In honor of the Gluten-Free Challenge (sponsored by Pamela's Products and the Gluten Intolerance Group) and the Dairy-Free Challenge, I sent out a request to several of the best special diet cooks in the blogosphere to find out some of their favorite recipes that are both gluten-free and dairy-free. The mix and match selection below is intended to help you create and plan some no fuss gluten-free / dairy-free menus.
In my opinion, the easiest way to take a food challenge or to start a free-from diet is to create your menus in advance. A lack of preparation leads to hunger, and reaching for the wrong foods. By planning some menus ahead of time, right down to the snacks, and preparing your refrigerator, the challenge can be seamless, since you are never wanting for food. Over time, the new diet becomes second nature and the need for meal planning subsides.
So avoid temptation and select some of the dairy-free recipes below to create your own menus for the Pamela’s 2-Day Gluten-Free Challenge on May 22 & 23, 2010. Oh yes, and these recipes also work wonderfully for gluten-free foodies who wish to trial the Dairy-Free Challenge:
Keep in mind that some of these recipes do call for oats. If you are not highly sensitive to gluten, oats may not be a problem for you since they do not naturally contain gluten, but are often cross-contaminated in milling with wheat products. Many, but not all, gluten intolerant people can tolerate certified gluten-free oats. You be the judge on if the oat recipes are suitable for you. In many cases, if oats are out, quinoa flakes can be substituted for a similar texture.
Also, all of Pamela's Products are gluten-free, but not all are dairy-free. Keep an eye out for their popular Bread Mix, which is dairy-free. In fact, all of Pamela's Mixes, with the exception of the Pancake Mix are made without dairy ingredients (the pancake mix contains buttermilk and those with chocolate chips may contain traces of dairy from cross-contamination).
Our Favorite Shortcut Recipe from Pamela's: Gluten-Free Bagels
Our Favorite Shortcut Recipe from Pamela's: Steamed Pork Dumplings
Our Favorite Shortcut Recipe from Pamela's: Mini Corn-Dogs
Our Favorite Shortcut Recipe from Pamela's: One Ingredient Chocolate Cake
Alisa of One Frugal Foodie, Dairy-Free & Fit, and Author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook ~ Dairy-free diva who loves dabbling in various special diets, from soy-free to gluten-free to sugar-free to vegan.
Aubree Cherie of Living Free ~ Always creating strictly dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free delights on her blog.
Thomas of The GFCF Experience ~ Father of autism who shares stories and family-friendly recipes that are gluten-free, casein-free, and easy.
Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily ~ A true leader in the gluten-free arena, you will even find many grain-free options on her informational blog.