Going Gluten Free

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This “article” was put together as a promo piece for my blog which is why it is short and not overly informative.

Living gluten-free is no longer the sacrifice it once was. Gluten-free products are available in almost every store and eating out is easier as many restaurants are catering to these needs. The bigger problem is that many gluten-free foods just don’t taste as good as “the real thing.”

The reason for this discrepancy is the products used to approximate items containing gluten substitute starches (tapioca, potato or rice) for flour. This makes the end product taste starchy (not too surprising). One way to avoid this problem is to find recipes that use gluten-free whole grain flour (like oat flour or teff) instead of starch.  Another strategy is to select foods that are naturally gluten-free (like the salad dressing below).

Look to the internet for a wide variety of delicious, better than “the real thing” recipes. Oat Pancakes, Best Ever Crackers, Fabulous Cornbread, Chocolate Torte, Hungarian Dessert Crepes and Apple Galette are just a few of the possibilities if you are willing to make them yourself.

Here’s an easy recipe to start you off:

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Tahini Dressing and Dip

 3 sprigs parsley

1/2 cup tahini

1/2 cup water (or more for dressing)

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, put through garlic press

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt to taste

1.  Remove the thick stems from the parsley sprigs

2.  Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor container.Cover and process until smooth.

3.  Pour into serving container or over salad.  Store extra in refrigerator.

Makes: 1 cup

 

 

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