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    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, and science. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and provided health and medical content for Sharecare.com.

    Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book Dangerous Grains by James Braly, MD and Ron Hoggan, MA.

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    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
    These tacos come together so wonderfully in part because of the vibrant, contrasting colors of the salsa and shrimp. The jalapeños and chili powder transform otherwise simple shrimp tacos.
    You can easily control the heat by removing the seeds from the peppers or omitting a pepper, and reducing the amount of chili powder. I tend towards the spicier side, but the shrimp is equally intriguing with a sweet peppadew salsa.
    Ingredients:
    For Salsa:
    1 avocado, cut into chunks
    4 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped
    1 small red onion, roughly chopped
    2 small jalapeños, chopped
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1 teaspoon salt
    ⅓ cup cilantro leaves
    For Tacos:
    1 pound medium shrimp
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    8 corn tortillas
    Cilantro and limes for garnish
    Directions:
    Combine the onion, jalapeño, and garlic in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Add tomatillos, avocado, cilantro, and salt and pulse 4-5 times. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
    Mix olive oil, chili powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated. Add half shrimp to a large, heated pan. Cook about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
    For crispier tortillas, grill directly over stovetop until lightly charred or wrap in a damp towel and microwave for about 30 seconds. Keep tortillas covered until ready to serve.
    Spoon salsa onto each tortilla and top with 3-4 shrimp and cilantro. Serve 1 lime wedge for each two tacos.


    Jefferson Adams
    Good fish tacos almost always deliver happiness at the table. These fish tacos are easy to make and sure to please. The recipe is versatile, so scale and/or improvise as desired.
    Ingredients:
    1½ pounds skinless tilapia, or other whitefish fillets 2 large avocados, (one will be served as garnish) Juice from 4 fresh limes (about 8 ounces) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 small bunch radishes, thinly sliced 3 scallions, thinly sliced 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped ½ jalapeño chile (ribs and seeds removed, for less heat), minced ¼ teaspoon ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground cumin 10 corn tortillas (6-inch) 2 ounces Cotija cheese, crumbled ½ medium red onion, quartered and sliced thin 2 cups of green or red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced Coarse salt and ground pepper Directions:
    In a blender, combine avocado, one-third of the cilantro, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, and 2 tablespoons water; season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Transfer into a small bowl, and set aside. Add more lime juice and/or water as needed.
    Combine the cabbage, onion, and one-third of the cilantro in a large bowl and squeeze a lime half over it. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
    Heat tortillas individually in a pan over medium heat. Heat each tortilla until soft and transfer onto aluminum foil. Wrap until serving time.
    In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and two jalapeño halves over medium-high heat; swirl to coat bottom of pan.
    Season fish on both sides with ground cumin and coriander, salt and pepper.
    Cook fish in two batches (starting with larger pieces) until golden brown on all sides, 5 to 6 minutes. Discard jalapeño. Add a splash of additional oil as needed.
    When fish is done, place into warm tortillas, top with salsa verde and serve with cabbage, onion mix and garnish of lime, green onion, radish, cilantro, avocado, crumbled cotija cheese, and additional salsa as desired.

    Jefferson Adams
    Celiac.com 06/10/2015 - These grilled shrimp tacos are just the thing for the grill. They are sure to be a big hit at your next barbecue or party. They go great with your favorite rice and beans.
    For the Salsa:
    2 shallots 1 jalapeño pepper, quartered and seeded 2 garlic cloves, peeled 1 large tomato, chopped 2 avocados, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice ¼ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped For the Shrimp:
    1½ pounds large or extra large shrimp, peeled and de-veined 1½ tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon sal y limon dash cayenne pepper For Serving:
    8 - 10 six-inch corn tortillas About 2 cups finely chopped cabbage 1 cup cilantro, chopped Lime wedges 1 cup yogurt 1 tablespoon mayonaisse Red pepper hot sauce, to taste Instructions:
    For the Salsa:
    Finely chop shallot, jalapeño and garlic. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Add chopped tomatoes, avocado, salt, lime juice and cilantro and stir to mix well.
    For Zesty Yogurt Sauce:
    In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, red pepper sauce to taste with a dash of lime.
    For the Shrimp:
    Heat grill to medium.
    In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper and shrimp. Stir until shrimp are well-coated.
    Coat the grill with vegetable oil or non-flammable cooking spray.
    Place shrimp on grill and cook until just white and orange, about 1½ to 2 minutes each side. Cover to keep shrimp warm.
    Grill the tortillas until warm and slightly charred, about 20 seconds per side.
    Spoon avocado salsa generously over warm tortillas, then top with 3 shrimp, cabbage and drizzle with zesty yogurt sauce. Serve lime wedges on the side.