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Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals

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Looking for quick and easy gluten-free meals? Well, you are in luck because Carrie at is hosting a 30-day series of time-saving meals. I’ll be submitting a guest post for the series on Sunday. Until then, check out the exciting 15 recipes that have already been posted:

30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals

  1. Carrie at posted Brown Rice Bowls
  2. Carrie at posted Greek Squash & Mushroom Saute over brown rice
  3. Brooke at Gluten Free…Who? Me? posted Fresh Veggie Stir-Fry & Garbanzo Bean Cake
  4. Rebekah at The Happy Tummy posted Salmon Croquettes with Spicy Remoulade Sauce
  5. Christie at Honoring Health posted Simple Pan Salmon & Swiss Chard
  6. Nicola at G-free mom posted Homemade Turkey Burgers
  7. Erica at Erica Miss America posted Pan-Cooked Flounder with Shirataki Noodles
  8. Claire at Gluten Free and the City posted Asparagus Salad with Strawberries
  9. Erin at Gluten Free Fitness posted “Not really a recipe” Pan-cooked Pork Chops
  10. Ellen at I Am Gluten Free posted Classic Tomato Soup with Herbed Croutons and Deluxe Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  11. Deanna at The Mommy Bowl posted Chicken and Broccoli Curry
  12. Jean at Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes posted Polenta with Sausage, Spinach, and Peppers
  13. Kat at Kat’s Food Blog posted Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes
  14. Ashlie at The Delshad Duo posted Blackened Catfish with Sweet Sauteed Greens
  15. Alta at Tasty East at Home posted Egg, Zucchini, Red Pepper and Spinach Wrap
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A Healthy Food Revolution – Part 3

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The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s 30 Days to a Food Revolution has finally hit Day 30. It has been a really fun, educational, and inspiring series of posts. If you missed the beginning, check out the first 15 recipes and tips on my first post introducing the series. Below are the remaining 15 recipes and tips that completed the 30 Days. I even contributed my own guest post with time-saving tips and recipe on Day 28. I hope you enjoyed the series as much as I did. Thanks to Jamie Oliver and Diane for reminding us that good food choices lead to happier, healthier lives.

Day 16Simply…Gluten-Free

Recipe: Gluten-free Chicken Piccata

Tip: Remove, Restore, Reinvent!

Day 17Lexie’s Kitchen

Alexa’s Recipe: Chicken Long Rice

Alexa’s Tip: Set aside one hour for a Pantry Purge Event

Day 18Food Blogga

Susan’s Recipe: Lemony Pasta with Fresh Peas, Ricotta, and Mint

Susan’s Tip: Make the Most Out of Your Next Farmers’ Market Trip

Day 19What’s Cooking

Michelle’s Recipe: Smashed Tomato and Basil Bruschetta and Pear, Honey and Quark Bruschetta

Michelle’s Tip: Cooking with Kids, a Grassroots Strategy for a Food Revolution

Day 20Cook 4 Seasons

Karen’s recipe-  Curried Cauliflower

Karen’s tip- How to bring more locally grown food into your lives

Day 21Gluten-Free Gidget

Katrina’s Recipe: Spicy Kale Salad

Katrina’s Tip:  Eat in season no matter where you live

Day 22Gluten Free Fitness

Erin’s Not Really A Recipe: Egg Bake Casserole

Erin’s Tip: Remember that Food is Your Fuel

Day 23Tasty Eats at Home

Alta’s Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Spinach, Raisins and Walnuts

Alta’s Tip: Get Creative!

Day 24Gluten Free Doctor

Jean’s Recipe:  gluten free granola bars and homemade organic beef jerky

Jean’s Tip:  How to eat real food when you travel

Day 25Ginger Lemon Girl

Carrie’s Recipe: Fresh Marinara Sauce with Meatballs

Carrie’s Tip: Eat foods that are fresh, natural, (and organic if possible), no matter what your dietary limitations are.

Day 26Simply Sugar & Gluten Free

Amy’s Recipe:  Apple & Carrot Breakfast Cake

Amy’s Tip: Progress, Not Perfection

Day 27The Daily Dietribe

Iris’s Recipe: Tuna Burgers

Iris’s Tip: Double your recipes and freeze the leftovers.

Day 28Celiac Family

Heather’s Recipe: Time-Saving Chicken Kabobs

Heather’s Tip: Finding time for making a healthy meal.

Day 29Andrea’s Recipes

Andrea’s Recipe: French Green Beans with Prosciutto and Pine Nuts

Andrea’s Tip: Grow Your Own

Day 30London Foodie NY

Anna’s Recipe: Crispy crunchy, full of nuts granola bars

Anna’s Tip: Cut back on sugar where you can.

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A Healthy Food Revolution – Part 2

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Diane’s recent blog series of 30 Days to a Food Revolution is nearing the end of the 30 guest bloggers. If you’ve missed the start of the Food Revolution, you can review my introduction of it with a list of the first 15 posts. Today, you’ll find my own perspective on this healthy food revolution, as well as a recipe for making Time-Saving Chicken Kabobs, at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang. I think shish kabobs are a great choice for a healthy, fast food dinner. Here’s another recipe for kabobs using sirloin.

Recipe for Beef Kabobs


2-3 lbs. Beef Sirloin – cut into chunks
1 lb. Potatoes – small, white
2 Sweet Peppers (or several sweet mini-peppers) – core and seeds removed, cut into chunks
1 large sweet onion – cut into wedges
1 recipe of my Flank Steak Marinade

You’ll also need skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers over a flame, be sure to soak the skewers for at least 30 minutes before placing on the grill. That will reduce the possibility of burning the sticks.


  1. Cut the sirloin into 2-inch cubes and place into a large bowl or zip-style plastic bag.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the marinade and pour over the beef chunks. Stir or massage it in to make sure the marinade has covered all the sirloin pieces. Cover or seal and place in the refrigerator for a couple hours or even overnight.
  3. Once the meat has marinated, carefully skewer the chunks onto the skewers.
  4. Prepare the potatoes by cooking in the microwave for 6-8 minutes. If you are using large baking potatoes, cut them up into smaller pieces before cooking. The potatoes should be slightly softened by the cooking.
  5. Prepare the peppers and onion, and cut into large chunks.
  6. Skewer the vegetables by alternating with potato, onion and pepper chunks. Continue until all the food is skewered.
  7. Place the skewers on a moderately hot grill. Watch it carefully and turn every 3-4 minutes until it is cooked to your preference. The beef should finish cooking in 8-12 minutes, the vegetables may take a little longer.

Additional Notes:

  • Using long barbecue skewers, I was able to get all the food onto two skewers.
  • For serving, I removed all of the food from the skewers, and served family-style on a platter.
  • Consider doing kabobs for a party. Keep all the prepared ingredients in separate bowls and let the guests skewer their own. Then, just cook them up to order on the grill.
  • Ideas for alternative vegetables to grill: large mushrooms, zucchini slices, Brussels sprouts cut in half.
  • We love to grill outdoors, but often I just use a grill pan on the stove. You could also use a panini grill or a large George Foreman grill.

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A Healthy Food Revolution

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Have you heard about the food revolution going on? I’m talking about the movement to encourage healthier eating, which has been brought forward by Jamie Oliver. You probably already know him from The Naked Chef, or own one of Jamie Oliver’s Cookbooks, or maybe you were fortunate enough to catch the reality TV series he recently did called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution was his attempt to help Huntington,West Virginia remove the label of “the unhealthiest city in America” by encouraging healthier food choices at home and at school. The series had some very dramatic and emotional moments that got the attention of a lot of people. Diane @ The W.H.O.L.E. Gang, who spent many years in Huntington, was especially moved by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. She embraced the idea of a Food Revolution and wants to pass the message on to as many people as possible.

So, Diane created 30 Days to a Food Revolution, hosted at her website. She reached out to 30 other food bloggers and asked for help in spreading the message. 30 Days to a Food Revolution began Apr. 26 and is currently still going on. Each day, a different food blogger is providing their own perspective about how to live and eat healthier by submitting a recipe and a tip for eating healthier. The series is now on Day 15, and there are plenty more posts to come. I’ll be submitting my own post to Diane’s revolution on June 2. Until then, check out the great recipes and tips that have been posted thus far:

Day 1- gluten free easily

Shirley’s recipe:  Garlic Lime Chicken

Shirley’s tip:  Make your own instant food.

Day 2- The Spunky Coconut

Kelly’s recipe:  Coffee Cake

Kelly’s tip:  Cook your own dry beans.

Day 3- I am Gluten Free

Ellen’s recipe:  Buffalo Tofu with Dairy Free Ranch Dressing plus Roasted New Potatoes

Ellen’s tip:  Always leave the house with a snack.

Day 4- The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Linda’s recipe:  Gluten-Free Foccacia Bread & Hamburger Buns

Linda’s tip:  Get organized and plan.

Day 5-  Delectably Free

Beth’s Recipe: Mexican Red Lentil and Rice Soup

Beth’s Tip: Cook with color.

Day 6- Jenn Cuisine

Recipe: Mushroom & Goat Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Tip: Add fresh produce to spruce up classic meals.

Day 7- Sure Foods Living

Alison’s Recipe: 3-Ingredient Salad Dressing

Alison’s Tip: Serve veggies & salad dressing to kids before dinner.

Day 8- dinners and dreams

Nisrine’s Recipe: Falafel

Nisrine’s Tip: Simplify. Diversify. Rejoice.

Day 9- Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Alissa’s Recipe: Rice and Nut milk Hot Cereal

Alissa’s Tip:  Breakfast can be quick and nutritious.

Day 10- The Messy Chef

Sara’s Recipe: Caesar Salad

Sara’s Tip: How to snack at work without touching the vending machines.

Day 11- One Frugal Foodie, Dairy-Free & Fit, Go Dairy Free

Alisa’s Recipes: Strawberry Mylk and Fruit ‘n Fiber Breakfast Shake

Alisa’s Tip: Enjoy the seasons.

Day 12- Celiac Teen

Lauren’s Recipe: Pasta Bake

Lauren’s Tip: Healthy changes rather than quick fixes.

Day 13- Gluten Free For Good

Melissa’s Recipe: Leek and Potato (and maybe beet green) Soup

Melissa’s Tip: 8 steps to “revolutionary” transformation (and maybe enlightenment)

Day 14- Gluten-Free Vegan Family

Julie’s Recipe: Cranberry Goji Bar Cookies

Julie’s Tip: Get your kids into the kitchen!

Day 15- Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried

Naomi’s Recipe: Healthy Lunch Ideas

Naomi’s Tip: Eat a healthy lunch even when pushed for time.

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November Gluten-Free Events

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Following is a list of events in November that support the gluten-free diet. Please feel free to send your event details to me ( to be added to this list or future lists.


November 2009

What: Gluten-Free Cooking Class: Hearty November Favorites
When: Thursday, November 5; 6 – 8 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Tustin, CA
More Details: Cost $25. Enjoy a lively class demonstration and tasting led by Jennifer Norton, chef, caterer, and aspiring sommelier.  Menu: Ginger Spiced Breakfast Loaf, Celery Root Bisque, Pork Chops with Sour Cherry Sauce and Flourless Chocolate Cake. Reserve your spot: call marketing 714-566-7650 or email

What: Gluten-Free 1st Fridays
When: Friday, November 6; 4 – 6 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Little Rock, AR
More Details: FREE. On the first Friday of each month, join team members who are gluten free experts for gluten free sampling and a gluten free store tour.  Everyone welcome, even if you’re just curious about the gluten-free diet.  Shopping gluten free can be easier than it looks. Gluten Free tours begin at 4pm in the Gluten Free aisle.

What: 8th Annual Bellingham GIG Community Awareness Event
When: Friday – Saturday, November 6-7; weekend event beginning Friday at 9 am
Where: St. Luke’s Health Education Center — Bellingham, WA
More Details: A variety of topics discussed throughout the event. Check website for details.

What: Red River Celiacs Regional Conference
When: Friday – Saturday, November 6-7
Where: Holiday Inn — Fargo, ND
More Details: National speakers and gluten-free vendors. Call 701-282-2700 for more information.

What: Maine Stay Inn Gluten-Free Weekend
When: Friday – Saturday nights, November 6-7
Where: Maine Stay Inn & Cottages — Kennebunkport, ME
More Details: Join us for an entirely gluten-free weekend. We are experienced in providing elegant gluten-free meals and look forward to providing sensitive guests with a spectacular bed and breakfast experience without worrying about ingredients. Gluten eating guests are welcome also, but all meals will be gluten free.

What: Draeger’s Gluten-Free Club
When: Sunday, November 8; 10 am
Where: Draeger’s Market — Danville, CA
More Details: The theme will be on cooking, eating and entertaining “gluten-free” during the holidays. Vendors will be situated throughout the store, sampling their gluten-free foods.

What: Baltimore Area Celiac Support Group
When: Sunday, November 8; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Bykota Senior Center — Towson, MD
More Details: Dr. Anca Safta, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at the Center for Celiac Research will be speaking. Vendor will be Grandma’s Gone Gluten Free.

What: Second Annual Taddeo Celiac Disease Benefit
When: Sunday, November 8; 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: 92YTribeca200 Hudson St. — New York, NY
More Details: Cost $50 per person, children 12 and under FREE. Dr. Peter Green will speak at this event, which will include a gluten-free buffet, entertainment, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. RSVP Lisa Taddeo 732-212-8142, email; or Catherine Marto 646-436-7016, email

What: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
When: Sunday, November 8; 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Carmel, IN
More Details: FREE. Get gluten-free cooking tips each month from Sandy Haney. She lives a gluten free lifestyle and loves to cook! Come enjoy samples of Dairy Free Cocoa with our brand new Dandies Vegan Marshmallows, DF Stuffing, DF O’Dough’s Breakfast Buns, Fabe’s DF Pumpkin Pie and Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Apple Pie. RSVP at 569-1517. Leave message for Sarah Smith.

What: Gluten Free Group of Friends: Thanksgiving Stuffing and Sauces
When: Monday, November 9; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods — Minneapolis, MN
More Details: Cost $8. Pre-registration is required. Join us at our monthly Gluten Free Group of Friends meeting to discuss holiday recipes and strategies, sample new gluten-free products and try some delicious gluten-free holiday stuffing and sauces.  By attending the class, you are also entered into a drawing to win a year subscription to Living Without (a gluten-free publication), a value of $23!  Class is dairy and gluten free. On the menu: Gluten-free bread stuffing, Gluten-free wild rice stuffing, Gluten-free gravy, Gluten-free cranberry relish.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Wednesday, November 11; 6:00 pm –7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Carmel, IN
More Details: FREE. Learn about all the gluten-free products available in each department, learn how to read food labels, find out what resources are available, and enjoy samples too! RSVP to reserve your space: leave message for Sarah Smith at 569-1517.

What: Gluten-Free Cooking Class
When: Wednesday, November 11; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Scottsdale, AZ
More Details: FREE. Chef David Hall teaches a gluten-free cooking class. After the class Debbie Hall, an adviser and consultant to those with gluten intolerance and/or sensitivity, leads a store tour to explore the gluten-free items in the store. Please register in advance by contacting marketing at

What: Chesapeake Celiac Support Group
When: Friday, November 13; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Sajak Pavilion, Suite 250 — Annapolis, MD
More Details: Pam Cureton, registered and licensed dietician, associated with the Center for Celiac Research at the University of MD will be the guest speaker. She will discuss nutritional challenges for celiacs, challenges and strategies for dining out, and food options and considerations for celiac kids.

What: Gluten-Free and Healthy Class
When: Saturday, November 14; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Alexandria, VA
More Details: Cost $25 per person or $40 for two people. Pre-registration is required. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Cheryl Harris will discuss different gluten-free whole grains and flours, easy ways to make meals and baked goods healthier, ways to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need, and more. You will also be making a delicious quinoa dish during class.

What: Support Group Meeting
When: Sunday, November 15; 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Where: St. Marks UMC – Sacramento, CA
More Details: FREE and open to the public. Nutritionist Christine Craig speaks out “Don’t Forget the Nutrients: Eating for your whole health on a gluten-free diet.”

What: Gluten-Free/Vegan Holiday Tasting and Tour
When: Monday, November 16; 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Whole Foods Market — Sonoma, CA
More Details: FREE. Learn about Gluten-Free and Vegan Holiday Menu options from our Prepared Foods Department. Receive a complimentary reusable bag filled with samples and valuable information.  Class is limited to 20!  Please contact Rachal Cyphers at 938-8500 ext. 260 or to reserve a space.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Tuesday, November 17; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Indianapolis, IN
More Details: FREE. Learn about all the gluten-free products available in each department, learn how to read food labels, find out what resources are available, and enjoy samples too! RSVP to reserve your space by calling  the Customer Service Desk at 706-0900.

What: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tasting Event
When: Wednesday, November 18; 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Scottsdale, AZ
More Details: FREE. Contact the store (480-368-1279) for more details.

What: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tasting Event
When: Sunday, November 21; 12 noon – 2:00 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Indianapolis, IN
More Details: FREE. Come enjoy Thanksgiving-inspired samples of Dairy-Free Cocoa with Marshmallows, DF Stuffing, Fabe’s DF Pumpkin Pie and Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Apple Pie. Tasting event only, no RSVP needed.

What: Gluten-Free Store Tour
When: Monday, November 30; 7:00 pm
Where: Whole Foods Market — Cincinnati, OH
More Details: FREE, but please register in advance by calling 513-981-0794. Join us for an informational and fun store tour while sampling Wheat/Gluten free foods from our departments.  Whether you have Celiac Disease, a wheat sensitivity, or just trying to avoid wheat and gluten, we’ll have delicious foods for you to try.  Tour will meet at the front of the store!

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