Gluten free cooking books...

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I'm currently getting a new kitchen installed in my house so for the past week I haven't been able to cook dinners from scratch as all my things are everywhere and it's so much hassle trying to find everything.  I can't wait to get back into cooking and baking as when you're on a gluten free diet it's better to cook and bake your own things so you can guarantee it's gluten free.  

I was recently in 'The Works' book shop which sells really cheap books, craft items, children's toys and stationery.  I just love this shop as I always find great books at low prices.  When I was in the shop they were also having a sale on top of their great prices. 

I have a slow cooker and have only ever made stew in it. Slow cookers are great as you basically bung everything into it, turn it on before you go to work and voilà you have your dinner ready for you coming home from work.  As this is such a great method to cook I wanted a cook book to give me ideas.  I found this healthy slow cooker recipe book by Sarah Flower which was only £2.99! Although this isn't a total gf book I've been gluten free for years now so I know what things I can't have and substitute with gf items. It has great recipes like chorizo, vegetable & chickpea casserole. I've just learnt that you can also bake in a slow cooker so I'm excited to try that out!

The second book I came across was the Vegan & Gluten free Baking book by Jasmin De Boo, this great book was only £3.99. This book has lovely recipes like mango cheesecake, chocolate & banana cream pie and peanut butter sandwich cookies. These are so yummy looking.

I always make my burgers from scratch using a burger press and lean steak mince. I want to make different varieties of burgers so when I seen this fun looking book called 'The burger ka-pow' I just had to get it as it has every possible sort of burger you can imagine. As you can see I've already been through this book thoroughly and put sticky notes on all the pages that have recipes that I would like to make (17 Not only does this book have amazing burger recipes like mexican turkey burger & veggie burgers it also has recipes for fresh sweetcorn relish and relish, how delicious will this be! This book was less than £4 in the shop but online it's £6.

Finally I spotted the Flat Belly Diet Gluten Free cookbook for £2.99. I'm not so fond of the idea of people going on a gluten free diet just to try and loose weight as nutritionists say that unless they have Coeliac disease, they are hurting their bodies by not getting the nutirents their bodies need. I do however think cutting down your gluten intake is probably healthier for your bodies but no need to cut it out totally.  

For  me being coeliac means that if I eat gluten it can really damage my gut and could lead to cancer if I don't stick to my diet. This is a wee bit from the Coeliac UK website to explain:

'Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or an intolerance, it is an autoimmune disease. In coeliac disease, eating gluten causes the lining of the small intestine to become damaged. Other parts of the body may be affected.
Coeliac disease is a lifelong condition. The gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease. If gluten is introduced back into the diet at a later date, the immune system will react and the gut lining will become damaged again. If someone following a gluten-free diet is retested for coeliac disease (antibody blood test, gut biopsy) it would be expected that the tests are negative. This means they are responding well to the gluten-free diet. There are no antibodies in the blood because there is no gluten for the immune system to react against. Taking gluten out of the diet allows the gut to heal.'

Before I was diagnosed with coeliac I was actually a stone lighter.  This is down to the fact that I my body wasn't taking in any nutrients from 'normal' food I was eating as it was damaging my body.  When I went onto a gf diet I slowly started to put on weight and now I'm a healthy weight for my height. In fact I'm now more prone to putting on weight as I take in all the nutrients so I have to try and watch what I eat.

This book actually has made me more aware of monounsaturated fatty acids which are healthier for you and explains all the fats that are more harmful to your body.

I'm so happy with these books and can't wait to get cooking and baking in my brand new kitchen! Hopefully finished recipe images to follow:)

Do you enjoy cooking & baking... if so I would love to hear what your favourite meals are?

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