There’s a line up of easy and delicious dinner recipes in this week’s gluten-free meal plan. The filet mignon, French bread rolls, chopped veggie salad, and angel food cupcakes would all be wonderful for a Father’s Day meal. Personally, we’ll be eating grilled burgers, homemade coleslaw, and lemon huckleberry trifle.
I have a son with a gum intolerance (xanthan, guar, or any other kind), and I will be experimenting with using agar agar as a substitute in my yellow cake (for the trifle). I’ve learned that psyllium husk does not work great in cakes. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Filet Mignon – I can get nervous when cooking expensive cuts of meat like filet mignon, but it’s really not difficult to cook it properly. Because this is a thick cut, the outside needs to be seared first, then you need to let it cook without overdoing the outside. This recipe uses a skillet for the first step, and then the oven. You could do the same thing with a grill by searing it over a flame, then moving it to a part of the grill that is not right above a flame. It’s a great treat for Father’s Day!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetables – This recipe is really easy, and since it’s made in a crock pot, it’s great for summer. You could even move your slow cooker to a porch or garage. If you get a large enough chicken (that fits your crock), you will have leftovers for a second dinner.
Mexican Casserole – My family always enjoys this tasty casserole that uses leftover chicken. It uses enchilada sauce, which isn’t always gluten free. So be sure to look for a gf brand, or make your own.
Skillet Beef and Zoodles – Zucchini noodles are a great way to cut carbs, but you could serve this beef recipe over rice or pasta if you prefer. This is a simple buy tasty stovetop recipe.
Spaghetti with Meatballs – I prefer baking meatballs because it’s so easy and less messy, but if you don’t want to turn on your oven, you could cook them in a skillet. I always make a double batch and freeze the extras after they cook.
Chopped Veggie Salad – This is one of my favorite summer recipes. It’s fresh, flavorful, and colorful!
French Bread Rolls – These rolls are just as good as my French bread loaf, but they’re easier to make. They go great with a lot of meals for a special treat. They have a hard crust, which is typical of French bread.
Buckwheat Pancakes – Buckwheat is gluten-free, but be sure it’s only buckwheat flour and not mixed with wheat flour. If you’re a fan of pancakes and make them regularly, this is a great way to switch things up.
Blueberry Coconut Muffins – These delicious muffins are made with coconut flour and are grain free and paleo.
Angel Food Cupcakes – This recipe only uses 6 eggs instead of the 12 needed for an angel food cake, and they’re a bit easier to make since you don’t need to have a special pan and invert it after baking. These cupcakes would be great for 4th of July. I have successfully made them without xanthan gum or psyllium husk. The egg whites hold them together.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Fresh picked strawberries are delicious by themselves, but they’re amazing when you dip them in chocolate. Making chocolate covered strawberries is really quite easy, so don’t let that stop you.