Monday, April 26, 2010

GF Kudos & Another Recipe

I shall probably post more of these as I do this, but this will be the first. I want to give kudos to the food establishments that do nice things for people on diets and with allergies.

First of all, kudos to Red Robin. Not only did they have a whole menu of gluten free options that they let me keep, they also made me gluten free fries in a separate fryer, and I ordered a salad! I was also thrilled to find that their honey mustard poppyseed dressing is gf! WOOT!

Kudos to Chipotle. Their entire menu is gf except their tortillas. I always get a burrito bowl anyway so I didn't have to change anything about my order. The guy behind the counter also changed his gloves so as not to contaminate anything I'd be eating. I told him he didn't have to but it was nice of him anyway.

Kudos to the Ram. They didn't have a gf menu, but they were very happy to make sure that my salad was gluten free. They even grilled the chicken in a different spice without my asking (I didn't know to ask actually).

So Kudos Red Robin, Chipotle, and The Ram!

My last Kudos goes to Bob's Red Mill. They have an entire aisle of gluten free products at their outlet store in Milwaukie. I got some gf all purpose flour, and gf pizza crust mix.
I used the flour for breakfast yesterday and made pancakes that were killer! I used the recipe in the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, but here's the abridged recipe that I used:

Gluten Free Pancakes

1 3/4 C Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
2 Tbsp granulated Sugar (I used sugar in the raw)
1 Tbsp baking powder (Clabber Girl is gf)
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/2 C milk
3 Tbsp cooking oil

In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar baking, powder, and salt. In another bowl use a fork or whisk to combine egg, milk, and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened. With the gf flour, it might be kind of soupy. You'll just need to use a small frying pan rather than a griddle to keep it from running everywhere when you cook them. Cook over medium/low heat for 1-2 minutes on each side. You can sprinkle whatever toppings you like onto the uncooked side after you pour them onto the griddle. If you use fresh or frozen fruit, you'll need to put a lid on your pan to cook them more thoroughly, otherwise they'll be undercooked around the fruit.

Topping Suggestions:
I used frozen blueberries and  the Omega-3 trail mix from Trader Joes that has:
dried cranberries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans, pistachios, and almonds

I'd also try:
sliced banana, strawberries, toasted coconut, chocolate chips, peanut butter, flax seeds or chia seeds, any dried fruit, apples with cinnamon, peaches, or pears.

These were seriously just as good, if not better, than regular pancakes and they were super golden brown and crispy on the outside! Even if you're not gf, try these!

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