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Easy gluten-free ‘risotto’ that even my 4 year old liked!

Did you know that one in every 100 people in the UK suffer from coeliac disease? But, according to Coeliac UK, only 24% of these people have been diagnosed. Here is some more information about the causes and symptoms.

This week, it’s Coeliac Awareness Week, and although I don’t suffer from the disease, I do know a couple of people who have it, and have seen how stressful it can be to find food that they can eat without triggering a whole lot of dreadful symptoms.

My sister Debbie has an intolerance to wheat, so we are used to avoiding it when we eat with her, but with coeliac disease, you can’t have any gluten at all.

I thought it would be interesting to try out some new gluten-free recipes, so I’m kicking off with this one from BBC Good Food Vegetarian Cookbook:Cheddar and Tomato Rice

It’s basically a risotto, with less stirring, and long grain rice. And it has peppers and cheese, two of the Pink family’s favourite ingredients. It’s very straightforward, and as it was the first time I made it, I followed it fairly closely, though I put in double the garlic. I used gluten-free stock, but if you don’t have to avoid gluten you can use any kind.

It didn’t look very promising to start with – more like a soup!Cheddar and Tomato Rice

But when I’d simmered it for a while, much of the liquid evaporated leaving this:Cheddar and Tomato Rice ready for the oven

Again, looks a little odd, but when it had been in the oven for half an hour, the cheese had melted, and the rice had softened, leaving this:Cheddar and Tomato Rice

I gave it a stir and popped it back in to the oven for another five minutes whilst I made a salad, and then it was ready!Cheddar and Tomato Rice ready to eat!

Next time, I will probably add bacon or chicken, and use chicken stock instead of vegetable, but it was really nice as it was, and a big thumbs up from Thea, although she did need a little help catching the last scraps!

Thea says

Thea says “Food me!” instead of “Feed me!” which always makes us chuckle.

Even fussy-eater Ava ate it all up, though it did take nearly an hour…

If you are interested in more gluten-free recipes, you might like this really easy macaroon recipe. And here is a link to an Independent article with some good cookbooks.

Coeliac Awareness Week: 10 best gluten-free cookbooks – Food & Drink – IndyBest – The Independent.

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