Being gluten-free means actively avoiding gluten, which is a protein found in most grains such as wheat, rye and barley. People who are gluten-free avoid these grains and all foods containing them. This includes traditional bread, pasta and cereals. Instead, they might eat gluten-free grains such as quinoa, buckwheat or oats. People who are gluten-free might also eat plant-based proteins such as legumes, nuts and seeds, and plenty of vegetables. Many fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten-free. In addition to these foods, there are many gluten-free substitutes for wheat-based products such as bread and pasta. Eating a gluten-free diet has many health benefits. Studies show that it can help improve digestive health, reduce inflammation, and improve overall well-being. People with gluten sensitivities and intolerances might find that they have fewer digestive symptoms and feel better overall while on a gluten-free diet. People without sensitivities should consult with a doctor before eliminating gluten from their diet.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
1 package gluten-free polenta 1 package vegan ricotta cheese 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 bell peppers, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Place the cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Mix until combined. 3. Spread the vegetables on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until tender. 4. Meanwhile, prepare the polenta according to package instructions and spread it in an 8×8-inch baking dish. 5. Spread the vegan ricotta on top of the polenta and then top with the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with vegan mozzarella cheese. 6. Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and everything is heated through. 7. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!