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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. stee

    Sounds like maybe Michael should get tested to see if he does have a gluten allergy or celiac disease? That’s usually more reliable than experimenting at home. Could be something totally unrelated.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Could be. I think it would be worthwhile for him. But he’s a man and refuses to go to the doctor for anything, despite how much I beg him to. But I’ll mention it.

      1. stee

        ahhhh. I have a man like that too. Hasn’t had a physical since he went to college. Good luck! Maybe now that he has more symptoms he’ll be open to it?

        1. Lisa Eirene

          And I’m sure your guy is healthy as a horse! Mine hasn’t been to the dentist in years yet has no cavities. I get my teeth cleaned 2x a year, brush 3x a day, floss etc etc and yet I’ve had tons of work done. Typical. 🙂

          I’ll talk to him about it. I don’t know much about celiac but if a test could tell him definitively what’s going on, I think he’ll be on board.

      2. Michael

        This is not true in the least. I’ve looked into the costs of allergy testing before and was told it would cost $2000 and insurance won’t cover it. I’m not about to pay $2000 to be told that I can’t eat something I already know that I can’t eat.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          But is testing for Celiac the same as allergy testing? That might be covered by insurance.

          1. Michael

            Explain what the value is in the testing at this point? I already know that I don’t like how eating flour makes me feel afterward and will avoid eating it 99% of the time. Why spend the time and money to get tested when I’ve already decided to just not eat the stuff anymore?

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hopefully Michael is able to find some gluten free pizza crust and can enjoy pizza again soon! Your kitty is sooooo cute. Have a great Thursday Lisa.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m going to look for a gluten free recipe for pizza so we can try it at home. I have the brown rice flour so maybe that will work.

  3. Karen P

    It can take up to a week to 2 weeks for your gut to heal after a gluten exposure. For me 1 week. I know I can tell immediately if the food is inflammatory and I’ve had a gluten exposure. No blood work needed. Glad you’ll be supprting Michael. If you steer clear of junky gluten substitutes, better health and feeling good will be the outcome. My blood pressure is much lower not eating gluten.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good to know, Karen.

      I have no problem limiting gluten in support of Michael. For example, we had burgers last night and he had a gluten free bun and I used a lettuce wrap. Didn’t miss a bun at all.

  4. Biz

    Our local pizza place just started making gluten free pizzas! But lordy, does that one look amazing! Sorry he didn’t feel well after eating it though. 🙁

    I don’t think I’ve ever made brownies from scratch before – I don’t bake much, but every once in a while when my husband and I are grocery shopping, we’ll get to the check out and I see that’s he’s thrown in a brownie mix and is like “how the hell did that get in the cart?”

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It’s been YEARS since I made brownies from scratch. It was super easy, though. I need to do more things from scratch.

  5. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Have you tried any of the gluten-free black bean brownie recipes out there? It’s a great way to make a gluten-free brownie that is still very tasty–and you seriously don’t even know that beans are in there!! Just google it, and a bunch will show up. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t but I want to! It sounds amazing.

  6. Lori

    Coconut flour requires a lot of eggs. It is a very absorbent flour, which is why that recipe called for 6 eggs. That’s the norm. I wouldn’t use that many if you use another flour, just an FYI. Might be a little on the eggy side.

    I loves the coconut flour! I have had some decent luck with using Bob’s Red Mill GF flour blend for quick breads and such. A little more dense, but pretty tasty.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for clearing that up! We live near Bob’s so I can easily go there and get GF stuff. I just haven’t yet! I need to.

  7. Robyn

    Hey I just found your blog! I love trying to brownie recipes and I’ve never made gluten free brownies before, I will have to add these to my “sweets to make” pinterest board 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for checking out my blog Robyn!

  8. Robyn

    Hey I just found your blog! I love trying to brownie recipes and I’ve never made gluten free brownies before, I will have to add these to my “sweets to make” pinterest board

  9. Lisa

    That’s too bad that the favorite pizza place makes Michael sick!!

    This brownie recipe is very versatile and is one you can mix the dry ingredients in advance, store the mixture and then add the wet ingredients when you are ready to make them. It’s from Pinterest.
    1c sugar, 1/2c all purpose flour, 1/3c cocoa, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking powder
    Add: 2 eggs, 1/2c vegetable oil, 1 tsp vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes in an 8X8 pan.

    Substitute applesauce for some or all of the oil
    Substitute an entire can of black beans pureed for the oils and eggs.
    Add nuts.
    Add chocolate chips or whatever flavor chips you like.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve heard about using applesauce as a substitute but never tried it. Thanks for the reminder!

      1. Lisa

        I tried the can of black beans and it makes a very fudgy brownie. My husband and kids didn’t know that there were black beans in them either.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Ok that settles it. I’m totally trying black bean brownies.

  10. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    I think gluten bothers me a little bit but I still eat it. LOL.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It must not bother you THAT much then…. 🙂

  11. bethh

    This isn’t a brownie recipe but it looks pretty yummy: It’s from a cookbook called Small Plates and Sweet Treats which I think is gluten-free cooking. I’ve got it on hold at the library so I can check it out.

    It’s a bummer for Michael that gluten affects him, but I imagine not living in discomfort will help motivate him to stay off gluten. You (he) can still make all sorts of fruit crisps with oat topping!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oooh that recipe looks good! Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Trevor

    I once saw a recipe for a crustless pizza I’ve always wanted to try. I don’t remember where, or what it called for exactly, but I remember the technique.

    The idea was to replace the bread crust with a meat crust. You mix up seasoned ground beef, eggs, and rice (kind of like a meatloaf or meatballs, without the breadcrumbs), flatten it out into a crust shape, and bake it on a sheet pan until it sets. Then just cover it with your regular pizza toppings and toss it back in the oven until the pizza is done.

    I always thought that sounded amazing. One of these days I’ll actually get around to making it. Might be something worth considering if you two want some gluten free pizza.


    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds interesting. I haven’t heard of that one. I have heard of cauliflower crust. I’d like to try that!

  13. Michael

    Thanks for the recipe! My Mom is trying to go gluten free and missing baked goods like crazy! I’ll have to make these for her this weekend.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh good! I hope your mom likes it. Definitely add some chocolate chips to the batter. It made it so much better.

  14. Cheryle

    Just catching up – have you tried the gluten free pizza at Mississippi Pizza? I highly recommend it – it’s delicious!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I didn’t now that Mississippi pizza had GF! They are one my favorite pizza places in Portland. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip.

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