In Summary
  • Then it hit me: I was going to make a burger! It took me 10 minutes to make this delicious and healthy gluten-free burger.
  • It was so good that I ate half of it while still standing at the kitchen counter.
  • Or maybe I was just too hungry.

Wheat has been branded over and over again as one of the chief enemies of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The gluten in wheat grain and the sugar that accompanies most wheat-based recipes are cautioned against by nearly all health and wellness materials I have come across.

Actually, in that Facebook group I talked about last week, we have completely eliminated wheat from our diet for the past 16 days. It is very inspiring to see the wonderful alternatives that people have come up with to replace staple breakfast meals such as bread, cakes, mandazi  and chapati.

It took me 10 minutes to make this delicious and healthy gluten-free burger. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

It took me 10 minutes to make this delicious and healthy gluten-free burger. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

NECESSITY TRULY THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

The group’s timeline is dotted with oat pancakes, baked sweet potatoes, coconut bread and many more non-wheat delicacies most of which I never had thought of.

With the elimination of readily available wheat goods, people are getting really creative in the kitchen and coming up with healthier and delicious alternatives.

The other day I woke up to an email that required me to attend an urgent meeting scheduled at 10:00a.m not so far away from my home.

As I was preparing to leave, I thought it wise to have a light breakfast then come back home to prepare and indulge in some heavy lunch. It was going to be a brief meeting after all.

There was some left-over cabbage fried with bits of pork in the fridge. I used this for filling along with a slice of avocado. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

There was some left-over cabbage fried with bits of pork in the fridge. I used this for filling along with a slice of avocado. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

The meeting ended and just as I was about to rush back home, the phone rang. This IT guy whom I had been hustling to secure a meeting with was had a free one hour window and wanted to know if I was available to meet.

FAMISHED

I forgot about the lunch and hopped into a matatu for the meeting. While in the meeting, my colleague called and we decided to get together and discuss a few things now that I was already in town.

By the time I was done with all my meetings it was 6.30 pm and I was starving.

The little yoghurt I had taken for breakfast with a small banana and a handful of nuts had been completely used up by around midday.  Aside from water, I hadn’t had the chance to grab anything else.

As I rode the matatu back home, I caught sight of this huge Urban Eatery billboard displaying a humongous burger that dripped with goodness. I could almost taste the juicy filling and crusty bun of that burger.

My tummy rumbled on as my eyes feasted on that billboard. My hunger pangs intensified and all I could think of was sinking my teeth into a juicy crusty burger.

At this point, I couldn’t care less for my great off wheat progress.

I completely forgot my aversion to processed meats and sugary dressing such as ketchup. I needed that burger so bad.

AN ETERNITY LATER…

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