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Do French Fries Have Gluten?

Many people suffer from Celiac disease; intolerance to gluten. Others have
difficulty digesting gluten. Others still, have discovered the benefits of a
gluten-free diet. Whatever the case, a simple question is often raised:
Do French fries have gluten?

do french fries have gluten - french fry junkiesFrench Fry Junkies

As a nation we have become addicted to French fries. We cannot stop at a fast food restaurant without ordering a big bag of fries. We cannot pass the frozen potato section without buying a bag of French fries. We have straight fries, curly fries, crinkle cut fries and steak fries. It was only a matter of time before the health conscious “foodies” focused their eyes on French Fries.

Do Potatoes have gluten?

French fries are made from potatoes. In their natural state, potatoes contain no gluten. So the initial answer to Do French Fries have Gluten is “No”. However, as with many foods, the path from fresh to your plate can take many directions. Often the potato is treated with flavorings or coatings that contain gluten. In addition, the cooking process can also add gluten to French fries. So, do potatoes have gluten? No. Do French fries have gluten? Maybe.

Flavorings and Coatings

Many eating establishments flavor or coat their uncooked French fries. These ingredients can contain wheat which turn our fries into small gluten bombs. Worse yet, many of the establishments cannot tell you if their French fries are gluten-free. Cooks, wait staff and everyday employees do not know what coatings may be on uncooked fries. Also, bags of frozen French fries in grocery stores need to be carefully scrutinized for gluten-rich ingredients. OreIda offers many gluten-free varieties of frozen potatoes. Read here.

The Cooking Process

do french fries have gluten - The Cooking ProcessOnce the coating obstacle is cleared, we need to focus on the cooking process itself. The cooking process is where most French fries become gluten-laden food. Not because the ingredients have gluten but rather the cooking oil has gluten. Think about it. Deep fryers at restaurants are used to cook many different foods. The gluten rich residue is left in the hot oil. When the French fries are cooked in the same oil, they collect gluten.

Do French Fries Have Gluten? – The Definitive Answer

Maybe. The potato is gluten-free. The flavorings may not be. The cooking process may not be. If you are looking for gluten-free French fries, then consider homemade French fries.

Do french fries have gluten - Try homemade

In an effort to be health aware, many restaurants publish a gluten-free menu. See below.

 

Hot Breakfast Recipe – The One Cup Delight

One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe

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We love hot breakfast ideas. However, we do not always have the time to prepare one. We throw pop tarts in the toaster or stop at local fast food place for a biscuit and egg sandwich. With our One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe, you can have a healthy hot breakfast in less than 5 minutes. Best of all, it is half the cost of a fast food breakfast, far more healthy and tastes better.

One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe
Serves 1
Need a Hot breakfast recipe? Try the quick one cup breakfast idea from Chef ManCave. Simple ingredients. Make it anywhere. Home, Work, or Travel. Takes 5 minutes or less.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small potato (cubed)
  2. 1 egg
  3. 2 Sausage Links (precooked)
  4. 1 oz of shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Place cubed potatoes in microwave safe coffee cup. Add a 2 tbsp of water. Cook in microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Remove cup. Add chopped sausage links. Cook in microwave for 15 seconds.
  3. Remove cup. Add 1 egg. Cook in microwave for 15 seconds.
  4. Remove cup. Add cheese. Cook in microwave for 25 seconds.
  5. Remove cup. Let cool for 1 minute.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve Hot.
Notes
  1. • Smoky Link sausage works the best
  2. • Add some hot sauce when adding the sausage (optional)
  3. • Top with chopped green scallions (optional)
  4. • Ok to use the same cup for a second helping
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From the Road Warrior Handbook

Business travelers and other road warriors will tell you how difficult finding a hot breakfast is. You are often forced to stop at McDonalds or Burger King. For $5, you get a high sodium, high fat, and rather tasteless bag of preprocessed food. Continental breakfast at hotels is definitely healthier but often lacks the “hot and delicious” factor. On a particularly difficult business trip, I stumbled upon the One Cup Hot Breakfast recipe, and I have carried it with me ever since.

So Simple – Why Didn’t I Think of it Before?

What I love about this recipe is the pure simplicity. Potatoes, Sausage links, an egg and some shredded cheese. The ingredients are widely available and do not necessarily require refrigeration. And the cost? About $2.00 per cup. Cooking requirements? Nowadays, most hotel rooms have a microwave oven, so you are set there. All that is left is a coffee cup and a knife. And there you have it…the One Cup Hot Breakfast Recipe.

Anywhere, Any Time

From New York City to Prarie Du Sac Wisconsin, you can make this hot breakfast recipe. You can enjoy this delicious treat at home or work. How about a late night snack? Absolutely. A cup, a microwave and a few simple ingredients are all you need. Shower shave and a hot, healthy breakfast. Sounds like the start of a fabulous day!

Cook well eat well, live well.

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Creamy Baked Spaghetti Secrets

Picture of Creamy Baked Spaghetti On a PlateCreamy Baked Spaghetti – Secrets from our kitchen

We love Italian food. My family begs for spaghetti night or chicken parmesan night. A favorite around our house is creamy baked spaghetti. As a cook, I love the extra care and time it takes to make a pan of baked spaghetti. So does my family. However, it wasn’t always true. Learn the secrets that transformed a dry, tasteless recipe into a rich, creamy baked spaghetti delight.

Creamy Baked Spaghetti recipe
Serves 6
Looking for a creamy baked spaghetti recipe. Look no further. Learn the kitchen secrets of making the best baked spaghetti. Your family will love every bite.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz of spaghetti noodles
  2. 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  3. 8 oz of mozzarella cheese
  4. 8 oz of Cream Cheese
  5. 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  6. 1 egg
  7. Chopped green scallions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Boil the spaghetti until Almost done. Drain and wash the spaghetti.
  3. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, and egg together.
  4. In a baking dish, place a touch of oil, water and lemon juice. Don't over-do it.
  5. Add enough spaghetti sauce to thoroughly coat the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Add half of the spaghetti noodles. We are going layer the ingredients.
  7. Now add half of the cream cheese mixture and top with more spaghetti sauce.
  8. Build another layer of noodles, cream cheese mixture and spaghetti sauce.
  9. Top with mozzarella cheese and place dish in preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Top with chopped green scallions.
  11. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. Alternatives
  2. • Use crushed red peppers instead of scallions.
  3. • Substitute ricotta cheese for cream cheese.
  4. • Sprinkle Italian seasoning in the dish for more flavor.
  5. • Add browned meat in the dish.
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A Dark Family Secret

For years my family kept a dark secret from me. They hated my baked spaghetti recipe. My baked spaghetti was dry & tasteless. They would smile and say it was delicious but in reality their tastebuds were left unfulfilled. Eventually their deception was revealed.
I made a few batches of baked spaghetti. And Know what? My family was right. ( I hate it when that happens! ) My baked spaghetti was indeed dry and tasteless. For months, I struggled with recipes and ingredients until one day I produced a pan of creamy baked spaghetti.

Secret #1 – The Creamy Mixture

Secret #1 - Creamy Baked Spaghetti MixtureThe true secret of creamy baked spaghetti is the mixture. The ingredients are simple; cream cheese, mayo and 1 egg. Mix them together until the mixture has a smooth texture. Resist adding extra flavorings like garlic or Italian seasoning.

Secret #2 – Better Spaghetti Noodles

Creamy Baked Spaghetti Organic NoodlesSpend a little more on your spaghetti noodles. Your baked spaghetti will cook and taste better. Boil your noodles for baked spaghetti until they are almost done. ( 2 – 3 minutes less than normal. ) The baking process will cook the noodles the rest of the way.

 

Secret #3 – Thinner Spaghetti Sauce

Creamy Baked Spaghetti - Homemade SauceAnother secret is to use a thinner spaghetti sauce. Unfortunately, most store bought spaghetti sauces are rather tasteless. I encourage my readers to make their own spaghetti sauce. Making your own spaghetti sauce allows you to control the thickness as well as the flavor. See Making Homemade Spaghetti Sauce article.

 

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Baked Cheesy Mushroom Bean Recipe

Hearty Winter Food – Baked Cheesy Mushroom Bean Recipe

Winter in the northern states brings snow and cold temperatures. We always look
for good hearty recipes. Stew, soup, and chili are favorites. Our baked cheesy
mushroom bean recipe is a perfect choice for the coldest of days. Don’t let
the wintertime blues dampen your kitchen creativity. Try this recipe today.

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Baked Cheesy Mushroom Bean Recipe
Serves 6
Baked Cheesy Mushroom Beans are delicious and healthy. Simple recipe that will delight your tastebuds. Good hearty winter food. Easy to make.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz package of sliced mushrooms
  2. 1 can of chili beans
  3. 1 can of diced tomatoes
  4. 1 8oz package of Mozzarella Cheese
  5. Jar of Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the mushrooms.
  3. Divide the mushrooms between two meatloaf pans.
  4. Spread chili beans on top of mushrooms.
  5. Top with diced tomatoes.
  6. Top with Mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning on top.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Optional Suggestions
  1. • Add 1/4 cup of Vegetable Stock in each pan
  2. • Use Crushed Red Peppers instead of Italian Seasoning
  3. • Include chopped yellow peppers
  4. • Experiment with different sauces like Worcestershire
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Simple Ingredients

Baked-Cheesy-Mushroom-Beans-IngredientsOne of the best features of this recipe is the simple ingredients. They can be easily found at nearly every grocery store. And the ingredients are relatively cheap. In fact, many of us already have the ingredients in the pantry. Remember to read the labels on the can goods. You can find low sodium, low fat canned goods if you look hard enough.

Easy to Prepare

Baked-Cheesy-Mushroom-Beans-Easy-to-PrepareAnother great feature is how easy this recipe is to prepare. Beans on top of mushrooms, tomatoes on top of beans and cheese on top of beans. Throw it in the oven and you have baked cheesy mushroom beans! There is not many ways to “mess up” this dish. I am sure we will hear of a few colossal failures but I am confident many more cooks will enjoy this hearty recipe on their dinner tables.

Hearty Winter Food

Baked-Cheesy-Mushroom-Beans-Hearty-FoodIn our neck of the woods, winters are cold and harsh. We shovel snow, battle icy roads and survive bitter cold temperatures. We need our hearty recipes. We love our hearty recipes. And we continue to make our hearty recipes. Here is a photo of Chef ManCave himself waiting patiently for warmer weather.

Side Dish or a Meal?

The recipe is designed to be a simple side dish. However, incorporating meat into the baked cheesy mushroom bean recipe can instantly turn this into a tasty complete meal. Adding a few extra veggies and skipping the meat will satisfy the vegetarians in the world.

Leftover Factor

We love this dish for it’s leftover factor. You can use baked cheesy mushroom beans with almost any dinner or lunch. Serve it with beef, chicken, pork or fish. Heat it up at work. Eat it as a late night snack. Best of all, this is healthy food.

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