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Top 10 Gluten Free Dishes

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Script written by Michael Wynands. No gluten? No problem! In this video, MsMojo counts down our picks for the Top 10 Gluten Free Dishes. For this list, we’re looking at classic dishes that are naturally gluten free when prepared traditionally. That means we’re not interested in recipes that typically contain gluten but have been made gluten free through a variety of ingredient substitutes and nor are we looking at dishes that involve complicated workarounds or specialty ingredients. That being said, everyone adds his or her special touch to any given recipe, so for those of you with serious gluten intolerance, always be sure to double-check with the chef before digging in! Special thanks to M.D.W. for submitting this idea on our interactive suggestion tool at http://www.MsMojo.tv
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Top 10 Gluten Free Dishes


No gluten? No problem! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for Top 10 Gluten Free Dishes.

For this list, we’re looking at classic dishes that are naturally gluten free when prepared traditionally. That means we’re not interested in recipes that typically contain gluten but have been made gluten free through a variety of ingredient substitutes and nor are we looking at dishes that involve complicated workarounds or specialty ingredients. That being said, everyone adds his or her special touch to any given recipe, so for those of you with serious gluten intolerance, always be sure to double-check with the chef before digging in!

#10: Curry

When prepared in the traditional fashion, this flavorful Indian dish is not only delicious, but also totally gluten free. With such a wide assortment of curries out there, there are countless exciting dishes for you to try, all while respecting your dietary restrictions. Many western sauces use flour as a thickening agent, but in curry preparations, the sauce thickens naturally during the cooking process. An aromatic blend of spices and herbs, including but not limited to coriander, turmeric and cumin, curries are never short on flavor. What goes into a curry sauce? What doesn’t? There are endless variations of curry dishes, and they may involve meat, seafood, and vegetables. Serve with some rice to soak the sauce, and enjoy.

#9: Kebabs

Let’s be honest: grilled chicken might be easy, but it gets boring three nights a week. But cube the chicken (or other meat of your choice), skewer it, and suddenly it’s a fun meal again. Keep it a carnivore’s delight by going all meat, mix in some veggies, or go vegetarian with tofu - however you choose to assemble it, there’s really no excuse for gluten to get anywhere near it. You can even try seafood! Just a little salt and pepper will keep it light and fresh or if you want o add that wow factor, marinate the skewers. It doesn’t matter whether you call it a brochette, skewer, satay, kushiyaki or even kabob - we call it a great gluten-free dinner.

#8: Lettuce Wraps

We said we weren’t presenting any gluten-free alternatives or ingredient substitutes, and we stand by that promise. Lettuce wraps aren’t just some sad compromise that you begrudgingly make so that you can still enjoy a hamburger. No, they present the opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite foods in a whole new way - by putting that filling front and center. They’re truly a distinct vessel for a meal. If it is a hamburger, your hamburger seasoning and toppings will sing, accented by the satisfying crunch of the lettuce. Give it a try, we guarantee you’ll be lettuce-wrapping a whole variety of flavorful fillings in no time.

#7: Bibimbap


Wheat flour and other common ingredients that contain gluten have worked their way into the vast majority of North American dishes. But with a little cultural culinary exploration, you can discover a whole treasure trove of delicious, gluten-free dishes from around the world. One such dish is bibimbap, a popular Korean dish consisting of meat, vegetables and eggs, all sitting on a bed of perfectly cooked white rice. Pair it with a side of kimchi, garnish with fresh cilantro and top it all off with tangy sauce to bring the dish together. If you want to keep it authentic, make sure to keep the egg yolk runny and mix it in before eating.

#6: Stuffed Peppers

When hosting a dinner party, it’s all about coming up with dishes that are simple to make, but leave a lasting impression. When it comes to plating, presentation is key and stuffed bell peppers look fantastic, all while keeping the potential for disaster to a minimum. They’re so versatile in terms of potential filling; you can accommodate even the pickiest dinner guest. Most recipes call for rice as the primary filling, but you can swap in quinoa for a lighter option, or go with an entirely vegetable-based mixture and skip the starch all together. If you’ve served stuffed peppers a few too many times already, switch things up with zucchini boats for an original twist on the idea!

#5: Pho

This popular Vietnamese soup might be best known for being served in massive portions, but it’s also a readily available and delicious gluten-free option when you need a bite to eat. What do we miss most about gluten? More often than not, it’s noodles. But pho is traditionally served with rice noodles, so you’re in the clear to indulge. Pho Bo is made with thin strips of beef that actually cook in the steaming hot broth, while Pho Ga is made with chicken. Topped with cilantro and bean sprouts, it’s a heartwarming, flavorful meal. Just don’t feel like you have to finish the portion… unless you’re in the market for a serious food baby.

#4: Corn Tortilla Tacos

Next time you’re craving tacos, skip Old El Paso and follow the example of authentic taco stands and food trucks, by opting for traditional corn tortillas, made with masa harina, which is a type of corn flour. If you grew up buying your tortillas and taco shells at the supermarket, you’ve probably grown accustomed to wheat flour tortillas, which, as any true taco-lover will tell you, is totally unacceptable. In terms of both texture and flavor, corn tortillas have their wheat-based competition beat, and for those of who us who eat gluten-free, we’re only too happy to savor the sweet taste of that victory. Classic filling options include ground beef, carnitas, fish and shrimp - or for vegetarians, prickly pear and sweet potato.

#3: Pad Thai

Some flavor combinations… are divine. Pad Thai is simply one of those dishes whose flavorful sum is greater than its ingredient parts. Rice noodles come to the rescue again in this dish. Authentic pad thai sauce is made with vinegar, tamarind paste, sugar, salt and fish sauce, but some recipes cut corners with soy sauce (which contains gluten), so be sure to double-check that it’s an authentic recipe to ensure your Pad Thai is gluten free. Obviously, everyone garnishes his or her Pad Thai differently, but fully-loaded with fresh cilantro, chopped peanuts, a squirt of fresh lime and some bean sprouts? We’d rank this dish as one of the 8 culinary wonders of the world – if such a list existed.

#2: Sushi

If you’re gluten-free, this entry surely comes as no surprise. You probably already eat sushi as often as you can afford. And who can blame you? The ancient art of sushi-making is just that - a culinary art form. It perfectly blends aesthetic beauty with subtle, calculated combinations of flavors and textures, brought together into perfect bites of food. But it’s not to be consumed by those with gluten intolerance recklessly, as there are a few things to watch out for. You’ll need to avoid tempura and any rolls made with crabstick, as the binding agent contains gluten. Also, make sure you only consume it with tamari-based gluten-free soy sauce, not wheat-based. Bearing that in mind, eat your heart out!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

• Risotto

• Chicken Wings

• Seafood Paella

• Chili

• Meatloaf

• Shepherd’s Pie

#1: Salad

Salad might not be revolutionary in the context of gluten-free cooking, but it sure is essential, versatile, and undeniably a dish that leaves you feeling good about the meal you just ate. Obviously, the boring side-salad that accompanies your meal is more often than not just filler on the plate... but we’re not talking about throwaway salads here. We’re talking about gourmet salads. We’re talking about the infinite potential of salads to be as incredible, as mouth-wateringly delicious, as inspired as you (or the chef) choose to make them. Add nuts, berries, unique dressings, make it fresh, grilled - you name it - a salad is a chameleon, a blank canvas of gluten-free goodness... Just make sure you hold the croutons.

Do you agree with our list? What’s your gluten free dish of choice? For more tasty top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to MsMojo.
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