Shari Cole: Gluten-Free recipes

May 6, 2008 8:58:14 AM PDT
Karen Davidson, Larry Schneider and Shari Cole all have something great in common: they carry personal motivations for increasing the availability of great tasting gluten-free foods in the marketplace. In fact, after years of realizing this void wasn't being filled by other food companies, the team pooled their passions and their goals, and in 2005, created Gluten Free & Fabulous Products. There line includes Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites, Macaroni and Cheese and Karen's Kookie Krisps, which are sold at Meijer stores in Chicago and NW Indiana.

Savory Turkey Stuffing

Ingredients:

2 Packages

Sweet Savory Bites

1/2 c. chopped celery

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/2 c. chopped mushroom

2 oz. butter

6 oz Italian Sausage,

casein free

(cooked and drained)

1 tsp. Sage

1 tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 c. Gluten Free

Chicken Broth

Directions:

Sautee celery, onion, mushrooms with butter to desired readiness. Add cooked and drained Italian sausage. Add broth. Combine. In another bowl, crumble Savory Bites slightly, add sage, salt. Add to celery mixture. Pour into baking dish. Bake in oven at 350*F for 45 minutes or until desired texture. If stuffing a turkey/chicken, double the ingredients. Remove stuffing when turkey/chicken is done.

Marinara Bolognese

Ingredients:

2 packages of Gluten Free &

Fabulous Quinoa & Marinara®

1 lb lean ground beef

1 small onion

1 small celery stalk

2 large carrots

olive oil

Directions:

In large pasta pot, boil 1 quart water with 1 Tbsp. oil to prevent sticking. Add both packages of noodles to water (remove marinara packets). Simmer 10 minutes. Drain. Chop onion, celery, carrot into cubes. Saute onion with 2 Tbsp. olive oil until translucent, add celery and carrot until slightly cooked. Add ground beef to onion mixture. Cook thoroughly. Remove any excess fat. Add marinara packets to beef mixture. Add 12 oz. hot water. Stir until thickened. Pour over hot quinoa noodles.

Italian Sausage & Broccoli Casserole

Ingredients: 3 packs Gluten Free and Fabulous Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 pound of Italian sausage,

casing-free, cooked, drained

1 package pre-chopped, blanched broccoli

Directions

Prepare Gluten Free and Fabulous Macaroni and Cheese Blanch broccoli. Add cooked, casing-free Italian Sausage. Add broccoli. Mix together in a 9x13 Pyrex Dish. Put in pre-heated oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Calories per serving 200 Protein 15 grams

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"I got involved with launching Gluten Free and Fabulous Products because of my daughter Brittany who is mildly Autistic and had severe gastrointestinal problems," Shari says. "She was also lethargic and had trouble focusing in school. Now that she is gluten free all these issues have gone away. This also gave me an opportunity to work with my father (Larry Schneider) and my best friend (Karen Davidson). We all have a passion and the same goals in mind. If we could produce great tasting food that the whole family can enjoy and help people along the way what could be more satisfying than that."

Shari knows first-hand that children with autism can benefit from a gluten-free diet. She has developed many gluten-free recipes in her own kitchen to help her daughter Brittany, now a champion equestrian. Gluten Free diets also benefit the entire family, especially those with wheat intolerance, autism and for women who are tying to loose weight.

Shari serves on the Board for Cure Autism/Autism Speaks Acts of Love in Los Angeles. Shari is speaking, cooking and appearing at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Annual Benefit on Wednesday, April, 16.

THE FACTS ABOUT GLUTEN-INTOLERANCE:

  • Intolerance to gluten, also known as Celiac Disease (CD), is a genetic disorder that affects millions. In fact, there are approximately 4,000,000 people with Celiac Disease and a larger percentage of people still undiagnosed.
  • Because of the broad range of symptoms associated with Celiac Disease, it can often be difficult to diagnose. However, typical symptoms include abdominal bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition. A blood test can help determine if you have Celiac Disease.
  • The Celiac Sprue Association (www.csaceliacs.org) is the largest association in the USA and western hemisphere for people who have Celiac Disease, a disease affecting individuals that are allergic to protein (gluten) found in wheat, barley, rye, oats or derivatives thereof. Gluten Free and Fabulous is proud to announce that they have received the seal of recognition of the Celiac Sprue Association/USA.
  • Scientific data supports the link that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia and many other learning disorders, often have food intolerances, many of which are gluten or wheat related.
  • A suitable and proven treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a 100% gluten-free diet for life, which means avoiding all products that contain wheat, rye, barley, oats or any of their derivatives.
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Q: Do you need to have Celiac Disease or other wheat intolerance to eat Gluten Free & Fabulous Products?

    A: Whether you're gluten intolerant or not, anyone can enjoy eating our delicious Gluten Free & Fabulous Products!!

    Q: Do you make any other products?

    A: Yes, we have quite a few products in the pipeline, including Butterscotch Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, and a Butterscotch/Chocolate Chip Cookie Combo!!

    Q: What Are Karen's Kookie Krisps?

    A: Karen's Kookie Krisps are delectable sweet and savory cracker/cookie bites that are great with cheese, dips, peanut butter/soy peanut butter or terrific on its own.

    Q: What is Quinoa?

    A: Quinoa is actually a fruit that was grown by the Incan empire as an excellent source of protein, easy to digest. We use Quinoa pasta in our Gluten Free & Fabulous Macaroni & Cheese --- it's easy to digest while providing high protein and it tastes delicious!

    Q: What make your product different than other gluten free products?

    A: Our products are tastier than traditional gluten free foods presently made. Our products satisfy the needs of those who must maintain a medically-required lifestyle, free of WBRO as well as those who choose our product for other reasons and for anyone who enjoys good food. All will enjoy what we manufacture!!

    Q: Are Gluten Free & Fabulous products recognized by any association?

    A: Yes, GFF has the seal of recognition from the Celiac Sprue Association/USA, the largest association in the USA/ Western Hemisphere for people who have Celiac Disease, a disease affecting individuals who are allergic to protein (gluten) found in wheat, barley, rye, oats or derivatives thereof.

    Q: Are people with Celiac Disease the only ones with wheat intolerance?

    A: No, scientific data supports the link that children with ADHD, ADD, OCD, Autism, Asperger's, Dyslexia and many other learning disorders, often have food intolerances, many of which are gluten or wheat related.

    ABOUT GLUTEN FREE & FABULOUS

    Gluten Free & Fabulous manufactures food products that are free of wheat, barley, rye, and oats (WBRO). Gluten Free & Fabulous products satisfy the needs of those who must maintain a medically required lifestyle, free of WBRO, as well as those who choose our products for other reasons and for anyone who enjoys good food. Gluten Free & Fabulous is the winner for the 2006 ADDY Award for creative excellence.

    For more information and to locate a store near you that carries Gluten Free & Fabulous products, visit www.glutenfreefabulous.com.

    ABOUT CELIAC SPRUE ASSOCIATION

    CSA is a member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit support organization dedicated to helping individuals with Celiac Disease (CD) and Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) and their families worldwide through information, education and research. For more information, visit /www.csaceliacs.org or call toll free: (877) CSA-4-CSA

    www.CeliacDisease.net

    Shari is speaking/cooking/appearing at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Annual Benefit on Wednesday, April, 16. April is National Autism Awareness month. Shari has an autistic daughter who has had a complete lifestyle turn around (as most autistic kids that are gluten free) being on a gluten free diet.

    Shari Cole is the creator of Gluten Free and Fabulous products which are sold at at Meijer stores in Chicago and NW Indiana. She launched these products to benefit her dad, Celiac patient Larry Schneider and to benefit her autistic daughter, Brittany (see attached photo). Kids with Autism benefit from a gluten free diet. Brittany is now a champion Hunter Jumper (see photo). April is National Autism month.

    Gluten Free diets benefit the entire family, especially those with wheat intolerance, autism and for women who are tying to loose weight.

    www.glutenfreefabulous.com

    Contact: Robert Rossi
    Director, Lifestyle Marketing
    UPP Entertainment Marketing
    t.818 525 1603
    RRossi@upp.net


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