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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.
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.
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.
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.
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