Sunday, June 12, 2016

Potato Pizza

 
Hello everyone! The weather here in St. Louis has gotten almost unbearably hot in the last week. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was pulling my sweater closer around my shoulders, shielding myself from the icy wind. Well you know what this means--now I can stay inside and cook. One recipe caught my eye in particular on Tastemade, so I decided to try it and found that I love it! Today's recipe is a potato pizza, and it's perfect for those days when you want to make a pizza but don't want to fire up the oven in the excruciating heat!

Ingredients
Half a Potato
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Basil
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Tomato Sauce

Procedure
1. Slice the potato into very thin slices.
2. Drizzle the olive oil on a skillet and line the potato slices in a circle as pictured below.
3. Cook it on medium high heat for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the tomato sauce, cheese, and choice of toppings and cook on medium for about 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
5. Transfer your potato pizza to a plate, add some basil, and voila! you have a delicious pizza that didn't require too much effort to make!

Enjoy!
-Sema



Friday, May 27, 2016

GFAFEvent Recap


Thank you so much to everyone who came out yesterday to the GFAFEvent to meet with me and hear me speak :)! I got to meet so many awesome people, and had a great time talking to all of you.

If you couldn't make it to the event, here are a few links you can check out:
I got to see my friend CJ from Tumbling Gluten-free, you should definitely check out her blog at www.tumblingglutenfree.com!

If you haven't stopped by the Schnucks next to West County Mall in Des Peres, I urge you to do so. They have the largest gluten-free section I've ever seen, and you'll get to talk to these lovely ladies. Stop by to talk to Katie Mueller, the registered dietitian, who can help you select some delicious gluten-free snacks!

This is the first time I've tried anything from Outrageous Baking, and I can tell you, I was not disappointed. Their cakes were SO moist and delicious, and my absolute favorite was their pumpkin bread. They are located out in Boulder Colorado, but they ship their products out! Visit them at outrageousbaking.com!

If you live in St. Louis, you have probably heard about Andrea's products. They are spectacular! Check out her website at andreasglutenfree.com!

These are possibly my favorite chips ever. I usually find them at Schnucks, and they are absolutely delicious!! Check out their website at www.billygoatstl.com!

I got to chat with Dr. TJ Williams and Mark Ludwig from The Institute of Natural Health here in St. Louis! Check out their website at www.theinstituteofnaturalhealth.com!

So thank you for everyone who came out to speak with me, I really enjoyed all of the conversations!

-Sema





Monday, May 16, 2016

High School is Over!

Hello everyone! I can't believe that my years of high school have come to an end. Last night, as I threw my cap into the air, it finally dawned on me how much change is about to come. While we've been getting ready to graduate for a while, and senioritis kicked in, I never really realized that this chapter in my life is closing. That being said, I am VERY excited for everything to come, and can't wait to share my college experiences with you all next year.

I think this is a good time to bring up my gluten-free school lunch program. While nothing beats a home-cooked meal, it's always nice to be able to have the option to eat at school. After a late night of studying, I'm not always on top of things in the morning, so it's nice to be able to grab a bite at school instead of preparing something while I'm rushing out of the house.

You have three options for school lunch:
1. Bring from home
2. Starve
3. Eat lunch prepared by the school.

I bet you are looking at option three and raising an eyebrow in confusion. Federal law requires public school to substitute meals for students with life-threatening food allergies and celiac disease.
Many of the meal options at your school might already be naturally gluten-free. Sometimes all that's needed to be done is use GF breads and exchange the cookie with a fruit cocktail. Food handling procedures, however, will have to be in place in order to ensure there are no cross-contamination issues.
Some examples of possible gluten-free lunches offerings can be:  
1. Beefy GF Tacos, Mexican Rice, Buttered Corn and Fruit Cocktail + choice of milk
2. Stuffed baked Potato, Mexican Salad, Carrot & Celery Sticks and Pudding + choice of milk.
3. Hamburger with GF bun/without , Potato Smiles, Corn and Chilled Pineapple choice of milk
4. Hamburger, Mashed Potatoes, Peas and Applesauce/Apple/Orange + choice of milk
5. GF pizza, Garden Salad w/light ranch, orange wedges, chocolate pudding + choice of milk.
6. GF pasta, salad, corn, pears + choice of milk.
7. GF blueberry muffins, corn, warm sliced apples choice of + choice of milk.
6. Salad, Mexican Rice, Carrot and Celery, Fruit Cocktail + choice of milk.
You can enjoy all these meals at school thanks to food labels and food handling procedures! So stop starving; this might be the right option for you!
NFCA provides great information on how to request a gluten free school lunch in your school district. check out the information: 
Training and education of foods service personal is extremely important! 
Here is a link to a great training option that your school district might want to consider pursuing:
So, what are you waiting for?  There are so many options out there for you!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! I just wanted to take the time to show my appreciation for my mom--she really has been there for me through everything! She always shows me how to have a can-do attitude, and this attitude has really transferred to my positive attitude about the gluten-free lifestyle. Ever since I was diagnosed, she made sure that I was never left out and she taught me to really love food. I love her dearly and am happy to call her my best friend! I really don't know where I would be without her!

You can see what an integral part she was when I was diagnosed here:


Thank you so much Mom!
-Sema

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gluten and Allergy-free Wellness Event in St. Louis 2016


Hello everyone! Last year I had a wonderful time meeting all of you who came out to the St. Louis GFAF Wellness Event! I am looking forward to May 21st, when I will be speaking about living on the gluten-free diet as a teenager! If you are in the area, be sure to come hear me speak! Click here to read my recap from last year.

Click here for more information about the event in St. Louis.
Click here to go to the event's homepage.
Click here to go to the event's Facebook page.

Happy Celiac Awareness Month!
 -Sema

Monday, April 18, 2016

Prom 2016 Recap!

Prom has come and gone once again! I had a wonderful time this year with my friends and date, and of course got to enjoy a delicious meal. When I first approached the school to find out about the menu, they told me that they had already decided on a meal, and this meal was not naturally gluten-free. The only item that was making the meal not gluten-free was the potatoes. Yes, you read that right, the potatoes!
Fortunately, a week later, they came back and informed me that they had decided to eliminate the bread crumbs from the potatoes, making the main course entirely gluten-free. The salad was served with a cracker on top, but they made sure mine never touched the cracker. When I checked in at the front desk at the beginning of prom, I was handed an index card with my name and the words "gluten-free" written on it. I gave this card to the server, who then made sure that everything was gluten-free, as seating was random. I did make sure to double check with the server to make sure that everything I was eating was gluten-free, because no one wants to be sick on prom night!
 The main course consisted of steamed green beans and carrots, chicken with a tasty sauce, and ~fancy~ potatoes. The naturally gluten-free potatoes ended up being delicious, and everyone talked about how good the potatoes were after prom. Thankfully, everything went smoothly, and I got to enjoy a fabulous prom!
Prom pictures are not complete without the pinning of the boutonniere of course :).

-Sema

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Check out my Article in Allergic Living Magazine!

 Hello everyone! It's been a crazy week, and it's only getting busier from here. These last weeks in April are packed with exciting things and of course school! Prom is later this week, so look out for a blog post on my recap next week!

Today I wanted to share an article I wrote for Allergic Living Magazine with you all. It highlights my story from the time I was diagnosed to the present. When my grandmother found out I couldn't eat gluten, she had a hilarious comeback (read the article to see what she said)!

Check it out here: http://allergicliving.com/2015/12/15/gluten-free-muse-celiac-disease-feeds-my-art-advocacy-and-cooking/

Monday, March 28, 2016

Gluten-free Baked Mac and Cheese

Hello everyone! The weather is kind of warming up which means I can eat lunch outside! It's so nice to spend lunch outside when the rest of my day is spent inside a classroom. Today I was running a little late, so it was nice to just throw some baked mac and cheese into my lunch bag before I headed out the door. As soon as I took it out of my lunch bag, everyone commented on how good it looked--some even wanted a taste! So today I have an easy lunch/dinner recipe for you all, something that doesn't require too much effort!

Ingredients
2 cups milk
4 cups gluten-free macaroni
3 cups shredded cheddar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 egg

Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Bring water to boil in the pot and cook the macaroni for about 5 minutes, or until partially cooked.
3. Drain the macaroni and add it to a baking dish that you greased with butter.
4. Mix the milk, cheddar, and egg together in a separate bowl, and add it to the macaroni.
5. Evenly distribute the mixture, add salt and pepper, and set it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes.
6. Set the oven on broil for another 5 minutes (I added some cheese slices on top to make it even more cheesy.)

Voila! You have some easy baked mac and cheese!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Gluten-free French Onion Soup

Hello everyone! I am on my last day of spring break, and it's ironically the coldest day this week. I wore shorts on Tuesday and complained of the heat, and now it's so cold that I need my winter jacket to go outside! That's what prompted me to make a soup today, because nothing beats the cold like soup. Today's soup is a single serving french onion soup, for those days when you need to make a quick dinner for yourself. If you have guests and want to make more, just multiply the number of guests by the ingredient--that's what's so fantastic about this recipe!

Ingredients
1 medium sized yellow onion
1 cup beef broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic
Your choice of cheese

Procedure
1. Slice the onion into very thin slices, and mince the garlic.
2. In a medium frying pan, heat the butter and add the garlic.
3. Once the garlic produces a fragrance, add the onion.
4. Caramelize the onion, stirring occasionally.
5. Add the broth, water, and caramelized onion to a pot.
6. Stirring occasionally, cook it on medium heat for about 25 minutes, or until done.
7. Add the parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper, and let it simmer for a few minutes.
8. Add it to an oven safe bowl and toast some gluten-free bread (I used the Trader Joe's gluten-free hamburger bread).
9. Float the bread on top and add your choice of cheese on top.
10. Broil it in the oven until the cheese melts.

Voila! You have a delicious french onion soup recipe to battle the cold!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pi Day Recipes

Happy Pi Day everyone! In order to celebrate, I have compiled a list of five round desserts that you can make today. You don't have to be able to eat gluten in order to enjoy the delicious round foods in life!






If your Pi Day isn't full of math, then it should be full of circular desserts, right :)?

Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Gluten-free Norwegian Crisp Bread

Hello everyone! It's almost spring break, which is crazy since it feels like winter break was just a week ago. But you know what that means--I have tests in all my classes next week. That's why this bread is perfect for the busy week ahead of me. Whenever I go to Norway, I always find myself eating a lot of gluten-free knekkebrød (crisp bread), because I don't need to find a toaster to toast it. It's a good bread to bring on hiking trips or for school lunches, and on top of that, it's very easy to make! You can top it off with your favorite sandwich items, or just eat it like a protein bar.


Ingredients
1 1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup chia seeds
2 cups sliced almonds
3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
2 cups sunflower seeds
5 Medjool dates
2 tablespoons honey
3 cups boiling water

Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Slice the Medjool dates into very small pieces. 
3. Add all your ingredients except the water into a bowl and mix them thoroughly together.
4. Add the boiling water and thoroughly mix it again.
5. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.
6. Line a couple of baking pans with parchment paper, and spread the mixture evenly over it.Spread       out the mixture as flat as possible.
7. Bake it for 10 minutes.
8. Cut the bread into squares.
9. Bake for another 30-40 minutes or until done.

Voila! You have a delicious crisp bread that you won't need to toast on all those busy mornings!

Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Crispy Oven-baked Fries


Hello everyone! The weather has warmed up in my neck of the woods, so I spent the entire day outside yesterday in shorts. Yes, you read that right. It was so warm that I could wear shorts, which is hilarious since it snowed last week! But enough talk about the weather, let's get down to business. Today's recipe is oven baked fries, with a little twist to them. They're perfect for a snack or a side, and don't require a lot of prep time!

Ingredients
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
4 medium-sized golden potatoes
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Procedure
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper with olive oil.
3. Cut the potatoes into small strips.
4. Sprinkle the olive oil, garlic powder, paprika and salt over the potatoes in an even layer.
5. Bake the potatoes for about 35 to 40 minutes or until they are crispy and brown.
6. Optional: Sprinkle some cheddar over the fries and put them in the oven until the cheese melts. Garnish with parsley.

Voila! Now you have delicious fries to enjoy!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Gluten-free Valentine's Day Pretzels

Today's video is about a simple Valentine's Day treat that will impress your valentine/whoever they are intended for! They don't take too long to make, but if you are too short on time, a box of chocolates and flowers work well too :).

Happy Valentine's Day!
-Sema

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Simple Gluten-free Cheesecake

Hello everyone! I have a really simple cheesecake recipe for you all today! Instead of using a graham cracker base, I experimented with a nut-based crust. I honestly can't believe the crusts consists only of three ingredients, it's so delicious! You can make this cheesecake to impress all your friends at a classy dinner party, or make it for yourself as a snack for your Netflix marathon (either way, you should definitely make it).

Ingredients
The Crust
1 1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup pitted Medjool Dates
Pinch of salt

Filling
2 packs of cream cheese
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup sugar
4 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Blend the walnuts into a powder. I didn't blend it all the way, because I wanted my crust to be a little nutty (but not too crazy!). Get it? Ha, I love food puns.
3. Cut the Medjool dates into small pieces and add it to the blender along with a pinch of salt.
4. Line the bottom of a round springform pan with parchment paper.
5. Pat down the walnut/date mixture to form the crust.
6. In a large bowl, add the packs of cream cheese and begin to beat them with an electric mixer.
7. Gradually add all the other ingredients of the filling, scraping the sides every time you add something.
8. Add your mixture to the springform pan and set it into the oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. When the sides begin to brown, you know it's done!

Chill it overnight in the fridge, and voila! You have a simple cheesecake!

Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gluten-free Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

When was the last time you had a mozzarella cheese stick? Well now you can make one! It's a perfect appetizer, study snack, or any-day snack that doesn't require too many ingredients. I am very excited to present you guys with my latest recipe for gluten-free mozzarella cheese sticks!

Ingredients
The Spices
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
 
The Cheeses
1 teaspoon shredded Parmesan cheese
4 1/2 mozzarella string cheese sticks (I used the low-fat kind).

Other
1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (I toasted three slices of the Trader Joe's gluten-free bread and blended it)
1 egg

Procedure
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine your gluten-free bread crumbs, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried basil leaves, and Parmesan cheese
3. Cut your cheese sticks in half.
4. Beat your egg and put it into a separate bowl.
5. Coat your cheese stick in the egg and then coat it with the bread crumbs.
6. Lay the coated cheese sticks on a baking pan that's covered with parchment paper.
7. Repeat the last two steps if the cheese sticks aren't completely covered.
8. In a wok pan, add about 1/2 an inch of canola/vegetable oil. Heat the oil up until it's hot.
9. Turn down the heat and add the cheese stick. I fried them one at a time so that I didn't accidentally burn them. Fry each cheese stick on each side for about 10-15 seconds, or until the coating becomes a golden brown.
10. I put the cheese sticks in the oven for a few minutes to melt the inside a little bit more.

Voila! You have delicious mozzarella cheese sticks. You can add some pasta sauce to dip them in--it's a perfect combination.
Enjoy!
-Sema
 


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gluten-free Fruit Roll-ups and Mango Walnut Candies

 Hello everyone! The trees are covered with a sprinkle of snow, and I spent today baking candy while drinking peppermint hot chocolate! I'd say that's a pretty good winter day. Today I have two desserts that stem from the same recipe (only one has walnuts!). You can choose to make one, both, or neither ;).

Ingredients
2 mangoes
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup of sugar
A handful of walnuts

Procedure
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
2. Peel and slice the mangoes into little bits and add them to a blender.
3. Puree the mangoes, and once they reach a smooth consistency, add the lemon juice and sugar.
4. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
5. Add the mixture to a pot and set it on low heat for about 25-30 minutes, occasionally stirring until the mixture becomes thick.
6. Line the baking pan with parchment paper, and spread your mixture over it. Make sure that you spread it evenly.
7. Set it in the oven for 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours.
8. Take it out and let it cool enough to the touch.

Now this is where you have to options:
1. Cut it into strips and roll it into wax paper.
2. Cut it into larger strips, and add walnuts to strips, rolling them in. Cut them into smaller pieces.

Voila! You have two candy ideas that are equally delicious!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, January 10, 2016

DIY Gluten-free Pasta Sauce


Hello everyone! It has gotten very cold here in St. Louis, the type of cold that seems to bite at you when you go out. That is why I spent the day inside cooking, because nothing feels better than preparing a warm meal in a warm kitchen. Today I have a pasta sauce recipe for you, proving that you don't always need to buy the ready-made kind (even though the ready-made kind makes life so much easier). :)

Ingredients
1/2 cup diced onions
3 cups of canned tomatoes (use a food processor or blender to crush the tomatoes until they are completely blended)
2 cloves of chopped garlic
A handful of parsley leaves
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon corn starch

Procedure
1. Add the olive oil, diced onions, and garlic to a large pot.
2. Sautee your onions and garlic until the onions become soft.
3. Add the canned tomatoes, and bring it to a boil.
4. Chop your parsley (you can add how much or how little you please), and add it to the mixture.
5. Add the corn starch, and be sure to mix it in well.

Let it sit on a low heat while your spaghetti/pasta cooks, occasionally stirring.

Voila! You made your own pasta sauce!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gluten-free Cauliflower Pizza

 
Today I have a pizza recipe for you all, but this is no ordinary pizza crust--it's made of cauliflower! This is honestly the first time I've worked with cauliflower, and it was quite good (I turned around for a second, and someone had already eaten half of my pizza which is a great sign). This recipe is great when you don't have any flour around, but are still in the mood for pizza :).

Ingredients
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/2 a stalk of cauliflower
Pizza sauce
1/3 cup of parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Your choice of toppings
1 clove of minced garlic
1 egg

Procedure
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut the cauliflower into small pieces, and blend it into cauliflower flour.
3. Steam the cauliflower until it gets soft, and then drain it.
4. Rinse your parsley, and cut it into small pieces. Make sure you drain any excess water.
5. Combine your egg, parsley, salt, pepper and cauliflower together, and mix it well.
6. On a baking pan, add parchment paper. I made mini pizzas and traced perfect circles with a cup on my pizza dough.
7.  Bake the crust in the oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until it sets.
8. Add your pizza sauce and toppings, and bake it until the cheese melts.

Voila! You have a healthier version of a pizza!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quinoa Salad

Hello everyone! It rained non-stop for the past few days in my neck of the woods, flooding highways and streets! While I enjoy a good rainy day complete with a book and a cup of tea, I'm ready for some sun. The recipe I have for you all today is a quinoa salad, which will brighten up anyone's day :). If you have guests and need to prepare an easy lunch/dinner, this recipe is perfect for you. Now I know the ingredient list is long, so you can substitute/eliminate ingredients as you need (although they all work together quite well).

Ingredients
4 cups of quinoa
8 cups of water
2 cucumbers
1 lb of radishes
1 head of lettuce
3 branches of green onions
3 branches of Italian parsley
2 cups of diced red peppers
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 cup of olive oil
1 cup of sweet red pepper paste or 4 diced tomatoes

Procedure
1. Add the quinoa to the water in a pot, and cook it until it gets fluffy.
2. Chop ALL of your ingredients.
3. Mix all your vegetables with the quinoa, and then add the olive oil, lemon juice, and red pepper paste/tomatoes.

Voila! You have a delicious light lunch/dinner!
Enjoy!
-Sema 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Coconut Macaroons and College News!

Hello everyone! Finals week is finally over, so I can take a breather! I also have some amazing news to share with you all. I was recently accepted into Washington University in St. Louis! It has always been my dream college, and I am VERY excited for the next four years. To celebrate, I decided to make coconut macaroons. This is honestly one of my favorite desserts, and this simple recipe is perfect for the holiday season. The macaroons were so good that they disappeared in no time courtesy of my family!

Ingredients
1 14 oz package of sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 pinch of salt
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional for dipping at the end)

Procedure
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Separate your egg yolks from your egg whites.
3. Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until they are firm. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites while they're mixing.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut flakes, condensed milk, and vanilla extract.
5. Fold the egg whites into your mixture, and make sure everything is mixed together.
6. Line a flat baking pan with parchment paper.
7. Roll the mixture into balls and make sure they are placed at least one inch apart on your baking pan.
8. Bake it for 20-25 minutes or until the top begins to turn a golden brown.


Now for the optional part: melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring it until it gets smooth. You can dip your coconut macaroons in it, or dip clementine pieces into it!
Voila! You have a delicious dessert perfect for the holiday season!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DIY Gluten-free Study Snacks

It's that time of year again! Finals are almost upon us, and what goes best with studying? Study snacks! Sometimes when we are studying, we forget to feed ourselves, so I have compiled a list of easy snacks to make when you're stressed out :).

1. Candied Walnuts
For those days when you want a healthy, crunchy snack.

2. Strawberries and Cream
Sometimes the simplest snacks are delicious.

3. Fruit Smoothie
 Stay healthy while you're unhealthily stressing out :).

4. No Cook Gluten-free Oatmeal
 While this is more of a breakfast item, you can still use it to snack on :).

5. Gluten-free Apple Crisp
Feel fancier as you eat this delicious yet easy comfort food.

6. Gluten-free Banana Nut Muffins
 Spruce up regular boring muffins with bananas and walnuts to help you power through the week.

7. Chex Muddy Buddies


8. Nugo Bars
If you're not in the mood to cook/bake, you can dine on this delicious bar.


Happy studying!
-Sema

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Three-Ingredient Cheese Dip


Do you want an easy appetizer to that will wow all your guests (you can also make this for those Netflix nights too, no shame)? Well I have the perfect recipe for you! This appetizer only requires three ingredients and won't take you long to prepare.

Ingredients
8 oz of fresh chopped mozzarella cheese
1 and a half chopped tomatoes
A few chopped basil leaves

Procedure
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix all your ingredients in the oven and bake if for about 10-15 minutes.
3. Broil it for a few minutes until the cheese turns brown.

Voila! You have an easy, naturally gluten-free appetizer!
Enjoy!
-Sema

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Easy Gluten-free Squash Soup for the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you'll soon be thanking me for this recipe! It doesn't require very many ingredients, and it'll be the perfect compliment to your turkey dinner. You can also use it as a main course in an everyday dinner (whenever you need a quick-fix dinner that tastes delicious).

Ingredients
 2 cups milk
1 can light coconut milk
1 tablespoon curry powder
4 cups squash

Procedure
1. In a pot, cover the squash completely with water.
2. Boil the squash until it's tender.
3. Add the coconut milk, curry powder, and milk.
4. Mix the ingredients together with a hand blender.
5. Heat it on the stove until it's boiling. Once it has boiled, turn it off.

Add a spoon of sour cream and a little bit cilantro, and voila, you have a delicious squash soup!

Enjoy!
-Sema

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Power of Social Media



We are living in the age of social media, where cat videos and vacation pictures are abundant. Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr allow me to share my gluten-free experience with you all, which you can access with just a click of the button. It allows you to have a gluten-free friend on the internet, someone who really understands the diet and is here to help you (yes, I'm talking about myself).

Facebook: www.facebook.com/eatwithoutgluten
Twitter: @semadibooglu
Instagram: @eatwithoutgluten
Pinterest: @semadibooglu
Youtube: www.youtube.com/eatwithoutgluten

Author and blogger C.J. Williams featured me in an interview in the Gluten-free & More magazine. Check it out here: http://www.glutenfreeandmore.com/blog/Celiac-Teen-Open-to-Whole-Gluten-Free-World-4506-1.html

Have a wonderful week!
-Sema 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Switch Witch

Allergy UK

Mwahahaha! This Saturday is the spookiest day of the year: Halloween! Some of that candy your child receives might not be gluten-free, so what do you do? Well, the Switch Witch must come that night and magically whisk away the unsafe candy and replace it with safe candy. Check out Allergy UK on facebook, as they were the ones who posted this great idea!

"We heard a great Halloween idea today!

Introduce the 'Switch Witch' to your little one's Halloween excitement. Let them know that if they leave their collected treats out when they go to sleep, the Switch Witch will fly in on her broomstick and swap all the things they shouldn't have for an even better (and safe) pile of goodies!

The Switch Witch will bring you peace of mind whilst making their Halloween memories even more magical. The Switch Witch could even leave a toy in place of the sweeties!

Good luck Switch Witch, it will be a busier night for her than the Tooth Fairy!"
-Allergy UK

Happy trick-or-treating!
-Sema

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Easy Gluten-free Apple Pie

 
Today I wanted apple pie, but wasn't in the mood of going to the store to buy a mix/a ready-made crust. I did, however, have some tortillas laying around, so I decided to make use of what I had (Because I was in my pajamas and didn't feel like changing to go to the store. We all have those days, right?). The good thing with this recipe is that it won't leave a huge mess in your kitchen, and you can actually multitask while making it. That's why I set up the recipe so that while the apples were cooking, you could work on the tortilla :). I also made an apple pie in an apple (see recipe at the end).

Wrapped Apple Pie

Ingredients
For the outside (enough for two tortillas)
2 and a half teaspoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice (or you can just use cinnamon)
2 and a half tablespoons of unsalted butter
Gluten-free tortillas (I used Aldi's Live G Free brand)

For the inside
2 medium sized apples-cored and chopped
Honey
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 and a half cups water

Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. (For the inside) Add the chopped apples to a pan, and cover them with about 1 and a half cups water. It shouldn't cover them all the way.
3. (For the inside) Set the heat to medium, and cover the pan with a lid.
4. (For the outside) While that sits for 5-10 minutes, melt the butter in the microwave.
5. (For the outside) Add the pumpkin spice and the sugar to the melted butter.
6. (For the outside) Put your tortilla on a round pan, and using a brush, brush on the melted butter mixture to both sides of the tortilla.
7. (For the inside) Once your apples have softened for 5-10 minutes, add the cinnamon and drizzle honey on top.
8. (For the outside) Mix it together, and let it sit for another 5 minutes.
9. (For both) Now add the apple mixture to the tortilla and fold the tortilla.
10. Set it into the oven and wait for the tortilla to get a bit brown (but not burnt).


When it's done, take it out and add a little bit of the butter mixture to the exterior of the tortilla. You can add whipped cream (which I actually whipped with some pumpkin spice), and voila! you have apple pie! You can mash the leftover apples to make applesauce!

Apple Pie in an Apple

Now for this, all you need to do is carve out an apple, and add in the apple mixture from the recipe above. Cut a tortilla into really small strips, and brush on the butter mixture. Weave them on top of the apple and set them into the oven for about 5 minutes (the oven should be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit)!


Enjoy!
-Sema

Be sure to tag your apple pie with  #eatwithoutgluten so that I can see your creation!