Thursday, September 1, 2011

Is Ketchup Gluten Free?

I noticed that we had gotten in a new brand of Gluten Free Ketchup and it got me to thinking, "Isn't ALL ketchup gluten free??". Well, actually, no. It's not. It has to do with the distillation process of the vinegar used. White vinegar can be derived from wheat, corn, barley, rye and spelt. "But, if the vinegar is distilled most of the gluten particles should be left behind in the process. The problem is that some particles of gluten could be transported over in the distillation process and contaminate the ketchup. Thus, causing what is called cross contamination".

At Food for Thought we carry three different brands of certified gluten-free ketchup including Tree of Life, Annie's and our newest addition: Cucina Antica!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vegan Wednesday! Vegan Lunch Box!

It's that time of year where everyone is going BACK TO SCHOOL! Jennifer McCann's website has some awesome ideas for vegan lunch boxes. These fun and delicious recipes are also great for adults! Check out her blog!

Here is a great recipe for wholegrain VEGAN sushi rolls:

makes 4 rolls, to serve 2

¾ cup shortgrain brown rice
1/8 cup millet
1/8 cup amaranth
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
4 sushi nori sheets (sheets of dry, toasted nori seaweed)
Avocado slices or other filling of your choice

Put the rice, millet, and amaranth into a medium pot and add 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for 35 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let sit, still covered for another 10 minutes.

Transfer the rice mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the lemon zest and sunflower seeds with a wooden rice paddle or spoon, tossing the rice with light strokes to aerate and help cool the rice. Set the rice mixture aside to cool completely.

When the rice is cool, spread ¼ of the mixture on a sheet of nori laid out on a sushi rolling mat (keep a small bowl of fresh water handy to dip your fingers and keep the rice from sticking). Leave a 1-inch strip at the top of the nori sheet uncovered. Arrange the avocado or other filling down the center of the rice. Use your fingers to lightly moisten the top strip of nori with a dab of water, then use the rolling mat to roll your sushi up and seal it shut.

Transfer the roll to a cutting board and cut into 6 pieces with a sharp knife, wiping the knife with a damp cloth between cuts.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Food for Thought Fall Fling & Harvest Hoedown!

Join us for our 
Fall Fling Outdoor Market
Harvest Hoedown
Saturday, September 10th
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Featuring Kansas artisans, crafters and food!!!
Sample and discover Kansas food including local eggs, meat, cheese,
dairy, produce and baked goods!
Browse natural beauty products, children’s clothing and gifts,
home d├ęcor, vintage and upcycled items and more!
Special Event:
Good Shepherd’s Chef Showdown
benefiting Botanica’s Children’s Garden!  

Enjoy each of the Chef’s creations for $10 and vote for your favorite!

Ya’ll Come & Join the Fun!