If you are on a gluten-free diet, you will be no stranger to the specific types of grains which must be avoided.
Grains containing gluten include wheat, barley and rye, and for many people who are on a gluten-free diet, this can sometimes be frustrating.
But needing to eat gluten-free foods for health reasons doesn’t need to be restrictive or annoying; there are plenty of tasty gluten-free recipes that can be tried to add some zing to your cooking.
Delicious Dishes To Try Yourself
A gluten-free diet can present many challenges, but there are a host of recipes to try in your own kitchen. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite nibbles and dishes you can try out today.
Warm quinoa salad with grilled halloumi
This delicious, protein-filled recipe is perfect for al fresco summer dining.
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, sliced
- 1 large pepper, sliced
- 200g quinoa
- 500ml vegetable stock
- Small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- A large pinch of sugar
- 250g halloumi cheese, cut into 6 slices
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a medium saucepan.
- Fry the onion and pepper for a few minutes, then add the quinoa, cooking for a further 3 minutes.
- Add the stock and cover, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Continue cooking for 15 minutes or until soft.
- Stir in half the parsley.
- Preheat the grill.
- Mix the lemon zest and juice and add to the rest of the parsley and oil, as well as a large pinch of sugar and salt.
- Grill the halloumi until it is crispy and golden on both sides.
- Serve the salad with the halloumi and pour the dressing over the entire dish.
Goat’s cheese and watercress quiche
A family favourite, this goat’s cheese and watercress recipe is perfect for a get-together and for something a bit different to take to a barbecue.
For the pastry
- 225g gluten-free flour, plus some extra for rolling
- 100g butter
- 1 large beaten egg, and another one for brushing
For the filling
- 1 finely chopped medium onion
- 1 tbsp oil
- 100g roughly chopped watercress
- 2 large eggs
- 150ml milk
- 150ml soft rindless goat’s cheese, cut into chunks
- Fresh nutmeg, grated (optional)
- Place the flour and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
- Add the butter and rub it into the mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the egg and 1-2 tbsp water to create a soft dough.
- Knead well, then cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C.
- Knead the pastry once more and roll it out to cover a 20cm flat tin, and base the sides with egg.
- Fry the onion in the oil until soft, then add the watercress and fry until just cooked.
- Beat the eggs and milk and stir in the watercress and goat’s cheese, then season and add some nutmeg if desired.
- Now place the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
- Add the filling and bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C and continue cooking for 25-30 minutes, until lightly set.
Creamy tarragon chicken bake
This is an ideal dish to feed a family or take along to a group gathering.
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tpsp rice flour
- 300ml soya milk
- 4 skinless chicken breasts
- 2 red onions, sliced
- 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 250g asparagus spears, blanched
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 150ml vegetable stock
- 3 tbsp chopped tarragon
- 4 tbsp gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp grated dairy- and lactose-free cheese
- Mix half the oil and flour in a saucepan (off the heat).
- Add the soya milk and blend well before heating.
- Bring the sauce to the boil slowly, stirring regularly, and simmer for a minute.
- Remove from the heat, cover with greaseproof paper and move to one side.
- Heat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C.
- Heat the remaining oil in the pan, add the chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes or until brown (the meat will not be cooked through at this point).
- Transfer the chicken to an ovenproof gratin dish.
- Add the onions to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, then spoon them over the chicken.
- Top with the tomatoes and asparagus and move to one side while you make the sauce.
- Place the sugar and vinegar into the pan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is a caramel colour, then add the stock.
- Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 1 minute.
- Whisk the sauce until it is blended, season, then add the tarragon.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables and sprinkle it with the breadcrumbs and cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes and serve.
Creating inspiring gluten-free recipes need not seem like a challenge. With a sprinkling of imagination, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating nutritious gluten-free recipes the whole family can enjoy.
Ovenu regularly posts top tips and recipes on its blog, so keep your eyes open for a host of culinary creations you can try out in your own kitchen.