Grain-Free Diet Resources:
You dont have to feel deprived on a grain-free diet. We have found wonderful resources to make life fabulous again. Enjoy grain-free granola, powerbars, bread, cake, and even pancakes :)
- THE BEST RECIPE WEBSITE: www.elanaspantry.com. Elana's website is loaded with yummie 100% Grain-free recipes, each one has a color photograph and full instructions. ~80% of her recipes are dairy-free as well. Elana also wrote the book you see above (and below). Her website features recipes that are not included in the book.
- THE BEST COOKBOOK: The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam
Popular food blogger Elana Amsterdam offers 99 family-friendly classics--from Pancakes to Eggplant Parmesan to Chocolate Cake--that feature her gluten-free ingredient of choice, almond flour. Because these recipes are low glycemic, low in cholesterol and dairy, and high in protein and fiber, they are also ideal for people with diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol.
So whether you're looking for a quick breakfast treat, a comfort food entree, or a showstopping dessert, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook proves that gluten-free cooking can mean healthy eating for everyone.
Click here to see the exact recipe for the Chocolate Cake pictured on the front of the book.
- OTHER RECIPE BOOK/IDEAS: a grain-free diet is very similar to a Paleo Diet (A Paleo diet does not allow grains either), so search amazon or the web for "Paleo Cook book" or "Paleo Recipes" and you'll find many options.
- NATURAL & BLANCHED ALMOND FLOUR WEBSITE: www.honeyvillegrain.com. Good price for Gluten-Free-Tested Almond Flour. It isn't organic, but Honeyville promises they do not use any chemicals when they process it. This is the brand that Elana uses in her recipes. If you want organic almond flour, you may be better off grinding it yourself. We use the Vitamix Tritan Container w/ Dry Blade to grind our own nuts and seeds.
- RAW ORGANIC 100%-GRASS-FED COW & GOAT CHEESE WEBSITE: U.S. Wellness Meats: www.grasslandbeef.com. Our local Natural Food store doesn't carry grass-fed cheeses, so this Amish website is wonderful. We primarily buy cheese and turkey jerky from them (and freeze-it), because our local store carries grass-fed organic meats. However, U.S. Wellness Meats also sells grass-fed and organic beef, chicken, and turkey. The downside is they have a $75 minimum. But their overnight shipping is very reasonable at $7.50 per order to anywhere in the US.
- ALKALIZING GREEN POWDER (Wheat grass-free & Barely-grass-free): Alfalfa Juice Powder by Optimally Organic. Pure, raw, organic, & freeze-dried powder you can use in smoothies or just mix with water.
- EGG REPLACEMENT FOR BAKING (if have egg allergy):
- Egg Replacement Powder Recipe. Commercial 'Egg Replacer' products contain citric acid (potential corn contaminant), so here is a quick recipe to make your own grain-free version. Mix together 2.5 C arrowroot powder + 1/2 C Baking Powder + 1 Tbsp Guar Gum. To substitute for one egg, add 1 teaspoons of Egg Replacer Powder to 3 Tablespoons of water and whisk into a slurry with a small whisk for fork.
- Flaxseed Gel: Simmer 1/4 cup flax seeds in 3/4 cup water for 5-7 mins, till thick. Strain the seeds out in a cheesecloth lined strainer –you'll need to squeeze it. Use 4 tablespoons for 1 egg. For extra lightness, whip the "gel" and fold through at the end of mixing. Resource: Weston Price, "Going Gluten Free" article. Note: Weston Price's website recommends a traditional GF diet, so be careful with his recipes as they may contain grain ingredients.
- Easy Flaxseed Egg Replacer. 1 egg = 3 TBSp water + 1 TBSP ground golden flax seeds.
- Chia Seed Egg Replacer. 1 egg = 3 TBSp water + 1 TBSP ground white chia seeds.
- ChickPea Flour Egg Replacer. 1 egg = 1/4 cup chickpea flour + 1/4 cup of water.
- Agar powder: Use with recipes that call for egg whites. For each egg white, dissolve 1 tbsp plain agar powder in 1 tbsp water. Whip, chill and whip again.
- Agar Flake Egg White Substitute Recipe.
- Elana's 2nd book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes contains a yummie recipe for Vegan (Egg-Free) Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes.
- Also, Elana's website has several Vegan (egg-free) baked goods recipes, do a search for "vegan" on her website, www.elanaspantry.com, to find them all:
- Other Grain-Free Vegan (egg-free) baked goods recipes:
- BAKING POWDER RECIPE (CORN-FREE): 1/2 cup cream of tartar + 1/4 cup baking soda + 1/4 cup arrowroot powder.
- POP"CORN" (Gluten-Free and CORN-FREE): http://glowingnow.blogspot.com/2011/04/popcorn-alternative-roasted-puffed.html
- VANILLA EXTRACT (Gluten-Free and CORN-FREE): Most GF-Vanilla Extract is made with alcohol derived from corn. We found a corn-free version made by Frontier, however, it isnt organic, but it is a great substitute in a pinch. To get organic vanilla extract, you can make your own (see below recipe).
- Frontier Vanilla Flavor (Gluten-Free and Corn-Free) Ingredients: Glycerin (from palm kernal oil), Fair Trade Certified; vanilla bean extractives and water. We contacted Frontier Dec 9th 2011 and they confirmed the Vanilla Flavor was both gluten and corn-free.
- Easy Vanilla Extract Recipe: Inexpensively make your own vanilla extract and be sure it is GRAIN-FREE. Needed: 1 pint (16 oz) grain-free alcohol + 2 Vanilla beans. If you are on a budget, you can use non-organic alcohol, but we use Organic Rum, such as Papaguyo Organic White Rum, which is made from sugarcane. A good Vodka to try is Caprock Organic Vodka, which is derived from grapes. Note: Vodka is not always made from potatoes, so be careful when choosing a vodka.
- Ojio Raw Wildcrafted Ground Vanilla. Gluten-free. If you can't wait for your homemade vanilla extract to mature, try using ground vanilla. Ingredients = ground vanilla. Distributed by Ultimate Superfoods, Inc. Is available at Wholefoods (I found mine in the raw-food isle at a San Diego, CA Wholefoods). You can also grind your own Vanilla. Most health food stores carry whole vanilla beans.
- Organic Spirits(GRAIN-FREE):
- Rum: Papaguyo Organic White Rum (molasses), CRUSOE Organic silver rum (sugarcane & Molasses).
- Vodka: Caprock Organic Vodka (grapes).
- PASTA/SPAGHETTI SUBSTITUTES:
- Bean Pastas from Explore Asian Authentic Cuisine
- Organic Black Bean Spaghetti - Gluten-free. Ingredients: Organic black beans, water.
- Organic Soy Bean Spaghetti - Gluten-free. Ingredients: Organic golden soybean, water..
- Organic Mung Bean Fettucini - Gluten-free. Ingredients: Organic green mung bean, water.
- Spaghetti Squash. Bake or steam spaghetti squash and scoop out the noodles. Dress with pasta sauce and meatballs. Tip: We steam our squash x 30-35 minutes. The key to great spaghetti-squash is cooking it long enough. Softer squash tastes more like pasta. We drizzle the squash-noodles with olive oil, salt, and pepper before we mix it into the sauce.
- Veggie Noodles or Ribbons (Cabbage, zucchini, carrots, parsnips, or yellow summer squash). Slice or peel veggies the same width as fettucini noodles. You can also use a gadget called a Saladacco Spiral Slicer or a Mandoline with julienne blades.
- Kelp Noodles by Sea Tangle: Made of only kelp (a sea vegetable), sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water. Their noodle form and neutral taste allow for a variety of uses including salads, stir-fries, hot broths, and casseroles. Gluten-Free. See below for Amazon link.
- Mung Bean Pasta by Eden: Thin, translucent noodles made of 100% mung bean starch. Cooks in 3 to 4 minutes. Gluten-Free. Perfect for Elana's Pad Thai Recipe. See below for Amazon link.
- CHEESE SUBSTITUTE: See Dr Ben Kim's Website.
- RECOMMENDED READING: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Among other things, this book contains important chapters on nut/seed and bean/legume preparation to improve their digestibility and nutrient assimilation. Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes contain phytic acids and enzyme inhibitors unless prepared properly.
- Note on Sprouted Grains: Nourishing Traditions recomemnds sprouting grains to improve digestibility, however, if you have a gluten sensitivity gene or celiac gene - eating sprouted grains will still cause problems. Sprouted grains still contain gluten (ie prolamines). So they will still trigger auto-immune conditions and intestinal damage. DO NOT rationalize that it is okay to eat sprouted grains...this will only impede your healing.