Since we’re talking about food sensitivity friendly recipes, I figure there’s probably lots of unique ingredients that you’ve had to invest in. That can be hard if you’re just beginning to switch your eating habits from traditional to alternative. Some can be expensive and hard to find, but hopefully it’s worth the extra effort, I know it is for me. In an effort to help, I wanted to share my list of kitchen essentials with you:
1. Organic Coconut Oil – There’s a ton of brands out there but this one is my favorite. This brand does make a ‘full flavor’ version as well, but I find it to be too overpowering for cooking so I stick with the original which has only a hint of coconut flavor. I commonly use this as a butter substitute on my toast and for baking recipes.
2. White rice flour – I use this in almost every baking recipe instead of all purpose flour.
3. Brown rice flour – This is also a common substitute for baking recipes I find it to be slightly less gritty than white rice flour but I usually use both brown and rice flour in combination with each other.
4. Guar gum – A must have for all gluten free eaters. It’s thickening power far exceeds cornstarch so It’s definitely the more economical choice.
5. Agave Syrup – I use this as a white sugar replacement in dressings and marinades. Beware: it’s way more concentrated so you only need a very small amount. Interested? Read more about agave nectar here.
6. Unsweetened apple juice & Apples – These are both wonderful sweeteners in cookies and muffins. If you don’t tell the kids they’ll never know you didn’t add sugar!
7. Quinoa – This miracle grain is a complete protein and can be eaten cold or hot AND it cooks in the same time as rice. Bonus!
8. Wheat free soy sauce – Try this brand they ferment soybeans instead of wheat without skimping on the flavor.
9. Good Earth Organic Teas – I am a tea junkie! I have about 8 teapots and an overflowing cupboard of different teas. This company makes delicious, affordable and easy to find teas. They also make a ‘good night’ tea that aids in digestion. I’m also a sucker for ANY silk road teas when I find myself in Victoria.
10. Rice Pasta – This is the BEST gluten free pasta I’ve found! It doesn’t clump together like other rice pasta I’ve tried and most importantly it tastes like the real thing.
Please let us know if any of these become your favorites too!