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?