Gluten free is a diet that completely eliminates the consumption of any foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein composite found most commonly in wheat, barley, and rye. Being gluten free means avoiding all products containing these grains – as well as any food derived from them, such as pastas, breads, beer, and some processed foods. Foods that are naturally gluten free include vegetables, fruits, dairy, legumes, eggs, nuts, seeds, and meat. Going gluten free can offer a range of health benefits such as improved digestion, increased energy, and even weight loss. Additionally, gluten free diets are regularly prescribed to those who suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, allowing them to maintain a healthy life.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-2 pounds red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes -1 large beet, peeled and grated -1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour, plus more if needed -1 egg, lightly beaten -1 teaspoon salt -2 cloves garlic, minced -1/2 cup heavy cream -2 tablespoons butter -2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves -1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper -1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1.Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 2. Add the potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and mash or process in a food processor until smooth. 3. Place the mashed potatoes in a large bowl and add the grated beet, flour, egg, and salt. Use your hands to mix until fully incorporated and a soft dough forms. If it’s too wet, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time. 4. Divide the dough into 8 smaller balls and roll each one out onto a lightly floured surface into a rope about 1 inch thick. Cut into 1-inch pieces. 5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook for a couple minutes until they float to the top. (This will only take a minute or two). 6. In a small saucepan, heat the garlic, cream, butter, thyme, and pepper over medium-low heat. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. 7. To serve, combine the cooked gnocchi with the garlic cream sauce, top with grated Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!