If you know me, you’ll know that I have barely much time to cook. After a long day’s work and my usual end-of-day stop at the gym, I can *only* execute simple recipes. I have a rule: time I spend directly on dinner on weekdays has to be done within 30 minutes. Hard and fast. No but’s.
Three ingredients only required!
Here’s one three ingredient meal that’s so yum: eggplant parmesan.
- Eggplant or brinjal (3-4 for a whole casserole dish)
- Extra Virgin (Cold Pressed) Olive Oil
- Gluten-free marinara (tomato pasta) sauce
- Parmesan cheese
Cut up a bunch of eggplant, locally known as brinjal. You can add zucchini, mushroom or any other vegetable you have on hand if you wish. Put in baking dish, e.g. a pyrex casserole one. Pour about 5 tablespoons of olive oil and a bottle of gluten-free pasta sauce atop. Check labels for gluten-free-ness of pasta sauces. Muir Glen makes a great organic, gluten-free kind. Layer with a bunch of parmesan cheese. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes or to your liking.
Done and done. And delicious.
These next two posts are dedicated to celiac survival techniques in KL. While cooked food is always a challenge, especially when you are in a new part of town and/or in a hurry, there are some viable and healthful options should all else fail.
#1: Fruit – Almost guaranteed to be gluten-free unless it is obviously coated with something. Fruit stalls are ubiquitous and a good option
#2: Energy Bars – Most supermarkets (such as Cold Storage), pharmacies (such as Vitacare) and organic grocery stores (such as Justlife, Country Farm Organics) will carry some gluten-free variety. I usually get my favourite Raw Revolution bars from http://www.iherb.com (use discount code “LEQ993 for $10 off!).They are delicious and gluten- and dairy-free.
The ubiquitous fruit stall in KL
Raw Revolution Bars: I love the Spirulina and Chocolate on
#3: Nuts – I usually carry raw nuts (and sometimes dried fruit) with me all the time. I keep some in the office. I have some in the car. Make sure to get unprocessed nuts. The kinds available at your average petrol station is not likely to be gluten-free, even if it is just roasted and salted (cross-contamination). If you don’t like raw nuts, buy it anyway and roast it in your oven. It’s safer that way. Roasting on your own is as easy as putting the nuts in your oven for about 20 minutes at about 160C.
Nuts fill you up!