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Even though there is little scientific research that shows that gluten free eating is needed for many people, it does appear to be here to stay. I’ve been eating wheat my whole life with no problems and have recently discovered that gluten is the cause of skin conditions that have been bothering me for several years. Cutting wheat out of my diet has made a big change, so a gluten intolerance can occur even if it has not bothered you in the past.
If you love to snack, be sure to also check out my post on heart healthy snacks. It gives 30 delicious snack ideas that are great for your heart health.
1. Eggs on Toast. One of the favorite breakfasts is an egg on toast. But toast is definitely a no no in gluten free land. So think of other tasty ways to serve it. A great way to do this is eggs on wilted spinach. Sweet potatoes also make a good toast replacement for poached eggs.
2. Tortillas. Instead of loading up a carb filled tortilla with your favorite protein Tex Mex concoction, scoop the fillings into a rolled up lettuce leaf. Cos or Romaine lettuce is great for this. They will even roll up! Any protein will work. Think Tuna roll ups, tacos, savory chicken and mushrooms. The ideas are endless. These beef taco wraps taste amazing!
3. Pasta. Spaghetti squash makes a great dish with a marinara sauce and many other veggies can be formed into pasta like shapes with a julienne vegetable peeler. Spaghetti sauce is easy to make into pasta threads with just a plain fork! Add your favorite marinara sauce (I make this one with roasted tomatoes that is amazing!) and you have a tasty gluten free Italian meal.
4. Bread Crumbs. Almonds can be used in many ways on a gluten free diet. Almond meal makes a great coating for chicken and other protein and can be used to make meatballs and meat loaf. Almond butter also make a great oat substitute for gluten free energy balls and are super easy to make.
5. Flour. Baked goods are a tough one and finding the right gluten free replacements can be tricky. Here is a recipe for an all purpose flour for your . Combine 1/2 cup of rice flour, 1/4 cup of tapioca starch/flour and 1/4 cup of potato starch. There are also many gluten free flour products for sale now in many grocery stores I often combine coconut flour and almond flour for gluten free baked goods as well.
6. Croutons. I love a great salad with the crunch of croutons on the top, but croutons are not part of a gluten free diet. If is the crunch that you are going for add some larger nuts, such as Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts or pecans and add them to the salad. You won’t miss the croutons at all and will get some heart thy oils to boot.