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Gluten-Free Mondays: Pinterest Recipes

Hi friends!  I wish I had a good post for today, but I’ll be honest, I’m feeling a little uninspired.  So what better place to find some inspiration than Pinterest?!  Here are a couple of mouth-watering recipes that I think I will have to make very, very soon!

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Pumpkin Pie Custard

If you’ve spent more than a couple of minutes around here, you will quickly find out that I am obsessed with all things pumpkin. This looks absolutely delicious and I will be making this very soon!

Two-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

This uses the gluten-free Pillsbury cookie dough.  I might have to make these for Bible Study on Tuesday night if I can get my hands on the GF cookie dough.  Anyone seen it around town?!

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

And because I’m obsessed with pumpkin-flavored everything, I HAD to include this on the list!  I’ve been craving waffles and pancakes, so this will be made in the next week or so!

If you want any more GF recipe ideas, check out my board on Pinterest and follow along:

Follow Sophi @ Simply Sophisticated’s board Simply Gluten-Free on Pinterest.

Gluten-Free Mondays: Must-Read Articles

There were two really good articles I stumbled upon this weekend about gluten, gluten-intolerance, wheat, etc. so I had to share them for today’s Gluten-Free Monday post.

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one // Modern Wheat Isn’t Really Wheat at All

This article is very intriguing if you have been wondering why gluten-intolerance is on the rise.

But I will also point out something that the article doesn’t mention: it was not with ill intentions that people started modifying wheat. It was to make it hardier and more affordable in an effort to address the world’s hunger issues and not be so reliant on specific conditions to grow wheat  (I wish I could find the article that I got this information from— it was several months ago that I read it). Now it can be grown in many places that it never could be before and feed people during what normally would have been “famine” times. 

But everything comes with a consequence and this is it. Frankly, I’d rather have to cut out gluten from my diet but know hundreds of other people got to eat.  However, I do think we need to evaluate some of the chemicals used to grow wheat— and a lot of other crops— to see if we can make that safer.

two // Where Did All the Gluten-Free Haters Come From?

This article sums up what I wrote here but does it WWWAAAAYYYYYY better.  This is just one of the many great quotes from the article:

“I see way too many people react to others’ gluten-free preference personally, when they shouldn’t. Seriously, folks, it’s not a morality decision; it’s a medical one.”

It really is ridiculous that I am scared to tell people that I am gluten-free because I know I will most likely get an eye-roll, an exasperated sigh, or the question “Why? Just because or because you have to be?”  I think I am going to just start answering that question with “Does it matter?”  Because really, why does it matter to someone why I am gluten-free?  Whether it is because I need/have to be for my health or because I am doing it as a “diet”, why do people think it’s something they can give their opinion about?

I don’t mind answering people’s questions about what is gluten, why does it affect me, and other similar questions, but I am so tired of feeling like I have to defend myself for being gluten-free.

 So I would love to hear your feedback! Did you learn anything from these articles?  If you are gluten-free, do you experience the hate the second article talks about?

Gluten-Free Mondays: Favorite Products for Quick and Easy Meals

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This is my second “Gluten-Free Mondays” post (check out the first one here). This week I’m sharing my favorite gluten-free foods that I pretty much keep stocked at all times for those days when you just need a quick and easy meal. They aren’t necessarily the healthiest, but they are pretty darn tasty for being gluten-free!

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread

Sometimes, you just want a PB&J sandwich, and this is my go-to sandwich bread. It’s pretty soft and tasty for GF bread. Plus, you can actually get a really big loaf of this at Costco for about $6-$7 (which is a fabulous price for GF bread!).

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Evol. Gluten-Free Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

This is seriously the best frozen mac & cheese I’ve ever had (even compared to non-GF ones).  I found it at Target several weeks ago, and just picked up one to try.  Well, I ended up going back and buying like 3 more after trying it! It’s just that good!

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Amy’s Kitchen Indian Mattar Tofu

Another product that is great to have on hand when you just need a quick easy meal that is very flavorful!

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Udi’s Gluten-Free Muffins

I’ll be honest.  I don’t give myself enough time in the mornings to sit down and eat a proper breakfast, so I like having something I can grab and go. These are frozen, so you can just take one out the night before to thaw and save the rest.  We actually sell the blueberry and chocolate ones in the convenience stores at the university I work at, and they sell like hot-cakes because they are so good!

Well, those are a few of my favorites for easy meals! If you are gluten-free, what are some of your favorite products for those times you just don’t feel like cooking?

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