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Gluten-free recipe ideas for everyone

A Greek salad can be enjoyed by everyone.

You don't have to create two meals (one 'regular', one gluten-free) everytime you prepare meals for those who have various diets. With a little creativity, and using a buffet mentality (letting people chose some ingredients) mealtime can be easier than you might think.

Start with a basic like gluten-free pasta. (Brands that contain a combination of brown rice, quinoa, and amaranth are especially nutritious.) Adding a gluten-free tomato sauce or alfredo sauce (or half-and-half of each), with small side dishes of steamed veggies, leftover cooked chicken, or some browned ground beef provide lots of options for everyone and a variety of diets.

The same variety can be done when turning a salad into a dinner entree. Keeping a variety of ingredients on hand (as well as some hard boiled eggs, lean deli meats in the fridge and cans of beans in the pantry) means something for everyone.

Sometimes, just adding a great loaf of bread on the side (for those who can eat it), is enough to make a gluten-free meal enjoyable for those who are not. Take a great Greek Salad as an example, the website of The Garden Grazer (aka Kaitlin) has an easy recipe. (for directions see:

The ingredients are nutritious, affordable, and delicious:

1 hothouse cucumber
4-5 ripe roma tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
1 small red onion
15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
Optional: olives, feta, pepperoncini

{For the dressing}
3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. salt

Also, this recipe makes an easy 'covered dish' to bring to summer parties and barbecues. Let's all enjoy a meal together!

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