In my recent masterclass, I went over my best tips to feel confident in the kitchen when it comes to creating and enjoying safe gluten-free meals. The transition to eating gluten free can be so tricky, but this method is guaranteed to help you succeed in your gluten free lifestyle. Let’s get started!
Get creative with food options
Before I get into my fab five meal ideas, I would love to make sure that we start this by feeling inspired to try new foods and recipes. Here are some ways that I love to get inspired to try new recipes or even just feel motivated to get into the kitchen in the first place — because let’s be real, sometimes we just don’t want to cook!
- Scroll through Pinterest. Pinterest is such a great tool to discover new recipes or gluten-free foods that you hadn’t thought of.
- Follow exciting gluten-free Instagram and Facebook accounts. There are so many gluten-free bloggers in the online community who provide gluten-free meal inspiration daily.
- Watch cooking shows like Chopped. I always feel more inspired and excited to cook after watching cooking shows. You never know what ideas you could get from watching!
Fab Five: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
Take out a pencil and paper, and write down your top five favorite breakfasts that you ate before you were gluten free. For example, before I ate gluten free, I loved to eat oatmeal, pancakes, eggs and bacon, toast, and cereal. Now, brainstorm five new safe breakfasts or gluten-free breakfast ideas that you know you will love. Here are my five: gluten-free oatmeal and fruit, eggs and bacon, omelettes, gluten-free pancakes, and a rice cake with avocado and egg. By taking your old favorites and using this a a base to create new favorites, you will have a list of gluten-free options that you can go back to in a pinch.
I want you to go through the same process with lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts. Replace your old favorites with your new gluten-free favorites. Take time to research recipes you know you can master and will love.
I often go back with my kids to our “Fab Five” list for inspiration. We use these five staples as a starting point and then proceed to get more creative with each dish we make. For example, instead of eating the same oatmeal everyday for breakfast, we started doing overnight oats, or baked oats to get some variety. There are so many options when you brainstorm meals with a different lens.
I know each of us has a different journey when it comes to eating and planning meals. The great thing about this method is that it can be applied to anyone’s dietary needs, regardless of whether you are gluten free, egg free, dairy free, or something else. I hope these tips have been helpful and that you feel more confident to take initiative in the kitchen!
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