Gluten free salsa is a healthy condiment for foods that is easy to make. You can eat it with tortilla chips, tacos or over rice. The sweet and hot taste adds plenty of zest to any meal. This hot stuff is available in stores but it’s better homemade. Jarred or canned versions may not be as strong as freshly made versions. However, if left long enough the fusion of flavors can prove to be ideal.
Store bought salsa is generally made in a factory. Anything prepared in a factory is subject to cross contamination. For gluten sensitive people, this can be a real problem. Gluten free salsa must be free from cross contamination. Otherwise you can become quite ill as a result. Cross contamination occurs when a gluten free food becomes contaminated either directly or indirectly with a gluten food. For example, mixing gluten flour with gluten free flour. When it comes to store bought salsa it is the vinegars that contain gluten. For this reason, homemade is best because you can prevent cross contamination.
Gluten free salsa options range from basic to hot, all depending on what ingredients you choose to use. Alternatively it can be served hot or cold. An important fact is that eating salsa can provide many health benefits to the body.
Salsa is low in calories. The main ingredients, produce and herbs are naturally low in calories. The use of tomatoes and lime juice add lots of beneficial vitamin C and E to your diet. Hot peppers provide beneficial capsaicin. Capsaicin relieves arthritis, pain and aids in weight loss. Red onions contain high amounts of quercetin which is a natural anti-inflammatory food. Garlic is a gut protector. It is a a natural anti-fungal agent which keeps your digestive tract free of unwanted fungi and yeast. You can make simple gluten free salsa with just those ingredients mentioned above.
Gluten Fee Salsa Recipe
- 4 medium tomatoes (diced)
- 3 cloves of garlic (freshly minced)
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1 small red onion (diced)
- ½ tsp cumin
- ¾ cup cilantro (chopped) freshly squeezed lime juice
- salt, black pepper to taste
- First, place all ingredients, except salt and pepper into blender or food processor for about 1 minute until well combined.
- Next, add salt and pepper to taste a little at a time until desired taste is achieved
- Finally pour gluten free salsa mixture into bowl and refrigerate. Serve along side tortilla chips.
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Yeast free raisin bread is very easy to make and requires few ingredients. Most of the gluten free ingredients you will already have in your pantry. The most intriguing thing about this bread is that it is yeast free, just like moist banana bread recipe. As we already know for bread to be that soft texture it is the yeast that helps in achieving this. Immediately when we think of no yeast we think of tasteless, hard or smaller yields. But that couldn’t be father from the truth with this recipe. Not only can this be whipped together in about 10 mins it will yield the soft favorable texture you think of when you think of gluten filled recipes.
Raisins aren’t usually high on the snack list but it is a good gluten free snack that delivers a high degree of nutritional value to our bodies. Raisins found in yeast free raisin bread helps to develop good memory, provide energy, reduces weight gain, relieves constipation and promotes strong teeth.
5 Benefits of Yeast Free Raisin Bread
- With the absence of gluten or yeast the inflammation that your body produces from the consumption of gluten is dramatically reduced. This is good because it will mean little to no bloating after eating it.
- If you are finding that you are often fatigued it could be due to the gluten intolerance your body has. Gluten makes it difficult for our bodies to absorb the vitamins and minerals we gain from eating certain foods. If our bodies fail to absorb the vitamins and minerals we will become tired often.
- Do you find that after eating delicious breads, pastas etc. you feel sluggish? This is because the yeast is causing your digestion to become sluggish and work poorly. Yeast free raisin bread helps support good digestion which will avoid the nasty side effects of a sluggish digestion system.
- As mentioned before, yeast free results in little to no bloating. Gluten is sometimes the cause of major gas and bloating in the stomach. All of this combined with sluggish digesting can cause a host of problems and pain.
- Given that the majority of immune system is centralized around the gut, eating gluten free can actually help improve your immune system over time.
- 2 cups of flour
- ¾ cup of sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- half a box of raisins (approx. 7.5 oz.)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup Lactaid milk
- 1 large egg (beaten)
Simple Yeast Free Raisin Bread Method:
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease loaf pan with Crisco and dust with flour. Set aside
- In a medium glass bowl, sift flour and mix together with sugar, salt, raisins and basking powder.
- Lastly, add milk, egg. Mix together well. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake in oven for about 45 mins – 1 hour.
- Serve with warm with peanut butter, butter, jam or as is.
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Fluffy oat pancakes keep you energized during busy mornings because they rev metabolism and keep hunger at bay. When we dash out the door we tend to grab a carb loaded breakfast which burns up by lunch leaving hunger pangs to rage. Instead grab a protein packed breakfast like oat flour pancakes which will prolong satiety and boost weight loss in the process. Adding oat flour to your recipes is basically adding ground whole oats that leave you feeling more satisfied after eating. Remember to include fruit with this meal for a healthier boost of nutrients.
Where does oat flour come from?
Naturally, oat flour comes from oats which is a cereal grain that is classified as gluten free. Oats are considered gluten free because they are not wheat, barley or rye which naturally contain gluten. Oat flour is easier to digest and less likely to cause any allergic reactions. Making fluffy oat pancakes with oat flour makes pancakes delicious, chewy and fluffier than using regular flour because of its mild flavor.
You can make your own oat flour by grinding unflavored rolled oats in a food processor. Simple enough. Or you can simply purchase ready made oat flour from your supermarket. Use it instead of regular flour for cookies, quick breads, sauces, and any other baked goods.
Lowers risk of heart disease and cholesterol – eating high fiber foods like fluffy oat pancakes can prevent heart disease. Regularly consuming oat flour products can reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body by limiting the absorption of dietary cholesterol in the small intestines.
Soluble fiber like oat flour can help to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings in patients with borderline hypertension.
It will also help you to shed pounds and keep them off. Do you remember the full feeling after eating oatmeal or an oatmeal muffin? Well the same feeling occurs after eating oat flour pancakes which results in weight loss over time.
Fluffy Oat Pancake Recipe
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 tbsp. of baking powder
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 ¼ cup milk (dairy free)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Next add in eggs, milk and vanilla extract. whisk until well combined.
- Leave batter to rest while you preheat pan to medium heat.
- With a large spoon dump one spoonful worth onto frying pan. Turn over when bubbles form on top. Continue cooking until fully appearance.
- Serve fluffy oat pancakes alongside fruit and pure maple syrup.
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