What are you looking for in naturally gluten-free
meals? Do you want them to be easy? Certainly you want them to be healthy. What about cost effective? And what if you have other food intolerances
like dairy or eggs or other special dietary needs? Well, let’s explore all of that together.
Naturally Gluten-Free Meals: Chicken and Pepper Sheet Pan
Gluten free meals start with gluten free food. So take some time to get comfortable with what foods contain gluten and what you can safely eat.
I’ve purposely avoided making this a recipe site, you can get recipes anywhere, instead it’s my goal to give you the tools and teach you the techniques to make great food out of simple, healthy, naturally gluten-free ingredients. I will provide some recipes as a guide to get you started, but I’d love it if you’d branch out and modify and create your own favorites.
These two things are always in tension. We think we want lots of choices, but do we always want that? Trying new things can be fun and interesting, but there’s a learning curve too.
Making something you’ve never made before takes a little extra time and brain power as you need to read and follow a recipe, double check to make sure you haven’t missed anything, then stress out waiting to see if it will turn out.
Having a repertoire of a few naturally gluten-free meals that you know how to make and make well will simplify your cooking as well as your shopping. And as you get bored you can learn a new dish and fit it into the rotation.
This is the approach I’ve taken to making naturally gluten-free meals. The food you’ll find here is the food I cook and feed to my family. It’s real food, it’s accessible and I think you’ll actually make a lot of it yourself.
The other advantage is, as the family gets familiar with certain dishes, they may learn to make them too and can take on some of the responsibility for cooking.
That’s what’s happened in my home. As I was going through my chef’s training and as I continue to update my skills, my husband learns too, and he actually does a fair bit of the cooking.
It’s a bit of a joke when we have company for dinner. “I’m married to a chef and I do most of the cooking” he says. (most may be a bit of a stretch).
My son (in the photo) has also become a home chef in his own right. He cooks for himself and often for the whole family.
My favorite thing in the world, is to share my passion for cooking with you. There are so many wonderful gluten-free meals and dishes that you can make from scratch or with a little boost from some quality convenience products that we’ll discuss.
Homemade soups, stews, long slow braises will fill your kitchen with wonderful aromas. Quick sauces, dressing and sides that you can put together in a few minutes will compliment any meal. The classic cooking techniques you’ll learn here will give you the confidence to choose ingredients to make wonderfully healthy gluten-free meals that will suit your budget and the time you have to cook.
You’ll get good at making a delicious meal from what’s already in your pantry or refrigerator and handling leftovers in new and creative ways.
For me it can go either way. Although it’s true that I love to cook, there are days that I’m just not into it or don’t have the time.
Of course healthy meals can be easy, and easy meals can and should be healthy. But let’s take it a step further and just bump up the nutrition aspect a bit.
When I first started to learn about naturally gluten-free meal ideas I was pleasantly surprised to find that over use of wheat in the diet is really a European thing. Many of the recipes we have long considered staples in North America came across the ocean from Europe and the UK. When you start to explore the cuisines of the world you find that much the foods that are traditional in Asia, India, Ethiopia and Mexico are delicious and often naturally gluten-free.
There are many tasty and interesting ways to delicious, nutritious gluten free meals, but the basics are exactly the same as those of a good balanced diet in general.
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