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Gluten Free Rice Guide.

Gluten Free Rice Types, Ideas and Dishes. Start getting your gluten free education.

I get so many questions about gluten free rice. What’s the deal with it? Is all rice gluten free? Would there be a type of rice that’s better for you? Are you concerned with rice gluten connection? Is white rice gluten free?

Let’s get to the bottom of it.

Theoretically speaking all rice including white riceshould be gluten free. But unfortunately this is only in theory.

Lot’s of people enjoy eating white rice thinking it’s gluten free but most of the time it’s not

Most of the conventional non-organic white rice available for us in the supermarkets and food places is genetically modified. You heard of GMO food, right?

Ok, this genetically modified white rice could have been mixed with wheat or barley and most of us are not even aware of that. This would make this conventional white rice NOT gluten free.

But gluten free or not you need to realize that white rice is not that good for you anyway. It doesn’t have much healthy fiber. It will raise glycemic index and just plain not great for your waist.

What type of rice can be used? Which one is truly gluten-free rice?

Gluten-Free Rice.

First thing, you would look at the labels. You would try looking for “gluten free” labels or “gluten free certified” labels. Some of the manufacturers make big new “Gluten Free” labels like it’s some kind of new diet or something. It’s not a diet and it’s not a new hype. Gluten free is the way to live for me and you.

What would you do when there’s just no gluten free labels in your nearest supermarket and there’s no way for you to find any gluten free labeled rice? 

We need to choose great GF rice recipes and learn to choose healthy gluten free rice dishes.

Ok, you can follow simple rules. Brown rice is naturally gluten free and it’s much safer choice comparing to white rice. Most of the brown rice available is not mixed with wheat and rye grains. Brown rice is much healthier option for you. It has much more fiber, vitamins and nutrients. It’s a healthier and smarter food choice.

Most of that brown rice is not genetically modified and there are lots of supermarkets carrying 100% certified organic brown rice. This would be a good gluten free rice choice.

Gluten-Free Rice.

What other gluten-free rice types can you get?

There’s a great gluten free option for you and it’s wild rice gluten free. Wild rice is another healthier alternative to plain white rice.

Wild rice has natural fiber and naturally gluten free. Would this be your favorite rice gluten free? It depends. Some really love the taste of wild rice but some tell me it’s not their cup of tea. It also depends on cooking time and healthy cookware. It’s important to get healthy cookware for your rice. This way it will contain most of its natural, great vitamins and nutrients. 

Gluten-Free Rice.

Here are some gluten free recipes and some gluten free rice dishes from my wonderful readers:

Gluten Free Rice Recipes :

Rice Bake and Curried Lentils sent by Melissa B. from NJ.

Ingredients :

2 Tablespoonfuls of butter

6 cups of spring or filtered water

2 tablespoonful of gluten free curry powder

1 and ½ cups of brown basmati rice

1 teaspoonful of crushed ginger

3 cloves of crushed garlic

1 teaspoonful of sea salt

1 and ½ cups of dry lentils (brown, yellow or petite crimson lentils)

Instructions :

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large pot, melt 2 Tablespoonfuls of butter. Add gluten free brown rice and curry powder and cook until lightly toasted. This usually takes one minute. Add filtered water, lentils, salt, ginger and garlic. Bring to a boil. Cover, turn off heat and let stand for about 10 minutes. Use the other 1 Tablespoonful of butter to butter a large baking dish and set aside. After 10 minutes, place mixture into the large, buttered baking dish with a lid. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately an hour or until rice and lentils are soft enough for your taste. Fluff with fork and serve.

This one was a good recipe sent from Dina L.

Brown Rice with Vegetables Dish

Ingredients :

• 3/4 cup frozen peas

• 1 medium zucchini, sliced

• 3 tablespoons water

• 1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

• 2 cups hot cooked gluten free brown rice

• 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

• 3 to 4 teaspoons walnut oil, divided

• 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned

• 1 cup broccoli florets

Directions :

1. Sauté walnuts in 1 teaspoon oil for 2 minutes in a large thermal ceramic skillet or until lightly toasted. Remove and set aside. 2. Sauté red pepper and broccoli in the same ceramic skillet in remaining oil for 1 minute. Add the zucchini and yellow squash; the sauté for one minute more. Stir in the peas, water, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft enough for your taste. 3. Combine the gluten free brown rice and parsley on a serving platter or in a serving bowl. Top with vegetable mixture and toasted walnuts. 

When it comes to choosing gluten free rice cereal I try to make sure that there are no chemicals, preservatives and not much sugar.

Recently a very famous brand came out with a gf rice cereal. It’s made with Whole Grain Brown Rice which made me very happy. 

This gluten free rice cereal has very little sugar or salt, too. Great! But what is that BHT ingredient doing there??? What is BHT? Let’s do some research… 

Ok, this is a chemical in our food.. Another one, right? BHT is banned in some countries. BHT can cause cancers in mice. BHT can get stored in our fat cells. Some scientists claim that it can cause hyperactivity in kids. And this information is readily available for us to read on Wikipedia site. Don’t you want to know what you are feeding your kids?...

A much safer alternative to conventional gluten free rice cereal would be Brown Rice Cereal by Erewhon.

My family really enjoys gluten free rice cakes and gluten free rice crackers. We enjoy Lundberg’s gluten free brown rice cakes that are salt free. They go so great with hummus, avocado and olives or with raw almond butter spread with tiny bit of raw honey.

We really love gluten free rice crackers/toasts by Edward & Sons. They have exotic gluten free rice like Thai red rice, jasmine rice or purple rice. They are just so good with vegetables or spreads. Mmm..Delicious. 

I try to stay away from chips. Even if they are gluten-free rice chips. Most of them would have processed oil and that’s just not good for you. Unless you will make your own baked rice chips. But why would you want to waste your time if there are plenty of other great gluten free foods.

Get your healthy bowl of gluten free rice with some vegetables and enjoy it!

I wish you great health! 

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