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How to Cook for Dairy Eaters When You’re Dairy-Free

Having guests in your home can be especially challenging if you’re living dairy-free. Unless your guests also are dairy-free, they’re likely to be unfamiliar with some of the nondairy products you may [more…]

How to Choose Nondairy Meals at Restaurants

Sooner or later, you’re going to end up eating at a restaurant where the dairy-free choices aren’t obvious. The menu is the first resource you can study to determine whether the food you want to eat has [more…]

How to Identify Milk Allergies in Babies

Some babies have to avoid milk-based infant formulas because they’re allergic to cow’s milk. Specifically, they’re allergic to one of the proteins in cow’s milk. Casein is one example of a milk protein [more…]

How to Prepare Dairy-Free Snacks for Kids

When you choose for your children to go dairy-free, taking steps to ensure that you replace the dairy you’re ditching with foods that are comparable — and not worse than — the foods they’re replacing is [more…]

How to Go Dairy-Free with Dips, Sauces, and Dressings

Customizing your condiments makes it a cinch to create meals with all the flavor you want but without the dairy ingredients you want to avoid . Your imagination is all that stands between you and a vast [more…]

Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cooking low-glycemic foods is a wonderful tool for overall health, but it's especially beneficial for weight management and insulin resistance. Understanding the glycemic index and glycemic loads of foods [more…]

Gluten-Free Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your gluten-free diet can be healthy, inviting, and full of flavor. Why not start planning meals with recipes that leave out gluten and pack in good taste and great presentation? [more…]

Measuring and Mixing in Gluten-Free Baking

Measuring and mixing are essential to delicious, gluten-free baked goods. Because gluten-free flours are heavier than wheat flours, weighing them (grams) instead of measuring by volume [more…]

The Components of Gluten-Free Doughs

Many people are working in labs and universities around the world to help make gluten-free products as close to wheat-based products as possible. If you're going to make gluten-free baked good, you want [more…]

What Is Gluten, Why Does It Matter to Baking, and Where Does It Lurk?

Gluten is a molecule unique to certain plants, and it is a key component of traditional baking. Gluten consists of two smaller proteins called glutenin and gliadin. When mixed with water, these two proteins [more…]

Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Baked goods evolved around wheat, which contains gluten. Gluten is a protein molecule found in wheat and other grains. This particular molecule affects certain people with a condition called celiac disease [more…]

Hypertension Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cooking for hypertension is not only a great way to lower your blood pressure, but also to lose weight and improve your overall heart health. Following the DASH [more…]

Soft Tacos with Chicken

Tacos are a fast-food favorite, but sodium levels can be very high. Instead, make your own soft tacos with chicken. While this recipe is made of good-for-you-ingredients, it’s also slightly higher in sodium [more…]

Quick and Easy Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

This angel hair pasta dish features shrimp and colorful vegetables — appealing to the eye and to the palate! Angel hair pasta is an extra-thin type of spaghetti that cooks quickly, so this dish is easy [more…]

Favorite Chocolate Pudding Cake

Chocolate . . . yum. Homemade chocolate pudding cake is an indulgence, but don't feel guilty with this healthier version. This recipe for chocolate pudding cake uses nonfat milk, light cream cheese, and [more…]

Mama Mia Meatball Pizza

This meatball pizza will keep your finicky children satisfied without exacerbating your hypertension, because who doesn't like pizza? This quick and easy recipe also won't take up a lot of your time in [more…]

Savory Breakfast Strata

The most important meal of the day isn't just a choice between a bowl of cereal on one side and bacon and eggs on the other. This savory breakfast strata — which you prepare the night before — will start [more…]

Tips for Creating Flaky Gluten-Free Pie Crusts

With a few tricks, you can make flaky gluten-free pie crusts with ease. Pie crust is all about the fat and the flour. Pie crust doesn’t need much leavening; what you want is tender flakiness. You create [more…]

The Basics of Gluten-Free Baking

If you're new to gluten-free baking, you'll need a basic understanding of what gluten is, products that contain it, and the evolution of gluten-free baking. [more…]

Taking Steps to Remain Gluten-Free

Removing gluten from your life doesn’t just mean that you avoid eating foods made with wheat, barley, or rye. Gluten has found its way into many manufactured products. And even if gluten hasn’t been deliberately [more…]

How to Embrace the Gluten-Free Lifestyle

The act of giving up gluten may seem overwhelming at times. But you can look at it another way: Eliminating gluten from your life means you’ll regain your health and energy. And nothing’s more important [more…]

Key Differences Between Wheat and Gluten-Free Baked Goods

There are some key differences between wheat-based and gluten-free baked goods when you compare flavors, textures, and visual differences. At first, the change to gluten-free baked goods may take some [more…]

Gluten-Free Baking at High Altitudes

Baking is tricky enough, but baking gluten-free products adds another layer of complexity. Now what happens if you live at a high altitude? Higher altitudes are problematic for baked goods because air [more…]

How to Cool Down Gluten-Free Baked Goods

Cooling methods are crucial to the success of baked goods, especially those that are gluten-free. The challenge of baking with gluten-free flours is that gluten is the main structure builder in baked goods [more…]

Ingredients that Add Structure to Gluten-Free Baked Goods

There are ingredients and methods for preparing gluten-free baked goods that can add structure and keep baked goods tender. You can build structure without gluten. Gluten-free baking has evolved over the [more…]

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