Being gluten-free (and vegan) can be a challenge!!! I’ve been there. At first it’s really, really hard and it makes no sense!!! Before it starts to make sense There are 10 Things You Need To Know If You Are New To Gluten-Free (and vegan).
10 Things You Need To Know If You Are New To Gluten-Free – The Basics
There are a few things if You Are New To Gluten-Free you should already know.
- Gluten is the general name for the proteins found in wheat, barley and rye
- Gluten is present in lots and lots of staples; bread, crackers, pastry, cakes…
- If you do not need to be gluten-free DON’T be gluten-free. It is not healthier, better for you nor will it make you cool
- Being gluten-free (and vegan) is REALLY challenging – but it does get easier.
10 Things You Need To Know If You Are New To Gluten-Free
This is not an exhaustive list but it will get you going in the right direction…
- You Need To Read The Ingredients On EVERYTHING You Buy – look out for ingredients in bold in the UK (allergens including gluten)
- Most gluten-free bread has egg in it – and most of it tastes like damp cardboard. Similarly don’t assume if something is gluten-free it is vegan (or even vegetarian)
- Don’t be surprised that gluten-free, vegan products are often a) expensive b) taste like crap
- Just because it is gluten-free, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy – processed food tends to be full of fat and sugar regardless of whether it is gluten-free and vegan
- Oats are technically gluten-free but the processing and milling (in the same place as flour) means most oats are not gluten-free (unless labelled as such) – NB oats contain a protein avenin, which is similar to gluten that some people with coeliac disease and sensitivities cannot eat
- You should be very careful of cross-contamination at home (if your home is not gluten-free) – do not share a toaster, utensils, spreads can get crumbs in them… Look at separate cupboards and utensils etc.
- Grains like millet, quinoa and buckwheat (not related to wheat, a grass) a fabulous and work great as sides and in baking
- You will make mistakes. It is a steep learning curve. Keep on learning, don’t give up
- If you accidentally eat gluten and feel unwell. Ride it out, look after yourself. There is no magic wand that will make you feel better
- Cooking for yourself is the way to go. You will know exactly what went in your food, you reduced the risk of cross-contamination and you saved money on crappy tasting ready meals.
Gluten-Free, Vegan Store Cupboard Essentials
There are a number of gluten-free, vegan items I regularly buy; weekly, monthly or quarterly! Regularly! They form the foundations of my cooking and baking. Find out what forms the core of my cooking and baking in my Store Cupboard Essentials Cheat Sheet. Download it for FREE by clicking the button below.
10 Things You Need To Know If You Are New To Gluten-Free – Simple Recipes
It can be a little bit daunting starting out being gluten-free (and vegan) so here are five of my go-to recipes that are super-quick, easy and use easy to get hold of store cupboard ingredients
- Perfect Plain Rice – I adore rice and have it at least once a day. This recipe works everytime
- Tofu and Green Peppers in Black Bean Sauce – one of my all time favourite dishes. Perfect with plain rice
- Chick Peas and Kale in Tamarind Tomato Sauce – great for curry night and very,
- Carrot and Lemon Soup – so quick and easy to make and wonderfully light and full of flavour
- Uber Rich Chocolate and Strawberry Brownies – we all need a treat from time to time. These are delicious.
What Is Your Tip To Share If You Are New To Gluten-Free?
There are lots of tips If You Are New To Gluten-Free – this is my tiny selection of faves…
What are your tips to share If You Are New To Gluten-Free? Drop a comment below or ping me on social media! 🙂