Rocking Gluten-Free Spaghetti-The Filipino Style

Since we already know that there is a large pool of gluten-free selections that we can indulge in, it’s now much easier to explore gluten-free recipes and whip-up scrumptious safe meals, worry free.

There’s a wide array of recipes to discover for you, ranging from gluten-free vegan recipes, gluten-free cookie recipes, gluten-free cake recipes, or maybe even some gluten-free snack recipes for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the family.

How about a filipino-style spaghetti? Here’s a gluten-free diet recipe for you that can be enjoyed whether or not you worry about gluten in your diet. 🙂

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Filipino Style Rice and Corn Spaghetti

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams Rice and Corn Spaghetti
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 250 grams lean ground pork  
  • 250 grams ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh goat’s cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 chopped white onion
  • 1 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  • Cook the rice and corn spaghetti until al dente or firm to the bite.
  • Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan.
  • Sauté the garlic and onion.
  • Add the chicken and pork  after, and saute everything again for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water. Lower the heat and simmer the sauce for about 30 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste. Stir well until it thickens even more.
  • Add the sugar, and carefully season with salt and pepper.  
  • Put about a cup of pasta on each plate, and pour a ladleful of sauce on top.
  • Top with some goat’s  cheese. (Choose all-natural cheese for this recipe to make sure it’s gluten-free)

Serves 4 persons

This would also definitely make a great part of your gluten-free recipe for kids, too! In case you’ve missed it, here are some gluten free dessert, bread, and sandwich recipe.

Got any brilliant gluten-free culinary ideas that you would like to share? Just comment below!

Gluten-Free Diet: Some Facts You Need to Know

Last week, we have discussed gluten, its sources, and substitutes. Now, why don’t we move a little bit further and talk about the gluten-free diet?

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  A gluten-free diet, as the name suggests, is a dietary intervention where we try to remove gluten from meals. Here are important facts you need to know about this special diet:

1.) Gluten-free diet is primarily made for people who experience adverse reactions to gluten. With that being said, certain claims that it is a miracle diet for weight loss should be taken with a grain of salt, due to the lack of substantial studies to back such claims[1]. Though it is not intended to provide an express lane for dieters, weight loss can still be achieved incidentally, since this involves swapping out certain gluten-free grains, and incidentally, some processed food from their diet.  

2.) A gluten-free diet does not require people to worry about other proteins and fat sources aside from gluten. Since wheat, barley, rye, and its hybrids are essentially the main sources of gluten, these are the ingredients those with gluten intolerance should guard against.

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3.) Aside from celiac disease, the gluten-free diet is also applicable to those who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is a condition where muscle contraction during digestion is no longer coordinated, resulting in irritation during the process. The diet prescribed for such health concerns is called FODMAP (Fermented Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) diet, which includes gluten-free food items to avoid allergies or any other potential intolerance[2].

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4.) Gluten-free diet also helps to address certain health problems such as gluten ataxia, dermatitis herpetiformis, wheat allergy as well, other than the most commonly known diseases associated with this diet (Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity[NCGS]). 

5.) Gluten-free diet may also help improve systemic symptoms in certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and HIV enteropathy[3]. However, consultation with a physician is advised, before following this diet to remedy these symptoms.

Got further questions about gluten, and the gluten-free diet? Fel free to leave us a comment below.

Sources:

 1.) CERTIFICATION, GLUTEN-FREE. Información en Español. The Gluten Intolerance Group of North    America, 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

2.)Angelle, Amber. “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention.” livescience.com. 20 Apr. 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.

3.) El-Chammas K, Danner E (Jun 2011). “Gluten-free diet in nonceliac disease”. Nutr Clin Pract (Review). 26 (3): 294–9. doi:10.1177/0884533611405538. PMID 21586414.