I want to start cooking healthy and gluten free. This will be hard cause I don’t even know how to cook at all! So I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on healthy cooking APPS???
Fresh vegetables, stir-fried in olive oil. Add gluten-free spices, salt, and pepper.
Dried beans. Soak overnight, cook for about an hour, and drain. Add gluten-free spices, salt, and pepper. There are dozens of varieties of dried beans!
Brown rice. Cook for 30-45 minutes. Add gluten-free spices, salt, and pepper.
Chicken breasts. Slice thin, cook in olive oil and add gluten-free spices, salt, and pepper.
Gluten-free pasta (rice pasta; the brand "Tinkyada" is the best). I like to add a little olive oil and some oregano/basil (you can buy "Italian Seasoning) and salt.
You can add gluten-free pasta or pizza sauces to any of the above. You can add small amounts of low-fat cheese such as mozzarella, parmesan (fresh is best), and provolone. Small amounts of pecans, walnuts, and almonds can add crunch and "good" fat to your dishes.
Eggs. Hardboiled eggs are high protein and relatively low-fat. I still like to fry mine in a little olive oil, though.
Yogurt (I like Greek yogurt) with fresh fruit such as blueberries, bananas, and strawberries added. You can also add a drizzle of honey if you like your yogurt sweeter.
"Gluten free" doesn’t necessarily mean "healthy". There are a lot of highly-processed gluten-free foods out there, and they’re just as bad for you as the "glutenated" kind. They’re OK for occasional, but sparing, use.
You can of course use "vegetable" oil for your frying, but I prefer "light" olive oil, which is suitable for baking and frying. Don’t use "extra virgin" olive oil for this; it’s best for salads.
I am a celiac, and I like to remember "eat fresh and eat naked" when I am cooking. I do have the occasional indulgence, such as gluten-free cookies (Betty Crocker has a GREAT gluten-free boxed cookie mix) and gluten-free cupcakes from a local bakery. Don’t deprive yourself, or you’ll end up gobbling everything in sight some night at 3 am.