Novelty can be hard to come by if you live gluten-free. But it's also hard to come by if I'm stuck in a rut of routine. Valentine's Day is a brilliant day to dodge ruts, and hop out of yourself -- to show love to someone else, and likewise, to yourself.
Sometimes Valentine's Day sneaks in not just the fear of food deprivation, but of love deprivation. Of loneliness. But deprivation is an illusion. Life, and nourishment, both of the physical and spiritual sides, aren't limited. Both by nature are pure abundance.
With celiac disease? Nope, even if brunch at the traditional diner is bad for my health (like a Russian Roulette for cross contamination), a really excellent brunch, and a novel meal, isn't off limits. How about a gluten-free bagel, GLUTEN FREE FRENCH TOAST BAGEL.
We human beings are relational sorts; we've got to be connected. Love makes us live. And love always wants to try something new, because it's never afraid.
These bagels aren't simply celiac-safe: they're delicious, crisp and chewy, and make a stack of incomparably good gluten-free french toast.
GLUTEN FREE BAGEL FRENCH TOAST
(with berries or bananas)
[ gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free ]
: ingredients :
2 Canyon Bakehouse Plain Bagels
2 organic or local eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup coconut milk, or other dairy-free milk of choice
(I rather like So Delicious Unsweetened)
Beat eggs, milk, spices and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl until
altogether combined. Meanwhile, slice bagel halves into bagel quarters.
(These bagels are big, thick, and strong enough easily to slice
with a good knife.) Lightly toast bagels, and then soak each quarter
in the egg mixture.
Heat a skillet, add a bit of oil, and toss on the bagels.
Toast 1-3 minutes, or until browned; flip, repeat.
Toss on a plate, and serve with fresh berries or sliced banana
and a dusting of powdered sugar.
(Alternatively: If you're struggling with gut dysbiosis
or have diabetes, a great substitute for powdered sugar
is NOW Food's Better Stevia powder.)
Do you worry about eating out, or dates, or being deprived?
Social eating is a challenge with celiac. But eating well and loving -- both are always options.