12 Gluten-Free Foods You Can Actually Build a Meal With!

It is now possible to buy a gluten-free brownie mix that does not taste like cardboard. These are exciting times, folks!

The growth of the gluten-free movement is great news for people with celiac disease, a condition that causes extreme discomfort when the digestive system encounters gluten (found in wheat, barley, and rye). People with type 1 diabetes are 5 to 10 times more likely to have celiac disease than the general population.

Those with type 2 diabetes may benefit from a gluten-free or gluten-reduced diet simply because it requires the elimination of a lot of simple carbohydrates. But how do you build an entire gluten-free meal? Try incorporating these 12 gluten-free meal-building foods into your cooking and see how creative you can get!

12. Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, & Yams

Take some time to appreciate these terrific tubers! They’re delicious on their own, but plain old Russets become a meal when made into stuffed or twice-baked potatoes, and potatoes au gratin (without bread crumbs) is a great base for casseroles. Try baking potatoes in the microwave (wash, pierce, and use the potato setting) and then finishing in the oven for oven-baked taste in a fraction of the time.

If you’re looking for something sweeter, yams and sweet potatoes can be used in all the same ways as a potato but with an extra dose of sweetness. A dish of baked sweet potatoes with pecans and cinnamon is practically dessert! Or try a sweet potato shepherd’s pie for a new weeknight favorite!

11. Beans

Beans are a rich in fiber, shelf-stable, and a great source of plant-based protein. In a society that focuses on meat and bread, beans often don’t get the credit they deserve. Lentils, similar to beans in nutrition and utility, make a great base for soups and stews.

If you’re looking for a creative ways to use beans, try this pinto bean pie recipe! Yes, it really is delicious. Though to keep it gluten-free you’ll need to pair it with the gluten-free pie crust recipe. (Fair warning: this pie is not a health food, but it is delicious.)

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Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.
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