An Introduction to Gluten Free Cooking

What is gluten free cooking? What kinds of ingredients do you need? Where do you shop for gluten free food? And where can you find gluten free cooking recipes? We’ll give you the answers to these questions and more. Learning to cook gluten free meals takes a little adjustment but once you have the hang of it you’ll see how rewarding it is to avoid foods with gluten and cook meals that are tasty and promote good health.

The Health Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet
Various forms of gluten intolerance are on the rise. From gluten sensitivity and allergies to the more serious celiac disease, gluten has been found to cause a number of significant health issues. If you suffer from gluten intolerance, removing gluten from your diet, over time, eliminate a host of uncomfortable symptoms. Imagine that just changing your diet can eliminate chronic stomach discomfort, diarrhea, anemia, muscle weakness, mental fogginess and more. There are so many illnesses in the world that do not have treatments – it’s fortunate indeed that a change in diet can have such a profound impact on gluten related health problems.

Stocking the Pantry
The best way to switch to a gluten free diet is wholeheartedly. Clear out your pantry of anything containing gluten. This includes wheat, rye, barley, spelt and most oat products. Replace them with gluten free flours like tapioca flour, amaranth flour, corn starch, teff flour, potato starch, white or brown rice flour and necessary ingredients like xanthan gum. Find gluten free baking mixes for convenience and add those to the pantry as well. Remember that most foods are naturally gluten free, so the primary area you need to be concerned with is processed foods and foods traditionally made from wheat. The trick is to learn how to replace those foods with gluten free substitutes.

Gluten Free Recipes
Online is the easiest way to find gluten free or celiac recipes. One method of building your repertoire of delicious meals is every time you think of a meal you used to enjoy that contained gluten, attempt to create a gluten free version. Go on a quest to find the perfect gluten free pizza dough recipe. Or challenge yourself to create the world’s best gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Don’t forget to think about gluten free snacks as well as recipes for gluten free appetizers, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Celiac organizations like the Coeliac Society is another great way to expand your recipe repertoire.

Subscribe to a Gluten Free Cooking Magazine
Another great way to expand your culinary horizons is to subscribe to a gluten free cooking magazine like Delight or Living Without. These magazines provide helpful lifestyle tips as well as amazing recipes. You may end up finding your favorite gluten free recipe between the pages of one of these publications.

Whether you’ve just received a celiac disease diagnosis or if you’ve been living gluten free for years, taking an exploratory attitude toward gluten free cooking can open your horizons. Food is such an integral part of our lives – why not enjoy every minute of it?