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Gluten-Free Recipes for Easter and Passover

With thirty percent of adults interested in cutting back on gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt) in their diets, according to research firm NPD Group, hosting a holiday meal is getting more and more challenging. If you have just one gluten-free guest at your table, you’re probably looking for gluten-free recipes that will keep that person healthy and happy, and also appeal to everyone else so you don’t have to double your cooking load.  

Before I get to the good stuff, let me just clarify—gluten isn’t a problem unless YOU have a problem with it. For people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet is crucial. It may also be valuable for people with autoimmune diseases and other conditions that may be exacerbated by gluten. However, don’t assume that a gluten-free diet is right for you without discussing it thoroughly with your doctor or registered dietitian.

Here are a few delicious recipes you can enjoy with company or on your own this spring, that just happen to not have any gluten in them.

Crispy Potato Cups (adapted from Joy of Kosher)

Potato kugel—sort of like a gigantic hash brown casserole—is a standard on most Jewish holiday tables; however it often contains matzo meal or flour, both no-no's on gluten-free diets. This adaptation omits the gluten and comes with built-in portion control. It makes a super side for any meat or fish, plus, everyone gets a coveted crunchy “end piece.”

¾ cups olive oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
6 large potatoes
1 large onion

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Liberally oil a muffin tin (6 regular-sized muffins or 12 small muffins). Place muffin tin the oven while you prepare the batter. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add salt and pepper. In a food processor, grate the potatoes and onion using the thinnest blade. Add to egg mixture and combine well. Remove muffin tin from oven and fill each one with a scoop of potato and egg mixture. Bake for about an hour, or until tops are browned (time will vary depending on the size of the muffins). Remove from muffin tin and cool on a platter (or serve hot).

Gluten-Free Pie Crust (use for a no-bake pie)

Dried fruits and nuts are all you need to make a pie crust that holds up against your favorite no-bake fillings. Added bonus: The fiber and protein in the fruit/nuts combo will make your dessert super satisfying.

1 heaping cup walnuts
½ heaping cup dates, soaked in water
½ heaping cup dried apricots, soaked in water
Pinch of sea salt

In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Using your fingers, spread mixture out along bottom and sides of a pie tin. Place in freezer for about 15 minutes until crust sets. Fill with your favorite no-bake mixture—pudding, coconut cream, or even ice cream.

Roasted Asparagus

Few vegetables help announce “spring is here!” like asparagus. Keep your eyes open for the first round of green at your local farmer’s market and use this simple but delicious preparation to wow your guests (below are also some ideas for dressing it up). Serve the leftovers beneath a poached egg for a light and delicious spring lunch.  

1 bunch asparagus spears, trimmed and tough ends peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 425. Spread asparagus out on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until tender and ends begin to crisp, about 10-15 minutes depending on thickness. If desired, sprinkle with lemon, parmesan cheese, or toasted pine nuts.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Bulgur, the grain traditionally used in this Middle Eastern salad is neither gluten-free nor kosher for Passover. But substituting quinoa for the bulgur wheat, you make it suitable for both people who don’t eat gluten and those who observe the holiday. You might want to make a double serving of this and have the leftovers for lunch—served with some grilled chicken or poached salmon, it’s an instant hearty meal.

2 cups prepared quinoa
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
1 large cucumber, chopped
½ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup chopped mint
2 tablespoons chopped scallions

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss well.

Do you have any "it-just-happens-to-be-gluten-free" recipes you'll be sharing with friends and family this spring? Share them with us here, too!

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