Avoiding gluten doesn’t have to mean making sacrifices. Plenty of the world’s tastiest dishes are gluten-free, easy to prepare, and loaded with good-for-you nutrients. Here are five of our favourites.

Falafel

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Hot falafel, piled with hummus and served alongside a punchy salad, is a beautiful thing. And as luck would have it, it’s also naturally gluten-free. While these chickpea-based snacks might be fast food fare in Israel, it’s not hard to turn falafel into a healthy treat – just trade the deep fryer for the oven.

Find a recipe for healthy falafel at the Minimalist Baker

Soba Noodle Soup

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Whether you serve them hot in a stir fry, or chilled in a salad, soba noodles always go down a treat. But perhaps one of the tastiest (not to mention easiest) ways to enjoy these gluten-free noodles is in a Japanese miso soup.

Find the recipe at The Bojon Gourmet.

Bibimbap

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Bibimbap has exploded in popularity in the past few years – and for good reason. A colourful mixture of raw veg, spiced beef, brown rice and a fried egg, this Korean dish is the ultimate comfort food. Top it with some spicy gochujang for an extra kick.

Find the recipe for gluten-free bibimbap at The Cook’s Grocer.

Cholar Dal

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The humble dal, with its warming spices and nutritious pulses, is at the heart of Indian cuisine. As perfect for a simple summer lunch as it is for a comforting winter supper, this naturally gluten-free and vegan dish is delicious served with some chickpea chapati.

Find the recipe at Holy Cow Vegan

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

alt When the Peruvian ancient civilisations first discovered quinoa 7,000 years ago, they must have known they were onto a good thing. This superfood is gluten-free, full of protein and one of the few plants to offer all nine essential amino acids – not to mention the fact that it’s absolutely delicious.

Cook it as the Peruvians do, alongside black beans, fresh corn and plenty of coriander in a colourful salad.

Find the recipe at Girl Cooks World