50+ Naturally Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family

This is my personal collection of naturally gluten-free recipes.

These are the things I cook every day for my family and friends and I hope a few of them will become favorites for your family too.

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How These Recipes are Written and Organized

Every family is unique, especially when it comes to special diets and dietary restrictions.  I've tried to keep that in mind and most recipes have dairy free, vegan and keto versions or substitutions listed.

There is something here for every skill level too.  If you're new to gluten free cooking you'll appreciate some of the easy gluten free meal choices.  If you're a more experienced cook or you like to throw dinner parties, you'll find recipes that you'll be proud to serve your guests.

Naturally Gluten-Free Recipes at a Glance

Choose what you're interested in from the categories below or just scroll through the page to see what catches your eye. 

Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

If you're like me, you may find yourself struggling a bit to know what to eat for breakfast.  Sometimes I think, rather than recipes, we're in need of gluten-free breakfast ideas.  Of course there are gluten-free cereals, and bread for toast, but how about cornbread or banana bread topped with yogurt and berries or paired with a poached egg and peameal (Canadian) bacon.  Or try scrambled eggs and bacon or leftover roast beef on a taco shell. Here are a few gluten-free recipes to get your breakfast ideas flowing.  I'd love to see what you come up with.

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Gluten-Free Lunch Recipes

As with breakfast, lunch is also a meal that can become same old, same old pretty quickly and sometimes we need gluten-free lunch ideas more than actual recipes.  The gluten-free lunch recipes below give you a range of light meals you can put together quickly, and homemade classics that may take a bit more time.  You may want to make extra and freeze to help with quick lunches. 

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Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

Dinner is the meal we mostly pull our hair out over isn't it?  Even before we went gluten-free, I think we all had times that we were just in a rut.  Yet flipping through cookbooks and searching recipes on the internet (both favorite past-times of mine by the way) often brings recipes that are just not accessible.  Techniques are complicated, ingredients hard to find.  Or if you go out and buy a special ingredient for a recipe, you use a small amount and the rest sits in your pantry.

These are gluten-free dinners I actually make for my family.  Most are pretty simple, though a few will allow you to test your skills.  Most have ingredients that are readily available in North American supermarkets and I try to provide alternatives if there is something that might be more difficult to find. 

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Gluten-Free Desserts

Dessert is where things get complicated isn't it?  Your favorite recipes just don't work quite the same with gluten-free flours.  I've kind of decided to take the "cup half full" approach and realize that my celiac disease kind of saves me from myself.  I simply eat less dessert.  Yet there are times when the sweet tooth wants what the sweet tooth wants.  

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Gluten-Free Snacks

You've got the munchies and you just want something to nibble on, or to get you over that 3pm hump.  Having nutritious naturally gluten-free snacks might be more about ideas and a stocked pantry than actual recipes.  However, here are a few that are favorites with my family and I hope you and yours will like them too.  

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Here are a few recipes that will help you change up and add some interest to your gluten-free meals.  Some of these stand quite nicely on their own or with a gluten-free meat or plant based main.  

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Whole fresh cuts of meat, poultry and fish are naturally gluten-free, it's the seasonings, sauces and thickeners that you need to look out for.  Once you learn gluten-free substitutions for every day ingredients and the basic techniques for cooking meat, you'll be on your way.  Most of the recipes you already use can likely be easily converted.  Here are some gluten-free recipes involving meat, fish and poultry that I make regularly.  I hope you like them. 

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Eggs are perfectly packaged little protein balls and may end up being a breakfast staple in your gluten-free diet.  But eggs aren't just for breakfast.  A warm comforting omelet with your favorite fillings is perfect for lunch.  Pair up poached eggs with ham or steak, or add scrambled egg to rice or quinoa and you have a high protein naturally gluten-free dinner that will hit the spot.  

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Beans and Legumes

An excellent source of plant based protein on their own, or as a side.  These gluten-free recipes are so hearty and flavorful I know you'll make them often like I do. 

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There are lots of grains that are naturally gluten-free so the possibilities are pretty much endless.  You don't need to get bored with rice.  Jazz it up a bit, or substitute another gluten-free grain in your rice recipe, or mix it half and half to change up the flavor and nutritional profiles. 

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Potatoes are a staple around the world and are nutritious and naturally gluten-free.  There are so many ways to serve them that you probably know off the top of your head.  Mashed, baked, twice baked, scalloped, roasted...

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How excited were you when you learned gluten-free pasta existed?  That one piece of news pulled me back from the brink of depression.  What's better, most of your favorite sauces are likely naturally gluten-free.  Here are some gluten free pasta recipes for you to experiment with. 

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Finding a good gluten-free pizza can be like the search for the holy grail.  Well, your search ends here.  The days of grabbing a slice on the run may be over, but that doesn't mean you have to give up enjoying pizza.  

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There's nothing like a warm bowl of soup to make you feel like life is good.  These gluten-free recipes will give you the basics to make any soup you desire and maybe bring you back to some old favorites that you thought were off the table. 

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Like soup, stews are the ultimate comfort food and everyone on the planet knows it.  That's why variations of stews pop up in every culture around the world.  The sauces and spices may differ as you explore various traditions, but the simple technique of braising meat, vegetables or legumes in flavorful liquid is universal. Here are a few gluten-free stews for you to try. 

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Salads and Dressings

Salad can be as simple as a few greens tossed in a bowl with a super simple vinaigrette, or you can get creative and make it interesting.  Mix up a few of the basic salad dressings, then try making up your own.  Then see what combinations of fresh veggies, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds tickle your fancy.  

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Sauces and Stocks

Do you make your own sauces?  These gluten-free recipes will take the mystery out of sauce making, give you some alternatives and maybe clear a few bottles out of your fridge. 

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Teriyaki Sauce

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Honey Garlic Sauce

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Breads, Quickbreads, Muffins

Do you dream about bread?  Finding a decent loaf of bread may be the never-ending quest for the gluten-free eater.  There will be frustrations, but I encourage you to be adventurous.  Look for gluten-free bakeries as you visit new cities, and when you're home, why not try your hand at making your own?


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Nordic Flat Bread

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potato flat bread

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Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes

Celiacs and Vegans can be best friends.  Why you ask?  Well, of course you can be both gluten-free and vegan, but you may find, even if you eat meat, that you don't tolerate dairy or eggs very well.  If this is the case, vegan recipes and products will save the day, offering dairy free and egg free alternatives. 

Of these gluten-free recipes, many are naturally plant based, and several have vegan options or substitutions provided.  For example, flax eggs or egg replacer works great in the cornbread, or leaving the egg out of the fried rice gives you, well, amazing vegan fried rice. 

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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Recipes

Are you finding your tummy is still a bit rumbly even after going gluten-free?  Celiac and lactose intolerance do go hand in hand, so you're not alone.  I've had to completely and permanently eliminate dairy from my diet, so you'll find that all of the recipes on Naturally Gluten-Free are dairy free or have dairy free options.  Here are a few for you to try.

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Keto Friendly

The keto diet and various other low carb, high protein permutations are pretty popular these days.  If you're trying keto, the good news is, the keto diet eliminates all grains so it's naturally gluten-free.  But with keto, you need to go a bit further and eliminate all grains, starches and sugars.  The gluten-free recipes below are keto friendly for your enjoyment. 

Remember, if you're buying pre-made keto products to check the label for gluten.  Even though Keto is grain-free, products are not necessarily made celiac friendly.

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Gluten-Free Internationally Inspired Recipes

What does international really mean?  Depending on where you are, anywhere that you are not would technically be international. 

If you are of northern European descent, you've likely found the transition to gluten-free difficult.  This is because wheat is in almost everything.  But that's not true of much of the rest of the world.  Many of the cuisines of the world have different grains at their core and have many naturally gluten-free choices.

I've focused here on some Asian and Mediterranean inspired dishes and will build this section out in the coming months.  So keep checking back.

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