Gluten Free. Are you a person living with Celiac Disease?

May is Celiac Awareness Month if you are a person living with celiac disease you know that this is a medical condition and not something that you would ever self-diagnose.

Symptoms for celiac disease can be similar to other diseases which is why it is so important to get the correct diagnosis.

Don’t let Dr. Google be your physician, please see your GP first. In the past the screening process has been difficult but now a simple blood test is becoming available to help with this process.

For the facts check out the Canadian Celiac Association.

Check out the recipes below that I demmed on Breakfast TV in Toronto and for a list of foods to avoid if you are hosting a gluten free dinner plus another pasta dish.


Shrimp with Lemon – Gluten Free

shrimp pasta

Serves -6

One box Barilla gluten free pasta, penne
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 onions, diced
One – 400 g package raw, peeled large shrimp, thawed
¼ cup (60 mL) capers, rinsed
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested and then juice the lemon, reserving juice
1 cup (250 mL) chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

1. Heat a large pot of water over high heat on to boil.
2. Have all of your ingredients, prepped and ready to go, cooking a pasta dish the Italian way is all about fresh delicious seasonal ingredients and timing.
3. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Put timer on for 8 minutes. (the pasta will cook in the boiling water and finish cooking in the shrimp mixture)
4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat; add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of the oil and onions, sauté for 3-5 minutes until soft.
5. Add shrimp and sauté until the colour start to change to a darker pink.
6. Add capers and garlic, sauté for 1 minute.
7. When the pasta has boiled for 8 minutes, reserve ¼- ½ cup (60-125 mL) of the hot pasta cooking water.
8. Drain the pasta well and add to the shrimp. Toss in well. Add lemon juice and toss well.
9. Taste for doneness, if the pasta is al dente remove from heat, drizzle with the rest of the oil and sprinkle with parsley and the lemon zest. If the pasta is not al dente cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, then drizzle with remaining oil. Toss gently. Tip: If the pasta looks dry add some of the reserved pasta water.
Per Serving: 317 Calories, 6.3 g Total Fat, 1.1 g Saturated Fat, 0 Trans Fat, 296 mg Sodium,
63.3 g Carbohydrate, 3.7 g Fibre, 3.2 g Sugars, 14.6 g Protein

For more gluten free pasta recipes check out Barilla


Gingersnaps – Gluten Free
From The Vegetarians’ Complete Quinoa Cookbook (Whitecap)
For a chewy Gingersnap bake for 12 minutes, for a crispy one bake for 14 minutes.

Makes – 40 cookies
One serving = 2 cookies

½ cup (125 mL) canola oil
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
¼ cup (60 mL) molasses
1 omega-3 egg
1 cup + 2 Tbsp (280 mL) quinoa flour
¾ cup (185 mL) brown rice flour
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger
1 Tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon
2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely grated fresh ginger
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat together oil and sugar.
3. Add molasses and egg. Beat till fluffy. Takes about 2-3 minutes.
4. Stir in both flours, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and fresh ginger until the dough comes together.
5. Scoop out teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Try using a mini scoop for the dough.
6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, remove from parchment paper and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in air tight container for up to 1 week. Or freeze for up to 3 months.

Per serving (2 cookies): 152 calories, 6 g fat, 0 g sat. fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 12 g sugar, 2 g protein.

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