five great gluten-free recipes

April 4, 2011

The inspiration for today’s post is my friend Mindy.

Mindy is someone I don’t get to see very often but I think of her kind of as a force to be reckoned with. In a good way. When she found out her baby had multiple food allergies she cut out a large portion of foods from her diet to accommodate little baby T. She told us about having to say “no” to practically her entire diet and just plain changing the way she ate.

Mindy has gone through multiple iterations of various food restrictions to keep the little cute one safe – right now she is gluten-free, peanut-free, and strawberry-free.

Mindy and her lovely husband, David came over this weekend for lunch and I like to think – I hope! – that we fed them super tasty, healthy food without any emphasis on the “no’s” of a gluten-free diet.

Personally, I don’t have to deal with any food allergies but when feeding other people, I like to think about the positives, the can-do’s and the foods which are naturally healthy and safe for that person. I also find that if you focus on natural ingredients it’s easier to avoid potential pitfalls. Ain’t no labels on vegetables, folks.

I’d hate to alienate a gluten-free guest by making them something separate to everyone else. Why have something on the table if not everyone can enjoy it? Not fun. There are so many naturally gluten-free dishes out there, that there is literally zero reason to have to create some “special” dish just for that person, especially when there’s only four of you!

Cooking for our friends got me thinking about my other favourite naturally gluten-free recipes – in all honesty, I don’t think of them in those terms because I don’t have to but either way- these are my top five gluten-free recipes from the Eating for England vault. Hope you enjoy.

1. Mediterranean Eggplant and Quinoa Salad

I love this salad for its adaptability. It’s suitable for lunch or dinner and I personally think you could serve it at brunch too. It has fantastic flavour from all the fresh herbs and spices, depth of flavour from the roasted vegetables, and the satisfying oomph from the quinoa, leaving you full but not stuffed.

2. Nigel Slater’s Classic Caldo Verde

This soup is light, refreshing and simple but the chorizo gives it such a lovely kick of saltiness. A perfect starter or light lunch.

3. Arepas

These are an awesome brunch option. They’re fun to make – so I say get people involved! You can have a little bar of things to add to them – black beans, avocado slices, sour cream, salsa, salad – and everyone can make their own. So fun and I don’t know about you but anything with a bit of fried-crunchy action going on is a winner at brunch, especially after a – ahem – vigorous night out.

4. Lentils with Kale and Bacon

We had this at the weekend and Dan and I were both reminded how much we love it. There’s so much flavour in so few ingredients. The kale and bacon just add a perfect touch and as Dan says – something to aim your spoon at.

5. Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup with Pumpkin Seeds

And finally, this gorgeous wintery soup. It’s certainly rich but not heavy at all. Creamy, spicy and a perfect soup to serve for dinner alongside a fresh salad.

What are your favourite gluten-free recipes?

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Kathryn April 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

These are some great idea – my dad has been a coeliac for 25 years as has my boyfriend’s mum so I’m very used to having to cater for gluten-free. I really like cakes without flour – there are some awesome gluten-free brownies in one of the Nigella books – and cakes with flour often seem too heavy now.

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Angharad April 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for the comment, Kathryn. Good to know about Nigella’s gluten-free cake options as I’m always looking for baking adventures! Let me know if you have a favourite gf recipe! I’d love to hear.

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brandi April 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

i’ve got to try those arepas! they look so good.

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Angharad April 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Arepas are a-m-a-z-i-n-g! You must try them!

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Laurie Jesch-Kulseth April 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

All of those dishes look amazing…but, I especially need to make the soup with chorizo and the lentils with kale and bacon. They are on my “must make soon” list!

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Vicky April 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I prefer to make roasts!
I’m allergic to dairy, so if I meet anyone with a gluten intolerance/allergy, I’d make a roast with lots of vegetables.

I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! I have been meaning to make those sea salt cookies. (The reason I found your blog!)

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holly April 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

i still have dreams about your arepas. one day i will get my butt off the friday night lights-wearing couch and make them. some day…

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Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 6, 2011 at 6:11 am

The lentils with kale and bacon has my name written all over it. Gluten free or not. Can’t wait to make some! :D

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Eric Myers June 16, 2011 at 1:05 am

Wow these recipes were good. I printed these off and tried a few out this last weekend and boy were they tasty! My favorite was definitively the arepas. Not only were they delicious and easy to make, but they were beautiful too!

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