I lost thirty pounds several years ago by going Paleo. I found it to be very easy to go without flour, which was surprising, even to me. That being said, many people claim to be gluten intolerant when they actually are not.
Given my belief, it was quite a shock when I had a culinary student pull me to the side at the beginning of the year and tell me she was gluten intolerant. She told me what happens and I truly believe she is one of the few actual cases where she is allergic to gluten.
We have had some trial and errors this year and I thought I would share some of our successes as well as some recipes that look good enough to bring into our culinary kitchen!
Fabulous Gluten-Free Recipes
1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Who doesn't love soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies? One thing I know for sure is that a gluten intolerant person can still have most candies. My student is living proof – she loves cherry tomatoes and chocolate candy bars!
Michelle from My Gluten-Free Kitchen came up with these delicious chocolate chip cookies after finding out she had Celiac disease. Don't think though that she came home and said, “Well, I can't eat gluten so let me whip up a batch of these babies.” In fact, it was quite the opposite, she worked on it for several years and kept notes of her attempts before she came up with something that resembled what she could eat pre-diagnosis. My kind of chef right there!
A few of the tips I thought were interesting was that she uses cream cheese in her recipe and that you have to chill it for several hours. I like that she recommends using high-quality flour.
2. Crock Pot Low Carb Lasagna
Part of the reason that gluten-free works so well for Americans is that we are not on the Standard American Diet (also known as the sad diet). Instead of focusing on our favorite two food groups- carbohydrates and beef, we are “forced” to eat more vegetables and fruit.
I learned in nutrition that most fruits and vegetables have carbohydrates in them. Therefore, we are eating carbs when we eat veggies and then even more when we eat carbohydrate heavy foods such as pasta and bread.
Erin over at Well Plated came up with this delicious and easy to make gluten-free recipe. And while it took her a few tries, she substitutes the noodles with eggplant and zucchini. Veggies galore!
3. Pizza Crust
Another Erin who writes at Meaningful Eats came up with this pizza crust that will leave any gluten free person begging for more. I, personally, make cauliflower crust if I'm wanting something without flour but this is great for someone who wants to feel like everyone else with a pizza that looks similar.
While you cannot freeze this bread, it is easy enough to make and can be used with just about any gluten free flour mixture. To make sure you get the perfect dough, watch her video and you will see the consistency you need.
4. Loaded Potato Soup
Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats came up with this recipe. Her love, and miss, of Panera Bread soups is what inspired this recipe.
I will say we opted to make a loaded potato soup and it was our first successful Gluten free recipe in the kitchen. We took Guy Feiri's recipe and opted for cornstarch instead of flour to thicken our recipe. Her recipe is very similar except she opts for gluten-free flour instead of the cornstarch. Otherwise, the two recipes are very similar.
I would say while this might take more effort than going through the drive-through, I bet it is equally as delicious!
5. Gluten Free Southern Biscuits
Jules Shepard from GF Jules came up with this recipe that has my mouth watering! I love that she has created a recipe that is tasty and similar to a gluten one.
She also makes a good point that these are great for breakfast and could be made as a to-go sandwich with eggs, cheese, and ham or some other kind of protein. Or it could be made with jelly. Yum!
6. Peanut Butter Cookies
I actually made these cookies the first time when I was on my diet and really wanted to fix my sweet tooth. I knew peanut butter had the benefit of being high in protein so I went on a hunt for a healthier, no flour version of this sweet treat.
Even though I eat whatever I want, I still opt for flour free peanut butter cookies because if they taste just as good, who needs the flour? Not to mention, it has very few ingredients, you only need one bowl to make it, and you don't have to wait to put them in the oven!
Obviously, if this recipe won me over so well, I give props to Natalie over at Tastes Lovely.
7. Orange Chicken
Orange Chicken is one of the things I made very well and my kids ask for all the time. My husband doesn't say no either.
I would think that not being able to make orange chicken, or purchase from a Chinese restaurant, would be very sad. This is one way to whip up some goodness and still get that crunch we have come to know and expect from orange chicken.
While the author does not reveal her name, you can head over to her website to get the full recipe over at Bless Her Heart Y'all.
8. Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Goat Cheese
This recipe is being brought to you because I have tried it a few years back. I changed the goat cheese out with soft, fresh mozzarella cheese but everything else was the same.
The reason I chose to make this recipe was that I was attempting to go Paleo again (though this time I was not as strict so it didn't work) and since I was the only one in the house I had to come up with several different spaghetti squash recipes.
This spaghetti squash was probably my favorite out of all the other spaghetti squash recipes I have tried. I mean, who doesn't love bacon? Adding home cooked spinach? Yum! Thank you to Christine Byrne over at BuzzFeed for making the recipe and sharing the love.
9. Soft Sugar Cookies
My co-worker and I sell those sugar cookies that you get in the clamshells at Walmart at our volleyball games. At a dollar a cookie, we still sell out really fast.
I don't blame the kids either, when I was younger, these really hit the spot. As I have gotten older, my taste buds have changed and if I am going to have a cookie with frosting on it, I would prefer a chocolate chip cookie. A large, soft chocolate chip cookie. A chocolate chip cookie cake. Yep, that's what I want.
Anyways, I am starting to think this might taste better if homemade. So I am going to give Brianna's recipe a try. You should too!
10. Banana Pancakes
This recipe is to die for. It was probably what got me through my thirty-pound weight loss and lessened my desire for carbohydrates during that time. I mean, if you can trick your mouth into thinking you are eating something with high carbohydrate content (aka, flour content) then you get the satisfaction while still keeping your body on target for being healthy.
Added bonus with this recipe- it is super simple to make. She adds baking powder but I normally just make banana and egg pancakes, though sometimes I would add oatmeal. Not gluten-free I know, but oatmeal is known to be very healthy so I cheated every now and then. Well worth it!
Here is the recipe in it's fullest, straight from Eugenie Kitchen!
11. Gluten Free Noodles
This time I am not focused on a whole meal, instead, on something that I know most gluten-free miss. I would miss pasta if I couldn't have it.
The recipe only uses three ingredients and she shows how to make it with a pasta roller and with a pizza cutter. She had several people learn to make it at a party that she hosted. They all did a great job which goes to show that you can do it too!
They also made homemade spaghetti sauce at the event. To check it all out, head to Jenny's website, aptly named Good for You Gluten-Free.
12. Flourless Chocolate Cake
I have a confession to make, I need to make this recipe to see if it's really good. BUT I have made some delicious flourless chocolate cakes before using a recipe created by Sarah Magdid who wrote Organic and Chic. This was the first book that made me want to make cakes more often.
One day I was out of flour and wanted to make a cake. Much to my delight, I had this cookbook on hand. If you stumbled upon this post and are not gluten-free, I recommend this book. She does have this post in there but it is worth trying, along with all the other recipes. This is my shout out to her, she is a shoe designer by day and a cake decorator/author by night. Good at both too! Spend the $5 to purchase it used off amazon. You won't regret it!
Five hundred people reviewed this recipe and it has four and a half stars so I would say that Shana Hillman did a great job making this cake as well. I'm going to try it soon!
13. Chow Mein
Chow Mein and Lo Mein are very similar, with the difference being that chow mein is crispy while Lo Mein noodles are soft. Making this Chow Mein spaghetti squash style is something that I plan to do this month. One group of students chose to make Chow Mein.
This group, of course, is the one with my gluten-free girl in it. She is so easy going about it and I am proud of her for that but I work hard to find a way to work around it. I just added spaghetti squash to my grocery list for the month and am super excited to try Chow Mein this way!
Thank you to Kelsey over at Little Bits of for coming up with this fun and creative recipe.
14. Chicken Nuggets
I started over to Maya's Wholesome Yum blog because I wanted a good chicken nugget recipe. I found it here. I have to agree, I love almond flour. Out of the gluten-free whole version, it is my favorite option with rice flour being a close second (only because I absolutely adore horchata).
She added this to her repertoire while she was pregnant and ate it quite a bit- since it was one of the few things she could keep down.
Maybe this is your reason for the chicken nuggets or maybe you eat it to soothe the soul, either way, eat up because these things are gluten-free, healthy, and delicious!
15. Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies
I figure if this is the last one on my list, go big or go home, right? So that's what I am doing.
My taste buds have changed quite a bit from when I was a child. At twelve years old I thought a Reeses was the best chocolate on the face of the earth. As an adult I prefer dark chocolates and chocolates made from companies like Dude, Sweet Chocolate where their treats take time to melt in my mouth and linger, giving off more of a chocolate taste and less of a sugar taste.
This double chocolate peanut butter cheesecake brownie made by Annie over at Maebells definitely would be one to hit the chocolate spot. I was a bit bummed to find that she used a box mix for the recipe and added the greatness to the top but I also completely understand. I am a cake maker and still prefer vanilla box mixes (with personal tweaking) to making my own. I just cannot get the results that I do with a store bought.
Either way, if you are a gluten-free person, here are some delicious recipes to get your taste buds going. Hope you enjoyed!