In 2008, after many doctor visits, tests and medications, I found out I had developed a gluten allergy (specifically to wheat). Having to follow a strict diet was a very daunting task for me in the beginning. Thankfully, the food industry has come a long way since I was first diagnosed. The “gluten free” label has become a much more common sight at the grocery store, while a growing number of restaurants now have gluten-free menus available. There’s more variety, recipes and resources available for the growing population of people who struggle with food allergies. I’m still learning to cook and eat a gluten free diet, while also accommodating to my Italian husband who loves everything gluten! Finding something we both enjoy has taken some time, but here are some of our favorites!
- Slow-Cooker Chuck roast - a super simple and incredibly delicious meal.
- Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Shallots – takes a bit more time to prep, but worth it in the end.
- Chicken Taquitos – We typically have this every week. I make it with both corn and flour tortillas. A budget-friendly meal too!
- Baked Potato Soup – tastes just like Panera Bread’s version.
- Homemade meatballs – even if you don’t have a gluten allergy, these are the best I’ve ever had!
- Alison’s Gluten Free Bread – the GF best bread I’ve tasted so far!
- Brioche Rolls – time consuming, but delicious.
- Challah - picture tells all.
- Flourless Chocolate Cake - SO delicious! And easy to make.
- Red Velvet Cupcakes – I could eat these all day long. You would never know they were GF since they’re super moist and flavorful. We used this recipe for our wedding cake too.
I do most of my gluten free shopping at our local grocery store, but also get a good bit from GlutenFreely.com. They always have a good Groupon or Living Social deal going on. Everything else I alternate buying from Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market or The Common Market.