Gluten-Free Cooking & Baking Hacks

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The kitchen can mean something different to everyone. It can serve as a main stage where the production of sustenance plays out several times a day. It can be the place to go for winding down, for comfort and warmth. When the body requires a change in the type of foods consumed, the kitchen can turn into a mystery of uncharted territory. With celiac disease and gluten-related disorders, those question marks take some time, energy, and experimenting to clear up. When some familiar, favorite recipes are no longer an option, it is important to explore alternatives. After all, the kitchen can be a laboratory, speckled with the presence of successful dishes that build up your cooking repertoire, provide the priceless pleasure of culinary accomplishment, and keep your body strong and functioning optimally.

Since a gluten-free diet is currently the only treatment for gluten-related disorders, removing gluten from the diet is essential for recovery and maintenance of health. Below are some hassle-free hacks to incorporate gluten-free cooking and baking into your life.

By incorporating hacks like these into your repertoire, a whole world of gluten-free flavorful cooking and baking will be at your fingertips in no time! Next is a recipe for mushroom gravy to get you started.

Mushroom Gravy

Looking for a gravy recipe that is easy to make, gluten-free, and almost absurdly delicious? Look no further. This mushroom gravy can accompany a holiday meal or can even go atop biscuits for a hearty morning breakfast. While most gluten-free thickening agents can work, cornstarch or arrowroot starch provide a more traditional consistency that will heat up well for leftovers.

4-6 medium-sized organic cremini mushrooms, cleaned of debris with a moist paper towel
2-3 tablespoons butter or avocado oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons thickening agent of choice (cornstarch or arrowroot starch are preferable)
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup broth, vegetable or chicken
salt and Pepper, to taste

Chop mushrooms or run through the food processor until finely diced. Warm oil in a medium sized skillet placed over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add mushrooms. Keep over the heat until mushrooms have cooked through, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle thickening agent and stir, allowing mushrooms to be thoroughly coated and the oil has soaked up any remaining powder. Add salt. Gradually pour in broth while constantly stirring. Continue to stir until the gravy begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Taste, add more salt and pepper as needed.

Cook time: 10 minutes
Yields: 1 cup

 

Copyright 2018, T. Ralutz, Original Recipe.

 

 

Article written for GIG by Tina Ralutz, Bastyr University Dietetic Intern. (2018)

This article has been assessed and approved by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.