Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Dinners

Posted April 22, 2015 in meal planning, dinner, healthy eating, gluten-free, healthy living, vegetables, food, eating, meal prep

The BF and I have been experimenting with our diets recently, and we haven't been eating gluten. No, we haven't been diagnosed with a gluten allergy and no we're not hopping on the gluten-free diet fad.

The BF has some digestive issues that he would like to remedy, and he decided to see if eliminating gluten would make him feel better. I joined him to be a supportive girlfriend and so he wouldn't have to watch me eat bagels.

What is gluten? Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat. It acts as a glue to hold foods together. Someone with Celiac Disease is allergic to gluten and has pretty severe reactions when they eat gluten. But someone with a sensitivity to gluten might experience foggy mind, depression, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain or chronic fatigue (source).

The Celiac Disease Foundation actually says you should not self-diagnose, and that you should reach out to a doctor for testing. But the BF simply wanted to see if he felt a little better not eating gluten, which is the reason for our experiment.

Getting rid of gluten hasn't been too challenging for me. I was eating whole wheat bread, whole wheat bagels and whole wheat pasta for healthy carbs before long runs. I switched to rice and gluten-free bread and running has been the same. I switched my morning oats to gluten-free oats and everything else has stayed pretty much the same.

It took the BF a little while to figure out what he could eat for quick lunches and snacks. He realized that he just needed to do a little more planning. He was bummed he couldn't have his after-dinner cereal, so we picked up some Chex and Mom's Best Cereal gluten-free cereal. He was missing bread, so I bought some gluten-free bread at Trader Joe's for him (check out my haul here). He also wasn't happy that he couldn't have beer. We bought two gluten-free versions and they were an OK substitute. Once the BF had some replacements for some of his fave foods, he felt like it was so much easier.

The one thing that is a challenge is eating out!

After two weeks of gluten-free living, we ate gluten during our trip to Colorado. I didn't feel any different, but the BF didn't feel great. He's still not sure if gluten is the culprit, but we're going to keep going light on the gluten for a while.

Which is why I'm sharing some of the dinners we've made over the last couple of weeks. If you're wondering what the heck you can eat if you can't eat gluten, you might be surprised by the simple and delicious dinners we threw together. We've been eating well!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Skinnytaste Cookbook Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken - This is soooooo good!

Red Curry with Chicken Vegetables and Rice (the BF used a recipe similar to this one)

Black Bean Burgers (made with almond meal instead of bread crumbs) with Roasted Vegetables and Green Salad

Thai Rice Noodle Lettuce Wraps (add chicken or tofu for protein)

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Noodles with Pesto and Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

Vegetable Stir Fry with Brown Rice and Scrambled Eggs (we used tamari instead of soy sauce and sesame oil) - Mixed together this is like healthy vegetable fried rice.

Turkey Burger topped with mustard and ketchup (make sure you buy a gluten-free version) and roasted vegetables

Moroccan Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Ancient Grains Blend (Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet) - I used a mix of cumin, ginger, salt, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric and chili powder to make the Moroccan spice mix. I cooked the grains in chicken broth.

What are your favorite gluten-free dinners?

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