"Of all the passions, the only really respectable one seems to me to be indulgence." - Guy de Maupassant
Does the smell of fresh-baked bread from the bakery on the corner delightfully wake you up every morning? Do you crave a delicious roll or croissant?
Pastry chefs and bakers work around the clock to feed masses all over the world the most delightful treats that flour can create.
Nevertheless, there is a serious problem for many. Although the delicious flavours of apple pie, English tea pastries, baguettes, and chocolate croissants make all people rejoice, there are many that cannot indulge in these delicacies because of an intolerance for gluten.
For some individuals, the discovery of becoming gluten-free is a tragedy, while on the other hand, certain ones embrace the challenge and try to find helpful alternatives that will effectively fit into their lives.
Fun fact: did you know that Around 8.5 million consumers in the UK have gone gluten-free? That's nearly 13% of the entire population!
It is important to state that many gluten-free consumers, around 1% of the population, have coeliac disease and another 7% have digestive problems when they eat; if you’re one of them, you might be looking for recipes for gluten-free dishes.
However, there's nothing to worry about; Superprof is here to save the day yet again! The internet is full of recipes for gluten intolerance or for those who just want to reduce their intake of gluten. Therefore, in today's article, we shall consider some of the 10 best gluten-free recipes that everyone should try at least once.
Why Should You Go Gluten-Free?
A wide variety of individuals go gluten-free each and every year and the numbers keep rising without any signs of slowing down.
First of all, what exactly is gluten?
Little do people know that gluten is a group of prolamins and glutelins which occurs in the starch of many cereal grains such as wheat and rye. Gluten is the primary protein that the body absorbs when consuming wheat-based food items.
Many people cannot digest and absorb the proteins of gluten which; therefore, forces them to adopt a gluten-free diet.
However, failure to digest is not the only reason to go gluten-free. Consequently, without further ado, the following are the most common reasons people are adopting diets that do feature include in the UK:
- Coeliac Disease: unfortunately on the rise, the coeliac disease is affecting people all over the world and making it impossible for them to consume wheat, barley, or rye products. It is important to state that if coeliac disease is left undetected or untreated it can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and even cancer; go gluten-free!
- The Rise of Diet Trends: in the past five years low-carb, paleo, and keto diets have been all the rage. I'm sure that at least half, if not more, of Brits, are using, or have tried to use, one of these diets. Since the keto and paleo diets of cutting carbs to lose weight and feel more energized are so commonplace, individuals are discovering the benefits of not consuming gluten.
- Overall Mood: did you know that individuals who do not eat gluten products have more regular moods? For example, after cutting off gluten from their diets many have found that they feel more stable.
- Lack of Nutritional Value: during the past few years many research studies have come out displaying the lack of nutritional value in today's modified wheat.
- Additional Health Concerns: many health problems such as bloating, cramps, diarrhoea, and the leaky gut syndrome has been associated with gluten intake; even for those who are not sensitive to its negative effects.
- Absorption of Vitamins: many people do not know that gluten can reduce the overall production of digestive enzymes in the gut which is necessary for the break down of foods and absorption of vitamins.
Although many people might feel upset by all the delicious food items they are missing out on by not consuming gluten, there are many healthy alternatives for which your stomach will dearly thank you!
By using the following flours, many bakery favourites can be imitated without even noticing the difference:
- Coconut Flour,
- Certified Oat Flour,
- Tapioca Flour,
- Almond Flour,
- Chickpea Flour,
- Buckwheat Flour,
- Rice Flour,
- Cassava Flour,
- Yuca Flour.
Now you see that following a gluten-free diet doesn't have to be so miserable! Keep reading to discover some of the most delicious recipes that are all missing one thing. What may that be? Gluten!
Superprof's Ten Best Gluten-Free Recipes
After individuals accept the fact that they must be gluten-free, the next step is finding recipes and healthy alternatives that will prevent stomach ailments and lead them towards a healthy life.
Thanks to the fact that we are living in the digital age, the internet is filled with so many distinct tips, tricks, and recipes that contribute to a gluten-free diet. The only issue about gluten-free recipes online is the overwhelming amount available to readers; it may be quite difficult to choose a reliable source!
Nevertheless, after extensive research Superprof has found the best and easiest recipes for gluten-free consumers.
Enjoy the directions of the following meals and be sure to definitely try them out at home. However, before reading along to find out about how the following meals are made, it is worth stating that all of these recipes will be enjoyed by every member of the family, even your gluten-loving children!
Buckwheat Pancakes with Mushrooms
The magnificent and fluffy taste of pancakes mixed with crowd-pleasing Funghi is like breakfast for supper that will delight all family members. The recipe for buckwheat pancakes with mushrooms is relatively cheap and simple to make. Purchase the following ingredients and stick to the subsequent directions to enjoy this gluten-free plate.
Ingredients for about four people:
- 100g of buckwheat flour
- 1/2 a glass of milk
- 2 eggs
- 30g of butter
- 200g of button mushrooms
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4 tablespoons of chopped parsley or shallots
- Salt and pepper.
The pancake batter
- Add the eggs to the flour
- Mix and add the milk with the help of a whisk
- Let stand for an hour before cooking the pancakes in a buttered pan
The pancake filling
- Slice the mushrooms and cook them in butter
- Add the crushed garlic
- Add the chervil
Place the filling in the middle of the pancake and fold the edges towards the centre to make a square.
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Just like a regular old fashioned American burger except for one thing: no meat. Vegetarian burgers can be as satisfying, filling, and delicious as meat-based patties; however, they are much healthier! Read along to make a fantastic gluten-free burger that will fool even the most devout meat lovers.
Ingredients for approximately six people:
- 1 package of gluten-free rising agent (baker’s yeast)
- 250ml of plant-based milk such as almond, hazelnut, coconut, or oat milk
- 350g of gluten-free flour; try for chickpea flour or rice flour
- 30g of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 block/package of tofu
- 6 tablespoons of gluten-free soy sauce (even soy sauce has gluten!)
- 6 tablespoons of whole almonds
- 6 tablespoons of hazelnuts
- 1 egg
- 8 tablespoons of gluten-free flour (same or different flour used for making the buns/bread)
- Salt, pepper, and chilli powder
For gluten-free bread
- Place the rising agent in 4 tablespoons of warm vegetable milk for 15 minutes
- Mix the flour, sugar, a pinch of salt, the milk, and oil into the rising agent mix.
- Knead for 10 to 15 minutes
- Cover with a damp tea towel or cheesecloth for an hour and a half
- Make six small balls with the dough and let them rise for around 45 minutes or longer
- Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes at 180°C and then cut them in half
For the burger patties
- Mix the remaining ingredients that haven't been used for the bread until you’ve got a paste
- Heat a pan with olive oil
- Make patties out of the paste (you can always use baking moulds if you want them perfectly circular)
You can garnish the burgers with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise and some cheese. Also, we recommend finding a great recipe for sweet potato fries to serve alongside.
There are plenty of things you can still make if you’re gluten-free. You don't need to give up eating the same classic flour-based treats, all you need to do is modify. For instance, it is essential to change the recipes when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, or morning pancakes.
Without further delay, the following are the ingredients and directions to make some of the most savoury gluten-free pancakes.
Ingredients for 4 people:
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 50g of cornflour
- Peel the bananas and crush them with a fork in a salad bowl
- Break the eggs and beat them with a fork
- Add the cornflour and mix it all
- Heat a buttered pan and cook the pancakes
Serve with honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, or homemade jam. There are also recipes for gluten-free crepes available.
Is pizza your favourite food on the face of the planet yet you can't eat it anymore since it's filled with gluten? We feel you, the sadness is real and never over-dramatized. However, there is good news for coeliac suffers: more gluten-free pizza crusts are available than ever before!
The following is a great recipe for a gluten-free crust that will please all since it actually tastes like pizza!
Ingredients for about six people:
- 600ml of water
- Tomato sauce
- Tuna, ground beef, chicken, or any kind of meat
- Grated cheese
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of sugar
- 50g of yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tablespoons of gluten-free baking powder
- 200g of gluten-free flour such as corn, almond, chickpea, coconut, or cassava-based flour
- Any toppings of choice such as basil leaves, tomatoes, olives, green peppers etc.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar
- Add the egg, oil, and yoghurt together before slowly adding the water
- Knead the dough until it becomes stretchy
- Cover the dough with a damp tea towel and let it rise for at least 2 hours or even more
- Spread out the pizza dough, add the sauce, and place the toppings
- Cook at 200°C for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown
Gluten-Free Avocado Risotto
Do you love risotto and are you obsessed with risotto? If so, this gluten-free avocado risotto will please your taste buds and prove that eliminating gluten from your diet doesn’t mean you have to get rid of classic favourites. Read the following instructions before going to the market to pick up the necessary ingredients.
Ingredients for approximately four people:
- 400g of risotto rice
- 50g of butter
- 1 white onion
- 100 to 150ml of white wine (depending on your tastes)
- Vegetable stock cubes (gluten-free of course)
- 50 to 70g of parmesan
- 1 avocado
- 2 handfuls of nuts (pine nuts preferably)
- Melt the butter in a casserole and brown the finely chopped white onion
- Add the rice and mix until the grains are coated in butter
- Pour the white wine and let it evaporate
- Season with pepper
- Add the stock cube to about 1 to 1.5 litres of boiling water
- Slowly add the sauce to the rice and let it boil off or add it all and cook for 20 minutes
- Add 30g of butter and the parmesan
- Add the avocado
- Lastly, crush the nuts before adding them to your risotto
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Crustless Mushroom Quiche
You don't have to be French to enjoy a fantastic quiche. Also, being gluten-free doesn't mean you have to avoid pie crust like the plague. There are many gluten-free quiche recipes that combine healthy and savoury ingredients to make one of the most delightful dishes that can be enjoyed by your family during a tasty brunch, late lunch, or even dinner.
The following are the ingredients needed and directions that must be followed to try delicious mini quiches that have been perfected and tried by thousands who enjoy a gluten-free diet.
Ingredients for approximately six people:
- 300g of the common, button, or portobello mushrooms
- 20g of butter
- 4 eggs
- 200ml of milk
- 200ml of crème fraîche or sour cream
- 3 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 150g of grated gruyère cheese (yum!)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 210°C.
- Cook the mushrooms in a buttered pan on low heat
- Mix the milk, crème fraîche/sour cream, cornstarch, and grated cheese into a salad bowl
- Season with salt and pepper
- Add the mushrooms and then pour into a mould or several small moulds if you want mini quiches
- Bake for 20 minutes
It is important to state that mushrooms can be replaced or added with other ingredients such as salmon, tomatoes, olives, spinach, carrots, chorizo, ham, and/or leek.
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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Tabbouleh
The bright, vibrant, and savoury flavours of the Middle East have enchanted people for years. Some favourite Middle Eastern dishes include hummus, kebab, falafel, and of course, tabbouleh.
The following is one of the best Middle Eastern recipes for those who want to continue tasting the flavours of Lebanon while remaining gluten-free.
Ingredients for about six to eight people:
- 450g of cauliflower
- 50g of raisins
- 50g of pine nuts
- 2 white or red onions
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon of mustard
- 150ml of olive oil
- Essential spices to taste such as dill, turmeric, salt, and pepper
- Add the raisins to warm water
- Finely chop the onions
- Grate all of the cauliflower
- For the special sauce, it is necessary to mix the egg yolk, mustard, salt, pepper, and turmeric before slowly adding the olive oil. Mix all the ingredients together in a whipping motion. It is important to remember that the sauce needs to have the same consistency as mayonnaise; therefore, the cream cheese and a bit of dill must be mixed in also.
- Mix the cauliflower, raisins, pine nuts, onion, dill, and half of the mix into a salad bowl.
- Serve accordingly to complement a with the rest of the sauce as a sauce bowl.
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Gluten-Free Courgette or Squash Carbonara
While it is true that there are hundreds of brands of gluten-free pasta on the market, one of the most healthful alternatives for gluten-free consumers is courgette or squash. Also, I've seen zucchini/zoodles used by many who do not like the pasta free of gluten.
Nevertheless, without further delay, the following is a gluten-free courgette carbonara that is low-cost, delicious, and simple to make.
Ingredients needed for a family of four:
- 1kg of courgettes
- 100g of lardings or butter
- 75g of grated parmesan
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 150ml of cream
- Brown the lardings/lardons or butter in a pan
- Grate or use a vegetable cutter for the courgettes/squash to make noodles that are equivalent to spaghetti
- Drain the lardons and brown the courgettes for 3 minutes in olive oil
- Mix the cream and the yolks and then add the lardons and the courgette to the mix
- Sprinkle with parmesan, pepper, salt, and serve.
You can also grill slices of bacon to add to the carbonara for extra deliciousness!
Gluten-Free Lentils and Squash
When people thinking of going gluten-free they make think that they are missing out on many delicious ingredients; nevertheless, this is not the case. Adopting a diet free of gluten is a magnificent introduction to clean eating with savoury yet fresh ingredients.
It is important to state that many gluten-free recipes are vegetarian which influences some to continue eating well. Therefore, the recipe for a wonderful vegetarian and gluten-free recipe is the following lentils and squash meal.
Ingredients for about four people:
- 120g of red lentils
- 1 onion
- 1 slice of squash
- 100ml of coconut milk
- 1/2 a cube of vegetable stock
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 pinch of powdered cumin
- 4 pinches of powdered coconut
- 2 branches of coriander/cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse the lentils, cut the squash into pieces, and slice the onion
- Brown the onion in a frying pan with the oil and sprinkle the cumin onto the onion
- Add the lentils and stir for 3 minutes
- Dilute the stock cube in 500ml of hot water and then pour into the pan
- Bring to the boil before lowering the heat and adding the coconut milk
- Cook for 15 to 20 minutes
- Mix everything and add water if it is necessary
- Serve in bowls with the coconut, pepper, and coriander sprinkled on top to add flavour.
Gluten-Free Breakfast: The Mermaid Bowl
Not sure what to make for breakfast following a gluten-free diet? The answer is without a doubt the recipe for the following mermaid bowl which is a brilliant replacement for toast and wheat-based cereal products.
The subsequent ingredients are for one person:
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1 handful of raspberries
- 1 tablespoon of goji berries
- A splash of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of almond milk or cream
- 1 pinch of spirulina
- 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of grated cocoa
- Peel and cut the banana and mix it with the spirulina; it should turn turquoise in colour and have a creamy consistency
- Put all the other ingredients into the bowl by nicely decorating it to your taste
Gluten-Free Recipes Can Be Learnt Via Superprof Tutors
So which of the previously mentioned ten recipes are you going to try?
If you need any help with nutritional advice, consider getting in touch with one of the private tutors on Superprof. There are plenty of talented nutritionists, dietitians, and fitness instructors who can help you meet your fitness/dietary goals. There are three main types of gluten-free tutorials offered: face-to-face, online, or in a group.
Face-to-face private tutorials are fantastic since they're just between you and the tutor; you can fully focus on your goals and discussing gluten-free ideas. Of course, this does come at a cost since face-to-face tutorials tend to be the most expensive. However, the extra expense is completely worth it!
Online tutorials are also just between you and the tutor with the only main difference being that the tutor isn't physically there in the room with you. Thanks to the internet, you can now learn online by communicating with your tutor via webcam using video conferencing software such as Skype or FaceTime.
With fewer travel expenses and the ability to schedule more tutorials per week, online tutorials tend to be cheaper per hour than face-to-face ones.
Finally, it is important to mention that group tutorials involve one tutor and several students. With multiple students, less of the tutor's time will be spent focusing on you; however, the cost of the tutor's time and expertise will also be shared amongst all the students. Group tutorials are usually the cheapest per student per hour.
Don't forget that a lot of tutors on Superprof also offer the first hour of tutoring for free!