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being new to this, I have started avoiding gluten and dairy. I seem to be sensitive to other foods like corn, tomatoes, bananas, and possibly grains and sugars. I still get puffy in the face whenever I eat certain things. other than blood testing, does any meds help with this? Also, is gas X gel tablets ultra strength gluten free?
Here are 5 quick n' easy ways to enjoy Tomatoes in meals, snacks and desserts. Escarole Salad with Cherry Tomatoes & Pistachios (1 cup pistachios, 2 sliced tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. flax oil, 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 segmented orange, 1 head escarole, leaves torn). Puree half the pistachios, oil and balsamic in a blender. Toss orange segments with sliced tomatoes, escerole and dressing; season. Top with remaining nuts. Tomato Garlic Oil (1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 finely chopped persimmons, 1 clove crushed garlic). In a small saucepan over low heat, cool oil, 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved and garlic for 5 minutes. Remove from heat add sea salt; set aside to cool. Discard garlic. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. Tomato Quinoa Soup (1 qt. vegetable broth, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 4 slices ginger, 1 lb. sliced bok choy, 1 cup sliced button mushrooms, 1 large chopped heirloom tomato, 2 cups cooked quinoa, 2 sliced scallions). In a medium pot over medium heat, combine all ingredients; simmer for 30 minutes. Tomato Sweet Potatoes (2 large cooked sweet potatoes, 2 diced Roma tomatoes, 1/4 tsp. sea salt, 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil, 1/4 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup almond milk). Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; using an electric mixer beat until combined. Tomato Faux-Fiteroles (1 pt. coconut ice cream, 6 slices cinnamon raisin gluten-free toast, 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes, 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate). Scoop 1/3 cup ice cream onto each piece of toast; top with chopped tomatoes, gently press down with another piece of toast, slice ice cream sandwich in half. Drizzle with melted chocolate.
Simply put, this dish is yummy! It’s also an easy way of breaking the ice with okra for anyone who’s yet to try. I love this recipe because it’s such a great base. It’s delicious over rice or with sausage, shrimp, or pork chops. Okra has great texture, absolutely perfect with the soft tomatoes and peppers. Ingredients: 3 cups okra, chopped into ½-inch pieces 2 cups tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 4 slices bacon, chopped 1 yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, chopped A pinch of red pepper flakes Salt and pepper, about a teaspoon each Directions: Add bacon to a large, heated skillet and cook until crisp. Transfer to a towel and add onions to skillet. Sauté until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute longer. Add okra, tomatoes, and peppers and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Finish with bacon and pepper flakes and serve.
Insalata Caprese is a traditional Italian antipasta with endless room for variation. The usual emphasis on pasta and grains can make finding naturally gluten-free Italian dishes a challenge, but I’ve found the best way to start is to go straight to the garden. Utilizing vegetables and putting them at the forefront of the meal can only heighten any protein you wish to serve. This stacked version is made heartier, but not heavier, by the eggplant which makes it just as great a side as an appetizer. A fruity, medium-bodied white wine pairs delightfully with this dish and brings you’re your palate straight to the days summer. Ingredients: 2 large eggplants 1 red bell pepper 2 medium tomatoes ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes cut in strips 10-12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt, divided ½ teaspoon pepper Balsamic vinegar for drizzling Directions: Slice eggplant into ½-inch thick medallions. Place the eight largest slices on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, rinse and pat dry. Refrigerate the remaining eggplant. While eggplants are resting, slice pepper in half lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs. Cut in half-inch strips and roast until skins are black and blistered, about 20 minutes. Place roasted peppers in a paper bag to cool. After peppers have cooled, remove charred skins. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add eggplant slices a few at a time, do not crowd slices. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until they begin to brown. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with pepper, oregano, and ½ teaspoon salt while eggplant is still hot. Slice tomatoes and mozzarella in sizes similar to the eggplant. Sprinkle tomatoes with remaining salt. To assemble, arrange a tomato for the base and follow with a slice of eggplant, mozzarella, pepper strips, and a few slices of sundried tomatoes. Repeat and drizzle completed caprese with balsamic vinegar. Garnish with a basil leaf.