Any time you learn to cook a new type of food, whether it’s Chinese, French or Gluten Free, it’s a good idea to get instruction and inspiration from outside sources. Making a fabulous gluten free recipe can be straightforward and satisfying. Here are a few sources for recipes for your gluten free diet.
Want to know the basics of cooking quinoa? Don’t know how to create a gluten free cake? If you want to make tasty and satisfying gluten free food, your best bet for finding recipes is online. There are many benefits to online recipes. The primary benefit is that most online celiac recipes are free. If you’re willing to put in some effort trying multiple recipes you’re sure to come away with the experience with new found knowledge and a recipe box full of new favorite dishes. Be forewarned however that online recipes haven’t necessarily been tested in a professional kitchen so results may vary. One thing you can do to improve your results is to make sure you use the brands mentioned in the recipe.
Gluten Free Cookbooks
While online recipe sources are a great way to find inexpensive recipes, there is a benefit to having a few gluten free cookbooks on your bookshelves. Cookbooks can be vital resources when it comes to general gluten free cooking techniques. If you want to understand why you need to add xanthan gum to a gluten or wheat free bread, for example, a free internet recipe will not have that information while a good gluten free cookbook will. (The answer to the question, by the way, is that xanthan gum helps to provide the chewy texture that is found in gluten.)
Gluten Free Magazines
If you’re looking for some seasonal recipe ideas, gluten free magazines can be a great resource. Most magazines have a section entirely devoted to recipes and cooking tips. If you find a recipe, gluten free appetizers for example, that sounds appealing but you don’t have time to make it in the immediate future, be sure to clip it out for use another day. Some organizations like the Coeliac Society produce monthly newsletters that are also a great source of recipes.
Invent Your Own
Once you’ve been cooking gluten free meals for awhile, why not try your hand at creating your own recipes? After acquiring some experience with combining different types of ingredients to substitute for wheat flour, and seeing which types of processed foods contain gluten – chances are you’ll be ready to create your own culinary masterpieces. And there is no better teacher than experience – and experiments!
Gluten free cooking can be rewarding and fun – and it’s even easier when you have great recipes. By trying recipes from a myriad of sources you’ll increase your cooking experience and expand the variety at your table.