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About Nor_TX

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  • Interests Gluten Intolerance, Lactose and Casein Intolerance, Severe Colitis, IBS, Gastro-Paresis, Arthritis and now officially a senior citizen! Transplanted from Toronto, Ontario, now living in Dallas. Taking Remicade, Asacol, 2 Prilosec/day.
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  1. I love the Mission Extra Thin corn tortillas. They are gluten free, dairy free, Kosher and three are 110 calories. I pierce a couple of slits in three (so they won't puff up) and pop them in the toaster oven while I slice 3 mushrooms, 1/2 tomato, red or green pepper or any other veggies I have lurking in the fridge. When the tortillas are very lightly toasted, I spread 1/4 cup of Prego Traditional sauce (also gluten-free/df and kosher) between the three and top with the prepared veggies and some Daiya cheese. Back into the toaster oven on broil for a couple of minutes and I have satisfied my craving. This basic recipe only has about 230 calories. Lots of things you could add to this - Hormel pepperoni (gluten-free), Dietz & Weston ham, homemade leftover chicken, a couple of spritzs of Sriracha sauce, chopped shrimp, nutritional yeast (watch the labels), leftover asparagus (yeah, like that's going to happen), hot or mild peppers, pickled peppers, olives, artichoke hearts (watch the label), bacon (watch the label).... My life would be so sad without Mission Extra Thin corn tortillas. I've been away from this forum for a bit, but I'm b-a-a-a-c-k!
  2. I live in the Plano area also and the only restaurant that I will eat at is Jason's Deli. It is really the only place in this area, where I know there is a gluten-free procedure in place and is strictly being followed. I know that because I watch my sandwich being made. I have never had an issue with getting gluten symptoms afterwards. Admittedly, I don't eat out very often, but that is the place we meet friends or go out for a special meal. The deli meat and Udi bread, spicy mustard and house chips are gluten free and dairy free... meets all our requirements. Thanks for the info on the new restaurant opening... I will watch for the opening. That was a cute remark about your wife not considering Texas her home. I come from Toronto Canada and have lived here for almost 17 years, but still don't think of it as home!
  3. The ones that drive me nuts are the ones who are not Celiac, not even Gluten Intolerant, but "they have read on the Internet...." I have been gluten free for 5 years now but obviously reading something on the 'net overrules anything I might be saying. Why is it all us older type females who take water aerobics think this is the time to share the most personal and private bits of information? Must be the lack of clothes that let's some devulge secrets I might only share with my doctor or husband. I told one lady I was having a rough morning and the reason for it... She loudly shared that information with the rest of the group and the instructor. For the rest of the class people kept saying, "are you ok" or "I'm sorry you are sick". I think I am going to get a tatoo on my forehead that says. "No Aloe Vera will not cure my Colitis and no Acupuncture cannot cure my gluten intolerance" Thanks for letting me rant.
  4. I live in north Dallas and the Sprouts store is now carrying the Canyon Bakehouse products. There is a 25% sale on right now so I decided to try a couple of new things. I bought a loaf of the 7 grain and a loaf of the cinnamon raisin. Oh my, these are good!!! I ate them right out of the bag with some dairy free margarine. They are weighty and moist and definitely do not taste "ricey". I love this brand.
  5. Hi. I didn't know the Ore-Ida hashed potatoes cubes were gluten free. I am going to drop by the supermarket today to look. I must admit, I love fries. I love those hash browns too. As a kid, a treat was a plate of fries with gravy (brown), vinegar, ketchup and a coke. Nowadays, I still cook a plate of fries, no gravy, no ketchup and still love them. We dip our fries in mayo.... have you heard of that? I think it is a "northern" thing. I do make a lot of chicken. Never thought of making it stuffed with apple. I would have to adapt it a little - leave out the spices and onion, but it might work. Although I would rather bbq a piece of chicken and eat a baked apple for dessert. I think the "sauce" with the tuna, veggies sounds interesting too. I can't do onion but I do like tuna. I know the tuna in water is healthier, but I just accidently bought the Starkist in oil and it was so much better. Had a great flavor. A good thing about eating more fish lately (almost every day), my blood tests have improved significantly. I always loved fish but in the last 15 years since moving to Dallas and because my DH didn't like fish I stopped eating it other than when we went out to eat. My favorite dining out meal is for Sushi and Sashimi.... I just informed my DH this morning that we would be going out for Japanese Sashimi in January for my birthday dinner. He looked at me perplexed and said, "Oh, who are you going with?" He thought he was being funny. It is expensive, but once a year I eat all the raw sashimi I want! Thanks for your suggestions. They sound great!
  6. Wow... what a lot of suggestions and great ones at that. I love the ideas of sweet potato fries, first in a pan and then on the cookie sheet. I do believe there are frozen sweet potato frozen fries that are gluten free. The burger place nearby has a dedicated "fries" fryer. They only do regular and sweet potato fries in it. Sometimes I will splurge and we will go for a huge platter of fries. I do know about latkes very well. I grew up eating them. I have made them with cornstarch and also from gluten-free potato buds and they came out good. Couldn't eat the sour cream though with them. Sometimes when I am making mashed potato from potato buds I make a double amount and the next day add an egg, mix them up and cook them. I can't eat very much oil so I use Pam types of products. They come out pretty good. Not like my memory serves, but edible. I do have some very good rice pasta that is now carried at Walmart. It is called Homeland and is about 2.00 a package. I sometimes mix it with shrimp, salmon or chicken along with Smart Balance parve margarine. I had forgotten about that until now. I am familiar with potato flour and potato starch. I grew up in Toronto Ontario and lived in an area that had stores that carried these products all the time. I now live in Dallas, but could probably find these items at Whole Foods. Can't do polenta. Just discovered my body does not like corn in any form. This is something new. I used to dry fry slices of polenta with margarine.... used to be very yummy. I saw the post about carrot fries. I thought one day I might try that. I can and do eat cooked carrots from time to time. I have never eaten a celeriac... not too adventurous these days. Last night I had shrimp, rice and some cooked frozen vegetables. Tonite I am going to chop the leftover shrimp, add the rice, soy sauce and leftover veggies and do a rice wrapper spring roll. I will probably dry fry with a little Pam. They come out crispy and delicious. I make a delicous teriyaki dipping sauce with soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, dry mustard and rice vinegar. Actually looking forward to dinner tonite. I love sardines. Yesterday I had a tin (the kind in water) mixed with some Hellmans light on a toasted Udi bagel.. very yummy and easy on body. I don't eat sweetners (those packets). They are hard on Colitis. When I need something sweet, I use sugar or honey. Sometimes for dinner I might have some defrosted frozen fruit they sell in bags in Walmart with a little honey drizzled over. It is strangely comforting. What is really strange is that in my earlier career, I actually taught cooking, was a product consultant, ran a cooking school and wrote for a gourmet food magazine in Canada. Daily, I would develop recipes, write for other publications, once wrote the English version for a French product microwave manual. Cooking, experimenting, eating was my life. When I got ill back in the 90s, and everything I ate made me sick, my love for food, and being creative just died. As time went on and I got sicker, had other health issues I just let food be food, rather than try to make it something wonderful. I still get calls from clients/associates about adapting recipes for one reason or another, and usually I just bow out and confess my lack of desire to get involved. Recently I entered a recipe contest with my rice paper wrappers. (It was about gluten free cooking), and although I didn't win anything, they did feature my explanation of what coping with a gluten free diet meant to me. I know it may sound like a cop out, but my creative, experimental days with recipes and being involved with food development is gone. I am now concentrating on trying to get this old body moving and acting a bit more youthful through water exercises and some plain food. I once read a great diet tip. It was something like, you should eat to live rather than live to eat. You must have put a great deal of thought into your suggestions and I will definitely try some of them. I appreciate your creativity... keep it up. Your family obviously appreciates you so much! Thank you so much for your time and suggestions. If you have more, I would love to read them. Your kindness is appreciated.
  7. Because I have so many gastro issues.. see my signature. Fresh fruit and raw vegetables irritate the Colitis. I have found I can have a little tomato once in a while even though it causes the GERD to react. I have tried canned vegetables like asparagus but quite honestly I just don't like them. I sometimes buy asparagus when it is on sale and cook it and eat only the most tender parts. Colitis is a whole other ball of wax compared to Gluten. Also the lactose and casein intolerance means I can't eat any dairy products. I have not been able to tolerate the consistancy or flavour of coconut or soy milks. Haven't had any milk in 38 years. My GERD makes every meal an issue. I can get heartburn from water in the morning. I take Prilosec once a day and Rantidine after almost everything I eat. I also have gastro paresis which means very slow digestion. I almost never eat beef because it digests so slowly. I have hiatal hernia which causes the GERD. Mostly I eat chicken, talapia, haddock, tuna, shrimp, salmon (major heartburn), sardines in water, Udi bread. (I buy mine at Jason's deli... much better than the Udi bread at Whole Foods or other markets. It is more expensive, but larger and more hearty - bigger slices. Beef and chicken broth. Baked potatoes and sweet potatoes and squash. I make my own soups with broth and cooked carrots and thickened with potato flakes. I also eat cooked rice. I use the rice wrappers to make little spring roll types of meals. I fill them with leftover rice and shrimp or other fish. Your recipe with ground beef would be difficult because of the acid in the pineapple and the beef. For instance, tonite I will make 2 fillets of talapia, salt and pepper, in a spray of butter Pam, with a baked potato or rice. I have some canned pears for dessert. For lunch after swimming, I reserved half my Udi bagel which I will toast and have a bowl of beef broth and some Rice Chex to munch. As you can see my list of foods is short and leaves much to be desired. The only real treat I have is going out for sashimi and sticky rice.. not often because it is so expensive, but a couple of times a year we splurge. After all at almost 62... I gotta have some fun!
  8. I have loved following the "What are you cooking tonite" thread although I cannot eat most of the suggestions. Cannot eat fresh vegetables or fruits, dairy, beans, tomato sauce, garlic, eggs. I am gluten intolerant, lactose and casein, egg, garlic intolerant. I have GERD and Colitis. Each and every meal is a thought issue. I know there are others who have more than just the gluten issue. Also, I do not cook with these unusual ingredients that I see suggested. Even if I could find these ingredients, financially I could not afford them. I am looking for everyday types of suggestions. Last night I took three talapia fillets (frozen from Walmart) and put them in a pyrex pie plate. Added some salt and pepper, a dab of dairy free margarine (Smart Balance parve brand). I added thick slices of tomato and a spray of butter flavored Crisco. Covered with saran and cooked on High for 8 minutes. Had a half of a cooked acorn squash with dairy free margarine and a drizzle of honey. So if you have more than just the gluten issue, please post your meals. Thanks for your ideas.
  9. Need To Grocerie Shop

    Yes, the Udi loaf from Jasons is probably the best gluten free bread I have eaten. They sell it frozen, so make sure you go right home and pop it in the freezer, otherwise the slices will stick togethe. It is 30 ounces, huge, wonderfully normal and sells for $11.99. It is well worth it in my opinion. I have 2 or 3 in the freezer so I never run out. It is just as delicous untoasted as toasted. Yummy
  10. I have made up a delicious munchy mixture. I take 1/2 cup rice chex and 1/2 cup of corn chex and mix them in a soup bowl. I spray on some butter flavor Pam and quickly sprinkle with salt and a little sugar. Mix them up again and spray and sprinkle one more time. They are a great substitution for sweet and salty snacks and only about 115 calories. I don't use much salt or sugar... just to give them a taste. I am addicted to them. There are $1.00 chex coupons out this week too!
  11. I have ordered many times from Katz Gluten Free Bread company. Actually the bread is delicious. Not exactly like old fashioned challah from my youth, but it really is good. It is not twisted but is square. Check out there website. They have all kinds of really delicous goodies like rugalach, marble cake, buns etc. They will ship free on orders over $30.00 now. They even have a free sample box. They are now carried in some Whole Foods. The link is: Enjoy!
  12. Water Retention Vs. Gas...

    To me, it sounds like you might also have IBS. If I ate the kinds of foods you ate, I would be ill because of the IBS. Anything with grease, raw vegetables, raw fruit, eggs, tomato products, fried items, spicy items are out of the question. Your foods sound yummy but they do cross the IBS list of no no foods. Also it sounds like you eat a lot of candy and chocolate. When I get into those cycles, it is really bad for me. I get gas, my stomach swells and even my fingers and legs swell. I love candy but just can't do it. I'm more of a Skittles kind of gal than chocolate. Also the total caloric values might seem high for one day's worth of foods. If you want to try an experiment, try eliminating the greasy, spicey, tomatoey, dairy and candy. I know, I know... this sounds terrible. Trust me, I understand. For a few days have some boring foods and see if your body doesn't react nicely. My day's food list is very very boring. I don't swear that I eat 100% like this - more like 95%. Afterall, when approaching 62, I should be allowed to stray a bit. For breakfast I have 2 slices of the Udi bread I purchase at Jason's Deli. It is wonderful - much better than the commercially available Udi bread at Whole Foods. Two slices are substantial. I have 1 TBSP. Smart Balance dairy free margarine (sometimes mixed with a touch of cinnamon sugar) and flavored tea. Lunch might be a can of beef broth mixed with some frozen vegetables and a 1/4 cup gluten-free potato flakes to thicken it up. Dinner might be 2 slices of talapia dredged in gluten-free cornmeal and cooked in a sprayed frying pan along with a bit of rice or 1/2 baked potato. Or maybe a grilled chicken breast with some rice and cooked mixed vegetables. Or how about some chicken breast cubed, sauteed in a sprayed pan with 1 tomato, dash of hotsauce and 1 TBSP Smart Balance dairy free margarine along with a handful of shrimp and served over gluten-free spiral pasta. During the day I drink several small bottles of water instead of pop. The small bottles are easier for me as a goal rather than the larger bottles. Most days of this kind of diet come in at 1,000 - 1,200 calories. When I do this, the tummy reduces, the swelling and gas reduce and I can sleep without having prop up on 4 pillows because my stomach hurts. I know this sounds boring, and I'm not saying you can't have treats once in a while, but try the experiment and if it doesn't work, then go back to eating your regular diet. At least you will know for sure.
  13. I use the Betty Crocker gluten free mixes and use the Smart Balance Heart Right Light margarine that is dairy free. Make sure there is a U symbol with "Parve" under it on the right side of the name. That means it is absolutely, 100% dairy free. It works great in these mixes. I also add 1/4 cup of the So Delicious coconut dairy free Parve plain or vanilla yogurt. The yogurt just makes the mixes a little more moist. I make the recipe that uses the brownie mix and the chocolate chip cookie mix together in a large glass 9 X 13 glass pan. When it is cool, cut it up into squares, wrap each one individually and free them. Takes about 20 seconds in the microwave to warm up with a little extra margarine. Mmmmm.
  14. Jason's Deli

    Jasons has been my "go to" restaurant anytime someone wants to meet me for lunch. I have the gluten free sandwich with corned beef, spicey mustard, house chips and a small salad from the salad bar. I taken half the sandwich and half the salad home sometimes for the next day. I also ONLY buy the Udi bread that they use for sandwiches now as my home bread. It is $11.99 but is huge. The loaf is 33 ounces and is whole grain, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free and Kosher parve. Each slice is more than double the regular size - about 5 by 4.5 inches, and tastes a little like the old fashioned rye breads we bought many years ago. I keep it in the freezer and just take out what I need. It never has those air holes that the regular Udi bread has. They sell them to customers and are happy to do it. They also sell the gluten free, dairy free deli meat. The meat though, is not Kosher. It costs $8.99 per pound. They load up the sytrofoam containers. Each time I get more than a pound because they just keep adding meat to the container. I have never gotten less than a pound. It is always $8.99. I love Jasons. They do a great job with their gluten free customers. I also make sure to thank the manager. It is a good thing to let a venue know how much we appreciate their support.
  15. Eggs as part of something is ok. It just that a plain egg - scrambled, fried, hard boiled... makes me sick. Yikes!!!! I never realized that Pringles has wheat starch... I just checked. Thank you for letting me know. I will stop and get some Lays on the way to the hospital this afternoon. Thank you (smacking my forehead)!