If you’ve gone gluten free you’ve done it at the right time. Millions of Americans have gluten intolerance or gluten allergy (also known as Celiac Disease), and as a result, restaurants and food stores all over the country are offering gluten-free foods and menus. Even still, eating gluten-free can be pretty difficult.
Stock up your pantry with these gluten-free alternatives and you’ll make your life much easier.
- Soy sauce – It sounds crazy, but most soy sauces actually have wheat in them. If you’ve gone gluten-free you’ll have to be extra careful about which brands of soy sauce you cook with or use on your sushi. While there are some gluten-free versions out there, the safest bet is to go with Tamari, a high-quality soy sauce used in Japanese cooking. It contains no wheat or gluten whatsoever.
- Pasta – Traditional Italian pasta noodles are off the menu if you’re gluten free. Fortunately there are lots of alternatives.You can opt for an Asian rice noodle, which don’t contain any gluten, or pasta made out of brown rice (Tinkyada is my favorite brand). You can also get creative and create noodles out of veggies, which is what I do a lot. Carrots, zucchini, squash, and sweet potatoes are all great options.
- Tortillas – Sadly, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas – they all use flour tortillas which are of course full of wheat. Want to make these great mealsbut not risk your health? Swap them out for lettuce leaves instead.
- Sandwich bread – Just like with tortillas, if you’re craving a sandwich but your gluten intolerance begs you not to, wrap your meat and veggies with lettuce or cabbage leaves instead. Just add a little mustard and you’re good to go.
- Bread crumbs – A lot of recipes call for breadcrumbs, but if you’re intolerant or allergic to gluten you can’t eat them. You can swap out the bread crumbs for gluten-free oats, or use bread crumbs from brown rice flour bread.
- Flour – Flour’s a pretty easy one to sub out. You can use almond flour, chickpea flour, brown rice flour, coconut flour, and a dozen other options in between.
Have you gone gluten-free? Try out these alternatives and start making yourself healthy, gluten-free meals today.
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