Gluten intolerance is a real medical concern that has gained awareness in recent years. While some people who choose to eat gluten-free products do not have sensitivity to gluten, researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research estimate that six percent of the population of the United States suffers from gluten intolerance.
Navigating the table at summer get-togethers is especially difficult for those suffering from a gluten sensitivity. The recipes and ideas listed below are intended to help people with gluten sensitivities enjoy summer gatherings despite their struggles with gluten.
One way of feeling comfortable with the food offerings at an event this summer is by bringing a gluten-free dish for everyone to enjoy.
Fried chicken is the perfect treat for a summer picnic, but people with gluten sensitivities have to avoid the main course because recipes typically call for the meat to be dredged in flour prior to frying. The recipe below lists a few different ingredient options for gluten-free fried chicken.
- 1 cup corn starch, finely crushed gluten-free pretzels or corn flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- Chicken pieces
- Oil for frying
Thoroughly combine the eggs and buttermilk in a medium bowl and the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Submerge the chicken completely in the wet ingredients one piece at a time. After dipping the chicken in the wet ingredients, dredge the chicken thoroughly in the dry mixture. Drop the chicken into oil that has been heated and cook for approximately 10 to 12 minutes per side. Allow the chicken to drain on paper towels after it has been cooked.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
- 18 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 7 eggs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 10-inch cake pan or springform pan. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler and add eggs to the mixture one at a time while beating continuously. Add the sugar and salt and beat until thoroughly blended. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 40 minutes. Chill the cake for at least 8 hours prior to serving.
Many online recipe databases maintain a section that is devoted entirely to gluten-free recipes. For example, Allrecipes.com and Food Network provide plenty of recipes that are appropriate for summertime gatherings and contain no gluten.
Gluten-free Options During the Summer
There are dishes that already do not contain gluten that can be enjoyed at a picnic or other family gathering. As the Mayo Clinic explains, avoiding gluten doesn’t mean that healthy, natural foods have to be cut out of a person’s diet. The list below provides examples of picnic or summer foods that are safe for those with gluten intolerance to enjoy.
- Fruits and vegetables do not contain gluten. Fresh fruit salads or cut vegetables are the perfect addition to a summer outing.
- Dairy products including yogurt, cheeses and ice cream are typically gluten-free unless an ingredient containing gluten has been added as part of a flavoring.
- Be aware that sauces, dressings and even lunch meats can be a source of hidden gluten. Avoid these unless personally reading the ingredients prior to consumption.
Ellen Davidson’s passion for reading, health and nutrition has led her to pursue a career in writing. She is currently a staff writer for a website where they Compare Group Health Insurance Premiums. Read her article, “8 Signs You May Be Gluten Intolerant.”