Being gluten free means you omit products that contain gluten, which is a type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It’s not just about skipping out on bread or pizza, though–it also encompasses a wide range of foods, from certain grains to sauces, dressings and even beer. Eating gluten free can range from a passing fad to a lifestyle choice for the health benefits it can provide. There are a host of delicious and healthful gluten-free options available. For instance, quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat, and wild rice are all great grains to include in your diet and are naturally gluten-free. Many fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts and seeds, flaxseed, potatoes, and even certain types of beans are also gluten-free. Adopting a gluten-free diet can have many health benefits, such as aiding digestion, decreasing inflammation, improving energy levels, and even helping with weight loss. It may also be necessary for those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance who experience a range of symptoms when they do consume gluten. Eating gluten free isn’t always easy, but with the wide variety of delicious options available, you can find something to satisfy every craving–no gluten necessary!
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-1 onion, diced
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 inch piece of fresh ginger, minced
-1 teaspoon of curry powder
-1 teaspoon of garam masala
-1 teaspoon of ground cumin
-1 teaspoon of ground coriander
-1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
-1 cup of diced butternut squash
-1 cup of coconut milk
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
1. Heat a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, and coriander. Stir to combine.
3. Add the chickpeas, butternut squash, and coconut milk. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper.
4. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cover. Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender.
5. Serve the curry hot, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro, and enjoy!