- Is your favorite gluten-free bread on our list?
The gluten-free phenomenon has lead to dozens of new products on store shelves. Breads and baked goods are some of the hardest foods to make tasty and sans gluten. We polled our readers and took their favorite brands for a test drive.
For this taste test, we rated breads based on taste, texture, nutrition and cost. Each variety was rated on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). Gluten-free breads are famously higher in calories so we tried hard to find some smart and tasty options. Most of the brands recommended toasting for best taste –this was definitely the preferable way for just about all of the options.
Food for Life – Millet Bread
Nutrition Info (per slice): 100 calories; 21 grams carbohydrates; 0.5 gram fiber
Our Take: The millet gave this bread a pleasant nutty and sweet flavor. While many GF breads are dry and crumbly, this was almost too chewy. The slices are tiny and overall, not worth the price.
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- One-Pot Chicken Parm Rice -- photo by Stephen Scott Gross for Easy Eats
If you’re a working parent, you already know that dinner is not the easiest meal to get on the table. Even if you manage to cook up a complete meal, the last thing you want to be left with at the end of the night is a big pile of dishes in the sink.
Through the years, I’ve tried prepping all the ingredients ahead, partially cooking the recipes and making the entire meal and freezing all or half for later. These methods don’t quite fit with my spontaneous cooking personality type.
What cooking personality type are you?
This three-step chicken recipe makes perfect sense to me and it just happens to be gluten free. All I do is brown the chicken to give it some flavor then I layer the ingredients—and flavor—into one pot and the recipe pretty much cooks itself.
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- Gluten-and-Dairy-Free Matcha Truffles -- Photo by Silvana Nardone
The one thing that matters to me, even after Valentine’s Day is that there is chocolate in the house—really, any kind will do. By nature, chocolate is gluten free. But chocolate treats are often full of dairy—and other added ingredients that aren’t exactly good for you. After a little playing around in the kitchen, I realized that there was no reason to pigeonhole myself in traditional truffle-making technique.
Instead, I relied on the properties of individual ingredients to give me the texture I wanted. In place of heavy cream, which adds silkiness, I used tempered egg yolks to emulsify the chocolate truffle mixture. To hold the truffles together, I swapped coconut oil (I prefer the flavorless kind, but you can use either) for the usual butter.
Then came the fun part: Adding immune-supporting spices and teas, like turmeric root and green tea. In these truffles, which are infinitely adaptable to any flavor combination, there also just happens to be some feel-good, aphrodisiac ingredients, like chocolate and vanilla.
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- Have you tried amaranth?
This under-appreciated grain is a perfect way to get in your whole grains, plus it’s gluten-free. Get tips on cooking it and creative recipes to try this tiny grain.
What is Amaranth?
Also called pigweed or Chinese spinach, amaranth was a staple crop of the Aztecs who used to make idols from amaranth, honey and human blood. This outraged Cortes who burned the amaranth fields and decreed that anyone growing the crop would be killed.
Amaranth was rediscovered centuries later and about 60 varieties are available today. Although amaranth is categorized as a grain, it’s really a seed (just like quinoa). The tiny seeds are about the size of sesame seeds and have a yellowish color. The seeds can be used whole or ground into flour. They have a sweet and nutty flavor and are a bit crunchy when cooked. The greens of the plant are also edible and have a sweet flavor.
Today China is the biggest producer of the grain, but it’s also cultivated in Mexico, Central America and some areas in the U.S.
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Forget everything you’ve ever learned about how to make a good meatball. There’s absolutely no reason meatballs shouldn’t naturally be gluten-free—and dairy-free. Trust me. Even growing up with a Roman father and Neapolitan grandfather didn’t arm me with enough explanation as to why you have to first soak bread in milk before you could even think of forming a meatball.
Why do meatballs have to be so complicated? When you think of what the soaked bread is technically there to do—give the meatball a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness—there are easier, healthier ways.
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- Use this simple staple to make two gluten-free weeknight dinners. Photo by Silvana Nardone
How do I keep the dinner pressure down in my kitchen? Along with the regular stress of beating the dinner rush with my two kids screaming that they’re hungry, my meals need to be gluten free. I’ve got my hands full, right? Not anymore.
Since my son Isaiah was diagnosed four years ago with both gluten and dairy intolerances, I thought I’d never come around to enjoying cooking and baking again. I was so wrong. It not only woke me up to the possibilities of what my family would eat, but how we would eat. Now, dinnertime is easy with my fast fridge fixes.
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- Which pretzel crunched the competition? See our taste test results.
Attention, snack lovers! We munched on popular whole grain pretzels to find which brands stack up the best for taste, crunch, and of course, nutrition. Find out the winners (and losers) in our taste test.
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Seems like everyone is buzzing about gluten-free diets. New products and diet books are flooding the marketplace and celebrities are swearing by their anti-gluten lifestyles. So what’s this really all about? Does going gluten-free hold the key to better health and weight-loss success, even if you’re not gluten-intolerant? Get the facts.
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- Pepper-Jack Chicken with Succotash - Photo by Antonis Achilleos/Food Network Magazine
Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Chelsea Clinton are all touting the virtues of a gluten-free diet. But many folks forget that a big part of gluten-free cooking is simple, fresh, and minimally-processed ingredients. Here’s a day’s worth of delicious and nutritious recipes that also happen to be free of gluten, including a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe!
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Going gluten-free is popular these days and not just for those who have a gluten intolerance. Interested in making the switch? We caught up with chef and registered dietitian Marlisa Brown, who shared beginner tips from her new book Gluten-Free Hassle Free.
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