Whether you follow a gluten-free diet for health reasons or are simply interested in testing the waters, it can feel daunting trying to find tasty recipes that fit the criteria. But with National Gluten-Free Day on Jan. 13, you need some options, and ideally ones that prove going gluten-free doesn’t mean depriving yourself of flavor.
The following 11 gluten-free recipes do just that, taking the guesswork out of observing (and enjoying!) this health-conscious holiday.
Cornbread with cherry butter
Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite comfort foods, and this cornbread with cherry butter is delicious proof. Let’s take a moment to give a huge shout-out to the person who made gluten-free flour — and therefore gluten-free baked goods — a reality.
Pepperoni-stuffed baked potatoes
The next time you get an intense pizza craving, don’t lament your lack of the doughy stuff. Instead, make these clever pepperoni-stuffed baked potatoes from Budget Bytes. You’ll get the same classic pepperoni pizza taste sans gluten, and it’ll only cost you $1.44 per serving. Besides, these are sure to be a hit with little ones.
Who says stuffing is a side dish meant only for holidays? This recipe inspired by Tasty Yummies is gluten-free, vegan and oh-so-worthy of being trotted out more than once a year. Break it out for a weeknight meal and wow your family with a combo of earthy-rich cremini and wild mushrooms along with an aromatic mix of onions, celery, veggie broth and fresh herbs.
Tater tot casserole with cream of mushroom soup
Consider this a public service announcement: You can have your tater tot casserole and eat it, too, because this brilliant recipe is gluten-free. It starts with an indulgent base of homemade, gluten-free cream of mushroom soup and is topped with a tasty turkey filling and a generous layer of tater tots. Can you say yum?
Ready to be impressed? Blissful Basil’s carrot gnocchi is vegan, gluten-free and requires only five ingredients (plus sea salt). When your family goes wild for their vibrant color and wonderful taste, don’t forget to remind them you hand-rolled the gnocchi. Hey, you put in the work and whipped up a real winner — you deserve some accolades.
Winter cauliflower rice bowl
Healthy and incredibly versatile, cauliflower doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. Shine a spotlight on the cruciferous wonder when you whip up this winter cauliflower rice bowl inspired by Cafe Johnsonia. Red quinoa and riced cauliflower are complemented by a colorful cadre of butternut squash, roasted red onion, cannellini beans, fresh kale, toasted pecans and juicy pears.
Smoky quinoa and black bean salad
Not all salads are made equal, and this gluten-free version inspired by Budget Bytes certainly isn’t your standard fare. Thanks to its heaping helping of both quinoa and black beans, this beautiful dish packs a nutritious punch of protein, fiber and other phytonutrients — not to mention the delicious dose of vitamins A and C from red bell peppers.
Easy steak and peppers
When in doubt, break the steak out! You really can’t go wrong with this classic protein, especially if you follow the lead of Cravings of a Lunatic (who inspired this recipe) and pair the juicy meat with veggies sautéed in a bit of oil. It’s a refreshingly easy dish, making it a no-brainer for those nights you just don’t have the energy to spend an hour at the stove.
Chocolate chip ice cream dessert
No, this is not a drill — this gorgeous, chocolatey dessert is gluten-free. Best Friends for Frosting uses gluten-free cookie mix as a base, then covers it in chocolate, ice cream and crumbled gluten-free cookies to create this lovely little layered dish. Go ahead and file it in your recipe box under sweet discoveries.
Honey-thyme butter roasted squash
If ever you need a way to get your family excited about eating squash, here it is, friend. Not only does acorn squash have a naturally sweet and mild flavor, but this recipe takes the taste to the next level with a succulent honey-thyme butter. A hint of cayenne and a tinge of mint from the thyme add depth, ensuring this nutrient-dense dish is anything but boring.
Black Forest pancakes
Start National Gluten-Free Day off on the right foot with a breakfast fit for champions. Black Forest pancakes have tons going for them — starting with the obvious gluten-free factor. But they also boast a decadent taste and a showstopping aesthetic. So, you know what we say? Treat yo’ self!