The dietary restrictions of those affected by gluten sensitivity can seem, at times, to be overwhelming. Keeping your diet gluten free means cutting out a lot of foods that have come to be known as the staples of diets across the world. However, contrary to what some people think, staying gluten free does not have to mean suffering. With just a little bit of creativity, you can craft a gluten-free diet that is even more delicious, nutritious and satisfying than ever before. Here are a few great recipes to help you get started.
1. Quinoa and Black Beans
Quinoa, a delicious and hearty grain native to South America, is a great alternative to gluten-containing wheat products. This quinoa and black bean mix, complete with corn, refreshing cilantro, and a touch of cumin for an extra little kick, is a perfect meal that can be enjoyed equally well hot and fresh out of the pan, or chilled and stored to be eaten later as leftovers.
2. Baked Slow-Cooker Chicken
Nothing satisfies a hungry stomach better than a hearty serving of tender, delicious, juicy, slow cooked meat. All you need for this carnivore’s feast is a large, whole chicken, a little salt and pepper, and a dash of paprika.
3. Stuffed Bell Peppers
Whether you are a vegetable lover or not, this stuffed bell pepper recipe is bound to make your taste buds pop. Delicious fresh green bell peppers stuffed with rice, meat and spices are then cooked in a sweet tomato sauce until soft, hot and tasty. With flavors this bold, you will forget you are eating gluten-free!
4. Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage rolls find themselves at the perfect crossroads of fresh, tangy and hearty. Large leaves of cabbage wrapped around soft tender lean ground beef with rice and soaked in a flavorful sauce and cooked until tender are a delicacy with taste you would expect to find in a high end restaurant. Except that you can make it in your own kitchen–and entirely free of gluten.
5. Grilled Salmon and Pineapple
Fish, like other types of meat, is a great, nutrient packed alternative to traditional gluten-containing cuisine. This recipe takes the classic grilled fish to the next level by adding grilled pineapple and maple soy sauce for sweetness and variety of flavor that few other dishes can rival.
6. Buffalo Chicken Salad
There are few meals more interesting, refreshing, and gluten-sensitivity friendly than a meat filled salad. With just a small augmentation, this recipe takes your classic lettuce-and-tomatoes salad and turns it into a full-blown meal that the whole family is bound to enjoy.
7. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pies can be gluten-free too! This gluten-free spin on chicken pot pie is no less juicy, flaky and delicious than its conventional counterpart. All you need to do is replace the traditional dough with a gluten-free option—which are becoming more widely available every day.
Gluten Free is Easier Than Ever!