When you start dating somebody new, one of the things you want to keep in mind is whether or not they have any dietary restrictions and how you can work to accommodate their dietary needs. As such, if the person you started dating tells you that they have celiac disease, you might wonder what you can and should do when you are cooking for them. Celiac disease is an extreme allergy to gluten, and when a person with celiac disease consumes gluten, it can cause damage to the internal organs as well as cause severe pain, discomfort, and digestive distress. Get to know some of the ways that you can be sure to cook without gluten for your new significant other.
Use Cornmeal in Place of Flour
If you do not want to run out and buy yourself brand new alternative flours when you are cooking a meal for a new significant other, you can substitute cornmeal in recipes that call for flour. When you use cornmeal instead of flour in a recipe, keep in mind that the final result may be a bit more coarse and grainy than it would with finely sifted flour.
However, flavor-wise, the baked goods may be more flavorful and rich using cornmeal. In terms of substitutions, you will want to use about 3/4 cups of cornmeal for every cup of flour called for in the recipe. To ensure that your bread or other baked goods rise properly, you will want to add extra baking powder (around 2 to 2.5 teaspoons per cup of flour) to the recipe as well.
You can buy cornmeal from your local grocery store or from larger food suppliers, such as Dover Corn Products LTD.
Use Rice and Potatoes as Starches
When most people make a balanced meal, they do so by including vegetables, meat (protein), and a grain. For a person that is gluten intolerant because of celiac disease, you need to be careful what grains you use for that part of the meal. If you want to be on the safe side, you can use rice or potatoes for the side dish.
Rice is a safe grain for people with celiac disease, but you need to be careful of any rice mixes that include seasoning packets. These can sometimes include wheat germ or other gluten-containing ingredients. Stick with plain rice that you season yourself and you will be sure to avoid gluten altogether.
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free as well, but again, anything that is prepackaged or seasoned should be carefully scrutinized or avoided. Once you are more comfortable with gluten-free cooking, you can be more certain in your assessment of ingredients lists and finding gluten-free options in prepackaged foods.
Knowing these cooking tips can help you to confidently prepare a meal for your new significant other with celiac disease.