GF Review: Soy Sauce Substitute

When I found that most soy sauce contains wheat, I was devastated! Most of my old recipes called for this savory miracle worker, and I had to ban it from my diet. The Tamari gluten free soy sauce is fabulous option with no difference in taste, but I ran out tonight when I was making dinner.

In lieu of soy sauce, I found some fish sauce in my cabinets and added that instead. Fish sauce, or nouc mam, is found in many Vietnamese and Thai dishes. It is derived from anchovies, salt, and water, so it is completely gluten free! It worked perfectly for my stir fry, giving it the same savory goodness of soy sauce.

Snow pea stir fry with ground beef, onions, and red peppers.

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Safety First: how to handle rice.

One of the key staples in a gluten-free life is rice. Because it finds its way into most meals, it is good to know that washing these grains before cooking is important for your health. Now the question is why?

Rice and other starchy foods are commonly contaminated with a fungus called Aspergillus. When rice is stored for a long period of time–which it often is–the fungus may produce a substance called aflatoxin, which can cause liver cancer. But this does not mean you need to cut rice out of your diet! Simply remember to give it a good wash, cook thoroughly, and enjoy as usual!

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Currently Trending: Essentials for camping in the library.

Must have essentials for camping at the library: the 32oz. Alex water bottle, the can’t live-without backpack thermos, and fresh fruit! It’s borderline embarrassing how much I love these things, but I think it’s worth sharing because it can change your life for the better too!

The Alex water bottle may look like any other water canteen, but it is 100x better because you can open it from it’s mid-section to give it a thorough wash. Perfect for the obsessive mysophobe! It also comes in a smaller 20 oz.

Since the backpack thermos, coffee has never been better. The flip-top design keeps the spout clean and spill-proof which is what makes it stand out for other Thermos products. It keeps hot things hot for much much longer than your average travel mug… And yes, you are right: this is what thermi are supposed to do… but it’s ability to defy thermodynamics still fascinates me! 12 hours+ of hot coffee… amaZING!!!

Fresh fruit. The best snack ever, period.

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Recipes worth Sharing: Mochi!

Shared my coconut mochi in class today and it was a hit! Mochi is a popular Japanese dessert that I love making because it is so so so simple! One box of mochiko, 1 can of coconut milk, 1.5 cups of water, 2.5 cups of regular granulated sugar, and a tablespoon of baking powder. Mix it up and bake at 350° for one hour. Waiting for it to cool is the hardest part.

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