November 2017 – Is it true that approximately 80,000 people in Switzerland are intolerant to gluten and one in five of these people are lactose intolerant? According to The University of Chicago Medicine, Celiac Disease Center, Celiac disease affects 1% of healthy, average Americans. That means at least 3 million people in our country are living with celiac disease—97% of them are undiagnosed.
I will say that in over twenty years of performing food intolerance testing, almost 100% of the people that came to me were intolerant to the lactose in milk and milk products. I also found that 95% of my clients were intolerant to wheat, 60% were intolerant to corn, and 40% were intolerant to soy. A very small percentage of people were intolerant to gluten. If you aren’t feeling well, try eliminating wheat, milk, corn, and soy. Check out Alternative Ingredients for Food Intolerances on this website.
Gluten-free Restaurant for Celiacs, Lugano Switzerland
Are you one of the rare few who know that you are gluten-intolerant? Are you traveling to Lugano Switzerland? Take heart, you can eat a delicious Italian pizza at Ristorante L’INtollerante. I ate the gluten-free Pizza Vegetariana with lactose-free cheese and it was delicious!
When I landed at the Boston Logan airport I immediately opened my Happy Cow app to see where I would have lunch. La Sanghita popped up as a five star vegetarian restaurant in the East Boston area. The restaurant is right next to the airport, but because of all of the one way streets, I had to take a long circuitous route to get there. It was worth it!
La Sanghita – Vegetarian Restaurant
I entered La Sanghita and was greeted by a friendly face and an invitation to try a gluten-free vegan kale cookie. This cafe looks like a small house from the outside and contains space for 18 to 20 people to sit. Food is prepared from scratch with mainly organic ingredients and a lot (if not all) gluten-free ingredients. It took a few minutes to get my food and I appreciated the love and attention put into my meal. La Sanghita does not use microwaves so my food was heated on the stove. Delicious!
Here are the two men preparing my meal:
I had vegan quesadillas and vegetable soup puree with avocado:
Vegetable soup puree with avocado
East Boston Harborwalk
La Sanghita is merely a block from the East Boston Harborwalk where you can stretch your legs after your delicious meal and smell the salt air.
June 2015: Eats & Treats Cafe in Philomath OR (20 minutes from Corvallis Oregon) is a 100% gluten-free restaurant. This restaurant does not just offer a gluten-free menu, it only offers gluten-free food. They make all their food without gluten including sauces, salad dressings, breads, and desserts. If you have Celiac Disease you will feel comfortable eating here. Their sign at the front door says it all: “Welcome to our dedicated gluten free zone. In consideration of our gluten free environment, we kindly request no outside food or drink be brought into the cafe.”
If you are a first time customer they will bring you a FREE delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookie.
This friendly cafe was full of people enjoying their famous barbequed meats and gluten-free food. I wanted to taste their gluten-free bread, so I ordered their tri-tip sandwich. The bread was amazing!
Of course, I also had to try one of their desserts (but was so full from the sandwich that I had to take the dessert to go). I must say that their gluten-free pie crust tasted as good as mine!
I had some leftover cooked spinach in the fridge the other day so I decided to make a gluten-free quiche. Boy oh boy, was it ever delicious! I must have been hungry because I almost ate half of it!
I started with my favorite gluten-free pie crust. I pressed it into a 10 inch springform pan and baked it for ten minutes at 350oF before I added the filling.
Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch (or tapioca starch or potato starch)
1 tsp guar gum
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup butter
1 to 3 tbsp water
Place rice flour, arrowroot starch, guar gum, sea salt, and butter in a food processor and blend well.
Beat together the egg and 1 tbsp water. Add into the food processor’s ingredients and blend until the dough leaves the side and forms a ball (add water, one teaspoon at a time if extra moisture is necessary or rice flour, 1 tbsp at a time, if the dough is too moist).
Press dough into the 10 inch springform pan with your hands. If making tarts, press dough into muffin tins or mini-muffin tins.
Bake for 10 minutes at 350oF and remove from oven.
Gluten-Free Quiche Recipe
Sauté the following in a tbsp or two of butter until tender:
1 red pepper, diced
1 zucchini, diced
handful of chives, minced
In a bowl combine:
1 to 2 cups of chopped, cooked spinach
Sautéed vegetables (above)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 eggs, beaten
Pour mixture into the partially cooked gluten-free pie crust.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350oF. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before slicing.
Are you in the mood for pizza but are gluten intolerant or allergic to wheat? You can make your own delicious gluten-free pizza crust, top it with pizza sauce, shredded almond cheese, and veggies and/or sausage.