My nephew suffers from Celiac’s disease. His family has adjusted over the last couple years to learn about going gluten-free and what they can and can’t eat, but with three other kids to feed and the complications of managing life, they’ve seemed to fall into a rut of making the same four or five things over and over again.
His mom, my sister-in-law, asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had any ideas for some gluten-free dinners and so I’ve scoured the web for some delicious and relatively simple recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers to help her and the many others of you out there who can’t or simply don’t eat gluten.
Many of these are naturally gluten-free, meaning they don’t use hard-to-find ingredient substitutes. They are recipes that wouldn’t typically call for those things anyway, and most of them are, more or less, kid-friendly depending on your child’s taste but could easily be adjusted to suit your needs or if nothing else offer some inspiration for what dinner tonight could look like.
1. Add some steamed rice and this Kung Pao Chicken from Heather Christo Cooks makes take-out look much less appealing. You can scale back the chiles if it seems too spicy for the kiddos.
2. It has been my experience that kids will eat anything on a stick and again you can omit the chili-garlic paste and use a couple cloves of minced garlic instead if you are worried about the spice. Chili Garlic Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Sauce from How Sweet Eats.
3. A lot of Mexican food is naturally gluten-free! These Vegetable and Bean Tostadas from Love and Olive Oil give instructions for frying your own tostadas but you can buy them too if you are short on time.
4. My sister-in-law specifically asked about a good pizza recipe and this Gluten-Free Pizza from Gluten Free Girl is the easiest one I’ve found.
5. What kid can resist? Easy Stovetop Gluten Free Mac and Cheese from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring
6. Nothing is more comforting in the winter than chili and this White Bean, Poblano, and Chicken Chili from Salt and Wind could easily be made in the Crock Pot and ready to eat when you get home from a busy day.
7. Get your family excited about fish with this super simple Poached Salmon from Simply Recipes.
8. Roasted Potato, White Carrot, and Garlic Soup from Tasty Yummies may not be an obvious choice for the preschool set but it’s creamy texture is irresistible, plus you can add bacon.
9. Roasted chicken should be on your winter dinner rotation whether you are gluten-free or not and this Roasted Chicken with Citrus from The View from Great Island is simple and gorgeous. Add mashed potatoes and a salad for a drool-worthy dinner.
10. Three ingredient Clams with White Wine from Weelicious is the definition of simple and if you don’t believe kids would eat this, just look at that face (gluten-free pasta optional).