Have you ever wondered, “What does it mean to be gluten free?” You’re not alone. In every grocery store, there are sections, sometimes entire aisles dedicated to allergy-friendly food and drink. It’s easy to have misconceptions about what a gluten free diet means, so I wanted to lay out some basics and share some unbelievably delicious treats from FaveGlutenFreeRecipes.com. Eating gluten free doesn’t mean sacrificing any of the flavor, it just calls for a little bit of creativity in the kitchen.
Why Go Gluten Free?
For some, the answer to this question is very simple. For those with a gluten allergy or celiac disease, finding an alternative to gluten-heavy foods, most traditionally pasta and bread, is a necessary part of their diet. But what other foods have gluten? According to the Mayo Clinic, gluten is found in salad dressings, beer, flour, soy sauce and more. It’s often hotly debated whether or not a gluten free diet is successful for weight loss. As with any diet, it’s important to consult your doctor to see what’s right for you. In the mean time, it never hurts to enjoy a simple scrumptious gluten free recipe. Who says you have to bake with flour in order to enjoy bread? Over the past few years, many companies and authorities on gluten free baking have developed ways around the ever present gluten. No need to sit out on cake, cookies or any other flour-based dessert, you can simply whip them up gluten free.
Here are some dessert recipes to whet your g-free appetite:
What Are Some Popular Gluten Free Substitutes?
When it comes to grains, some are naturally gluten free, like quinoa, millet and teff. To replace starches and flours, some go-to alternatives are nut-based flours (almond, coconut), potatoes, soy, rice and more. There are many ways to make a dish taste the same using these gluten free friendly diet substitutions. Who knows, if you try out the substitutes, you could look at cooking in a whole new light!
Here are some gluten free pasta and pizza recipes made with seriously yummy substitutions:
If you live gluten free and have some tips and tricks to share, please let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.