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DianaG's picture

Cannot have flour in any form nor am I supposed to have sugar or starchy carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, corn or corn products - way over active insulin function as many many people today as well as Celiac.  Do you have any recipes for this culinary disaster????

MadMom's picture

(post #33205, reply #1 of 18)

Hi, DianaG, and welcome to CT.  Can't help you with recipes, but can offer my sympathies.  I think I would die without starches.  We have quite a few here who are Celiac or cook for celiacs, so I'm sure you will get some good advice.



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RuthWells's picture

(post #33205, reply #2 of 18)

Hi Diana, and welcome to CT. Sounds like you're facing quite a challenge. If you go to the Tried and True section of this board, you will find a wealth of recipes that have been tested and recommended by at least 3 members of the Board. You'll have to sift a bit and perhaps make some alterations to remove the forbidden foods, but you'll find lots of great options there.

To get you started, here is a popular favorite -- a deceptively simple recipe which yields a totally delectable result:

Zucchini & Summer Squash Gratin with Parmesan & Fresh Thyme

For this gratin, use all the interesting green and yellow summer squashes (pattypan, scallop, crookneck, butterstick) you find at the farmers' market.

Serves six to eight as a side dish; four as a main dish.

FOR THE ONIONS:
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 medium onions (14 oz. total), thinly sliced

TO ASSEMBLE THE GRATIN:
1 1/4 lb. ripe red tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
3/4 lb. (about 2 small) zucchini or other green summer squash, cut into 1/4-inch slices on the bias
3/4 lb. (about 2 small) yellow summer squash or golden zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices on the bias
3 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

To cook the onions: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté, stirring frequently, until limp and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low if they're browning too quickly. Spread the onions evenly in the bottom of an oiled 2-qt. shallow gratin dish (preferably oval). Let cool.

To assemble the gratin: Heat the oven to 375°F. Put the tomato slices on a shallow plate to drain for a few minutes and then discard the collected juices. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini and squash slices with 1 1/2 Tbs. of the olive oil, 2 Tbs. of the thyme, and 1/2 tsp. of the salt. Reserve half of the cheese for the top of the gratin. Sprinkle 1 Tbs. of the thyme over the onions in the gratin. Starting at one end of the baking dish, lay a row of slightly overlapping tomato slices across the width of the dish and sprinkle with a little of the cheese. Next, lay a row of zucchini, overlapping the tomatoes by two-thirds, and sprinkle with cheese. Repeat with a row of squash, and then repeat rows, sprinkling each with cheese, until the gratin is full.

Season lightly with pepper and the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Drizzle the remaining 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil over all. Combine the reserved cheese with the remaining 1 Tbs. thyme and sprinkle this over the whole gratin. Cook until well-browned all over and the juices have bubbled for a while and reduced considerably, 65 to 70 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Ruth Wells


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mangiaFagioli's picture

(post #33205, reply #3 of 18)

I want to forget my past too.

wonka's picture

(post #33205, reply #4 of 18)

Hi DianaG,


I am not celiac but I am wheat/barley intolerant. I'm also very careful about sugars and how much starch and other flours I consume as I was overweight, hypoglycemic and had gestational diabetes with my pregnancy, all predisposing factors for type 2 diabetes. I no longer have to be as strict as you but I was very strict with my diet for about 2 years. I ate a modified atkins diet. I ate protein (keep a serving to the size of your palm). I ate fruit (local grown if possible - berries, apples, basically any fruit with high fiber content) and lots of lower glycemic index vegetables. I kept to the good fats. I found that I just modified the recipes I have. Instead of gravy I would serve meat with jus. I used cauliflower alot. As a thickener for soup, mashed with goat cheese as a mashed potato substitute, roasted, you get the picture.  If I saute meat I just did it without dipping in flour. I would make sauces with small amount of whipping cream (not a good fat but yummy) and cook until it thickened the sauce. It helped that I am a huge vegetable fan. Hope any of this helps. Good luck.


Veronica

Jean's picture

(post #33205, reply #5 of 18)

I'll bet you can find some good ideas in the South Beach cookbook, or join on-line.  Good luck!



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Marcia's picture

(post #33205, reply #6 of 18)

Are you still on South Beach after your surgery, Jean? I'd imagine it would be good for you.


I was thinking about your diet and the fact that Bill Clinton was on the same diet when he experienced chest pains and went in for bypass surgery, or so I read. Wonder if losing weight on this particular plan triggered something? Unlikely, but it's interesting to me. I don't mean to imply that South Beach is a bad diet, either, but am curious about the changed eating habits and the onset of symptoms. It's likely coincindence, and you and Clinton are the only ones I know about, anyway.

Jean's picture

(post #33205, reply #7 of 18)

The only thing that I can think of that connects the dots is a lowered blood potassium level, which may have triggered the arrhythmia which led to the twinges and the shortness of breath which led to my seeking help which led to cardiac enzymes being drawn that suggested some heart muscle damage which led to the cath procedure which led to finding all the narrowing of the various arteries. My heart is fine and the old 11 year bypass grafts are in fine shape.  How wonderful is that!!!


I will go on Phase 2 for a bit, take my  potassium and magnesium supplements and worry about losing more later. They had pumped 10 # of fluids into me that I'm gradually losing now, 5 gone and 5 to go.




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Marcia's picture

(post #33205, reply #8 of 18)

Well, thank goodness your heart is fine. May it continue to be and may your stents stay well open.


Interesting about the lowered potassium level. Who knows?


Are you able to cook or does Rod do some cooking? I know he's a good shopper.

Jean's picture

(post #33205, reply #9 of 18)

Cooking is not a problem, a friend brought over enough chicken casserole for 3 meals, along with rice and fresh apple sauce. Yum.  I talked DH through a big vat of venison vegetable soup yesterday, so that will hold us for a few days. He's really very helpful. He'll be busy making venison sausage today. I'll help him make it into patties tomorrow.



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Marcia's picture

(post #33205, reply #10 of 18)

That's really great. I find "talking through" far more tiring than doing something myself, but sometimes there's no choice. You were fortunate in your choice of husbands, as was I.

Gretchen's picture

(post #33205, reply #11 of 18)

Have you ever posted his sausage recipe? I'd be interested.

Gretchen

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Jean's picture

(post #33205, reply #12 of 18)

He buys a prepackaged mix. This one is a breakfast sausage. I'll try to find the ingredients list. Nope, Mr Efficient has tossed it already. Sorry. I had a patty with an egg for lunch. Very good. He mixes it with ground pork. Yum.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #33205, reply #17 of 18)

I can probably get some at WalMart or Cabela's then, if I don't just up and do it myself. Thanks.

Gretchen

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Jean's picture

(post #33205, reply #18 of 18)

In the past we've made one that Cissy posted a long time ago, but this is easier for DH to do by himself this year.


Yes, here it is.




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DeannaS's picture

(post #33205, reply #13 of 18)

My mom ended up in the hospital with a "cardiac event" after starting Atkins. For her, I think it had to do with screwed up electrolyte levels. I'm so not saying that you did that - because I know you actually eat vegetables. But, my mom (who hates most veggies) basically lived on meat and plain lettuce. Um...yah...not smart. Dork.

She does South Beach now, and is much, much more reasonable in her food choices.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Jean's picture

(post #33205, reply #15 of 18)

I've been running a low end normal potassium for years--probably from the diuretics rather than the SB diet. I will be taking supplements of potassium and magnesium on a regular basis from now on. Live and learn. :) Still tire easily. I ordered a Walk Aerobics DVD to exercise to seeing the weather is gettin Ucky. We woke to snow on the roofs this morning. Picking the rest of our cherry tomatoes in the hopes that they will still ripen inside.  We've been eating them like candy, they are so good. I thought I'd have plenty to make sauce with etc, but they disappeared too quickly to try anything new.



"Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try." -Claude Mermet
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
MadMom's picture

(post #33205, reply #16 of 18)

Snow?!  I'm jealous.  We're just starting to have fall here.  The leaves are changing colors, and it's beautiful.  I'm so enjoying having four seasons.  The weather man said the low should dip into the high 30s this weekend, with a high during the day in the 60s - in other words, perfect crisp fall weather.



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marie-louise's picture

(post #33205, reply #14 of 18)

Wow, Jean, that's pretty scary. I wouldn't have thought of a low carb. diet doing that, but all that white flour is enriched w/ various elements and vitamins...

Good news about your cardiac cath, though!