Most of us are so exhausted by the time we get home from work that we want nothing more than to plop down on the couch and have dinner magically appear before us – myself included. But that’s a reality most of us don’t know. Couple that with trying to find ideas for healthy, gluten free dishes and you have a recipe for dinner disaster.
If this describes your current scenario, fret not, as we’ve compiled a list of five simple and healthy recipes that will have you looking forward to your nightly meal instead of dreading it by the noon hour.
Curried Rice with Shrimp – This gorgeous and healthy dish from Real Simple takes your weeknight dinner from ‘blah’ to ‘ta-da’ in a flash. Let the exotic flavors of curry and basil win you over, and the shrimp and rice keep you satisfied for hours.
Lentil Soup – The weather may still be a little warm for soup just yet, but fall and winter are right around the corner. We say warm up and fill up with this healthy dish that features tomato, kale, carrots, and, of course, fresh green lentils.
Quinoa Tabouleh – If you’re familiar with Mediterranean cooking, then you’ve likely heard of tabouleh – a dish traditionally comprised of couscous, parsley, lemon juice and tomato. To make this recipe gluten friendly, it substitutes quinoa for couscous for an equally adventurous and flavorful dish.
Chickpea Bajane – As pictured above, this flavorful dish from My Recipes is not only gluten-free, but also vegetarian. Instead of traditional pasta, this recipe calls for chickpeas, leeks, carrots, fennel and spinach atop a bed of fluffy quinoa. Sounds like dinner to us!
Quinoa Flaxseed Pizza Dough – Don’t cross pizza off your gluten-free menu just yet. With this innovative and healthy recipe you can enjoy pizza on an entirely gluten-free crust with all of the toppings you want. It looks like the weekend pizza party lives on.
I think we’ve covered all of the gluten free bases – except dessert! If you missed my breakfast and lunch editions, be sure to check them out for an abundance of gluten-free resources and 10 more delicious and healthy recipes that will get you out of any gluten-free rut in a cinch.
Photo: Oxmoor House/MyRecipes
August 16th, 2012