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Are these must-have gluten free foods in your kitchen? See what incredible gluten free additions you need to start including in your meals.
Are you looking for new gluten free foods to make life in the kitchen more exciting?
Now that there are 3.1 million people following a gluten free diet in the United States, finding ‘safe’ new foods is easier than ever.
Today we’re running down the top 10 ‘must have’ foods you need to know about.
These great gluten free foods will excite your taste buds and make you hungry!
1. Herbs, Spices and Gluten Free Sauces
Don’t let anyone tell you that gluten free foods must be boring.
Herbs and spices can make any recipe more interesting, so keeping a wide range stocked at all times makes sense.
Key essentials include basil, black pepper, bay leaves, chili powder and rosemary. But that’s barely scratching the surface!
Make sure your cupboards have also got enough sauces and condiments to keep you going.
Here’s a great gluten free alternative to grains.
Quinoa has become popular in recent years thanks to its ‘superfood’ properties. It wasn’t too well known prior to its sudden spurt in popularity, partially due to the fact it needs to grow at quite a high altitude.
This is why mountainous South American countries like Bolivia and Peru the ideal growing spots, and these regions are where the plant originated.
It contains all eight essential amino acids, which we all need to live well. It’s easy to digest and contains plenty of important vitamins and minerals.
Plus it’s a good source of fibre, and can be used in loads of different ways.
As part of a salad or stew, chickpeas are a delicious inclusion of a gluten free diet.
You can roast them, or use them straight out of the can. If you buy dried chickpeas, you’ll need to soak them well before you cook and eat them. Otherwise, you risk a nasty stomach ache.
Carrot sticks and hummus is also a really nice and healthy snack. To make a simple hummus, you just need to blitz together chickpeas, garlic, a dash of olive oil and lemon juice – and you’re done.
Mushrooms have a fleshy texture which makes them a good substitute for meat. And if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, mushrooms are unmissable due to their relatively high protein content.
There are so many types of mushroom – chestnut, shiitake, oyster, and way more. You’ll never run out of inventive ways to use them in your cooking.
Throw them in soups, stews, or fry them in a little butter before serving on (gluten free) toast as a Sunday morning treat.
5. Mixed Nuts
Mixed nuts are another good choice of snack. Don’t go overboard as they do contain a fair amount of fat, but otherwise, they’re quite good for you.
Besides snacking, they can be used in a number of recipes. These include nut loaf and granola bars.
Plus, you can throw a handful into loads of different things to make them taste better. This works in porridge and salads for example.
Cashews, meanwhile, can be prepared to make spreads and dips. Walnuts are great in desserts, too…
6. Meat and Fish
Gluten diets aren’t necessarily vegetarian, although this is quite a popular route as it’s healthier for us.
But don’t worry. If you’re gluten intolerant you can still eat meat and fish, of whatever type.
The only exclusion is for fish and meat which has been breaded or battered. The coating is very likely to contain gluten of some kind – unless it’s a specialist product. Check the label if you’re unsure.
Meat is, obviously, a good source of protein. Fish and other seafood like shellfish have been linked to a wide range of benefits for our hearts, brains, and other vital organs.
7. Beans of All Kinds
Beans are one of the most adaptable gluten free foods on the planet.
You can make your own baked beans in thick tomato sauce (cook it slow and long with rich spices), enjoy bean salad with feta cheese, or make a delicious gluten free chili.
That’s just a few examples of the wonderful recipes available when you’re cooking with beans.
This is often a point of confusion among people new to eating a gluten free diet, but yes – rice is gluten free.
So you can still eat rice, and have it form the basis of an easy weeknight meal like stir-fry.
Be careful though. The common Asian condiment soy sauce, often enjoyed with rice, is not gluten free. There are gluten free variants out there though.
This also means you can enjoy cereals like Rice Krispies.
Potato is a versatile ingredient which you can prepare in all sorts of ways.
Regardless of whether it’s been baked, boiled, mashed or roasted – potato is still gluten free. Don’t forget to make the most of any leftovers, by turning them into potato pancakes.
Or you can use leftover mash and vegetables to make what the British call ‘Bubble and Squeak‘ – which is delicious.
You can find products made with potato flour. These offer substitutes to a wide range of foods you enjoyed when you weren’t eating gluten free foods.
10. Gluten Free Beer
We all deserve to let loose once in a while.
Unfortunately, most beers contain gluten – which means your choice is limited.
However, there are now a number of gluten free beers on the market to enjoy alongside your gluten free foods.
The choice and selection of gluten free beers have come a long way from just ten years ago, which is great news for people following a gluten free lifestyle.
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