As with any health issue requiring diet modifications, gluten free cooking can be challenging for busy people. However, it is possible to create a wide variety of delicious, gluten-free dishes without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
Awareness of Celiac disease has meant an increase in gluten free recipes and general information, making it easier to enjoy foods you may have thought you’d never be able to eat again. And, since the majority of processed foods contain gluten, cooking simplifies the process of avoiding it.
Knowing which staples are forbidden or acceptable is essential to gluten-free cooking. Rye, barley, and of course wheat must be avoided. Fortunately, a wide variety of grains are safe to include in your diet. Amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, rice flours, and teff are a few options. Bean or nut flours are viable options as well.
Health food stores and some grocery stores carry gluten-free mixes give gluten free bakers the ability to create bread that is just as good as its gluten-containing counterparts. Mixes are the best option for airier bread, since gluten free flours on their own can’t achieve the light, fluffy quality you want in a bread. When the right ingredients are combined, the desired effect can be achieved.
Holistic medicine activist Dr. Andrew Weil advises the gluten-intolerant to maintain gluten-free diets for life, since just one meal containing gluten can do intestinal damage. In order to avoid feeling deprived, it’s important to have gluten-free versions of your favorite foods. Gluten-free cookbooks and websites are great recipe sources for pizza crust, bread, and other familiar items.
Focusing on the basics can make gluten-free cooking easier. Sticking mainly with fruits and veggies, eggs, and meat takes the guesswork out of shopping and cooking. This is especially important for the newly-diagnosed gluten-intolerant. Until you have begun exploring all the possibilities of gluten-free cooking, using basic ingredients ensures that you at least have meals on hand.
The moral of the story is that gluten free cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. There are tons of free gluten free recipes available, so make good use of the options out there. Before long, you’ll be enjoying your time in the kitchen just as much as you did before you started eating gluten free.