Gluten Free Recipes App for the iPhone & iPad
Janak Shah has created a gluten free recipes app for his dad. This is his story.
Growing up in a household that loves food, it’s tough to see someone close to you not being able to eat the things you love. That’s what it’s been like for me since childhood. My dad was diagnosed with celiac disease, and from that day wasn’t able to enjoy bread, cakes and many other meals that I could enjoy. From that day I made it my priority to help him enjoy life as much as he could despite being gluten intolerant.
My dad didn’t really use the internet until recently, and so I was the one who found him blogs, communities and ideas online designed for the gluten-free diet. Gluten-Free-Blog.com was one of these and it’s been such a great help.
Fast forward a few years, I’m 23 and just quit my job to try to make a living from building iPhone apps.
One of the first apps I designed and made was a gluten-free recipe app for my dad, to thank him for his support in quitting my job and chasing my dreams.
Over the years he’s compiled a list of dishes by top British chefs, that never disappoint, and these are the recipes that make up this app.
Here it is (it’s free): Gluten Free Recipes by Top Chefs. It’s made for iPhone and iPads. Sorry Android users, I’m working on it!
This is one of my favourite recipes from the app.
Asian Chicken with Guacamole
- 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- 4 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 tbsp of sesame oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 red chillies, finely chopped
- 1 bunch of coriander, leaves removed and roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp of Kikkoman soy sauce
- 2 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 avocados, skinned and chopped
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed to a paste
- 4 tbsp of fresh coriander, chopped
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 150ml of olive oil
- 1 dash of Tabasco
- Black pepper
- For the marinade, place the grated fresh ginger, chopped red chillies, chopped coriander, soy sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, olive oil and sesame oil into a bowl and mix to combine.
- Cut the chicken breasts into 1cm strips and place them in the bowl with the marinade. Stir well to coat the chicken evenly, cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.
- For the guacamole, place the chopped avocados into a bowl and add the lime juice immediately. Then add the crushed garlic clove, chopped fresh coriander, chopped shallot, olive oil and Tabasco sauce and mix well. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside. If not serving the guacamole straight away, lay a piece of cling film directly onto the surface of the guacamole and push out any air, to prevent it going brown.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6. While the oven is heating, sear the marinated chicken strips in a griddle pan. Cook the strips over a high heat for 1-2 minutes, turning once so they brown nicely on both sides.
- Transfer the chicken strips to a baking sheet and place into the oven to cook for a further five minutes, or until completely cooked through.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and season with coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with a spoonful of guacamole served alongside.
We think this is a great story and we wish him every success with the app. If you have an iPhone or iPad go ahead and download it. I’m sure the more people that do the better. And let us know what you think of it in the comments!