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20 Recipes that prove delicious comfort food can be gluten-free

If you’re gluten-free, there are just some comfort foods you can’t eat anymore — those gluten-free substitutes would be fine, but they just don’t taste like Mom’s. Instead of lamenting your loss, create new comfort food favorites with a little help from SheKnows and some of our favorite bloggers.

1. Roasted spaghetti squash with sausage-tomato sauce recipe

spaghetti squash

Image: White on Rice Couple

This roasted spaghetti squash with sausage-tomato sauce isn’t just a cozy dinner — it’s perfect for company. The presentation is so impressive they won’t even think about how easy it must’ve been.

2. Rich and creamy grilled cheese soup recipe

grilled cheese soup

Image: Jasmin Fine/1 Fine Cookie

You don’t need to be gluten-free to know this is a good idea. Grilled cheese soup may be the best idea since, well, sliced bread.

3. Cheddar beer bread and sausage stuffing recipe

cheddar beer sausage stuffing

Image: All Day I Dream about Food

This isn’t your Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. There’s so much sausage, the aptly named cheddar beer bread and sausage stuffing can be eaten with a simple side salad as a meal. Yum!

4. Cinnamon peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies recipe

cinnamon peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies

Image: Always Order Dessert

Sometimes you just need something sweet to finish off the day. These gluten-free cinnamon peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies aren’t just better than the run-of-the-mill variety — they won’t aggravate your celiac disease!

5. Cauliflower tortillas recipe

cauliflower tortillas

Image: Recipe Girl

For some of us, there’s nothing more comforting than a pile of fajitas, but what about the tortillas? These clever cauliflower tortillas are pliable enough to fill with your fave ingredients for tacos, fajitas, quesadillas and more, but yummy enough to enjoy straight out of the pan.

6. Cauliflower cream and sun-dried tomato risotto recipe

cauliflower risotto

This creamy cauliflower and sun-dried tomato risotto isn’t just gluten-free — it’s healthier than your traditional risotto.

7. Slow cooker vegan (and gluten-free!) sweet potato chili recipe

slow cooker sweet potato chili

Image: Two Peas & Their Pod

This gluten-free, vegan sweet potato chili will warm you up during the cold winter months, but with fresh toppings like avocado and green onion, it’s also a nice bag lunch during the spring.

8. Chicken and corn chowder recipe

chicken and corn chowder

Image: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

This creamy chicken and corn chowder gets its comforting goodness from creamed corn instead of milk thickened with roux, meaning it’s gluten-free and extra-flavorful.

9. Vegetarian bibimbap with crispy tofu and quinoa recipe


Image: Well Plated

This little bowl of Korean comfort is chock-full of healthy veggies and spicy chili. Bibimbap, as this blogger points out, isn’t just delicious — it’s also fun to say. If you’re not into tofu, beef or chicken would be just fine.

10. Creamy cinnamon quinoa and acorn squash breakfast bowls recipe

quinoa and squash breakfast bowls

I’ll bet you thought quinoa and acorn squash were just for dinner. Think again. This sweet and creamy quinoa and squash breakfast bowl is a power-packed way to start your day.

11. Lemon-rosemary white bean dip recipe

lemon rosemary white bean dip

Image: Sarah’s Cucina Bella

Sometimes there’s nothing more comforting (or easier) than curling up to watch a flick and guiltily eating nothing but snacks for dinner — or maybe you’re just having a watching party and need a gluten-free option. Either way, this lemon-rosemary white bean dip is bean-delish with whole-grain and seed or pita chips, on crackers or even with crudités.

12. Easy butternut squash soup with truffle oil recipe

butternut squash soup with truffle oil

Image: White on Rice Couple

The great thing about being a foodie is that people are so confused about what to give you for Christmas, you get truffle oil. The bad thing about it is that you think you suddenly have to make all manner of fancy, hard-to-make dishes to use your truffle oil the way it deserves to be used. Or do you? Try this gluten-free (and super-easy) butternut squash soup instead.

13. Toasted coconut pancakes recipe

toasted coconut pancakes

Image: Spiced

There are few things in this world as comforting as pancakes for breakfast (or for breakfast-for-dinner). These toasted coconut pancakes will sound good to most people, but for the breakfast traditionalists, he does give a blueberry option.

14. Cheesy quinoa-stuffed peppers recipe

quinoa stuffed peppers

Image: What Jew Wanna Eat

Stuffed peppers aren’t just comforting; they’re versatile. So versatile they can be vegan, gluten-free and yummy.

15. Fennel and black olive gluten-free focaccia recipe

fennel and black olive focaccia

Few things in anyone’s culinary database are as comforting as homemade bread. Focaccia with caramelized fennel and black olives may very well go with your favorite pasta, but you’ll eat it by itself anyway.

16. Gluten-free gnocchi recipe

gluten-free gnocchi

Image: Allyson Kramer/Eat Good Food

Thought gnocchi was out of the question if you’re gluten-free? Think again. The thick, rich, chewy potato perfection can be yours again.

17. Creamy slow cooker Thai cashew chicken soup recipe

thai chicken cashew soup

Image: Sarcastic Cooking

No, people. This isn’t a joke. A creamy Thai cashew chicken soup made in a slow cooker. You’re welcome.

18. Tahini mashed sweet potatoes with fried sage leaves recipe

tahini mashed sweet potatoes with fried sage leaves

Image: What Jew Wanna Eat

If it has fried sage leaves on it, it’s probably comfort food. If it’s made with sweet potatoes and flavored with tahini, olive oil, sumac and pine nuts, it’s also probably gluten-free. Tahini mashed sweet potatoes is a must-try side dish.

19. Warm balsamic red cabbage and beet salad recipe

warm beet salad

Image: Sarah’s Cucina Bella

If your salads seem like rabbit food, you aren’t doing it right. This warm balsamic red cabbage and beet salad would be great served with slow-cooked pot roast, but bonus points if you fire up the grill to cook up a quality brat and top it with this. This is summer comfort.

20. Juicy Asian oven-roasted pulled pork recipe

asian pulled pork

Image: White on Rice Couple

If you take the tamari option, you can easily make this meat lover’s dream of Asian-inspired pulled pork gluten free. Just serve it over grits, quinoa or polenta with a side of your favorite veggies.

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