Last week I posted a rant about why a 30 day Gluten Free challenge is a complete waste of time, and I still stand by my convictions. That being said, I applaud anyone’s efforts to be a little more health conscious in how they eat and think about food. For that reason I am letting all you gluten mongers in on my best gluten free tricks of the trade. These 10 gluten free hacks are actually more like easy low or no carb alternatives that anyone can use.
Here we go, in no particular order, 10 gluten free hacks for the non-glutard:
Flourless Pancakes. This is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. In fact, one of my first posts was a recipe for these yummy little devils. All you really need are eggs and bananas. Using a 1:1 ratio, blend egg, banana and chia in a food processor. You can also add other yummy mix-ins like blueberries, strawberries or apple sauce. for my full recipe click here.
Chopped Almonds for Breadcrumbs. Place de-shelled almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Try almond crusted baked chicken. All you need to do is coat boneless chicken breasts in egg or mayo then cover with chopped almonds. Bake at 375 until chicken is cooked through.
Lettuce Wraps. Using lettuce as a bread alternative is a great way to cut your carbs for the day. I recommend using Butter, Boston or Bib (all the same) as it has a malleable structure that won’t break or tear as easily as Romaine or Iceberg. Some of my favorite things to put in a big ol’ piece of lettuce:
Order Your Next “Insert Sandwich Here” on a Bed of Lettuce. Essentially I’m saying, turn your sandwich into a salad. From burgers to grilled chicken and everything in between, try ordering on a bed of lettuce next time. This is a little less messy than a lettuce wrap but still a great way to get your greens while cutting down on carbs.
Veggie noodles. Veggie noodles are a super healthy alternative for getting your pasta fix without the bloated belly and carb overload. Veggies to try: Spaghetti squash, zucchini, beets, and carrots. TIP: If going the zucchini or carrot route, try investing in a veggie spiralizer. It will save you some sanity.
Vegetable Protein Pasta. Ancient Grain and Banza are two of my favorites. Ancient Grain uses lentils while Banza is chick pea powered. Both gluten free pasta alternatives are filling, healthy and 100% paleo. Full disclosure: Banza does have a subtle bean flavor (never bothers me) but it is easily covered by marinara or pesto sauce.
Corn Starch. This is a great altnerative to glutenous flour. The next time you are making a roux for gravy or need to thicken a creamy sauce try using corn starch as a 1-for-1 replacement to regular all-purpose flour.
Use Braggs Liquid Amino Instead Of Soy Sauce. It is a little known fact that gluten is used as a preservative in a lot of brands of Soy and Tamari sauce. Briggs Liquid Amino is a soy based alternative that is also non-GMO and contains no artificial coloring, preservatives, alcohol or chemicals. You can usually find it at health food stores or your local grocery store.
Eggplant Pizza Rounds. Using eggplant as the “dough” for your pizzas is one of my favorite gluten free short cuts. It’s also a party crown pleaser! Peel and then slice eggplant into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Broiler both sides on low for a few minutes to crisp then add your go-to pizza sauce and toppings and broiler again until cheese has melted.
Corn Tortillas. Whenever I eat Mexican, I always opt for a soft taco shell. Flour tortillas are the norm but corn is a great alternative. If you have Celiac or a gluten intolerance make sure you pick certified gluten free corn tortillas.
Stay gluten free af!