Everything You Need to Know About Going Gluten-Free

Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or just a curiosity about the gluten-free lifestyle, we'll teach you what you need to know about how to go gluten free.

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What Is Gluten, Anyway?

Found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (a cross between rye and wheat), gluten is a protein created when two subproteins (glutenin and gliadin) combine with water. Gluten contributes to several characteristics in food, including structure, texture, and kneadability.

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How to Get Key Nutrients When You're Gluten-Free

Calcium
Broccoli, milk, yogurt, cheese, sardines and salmon (with bone), collard greens, almonds, calcium-fortified juices, amaranth, teff

Iron
Fish, meat, chicken, beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, amaranth, quinoa, teff

Vitamin B
Eggs, milk, meat, fish, orange juice, beans, nuts, seeds, gluten-free whole grains

Vitamin D
Vitamin D-fortified milk and yogurt, egg yolks, salmon, sardines, tuna

Fiber
Fruits, vegetables, beans, amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, sorghum, teff, flax

 

Know Your Noodles

Need a pasta primer? Check out our guide to some of the most popular and readily available gluten-free pastas. Gluten-free pastas can be temperamental, so pay close attention to the manufacturer's directions and cooking times, and serve immediately after cooking. If you're baking pasta in a casserole, cut parboiling time by 2 to 3 minutes -- gluten provides structure in pastas, so gluten-free noodles result in a softer finished casserole.

Bean Noodles: Try black bean, soy bean, or mung bean pastas. Bean pastas are high in protein and fiber, and low in fat. Most bean pastas are quick-cooking and have a chewy, almost creamy texture.

Corn Noodles: This bright yellow pasta is made from corn, a gluten-free grain. Be careful not to overcook it.

Rice Noodles: Al dente pasta from white rice flour and rice starch mirrors the flavor, texture, and nutritional profile of traditional wheat pasta.

Quinoa Noodles: Made from the ground seeds of a South American plant, quinoa pasta is high in protein and has a chewy texture similar to white pasta.

Brown Rice Noodles: Naturally gluten-free brown rice pasta comes in a variety of shapes. It has a mild flavor and a firm, hearty texture.

Gluten-Free Flours

Light-Starch Flours
Arrowroot Starch thickens fillings, sauces, gravies, and soups without adding flavor.
Potato Starch adds structure and lends an airy texture to baked goods.
Tapioca Flour is mild, adds color and texture to baked goods, and is a great thickener.

Medium Flours
Oat Flour is subtly sweet and has high levels of fiber and protein.
Rice Flour is packed with fiber and protein and has a nutty flavor.
Sorghum Flour adds protein and texture to gluten-free baked goods and lends a nutty, almost bitter flavor.

Heavy Flours
Almond Flour or Meal is made from ground raw almonds and provides high protein, moisture, and a nutty flavor in baked goods.
Bean Flours offer a big hit of protein and lend moisture. They're great thickeners for soups and savory sauces.
Buckwheat Flour is rich in B vitamins and fiber, and is best used in conjunction with other, more neutral flours.
Millet Flour has a sweet flavor that makes it good for stirring into subtly sweet baked goods.
Quinoa Flour is one of the most nutritious gluten-free flours and lends a nutty, albeit sometimes bitter, flavor to baked treats.
Teff Flour is high in moisture, protein, fiber, and iron, and has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor.
Coconut Flour is high in fiber and moisture content, but it also has incredible absorbency, which can result in a drier, denser finished product.

Hummus

Hummus is an easy-to-make, naturally gluten-free dip that's endlessly customizable! Here are a few of our favorite hummus recipes.

Beet Hummus

Carrot Hummus

Edamame-Lemongrass Hummus

Homemade Pita Chips

Gluten-Free Soups & Salads

Bring seasonal produce and bright flavors together with these light and tasty gluten-free lunch and side recipes.

Papaya and Coconut Chicken Salad

Honey-Soaked Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Cashews

Cabbage and Carrot Salad with Peanut Sauce

Gingered Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

Butternut Squash Soup with Polenta Croutons

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

These tasty pizza crusts use naturally gluten-free pizza crusts, whole grains, and cheeses. They're all Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen-approved, so go ahead and take the plunge!

Zucchini-Sage Crust

Swiss Chard-Asparagus Crust

Mini Spaghetti Squash Crusts

Delicious Dinners Without the Gluten

Enjoy fresh whole foods, including grilled chicken, brisket, creamy sides, and more -- all easy, delicious, and naturally gluten-free.

Cheesy Pesto-Meatball Lasagna Rolls

Creole-Style Shrimp and Grits

Parchment-Baked Halibut with Asian Vegetables

Chicken Pot Pie

Gluten-Free Baking

From rich chocolate cake to scones, brownies, and more -- you don't have to shy away from baking just because you're leaving the gluten out.

Fudgy Brownies

Blondies

Lemon-Strawberry Cornmeal Scones

Zucchini Muffins with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Coconut Cream- and Pineapple-Filled Cream Puffs

Glazed Chocolate Cake

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