Make Going Gluten-Free Simple

The following post is from Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free:

pizza crust

source: Amy Green

My neighbor recently shared that she was thinking about going gluten-free because of her son’s eczema. While in the process of researching her options, she got overwhelmed and decided it wasn’t for her. She said the food is more expensive, she doesn’t do well with recipes that have more than five ingredients, and she hasn’t even heard of many of the ingredients used in gluten-free baking. Add to that a very full life, and I can completely see why she would decide that maybe it’s not the right thing for her.

Dietary changes are difficult, especially when dealing with an entire family. Going gluten-free doesn’t have to be that complicated, though. There are simple way to make the transition less mind boggling:

Start with familiar foods that are gluten-free.

I hear from so many people who want to start their gluten-free journey by making bread and cupcakes. That’s a sure road to failure. It’s like trying to run a 5k without ever running a half mile. Yes, the 5k is doable. But you have start with baby steps, and making a list of what you can eat is a great place to start.

Think about all the food you eat that is naturally gluten-free: meat, dairy, fruits, veggies, beans, and most grains. Then, make a list of meals you love that use these ingredients. Last night, we had turkey, cheese, and mushroom enchiladas with corn tortillas. It’s a tasty meal with no gluten. You could also try this simple yet incredible pizza crust.

Learn to cook in a CrockPot.

If you’re eating gluten-free you won’t be dumping a can of cream of mushroom soup over your roast, but it’s easy to make a delicious meal with very little preparation in your CrockPot. Try chicken & black bean tacos, pulled BBQ pork or chicken, or a simple tortilla soup.

Ask for help.

If you’re like me, this is tough. I like to figure it out all on my own, thank you very much! The way a family eats is very personal and often outside help isn’t always welcome. But, if you need help ask someone who’s been there. It’s much easier than fumbling around in the kitchen, throwing out expensive ingredients, and feeling defeated.

Some great blogs for making gluten-free simple include Daily Bites, The Balanced Platter, Elana’s Pantry, and my personal blog, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free.

Buy quality gluten-free products.

Before Nate was born, I made almost everything from scratch, from bread to crackers. Now, my hands are full with a very active 17 month old boy. Unless I quit sleeping, there’s no way I could find the time time make everything we eat. Some of my favorite store-bought products include Erewhon’s gluten-free cereal line, Canyon Bakehouse bread, Crunchmaster Crackers, Kinnikinnick’s Panko Style Bread Crumbs, Tinkyada Brown Rice pasta, and Mary’s Gone Crackers Love Cookies – N’Oatmeal Raisin.

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A stay-at-home mom, wife, and passionate cook, Amy strives to make each meal healthy and delicious. When she’s not doing laundry, dishes, or caring for her son, she plays around with food in the kitchen developing new recipes, which she shares at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free. Amy also publishes The Balanced Platter and authored the book Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: 180 Easy & Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less.