Help! Looking for Hearty Gluten-Free AND Vegan Recipes

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Q: My roommate recently developed a case of temporary IBS. Her doctor recommended that she cut out gluten and minimize her lactose intake for the next month or two. She is also a vegetarian, so at the moment she is practically vegan. I eat meat, but can absolutely find the joys in vegetarian cooking. But finding recipes that cut out both of those elements hasn't proved very easy.

I was wondering if anyone had an gluten/lactose/meat-free recipes they could recommend that would serve as a hearty meal that doesn't leave you feeling like you are eating a series of side dishes!

Sent by Carol

Editor: Carol, we're going to go with polenta here. It's hearty, filling, gluten-free, AND vegan — it really sticks to your ribs, too. It's also good for both breakfast and dinner. We love a little warm polenta with milk (substitute soy milk here) and some raisins and cinnamon for breakfast.

For dinner, you could make a braised, creamy squash and some greens to go over the polenta. Perfect comfort food. Here's a look at some recipes:

Autumn Dinner Party Menu: A Polenta Bar!

Also take a look at that baked risotto from last week.

Readers, what would you suggest for Carol and her roommate?


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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.