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In recent years, many people have found that they feel much better if they don’t eat gluten. Gluten is a protein component of certain grains, particularly wheat, rye, and barley. If your abdomen is flatter, your mind clearer, and your digestion more comfortable without gluten, then consider focusing on the countless other foods that are available. In the US, wheat-flour foods are often the basis of a meal, using breads, pastas, flatbreads, crusts, croutons, rolls, pancakes, waffles, sweet rolls, cookies…the list is endless. Gluten from wheat is even used to form vegetarian “meats”, giving them a chewy texture and making them easy to cook with. Gluten is often hidden in sauces, even chocolate sauce and sandwich spreads. In the great wave of vegetarianism in the 1960’s and 1970’s, vegetarian products were understood to involve whole wheat and many forms of soy, with soy sauce often containing wheat.
But good news! There is no longer any reason for gluten-free (GF) consumers to feel deprived. Today we’re talking mainly about baked goods and baking mixes. In Phoenix alone, there are at least two gluten-free bakeries; ask around in your area. The market is now flush with GF pastas in numerous shapes. Look for great-textured rice pastas from Mrs. Leeper’s, Trader Joe’s, Tinkyada, and Rizopia, among others. In your Asian grocery or your store’s Asian section, look for noodles made of rice and even sweet potato. Now there are cereals, snack bars, breads, crusts, hamburger buns, frozen waffles, bagels, sweet rolls, and cookies; look for Rudy’s and Udi’s, among others. Baking mixes also abound, for specific flavors of cakes or brownies, for cornbread, or for versatile use.
One of my favorite multi-use GF baking mixes is Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix. A California company with both mixes and prepared baked goods, Pamela’s labels their products GF or “Certified Gluten Free”. Their products are wheat-free as well, and the company belongs to the American Celiac Disease Alliance. [And I am in no way compensated for my enthusiasm for this company.] Recipes on the Baking Mix bag show you how to easily turn it into pancakes, waffles, gravy, muffins, and chocolate chip cookies. Use their muffin recipe poured into an 8” x 8” pan, to create a coffee cake.
Pamela’s Cornbread & Muffin Mix is likewise a joy. Recipes on the mix bag show you easy recipes for cornbread, with several variations, skillet cornbread, cornbread dressing, orange corn muffins, and even a savory tart crust.
If you like to bake from scratch, Bob’s Red Mill makes a number of alternative flours, including garbanzo, potato, rice, brown rice, and coconut. And Bob’s also makes mixes like gluten-free pizza crust.
So experiment, and create the baked goods that feel best in your body and taste the best to your family. And if you have GF brands or products you recommend, please let us know, so we can try it and mention it. Food can absolutely taste good, while you are feeling good! You can enjoy a delicious gluten-free life!
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● Kebba Buckley Button is a Master’s Degree scientist, a minister, and the award-winning author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and also Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br). She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.
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