How To Keep Your Gluten-Free Diet Interesting
Being gluten-free can be challenging. A lot of products that we are used to eating contain gluten or may be cross-contaminated. With cross-contamination, it is usually after you've eaten the food that you figure out you are unable to eat it or it was prepared on the same surface as gluten containing foods. This can be so frustrating and may feel like it is impossible to go out to eat or grocery shop. But there are 5 ways you can be gluten-free and still have variety and interesting foods to eat.
#1 EAT FRESH WHOLE FOODS
Naturally, when you are gluten-free eating whole foods is necessary. Fresh vegetables, greens and fruits are the easiest foods to incorporate into a gluten-free lifestyle. Not only are they quick and easy to eat raw but there are a variety of ways to steam, bake or broil them. In fact, going gluten-free opens up a whole new world of whole foods to eat. My eating routine is so much more varied now that I restrict most gluten containing foods. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for whole foods:
#2 KEEP FROZEN FOODS ON HAND
While I would love to cook every day, my schedule just doesn't allow for it. I rely heavily on frozen and canned foods so I can make fast lunches and dinners that are gluten-free. Frozen vegetables are lifesavers for quick stir-fry's or side dishes since they are already chopped and they cook quickly. Some of my favorite gluten-free products are:
Gluten-free chicken nuggets
Tater tots or hash browns or french fries (there are sweet potato fries as well!)
Gluten-free waffles (when breakfast becomes dinner)
Frozen quinoa or rice
Chicken pot stickers
#3 STOCK UP ON GLUTEN-FREE MIXES
I sometimes have time to bake but not always. I rely heavily on mixes to help get the job done. Bob's Red Mill is one of my favorite for gluten-free brownies, cookies and cakes. The mixes are easy to put together, usually only a couple of steps, and you can have delicious gluten-free treats. They are so good that even those who are not gluten-free love them. Plus, buying mixes helps you eliminate the need to have multiple flours on-hand. But mixes aren't only about desserts. There are gluten-free Falafel mixes, bread mixes and pizza crust mixes.
#4 PURPOSELY COOK MEALS TO FREEZE
Don't be afraid when you have time to cook to make extra portions and then freeze them. A lot of recipes can easily be frozen and then reheated for a quick dinner. Freezer bags and dishes that can be packed with yummy, gluten-free recipes give you flexibility when you are too busy to cook.
There are a variety of options you can choose to store your food in the freezer. Glass containers, reusable silicone bags or plastic. I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic in my life so I am working on using more glass containers. Amazon has a wide variety of all types of freezer storage containers.
Casseroles and slow cooker recipes are my top choices for making freezer meals. They are hearty and if you are using a slow cooker, you don't have to even be around while it cooks. Here are some recipes to try:
#5 TRY A GLUTEN-FREE MEAL DELIVERY KIT
There are times my life is so busy I really wish someone else could do the cooking for me. Now there is! Meal delivery companies make life so simple because they ship you a weeks worth of food according to your lifestyle needs. This saves on shopping, planning and cooking! There are a lot of meal delivery services and you can use them for just 1 week's worth of meals or for months on end. So much flexibility! If you are getting uninspired, try a delivery kit. It is a great way to get out of a cooking rut that doesn't require shopping!
#6 SUBSCRIBE TO GLUTEN-FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTERS
This is another great way to get inspired. Sign up for email newsletters that focus on gluten-free living. You don't have to open them right when they arrive. Make a folder in your email and send the newsletters there. When you have a few minutes, you can read through them and get new ideas for eating gluten-free.
I hope you enjoyed this post about keeping gluten-free eating interesting. We all fall into a rut with our eating routines. Let me know in the comments below, will you be trying any of the tactics I listed above?
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