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Gluten Free Meal Ideas

Cooking simple, naturally gluten free meals when transitioning to a gluten free life can be a great way to get started. Discover numerous meal ideas for natural gluten free products that can be purchased at most grocery stores.

Breakfast
Drinks - juice, milk, coffee, tea,
Main Course
scrambled eggs, omelets, ham, bacon, sausage, gluten free oatmeal, Gluten Free Chex Cereal, hardboiled egg
Side Dish
- banana, grape fruit, yogurt

Most grocery stores now carry gluten free Bisquick. Use this gluten free mix for easy, great tasting pancakes, biscuits and waffles. Check out tasty gluten free Bisquick recipes.

Lunch
Drinks -
lemonade, carbonated drinks, iced tea
Main Course
salad, fried rice, white rice with vegetables, lettuce wraps, Amy’s Gluten Free Frozen Meals
Side Dish
fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, celery with peanut butter, cheese, veggies with hummus, hardboiled egg, cottage cheese, sliced apple with almond butter
Snack
Kraft’s JELL-O, nuts, raisins, dried fruit, trail mix, chips

Be careful of dressings – Most vinaigrettes are gluten free, but be sure to check closely. All of Kraft’s dressing will clearly state if wheat, barley, rye or oats are included.

Dinner
Drinks
milk, wine
Main Course -
hamburger, pork chops, steak, grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken kabobs, slow-cooked roast beef, ham, turkey, fish, tacos w/ corn tortillas or shells
Side Dish –
rice, baked potatoes, beans, quinoa, asparagus, green beans, corn, corn tortilla chips and salsa, rice noodles
Dessert –
fresh fruit, popcorn, popsicles, Kraft’s pudding

Be careful of marinades and seasonings – Many marinades and seasonings include gluten, and if you’re not comfortable reading ingredients yet then purchase Kraft’s products. All Kraft’s products will clearly state if wheat, barley, rye or oats are included.

Double recipes – If you don’t have time to cook, then simply double your recipes when you have the opportunity to cook. Store the leftovers in individual, easy-to-grab sealed containers for lunch. This will help you save time, money and prevent an empty stomach or reduce your risk of being glutened.

Be prepared – I keep dried fruit, nuts, and gluten free instant oatmeal packets at my desk for a convenient snack or meal. Thankfully, I have the opportunity to cook dinner most nights, so my family and I usually have plenty of leftovers in the fridge and freezer to eat during the week.

BACKUPS – Keep a back up gluten free frozen meal at work – just in case you happen to forget your lunch. Always keep a gluten free granola bar in your purse or car, just in case all else fails.

Getting Started
Learn more great tips and advice for transitioning to a gluten free life.

Gluten Free Main Meals Recipes
Check out tasty gluten free meal recipes your whole family will enjoy.

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Truly one of my all time favorite recipes! The main reason I always make several loaves of this Pumpkin Bread is because it freezes so well. I can keep it in my freezer for several weeks and then simply set the loaf out on the counter to thaw for breakfast the night before. This delicious gluten free bread tastes as moist and fresh as the day I made it.

This recipe works great with three-2lb loaf disposable aluminum pans.  These pans are easy to give away, freeze and reuse.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 2-3 loaves

Ingredients
3 ½ cups ‘King Arthur Flour’ multipurpose gluten free flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups Libby’s pumpkin puree
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour 3 bread pans.
2. In large bowl, add all dry ingredients, mix well.
3. Add all other ingredients, mix until smooth and creamy.
4. Bake in preheated over for 1 hour or until toothpick poked in the middle of each loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pan. Enjoy!

I usually end up giving away the other two loaves, because otherwise I will eat all them all myself. This recipe truly is too delicious.

Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
This delicious, easy recipe makes a great breakfast and is easy to travel with.

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake
What’s better than fresh strawberries, whip cream and a sweet, moist shortcake underneath?

Cranberry Pecan Gluten Free Coffee Cake

This recipe is a family favorite for our Christmas morning breakfast, and can be enjoyed for breakfast or snack for any event.

Prep Time:  10 min
Cook Time:  40 min
Yields 12

Ingredients
Cake
3 eggs
4 Tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 (15oz) package Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Streusel
1 Tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1/4 cup Gluten Free Bisquick
3/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9-inch spring form pan.
2.  In large bowl, add eggs, 4 tablespoons margarine and sugar. Stir together until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the milk, cake mix, flour and vanilla. Mix together until well combined, about 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. In small bowl, add 1 Tablespoon margarine and Gluten Free Bisquick, stir well. Add cranberries and pecans to mixture, stir until well mixed. Spoon the mixture on top of batter.
4. Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy! Store the coffee cake in an air tight container to keep nice and moist.

This recipe can also be used to make 24 regular muffins. Simply use regular size paper cups in two 12 cup muffin pans, and follow instructions included above. If you are short on time; replace the streusel with any gluten free granola of your choice. Enjoy!

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
This moist, rich pumpkin bread is truly one of the best gluten free recipes around.

Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
This delicious, easy recipe makes a great breakfast and is easy to travel with.

Easy Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese cookies are one of my families favorites! The cookies stay soft and moist for days… if there are any left.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yields 32 cookies

Ingredients
1 (15oz) gluten free cake mix
1 (80z) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 (16oz) cream cheese frosting

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. In large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Blend in egg and vanilla. Gradually add cake mix to batter, combine until well-blended. Scoop rounded teaspoon sizes onto greased baking sheet.
3. Bake on top rack for 9-11 minutes, until edges are golden brown.

4. Let cookies set on hot pan for 5 min before transferring to wire rack. Cool on wire rack.
5. Once cookies are completely cool; frost with cream cheese frosting of your choice, and decorate with sprinkles.

I prefer homemade cream cheese frosting or Duncan Hines’ Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese Frosting with these cookies. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Frosting
This cream cheese frosting goes great with Easy Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies.

Flourless Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Check out this rich, tasty chocolate cake; even your gluten-eating friends will want this recipe!

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 10 min
Chill Time: 1 hour
Makes enough for 48 cookies

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 stick butter (6 Tbs), softened
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 – 3 Tbs half & half

Directions
1. In medium size bowl, mix together powder sugar, vanilla, butter and cream cheese.
2. Gradually add half & half to mixture until there is a rich, smooth consistency. 3. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or until needed.

◊ If you don’t have any half & half  at home don’t worry. Half & half can be substituted with milk for this recipe.

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies
Easy gluten free cream cheese frosting taste great with these soft, easy to make cookies.

Delectable Gluten Free Chocolate Dessert
Check out this simple chocolate dessert the whole family will enjoy.