Just because you give up gluten doesn’t mean you have to give up all your favorite foods in the process. In our new book Weeknight Gluten-Free, author Kristine Kidd shows how a few creative spins can turn classic wheat-based dishes into great-tasting gluten-free fare (think crushed tortilla chips coating crispy “fried” chicken). Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best quick, simple dishes from the book to please everyone at the table.
|Polenta, Fried Eggs, Greens and Blistered Tomatoes
This vegetarian dish starring creamy polenta and sweet cherry tomatoes proves that eggs can make a delicious and satisfying dinner.
|Crisp Socca with Burrata, Greens and Olive Dressing
Socca, a chickpea-based flatbread, makes a wonderful base for creamy burrata cheese in this impressive dish.
|Penne with Walnut Pesto and Peas
Give up pasta? No way. There are plenty of great gluten-free pastas available now, and topped with basil pesto and spring peas, this bright bowl doesn’t skimp on flavor.
|Grilled Salmon and Red Onions with Nectarine Salsa
A mix of fruits, vegetables, herbs and seafood needs little embellishment (or wheat) to shine. This dish shows off sweet, juicy nectarines and rich Alaskan salmon at their simplest.
|Grilled Chicken Breasts with Salsa Verde and White Beans
All-purpose salsa verde is wonderful on poultry, seafood and gluten-free pasta, so make an extra batch. You can also wrap this whole dish in a corn tortilla to create easy vegetarian tacos.
|Oven “Fried” Chicken with Baby Spinach Salad
In this genius recipe, finely ground gluten-free tortilla chips make a crunchy coating for chicken. Also, high-heat roasting produces moist, flavorful meat without the mess of frying.
|Lamb Burgers with Mint Greek Salad Topping
With a mild flavor and hearty texture, quinoa is a gluten-free cook’s secret weapon. Here, a mint-scented version stands in for a bun to absorb the yummy flavors of a lamb burger.
|Chinese-Style Peanut Noodles with Seared Beef
This quick noodle bowl uses gluten-free spaghetti and tamari for a mix of bold flavors. You an also substitute chicken for the beef, if you like.
|Sauteed Pork Chops with Kale Salad
A honey-mustard vinaigrette lends bright flavors to the meat and salad in this recipe. Serve with baked or mashed sweet potatoes, a healthy gluten-free starch.
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