As someone who writes, blogs, tweets, and talks about gluten-free living all the time, I paused before writing this post. What will be helpful for me to write today? What can I say here to help spread awareness about Celiac disease and gluten-intolerance?
Since creating this blog, I’ve learned a lot about how to live gluten-free. Each week I approach gluten-free living with a slightly different perspective. Some weeks, the focus is on getting more whole grains and fresh vegetables into my meals, and having less processed foods. Other weeks, if I’m on the road a lot for work, my focus is on packing up satisfying gluten-free meals and snacks, and finding good gluten-free options at restaurants when I’m just too far from my kitchen for too long. This blog has been all about discovery. I hope to one day be an expert in gluten-free living, but with just two years under my belt and a much longer history of recurring symptoms and elusive diagnoses, I’m still figuring all this out myself. And hopefully that’s why you’re here reading this now. You’ve been on this journey with me, and maybe you’ve learned along with me.
So I think the best way for me to help spread awareness is to reflect on my journey to gluten-free living through some of my recipes, and to share what I’ve learned about certain ingredients that make gluten-free life even better.
5 Gluten-free Recipes for Celiac Awareness Month:
I created this recipe shortly after I first was introduced to coconut flour. Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein, and can lower cholesterol. It is a fantastic thing to add to your diet when going gluten-free, because it adds richness and bulk.
Savory Veggie Pancakes
When I made my first gluten-free pancakes a couple of years ago, I was amazed and delighted at their deliciousness. Now I make them regularly without a second thought! Goes to show you that being gluten-free may seem daunting now, but it does get easier, especially if you are open to finding new ingredients and trying new things. This recipe for savory pancakes uses urid flour, an Indian lentil flour. Lentil flour is high in protein, fiber, potassium, and a slew of other essential nutrients.
Curried Spaghetti Squash
I fell in love with spaghetti squash the first time I cooked it. It is by far my favorite type of squash, and certainly one of my favorite veggies. Spaghetti squash offers up helpful amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
Cashew Cream Sauce
If you are like me and avoid both gluten and dairy (for instance, kids and parents dealing with autism often eliminate both gluten and casein from their diets), I hope you will rethink the role of cashews in your diet. Cashew flour is high in good fats and iron, and has a low glycemic load, so you won’t get any spikes in your blood sugar and insulin levels from this creamy sauce.
Apples have been a longtime love of mine, if you couldn’t tell from the name of this blog. Apples are an ingredient that I can always come back to if my inspiration runs dry, or if I just want something that is comforting, wholesome, and that my sensitive system will not protest. An apple a day… ;)
Happy Celiac Awareness Month! Here’s to many more delicious gluten-free days!