If you’ve been anywhere near a television, magazine, or blog, you have probably heard about celebrities who are on a ‘gluten-free’ diet to lose weight. You may even know someone who has “cut out the gluten” to lose weight. Perhaps you have even seen some positive results.
Going on a gluten-free diet CAN help you lose weight and may even give you a boost in your energy levels. Does that mean we should all run out and stock up on all those great gluten-free products at the grocery store? As tempting as it is to do, the answer is NO. Let’s look at some simple facts and misconceptions about the gluten-free diet.
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cups smashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
Put flour, salt, and baking powder in a sifter and sift into a large bowl.
Put the butter and honey in a mixing bowl, and With an electric mixer cream until smooth, then add the eggs and beat until well blended.
Add the bananas and dry ingredients slowly into the creamed mixture, stirring as you add, until blended. Add the nuts and stir until combined, then scrape the batter into the loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges and top springs back when touched.
Remove and let cool slightly in loaf pan before turning out and slicing to serve.
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There are some words that enter our vernacular rather suddenly without much in the way of a formal introduction. The word ‘gluten’ is one such word. If you discuss eating, cooking, or diets at all, you have probably heard the word. You may have heard about people who have to avoid gluten. Perhaps you or someone you know has to follow a ‘gluten-free’ diet.
In this article, we will discuss the basics about gluten – what it is and where it is found.
When you are invited to a potluck dinner, do you feel the pressure to get it perfect? Sure, you want to provide a delicious dish, but somewhere between a culinary masterpiece and a disaster lies a dish you can be proud of.
Let’s take a look at some issues that could create a less than perfect, or even presentable, potluck table, and what you can do to prevent it from happening.
In today’s busy world it’s getting more difficult for families to find the time to sit down at the dinner table together. There’s homework to do, deadlines to meet, and very little time to breathe let alone cook a big meal. Italian cuisine may be intimidating because some of the meals look very time consuming. But, don’t despair. There are ways to fit even Italian cooking into your schedule. Although there is no way to add any extra hours to the day, there are ways to take the stress out of cooking a big meal. Let’s take a look at ideas to make the preparation quick and easy for families on the go.
If you have ever traveled to New Mexico, you will see that the style of cooking is dominated by the use of red and green chiles. In fact, the standard question in any kitchen in New Mexico is “red or green?” Your preference will really depend on how hot you want your food and what type of dish you are preparing or eating. What are the main differences between these two staples of southwest cuisine, and how are they used to create a culinary work of art? Let’s take a look.
If you have ever hosted a holiday party, you know how difficult it can be to please everyone on your list. There are so many different expectations, likes and dislikes, that it can almost seem impossible to plan for all your guests’ preferences. But this can be done and your budget doesn’t have to suffer. Let’s take a look at a few ideas for providing your guests with the foods they love while staying within your budget.
Zest is a funny word. We can use it in many ways. Is zest a noun or a verb? Let’s take a look at the essence of zest, what it can provide in the kitchen, and some techniques for gathering this tricky little super-flavor.
What Zest Provides
The outermost rind of citrus is where you find zest for cooking. It is valued for the intense, fresh, and brightening flavor it imparts to food. That is thanks to an abundance of aromatic oils in the rind.
However, there is a sub-rind, also known as the pith, which is white in color and directly under the rind. This pith is very bitter and not desirable at all when it comes to cooking. The pith serves only one purpose; to help protect the fruit from predators.
Sometimes all it takes is one simple ingredient to turn your everyday recipes into a gourmet meal. There are literally hundreds of single ingredients which, when added to your dish, will transform the entire flavor profile of the food.
You may recognize these ingredients, but when used in new ways, they become something totally different. Very simple spices like rosemary added to your baked chicken and potatoes or ingredients like prosciutto on your Hawaiian pizza, will change things up quite a bit. I can think of three extremely versatile ingredients to jazz up almost any dish you can make. Let’s take a quick look at these simple ingredients:
Cooking gourmet can mean as many different things as there are ingredients in the grocery store. So, before you actually begin cooking gourmet meals on your budget, you have to define what it means to you. Take a look at the following general definitions of what gourmet dining means to different people:
Appearance – If you define gourmet as the way a dish appears, you can learn a few techniques for creating new and exciting presentations of your meals without spending a lot of money.
New – If your definition of gourmet means trying something new, there are hundreds of different foods that you can give a try without worrying about your budget.
Exotic – If your definition of gourmet food relates to exotic tastes, you’ll need to find creative ways to find these exciting new flavors without breaking the grocery budget.
Now let’s look at a few helpful tips to find ways to introduce gourmet ingredients and style to your meals, while keeping your budget in mind: