Nutrition

Gluten FREE diet

My 2 year old needs to eat a gluten-free diet. Please can you suggest some recipes?

Rather than focussing on foods that can’t be eaten, look at building meals around the many that can.


Whether due to celiac disease or another food intolerance, a medical recommendation

to follow a gluten free diet can be stressful for all the family. Because the grains that

contain gluten include wheat, rye and barley, the main group of foods affected are the

breads and cereal foods such as pasta, couscous and crackers. Do be aware that many

other processed foods, from sausages to soy sauce to soups, also frequently contain

gluten – it’s imperative to check labels. Some people also react to oats, and they

frequently contain gluten that’s come from other sources. 

 

Rather than focussing on foods that can’t be eaten, look at building meals around the

many that can, including rice, potatoes, quinoa and polenta. In addition, there are

many gluten-free alternatives to foods such as breads, bread rolls and pastas available

at supermarkets and health shops (and on prescription for those with a medical

diagnosis of celiac disease). Thus, you can usually make your usual recipes just

substituting other options for ingredients that contain gluten. For example, you could

serve: 

•Gluten-free sausages with quinoa and roasted vegetables

•Roast chicken, roast potatoes and vegetables – use pure cornflour or another

gluten-free flour to thicken gravy

•Gluten-free pasta with bolognaise sauce

•Lentil soup with a gluten-free bread roll

•Baked potato with tuna mayonnaise and salad – check that the mayonnaise is

gluten-free

For more information, try the excellent CoeliacUK website at www.coeliac.org.uk.

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