If you’ve recently received a celiac diagnosis, or if you’ve been eating gluten-free for years, then a CSA share is great option, because vegetables are of course gluten free! On our recipe blog, we offer gluten free variations on as many recipes as we can, like our Carrot Cake Pancakes, Chocolate Beet Brownies, and the naturally gluten free Daikon Radish Pasta pictured above. We also have a handy Gluten Free tab in our Recipe Index that takes you straight to all of our gluten free recipes. In the farm kitchen we don’t stick to any one diet, and when we test recipes we want to offer things that fit into all of our member’s dietary needs. We recently added a Paleo section to our website, we also have a vegetarian tab, and a separate tab for vegan dishes. Our emphasis is on fresh, local eating. We stick to whole foods, and offer as many options and variations as we can! If you must go gluten-free, we do have some tips for making the most of your CSA Share with gluten free staples.
Whole Grains. Aside from wheat, there are so many gluten-free grain options! Quinoa, millet, rice, corn, buckwheat (this one’s confusing, but buckwheat is not wheat), and oats (check for gluten-free certified). Check your local natural food store for different varieties of rice. Red rice makes a great stir-fry and sticky black rice makes great salads and even desserts. If you are extremely sensitive or have been diagnosed with celiac disease, make sure you check labels to see if anything was processed with wheat.
Noodles. There are so many gluten-free options available, and you won’t have to give up pasta with your new diet. Popular gluten free pasta options include brown rice, corn, and a corn/quinoa blend. Asian rice noodles are also a great gluten free option, perfect for stir-fries and soups.
Baking. Baking can be a little trickier, but in recipes that call for flour we try to offer a gluten-free all purpose flour alternative that we have tested. Different flour blends work differently, so I recommend starting with a Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour like Pamela’s Baking Mix or Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Follow recipes on the package or use the product’s website for cooking ideas. Typically just subbing gluten-free flour for wheat flour might not yield similar results. Start small, follow trusted recipes, and when you find a product you like you can start experimenting. There are also lots of recipes for making your own flour blend you might enjoy. Just stick with whatever is in your comfort zone.
Protein. If you’re an omnivore the good news is meat is gluten free! Just be wary of any processed foods, and always check labels. If you’re a vegetarian, tofu and tempeh are a good option (always check labels), but stay away from seitan and processed meat substitutes. Stock up on canned and dried beans for soups, stews, salads, and tacos. Raw nuts also add protein and texture to dishes for vegetarians and omnivores.
Condiments. This can be a little tricky, but read labels and look for gluten free alternatives. We use a lot of gluten-free tamari as a substitute for soy sauce in recipes which is easy to find and tastes great. Oils and vinegars are naturally gluten free, and whipping up your own salad dressings is easy and tastes better.
Stock your pantry with the basics, and gluten free meals will come together easily. Start with dishes you’re already familiar with that are naturally gluten free like roasted vegetables, grilled meats, and rice dishes. Branch out from there to different preparations. Here’s a few of our favorite gluten free dishes to go with your CSA Share.
Appetizers and Snacks
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