Want some new gluten-free recipes? Here is a link to a pdf with a few tried and true recipes I use with my family frequently. The pdf includes:
- Banana Berry Superfood Smoothie
- Crock Pot Hot Cereal
- Tiffany’s Turkey Tacos
- Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rapunzel Herbs
- Independence Day Dessert
I give classes locally and was recently requested to do a class on going gluten free. I had several friends who wanted to come but couldn’t, so I wanted to make the recipes available. I am not currently eating gluten free; however, years ago under doctor’s orders, I ate … gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and sugar free for quite a while. So, I definitely learned how to make some tasty allergen-free recipes, and I’m glad to share them. You’ll notice that they have a lot of whole foods, fruits, and veggies, which I think are healthy for any home, gluten-free or not!
A few tips for living gluten-free happily
1 – Focus on eating mostly whole foods and cuisines that are naturally gluten-free rather than trying to get lots of gluten-free baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies, etc. So, think Mexican food using corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas, or use corn chips. Japanese food with rice noodles or spiralized zucchini noodles. If you get in the habit of using zucchini or other veggies and spiralizing them to make noodles, lots of Italian foods can come right back into your life. Thai food is also another option.
When thinking “whole foods’, fruits and veggies are all naturally gluten-free! Smoothies and salads can be lovely to eat. Eggs, beans, lentils, nuts, whole grain hot cereals… Even eating gluten-free, there’s a TON of food options for you that are delicious, nutritious, easy to make, and beautiful.
2 – When socializing, bring your own food to share. I love to bring veggie and fruit platters to social events. If it’s a large community event, I’ll just buy a platter from the grocery store. If it’s a smaller group, I will make a “food art” type platter. For Thanksgiving, I almost always take a veggie platter where the veggies end up looking like a turkey. It’s really cute. Everyone enjoys it. And I have lots of veggies to balance out all the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, etc. that I could eat. If you need to take something like cornbread or brownies, there are some great GF box mixes you can buy at most grocery stores in the states. My family actually really likes the GF brownie mix I get from wal-mart occasionally. I would just suggest that you try the mix out on your family and make sure it’s tasty and the consistency feels good before you take it to an event. 🙂
3 – Make a “Just for Fun” box. Going gluten-free can be really challenging. It’s easy to feel deprived! So, get yourself a nice box or bag and collect some things for those times when you just want something fun and different. I love the KIND bars that are 5 grams of sugar or less. The raspberry chia and dark chocolate almond mint are two of my favorites. Lots of flavor, filling yet light, and super yummy! Look through your grocery store for GF mixes that catch your eye. Yesterday at my GF class, we made Glutino’s Chocolate Chip cookies, and they were delicious! Another thing you might put in there is some GF corn flakes.