Gluten-free Mother’s Day menu – BBC Good Food

Looking for some gluten-free dinner inspiration this Mothering Sunday? After treating her to an indulgent brunch, why not say an extra-special ‘thank you’ with our simple yet stunning springtime menu. We’ve rounded up a super selection of Mother’s Day recipes that showcase seasonal ingredients and are completely free of gluten and wheat.

Start off with a light salad or soup, then serve up a showstopping roast chicken main or whole roast cauliflower with sides. Our rich and creamy tiramisu dessert is the perfect way to round off your meal in style, and the kids can get involved with making it.

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Gluten-free salad option:

This light springtime salad is a true celebration of seasonal produce and makes an elegant starter to kick off your menu. Jersey Royals are the star of the dish and their full-bodied, creamy flavour balances beautifully with peppery watercress, sweet shallots and fresh mint. Serve with tangy pickled radishes in cider vinegar dressing and some crusty gluten-free walnut seed loaf to mop up the flavours.

Check out our collection of Jersey Royal recipes to make the most of this seasonal spud

Gluten-free soup course:

Pan and bowl of pea soup topped with prosciutto

If you’re looking for a soup course, this vibrant green soup is a delicious and nutritious option, as well as being speedy to prep. Bursting with seasonal veg such as leeks and peas, this brilliant blend delivers two of your five-a-day, is low in calories and a great source of iron and folate. Crispy prosciutto adds savoury flavour and is a satisfyingly crunchy topping that replaces croutons. Be sure to use a gluten-free stock cube – there should be plenty of options available in supermarkets.

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Serve up a spectacular centrepiece that mum will remember. We’ve given roast chicken a special springtime twist in this easy one-pot by roasting it with crispy radishes, whole spring onions and new potatoes. Smothering the chicken in a creamy mascarpone, tarragon and lemon sauce will keep it moist while cooking and infuse a beautiful citrussy flavour. Finish off by bubbling the roasting juices with spring greens, peas and tarragon to further enrich the sauce before adding the chicken back in. With only 20 minutes prep time, this dazzling dish is easier than it looks.

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Gluten-free vegetarian option:

Whole roast cauliflower with caper dressing

For those following a veggie and gluten-free diet, Tom Kerridge’s simple yet scrumptious whole roast cauliflower makes a stylish meat-free main. The cauliflower is roasted in a buttery baste, giving it a beautiful richness that’s balanced by a punchy caper, parsley and lemon zest dressing. As it’s a main, we recommend using a large cauliflower rather than the medium size stated. This recipe also makes use of the whole veg by roasting the leaves so they are deliciously crisp. Serve with a selection of the below sides to create a vibrant veggie feast.

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Accompany your mains with a colourful array of sides. A hint of spice gives these cumin carrots a gentle warming flavour that will complement the chicken and cauliflower mains above. Add a bit of greenery with simple and speedy roasted asparagus, or try our warm spring vegetables for something more substantial. If you want to go all-out, our next level Dauphinoise potatoes are indulgently creamy and well worth the effort. Check out more delicious sides here:

Punchy spring greens
Raw & cooked asparagus with lemon & parmesan
Hasselback new potatoes with oregano
Baked feta with sesame & honey
Asparagus with peas, mint & Jersey Royals in wild garlic butter
Herb-buttered baby carrots
Basic mustard mash

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Tiramisu meringue roulade

For all mothers with a sweet tooth, this dreamy dessert is sure to impress. A clever take on tiramisu, it combines silky mascarpone cream with crispy meringue and punchy coffee and chocolate ganache. Puddings are a great opportunity to get kids involved in the kitchen. Your little ones can help mix up the ganache, transform eggs whites into a fabulously fluffy meringue, and assemble all the layers. Although rolling up roulades is often known to instil feelings of dread, the absence of sponge in this recipe makes it easier – and you can always cover up any mishaps with a dusting of cocoa powder! The final result should be spectacular to behold and even better to eat.

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