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Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Dessert: A Day's Worth of Gluten Free Recipes

Updated on April 21, 2015
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Living Gluten Free

I don't know about you, but personally I find it very difficult to live 100% gluten free. My daughter and I both have a gluten intolerance, but my husband and son do not. I struggle when it comes to buying groceries because I have to find a balance between buying foods that are gluten free and buying "normal" foods for my son and husband to eat. Lets face it, eating 100% gluten free can be a major pain in the butt, especially when specialty gluten free foods are so much more expensive, and lets face it, usually do not taste that great.

I have spent a lot of time doing research and trying to find gluten free meals that are #1, not boring, and #2, healthy. I find myself having to really plan my meals so that I am not standing in front of the cupboards before dinner, trying to figure out something healthy to make and something that everyone will like.

I have a feeling that this is a struggle that a lot of us "gluten free eaters" deal with. That is why I thought I would showcase a typical day's meals in my household, in hopes to inspire all of my readers! These recipes are super simple, which when it comes to choosing recipes, is #1 in importance in my book! They are also recipes that everyone will like!

Breakfast--The most important meal of the day!

We have all heard it a million times, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. What you eat for breakfast, usually predetermines how healthy you will eat for the rest of the day, and more importantly, how you will feel all day. This breakfast recipe for Blueberries and Bananas with Quinoa and Almonds is packed with natural protein and super foods, that are guaranteed to give you a big boost of energy! Check out the table below which shows the amazing health benefits that this meal will give you!


Blueberries and Bananas with Quinoa and Almonds

To make this meal, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 TBSP sliced almonds
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 2 tsp coconut flakes


  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions.
  2. Mix the quinoa and the maple syrup together until blended.
  3. Add the blueberries, almonds, bananas, and chia seeds, mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Super Food Nutrients

Ingredient
Nutrient
Amount
1.5 cup cooked Quinoa
Fiber
7.8g
1.5 cup cooked Quinoa
Protein
12.2g
1 TBSP chia seeds
Protein
4.7g
1 TBSP chia seeds
Magnesium
23%
1 TBSP sliced almonds
Fiber
4g
1 TBSP sliced almonds
Protein
6g
In just one meal, look at how much nutrition you are getting! Talk about natural energy!

Lunch


Raise your hand if you miss eating chicken nuggets!! I always ate them as a child, but as an adult, they are definitely seen as a less-healthy option. However, I have discovered a way to make my own version, and they are much healthier than the pre-packaged ones. And my kids absolutely love them, so bonus points for mom! It also does not take very long to make them, so they are a perfect option for lunch! Served with fruit and a vegetable, this can be a very healthy lunch!

Gluten Free and Healthier Chicken Nuggets

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Divide the olive oil, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese into separate small bowls.
  3. Cut the chicken breasts into 2 inch cubes.
  4. Dip each piece of chicken into the bowls in this order: Oil, breadcrumbs, then parmesan cheese, and then onto the baking sheet.
  5. Once all of the chicken is on the baking sheet, sprinkle the salt and pepper on the chicken.
  6. Bake the chicken nuggets for 10 minutes, then flip them over and bake for another 5-7 minutes.

Snack


Now, this time of the day can be a huge struggle for some of us. If we aren't careful, we can end up standing at the vending machine at work, or in front of the fridge at home, needing a little boost to get us through the rest of the day! Stop the madness and opt for a healthier snack, that I promise you tastes even better than any candy bar you just paid $1 for. And they are pretty much guilt-free. Take 3 minutes out of your day and make this awesome snack. You can also make a lot of them at once, meaning you'll have a guilt-free snack to last you the week, or longer!

Frozen Greek Yogurt Berries


For this recipe you will need:

  • Any flavor of greek yogurt
  • Berries of your choice, such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
  1. Dip each berry into the yogurt
  2. Freeze the berries until the yogurt has hardened.
  3. Enjoy!

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Dinner


I am a sucker for comfort foods. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese is a staple in our household, but now that we have to eat gluten free, our recipe has changed quite a bit. However, despite the change, this recipe for Chicken and Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese still fits the bill when I am yearning for some comfort food! I also feel better when I eat this because I know that I am not eating all junk and that I am getting my protein and vegetables in.

Chicken and Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese

For this recipe you will need:

  • 8 oz pasta, choose a larger pasta such as wagon wheels, bowtie, or shells. (gluten free)
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, sliced and chopped
  • 3/4 cup low fat or skim milk
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 4-6 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water.
  2. When the pasta has about 3 minutes left, add the broccoli to the boiling water.
  3. After the last 3 minutes, drain the pasta and broccoli well, then set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Pour in the milk, sun dried tomatoes and shredded cheese.
  6. Stir continuously until smooth, season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the pasta, broccoli, and shredded chicken and combine.
  8. Enjoy!

And finally....Dessert!


Now, we are not huge dessert eaters in our house, but when we eat dessert, oh baby we go all out. This recipe for Grilled Peaches with Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream was shown to me by my sister-in-law last summer and I have been hooked ever since. I feel less guilty for eating dessert when I make this because it involves fruit! I actually would never have thought to grill peaches, but wow, these are just amazing!

Grilled Peaches with Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 large, ripe peaches
  • Brown sugar, to taste
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • Olive oil
  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat, or even a George Foreman grill will work.
  2. Wash the peaches and slice them in half, removing the pit.
  3. Baste the inside of the peach with olive oil.
  4. Place the peaches face down on an open grill for about 10-12 minutes, or until they are soft (not too soft!)
  5. Transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle each peach with brown sugar.
  6. Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

If you really have a sweet tooth, you can melt butter in a bowl, and mix it with the brown sugar, and then pour it on the peaches.

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In conclusion...

I hope that these recipes have inspired you to make some really amazing meals! I also hope that they help you see that eating gluten free does not have to mean that you are depriving yourself of amazing foods! Be creative and you can create something new!

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