Gluten-free eating eliminates foods that contain wheat, rye and barley. These grains contain a protein called gluten, which can cause a host of symptoms in people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Others find that getting rid of gluten helps with digestive symptoms, weight loss, fatigue, headaches and depression. Whatever your reason for exploring a gluten-free lifestyle, get started with these five inspired meal ideas.
Grilled Chicken With Pineapple
This simple meal offers quick clean-up with the help of foil packets. You'll need:
First, combine the juice from the canned pineapple with the soy sauce and brown sugar. Set the mixture aside and cut the chicken and pineapple into 2-inch cubes. Divide the ingredients among four sheets of tin foil and add salt if desired. Fold up the edges to make a secure seal and pop the packets on the grill. Cook at six minutes on medium heat with the grill covered, then flip and cook uncovered for an additional 12 minutes. Switch up this versatile dish with your favorite veggies.
Mahi-Mahi With Lemon Butter
Take a trip to the islands with succulent grilled fish. Ingredients include:
In a large pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Season the fish with salt and pepper and cook for four to five minutes on the first side, then flip and cook for another four to five minutes until it flakes easily with a fork. Remove the fish and add the other tablespoon of olive oil. Then, saute the asparagus for four to five minutes. Remove the veggies and add the last tablespoon of butter. Let it melt, then saute garlic and red pepper for one minute. Finally, add lemon slices, lemon juice and parsley to complete the sauce, which you can use to top the mahi and asparagus for a restaurant-quality meal.
Salsa Chicken Con Queso With Rice
This five-ingredient recipe will be a winner with the whole family. You'll need:
In a 3-quart saucepan with a tight lid, cook the broth, salsa and rice on high heat, uncovered. When the mixture begins to boil, add the chicken chunks, which you can season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the mixture come back to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 12 minutes, then take off the heat and let stand for five minutes before fluffing the rice, stirring in the cheese and serving.
Avocado Tuna Salad
This lunch idea is a breeze. You'll need:
Slice the avocado lengthwise and scoop out half the flesh. Mix it with the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Scoop the tuna salad back into the avocado for a fun way to serve.
Watermelon Mint Feta Salad
This recipe makes an ideal light lunch or side. The short ingredient list includes:
Chop the watermelon in cubes or scoop it out of the rind with a melon baller. Sprinkle the fruit with the rest of the ingredients, then chill in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.