As many of you know I have a gluten sensitivity otherwise known as Celiac Disease. I try my best to avoid all gluten products which makes eating out nearly impossible. Gluten is in breads and pasts so it is very hard to avoid it in your diet. About 1 hour after I eat bread I start to feel my stomach ache and the bloating starts. Sometimes it can even cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and the urge to vomit. A few year ago I read an article about gluten and realized this was what was causing my stomach aches and bloating and I most likely had a mild form of Celiac Disease. I have tried taking probiotics and other supplements to help with the issue and those did not work. For me the best course of action was just to avoid gluten all together. The problem is there are very few good tasting products on the market. At a trade show in Portland Oregon I ran into the Keli’s Hawaiian booth and sampled their Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce on chicken, and I was hooked at first taste. Their teriyaki is a sweet ginger style teriyaki and not the bitter and salty varieties you find from countries in Asia. This family recipe comes from the Hawaiian Islands and uses sugar as a base instead of salt. Keli’s tastes great on chicken, fish, poultry, rice, steak, beef, pizza, and just about everything else I have tried. My favorite is to make up my meatball recipe and glaze them with it about 5 minutes before they are done cooking in the oven. This isn’t the type of sauce your marinate with because it’s thicker then your average teriyaki and works best as a dip or a glaze. I purchased their 15oz bottle off Amazon and it lasted for over a month. That’s a long time considering I use it 4-5 times a week for cooking for a family of four. I cooked for my extended family last week and everyone loved it. I call Keli’s my secret weapon in the kitchen because it adds a lot of flavor to bland dishes. If you have kids this is a must buy because kids go crazy over this stuff.
Check out this video to see a great gluten-free stir fry recipe you can make at home.
One of the best places to find information on cooking is on YouTube. I learn more great advice there then I probably did at a 4 year college. The world of Youtube is filled with niche experts on every single topic imaginable. If you do a simple search for “cooking recipes” or “cooking videos” you will find thousands of chefs ready to let you into their home. After using their teriyaki sauce for about 2 weeks I decided to check YouTube for some new ideas about Keli’s. I found one video by a guy named the “Fire Breathing Idiot” who did a review on the Pele’s Fire Spicy Teriyaki Sauce. He sampled the product on camera and gave it rave reviews which inspired me to try their whole line. From the information I can gather from their website they have a teriyaki, spicy teriyaki, huli-huli sauce, sweet and sour sauce, and a marinade. The Keli’s website also talks about releasing an Organic line soon which I am excited about because health is one of my main passions. I have included this product in my blog because it is gluten-free but it would be better if it was Organic as well so when they come out with more products I will feature them here. You don’t need an exact recipe to cook up a delicious meal and all it takes is some creativity in the kitchen. You can serve this on grilled chicken over rice, just apply the thick teriyaki sauce during the last few minutes of cooking. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s also delicious on steak as a post cooking dipping sauce.
I hope this blog gave you some gluten-free cooking ideas. I know people suffering from Celiac Disease have a hard time finding things to eat so I thought I would do the community a favor and begin featuring quality gluten free products I find online. Next week I will post a blog featuring more healthy food options.