “Some practitioners theorize that celiac disease may be triggered after infection by a type of virus that biologically resembles the proteins in gluten. After the infection, the body cannot distinguish between the invading virus and the gluten protein, and subsequently, the body reacts allergically, releasing mucous into the intestinal tract upon gluten exposure, and causing damage to the intestines (source).”

The following is a summary of 6 autoimmune diseases and how each can be improved through switching to the GFCF Diet. I’ve also listed some additional resources for further reading, if you need to research further.

1. Diabetes – A gluten free diet may make it easier to control blood sugar levels, according  to Donna Korn in Living Gluten Free for Dummies (Wiley, 2006) (source).

2. Rheumatoid Arthritis – “New research from Sweden shows that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who skip both animal products and certain grains could reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke (source).”

3. Multiple Sclerosis – “Research published in 2011 indicates a strong link between multiple sclerosis and celiac disease. Clinicians in Spain analyzed the prevalence of positive celiac blood tests and biopsies in people with confirmed multiple sclerosis, and in their first-degree relatives (source).”

4. Thyroid Disease – “Although it’s far from proven, at least one medical study suggests the environmental trigger for thyroid disease could be gluten (source).”

5. Osteoporosis/Osteopaenia – ” Because of the impairment that gluten causes on your intestinal function, it interferes with the absorption of nutrients, including vitamin D, calcium, phosphate and magnesium (source).”

6. Lupus – “Some studies indicate that over 20% of patients diagnosed with lupus really have celiac disease.  That’s a lot of people being treated with toxic pharmaceutical drugs, yet are still sick.  These people will improve, probably completely, by eliminating gluten from their diet (source).”

Additional Resources

American Diabetes Association information on gluten-free diet

Study about Gluten’s Effect on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Best Bet Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

Thyroid Dysfunction helped by GF Diet

Should Osteoporosis Patients Be Tested for Celiac Disease?

Gluten Allergy Connection to Lupus

(Note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. Please consult with your physician before beginning a gluten-free, casein-free diet or if you have medical questions.)

gluten free casein free lemon bread recipe

This week’s recipe at Stockpiling Moms is for Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Lemon Bread. This lemon bread is an excellent bread to eat for breakfast with eggs and sausage, but it also goes well with coffee or tea. The lemon flavor is very distinct and fresh and makes this an ideal start to summer baking.  Nicholas Rating = 50 Thumbs Up!

5 Recipes I love for May

I admit it, I get bored eating the same things over and over again. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog – to share ideas and recipes with you! As a busy mom, I just can’t create recipes all day long (that would be fun, wouldn’t it?), so I like to see what other food blogs are posting too.  I thought it would be fun to create a list each month of recipes that I’ve found elsewhere that I am enjoying, so that you can enjoy them too! As a way of organizing them, I will list 5 recipe finds for May, 6 recipe finds for June…well, I think you get the idea.

Here is my list for May –

1. Biscuits from Elana’s Pantry. These are amazing grain-free biscuits that are easy to make and go with so many things, like my Tortilla Soup recipe.

2. Pumpkin Bread 2.0 from Comfy Belly.  This bread tastes like gingerbread! Moist and so flavorful, especially if you add raisins.

3. Baa Baa Breakfast from Everyday Paleo. This is a fun way to liven up breakfast. I even made this recipe when we were at a hotel (with a kitchenette), because it was so easy to do!

4. Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream from Civilized Caveman. We made this in our electric ice cream maker and it was so tasty! My son went wild for this and I was happy that it wasn’t too sweet for him either.

5. GFCF Pancakes from Zs Cup of Tea. These were absolutely wonderful! Hard to believe they cooked up so nicely with so little flour in them, but they did.  (We will probably have these for dinner tomorrow night, too!)

Hope you get a chance to try out some of these great recipes and visit these other recipe sites. Please leave a comment below about your experience. Thanks!

scaleA friend of mine asked me the other day, “So, if I quit eating gluten, can I lose some weight?” Well, that’s a tricky question. Yes, you can lose some weight if your previous eating habits have led you to eat mostly processed foods or if you ate a lot of dairy foods that tend to be high in fat and calories. However, just getting rid of gluten doesn’t always equal weight loss. Here are some quick facts –

1. Processed Foods – Unfortunately, the majority of Americans see this as the easy choice when it comes to meal preparation. They grab the frozen dinner, the chicken nuggets, or fish sticks and just “heat and eat”! Well, by eliminating the majority of these foods, you will not be filling yourself with empty calories (like from the breading on nuggets and fish sticks), but instead you will fill yourself up with fruits and vegetables that have more vitamins, minerals, fiber, and yet are much lower in calories.

2. Eating Out – because it is challenging to find restaurants that cater to a GFCF diet, you will eat out less and will definitely be skipping most fast food restaurants! (My son now exclaims, “Gross, they have too much gluten!” every time we drive by McDonald’s. I smile when he says that, knowing he is internalizing this healthier way of eating.)

3. Spending Money on What Matters Most – yes, you can buy many “gluten-free, dairy-free” products at most grocery stores now.  But, they are still very expensive and will cause you to think twice about downing a box of cookies or crackers in one sitting! Plus, as you become more confident in the kitchen, you will want to make your own foods and can control the sugar and calories much better.

4. When You Feel Better, You Move More – if you physically feel more alert and energetic, you will want to go for walks, play tennis, or go for a bike ride.  Feeling healthy automatically begets more healthy choices and I’ve yet to meet someone who is eating a GFCF diet that is sedentary. You just feel too good not to move!

5. You Realize What Real Food Tastes Like – before going GFCF, I had become pretty complacent in what I chose to eat. Now that I’m having to search out new recipes and find new ways to prepare fruits and vegetables, I’m finding that I actually enjoy eating.  It’s fun to find a new way to prepare green beans or carrots, rather than simply be content to have a salad at dinner every night.

In closing, yes – you can lose weight by cutting out dairy and gluten from your diet.  It’s just not a guarantee. But, I feel confident in guaranteeing that you will feel more energetic, more clearheaded, and happier about what you are eating if you give this diet a try!

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In my mother’s family, we have an old family cake recipe that we all refer to as “Aunt Agnes Cake.” We often serve it for birthdays and special occasions. It was created by my great Aunt Agnes many years ago and was a real Southern cake, with lots of oil and fat (in this case, eggs). I have missed it since I went gluten-free, so I thought I’d try to re-create it using coconut flour. I’m happy to report that my first attempt turned out pretty well! (Nicholas thought it was pretty great too, and he’s had the original version too.)

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Pound Cake (Nicholas Rating = 100 Thumbs Up!)

1 1/2 cups honey

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups coconut flour

10 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and lightly dust a tube pan with flour and set aside.

Combine honey and oil in large bowl. Add eggs and flour alternately.

Mix in vanilla and almond flavorings and beat until smooth.

Pour into tube pan and bake for 50 minutes at 325 degrees. Check that the cake is done by inserting a toothpick into cake; if it comes back clean, it is ready.

Let cake sit in pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto rack to cool for another 30 minutes.  Slice and enjoy!

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