Gluten-Free Recipe Roundup

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!


6 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Recipe Roundup”

  1. You are so right, Tiffany!

    We live in small town, and are lucky to have a decent selection of GF processed foods. Having access to them doesn’t make them affordable, though. :-(

    We try to focus on the vast universe of foods that have never had gluten in them – especially in our weeknight cooking. My wife was diagnosed as gluten intolerant about three years ago. Since I cook most of our evening meals, I really had to adjust what I was doing. For a while there, I was either cooking two entirely separate meals, or my wife was going hungry! :-)

    It has gotten much easier, though – based on our experiences, we’ve made our gluten-free recipes available online at http://www.glutenfreeweekly.com. Each week our subscribers receive five delicious, easy-to-prepare gluten-free recipes along with a consolidated shopping list. This list, along with our focus on simple, fresh ingredients makes it quick and easy to prepare weeknight meals in a GF household.
    There is a sample newsletter with five recipes and a consolidated shopping list available for free at the site.

    Wishing you good gluten-free eating,

    Neal

  2. You are so right, Tiffany!

    We live in small town, and are lucky to have a decent selection of GF processed foods. Having access to them doesn’t make them affordable, though. :-(

    We try to focus on the vast universe of foods that have never had gluten in them – especially in our weeknight cooking. My wife was diagnosed as gluten intolerant about three years ago. Since I cook most of our evening meals, I really had to adjust what I was doing. For a while there, I was either cooking two entirely separate meals, or my wife was going hungry! :-)

    It has gotten much easier, though – based on our experiences, we’ve made our gluten-free recipes available online at http://www.glutenfreeweekly.com. Each week our subscribers receive five delicious, easy-to-prepare gluten-free recipes along with a consolidated shopping list. This list, along with our focus on simple, fresh ingredients makes it quick and easy to prepare weeknight meals in a GF household.
    There is a sample newsletter with five recipes and a consolidated shopping list available for free at the site.

    Wishing you good gluten-free eating,

    Neal

  3. I think gluten free is catching on and becoming more available but my worry is the nutrition in some of the gf products on the shelves already. Many are packed with sugars and empty carbs. With this in mind I worked in my kitchen for over a year and came up with 3 different all purpose gf blends that can be used cup per cup in any recipe. I do offer one, the white all purpose gf blend, that is a “white” flour replacer but the other two are lower in starches and higher in protein and fiber. My daughter is a type 1 diabetic so it was important to us to have more protein and less starch. These blends are awesome and make gf cooking/baking simple. Go to https://www.gratefullygf.com to check them out or sign up for my free newsletter that offers recipes and gf baking tips!

  4. I think gluten free is catching on and becoming more available but my worry is the nutrition in some of the gf products on the shelves already. Many are packed with sugars and empty carbs. With this in mind I worked in my kitchen for over a year and came up with 3 different all purpose gf blends that can be used cup per cup in any recipe. I do offer one, the white all purpose gf blend, that is a “white” flour replacer but the other two are lower in starches and higher in protein and fiber. My daughter is a type 1 diabetic so it was important to us to have more protein and less starch. These blends are awesome and make gf cooking/baking simple. Go to https://www.gratefullygf.com to check them out or sign up for my free newsletter that offers recipes and gf baking tips!

  5. Ok, I must be out of touch, I didn’t even know that May was Celiac awareness month. But I did do something that month to make my Celiac life better, I had my family tested and we are now all going to go Gluten Free, so far myself and my youngest are test positive. We have decided it is best for all of us if our home is completely GF. I have had 99% less digestive reactions since we have made the house a GF zone. I believe there were cross contanimation happening when there was Gluten products in the kitchen.

  6. Ok, I must be out of touch, I didn’t even know that May was Celiac awareness month. But I did do something that month to make my Celiac life better, I had my family tested and we are now all going to go Gluten Free, so far myself and my youngest are test positive. We have decided it is best for all of us if our home is completely GF. I have had 99% less digestive reactions since we have made the house a GF zone. I believe there were cross contanimation happening when there was Gluten products in the kitchen.

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