20 Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

Simple, vegetarian Thai green curry recipe featuring asparagus, carrots and spinach! cookieandkate.com

Good morning! I’m sipping from a giant mug of coffee with Cookie curled up on my feet, so we’re off to a good start. Today, I thought I’d share a collection of my favorite recipes that are both vegetarian (as always) and gluten free. These are the kinds of dinners that we make at girls’ night, since two of us follow gluten-free diets and I complicate matters by being a vegetarian.

The more restrictions, the more difficult menu planning can be, but I hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration below! You’ll see rice-based dishes, like risotto and Mexican meals, some creative quinoa dinners, hearty salads, quiche and more.

I had a hard time narrowing down the options to an even twenty, so click here for my complete gluten-free category. You can always access it by hovering over ALL RECIPES in the header menu, then mousing down to DIET > GLUTEN FREE. Enjoy!

No. 1: Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables

“This was great!! Super easy and yet it also had depth of flavor. I enjoyed it very much. Served it with quinoa instead of rice!” – Sara

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Migas with Black Beans & Austin Restaurant Guide

Tex-Mex migas with crispy baked tortilla chips, like they make in Austin! Plus, a list of restaurants you can't miss on your next trip to Austin, Texas. cookieandkate.com

Well, it’s about time! It’s been six weeks since I got back from my month of endless tacos and margaritas in Austin, Texas. Full credit goes to Ali for coming up with the idea to head south with our pups for the coldest month of the year, and I’m so glad we did.

We drove down separately with our dogs as our co-pilots and our trunks rattling with kitchen supplies. I caught up with her on I-35 near Oklahoma City and flailed my arm out the window with a stupid grin on my face. After a few months of talking about going to Austin for a month, we were doing it!

migas ingredients

Ali got there first, then I showed up and popped a bottle of Champagne, which we poured over ice like thirsty ladies do. We’re both independent, single introverts who are accustomed to living alone, so I think we were both mildly apprehensive about sharing a roof for a whole month.

Fortunately, Ali is a great roommate and our only heated discussions revolved around food. Ali is the salsa queen (don’t bring jarred salsa into her house!) and she was surprised to hear me wax poetic about ketchup. It’s true, I love ketchup, but don’t get me started on baby carrots. Ali insists on lemon in her water and unabashedly adores frozen margaritas. I rank tortilla chips based on their air-pocket-to-flat-surface ratio. This is the stuff we learned about each other during fourteen happy hour sessions together.

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Tropical Mango Spring Rolls with Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Tropical mango spring rolls with avocado cilantro sauce, a fresh appetizer to serve at your spring/summer parties! - cookieandkate.com

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Finally! My friends and I resurrected our long-lost girls’ night last week. It was glorious. We have a few tiny people under our care now, so scheduling has become more challenging. I had all but given up hope on our weekly meet-ups until Alissa proposed a get-together last Monday. I offered to host, naturally, so we could have the whole place to ourselves.

mango spring roll ingredients

Six months had passed since our last ladies-only dinner, but we all remembered the drill. I’ll tell you how we do it in case you would like to start up your own, which I highly recommend! Basically, we coordinate plans in our little five-person Facebook group. In the past, we stuck to Wednesdays, which made scheduling easier. Everyone shows up roughly around our standard girls’ night dinner time (6:30-ish).

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The No. 1 Meal Planning Mistake

Sweet Potato Hummus-2

Is meal planning something you struggle with? Well you’re definitely not alone!

Whenever I talk to Stonesoup readers about their biggest cooking problems, meal planning it always near the top of the list.

Last minute changes in plans and chaotic schedules are some of the most common problems. As is the fact that meal plans often ‘fall apart’ because you don’t ‘feel like’ eating what you’d planned to cook that night.

Then there were the people who struggle to come up with new ideas and feel bored with their current meal routine. And running through all this was the costly problem of wasted ingredients and leftovers going bad and having to be thrown out.

Sound familiar?

What IS the No. 1 Meal Planning Mistake?

In a nutshell, it’s deciding what you’re going to cook in advance and then building your shopping list around that plan.

Having a list of set recipes or dishes is problematic for a number of reasons. First, it takes a lot of time to figure it all out in advance. But the biggest problem is the lack of flexibility to cope with the changes that naturally come up with modern life.

It’s nearly impossible to predict that Wednesday is going to be the coldest February day on record and you’ll be craving a comforting bowl of soup, rather than the cool & light salad you had in the meal plan.

No wonder meal plans tend to get broken.

How Do I Avoid This Mistake?

You just need to learn how to ‘reverse’ the process.

It may sound a little scary, but in practice it’s a really liberating way of approaching meal planning. And it’s actually much quicker and easier than traditional meal planning.

Shopping and cooking this way, based on what looks best, is a skill that anyone can learn which is why I wrote the ‘2-Minute Meal Plan’.

Speaking of which…

2 Minute Meal Plan eCookbook

It’s actually been 3 years since I first released the 2-Minute Meal Plan eBook. It’s easily the most unusual book that I’ve ever written in that it’s all about showing you the easiest way to ‘reverse’ your meal plan and cook with the ingredients you have on hand using ‘template recipes’.

This frees you from the constraints of shopping lists and traditional recipes while providing the support you need to get healthy meals on the table with minimum fuss or effort.

For more details go to:
www.thestonesoupshop.com/2mmp/

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Sweet Potato Hummus + Lamb Cutlets

Fergal just loves sweet potato so I find myself roasting up a batch pretty much every week. A nice side effect is that we often have roast sweet potato in the fridge which I’m finding makes it way into my cooking more and more! See below for tips for the easiest way to roast sweet potato.

enough for: 2
takes: 15 minutes
1 teaspoon each ground cumin, chilli, coriander & smoked paprika
6-8 lamb cutlets or other chops
250g roast sweet potato
2 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, peeled
green salad, to serve
big handful cherry tomatoes, halved

1. Combine spices with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl. Season generously then toss in the lamb cutlets and allow to marinate for as long as you’ve got (if more than an hour cover and refrigerate).

2. For the hummus, whizz sweet potato, tahini, lemon and garlic in a food processor until you have a smooth paste or smash everything together with a fork. Taste and season with salt and maybe extra lemon or tahini.

3. Heat a frying pan or your BBQ on a medium high heat. Add lamb and cook for 3-4 minutes.

4. Turn the lamb and add the tomatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until you’re happy.

5. To serve divide sweet potato hummus between two plates. Top with lamb and tomatoes and serve salad on the side.

Variations

to roast sweet potato – pop whole sweet potato (scrubbed but not peeled) on a baking tray. Roast in the oven 200C for about 45-60 minutes or until tender.

no roast sweet potato – use a drained can of chickpeas or white beans.

different spices
– if you don’t have all of the spices just use any combo of the above – you want about 4 teaspoons or less. Or just use 1 teaspoon of the chilli.

vegetarian – pan fry the tomatoes with the spiced oil and serve a fried egg or two with the hummus with the spicy tomatoes on top.

vegan – replace lamb with field or portabello mushrooms. Marinate and cook as per the lamb might take a little longer. Sliced eggplant steaks are another great alternative.

not tomato season – skip them or use semi dried tomatoes.

lamb alternatives – try a good old steak, pork chops or even salmon fillets. The spices are also great with good quality sausages.

Big love,
Jules x

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11 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

Looking for more meatless recipes? Find my go-to vegetarian cookbooks here! cookieandkate.com

I have the best job in the world—this food blogging gig—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Juggling taxes on top of the usual grocery shopping, recipe testing and subsequent kitchen cleaning, photo editing, writing, bookkeeping, web design, contract negotiations and general communications… has been a bit much this week. Wine me, please.

I thought I’d share a collection of my favorite cookbooks today since I’m often asked for cookbook recommendations. These are the cookbooks that keep me inspired; the books I reach for again and again. About half are strictly vegetarian, several are vegan and a few feature some meaty recipes in between their (mostly) meatless pages. Basically, these are the cookbooks that this vegetarian finds most helpful. What are yours?!

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Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Reset with this colorful beet, carrot and edamame salad - cookieandkate.com

Man alive, yesterday was not my day. I stayed up too late the night before (will I ever learn?) and told myself I’d hit the ground running in the morning anyway. Ha. I ate lasagna for breakfast, forgot several important items on my grocery list and fell over in yoga class. More than once. Maybe it was a normal day after all.

spinach and cilantro vinaigrette

I managed to piece together this mega colorful beet salad with ingredients from the store and some substitutions based on what I had at home.

The original recipe called for two beets instead of one beet and one carrot and chopped mint instead of cilantro. I also toasted the nuts (it’s a pain, but adds so much flavor!) and tinkered with the dressing a bit, too (typical).

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Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Reset with this colorful beet, carrot and edamame salad - cookieandkate.com

Man alive, yesterday was not my day. I stayed up too late the night before (will I ever learn?) and told myself I’d hit the ground running in the morning anyway. Ha. I ate lasagna for breakfast, forgot several important items on my grocery list and fell over in yoga class. More than once. Maybe it was a normal day after all.

spinach and cilantro vinaigrette

I managed to piece together this mega colorful beet salad with ingredients from the store and some substitutions based on what I had at home.

The original recipe called for two beets instead of one beet and one carrot and chopped mint instead of cilantro. I also toasted the nuts (it’s a pain, but adds so much flavor!) and tinkered with the dressing a bit, too (typical).

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Maple-Sweetened Banana Muffins

Healthy banana muffins recipe (whole grains, naturally sweetened and so good!) - cookieandkate.com

Can anyone tell that I got a new camera? Bueller? Bueller? Is that a no? Well, that’s ok. I can and I’m thrilled about it! I bought my old camera during my last year of college and it was the best investment I ever made.

Eight years and 88,000 (that’s eighty-eight thousand!) photographs later, it was time to upgrade. (If you want to geek out with me for a second, I’m now using the Nikon D750 with a 50mm f1.8G lens.)

mashed banana

New cameras are serious business. I researched all the cameras and lenses out there, compared prices, added cameras to my cart, deleted them from my cart, and after months of deliberation and saving up, finally pulled the trigger. Then I obsessively hit refresh on my UPS tracking code until it arrived and opened the door to greet my new camera with first date-like butterflies in my stomach.

Did I make the right decision? What if it doesn’t feel right? What if I should have gone with a Canon this time? I was all nervous when I opened the boxes and Cookie was, like, whatever lady, you get a lot of boxes in the mail.

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What’s in Season? April Produce

Learn what to do with April fruits and vegetables! Find recipes, preparation tips and more. cookieandkate.com

Hello, April! Bring on the watermelon. (Ha, sorry, produce joke.) These seasonal produce guides are getting tricky because local spring produce is slowly becoming available depending on your location. Think of these guides as broad indicators of what’s in season and shop accordingly. Before we get to the produce, here are a few links I’ve been meaning to share:

Podcast! I recently chatted with sweet Marly about becoming a full-time blogger and she made a podcast out of it. I had a cold and said some dumb stuff about shoes, which she may or may not have included in the final cut. I couldn’t tell you since I’m too sissy to listen to it.

Food photography guides! I wrote some guides for eBay: food photography gear recommendations, as well as finding your style/shopping for props and lastly, how to put it all together and emulate three popular food photo styles. Whether you’re a food blogger or an aspiring food photographer or just plain curious, please check them out!

Easter! If you’re looking for recipes, I think you’ll find quite a few Easter-appropriate recipes over here. A few of my top picks: baked asparagus frittata, green goddess hummus, Greek broccoli salad, lemon-parsley bean salad and last but not least, spring pea and asparagus pasta.

Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. You can download her free screensaver for April produce over here. For more seasonal inspiration, follow my boards on Pinterest!

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