Here is my collection of gluten free/intolerant recipes. I live in Canada, so hopefully the mixes etc I use are available where you live.
Many things that people suggest I use can only be found in the USA, also telling me you can buy them on Amazon doesn’t help, as Amazon Canada sells different things to Amazon USA. I appreciate your advice but I often can’t use it.
Only you know what agrees with your body’s system and if a recipe calls for something you can’t eat, don’t add it and substitute something you can eat.
Even though these recipes are gluten free does not mean you have to be gluten free. You can quickly and easily change them by using regular flour/bread crumbs/bisquick/soups instead of gluten free options.
Being gluten free does not necessarily mean you have coeliac disease. You can test negative for coeliac disease but you can have a gluten sensitivity/intolerence which causes symptoms similar to coeliac disease. For me gluten causes a flare up of my IBS with bloating, excessive gas and constipation.
Being gluten free/sensitive/intolerant means making changes to recipes. It can be expensive if you purchase ready made items, especially bread products.
You have to be vigilant in checking out the ingredient lists on prepared foods and restaurant foods. Restaurants may offer gluten free options but be aware that they usually aren’t prepared in a certified gluten free kitchen and will be exposed to cross contamination especially wheat in toast. A gluten free offering of toast is more than likely prepared in the same toaster as regular toast. Some restaurants cook gluten free items on parchment paper. You can decide for yourself if you want to risk cross contamination.
Watch out for the “may contain” labels!
I’m a plain and simple cook, not a lot of sauces or spices. I am re-visiting all my recipes and making them gluten free. Sometimes it is as easy as
- using gluten free flour instead of regular wheat flour
- using gluten free Bisquick
- switching out cream soups in recipes for my own gluten free bechamel/white sauce
Buying naturally gluten free items and preparing your own food will save you money and you will have the satisfaction in knowing exactly what is in your recipe.
I use home made soups, chilis, and casseroles instead of store bought ones as I can control what goes into them. Homemade tastes best.
I have become a label reader and have learned that wheat/gluten products hide under lots of different names. Watch out for soy sauce, and yeast extract. Check ingredients in spices and seasonings.
I keep a food diary, including symptoms, and this really helps to determine what foods my system doesn’t like. I have IBS, diverticulosis and bile reflux so have to be diligent on what I eat.
But some products are gluten free, like oatmeal, but may not be prepared in a gluten free environment and may be exposed to gluten products. Some but not all have the “may contain” label. Does this mean they are prepared in a facility that has wheat products?, does it mean the person preparing the food might of consumed a wheat product?, or does it mean the facility/manufacturer has not done the testing required to have the gluten free label? Using these products is a choice you have to make.
Gluten free recipes for meals:
- bbq’d fried egg sandwich
- bone broth
- chicken casserole
- chicken pasta
- cottage pie
- deconstructed cottage pie
- hot dogs and roasted veggies
- impossible pie
- macaroni & cheese
- my own white sauce
- omlette egg muffins
- perfect fried eggs
- potato and baked bean pie
- roasted parmesan potatoes
- salmon au gratin
- sausage casserole
- scrambled eggs benedict
- soda bread
- tuna casserole
- tuna melt sandwich
*** Hint: The lids from grated cheese containers fits mason jars and Classico sauce jars (which are like mason jars). This makes a great addition if you use these kinds of jars for storage.
Gluten free veggie recipes:
While veggies are usually naturally gluten free it is what you add to the recipe that just might contain gluten. Watch out for flour, bisquick, some condensed soups, coatings, and granola.
- BBQ foil packets
- braised red cabbage
- corn ribs
- dilled carrots
- freezing goodness
- freezing peppers
- hodge podge
- roasted chickpeas
- roasted veggies
- sweet potatoes
I do buy chickpeas in a can and love to roast them in the oven using this recipe and it is delicious using honey and cinnamon.
- zucchini bake
- zucchini bread
- zucchini casserole
- zucchini fries
- zucchini frittata
- zucchini fritters
- zucchini pasta
- zucchini in white sauce
- zucchini on the bbq
Did you know that botanically speaking zucchini is actually a fruit along with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans and others that have seeds inside them. But we call them all vegetables.
Gluten free recipes for desserts:
- apple ginger chutney
- banana bread
- baked bananas
- chocolate chip cookies
- fruit mousse
- lemon drizzle cake
- peach cobbler
- peanut butter cookies
- rhubarb crumble
- rhubarb cake
- stewed rhubarb
Make delicious cinnamon buns with the Duinkerken biscuit mix. Find the recipe here. I used a gluten free cream cheese icing to top them off. We ate some while warm, then the next day warmed them in the microwave. I also froze about half of them, and they reheat well from frozen and taste just as goo.
I’m a soup lover, and make all my own soups so that I can control the ingredients. I make sure I use gluten free stock, avoid barley and other products that have wheat products in them.
*** Hint: Waste not want not.
I frequently save the liquid from cooking veggies and potatoes to use as stock for my soups. I also poach chicken in water and save the liquid to use as a base for my chicken soups.
Soup is always in season, find a delicious recipe that just might become your new favourite.
Some of my favourite Canadian places to buy gluten free mixes and products.
- Duinkerken, Prince Edward Island
- Kinnikinnick, Edmonton Alberta – unfortunately this company has recently been sold, and the new owners say they will be using the gluten free facilities and making some of the product, but as of now (Feb. 2024) I haven’t seen any product in the stores