Gluten free options to please your entire family

When you — or someone in your family — is diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you might feel overwhelmed. You’re not alone. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease.

potatoes and vegetablesOne of the biggest challenges families face when someone in their family has Celiac Disease is finding foods their family can eat. According to the CDF, you have to become “a good ingredient label reader” because a lot of foods, medications and nutritional supplements have gluten in them. Those items include:

• Beer (there are gluten-free beers available)
• Brown rice syrup
• Breading & coating mixes
• Croutons
• Energy Bars
• Flour or cereal products
• Imitation bacon
• Imitation seafood
• Marinades
• Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
• Pastas
• Processed luncheon meats
• Sauces, gravies
• Self-basting poultry
• Soy sauce or soy sauce solids
• Soup bases
• Stuffings, dressing
• Thickeners (Roux)
• Communion wafers
• Herbal supplements
• Drugs & over-the-counter medications
• Nutritional supplements
• Vitamins & mineral supplements
• Play-dough

Don’t be discouraged. Fresh veggies (including potatoes), seafood, pork, chicken, beef, dairy products and lamb are all naturally gluten-free. Below is a selection of gluten-free recipes that your entire family will enjoy, ranging from grilled kabobs to lasagna.

Quick and Healthy Gluten Free Potato Lasagna. Who says people with Celiac Disease can’t enjoy lasagna?
Tuscan Potatoes and Vegetables. This recipe is perfect for fall — featuring the best veggies autumn has to offer.
Grilled Potato Kabobs with Lemon-Herb Drizzle. Four simple ingredients, an easy-to-make drizzle, skewers and a grill are all you need.
Early Morning Oven Roasted Potatoes. A simply, yet tasty way to start the day.
Potato ‘n Eggs Bene-chick. A fanciful breakfast recipe with potatoes, Canadian bacon, spinach and eggs.
Chinese Five-Spice Potato and Chicken Salad. This meal takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, but has plenty of flavor.
Lightened-Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Warm up on a brisk fall day with this gluten-free soup recipe.

There are also some great resources available on the web that can help you manage a gluten-free lifestyle. GlutenFreely can be found at: www.livebetteramerica.com/health/gluten-free. The CDF’s website also provides a frequently updated list of ingredients and products that are safest for people with Celiac Dissease. The website further offers gluten-free recipes and lifestyle tips.

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