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Frozen Vegetable Medleys: Alert!


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#1 seeking_wholeness

 
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Posted 31 December 2003 - 08:24 PM

With all the relatively new stir-fry vegetable blends on the market, we will need to call manufacturers to find out about cross-contamination issues because some blends contain pasta mixed right in with the vegetables! This was brought to my attention this evening by a burning stomachache and intense headache that began before I was even finished eating my stir-fry. I can positively rule out any of the other ingredients since I ate out of all of the same packages--except the vegetables--yesterday, with no ill effect. The ONLY difference between what I ate yesterday and what I ate today is that I used a different brand of vegetables today! This is really frustrating, since frozen vegetables were supposed to be something that was virtually risk-free!

I hope this warning spares someone else discomfort!
--Sarah
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#2 Lily

 
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 05:57 AM

Thanks for the info Sarah. I'm scared to buy too much that is prepackaged at the store. My nutritionist told me that places that say they're gluten free, use the same lines as their gluten products. Supposedly they wash them down before hand, but I don't think it is enough. This is why I'm so frustrated with the disease, cooking isn't my favorite thing to do and now I have to go back to the basics.......no easy food for me.

Hope you feel better!

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#3 tammy

 
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 06:12 AM

I can understand the frustration. I was able to reduce some of my frustration by finding foods and companies that manufacture truly gluten-free foods. I try to stay away from most prepackaged foods. Amy's makes a few vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free frozen entrees. I only like the black bean entree. When going out to eat, I found that both the Olive Garden and Outback restaurants are very good gluten-free choices for both my husband and myself. The Outback has a whole gluten-free menu of tasty choices. Perhaps making tasty recipes in bulk and freezing them will help with mealtime for you.


I hope this helps you and others...


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#4 hillary_henry@yahoo.com

 
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 09:55 AM

my five year old daughter had two blood test both positive for celiac disease. She gets her biopsy Jan 22. I need help cutting down on her gluten to give her some relief. I really dont know where to start. I feel so sorry for her shes vomiting and has diarrhea. Ronni is a picky eater to begin with, she doesn't care much for vegetables. If anybody knows where the best place to shop for snacks please let me know. Is there a place where I can get gluten free bread or do I have to make it.
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 08:02 PM

If you have a Healthy Life Market near by that is a good place to shop. You can buy gluten-free breads. The Gluten Free Store on this site is great. And the recipes are wonderful. But I find that making my breads in the bread machine is economical and time saving. It's good too. It takes time to get adapted to gluten-free cooking and believe me you have to do alot of home cooking and baking. But the best thing is you can make it up and freeze it. I hope this is helpful for you.
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 06:22 PM

;) when you have celiacs you become a label reader and i have become quite good at it hehehe :lol: when you see them advertise that it contains no artfitial enhancers you can rest asure that it has maltadextrins which is flour and other additives everything has it to enhance the flavours even cornflakes rice bubbles some icecreams yogurts it is very frustrating i know but we have become a society
of fast foods like frozen vegies and processed foods it just means we have to get back to the basics and if you want to have frozen foods do them yourself and you and your family will become healthy and you wil also know what you are eating believe me when you read the labels you wont want to eat half the things anymore
give me natural things
like chocolate :D :P
cant do with out that one hehehhehehehehe hope this helps
jacque from australia
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Hope you have a great day
Jacque.
my 15 year old and i are both celiacs

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 11:10 PM

Hillary, I just read through and added to a post on this site (I think the Parents of Celiac Kids section, above this one) that had a lengthy list of foods for kids who have to avoid gluten. It will give you lots of ideas, and will probably spark your own creativity further. I am celiac with allergies to milk, dairy, egg whites and yeast, and learned six months ago that my new little grandson has nearly the same allergies, so now when I create recipes I know that someday they will benefit him as well.

Since celiac is a genetic disease, experts recommend testing everyone in the family. Hope you get some good ideas. Welda
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#8 SteveW

 
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Posted 13 January 2004 - 06:12 PM

Sarah
If you don't mind.What brand of veggis gave you trouble?
Thanks
Steve
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#9 seeking_wholeness

 
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Posted 13 January 2004 - 07:10 PM

Steve,

I can't remember the name of the brand, but it was the store brand at Kroger.

Since then, I have contacted BirdsEye about their vegetables, and they said that they don't dust the lines with anything and that any of their vegetable/pasta blends would be packaged at a different facility from the plain vegetable medleys. So good news there!

I hope this helps!
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Posted 14 January 2004 - 03:26 AM

Sarah
Excellent!
I just made 4 meals all with BirdsEye mixed veggies.
Thanks for the info.
Steve
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