Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are. But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso? Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path.
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Small seeds that look like big poppy seeds. Chia seeds are high in fiber and protein, and have a gelatinous quality when mixed with water. Ground chia seed and water can be used as an egg replacement, and adding the flour to baked goods helps to bind and maintain moisture. Whole seeds can be mixed with liquid for tapioca-style puddings, and make an excellent thickener for smoothies.
- Egg replacement for 1 egg: mix 1 Tbsp whole or ground chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let sit for 20 minutes.