Monday, September 13, 2010

Did You Know?

•Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

•One in 133 Americans have celiac disease

•CD affects more people in the US than Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease COMBINED.

•95% of celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions

•500,000 new celiac diagnoses are expected to occur in the next 5 years thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease

•10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.

•17% of celiac patients have an immediate family member who also has celiac.

•Celiac can lead to infertelity, reduced bone density, some cancers, automminue disorders and neurological disorders as well.

•$5,000-$12,000 is the average cost of misdiagnosis per person/per year of celiac, not including lost work time.

•There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.
This info was posted on  You can link to it HERE.  These are some interesting facts worth knowing about Celiac Disease.

Taco Rice Skillet

  • 1lb hamburger
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1pkg taco seasoning (be sure it's gluten free)
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  1. Brown hamburger and onion.  Drain fat.
  2. Add sauce, water, rice and seasoning.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Simmer 25 minutes with lid on, stirring occasionally.
  5. Top with cheese, let melt
  6. Top with lettuce and tomatoes
This recipe was easy to make and my whole family thought it smelled great while cooking.  It is definetly a spin from regular taco night.  My husband and I enjoyed it with lots of lettuce and crushed tortilla chips mixed up in a salad.  I'm thinking next time I will add a can of Kidney beans.  Very yummy recipe!

I found this recipe on

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cheesy Hashbrown Hamburger Helper

I spotted this gluten free find at Harmon's and it looked yummy.  Honestly, I am thrilled to have the convenience of a dinner in a box, but these meals taste too salty.  I feel like I need to drink a glass of milk after every bite.  I definitely prefer to make this type of meal from scratch, but we are talking convenience here.  These meals in a box are perfect for my husband to fix the kids on a night when I am at work.   Thank you Betty Crocker for giving us affordable gluten free options that feed the whole family.