Dec 3 2013

Gluten Free Asian Night

Having issues with gluten makes going out for {safe} Asian food nearly impossible, as everything, is doused in gluten filled soy sauce. Celiac disease once again rears is angry little head, and makes life difficult. I wish I could just blindly drop my finger on a menu item and order it without worrying about how its prepared, every darn ingredient in it, and whether or not it will send me aching, propped over the porcelain throne for a few days.

Now, yes you can go to a fancy gluten free store and pay $8 for 6 certified gluten free Gyozas {potstickers}, and a $5 packet of dry Hot and Sour Soup mix, but who wants to eat reconstituted soup? Not me, not when for the same price, you can make 3x the amount of goodies?

1459948_993564816271_938028760_nGluten Free Hot and Sour Soup

64 ounces beef broth {reduced sodium is best}

1 small can bamboo shoots (thinly sliced)

1 box medium firm tofu (diced finely)

1/2 lb cooked ground pork

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced green onion

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/2 cup tamari sauce

2 tbsp chili oil

2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper

2 tbsp siracha sauce

4 tbsp cornstarch

2 eggs

In a large soup pot, boil the beef broth. In a skillet sauté, the vegetables and meat, with a small amount of chili oil and tamari sauce. Add the meat, vegetables and tofu to the broth, and return to a boil. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with a small amount of hot water, until dissolved, then add to the soup mixture, stir well. Add the vinegar, chili oil, tamari sauce and siracha {taste before adding the full amounts!}. In in small bowl, mix the eggs, and SLOWLY add to the soup, this will create an egg drop like pattern {If you add to fast it will become a large egg blob that you will need to break up}.  Serve Hot, and enjoy!

Gluten Free Chicken Fried Rice

3 cups cooked rice, cooled

2 cooked and diced chicken breasts

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced scallions

1 cup diced carrots

2 tbsp minced garlic

4 tbsp butter/margarine

4 tbsp sesame seeds

3 eggs

Tamari Sauce to taste (gluten free soy sauce)

In a large skillet, scramble the eggs, then add all of the vegetables and butter. Saute together. Add the chicken, rice and sesame seeds, fold together until entirely mixed. Drizzle the tamari sauce over the rice as desired.

Gluten Free Pork Gyozas


1 1/4 cup rice flour {I used brown}

1 cup tapioca flour/starch

1 cup boiling water

2 tbsp oil

pinch of salt


1/4 lb ground pork

4 tbsp diced onion

4 tbsp diced carrots

2 tsp ginger

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 tsp tamari sauce

In a large bowl mix all of the items for the filling together. With a dough handle on your mixer, mix the items for the dough together. On a clean counter, roll the dough into a thin log, and slice into 1 inch segments {mine made 15 segments}. If the dough is too sticky, powder it with more flour, either rice or tapioca. Using the palm of your hand flatten each dough segment out into a circle. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of each dough segment. Fold over each segment, and press the dough firmly together. Pan fry with a little bit of oil on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Serve warm, with tamari sauce mixed with a dash of chili oil and diced ginger.


Sep 21 2013

gluten free apple crisp

Amen for apple season! Seriously, one of my favorite parts of the year. I really wish we had more orchards in Utah! Apples are so awesome, versatile, eat plan, with dip, make applesauce, apple pie, drinks, anything your mind can think up, you can add apple to it to increase the moisture and density. My all time favorite, apple crisp. Mmmm, not much better in the world than a hot bowl of fresh homemade apple crisp al a mode. The perfect blend of sweet and crisp. I am salivating already!

imageIn a large bowl, place 5-6 washed, peeled, cored and cubed or sliced apples (My favorites are Gala or Honeycrisp). Toss the apples with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and sprinkle on with cinnamon sugar (I use Splenda and cinnamon with a 2:1 ratio), until all apples are lightly and evenly coated. Now toss the apples with 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of gluten free all purpose flour (to absorbs the extra juices), and mix well. Put this mixture into a greased 9×9 in pan.

Preheat your oven to 375*

In a glass measuring cup melt 1/4 cup coconut oil, then add 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour, 1/2 cup gluten free oats, and 1/2 crushed cinnamon rice chex cereal. Mix well (will be crumbly), and pour on top of the apples, pat down so there is an even layer of the crisp. Bake for 30-35minutes. Try not to inhale it all in one sitting (;

Can a smell it already?

Enjoy! (:

Sep 21 2013

gluten free spicy cheese pizza dough

We’ve all been there, waiting FOREVER for our pizza dough to rise, or praying that this next frozen gluten free pizza doesn’t have the same flavor as cardboard. But we do it, time after time again, trying every frozen brand until we have tried them all. Yet, still are left aching for a pizza that lingers in our memories, and we have engraved in our minds, of our last gluten filled pizza pie. We want a sweet fluffy dough that isn’t paper thin, or dry. We want something that won’t make us sick. We want wheat free, gluten free, yeast free, pizza that we can enjoy within the same hour our craving hits.

Wait no more, this crust will blow your mind.

imageIn a small pan bring the following ingredients to a slow boil:
1/2 cup skim or lowfat milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup coconut oil

Pour the liquid over 2 cups of tapioca starch, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and 1/2 tablespoon of hot red pepper flakes, and mix at low speed.

Once mixed, crack one egg, and mix throughly.

Lastly, add 1 cup grated parmesan cheese and mix.

This recipe will make 1 large + 1 small (he baked crust is about 1cm thick, and 5in x 10in) pizza crusts, or 2 medium pizza crusts. I usually double this recipe and freeze them separated into sized out bags (works best if you fold it in parchment paper inside your bag, or it will stick to the bag when thawed.

Flatten your dough to your desired thickness, and bake on top of parchment paper (best on an air bake pizza pan), and pre bake at 425* for 10 minutes on each side. Top with your favorite flavors, mine are spicy tomato sauce, turkey pepperoni, spinach, mozzerella cheese, sprinkle of cheddar cheese + sundried tomatoes!

Enjoy! (:

Sep 9 2013

gluten free homemade chili

GF chili

Gluten Free Homemade Chili

(aka the best damn chili ever)

1 diced red pepper

1 diced green pepper

1 diced medium white onion

4 diced roma tomatos

16 ounces chardonnay

16 ounces chunky tomato sauce

8 ounces GF chicken broth

1 – 16 ounce can pinto beans

2 – 16 ounce cans kidney beans

1 – 16 ounce can black beans

4 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons dry ground mustard

4 tablespoons chili powder

1 lb ground beef (browned)

1 lb breakfast sausage (browned)

Sautee the onions and red peppers, mix the dry ingredients with the peppers, onions, and meat together. Add the chardonnay, and allow to simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. And the remaining ingredients, and turn the heat to low, cook for 3-4 hours.

Top each bowl with a touch of shredded cheese (colby is best!), and Enjoy!

*makes ALOT great to freeze and have for many, many more meals!

Jul 18 2013

ePortfolio: Association between Tuberculosis and Diabetes in Texas

Association Between Tuberculosis And Diabetes In The Mexican Border And Non-Border Regions of Texas Full Text


A study of the association between Tuberculosis and Diabetes, in the Mexican border and non-border regions of Texas; Performed by The University of Texas, and published by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. History shows a positive association between incident rates of Diabetes and Tuberculosis, specifically in populations with low socio-economic status and high immigration rates.

Three scientists at the University of Texas; Adriana Perez, H. Shelton Brown III, and Blanca I. Restrepo, sought to find if there was an association between Tuberculosis and Diabetes. They set their study in the state of Texas with specific interests on the regions bordering Mexico. They began with these 2 facts that propagated their study: History has shown a positive association between Diabetes and Tuberculosis, as areas with low socio-economic status have high incidence rates for both diseases; 14 of the border regions on the Texas-Mexico border are among the poorest in the United States. In 2002 the Tuberculosis incidence rate in the United States was at an all time low with only 5.6 occurrences per 100,000 people, whereas in Mexico this rate was nearly double at 10.1 per 100,000 people. These incidence rates dramatically spike as we decrease our scope and zoom in on our zone of interest, within the state of Texas, 7.2 cases per 100,000 people, and the border regions are at 13.1 cases per 100,000 people. Two cities on the border of Texas that have the highest incidence rates are McAllen and Brownsville, whose rates roll in at 12.8 and 17.4 per 100,000 people, their sister cities on the Mexican side of the border Reynosa and Matamoros, spike at 43.9 and 70.3 per 100,000 people.
Both Diabetes and Tuberculosis are increasingly prevalent in Texas, and both are ongoing major public health problems. The large rates of Mexican immigrants that live in Texas have posed a large problem with control of the spread of Tuberculosis – in 2002, 51.6% of the cases in Texas were born in the United States, 24.6% were from Mexico, and 17.8% were from other countries. As more people immigrate between these areas the higher risk of exposure to the bacterium that causes Tuberculosis, may continue the upward association and trend between Diabetes and Tuberculosis.

Materials + Methods

A case-control analysis was done with cross-sectional data from Texas’ database of hospital discharges from 1999-2001. For this study they separated the state into 2 groups, the 15 border counties {Brewster, Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Maverick, Presidio, Starr, Terrell, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata} and the remaining 239 “non-border” counties. To determine the region these patients were from, patient’s data was classified by zip code, county code and state code. Every individual that was discharged from a facility with a diagnosis of Tuberculosis {via ICD-9 codes} were admitted into the study. Many co-variables were extracted via individual’s demographics {age, sex, race, and insurance type} and any comorbidity factors {diabetes, renal failure, alcohol/drug use, cancer, surgeries, and nutritional deficiencies}. All patients were 15 years are older, and every readmission was listed as a new patient variable within the study. Income and education were taken from the US census from 2000 for each zip code area, and adjusting for socio-economic status via the 1999 median household income by zip codes.
Four thousand nine hundred and fifteen Tuberculosis hospitalizations were tracked from 1999-2001; with 1,244 in border regions and 3,671 non-border regions of Texas. The three main reasons for hospitalization of these cases contained: Tuberculosis infection, Pneumonia, and rehabilitation care. The control group {patients without diagnoses’ of Tuberculosis} contained 70,808 with 12,563 from the border regions and 58,245 individuals from the non-border regions. The three main reasons for hospitalization of these cases contained: acute appendicitis, acute pulmonary heart disease, and phlebitis/thrombophlebitis.


- Hospitalized Tuberculosis cases more likely to come from neighborhoods with lower median incomes in all regions of Texas.

- Tuberculosis cases were less likely to be located in areas with high percentage of higher education graduates for both border and non-border regions.

- Patients from the border were more likely to have co-morbidities of diabetes, chronic renal failure, or have a nutritional deficit, and less likely to have cancer than the controls.

- Hospitalized Tuberculosis cases are more likely to be Hispanic men ≥ 45 years.

- Tuberculosis patients were 10x as likely to be alcohol users compared with the controls.

- Having Medicare/Medicaid or private insurance was associated with a lower risk in both border and non-border regions.

- Federal insurance/ VA/ or military insurance was associated with a higher risk in the non-border regions.

- Border region patients with Diabetes had more that twice the risk of Tuberculosis than those without diabetes.

- Non-border patients with Diabetes had 1.5 times the risk of Tuberculosis as those without Diabetes.

- Border patients with Diabetes had a 1.3 times the risk of Tuberculosis that those who lived in non-border regions.

- Hispanics with diabetes have over 2 times the risk of Tuberculosis as those without diabetes.

- Those with diabetes and without insurance have a greater risk of developing Tuberculosis than those who only have exposure.

- Nutritional deficits lead to decreased immune ability and increased risk of Tuberculosis.


Diabetes is a risk factor for developing Tuberculosis, and those living close to the Texas border are at a high risk for exposure due to the rate of those living in the area with latent Tuberculosis infections. The Hispanic population has an opposite effect as those living in the non-border regions are 23% more likely to develop Tuberculosis than those living in the border regions, as most Hispanic are immigrants from areas that are Tuberculosis endemic countries and are likely to have latent Tuberculosis infections. Those with latent Tuberculosis infections have a higher probability of reactivation of this infection with the development of Diabetes. These numbers will continue to grow as we see an ever-looming number of Diabetes rates increasing year after year.