Since I started this blog, I’ve been reading a lot more on the internet about gluten-free eating than usual. Recently, I saw some information about not eating specifically gluten-free foods. Apparently, it’s healthier if you eat naturally gluten-free foods like quinoa, vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts, etc. Now, I don’t constantly eat specially gluten-free foods (as I posted here), but maybe I’m eating too much of it. Sadly, I still have some symptoms and I’m guessing it’s because I’m not eating enough natural foods like I listed above.
This is my cry for help. I need to start eating healthier, more naturally gluten-free foods. I need you out there! For example, I’ve never had quinoa in my life. I kind of steer clear of things that I can’t really pronounce. But, does anyone have any good recipes or good ways to cook these foods?
1. Quinoa: Is it crunchy? Is it soft like rice? What do you cook with it? So many questions. Help!
2. Couscous: Basically, refer to #1. I don’t have the guts (pun intended) to cook something like this. (I use Lundberg brand risotto that is gluten-free, so I’m guessing their couscous would probably be good, too.)
3. Seafood: I love me some fish. I really do. But I have yet to cook it myself. I used to devour popcorn shrimp like no one’s business. I want to use fresh seafood sometime to make a really awesome, delicious dinner/lunch. (I have made shrimp fried rice, though, and it was amazing. Frozen shrimp was used though. :()
4. Broccoli: Lord help me find a way to eat broccoli that doesn’t involve mounds of cheese. I love the tops but the stems of broccoli scare me. It feels like I’m eating a stalk of bamboo.
5. Smoothies: I’m really, really bad at eating breakfast unless there is something right there that I’m specifically in the mood for. This morning, I had an Udi’s blueberry muffin. It was delicious, but again, it is made gluten-free and muffins aren’t exactly the best for you…so smoothies kind of catch my eye. I love fruit! So if I could put some carrots or fruit or anything else in a blender and call it a day, I’d be a happy camper!
6. Tofu: I can’t even believe I said that. I keep looking back at that word wondering if I should delete it. I’m torn. Give me a good way to make tofu so I can change my mind. I’m afraid it’s like eating a sponge.
If anyone, anyone has any way to help me with these foods, shoot me a comment below! Or, you can email me. My email address is on my about page. I need to broaden my gluten-free horizons. Please? :)