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 (soaked whole grain) Recipes available here at this site.
For more gluten-free recipes – baking
* 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!