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Naturally Gluten-Free Foods From Around The World!

July 22, 2015

If you’re living gluten-free, you’ve probably realized that there a plenty of naturally gluten-free foods that are safe (and delicious) for you to eat. We’re talking fruits, veggies, protein, and not to mention all the gluten-free options at the grocery store.  In fact, there are so many choices it’s possible to enjoy a gluten-free version of almost any of your favorite dishes! However, if you’re looking to try something new, we’ve got some ideas for you. There are tons of recipes from all over the world that call for naturally gluten-free ingredients, just waiting for you to make them. Below are a few of our favorites


You might have tried Risotto, a Northern Italian dish consisting of rice and creamy broth. It’s ideal as a side dish to be served with meat, fish, or on its own! The nice thing about Risotto is that the broth can be flavored with almost anything you like, so you can make it work with the rest of your meal.

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked rice
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 3 ½ cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the butter in a skillet over medium heat and melt
  2. Sautee the onion in the melted butter for 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste
  3. Add the rice and stir, then add ½ cup of the broth and allow to simmer for 6-8 minutes
  4. Continue to slowly add broth, a half cup at a time and allow to simmer until absorbed. Cook for 10-12 minutes
  5. Stir in the Parmesan and garnish if desired

Brazilian Cheese Bread

Brazilian Cheese Bread, or Pao de Queijo, is easy to make, and simply delicious to eat. It’s soft and chewy, and naturally gluten-free! Set these out as a snack or a side with dinner and watch them disappear off the plate!

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups tapioca flour
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  1. In a large saucepan over med-high heat, combine olive oil, water, milk and salt. Bring it to a boil and remove from heat
  2. Stir in tapioca flour until the mixture is smooth, then set aside for 10-12 minutes
  3. Add the cheese and egg into the mixture until well combined, but not completely smooth
  4. Drop ¼ cup of the mixture into a greased mini muffin tin and bake for 15 to 20 minutes



Polenta is a great base dish that can be paired with almost anything, from tasty sauces to juicy meats. It’s essentially very coarsely ground cornmeal, so it’s naturally gluten-free! You can buy it at the grocery store and it can either be prepared creamy or as round, patty-style slices. Below is a basic guide to creamy polenta.

  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 1 cup Polenta or yellow corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  1. Heat water or broth in a large saucepan until it comes to a boil. Slowly pour in polenta and whisk constantly until smooth
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking often. Cover and cook for 25-30 minutes, making sure to stir every 5 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in butter and cheese until both are mostly melted. Cover and let stand for 5 more minutes to thicken. Add salt to taste and serve warm

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