Posted: May 10, 2012 12:01 AM
Going Gluten-free is not just about weeding wheat from your diet -- it's a lifestyle change. But with any major diet alteration, it's best to take baby steps. We give these family-friendly gluten-free recipes a try.

Rich M&M cookies

Just because you've decided to go Gluten-free doesn't mean you have to scratch homemade cookies from your diet! There are lots of gluten-free flour substitutes (such as rice flours, nut flours and others) as well as gluten-free flour mixes like Bob's Red Mill or Pamela's Baking Mix which has leavening components.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup salted butter
1/4 cup canola oil

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
1 cup M&Ms


  1. Combine butter, sour cream, sugars, vanilla and oil with an electric mixer in a large bowl.
  2. Once completely combined, add flour or baking mix little by little until combined.
  3. Fold in M&Ms with a wooden spoon.
  4. Refrigerate dough for several hours or even overnight, if you have time.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough onto greased cookie sheets and bake for about 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.

Gluten-free spaghetti casserole

Spaghetti tends to be a family favorite so it's a perfect way to ease your family into a gluten-free meal. They may not even notice the difference!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 12 ounce bag of rice pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of red pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Boil rice noodles according to package and set aside.
  3. Sauté ground turkey in oil until browned, then add garlic, onion and green pepper and sauté until soft.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, red pepper, oregano and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Combine sauce and noodles in a casserole dish, then top with cheese and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Cornmeal cinnamon pancakes

Start your gluten-free day off right with these hearty cornmeal pancakes.


  • 2 cups stoneground yellow cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg


  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl, and combine all the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until lumps are smoothed out.
  3. Cook pancakes in a skillet lightly oiled or coated with melted butter on medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown on each side.

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