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    Jefferson Adams is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He has covered Health News for Examiner.com, and provided health and medical content for Sharecare.com. His work has appeared in Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, CALIBAN, Hayden's Ferry Review, Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review, and Slate, among others.

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    Scott Adams
    This recipe comes to us from "sickchick" in the Gluten-Free Forum.
    Ingredients:
    1 ½ cups diced peeled pineapple
    1 cup diced peeled jicama
    ½ cup diced red onion
    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    ¼ cup fresh lime juice
    1 to 2 Serrano chilis, seeded, chopped
    ¼ cup olive oil
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    3 small zucchini, each cut lengthwise into 5 slices (about 10 ounces)
    1 pound halibut or orange roughy fillets
    4 5- to 6-inch corn tortillas
    Directions:
    Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Mix first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Season salsa with salt and pepper.
    Whisk oil and chili powder in small bowl. Arrange zucchini, fish, and tortillas in single layer on large baking sheet. Brush chili oil on both sides of zucchini, fish, and tortillas. Sprinkle zucchini and fish with salt and pepper. Grill until fish is cooked through, zucchini is tender, and tortillas begin to crisp, about 3 minutes per side for fish and zucchini, and 2 minutes per side for tortillas. Divide zucchini among tortillas. Cut fish into strips and place atop zucchini. Top with salsa and serve. Test-kitchen tip: The heat level of chiles can vary widely; be sure to taste and adjust the quantity of chiles to your liking.
    Makes 4 servings.

    Jefferson Adams
    These grilled pork tacos are quick, easy to make, and delicious. Topped with avocado salsa verde, they are a genuine gluten-free treat.
    Ingredients:
    3-4 boneless pork chops
    12 corn tortillas
    2-3 ripe avocados
    1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
    2 cans Herdez salsa verde
    1/2 cup Cotija cheese
    1 lemon or 2 limes
    Directions:
    Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil and place in warm oven.
    Grill pork chops according to thickness at 475-500 degrees.
    When pork chops are done, remove them from grill and allow to rest 5 minutes or so.
    Chop cilantro.
    Crumble cheese into a bowl.
    Cut pork into small cubes.
    Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime onto the pork.
    Salsa Ingredients:
    3-4 ripe avocados
    Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
    ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
    2 cans Herdez salsa verde (7 ounces)
    Salsa Directions:
    Slice avocados into a large bowl.
    Add juice 1 lemon or 2 lime.
    Add Herdez salsa verde.
    Fold in cilantro.
    Mix with a fork.
    When everything is ready, remove tortillas from oven. Place two at a time on a plate. Top with meat, salsa, cheese and extra cilantro if desired.
    Suggestion: Serve with your favorite gluten-free beer.


    Jefferson Adams
    Before outdoor grilling becomes a casualty of summer's end, I thought I'd offer up one more great gluten-free grilling recipe, with two delicious sauces.
    Grilled fish is one of my favorite treats. I like to make it in the summer, as it's easy to prepare. For this recipe, I prefer swordfish, although halibut, cod, sea bass, trout,
    Mahi-mahi, red snapper, or any other favorite will do. Basically, this recipe will work with any white fish that will hold up to grilling.
    To make this recipe, first prepare the avocado salsa verde. Next, prepare the beurre blanc. Lastly, grill your favorite white fish. When fish is done, top sauce or salsa of choice, and serve with rice and your favorite steamed vegetables.
    Note: You may also pan fry, or even bake the fish as you like. Just make the beurre blanc sauce is warm.

    Beurre Blanc Sauce
    Ingredients:
    1 to 2 shallots, chopped fine
    1 cup white wine
    2 ounces lemon juice
    1 tablespoon heavy cream
    12 tablespoons (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cubed
    Salt and white pepper, to taste
    Directions
    Combine the shallots, white wine, and lemon juice in a non-reactive saucepan over high heat and reduce to 2 tablespoons.
    Add the cream to the reduction. Once the liquid begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low.
    Add the butter, one cube at a time, whisking first on the heat and then off the heat.
    Keep whisking butter into the mixture until it becomes rich and creamy sauce. Add  salt and white pepper to taste. Serve beurre blanc right away, or keep in a thermos and serve later.
    A slightly healthier, though equally delicious option for fish is Avocado salsa verde. I've even been so bold as to make them both and let the quests work it out.
    Salsa Verde
    Ingredients:
    3-4 ripe avocados
    Juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime
    ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
    2 cans Herdez salsa verde (7 ounces)
    Salsa Directions:
    Slice avocados into a large bowl.
    Add juice 1 lemon or 2 lime.
    Lightly mash and fold avocados
    Add Herdez salsa verde.
    Fold in cilantro.
    Mix with a fork.


    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 08/20/2014 - In response to a request to add some low-fat, diabetic-friendly recipes to the mix, I offer this recipe for grilled fish tacos with fresh watermelon salsa. In this recipe, watermelon is combined with vinegar, cucumber, red onion, and a dash of olive oil to deliver a tasty, offbeat salsa that goes great with grilled fish tacos.
    I’m so used to eating watermelon slices, I forget how versatile they can be. In this recipe, watermelon is combined with vinegar, cucumber, red onion, and a dash of olive oil to deliver a tasty, offbeat salsa that goes great with grilled fish tacos.
    Also, if you don’t have tortillas, or don’t feel like tacos, the salsa makes an excellent side dish for simple grilled fish.
    Ingredients:
    4 fresh white fish fillets (grouper, cod, halibut, red snapper, etc.) 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon, chopped 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon salt, divided 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 tablespoons cilantro 1 Persian cucumber, chopped 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons minced red onion 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 dozen small fresh corn tortillas Directions:
    Heat grill to about 400º or medium-high. Sprinkle fish with pepper and ½ teaspoon of salt.
    Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
    Grill fish, covered for a few minutes on each side, or just until fish begins to flake when poked with a fork, and is opaque in center.
    Combine chopped watermelon, onion, cucumber and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss. Serve with grilled fish.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/23/2018 - If you’re looking for a great gluten-free Mexican-style favorite that is sure to be a big hit at dinner or at your next potluck, try these green chili enchiladas with roasted cauliflower. The recipe calls for chicken, but they are just as delicious when made vegetarian using just the roasted cauliflower. Either way, these enchiladas will disappear fast. Roasted cauliflower gives these green chili chicken enchiladas a deep, smokey flavor that diners are sure to love.
    Ingredients:
    2 cans gluten-free green chili enchilada sauce (I use Hatch brand) 1 small head cauliflower, roasted and chopped 6 ounces chicken meat, browned ½ cup cotija cheese, crumbled ½ cup queso fresco, diced 1 medium onion, diced ⅓ cup green onions, minced ¼ cup radishes, sliced 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 cup chopped cabbage, for serving ½ cup sliced cherry or grape tomatoes, for serving ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 1 dozen fresh corn tortillas  ⅔ cup oil, for softening tortillas 1 large avocado, cut into small chunks Note: For a tasty vegetarian version, just omit the chicken, double the roasted cauliflower, and prepare according to directions.
    Directions:
    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron or ovenproof pan until hot.
    Add chicken and brown lightly on both sides. 
    Remove chicken to paper towels to cool.
     
    Cut cauliflower into small pieces and place in the oiled pan.
    Roast in oven at 350F until browned on both sides.
    Remove from the oven when tender. 
    Allow roasted cauliflower to cool.
    Chop cauliflower, or break into small pieces and set aside.
    Chop cooled chicken and set aside.
    Heat 1 inch of cooking oil in a small frying pan.
    When oil is hot, use a spatula to submerge a tortilla in the oil and leave only long enough to soften, about 10 seconds or so. 
    Remove soft tortilla to a paper towel and repeat with remaining tortillas.
    Pour enough enchilada sauce to coat the bottom of a large casserole pan.
    Dunk a tortilla into the sauce and cover both sides. Add more sauce as needed.
    Fill each tortilla with bits of chicken, cauliflower, onion, and queso fresco, and roll into shape.
    When pan is full of rolled enchiladas, top with remaining sauce.
    Cook at 350F until sauce bubbles.
    Remove and top with fresh cotija cheese and scallions.
    Serve with rice, beans, and cabbage, and garnish with avocado, cilantro, and sliced grape tomatoes.

     

    Roxanne Bracknell
    Celiac.com 06/22/2018 - The rise of food allergies means that many people are avoiding gluten in recent times. In fact, the number of Americans who have stopped eating gluten has tripled in eight years between 2009 and 2017.
    Whatever your rationale for avoiding gluten, whether its celiac disease, a sensitivity to the protein, or any other reason, it can be really hard to find suitable places to eat out. When you’re on holiday in a new and unknown environment, this can be near impossible. As awareness of celiac disease grows around the world, however, more and more cities are opening their doors to gluten-free lifestyles, none more so than the 10 locations on the list below.
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S is a hotbed of gluten-free options, with four cities making the top 10, as well as the Hawaiian island of Maui. Chicago, in particular, is a real haven of gluten-free fare, with 240 coeliac-safe eateries throughout this huge city. The super hip city of Portland also ranks highly on this list, with the capital of counterculture rich in gluten-free cuisine, with San Francisco and Denver also included. Outside of the states, several prominent European capitals also rank very highly on the list, including Prague, the picturesque and historic capital of the Czech Republic, which boasts the best-reviewed restaurants on this list.
    The Irish capital of Dublin, meanwhile, has the most gluten-free establishments, with a huge 330 to choose from, while Amsterdam and Barcelona also feature prominently thanks to their variety of top-notch gluten-free fodder.
    Finally, a special mention must go to Auckland, the sole representative of Australasia in this list, with the largest city in New Zealand rounding out the top 10 thanks to its 180 coeliacsafe eateries.
    The full top ten gluten-free cities are shown in the graphic below:
     

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/21/2018 - Would you buy a house advertised as ‘gluten-free’? Yes, there really is such a house for sale. 
    It seems a Phoenix realtor Mike D’Elena is hoping that his trendy claim will catch the eye of a buyer hungry to avoid gluten, or, at least one with a sense of humor. D’Elena said he crafted the ads as a way to “be funny and to draw attention.” The idea, D’Elena said, is to “make it memorable.” 
    Though D’Elena’s marketing seeks to capitalizes on the gluten-free trend, he knows Celiac disease is a serious health issue for some people. “[W]e’re not here to offend anybody….this is just something we're just trying to do to draw attention and do what's best for our clients," he said. 
    Still, the signs seem to be working. D'elena had fielded six offers within a few days of listing the west Phoenix home.
    "Buying can sometimes be the most stressful thing you do in your entire life so why not have some fun with it," he said. 
    What do you think? Clever? Funny?
    Read more at Arizonafamily.com.

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    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/20/2018 - Currently, the only way to manage celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from the diet. That could be set to change as clinical trials begin in Australia for a new vaccine that aims to switch off the immune response to gluten. 
    The trials are set to begin at Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre. The vaccine is designed to allow people with celiac disease to consume gluten with no adverse effects. A successful vaccine could be the beginning of the end for the gluten-free diet as the only currently viable treatment for celiac disease. That could be a massive breakthrough for people with celiac disease.
    USC’s Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka said trial participants would receive an injection of the vaccine twice a week for seven weeks. The trials will be conducted alongside gastroenterologist Dr. James Daveson, who called the vaccine “a very exciting potential new therapy that has been undergoing clinical trials for several years now.”
    Dr. Daveson said the investigational vaccine might potentially restore gluten tolerance to people with celiac disease.The trial is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 70 who have clinically diagnosed celiac disease, and have followed a strict gluten-free diet for at least 12 months. Anyone interested in participating can go to www.joinourtrials.com.
    Read more at the website for Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre.

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