Being gluten free means not eating anything that contains or has been produced with gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. This diet generally excludes many processed foods, but there are a variety of food options that are naturally gluten free such as fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, nuts, beans, and seeds. There are also many gluten-free foods available in stores such as gluten-free breads, cereals, pasta, and desserts. Adopting a gluten-free lifestyle has many health benefits, including improved digestion, increased energy, better nutrient absorption and a decreased risk of certain diseases and health issues. It can also help reduce inflammation, improve heart health and minimize symptoms related to autism, depression, and chronic fatigue.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
-1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained -1/2 cup pittedKalamata olives, halved -1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped -1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese -1/2 cup cooked artichoke hearts, quartered -1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley -1 tablespoon capers -1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil -4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice -1 clove garlic, minced -1 teaspoon dried oregano -Freshly ground black pepper, to taste -Salt, to taste
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the quinoa. Return the water to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. 2. Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl and add in the olives, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, artichoke hearts and parsley. 3. In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, ground black pepper and salt. 4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine. 5. Transfer the quinoa salad to the refrigerator and let cool for 30 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy!