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I’m new to the gluten-free diet. Where do I start?
I recommend first reading, A Beginner’s Guide to Being Gluten-Free. This is a great article on how to get started with the gluten-free diet.
What gluten-free flour do you recommend for baked goods?
Instead of blending my own flour, I have found it really convenient to use gluten-free flour blends that are already commercially available. They work as a good cup for cup substitute in all your gluten-free dessert recipes. The flour blend I find myself using most is Bob’s 1-to-1 All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (priced well on Amazon). I also bake a lot with almond flour and hands down recommend Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour.
How do you eat out safely?
Eating out safely is not an easy question to answer. Always let your server know you need a safe, gluten-free meal. Express the seriousness of this. Try to order foods that are as naturally gluten-free as possible. Use your Nima Sensor to test foods you are unsure of.
What is the best gluten-free pasta you’ve ever tried?
Gluten-free pasta is often a mystery to me, that’s why I make my own. I haven’t found the “best” gluten free brand, per se, but I have fallen in love with Explore Asian’s gluten-free bean noodles. Explore Asian makes gluten-free black bean noodles, mung bean noodles, adzuki bean noodles and edamame noodles. I love them all and they have turned out to be the best tasting, low-carb gluten-free noodle substitute around! I don’t miss the empty calories of regular noodles anymore! I also love noodles from Miracle Noodles, Tolerant and Banza chickpea noodles.
What is your favorite gluten-free baking mix?
I enjoy a lot of baking mixes. I look for quality ingredients, good taste, and boutique brands. My favorite baking mixes are by Whole Note Baking because they are made from a blend of seven whole grain flours. I also like a few other brands that I talk about here.
What cookware do you use?
I am obsessed with using clean, healthy cookware, that’s why I use All-Clad Stainless Steel cookware. I highly recommend this healthy alternative to Teflon-coated cookware. I wrote about my healthy pots in this post.
You talk a lot about juicing. What appliances do you use?
What do you use to create zucchini spiral noodles?
Zucchini noodles are an amazing way to enjoy pasta guilt-free and gluten-free. I use the basic Vegetti that I got many years ago. Today, if I could do it over again, I’d buy zucchini spiralizer Pro version instead.
You write a lot about Jewish baking. What are some tools you recommend for the Jewish chef?
If you want to make challah, I highly recommend this molded bread pan. Gluten free dough is wet and cannot be braided, but this pan will make your challah look like it was braided. I also recommend a cookbook called, Perfect for Pesach, by Naomi Nachman.
Are there any gluten-free cookbooks you recommend?
Yes, as mentioned, I really like Perfect for Pesach by Naomi Nachman. Even though the title says “Pesach,” I found the recipes super accessible and delicious for year-round gluten-free cooking. I also like Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. It was one of the first cookbooks I ever bought. I also recommend Heather Christo’s Pure Delicious (150+ allergy-friendly recipes). It’s a keeper!
I was just diagnosed with Celiac disease. Is there a good book you recommend?
Yes, I really enjoyed Jennifer’s Way by Jennifer Esposito. She shares her journey to get a celiac disease diagnosis – it’s very touching. I also enjoyed Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, as she offers practical tips to living a strict gluten-free lifestyle, and Erica Dermer’s Celiac and the Beast.
Where do you buy gluten-free groceries?
I have found a lot of great gluten-free products at a great price online at Thrive Market. My friends (you) get 15% off if you sign up for a Thrive Market membership here. I shop a lot at Amazon.com too – just search for your favorite gluten-free products! I also shop at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts Farmer’s Markets (my fav!). You can also find gluten-free deals at Walmart and Target!
What lip balms do you recommend?
What gluten-free lipstick and gluten-free cosmetics do you use?
What is the best gluten-free cake recipe you’ve ever had.
My chocolate chip applesauce cake is to die for.
You talk about your rice cooker a lot. What brand do you recommend?
I like the Aroma 20-cup rice cooker in stainless steel. It sautees, simmers, steams and slow cooks. I couldn’t live without it!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t waste your pain. If you have celiac disease, make it a positive in your life, not a negative. Here’s more on not wasting your pain.