Beignets - Photo courtesy of Jules Gluten Free

Beignets - Photo courtesy of Jules Gluten Free

With so many great gluten-free products on store shelves these days, many of us don’t want for much in terms of gluten-free options. This is not true in smaller communities or rural areas, of course. There are still places that are so out of the gluten-free loop, that there isn’t even a frozen gluten-free bread that tastes like cardboard available. I’m not saying people want to eat such bread, but just that many people can’t even find bad gluten-free bread to purchase where they live. Forget about finding something fabulous like Udi’s and Canyon Bakehouse breads.

Even with more gluten-free options for replacement type foods than we really need, there are still a few things I’d love to be able to buy locally that I can’t. There are other things you can’t buy anywhere, but you can make them yourself if you’re so inclined. Being someone who didn’t do much in the kitchen (except decorate it and buy stuff to put in it) until my celiac diagnosis, I’m very thankful for all the talented bakers and cooks out there who create amazing gluten-free recipes that make living gluten-free more fun! Below are a few stand out recipes for some things I get a hankering for every now and then.

  • Gluten-free beignets from Jules Gluten Free – this recipe offers instructions to make the amazing New Orleans treat dairy-free as well. It calls specifically for Jules’ Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, but the Grocery Guide has at least five more gluten-free all-purpose flours you can try.
  • Easy cookie crumb pie crust recipes (use gluten-free cookies) – you can use K-Toos gluten-free Oreo type cookies for an Oreo crust with these instructions. Those work great for a chocolate creme pie crust.
  • Gluten-free English muffins from Gluten-Free Goddess – this recipe is also dairy-free.
  • Flourless peanut butter cookie recipethis is actually a traditional recipe and there are no expensive ingredients in this ‘oldie but goodie’.
  • Gluten-free cheese cracker recipe from Teri Gruss – these look crunchy, cheesy and delicious.
  • Chicken noodle soup recipe from Gluten-Free Mom – portion this soup out in small batches – freeze and pull out as needed. It calls for gluten-free noodles, which are often difficult to find or expensive to buy, but the Grocery Guide lists at least 20 brands that sell tons of varieties.

Sometimes I wonder why many people think there is nothing we can eat that tastes good. Doctors are among the worst offenders of spreading that misinformation. One I encountered in my gluten-free journey actually said “you don’t want to have celiac, you can’t eat anything good ever again”. One – I can’t choose to have or not have a condition (it chose me apparently). And two – statements like that are the reason that some family members of people with celiac won’t get tested – or have their kids tested.

There are not only fabulous product choices for us these days, there are seemingly zillions of wonderful gluten-free recipes for everything under the sun. We just have to take advantage of all the gluten-free goodness available to us. Celiac awareness month will come to a close on Memorial Day. I hope everyone thought of something to do to create change in the gluten-free world – even in the smallest way. If you did something that made a difference, let us know in the comments below. If you prefer to keep your good deeds to yourself, thanks from all those you will never know you helped!