Once you have transitioned to a gluten-free diet and not eating many gluten-free substitutes putting meals together may seem daunting! One of the struggles of discovering that you have a gluten intolerance is trying to figure out what you can eat. You no longer eat pasta as a side, bread your chicken or enjoy dinner rolls with dinner. WOW!!
Even if you were on a low-carb or low-calorie diet previously, the gluten-free diet is not going to allow for the same types of foods. Here are some helpful ways to assemble gluten-free meals.
Get a Gluten-Free Cookbook
To start with, it is really helpful to have at least one gluten-free cookbook, but preferably a few different ones. These are going to be your point of reference not just for making sure you have plenty of recipes to choose from, but so you know what foods you can and can’t have. Many of the gluten-free cookbooks available are going to provide food lists, tips, and suggestions for creating meals that help with your gluten intolerance. While many of them cater to allergies or Celiac Disease, you can still use the same recipes for your gluten sensitivity.
Start Baking Your Own Bread
This might sound like a huge chore, but once you make your own loaf of bread, you will wonder why you haven’t always done it. There is something about getting bread out of the oven or using a bread maker that is satisfying. Pulling a loaf of bread you made from scratch and slicing it up yourself is rather liberating, not to mention the smell and fresh taste when it comes from your own kitchen. Baking your own bread helps to save money since you can use a gluten-free bread recipe instead of having to buy an expensive alternative at a local health food store. Bread machines are easy to use and a quick way to make your own bread.
Find Grain Alternatives
While you can’t have many of the grains you are used to, there are still some that don’t contain gluten. Finding these and using them in your meals can really make up for what you are missing. For example, you might not be able to have some forms of pasta, but you can still have quinoa. This is always gluten-free, healthy, protein rich, and really easy to include in all of your recipes. Also look for foods that naturally don’t have gluten so you don’t have to second guess anything, such as fresh produce, beans, nuts, and seeds.
Get Rid of the Processed Stuff
You can still eat most dairy and meat, but depending on the level of sensitivity that you have, you may want to avoid processed dairy, beef jerky, and deli meats. Now is the perfect time to lower your consumption of processed foods and rely more on natural options. Instead of hot dogs and deli meat, get ground beef, chicken breasts, and steak.
Now that you have this information, are you feeling more confident and ready to tackle meal planning? Building a collection of gluten free meals using Pinterest is a great way to get started, but if you prefer more structure and a stress-free way to plan your weeks, I also offer family friendly meal plans using whole foods that everyone will enjoy. Just send me an email and I will be glad to customize a plan according to your family’s needs and likes.
Easy and stress-free is how I like my meals to be. No reason to be Hstressed out in the kitchen following cumbersome recipes and using ingredients I’ve never heard of before. Now it’s your time to share in the comments, how will you implement these tips into your new routine?
To your health,