When cooking gluten-free in a household that is not, you have three basic choices: (1) Make your gluten-free meal separate from the other meals; (2) Make a meal that can be made gluten-free for you with one or two adjustments; (3) Or make a 100 percent gluten-free meal that the whole family can enjoy. A combination of these choices is usually the most realistic, but over time, making your meals separate or cooking two versions of the same meal can become time consuming, expensive, and exasperating. Regularly making gluten-free meals is probably the best option, but you must find a way to make it enjoyable for the whole family.
Sit down with your family and draft a list of your favorite foods and recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Separate the foods that are naturally gluten-free from the ones that are not. Take the non-gluten-free recipe favorites and begin converting them to delicious gluten-free versions. Pasta recipes such as spaghetti, lasagna, and macaroni and cheese will be easy to convert using the many brands of packaged gluten-free pastas to choose from.
Converting other recipes such as pizza, fried chicken, meatloaf, and chicken parmesan using gluten-free flours and products will be more challenging, but don’t think you can’t do it. Isolate the gluten in the recipe and research gluten-free cookbooks on how to use alternative ingredients.
With gluten-free breads, muffins, cakes, crusts, pancakes, pasta, etc., even if they’re resistant, your family should try what you eat at least once. Chances are they will often be just as happy as you are and you can save time and money in the long run by buying gluten-free products for the whole family.
Find happy mediums in planning meals throughout the week. Consider designating certain nights as gluten-friendly for the family, then cook your own gluten-free meal on those days. Experiment with different menus and habits to find a routine that makes all of you happy and healthy.