Thursday, September 16, 2010
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free Pumpkin Bread
It's a huge job trying to figure out what you can eat on a rotation diet, not to mention dealing with swallowing difficulties! So I decided to take over making my mom's food. I was never really a big "cook-er" before I made this decision. My mom is an amazing cook. She's made homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner's my whole life. I would go in and help her, maybe cut up salad, stir something for her, or open cans. Mostly I'd just watch. Watch how her hands moved when she crushed basil to add to soup. Watch her arms work when mixing a batch of chocolate chip cookies. See how quickly she moved when preparing multiple dishes. From watching her I learned how to cook.
I had a huge task in front of me. I had to find alternative proteins. Figure out how to cook different grains and vegetables in a way that she could swallow. Not to mention the actual cooking and baking. I also had to balance out her calories and nutrition.
Being forced to understand the role foods play in out health, completely changed how I thought about what I put in my body.
When I decided to start a blog, I knew that I didn't just want to talk about eating gluten-free or even soy-free. What I really wanted to is explore how changing our diets for the better will positively affect us. How eating healthy will make you healthy and happy. Not to mention by making the food healthy and delicious . . . .well where's the bad?!
I think I should be the next Project Food Blog Star because I have a voice. A voice that needs to be heard. It's a voice from another time and place. A time when food was real. When the colors where genuine. A place where people are healthy and alive.
I cook and write the way people used to, the way we all remember our grandmothers (not mine, but maybe yours) cooking. Fruit, vegetables, protein, grains. Real foods. Whole foods. If I can trace it to the earth I eat it. Write about it. Period.
Also so many people in this country and beyond suffer from food allergies. 1 in 10 people suffer from gluten allergies in the united states alone. More and more people are finding out they have food allergies, and are searching online for something, anything to eat. If they could come to FoodBuzz and find hope and answers . . . What more could they ask for? If I were the next Project Food Blog Star these people will be represented, and I will do my darnedest to bring them the best food I possibly can!
What should I eat for breakfast?
People around the world ask themselves that question every morning. For the average person, a bowl of cereal or a pastry will do, but for allergy sufferers neither of these work. Most store bought cereals are full of gluten, corn, or so much sugar it will stop your heart. Gluten-free cereals, for the most part, taste like little cardboard bits floating in rice milk. Gluten-free pastry is a different beast entirely. Finding delicious pre-made gluten, soy, and corn free donuts or danish is as likely as finding a Slurpee in the middle of the Mojave desert!
So what do I like to do?
I bake delicious healthy breads and bars, freeze them and eat them at my leisure.That's right.
At any given time I have a freezer chock full of flax brownies, quinoa raspberry bars, scones, pumpkin bread, and cran-apple bread. I think that since we are coming on the fall season, I am morally responsible for telling you how to make the best quick breads you will ever have!
Pumpkin is really thought of as the underdog of the vegetable world. If it's not baked in a pie or flavoring the latest latte at a coffee shop, it's useless.
Well, all I can say is "Tutt, Tutt"! Shame on you for belittling pumpkin that way.
Don't you know pumpkin is practically a power vegetable?! Here are 5 reasons why you should eat pumpkin:
1. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber which helps lower cholesterol, heart disease, and helps with . . . Ur . . . other things.
2. It's orange color tells you it's high in beta carotene which research has shown helps prevent certain cancers.
3. Pumpkins contain lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging.
4. Eating an ounce of pumpkin seeds three times a week can lower your risk of an enlarged prostate.
5. 1/2 a cup of pumpkin seeds has 92% of your daily value of magnesium. Boo yah!
Hopefully 5 reasons are enough for you to realize you must make this bread!
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free Pumpkin Bread
From The Allergen-free Handbook
Makes 1 Loaf
1/2 c. Canola Oil
3/4 c. Agave Nectar
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 c. Pure Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg
2 c. Brown Rice Flour
1 c. Tapioca Starch
3/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt 1/ c. Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 c. Chocolate Chips
1. Preheat the oven 350F.
2. Combine the oil, nectar, and vanilla until it thickens.
3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine.
4. Whisk together flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
5. Combine dry to wet. Fold in pumpkin seeds.
6. Bake for 30 minutes rotate, reduce temperature t 325F. Bake or 40 more minutes.