I have close family members who are intolerant to gluten and some who choose not to eat gluten for a variety of reasons.
A few years ago it used to be hard to cater to them and you’d end up cooking a couple of different dishes just so everyone was happy. Nowadays it’s much easier.
Gluten-free foods have come so far and we no longer have to cook separate meals or leave our gluten-intolerant family and friends feeling like they are missing out.
Now, I can’t think of a food you can’t either buy or cook a gluten-free version of.
Here are seven surprising foods you didn’t know were gluten free.
Most ice-creams are gluten-free. You can eat as much chocolate, vanilla and strawberry as you like. The food gods are so kind.
However, when you get to the gourmet varieties, you’ll find a lot of flavours with ingredients that contain gluten such as cookie dough, biscuits, lollies and all those good things. But don’t despair. Just mix some gluten-free treats into your favourite ice-cream flavour and create your own at home.
Yes, I have listed these foods in order of importance. Vodka is gluten-free, so all those delicious cocktails containing vodka and even those containing fruit juice are safe for you to drink. In fact, all spirits are gluten-free including gin, vodka and whisky. You can also drink wine and champagne.
You’ll just need to avoid most beers, although there are a few gluten-free varieties on the market these days.
Plain gluten-free pasta has been around for a while but the fancier varieties of pasta, particularly all the delicious fresh varieties, have always been off limits. Not anymore.
Latina Fresh Gluten Free Pasta Range including beef ravioli, lasagne sheets and fettuccine, is now on the menu and endorsed by Coeliac Australia.
Who else feels like throwing a dinner party? I love to serve two or three varieties of pasta when entertaining plus a couple of different salads. Don’t forget good quality parmesan and some wine and spirits.
4. Some chocolate bars.
Of course, you should always check the label – but a surprising amount of chocolate bars are actually gluten-free.
You can use your favourite to create your own gourmet ice-cream flavour.
5. Chocolate spreads.
Some chocolate spreads are gluten-free. I know, I know, tears of joy. You can eat them with a bit of peanut butter, stir it in your ice-cream, spread it on rice crackers or just eat it off a spoon.
They usually contain chocolate, hazelnuts and I think it’s safe to say that they have a cult-like following. I am proudly part of that cult.
6. Pad Thai.
It’s not the healthiest of dishes but who cares. I am completely incapable of eating out at a Thai restaurant without a bit of Pad Thai. It’s made with rice noodles which are gluten-free and the rest is just eggs, vegetables and chopped peanuts
Nachos and tacos are totally and completely gluten-free, which means if you have guests coming for dinner, you can make Mexican.
You need to stick to the plain varieties of corn chips as the ones with flavouring do contain gluten, which means you can have plain corn chips and salsa or guacamole as a starter and then lay into the nachos and tacos with all the topping and fillings including beans, mince, sour cream, avocadoes, cheese and chopped tomatoes.
Because we all know you’re still thinking about pasta…
What have you discovered is gluten-free?
Australia’s favourite fresh pasta, Latina ™ Fresh is now available in Gluten Free. It tastes, feels and looks as good as the regular fresh pasta and is available in tasty new range including Beef Ravioli, Lasagne sheets and Fettuccine. Head to your supermarket chiller today to try some for yourself.
For more delicious recipe ideas for dinner tonight, including gluten free inspiration, go to www.plateful.com.au/explore/dietary-needs/gluten-free