Feeding four-year-olds is hard enough, throw celiac disease into the mix and this becomes a very daunting task. We explore gluten free options at home and in the San Francisco Bay Area and put them up against the toughest critics around... my kids.
When traveling, I have found that New Grains Gluten Free Bakery is simply wonderful to order from and have delivered to my in-laws house when I arrive. Their product is simply amazing. The sourdough, multi-grain and italian dipping bread are all fantastic according to Kim. Also the lemon squares are wonderful when they are in season.
When going out with my in-laws, I found that Costa Vida fresh Mexican Grill has recently created "oceans of GF options". This restaurant is located in the following states:
"The following restaurants are among the many in San Francisco offering choices suitable for gluten-sensitive diners. Many label the items on their menus. More ideas for gluten-free eating are available at celiac.org and celiac.com"....
Moya, 1044 Folsom St.; (415) 431-5544 Ethiopian restaurant is closed
Saha, 1075 Sutter St.; (415) 345-9547 Mon-Sat 7am-11pm which is an Arabic Fusion
Zadin, 4039 18th St.; (415) 626-2260
Open Tuesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm and it's Vietnamese
Our Favorite Dessert Options: Paulettes Macaroons Mitchells Ice Cream I spoke with the owner and she called her suppliers for gluten agents in the artificial colors and flavors and now has a list of GF options
My husband just had his birthday between two trips out of town so I had to improvise. I had the twins decorate a little snow scene on cupcakes made from this amazing spongecake recipe. Our favorite gluten free items included: Glutino pretzels sticks, M and Ms, skittles, chocolate chips, coconut on pillsbury frosting ( I love the new Pillsbury Easy Frost that I can take to birthday parties the kids attend), Mike and Ikes for the carrot nose, and a ghirardelli square for the hat, and Kraft marshmellos for his body. One of my friends placed these cute little treats on a bag and gave them to her child's teacher, which was so sweet.
1 T of Ener-G replacer with 1/4 c rice milk or (1-2 eggs)
1 1/2 tsp of Ener-G replacer with 2 Tablespoon of rice milk = 1 egg
1 1/2 c sugar
1 T pure vanilla extract
3 T canola oil
3 cups of Basic GF flour Mix
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 c warm rice milk
preheat oven to 350
1-wisk egg or egg replacer until foamy about 1 minute
2- Add sugar, vanilla, oil
3-mix flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt
4-Add dry ingredients to the wet, alternating with rice milk
5-Bake 40 minutes
1/2 tsp salt
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McDonalds allowed me to express my opinion about gluten free options on their menu at a meeting today. Here is an email I sent to reiterate my point to their nutritionist that McDonald's consults with. Feel free to email her, firstname.lastname@example.org. There was a lot of confusion in the meeting about whether or not the fries are gluten free.