What is one of the most common chronic health disorders in western countries and affects approximately 3 million Americans? It’s Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, a genetic disorder with symptoms from mild weakness and bone pain, to chronic diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and progressive weight loss. Those affected suffer these symptoms when they eat specific food-grain antigens that are found in wheat, rye, and barley; and the only treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet.
Although it impacts 1 in 333 Americans, Celiac’s is also one of the most under-diagnosed diseases. In fact, until recently, medical schools taught that it was relatively rare and only affected about 1 in 2,500 people. Even today, only one in 4,700 people are ever diagnosed. With May being Celiac Awareness month, we wanted to take you on a culinary adventure by showing you that eating gluten-free due to Celiac’s Disease or other food allergies, can be delicious with Nueva Cocina.
One of the most common misconceptions about gluten-free foods is that they taste bad or bland and have a strange consistency. Nueva Cocina founders Celeste De Armas (who is gluten sensitive) and Corina Mascaro set out change this perception.
“From the very beginning, our intention was to create a line of products that we would want to eat ourselves, and feel good about serving to our family and friends. We knew that there was nothing available in the Latin food category that was 100% natural, met the gluten-free dietary needs of millions of people, and at the same time, tasted amazing.”
Throughout May, Nueva Cocina will feature recipes that tantalize your taste buds and take eating gluten free from drab to ‘delicioso.’ The recipe below for Coconut Raisin Rice Parfait is a sweet start to your tasty trip into gluten-free cooking. Who says you can’t start with dessert?
We’re also putting our money where our mouth is too by offering a 20% discount off of our Gluten-free Variety Pack, which features two each of our gluten-free rice mixes, soups and seasonings. Click here and enter in the code NOGLUTEN when purchasing.
Coconut Raisin Rice Parfait
1 box of Nueva Cocina Coconut Raisin Rice
1 Cup of unsweetened coconut milk
1 Cup of cream of coconut
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tub of gluten-free pudding (you can also cook the instant kind)
Whipped cream (you can use Cool Whip or make your own with heavy whipping cream)
Follow the directions on the Nueva Cocina box to cook the Coconut Raisin Rice. Once cooked, add 1 cup of cream of coconut, 1 cup of the unsweeted coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook on low heat until liquid is absorbed and rice has a thick and creamy consistency, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate covered for at least an hour. When ready to serve, spoon a layer of pudding into a wine glass, then add a layer of the rice mixture. Continue to build your layers and top it off with whipped cream. Garnish with toasted coconut and/or fruit of your choice.
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