I sometimes feel a bit stuck in a rut when it comes to my gluten free diet as it seems that I am churning out the same foods over and over again. This gets EXTREMELY boring, so in order to keep feeling happy and healthy, it’s important to try out new things. As it’s a new year, I’m trying the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ approach.
So, this month I thought it would be good to cut down on my tea intake. I am not drinking tea in the morning with my breakfast (sigh) and instead I am swigging back the blended juice quicker than you can say ouzo! My mum makes these from her Nutri Bullet Pro (last years Christmas gift to her and she LOVES using it). I have never been a big juice/smoothie fan, but I drink it!
This morning, I had a concoction of kale, carrots, blueberries and raspberries! I also drink lots and lots of water, as my skin is very dry at the moment.
I have been looking at my cookbooks and recipes that I have cut out from magazines and thinking about how to adapt them to gluten free (rather than just flicking through and putting them back on the shelf for another day). I am not someone who feels the need to buy the bestselling cookbooks as I know that they will probably stay on my shelf gathering dust.
However, there are some cookbooks that are on my shelf that I thought were worth mentioning. I have chosen ones that require the minimum amount of faffing! I am no Nigella and I certainly do not have time to swan around in my nightie and stock up my pantry full of fabulous ingredients (I don’t have a pantry- I have a tiny gluten free cupboard).
LEAN IN 15 by Joe Wicks
This year I decided to buy the incredibly popular cookbook by Joe Wicks AKA the body coach. I am trying out a few of his exercise routines as well as his simple, whip it up like a pro recipes! Most of his recipes do not contain any gluten ingredients hoorah!
EASY GI DIET by Helen Foster
My nan bought this book for my mum years ago. It gives you weekly food plans, so whether you are looking for a change in your diet, or need to boost your energy, this is a really useful book!
EASY GLUTEN FREE COOKING by Rita Greer
This book is basic but helpful. I bought this when I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease. Good recipes for when you are in a hurry as well as on the go snacks and meal ideas for children.
CHINESE FOOD MADE EASY by Ching-He Huang
My sister bought this book for me quite a few years ago as a Christmas gift. This is a lovely book, and although not all gluten free, it is easy to change the recipes to suit your needs. Great authentic chinese dishes.
In the above picture I have my purple weights, along with my pink physioworld roller that I use for my very clicky back and a fitness ball, that I use for my home fitness workout.
Anyway…back to the cookbooks. Here are some other cookbooks that I don’t own but are worth investigating:
GLUTEN IS MY BITCH by April Peveteaux
Funny and honest book with some very good recipes. Useful for someone who has recently been diagnosed with Coeliac disease.
LEARN TO COOK WHEAT, GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE by Antoinette Savill
For those like me who want comfort food and are not ready to have loads of quinoa and salad, then this cookbook is for you. With 100 recipes, it includes some nice dinner party recipes for those who want to show off their gluten free cooking skills.
THE GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK by Heather Whinney, Jane Lawrie and Fiona Hunter
A book that has over 230 recipes. Jam packed full of information, it has a nutritional breakdown for recipes and has clear step by step guide to baking for those who want to make their own bread, cakes, pastry and pasta!
So if you are stuck in a rut, do not fret, try something new and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Get out there and own it! 🙂
What cookbooks are on your shelf?