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raebtchraebtch Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
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Anyone know some simple meals that doesn’t contain gluten or gluten alternatives? I absolutely hate gf bread and pastas, so I’m trying to just avoid them all together but I have celiacs. Any ideas that aren’t gross?

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  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,714Member Member Posts: 3,714Member Member
    Rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lentils and other dried beans.

    I like rice noodles, but they only work well in asian noodle dishes in my opinion. Google dishes like laksa, pho, bun cha, char guay teow, pad thai for some typical asian rice noodle dishes. However, as a celiac you will have to use gluten free soy. Some of the SE Asian dishes such as pad thai and bun cha will use fish sauce instead of soy, which is gluten free.
  • maureenseel1984maureenseel1984 Posts: 397Member Member Posts: 397Member Member
    Which gluten free breads, pastas, etc have you tried? Just curious.

    Zoodles, spaghetti squash, shirataki noodles, spiralized sweet potato, lentil pasta.

    PS: Try black bean brownies-DELICIOUS (gluten and dairy free)
  • SueSueDioSueSueDio Posts: 4,791Member Member Posts: 4,791Member Member
    truRoots ancient grain pasta is one of the best-tasting GF pastas I've tried, but in all cases I find they're better mixed in a sauce or as part of a one-pot meal than "naked". Plain GF pasta is not a pleasant thing, IMO! (GF spaghetti is just slimy and revolting, from the brands I've tried.)

    GF bread is another matter, and the only half-decent one I've tried is the Western Family brand from Save-On-Foods. I find that GF breads are just not worth the expense.

    Fortunately, a lot of foods are naturally gluten free. And there are a ton of websites out there these days that cater to the celiac or any others who want to avoid gluten. (I have an issue specifically with wheat rather than gluten, but since GF recipes are also wheat-free they're helpful to me!)

    Here are a few resources:

    https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com

    https://www.glutenfreeliving.com

    https://www.thespruceeats.com/gluten-free-cooking-4162359

    https://www.beyondceliac.org/gluten-free-diet/cooking/

    If you like to bake (or to eat baked goods! :) ), that's a whole different animal. Baking is a science, not an art like cooking, and you need (in most cases) a blend of flours with certain properties to get a good result. This site has some good info, but in general don't expect your GF baked goods to be much like their gluten-laden counterparts. That doesn't mean they can't be delicious in their own way, but a GF brownie is not going to be the same as a regular one!

    https://glutenfreegirl.com/a-guide-to-gluten-free-baking/

    There are also a bunch of recipes on this site:

    https://glutenfreebaking.com

    Good luck!
  • kmfeig87kmfeig87 Posts: 731Member Member Posts: 731Member Member
    Check out paleo recipes. They tend to be tasty AND gluten free.
    I like shredded cabbage as a rice/spaghetti substitute. You can use cabbage leaves as a wrap too!
    Mexican dishes with gluten free corn tortillas. You could make enchiladas, tamales, in addition to tacos, fajitas.
    Or just a protein, salad, and side veggie!
    Lots of great quinoa, bulgar, black bean salads out there!
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,575Member Member Posts: 2,575Member Member
    While I am not gluten free, I most of what I cook doesn't involve gluten or if it does it's a side sort of thing (bread). That is to say, I would just look for general recipes and see whether or not they have gluten laden things and if those things are easily subbed out or just taken out all together. Note that I used to be really reactive to gluten and got really used to having to avoid it (lest I want "fun" gastro intestinal issues), so I'm not just saying this with the assumption that it's super easy or not a big deal, especially if it's new for you.

    Here are some of the recipes that I've made recently or are on the docket for next week:
    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018956-chicken-with-apricots-lemon-and-saffron
    https://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/fast-recipes/pea-and-mint-risotto-9447
    https://www.tastecooking.com/not-all-heroes-wear-capes-not-all-omeletes-have-eggs/
    https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baked_sweet_potato_taquitos/
    https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013108-chickpea-tagine-with-chicken-and-apricots

    The last recipe is the only one that definitively has gluten in it (the bulgar), however the bulgur could easily be left out and you could serve it with or without rice as a substitute. I keep being tempted to say, "generally X type of cuisine doesn't have gluten in it" but that's honestly a long list of Xs.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,575Member Member Posts: 2,575Member Member
    kmfeig87 wrote: »
    Check out paleo recipes. They tend to be tasty AND gluten free.
    I like shredded cabbage as a rice/spaghetti substitute. You can use cabbage leaves as a wrap too!
    Mexican dishes with gluten free corn tortillas. You could make enchiladas, tamales, in addition to tacos, fajitas.
    Or just a protein, salad, and side veggie!
    Lots of great quinoa, bulgar, black bean salads out there!
    Bulgur is made from wheat. It wouldn't be appropriate for someone who can't have gluten.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 3,361Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,361Member, Premium Member
    raebtch wrote: »
    Anyone know some simple meals that doesn’t contain gluten or gluten alternatives? I absolutely hate gf bread and pastas, so I’m trying to just avoid them all together but I have celiacs. Any ideas that aren’t gross?

    I'm not Gluten free but recently discovered 3 Bakers Bread and Rolls. OMG, so good. The bread smells and tastes like stuffing.
  • candaceraincandacerain Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I personally messaged you.
  • whoami67whoami67 Posts: 99Member Member Posts: 99Member Member
    I don't eat gluten. Lunch is usually a big salad. Here are some dinners I've had recently:

    Salmon with brown rice and snow peas
    Flat iron steak with roasted squash and brown basmati rice
    Thai yellow curry with shrimp
    Apple tamari glazed pork with with broccoli, bok choy and sauteed cabbage
    Asian white fish with red curry quinoa and mixed vegetables
    Roast chicken with sweet potato wedges and mixed green salad
    Salmon with a citrus glaze, parsnip puree and spinach
    Roast turkey with a maple/mustard sauce, sundried tomato cauliflower rice and asparagus
    Roast turkey with garlic mashed potatoes and green beens
    Salmon, orange quinoa and lemon spinach
    Lime chicken with rosemary roasted vegetables
    Lamb sirloin with tzatziki sauce, asparagus and mashed yams
    Spring pea risotto
  • matti422matti422 Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    I really like Banza chickpea pasta - high protein and fiber. I'll bake a large pasta dish with it and eat leftovers, super easy. Other good dishes for this are shepherd's pie (can do with lentils or Beyond Meat crumbles in vegetarian - both GF). Chia pudding for breakfast is good, as is My New Roots Life Changing Bread (google for recipe). Grilled meat/fish and veg also are quick if you don't want to cook in batches. I also keep bags of frozen shrimp - quick defrost is all you need for stir fry, tacos, or just shrimp cocktail.

    When all else fails, popcorn and wine make a delectable easy dinner.
  • lporter229lporter229 Posts: 4,807Member Member Posts: 4,807Member Member
    whoami67 wrote: »
    I don't eat gluten. Lunch is usually a big salad. Here are some dinners I've had recently:

    Salmon with brown rice and snow peas
    Flat iron steak with roasted squash and brown basmati rice
    Thai yellow curry with shrimp
    Apple tamari glazed pork with with broccoli, bok choy and sauteed cabbage
    Asian white fish with red curry quinoa and mixed vegetables
    Roast chicken with sweet potato wedges and mixed green salad
    Salmon with a citrus glaze, parsnip puree and spinach
    Roast turkey with a maple/mustard sauce, sundried tomato cauliflower rice and asparagus
    Roast turkey with garlic mashed potatoes and green beens
    Salmon, orange quinoa and lemon spinach
    Lime chicken with rosemary roasted vegetables
    Lamb sirloin with tzatziki sauce, asparagus and mashed yams
    Spring pea risotto

    Wow, all of those sound amazing! Thanks for the ideas. Here are a few of my recent meals:

    Thai red curry with tofu and vegetables over Basmati rice
    Sweet potato hash with roast turkey breast topped with fried eggs
    Grilled shrimp and chicken bowls with black beans, vegetables, salsa and avocado
    Grilled salmon, beet and avocado salad with citrus dressing
    Grilled filet mignon with blue cheese sauce, squash casserole (GF breadcrumbs) and corn on the cobb
    Slow cooker pork BBQ, coleslaw, sauteed greens and yellow squash muffins made with GF flour blend
    White bean caprese salad with basil chicken sausage (AmyLou brand)
    Risotto with shrimp and green peas
    Bobby Flay's grilled Greek Chicken (this recipe is amazing: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/butterflied-chicken-greek-style-recipe-1941166) We make this often in the summer.
    Ground beef and cabbage stir fry (budgetbytes.com)

    Tomorrow I am making curried chicken thighs with apricots and cauliflower over quinoa.

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