Whether you suffer from Celiac disease or have a gluten sensitivity, finding new and creative meal solutions can seem difficult. But keeping dinnertime exciting doesn’t have to take a professional chef or nutritionist. It merely requires some good recipes that you can turn to time and time again. Here’s a roundup of some great staples!
1. One-Pan Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables
One-pan meals are simple and great for weeknight suppers. The best part is that you can often use any vegetables and ingredients you have on hand.
2. Stuffed Cabbage
Stuffed cabbage leaves are a staple of many Mediterranean cuisines, and another recipe you can easily customize to suit whatever’s in the fridge. This version, from Seeded At the Table, is a great starting point.
3. Salmon with Cucumber Chili Relish
This salmon dish gets a kick from the cool but spicy cucumber chili relish. Perfect for summer, it’s a great example of how sometimes the simplest meals are best.
4. Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Mushrooms, and Onions
It can be hard to find good gluten-free bread that isn’t filled with confusing ingredients. Once you’ve found your go-to, however, try this gourmet grilled cheese — but consider cutting the butter in half.
5. Chicken Tacos with Mango and Avocado Salsa
Use corn tortillas for these chicken tacos, and you won’t have to worry about gluten. The salsa, meanwhile, is a fresh twist on a classic and can easily be used with other dishes.
6. Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese
Spaghetti squash is a great “hack” for gluten-free cooking. If it’s a recipe you’d normally use pasta in, try it with this super healthy vegetable instead.
7. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
You don’t have to go without pizza just because you can’t have bread. There are numerous pizza crust recipes out there that use cauliflower as the base, and though they’re a little unorthodox, the results are delicious.
8. Potato Salad with Green Beans and Tarragon
A unique twist on a picnic classic. Try this potato salad at the next family get together.
9. Chicken Kebab Salad
The salad options are endless when you’re eating gluten-free — just hold the croutons. This chicken kebab salad is a great choice when you want to fire up the grill.
10. Cinnamon and Coconut Pancakes
Pancakes on a gluten-free diet? Yes, and you don’t have to eat them for breakfast. Try this recipe with fresh fruit when you’re craving something different.
11. Bahamian Bean and Corn Salad
This is another unique salad option, and it has heat. Make it even healthier by opting for dry or frozen beans instead of canned ones, which can have a lot of sodium.
12. Power Protein Salad
With extra protein, this salad isn’t one to leave you hungry an hour after mealtime. It uses chicken breasts, but you could mix it up with grilled salmon too.
13. Cauliflower Lasagna
Like the cauliflower pizza crust, this recipe leans on the white cruciferous veggie for the “noodles” in lasagna.
Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to feel restrictive. Because more and more people are shunning gluten, you’ll find that recipes and grocery store options are expanding for this specialized diet. Beware of the highly processed choices hitting shelves and opt for cooking with whole foods whenever possible.