A few years ago my fiance was diagnosed with Celiac, meaning we had to completely cut out gluten from our meal prep. It was tough (and sometimes costly) transition, but now that I'm a few years in I consider myself an expert.

Celiac means you can't eat anything made with or prepared alongside gluten-rich foods. Gluten is a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. To put it simply, gluten is in everything.

All my regular go-to recipes - pastas, tacos, etc... - had to be reworked from the ground up. After methodically going through thousands of dinner recipes, I've accumulated several that are our "favorites". Between my improved cooking skills and the food industry stepping its game up in the GF department, it's hard to even tell the dishes are gluten-free. Who needs gluten anyway?

Here are some of our go-to GF meals. If prepared correctly, you won't even taste the difference!

*Side note: cooking with GF noodles is a bit tricky and it took a bit for me to time it just right. Also there are tons of different GF versions of things, so find the kind you prefer the best. Cooking GF is honestly a trial and error period until you find what works.

GF Enchiladas:
4 cups Chicken, cooked

1 16oz. can Refriend beans

Bread & Baked Goods
12 Corn tortillas, gluten-free

2 cups Chedder cheese

2 15oz. cans Enchilada sauce, gluten-free red

GF Breadsticks:
1 Egg, large

Baking & Spice
2 cups Gluten-free flour blend
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
1 packet Yeast
Oils & Vinegars
1 tsp Cider vinegar
1 tbsp Olive oil
3/4 cup Water

GF Pizza:
4 oz cream cheese softened
4 large eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup Parmesan, Asiago or Romano cheese any combination can be used
2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded and divided
1/2 cup low carb pizza sauce
Pizza toppings optional

GF Pizza Rolls: (we really like pizza)
1 cup (140 g) all purpose gluten free flour, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup (170 g) nonfat Greek-style plain yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons lukewarm water

GF Lasagna: Take your time on this one. It's tedious, but worth it.
For the meat sauce:
1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion , minced
2 cloves garlic , crushed
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (Tuttorosso is recommended)
12 ounce can tomato paste (or two 6 ounce cans)
15 ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

For the ricotta cheese mixture:
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 Tablepsoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt

For assembling the lasagna:
12 Barilla Gluten Free Oven-Ready Lasagne Noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese

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