To be gluten free simply means not consuming any foods that contain gluten—a type of protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. This means avoiding most breads and pastas, as well as many processed foods like cereal and granola bars. Fortunately, there is an extensive selection of gluten-free foods that are just as delicious as traditional options. Gluten-freee substitutes now exist for almost anything you might be craving! Gluten-free dieting has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. People with Celiac Disease, which is medically diagnosed, are especially encouraged to follow a gluten-free diet, as are people who are non-Celiac gluten sensitive. For those who do not suffer from either condition, many people report that avoiding gluten can help alleviate digestive issues, support a healthy weight, and improve overall well-being. In sum, the gluten-free lifestyle can be both satisfying and good for your health!
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup raisins
1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the quinoa to the pan and stir to combine. Add the vegetable broth and stir to combine.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the oregano, salt, pepper, and raisins.
5. Serve the Vegan Quinoa Pilaf warm. Enjoy!