Gluten Free and Celebrating With a Potato Bar

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Stuffed Potatoes

It’s that time of year, at least for me, Graduation. My 21-year-old daughter is graduating from college this month and starting graduate school next month! Time flies. I remember when she was born with that full head of brown hair, her first day of preschool, her siddur party and so many wonderful milestones. I also remember the countless stomachaches, the visits to the pediatrician, the numerous phone calls from school, informing me that my daughter is once again not feeling well. It took years for my daughter to be diagnosed with gluten intolerance.

It happened by chance one morning at the gym. I was exercising and this famous actress was on tv explaining her newly diagnosed health issue. As I was listening I remember thinking, she is describing my daughter, stomach as hard as a rock, always looking 3-months pregnant, constant undiagnosed stomach pains, fatigue and more. She then went on to explain her gluten allergy. That evening when my daughter came home from high school, (yes, high school, it took us that long to recognize her condition) I told her about the show and we decided she needs to get off gluten (granted we never even heard of this before).

In the past, my daughter went off milk, she went off eggs, nothing helped, but the minute she withdrew gluten from her diet, she started feeling better. In just a short time her stomach was no longer hard. She started to look and feel amazing. Gluten was the culprit. By the time we went to the doctor to confirm, my daughter had not been on gluten for an extended time and the Gastroenterologist felt there was no need for her to go back on, just to confirm that she is allergic to gluten. Our family diet slowly changed and gluten products no longer made up the core of our meals. Sometimes it is challenging, but like most thing we have adjusted.

And so, as we celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college, in grand style, we will make adjustments to the menu. Adjustments will be made, but no sacrifices. Gluten free no longer means you have to settle!

zucchini soup

We are having a light meal with 2 kinds of soup: Zucchini and Butternut Squash

And we are going to have a baked potato bar with all the trimmings!

stuffed potato bar

Sometimes potatoes get a bad rap as the ‘other’ starch.  But did you know that the potato is a great source of vitamins and minerals? It contains a healthy dose of iron, magnesium, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and Niacin. We are planning on a spectacular potato bar, with your choice of butter, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, roasted broccoli, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, tuna fish, baked beans and you can never go wrong with a bit of feta cheese. All delicious and all gluten free. Bring on the party, spuds and all!

Of course we will have homemade ice cream cake  for dessert, now that is something to celebrate!

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