What are your options for gluten-free eating?
Prepared gluten-free foods - These tend to be expensive and usually require the purchase of gluten-free foods exclusively for the individual who really needs them. They also tend to be low in nutrients, fiber and flavor.
Gluten-free mixes - These also tend to be expensive and nutritionally inferior.
Gluten-free foods made from scratch with refined ingredients - These recipes tend to be highly dependent upon refined flours plus gums and starches. Not the most nutritious nor fiber-rich!
Gluten-free foods made from scratch with whole ingredients - As you’ll find with my easy gluten free recipes, these can be simple, affordable and tasty. Most importantly the whole family can share the same foods again! Everyone benefits from these gluten-free, allergen-sensitive, whole-food alternatives.
Simplifying Gluten-free Cooking
Part of the trick of simplifying gluten-free cooking is to focus on only a few exceptional ingredients. I’ve done the work for you and have figured out the most nutritionally-dense whole food ingredients that yield the best results with gluten free cooking.
The following are the Six Basic Grains and Flours I focus on using in my whole foods gluten-free recipes - in my cookbooks and in the gluten-free recipes on this site:
- Brown rice and brown rice flour
- Whole sorghum and sorghum flour
- Whole teff and teff flour
- Hulled buckwheat groats and light buckwheat flour (ground from groats)
- Certified gluten-free oats and oat flour (ground from oats)*
- Cornmeal/corn flour
I use whole grains (not flours) for preparing a lot of meals and baked goods. If you'd like to explore more about what I consider advanced gluten-free baking with whole grains- check out my information on gluten-free blender recipes (made from soaked whole grains). Check out a selection of my blender recipes available here at this site.
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* What about oats - are they gluten-free or not?
There is great controversy about whether or not oats are gluten free. The abbreviated answer is “yes” and “no”. It seems oats are naturally gluten-free, but have often become contaminated, during growing and/or processing, by contact with other grains. Some people who are gluten-intolerant find they don’t have any problem with oats, while others find they have a reaction to them. It used to be that a person had to test them for themselves, but certified gluten-free oats are becoming more commonly available. The only drawback is that they are rather costly.
Oats also have a natural component that some people with gluten-issues also have a reaction to, so it may not be a beneficial food for them. It’s best to test for yourself to be sure.
If you appreciated the information above, then you'll love what else you'll find in Everyday Gluten-Free - simple allergen free cooking with whole foods!
Everyday Gluten-Free is unique among gluten-free cookbooks:
- All whole-food ingredients
- Just six basic flours
- Cost-conscious ingredients
- Several unique whole-grain blended batter recipes
- Exceptional texture, flavor and nutritional value
- Rich in natural fiber
- Healthy versions of a lot of common gluten-containing dishes
- Dairy-free recipes as well
Check out this incredible collection of over 90 gluten free recipes - easy to make and sure to please the family!
Dealing with gluten intolerance or other food allergies?
Disappointed by expensive mixes and recipes devoid of fiber, flavor and nutritional value? This book features over 90 gluten-free and allergen-sensitive family-pleasing recipes. And best yet- they’re so simple and affordable that the whole family will again be able to enjoy the same foods!
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