Get to know your Gluten Free Grains
Did it seem like your options had been depleted when you were first diagnosed as gluten-free?
There’s actually a lot of interesting and versatile foods that you can use, and that includes grains!
We’ve compiled a short list of some of our favourite grains, have you tried them?
Polenta is an Italian staple; it’s a versatile and tasty grain can be used in a variety of different ways and it’s one of our favourites!
This grain has a mild taste, but this can be boosted greatly by cooking it with stock/adding cheese if you’re making a savoury dish. You can even add citrus fruit flavours like orange or lemon if you’re making a sweet cake.
From cake making to a coating for fried foods, polenta is adaptable and always delicious. You can buy it ready made (this means you will only have to slice your polenta and serve cold or warmed through). You can buy course or finely ground polenta too, if you want it to cook quickly we suggest you go for the finely ground variety.
Get creative with polenta, have you tried it? We’d love to see some pictures of the results!
Polenta is available in most supermarkets.
Have you heard of teff? If you haven’t then this is a grain to read up on. The traditional Ethiopian staple can be used in a variety of ways; perhaps the most popular recipe is Injera, a flatbread which looks like a cross between a pancake and a crumpet and tastes amazing.
You can buy teff in wholefood shops around the UK.
Surprisingly, buckwheat isn’t actually a grain! Although, it is still milled to be used as an alternative flour. Buckwheat flour works especially well in savoury recipes as it has a punchier flavour than polenta or rice.
It’s a great addition to any diet as it contains plentiful amino acids, protein, magnesium and many more essential nutrients.
You can buy buckwheat and buckwheat flour in supermarkets & whole food stores across the UK.
Quinoa isn’t technically a grain, but it is generally used as one.
Whether your eating this pseudo-grain for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’ll give you a highly nutritious boost!
This anti-inflammatory contains all nine essential amino acids!
This grain should be rinsed and then cooked like rice. It has a light and fluffy texture, while still retaining a slight bite. It’s great cold in salads & Buddha bowls, as an accompaniment to a main meal, or you can even use this as an alternative to oats at breakfast time.
Quinoa is widely available in supermarkets and wholefood shops across the UK.
From paella to rice pudding, you can’t go wrong with a bit of rice.
You can use it in salads, stews, soups, risotto – add herbs & spices, fruit or sweet flavours … this is a classic that’ll never go out of style!
Rice flour is also a great alternative to use while baking, just make sure to get the quantities right so it’s not too grainy.
You can buy a wide variety of rice in UK supermarkets and wholefood shops.