Jan. 13 marks the first annual National Gluten-Free Day, and to help you celebrate, I've rounded up some delicious but easy-gluten free recipes you can try if you're new to the diet. Learning to let go of wonderful gluten-filled food can be hard, but trust me: it can be done, and deliciously as well.
Whether you're doing it because of an allergy, an autoimmune disorder, or just by choice, going gluten-free can seem impossibly challenging at first. So much of what we eat in in the U.S. has gluten in it, so suddenly cutting the ingredient out of any diet is a frustrating process. While I've never had to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet myself, my 11-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Celiac disease almost five years ago, and since then, I've tried to learn everything I can about it, including which foods are and are not OK to eat.
Memorizing which ingredients he couldn't eat didn't seem to be enough, though, and after watching him go to too many birthday parties and holiday parties where he couldn't enjoy any of the sweets, I decided I was going to find out how to make the very best alternatives instead. Since then, I've learned and cooked a lot, and I've found out there are a lot of simple yet delicious gluten-free breakfast, lunch, dinners, and dessert options out there just waiting to be made.
Ready to start your next cooking adventure? Here are a few easy gluten-free recipes to get you going. Trust me, it isn't going to be as hard as you think.
Root Vegetable Hash Egg Skillet
Saying goodbye to gluten means your normal bagel-heavy breakfast is going to have to get a serious makeover. Instead of bread-based meal first thing in the morning, try Naturally Ella's quick and simple root vegetable hash egg skillet. A hot, filling, and flavorful dish, there's no better (or tasty) way to start your day.
Easy No Rise Gluten-Free Bagels
Just in case you don't want to entirely give up bagels and bread (let's be real, who could?), Gluten Free on a Shoestring has come up with a simple, no-rise gluten free bagel recipe even the newest of cooks can master. Even better, it only takes 35 minutes from start to finish to make.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Avocado Garlic Aioli
Now that you're gluten-free, potatoes are going to become one of your best friends. You're going to find yourself getting pretty creative with this new staple food, and Oh She Glows's smashed version is a great place to start. Salty and crispy, this addicting side dish is only made more delicious with the avocado garlic aioli it's topped with.
Turmeric Zucchini Bowls
For a delicious and flavorful gluten-free meal you can make in 20 minutes or less, try Naturally Ella's turmeric zucchini bowls. Fresh and filled with vegetables, this is a filling meal that's simple to throw together on those nights you just don't feel like cooking.
Corn And Chanterelle Noodle Stir Fry
An easily adaptable recipe that can be tailored to your taste preferences, Fo Reals Life's noodle stir-fry is a great gluten-free recipe to have in your back pocket, especially if you are new to the diet. A basic rice noodle dish prepared with a sweet-and-spicy sauce and topped with peanuts, this meal can become anything you want it to be.
Quick And Easy Fried Rice
Unfortunately, a lot of restaurants don't use gluten-free ingredients in their recipes. Even though rice is gluten-free, the sauces they use are not. But just because ordering Chinese food is out of the question doesn't mean that you can't enjoy your favorite foreign cuisine. The Kitchn has a quick and easy fried recipe that will give you a healthy, homemade dish in no time.
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Just because you're gluten-free doesn't mean you can't enjoy, well, everything else. Loaded with nuts, chocolate, seeds, berries, and coconut flakes, these kitchen sink cookies from Naturally Ella have so many yummy ingredients in them, you won't miss the gluten at all.