What if you’re trying to prepare a gluten-free meal, but don’t have the luxury of a gluten-free section at your local grocery? Believe it or not, there are several meal options that can be naturally gluten-free. Of course, it’s still a good idea to double check your labels!
Here are a few meal options that won’t have anyone asking “Where’s the gluten?”
- Not only is preparing an Asian stir-fry meal pretty easy, but if you leave out the sauces, or make sure yours are gluten-free (like all of those by San-J), then you’ve got yourself a gluten-free meal! I like to make a large pot of rice and keep it in the fridge to be added into soups, stir-fries, and even tacos. Then just stir-fry your chicken, beef or tofu of choice and a bag of frozen veggies (look for Thai or Asian inspired blends that include veggies like carrots, bean sprouts, broccoli and water chestnuts), using a toasted sesame oil will help add that rich Asian flair. Once your ready, stir in the rice and serve!
- Fajita or taco nights can be a fun way for everyone to serve up their own plates, but it’s also a great way to cook without gluten. When preparing your protein and veggies, just add a bit of onion (dried is okay), honey and gluten-free spicy seasoned salt (like Tony Chachere’s). Most hard corn taco shells are gluten-free, as are soft corn tortillas, but as always, check your labels! Then set out bowls of guacamole, cheese, salsa, meat, beans and rice to let everyone build their own taco or fajita!
- When served up with plenty of toppings, or even sides like chips or french fries, no one will miss the hamburger buns! One of our favorite neighborhood burger spots in San Francisco was always inspiring us to make a better burger! Try serving up your burger with toppings like bacon and guacamole, or caramelized onions and goat cheese. And for sides, look for gluten-free frozen french fries (like Alexa’s sweet potato fries) or slice up and oven-bake the potatoes of your choice.
- And one of my favorites is last week’s post of Oven Fried Chicken and Veggies. Just grab some chicken legs and veggies (canned, fresh, or frozen) and batter in the coating of your choice. Some great options are bean flours, rice or corn cereals, chips, anything that strikes your fancy! And after cooking for the first 10 minutes, add in the veggies and the butter or vegan substitute of your choice, then bake for 35 more minutes! It’s so easy, and always a crowd-pleaser!
So what’s your favorite naturally gluten-free meal?