Gluten-free cooking, crockpots and slow-cookers!
A gluten-free diet is one that avoids (as you might expect) ‘gluten’, which is a protein mainly found in grains, such as wheat, barley or rye. If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease, even a small amount of gluten in your food can be overwhelming for your digestive system.
There is currently no cure for gluten intolerance – the only way to avoid the symptoms is to embrace a gluten-free diet and lifestyle. (For more information about how to live a gluten-free life, get your free copy of my lifestyle guide Make Me Gluten-Free.. In 30 Minutes!).
Following a gluten-free diet isn’t easy – it can be frustrating at times, given just how many different food products have gluten or traces of gluten as an ingredient. But if you get organized and stick to some basic rules, it becomes piece of cake. And it gets even easier if you buy yourself a slow cooker.
A slow cooker is a huge advantage if you want to live and eat gluten-free. Why? It makes the cooking process soooo much easier. Using a crockpot not only saves you time, but it also gives you tastier food with a richer flavor and better texture. This is because you can cook at lower temperatures and for longer, making it more tender.
Approved food types on the gluten-free ingredient list include beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, meat (beef, pork, poultry), fruits, vegetables and dairy products, as well as ancient grains such as amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, rice, millet, quinoa, sorghum, soy, tapioca or teff. Certain types of flour are also gluten-free, including rice flour, potato starch and bean flour.
Now it’s time to let your crockpot take over! Just mix up ingredients and your crockpot will cook your food slowly, allowing it to develop unique vibrant flavors without turning mushy (as it might when cooked over a stove).
Remember, your slow cooker is your best friend in the kitchen!
This post is an excerpt from the cookbook Make Me Gluten-free… 101 Crockpots!, which is available below!