Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Easy Gluten Free Dinners: Go Basic

Guest Post by Author Jeanne Donnelly (

Creating a delicious gluten free dinner is easy if you use a little imagination.  Start with your basics such as lean meats, vegetables, and gluten free whole grains, and build on them by combining gluten free condiments, dressings and spices.
Ladies, got a meat and potatoes man? 
Good news! Meat and potatoes are gluten free. Marinate steaks, London broil, or ribs in salad dressing that is certified gluten free. The brand Wishbone has several that say gluten free on the label, while Kraft says that they will list all gluten in their ingredients. If you are not sure, most products have a toll free number or website you can visit. Do not hesitate to call and inquire.
Gluten Free Recipe Idea!
Scrub and slice golden or red potatoes. Next, arrange them in a casserole dish with sliced onions and peppers. Add gluten free spices and a little water or broth (gluten free) in the bottom of the pan, cover and bake 30 minutes. This also works well if you drizzle a little Italian salad dressing over the top of the potatoes before baking.
Add a vegetable and your meal is complete and completely gluten free.
Try going Italian with eggplant rolatini.  There are several gluten free sauces on the market such as Francesco Rinaldi or Classico that you can combine with eggplant, mozzarella and ricotta cheese to make a gluten free Italian dish. Add a Caesar salad without croutons (with gluten free Caesar dressing) for a side dish and cook up some gluten free corn or quinoa pasta to complete your meal. 
Tip! Time the pasta to cook exactly as directed on the package for best results, and rinse with cold water after draining to prevent the pasta from cooking further. 
When was the last time you had a submarine/hoagie sandwich? The Grainless Baker and Sharr’s now have long, sub shaped sandwich breads that can be used to recreate this favorite food. Slice tomatoes, onions and lettuce and set aside. Next, slice the bread length-wise. Mix 50/50 olive oil and red wine vinegar in a squeeze bottle. Soak both halves of the bread with the oil/vinegar mixture and sprinkle with oregano.  Lay out slices of gluten free ham, salami and provolone on your bread, top with tomatoes, lettuce and onions.  Enjoy!
Remember to leave room for dessert! Betty Crocker now has a line of easy gluten free cookie, brownie and cake mixes. You can whip up the brownies, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream (check the ingredients to make sure it’s GF. Breyers offers many gluten free options) and top with Hersey’s chocolate syrup. Birthday cake just got easier with the gluten free chocolate or yellow cake mixes that are now put out by a few companies. Choose a gluten free icing and dessert is ready in a snap.
Remember to always double check that the product you’re using is still gluten free, as companies can change ingredients at any time.  If you find a product you like, write the company and let them know. This will encourage them to create more gluten free delights. 
Bon appetite!

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