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  •  How about buckwheat? And regarding meat . . . (2+ / 0-)

    I think that buckwheat is gluten-free, although it contains a 'gluten analog', so you would have to check your allergy list.

    Buckweat is Great, if you can use it.  There if flour, of course, for muffins or pancakes.  But just as a grain, it is easy and yummy, known in that form as 'kasha'.  I can get it pre-toased in an international store (brown & toasty-looking but not black;  Black Kasha is still in the hull, and you don't want that).  And I can get hulled, untoasted buckwheat/kasha at my local co-op.  You'll want to toast it first, either in a dry skillet or the traditional way, mixed with and egg then 'scrambled' in a dry skillet (I know, I wondered about that dry skillet too).  If you don't pre-toast it, it turns into mush when boiled.  Cook toasted buckwheat in about a 1:3 ration with water, bring to boil then simmer for about 20 min til tender.  If you saute some onions (and/or mushrooms), then toast & cook your buckwheat in that, you're half-way to a traditional meal, in which cooked pasta is added to the grain mix, and cottage cheese is added on top.  Deeply satisfying.  Toasted buckwheat, combines well with millet (another gluten-free grain), and they can be cooked together.  (I have a small ~2qt slow cooker I use for this.)

    Bob's Red Mill non-gluten baking mixes are readily available in groceries now, as are a number of other quick-fix meals.  Ask about gluten-free foods (pasta, breads etc) at your store(s).

    And as for meat:  If ya gotta, ya gotta.  Some people have (often diagnosis) a version of the genetic heme-production disorder Poryhpia that requires them to eat meat at least occasionally, to keep their red-blood cell production system operating normally.

    And if it helps, I'll tell you about the Dalai Lama.  He gave a talk in my town some years back and after the talk he took questions.  Someone asked about the morality (accrual of bad karma) of eating animal products.  The DL was leaning forward, listening intently, making those loud exhales of his and saying 'Yes Yes', nodding through out the question.  The he sat back, extending his arms; 'Is not a problem.  Is not a problem, no karma, is okay.  I used eat -- no meat; no meat -- but then doctor' (he gestured to his stomach) 'doctor say, eat meat.  So I eat meat.  Is okay.'

    •  Recipes Galore (4+ / 0-)

      Some suggested reading: Forks over Knives cookbook and DVD, Betty Crocker does Vegan.  That's a good start.

      You have good company.  More and more people, including Al Gore are now going Vegan for health issue.  

    •  I don't know if I have a disorder (2+ / 0-)
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      but when I did go vegetarian for about 6 months 10 years ago (before I started all the allergies), I had recurring nightmarish dreams that I was a wolf who was chasing cows down in the field and biting at their flanks and eating them.  So I ate some meat and the dreams went away.

      Thank you for sharing the story of the Dalai Lama!  I belong to a church (Self Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda) that encourages vegetarian eating, but also says if your idea of vegetarian is cheetos and chocolate bars, then better to eat meat than die from malnutrition.

      I never knew Kasha was the same as buckwheat.  I will give some a try the way you suggest.  I have a nice vintage iron skillet that should work great to toast it.  And I like the idea of the cottage cheese -- that is one I'd forgotten about, which could help improve my variety.

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    •  PS about buckwheat (2+ / 0-)
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      slowbutsure, CroneWit

      does anyone out there know if Japanese Soba Buckwheat noodles are gluten free or if they are a combination of buckwheat and regular wheat?

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