Hi and welcome back.
I hope you are having a good week and staying safe. I am currently signed off sick from my work owing to my asthma. I have suffered with asthma for less than a year and the start of the pollen season has hit me hard. I hope you are all keeping safe in these difficult times. If you are at home, I have a blog post coming next week on my top things to do to keep you motivated and hopefully help you cope with this difficult time. One of my big tips for now, is just to listen to your body. Just because everyone else is baking new recipes, writing books and starting new hobbies, doesn’t mean you have to. Now is a great time to rest and do the things you love; I have definitely been enjoying watching countless movies on Disney Plus. I cant recommend it enough!
Food shopping for anyone with a food allergy has suddenly turned into a minefield and disaster zone; more so I think than before. It can be so hard to know what to cook for meals when the Supermarkets are struggling to stock food. If you are finding it difficult to find gluten free food, please check out the Coeliac UK website or Freee by Doves Farm are selling a package of gluten free flour, cereal and oat bars for a set price of £25. It is limited to one box per household, but great if you are looking for staples.
There are so many recipes you can make that are gluten free and dairy free from basic cupboard essentials. Here is my list of ingredients I always keep stocked.
- Gluten free pasta.
- Risotto rice or plain boiled rice.
- Tinned vegetables: sweetcorn, peas, beans, carrots, baked beans.
- Gluten free baking: flour, caster sugar, xanthum gum, baking powder.
- Spices: salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chilli, paprika, garlic.
- Gluten free stock cubes.
There are so many meals you can make from these basic ingredients. My go-to has to be my Gluten Free Easy Tomato Sauce, its dairy free too! This sauce is such a staple and can be used for making so many recipes. Why not try adding mince and making my Chilli, or just simply serving over cooked pasta? Don’t have pasta? Why not add this sauce to cooked rice with spices to make a One Pot Spicy Rice? Recipe can be found here if you are interested.
If you get bored of pasta, why not make your own soups? Use whatever vegetables you have on hand combined with one of the vegetable stock cubes. My favourite still has to be the Pea and Broccoli Soup but you can always get creative. I am looking to perfect my Carrot and Coriander Soup ahead of Autumn so stay tuned for this.
If you have a slow cooker, you can always make a casserole. This recipe is so quick and easy to make; just add the protein you want and you are good to go. I love having fresh British sausages with mine but you can always try the Gosh! gluten free sausages for a different twist.
The whole world has gone banana bread baking crazy and if you are looking for a good gluten free recipe, you can find my one here. Or how about my Banana and Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins for that truly indulgent treat? Dark chocolate is dairy free too! If you are struggling to find gluten free self raising flour, check out my blog post on how I make my Plain Flour Cupcakes; the tips in there are game changers! I love how we are all starting to get creative with our foods and trying new recipes to reduce our waste consumption. I have a blog post coming up next week on my 5 Top gluten free and dairy free sweet recipes if you are interested. While I do love to bake, I am restricted myself to one project each week to keep an eye on my spending and budgets. What is your favourite gluten free sweet treat to enjoy in isolation? Mine has to be popcorn or banana bread.
Storing Gluten and Dairy Free Essentials
It can be so easy to store gluten and dairy free cupboard essentials in a non-allergy friendly kitchen when you have separate cupboards for gluten or dairy free products. I am not so lucky so in my house I store the gluten an dairy free essentials that remain open (such as flour, sugar and pasta) at the top of the cupboard and tinned goods at the bottom. This means I reduce the risk of cross-contamination. I also store any opened products in plastic containers to further reduce the risk. Another tip I can recommend includes labelling which items are gluten or allergy free so others don’t use your products. I would also highly recommend having a rotational system where you put new items at the back of the cupboard, to help with stock control and preventing wastage.
There you have it! My Gluten Free, Dairy Free Cupboard Essentials that I always keep on hand. They can be used for a variety of recipes that can be made simply and without the hassle that the whole family will enjoy, regardless of any food allergy. And really, isn’t that what we are all looking for? Any recipe can be adjusted or altered to suit your needs and requirements too. I hope this helped you. If you have any other cupboard essential I have missed, please let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to tag me on instagram using #livingcoeliac so I can see all your bakes.
Speak to you next Thursday. Stay safe until then.