Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gluten Free Chinese Food?

My teen-aged daughter loves Chinese food. When I say she loves Chinese food, I don't mean that she likes to have it every so often. I mean that she has a passion for it. She was saddened to read that her beloved soy sauce contained gluten. It was a very sad moment in time for her. At that moment, I knew I had to find a way to give her a gluten free alternative to one of her favorite foods.

I began to research for options and learned that there is a gluten free, organic soy sauce available! Luckily, I was able to find it locally so I did not have to wait for shipping.

My daughter had also requested that we buy tofu and try that, so I read all the labels and found an acceptable tofu. Later that afternoon, my husband and I went on to prepare a beautiful meal for my daughter consisting of fried tofu, fried rice, and a nice green salad. She was thrilled!

The recipe I used is adapted from another website. The changes made were very simple, I read all of the labels to make sure there was no gluten in any of them, used gluten free soy sauce, and organic sugar instead of the agave nectar. We have stopped using agave because it appears to be no better for our health than high fructose corn syrup.

For the pork fried rice, we used a Food Network recipe to guide us. There really were not any substitutions needed for this recipe. I just made sure to double check all of my ingredients to ensure there is no gluten.

Even though I have been great about removing all gluten from our home, I am still super cautious about reading all labels not only when we make a purchase, but also again as I go to use the product. Maybe I am being overly dramatic here, but I am so terrified of being "glutened". I do not want to return to the physical state that I was in prior to removing the gluten from our diets. I guess I can never be too careful. Perhaps my being so diligent in reading labels will serve as a good reminder and help my daughter make better food choices when I am not there to guide her. I don't know, but it is what I do to feel confident that we are eating purely gluten free.

So, the meal was a complete success. I don't know how I feel about the tofu, I am still reading about soy products and trying to determine if we should avoid that as well. Additionally, it is one of the things that can potentially irritate the bladder, so I am not sure that I want to eat tofu often if we have it as a meal again in the future. Still thinking on that one. We shall see. I suppose Rome was not built in a day. I can take a little bit of time to evaluate things and get some more advice from my urologist.

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