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
Gluten-free sausages with quinoa and roasted vegetables
Roast chicken, roast potatoes and vegetables – use pure cornflour or another
luten-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
For more information, try the excellent CoeliacUK website at www.coeliac.org.uk.