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What is a gluten-free diet and why is it important? Avoiding this protein called gluten, found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, is one way for many Americans with wheat allergies or other digestive disorders to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But there are so many everyday foods that can contain gluten, such as processed foods, cakes and pies, pastas, soups, cereal, etc., that it can be a challenge to eat gluten-free.

We at Zojirushi still want to make cooking fun and eating pleasurable. Our issue this month focuses on gluten-free, but our recipes are always tasty and healthy. If you love gluten-free cooking, we hope our recipes will help to expand your repertoire.

 
This is an aromatic rice salad with the fragrance of olive oil. With veggies, nuts and cheese as ingredients, it could almost be a meal in itself. Best served cold, we suggest experimenting with your own favorite ingredients.
 
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Capresee Rice Salad
 
Try this recipe if you happen to have a particularly delicious bunch of fresh asparagus on hand. The combination of sauteed scallops, asparagus and rice makes a habit forming dish. The bright colors of the ingredients also creates an exciting summer presentation.

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Asparagus Rice with Seared Scallops

 
 
This bread is made from brown rice, and with the green tea providing a wonderful aroma, you'll never miss store bought bread again. We've added potato starch to help give this recipe a soft, spongy texture, perfect for this delicate bread.
 
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Gluten-Free Green Tea Bread
 
Don't let the words "gluten-free" turn you off--especially when the words "apple walnut cake" would have turned you on. You may be surprised at this one. The fresh baked moistness of this cake will have you wanting to bake it again and again.

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Gluten-Free Apple Walnut Cake

 
More Recipes Featuring Rice
Here are some recipes which use rice, including bread baked with rice flour. If you own a breadmaker, here's your chance to try something new that's still gluten free. And if you're new to rice itself, this might be a way to expand your gluten-free menu.
Dijon Shrimp and
Tomato Rice
Salmon Teriyaki with Mixed Vegetables Gluten-Free
Brown Rice Bread
Gluten-Free
Raisin Bread
A refreshing rice salad with tangy tomatoes and the sweetness of fresh shrimp. A light touch of Dijon mustard adds the extra dimension of zing. A straightforward recipe that's healthy for you and extraordinarily satisfying. Just make sure you use gluten-free soy sauce and you're all set! This is a brown rice flour bread. The softness of the texture may surprise you. An added twist on brown rice bread by adding raisins to the mix.
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Zojirushi Rice Cookers
 
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Gluten-Free in the News
There is no doubt that gluten-free lifestyles are gaining in popularity every day. Marketing experts estimate that 15% to 25% of consumers want gluten-free foods, even though less than 1% of Americans have actually been diagnosed with celiac disease, the best-defined and most severe form of gluten intolerance.
Most major supermarkets today have a gluten-free foods section, and since 2005, sales have doubled in gluten-free products and have now become a $6 billion industry. Some supermarkets are trying to become information centers for shoppers to educate them on their gluten-free products, even holding classes and seminars with expert dietitians.
The trend has produced more gluten-free versions of the foods that a few years ago, would have been given up by gluten intolerant dieters. And as more gluten-free recipes are introduced that help to debunk the image that no gluten means no taste, "GF" devotees are learning to cook at home in order to provide healthy meals for their families.
  (sources: USA Today, Supermarket News)

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