24 Quick and Easy Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten sensitivities are becoming more and more prevalent today. Maybe you notice a restaurant advertising ‘gluten-free’ options or a ‘G’ next to some items on a menu. Gluten is an umbrella term for a protein found in yeast, barely, wheat, rye, etc. Gluten gives shape and texture to many food items, more than you might think. Some might have an intolerance or sensitivity to it, while others might have Celiac Disease (an autoimmune reaction to gluten). Some do not have an allergy and remove it from their diet for health benefits. Either way, following a gluten-free diet can be tricky and require extensive research, especially when dining out. 

As a Celiac patient myself and one who hates to cook, this new lifestyle change sure does include a lot of at-home cooking and creativity. This list of recipes includes gluten-free (and usually also vegan!), quick, easy, and for when you can’t just grab any ol’ snack out of the cabinet to munch on. 

1. Pesto Potato Salad 

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Potatoes are a great gluten-free option because they are extremely versatile. They can either be the star of the show or created as a side dish. I love that this dish isn’t heavy because it doesn’t use mayonnaise as its base. Fresh pesto, basil, and lemon make this a beautifully bright dish fit for spring. Get the recipe here.

2. Garlic Sesame Noodles

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I love this recipe and have made it on numerous occasions. Rice noodles are a great alternative to wheat noodles and make for a delicious and healthy noodle dish. Sesame oil and rice vinegar make for bold flavors, which we love to see in gluten-free recipes! Try adding different vegetables or tofu to spice things up. Get the recipe here.

3. Matcha Latte Chia Pudding

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Chia pudding is a healthy and quick breakfast or snack recipe that can be customized however you like. I enjoy this recipe because it allows me to make as much or as little as I want. And who doesn’t love matcha these days? Seep the seeds overnight in your favorite milk or water and add your sweeteners and matcha powder. It’s lightly creamy, satisfies your hunger, and gives you that sweet matcha flavoring you know. Get the recipe here.

4. Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad

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Quinoa is a grain that is gaining more and more popularity. It holds more nutrients and adds density to your salad. Simple and quick ingredients make this a colorful spring recipe that you can customize and make ahead of time. Cilantro, lime, and garlic make for a fresh dressing. I love that you can add beans or vegetables to your liking. Get the recipe here.

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5. Lentil Taco Filling

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Because a typical ground beef taco filling might have taco seasoning made with gluten (yes, even seasonings have gluten!), lentils are a great alternative to get that same texture without the gluten. It’s great because you can make this recipe in under 15 minutes! With essential ingredients, this lentil and cauliflower dish will be a go-to for future dinners! Get the recipe here.

6. Cucumber Salad

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I love Primal Kitchen products and recipes. They’re certified gluten-free, amongst many other things, such as cage-free eggs and keto-certified. I love this change in side salads because it’s not traditional. A fresh, green, and crispy salad will brighten the table. Cucumber mixed with creamy mayonnaise and fresh dill make a great summer salad.  Get the recipe here.

7. Creamy Chickpeas

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Who doesn’t love chickpeas? I know I do because they pack so much protein and flavor and are great for gluten-free and vegan recipes. This dish can be made in 20 minutes and can be served over quinoa, salads, rice, and gluten-free pasta. The beautiful aromas of sun-dried tomatoes and coconut milk make for an easy dinner. Get the recipe here.

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8. Greek Chicken and Rice

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I like this recipe because I enjoy marinated chicken and meats over rice. This recipe can be made in one pot, which is my favorite because it makes for easy cleanup and works great for meal preps. The marinade on this chicken is super easy, and you can let it sit for as little or as long as you want. Get the recipe here.

9. Roasted Cauliflower Soup

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I love a good soup, especially a flavorful, creamy one. All of the ingredients in this dish are healthy and full of protein. Cashews are the base of this dish, along with beans, broth, and lemon. A filling and fresh dish that is sure to wow!  Get the recipe here.

10. Green Breakfast Smoothie

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During my first months on my gluten-free diet, my go-to for nutrients and antioxidants was smoothies. The less ingredients, the better. This green smoothie is great for your breakfast routine, getting your day started and keeping you full. This recipe uses spinach, nut butter, and frozen banana, but you can use whatever you like! Get the recipe here.

11. Warm Cinnamon Apples

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There’s nothing more I love than warm cinnamon apples, no matter what the season. Fresh, crisp, and you can put it atop your favorite sweet recipes. You can use your favorite apples, some cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup for a quick and easy gluten-free snack! Get the recipe here.

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12. Lemon Lentil Soup

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Who doesn’t love a fresh hint of lemon in their dish, especially as the weather gets nicer? Here we have our trusty lentils again, making them a great fit for a brightly colored soup recipe that’s completely gluten-free. Bright hints of red lentils, corn, and lemon make for a beautiful soup with lots of flavor. Get the recipe here.

13. Lettuce Wraps

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I enjoy this healthy and gluten-free take on tacos. It’s a new approach to a typical taco and adds a different texture and flavor. You can use any meat you like, although they use beef in this recipe. I love using Asian-inspired ingredients seasoned with soy sauce (gluten-free, of course), toasted sesame oil, and rice vinegar. All that hugged in a fresh lettuce leaf makes for a new style of taco you didn’t know you could like! Get the recipe here.

14. Grilled Chicken Caprese

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I crave nothing more than a caprese salad, and thank goodness it’s gluten-free. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic make a wonderfully fresh salad. Add a grilled piece of chicken as added protein, and you have an easy, quick meal for during the week. Get the recipe here

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15. Bang Bang Tofu

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Who remembers that incredible bang bang sauce used for shrimp and tacos? Well, I sure do, and it was easily one of my favorites. Now that I’m gluten-free, finding other ways to get that nostalgic recipe back into my hands to make it at home is a must. From My Bowl uses only 12 gluten-free and vegan ingredients to create this fun snack that you can use in various ways.   Get the recipe here.

16. Burrito Bowl

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Bowls of rice with customizable toppings are some of my favorites to get my hands on because you can do so much with them, and they are typically gluten-free. This recipe is geared towards burrito ingredients, including guacamole, pico de gallo, and cilantro lime quinoa. I would love to add a protein to this to make it even more calorie-dense and full of nutrients! Get the recipe here.

17. Greek Salad

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Feta cheese? I’m in! I love a fresh summer salad with ample crunch and bold natural flavors. This recipe is so easy. It can be made with fresh veggies and seasonings you probably already have lying around the house. The onions give the most kick and make the salad come together. That, and the olives!  Get the recipe here.

18. Grilled Artichokes with Aioli Sauce

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Artichokes are an underrated vegetable, although you need to acquire a taste for them. Briny yet mild in flavor, they typically aren’t the star of the show. Whole artichokes with a simple and classic garlic aioli make for a healthy dish! Get the recipe here.

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19. Strawberry Avocado Salad

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This salad is so fresh and classic. I enjoy the blue cheese and almonds that add a nice bite to this simple spinach salad. Easily take this salad for lunch or prepare it ahead of time! Get the recipe here.

20. Overnight Oats: Strawberries and Cream

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I am stoked about this one. Oats are a tricky one when it comes to gluten-free because it depends upon what they are coated in. So when I find a recipe for oats, it’s exciting! This recipe is chock-full of fiber and protein, with the sweet notes of strawberry! Get the recipe here.

21. Quesadillas

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I love a good quesadilla, which can easily be made gluten-free by substituting flour tortillas for corn. Black beans and avocado make for a hearty meal and are easily customizable with different fillings and toppings. Get the recipe here.

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22. Pasta Salad 

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If there is one classic dish that I have loved since childhood, it is pasta salad. Just substitute regular pasta for a gluten-free variety. You can use chickpea or corn pasta instead. This recipe uses a plethora of vegetables and a simple red wine vinegar as the dressing with a few seasonings. It’s fresh and such a classic! Get the recipe here.

23. Chicken Tumeric Soup

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This recipe is great because it’s made in one pot with many vegetables and healthy spices. This soup is great because it’s packed with nutrients, and turmeric makes it a great anti-inflammatory. I love it because you can make it vegetarian or add noodles! A colorful and bright way to add a great soup for gut health to your recipes! Get the recipe here.

24. Chicken Taquitos

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I love a good Mexican dish, especially one that’s gluten-free! Corn tortillas are the perfect size and fit. With just a few simple ingredients and shredded protein, these make for a great, easy weeknight dinner with fresh and light ingredients.  Get the recipe here.

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