I love to cook, so we eat at home most nights. It was a little challenging at first to modify my cooking habits to be gluten-free, but once I got the hang of it, it's been pretty darn effortless. I hardly have to think about it anymore—I just use the GF staples that I have in the cupboard to make the same recipes I've always enjoyed.
Beef Stew or when making the cheese sauce for some Rattlesnake Pasta).
We also eat pasta or noodle casseroles fairly frequently (since they're so darn quick and easy), and I've had great success with using alternative noodles in all of my noodle recipes. Some of my favorites are: Lasagna, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and Pesto Penne.
My favorite kind of gluten-free pasta so far have been quinoa noodles. Quinoa seems to hold up a little better than brown rice pasta (doesn't overcook as easily or get mushy when re-heated) and has a better texture in some of the shapes. However, I've liked almost every kind of rice noodle that we've tried. We use Thai-style rice noodles for stir-frys, and the more traditionally Italian-style pastas for most other dishes and noodle soups. The trick with rice noodles is learning how to not over-cook them. For me, it was a lot of trial and error, but I would highly advise that you follow the cooking directions on the box and check the noodles for done-ness at the earliest time listed. (Sometimes, that's even too long.)
I've also found that rice or quinoa pasta fills me up faster than wheat pasta ever did. I rarely want seconds of any noodle dish we have for dinner, and I can only speculate that it's because the grains we're eating are of higher-quality, and they're more nutrient-dense.
For a change of pace, here are a few gluten-free dinner recipes I've previously published that are not noodle-based:
- Creamy Baked Chicken Enchiladas: Made with corn tortillas, this is truly comfort food in my family.
- Ratatouille: One of my favorite vegetable recipes which contains no grains. It's Summery, vegetarian, beautiful, and extremely delicious and healthy for you.
- Mom's Meatloaf: More comfort food! This recipe uses oats instead of breadcrumbs as the binding agent.
- Spaghetti Squash Casserole: One of my new favorites, this recipe also doesn't have any grains. Spaghetti squash is such a delicious and versatile Winter squash.
- Crock Pot Risotto: A rice-based dish which is highly-modifiable to suit anyone's taste preferences and/or dietary restrictions.
Here are some other dinners we've had since the gluten-free experiment (for which I have not published recipes):
|Hot cilantro lime chicken wings with |
spinach, mushroom, and pepperoni gluten-free personal pizzas
|Gluten-free salmon cakes and green beans sauteed with bacon bits|
|Vegetable and rice noodle stir fry with spicy Thai sauce|
|Cheeseburger with roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato oven fries|
We've also been eating a lot of soups lately, which I hardly ever photograph or post the recipes for because I usually make them up as I go along. We've been eating bean soups more lately, as they're just so easy, not to mention packed with protein and very healthy. (Mmmm, soup—maybe I'll do a soup series next.)
Other great GF side-dishes: Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
A note about alcohol (not really a dinner item necessarily, but it doesn't fit into any of the other categories): Wine and most liquor (except for malt liquor) is gluten-free. The catch here is beer and other malt beverages (like Mike's Hard Lemonade, etc.). Almost all beer is made of wheat, but if you like beer and need to eliminate gluten, there are gluten-free beers out there—you just have to look a little harder. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of beer, so this limitation hasn't affected me at all.
Really, you can eat almost anything for dinner, as long as you're not having bread. I've found that I naturally eat more vegetables since eliminating gluten, as I'm not getting filled up on bread products and wheat-based side-dishes.
Next week, I'll write about eating out gluten-free. Hope you'll be back!
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