Meals with a Message

Monday, February 01, 2010

Gluten Free Meal

Gluten Free Meal
Suggested Menu:
Baked Chicken
Forgotten Cookies or Gooey Cake

Food for Thought: As they ate, Jesus took bread and blessed it and broke it
and said: “Take it and eat”.

Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is intolerance to wheat. It usually causes problems with the intestinal tract with much discomfort. It can be inherited. Correction involves a lifetime of proper diet and nutritional balance. Some people also have to take medication.

Tip: For wheat intolerance diet- Read all labels before using.
Do not use any product that is packaged in a wheat facility.


Baked chicken
1 whole chicken
1 c water
¼ c oil
Remove giblets. Wash chicken in salted water. Pat chicken dry. Rub chicken with oil, salt and pepper over inside and out of chicken. Place in covered cooking dish and pour water around the chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until chicken is done.
Serves 6

3 c greens
1 turnip
1 slice of ham
Chop turnip and add to greens with water, salt and ham. Cook for 20 minutes or to desired tenderness. Serve warm. May garnish with hard cooked eggs. Serves 6.

1 potato per person
Wash and dry potatoes. Slice if desire. Rub with oil. Place in microwave and bake for 7 minutes per whole potato or slice and cook. Serve with corn oil margarine or unsalted butter.

2 c corn meal, plain
1 t. baking power
¼ c oil
¾ c milk or yogurt
1 T sugar, optional
1 egg
Mix cornmeal, oil, milk/yogurt, egg and sugar, if desired. Pour into a seasoned and greased cast iron skillet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Forgotten Cookies

2 Egg whites

1 t. cream of tartar

2/3 c. sugar

¼ t. salt

1 t. vanilla

1 c. pecans

1 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites until stiff with cream of tartar. Fold in sugar, salt, vanilla and pecans and chips, if desired. Spoon a mound of egg white mixture onto foil lined pan. Turn off heat to oven. Place the egg white cookies in previously heated oven and allow to remain overnight. Do not open oven door until at least 6 to 8 hours later. Serve cold. Serves 12 (They will set and may be ready to eat within an hour. May leave oven on 350 degrees for 10 minutes or less and ready to eat.)

Gooey Cake

1 gluten free cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick butter, almost melted

Mix one gluten free cake mix with the eggs and softened butter. Spread into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Top with cream cheese mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes. Watch carefully and take out when the edges are brown. The gooey consistence sets as the cake cools.

Cream Cheese Topping

1- 8oz. Cream cheese softened
2 eggs
3 cups of confection sugar
Blend together and smooth over cake mix. Bake in 350 degree oven until edges are brown. Cool and cut into squares.

Yummy for Celiac dieters!

From the Nutritionist: celiac disease
Do not eat anything that contains wheat, rye, and barley.
Corn, potato, rice, and soybeans can be eaten in any amount.
Packaged products are available, but read labels.
Any of the following words on food labels usually means that contain gluten: Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), unless made from soy or corn meal
Vegetable Protein, unless made from soy or corn
Modified Starch or Modified Food Starch, unless corn, potato
Vegetable Gum
Soy Sauce or Soy Sauce Solids, unless you know they do not contain wheat
Stabilizer, starch, flavoring, emulsifier, plant protein
Meals should have basic nutrients to maintain a healthy life. Protein builds strong bones and teeth. Protein is found in the baked chicken. Vitamins are requirement to prevent many illnesses and to maintain good mental health. The vegetables of greens, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C. This meal is excellent for diabetics since it is low in carbohydrates that convert to sugar. Diabetics should avoid bread with sugar. Fiber is found in the greens. If family member has high cholesterol or high blood pressure, the cook should avoid glycerols as well. Have a fun supper with these low gluten foods. Store any left over foods in airtight containers. Take left over desserts to shut-ins in gift sacks or food baskets, especially for Valentine’s Day.