3 Recipes from Gluten-Free Guru Nicole Hunn's New Cookbook

You won't even be able to tell the difference.

When Nicole Hunn's son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with celiac disease 11 years ago, she discovered a few things about gluten-free food: First, that the baked good options she found in the supermarket were prohibitively expensive, and second that the taste was… well, pretty awful.

Since 2004, Hunn has made it her mission to make the gluten-free world less bleak with innovative cost- and taste-saving recipes on her blog, Gluten Free on a Shoestring. "My promise is that anything can be made gluten-free," she said. "If they can make it with gluten, I can make it without."

Over the years, she saw her own fear echoed in other parents of children with dietary restrictions. Luckily, Hunn turned out to be the perfect guide in helping others cope — with a masters in social work, mind you — with the psychological adjustment to such a huge lifestyle change.

Hunn also tries to dispel the idea that going gluten-free is a healthier diet for those who don't need to be on it for medical reasons. And, of course, she doesn't recommend eating a diet made up entirely of baked goods, which is unfortunately a popular misconception about going gluten-free. "It has got to be a balanced plate," she said.

Ready to try out some gluten-free cooking for yourself?

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Gluten-Free Vegetable and Cheese Quesadilla

Hunn set out to make her recipes as simple to follow as the "normal" versions and does meticulous taste tests to get everything from the smell to the texture just right. That's how she mastered the recipe for the tortillas she used to make these vegetable and cheese quesadillas.

Grab the recipe here.

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Gluten-Free Greek Salad Wrap

These Greek salad wraps are quick and easy enough to get any gluten-free newbie going. The vivid flavors are fresh and tangy, and it's sure to make everyone at the office jealous come lunchtime.

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Gluten-Free Vegetarian Chalupa

It isn't hard to make gluten-free healthy — just keep your plate colorful and portion sized. Just look at Hunn's chalupa recipe, for example — it's loaded with color and flavor. But why just look when you can roll up your sleeves and make it yourself?

Grab the recipe here.

All recipes excerpted from Gluten-Free Small Bites: Sweet and Savory Hand-Held Treats for On-the-Go Lifestyles and Entertaining by Nicole Hunn. Copyright © 2016. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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