Side Dishes

Gluten-Free Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Kim Bouldin Gluten Free Works

gluten free baked mac and cheese

Baked Mac & Cheese Photo: Kimberly Bouldin

Macaroni and cheese is a great comfort food. When I eat it, I remember those days when my mom would surprise us with her baked macaroni and cheese. This wasn’t just any macaroni and cheese, this was the real deal, made from scratch!

After starting the gluten-free diet, pasta dishes were a little tougher to make. Some pastas don’t hold up well to being cooked in boiling water and then baked. I have found that Read More »

Gluten-Free Brazil Nut Risotto

Try this flavorful dish for a whopping dose of selenium from uniquely soft, crunchy Brazil nuts — with a texture reminiscent of water chestnuts.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup Arborio or short grain rice
  • 4 cups gluten-free chicken broth
  • ½ cup Brazil nuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup romano (sheep) cheese, grated

 

Equipment

Heavy bottomed medium pot with lid.

Process

Add oil to heavy bottomed medium size pot. Heat to low medium then add onions to saute golden. Do not let brown. Add nuts then rice. Heat until rice whitens, then add a cup of broth and parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Stir frequently as broth is absorbed. Add more broth until all is used, about 20 minutes. Rice will retain its shape well but should not be hard in middle. Fold in cheese and serve as side dish. Serves 4.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Yams

Three great flavors blend naturally in this satisfying, healthy side dish. The natural fruitiness of raisins enhances the sweetness of yams and the spiciness of cinnamon. Butter or substitute enhances absorption of the rich beta-carotene and minerals in this dish.

Ingredients
  • 3 medium yams, cleaned, scraped and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins, plumped in hot water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter or substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Equipment

Medium size pot.

Process

In a medium size pot, bring a cup of water to boil.  Add cut yams, salt and honey to the pot.  Lower heat, cover and simmer the yams for 15 minutes or until tender. 

Meanwhile, add raisins to a cup of very hot water to plump and set aside.

When yams are soft, add cinnamon and butter or oil then mash or beat with electric mixer until smooth.  Adjust consistency with water, milk or milk substitute.  Fold in plumped raisins.  Goes well with chicken, turkey, pork and ham.  Serves 4.

Gluten-free Grilled Radicchio with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

Chef Michael Chiarello's grilled radicchio version

What you will need:
• An outdoor grill or cast-iron skillet.
• 2 heads of radicchio
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
• 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil (Macadamia Nut Oil is also tasty with this recipe)
• ¼ C white balsamic vinegar
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• Goat cheese
• Basil, ripped apart into small pieces.

Cut radicchio in quarters; keep some of the stem. By keeping the stem, the radicchio is more Read More »

Gluten-Free Ham and Potato Salad

This old recipe is rich in flavor and appeal. It goes well with any main meat dish, salad, or sandwich.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white potatoes such as red bliss, yukon gold, or russet
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked Canadian bacon, sugar-free, or 4 strips of sugar-free bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free mayonnaise
  • 2 T unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seeds

 

Equipment

A large mixing bowl.

Process
  1. Cooked Canadian bacon does not need preparation, just cut it into small cubes. Bacon needs to be fried and crumbled with a T of the fat for flavor.
  2. Cook the potatoes in salted water until tender but not falling apart. Drain, cover the pot and keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and chop the celery and parsley.  Add to pot with the potatoes. Add the vinegar, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Stir in the bacon, blending all ingredients without mashing the potatoes. Serve warm in a large bowl. 

Gluten-free Holiday Cranberry Sauce Recipe

gluten free cranberry sauceIt’s easy to make your own fresh cranberry sauce with just a few ingredients. This version has much less sugar than what you would find in a can. Give it a try. If you don’t think you’ll use all of the cranberries, cut the recipe in half and use the berries in a muffin or loaf.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup water or orange juice (use less sugar if using the juice)

1/3 c organic white sugar or sucanat

1/3 c agave nectar (optionally use honey or all sugar)

4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed

Optional ingredients:  1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped; orange zest from 1/2 of an orange; Read More »

Gluten-Free Mango Cashew Cornbread Stuffing

We discovered during the past year that my 4-year-old son Ronin and my 21-month-old daughter Ellie are both gluten and dairy intolerant. My husband John is gluten-free too. The good news is that changing Ronin’s diet has helped his anxiety-related sleep issues decrease immensely. He used to have night terrors every night, but now only has them on the rare occasions we miss cutting out the gluten.

Since John has been gluten free for a while, I came up with this stuffing recipe a few years ago for Thanksgiving. And its always been a huge hit. This year I’ve modified it to also remove the dairy for the kiddos.

It. is. SO. Yum. If I do say so myself!

MANGO CASHEW CORNBREAD STUFFING (Modified Gluten & Dairy Free)

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Gluten-Free Onion Ring Recipe

gluten free onion ring batter recipe

Gluten-free onion rings. © 2011 Teri Lee Gruss

Deep fried gluten-free onion rings are a real treat! I don’t deep fry often but when I do, I use this recipe and either Vidalia or Walla Walla onions. They’re crunchy delicious.

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet yellow onions, preferably Vidalia in season or Walla Walla
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour mix Read More »

Gluten-Free Pennsylvania Dutch Cabbage Slaw

Here is how my great grandmother made fresh cabbage slaw. With a dozen children on the farm, she was a busy lady keeping them healthy and well fed. This side uses the highly nourishing cabbage plant – scientifically proven to be good for the gut. Plus, here’s a great way to use unpasteurized apple cider or rice vinegar…valuable probiotic foods that restore friendly microbes.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded fresh cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons fructose or honey 
  • 2 tablespoon unpasteurized apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Black pepper and a sprinkle of salt to taste
Equipment

Serving bowl.

Process

Mix all ingredients in a serving bowl. That’s it. Goes great with

sandwiches, burgers and most everything. Makes 2 cups.

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