Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yummy Vegan Quinoa-Pecan Burgers (Gluten-Free)

Combine the following and bring to a boil in a stainless steel 'less water' type pot, put on lid and turn down to Lowest setting for about 5 minutes.  Remove from burner and let it cool (lid still on):

1 1/2  C Organic Quinoa

3 C Water

Combine and blend together the following (coarse vs. paste):

1 C. Water

1 C Pecans – 

1/2 C Wheat-free Tamari 

1/3 C Olive Oil

1/4 C Nutritional yeast flakes

2 tsp dried organic basil

2 tsp dried organic oregano

2 tsp organic onion powder

2 tsp organic garlic powder

1 tsp organic ground sage

1 tsp organic ground fennel

Pour into quinoa; mix well. 

Preheat oven to 350 F

On a large nonstick baking sheet, press mixture into a 4-inch round mold to form patties 1/2 –inch thick. (you might use a canning ring and lid and spoons to press in the mixture. When you invert it over the cookie sheet, the ring slides off and then use the back of the spoon to gently pry the patty from the lid.)

Bake 15 minutes on each side. This makes about 10-20 patties.

Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.

*this is an adaptation of Oat-Pecan Patties recipe by Rena from the Hallelujah Diet and Lifestyle group.
Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gluten Sensitivity: How To Heal Depression

by Danny Vierra

Dear Friends: Last week I wrote about my battle with celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance. One of the symptoms I struggled with was depression. Thank God that by simply eliminating four grains my symptoms
disappeared including the depression. At times the depression was so severe that I even had suicidal thoughts. I nearly checked myself into the local hospital because I felt so weak and depressed. There were times my friends accused me of having a dual or split personality.

This week I want to specifically address depression. Depression is a condition that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and physical health. Depression can cause pain for you and those around you. There are two classic symptoms of depression: 1) a loss of interest in everyday activities that one usually enjoys, and 2) a depressed mood where one feels sad and hopeless, and may have frequent episodes of crying. I know these symptoms well, for I would have many days where I would fight to hold back the tears. It took me years to learn it was, in fact, an allergic reaction to eating gluten.

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