If you are a newly diagnosed coeliac, intolerant to gluten or allergic to dairy/milk, sometimes it can be quite daunting trying to think of healthy, nutritious and tasty meals every night of the week. Especially if you are the one having to cook for other people – family, friends, children etc! Cooking is something that I have come to really enjoy spending time doing over the last couple of years (throw back to 3 years ago you wouldn’t believe that I struggled to even make beans on toast!). Whilst I was at university I pretty much lived off gluten free toast, pasta or oven chips!
If you would like some gluten and dairy free meal inspiration, (thats not just salad!) or just to have a nosey at some of the meals I cook for my myself and my boyfriend, then you are in the right place! I Hope this gives you some ideas 🙂 Pretty much everything in this post is quick and easy to make and can be prepared in the evening after work without too much hassle.
Ok, I know I said pasta was a Uni days type of food but I still love making different variations! Here are some of the gluten free pasta dishes I make (I always pick up the supermarkets own gluten free pasta which can be found in most UK supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Aldi, Morrisons and Asda):
I absolutely love pesto, and this Sacla version is freefrom gluten, wheat and dairy so perfect for me! My favourite combination is to mix the pasta with fried mushrooms, broccoli, peas and dairy free cheese (to keep the meal vegan). It’s also nice mixed with chicken or bacon as a non vegan option.
Tomato pasta bake
This pasta bake is made using a homemade tomato pasta sauce (passata, chopped tomatoes, onions, olive oil, garlic and some mixed herbs) and mixed with peppers, broccoli, peas, sweetcorn and chicken and lots of black pepper.
Homemade meatballs with spaghetti
Another pasta dish I like to make is homemade meatballs, which are made by combining lamb or beef mince with chopped fried onions, a beaten egg, lots of herbs, salt and pepper. They are then rolled into balls and fried (or oven cooked) and served with gluten free spaghetti, homemade tomato sauce, salad and dairy free cheese.
Not all sausages are gluten free so be sure to check the back of the packet, normally the higher quality ones contain no gluten as they are mainly meat. I love adding sausages to my spaghetti with a homemade tomato sauce.
This is basically just a Spaghetti Bolognese but with gluten free pasta shells instead of spaghetti and Tesco’s gluten free garlic bread which can be found in the Free From section of the freezers! One of my favourite quick and easy meals.
Another easy meal to make which always goes down well with friends and family is beef chilli. To make my chilli I brown off the beef mince, drain and then add chopped tomatoes, passata, kidney beans, sweetcorn, green pepper, basil, mixed herbs and chilli flakes. This can then be cooked in the oven for 45 minutes and served with rice, gluten free tortilla chips and smashed avocado or any other sides of your choice. This meal is perfect to make in advance and eat the following day.
Fajita nights are a frequent occurrence in our house as they are super quick and easy to make but taste great. To make my fajitas I fry chopped chicken with sliced peppers, onions and fajita seasoning (be sure to check the back of the packet to make sure this is gluten free!). These are great with gluten free wraps (I used the Bfree Quinoa and Chia seed wraps) with lettuce, salsa, dairy free cheese (Violife is my favourite!) and smashed avocado!
For a healthier or less filling alternative why not try using lettuce wraps instead.
Tesco have recently started selling fresh gluten free stir fry sauces which are amazing! My favourite is the plum & hoison flavour. My stir fry’s differ each time depending on what the supermarket has in stock or what we have in the fridge but I generally tend to add lots of vegetables, rice noodles or rice and chicken. A delicious quick and healthy meal which can also be served with prawn crackers.
I’m really enjoying meals with fish at the moment – I mainly use salmon, haddock or cod and tend to cook this in the oven with some lemon slices and pepper for flavouring. I will serve this with a mixture of new potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad or rice. Super healthy and delicious and all naturally gluten and dairy free!
Who doesn’t love a Sunday roast?! They are so easy to make gluten and dairy free and amazing served with sausages and bacon! My favourite roast dinner extra is my Mum’s famous cauliflower with bacon, gluten free breadcrumbs and dairy free butter all combined and cooked in the oven with lots of herbs and black pepper – delicious!
Tip for crispy potatoes: Always parr boil them first for 5-10 minutes and then cook in the oven with a little olive oil!
GOSH Freefrom Bakes
I recently tried the freefrom range by GOSH and was pleasantly surprised! All of their bakes are gluten and dairy free and taste amazing! Pictured below is the Mushroom, lentil and butter bean burgers which I had with corn on the cob, salad, hummus and gluten free Focaccia which I picked up in Tesco.
Talking of burgers, I love these Georgia’s Choice Mexican bean bakes which can be picked up from the frozen section in Sainsburys and various other supermarkets. These are also suitable for vegans and great served with salad and rice.
Tesco Spicy Bean Burgers
Another bean burger which I love are the Tesco Vegetarian Kitchen Spicy Bean burgers. These aren’t actually located in the gluten free section, (They are in the vegetarian fridge section) so not many people realise they are gluten free until you look at the ingredients! I serve these with either homemade potato wedges or new potatoes and salad.
Cooked chicken with stuffed peppers
Another favourite meal of mine at the moment is buying a whole chicken (which will last us for 2 days) and serving this with stuffed peppers (made with a sachet of uncle ben’s Mexican rice – double check the packet is gluten free before eating!), corn on the cob, salad and Tesco’s gluten and dairy free garlic bread or dough balls. If you haven’t tried the dough balls, you are missing out! – They are insane!
Chicken, bacon and avocado salad
I’m not a huge salad person as I find that they don’t tend to fill me up very much, however I love this combination and having chicken, bacon and avocado is pretty filling! I like to dress my salad with lemon juice and a little bit of extra virgin olive oil.
You could also add some crispy new potatoes for extra carbs!
Tuna and Sweet potato salad
Another salad that I have been enjoying combines a tin of tuna with oven cooked sweet potato squares. A delicious combination which is perfect in the summer months!
Homemade gluten free breaded chicken
To make my homemade gluten free breaded chicken I simply pop a few slices of gluten free white bread in my food processor until it forms breadcrumbs. I then cut up raw chicken and firstly coat in flour, secondly coat in beaten egg and thirdly coat in the breadcrumbs. They can they be cooked in the oven or fried and taste delicious! Perfect served with salad and homemade sweet potato wedges. They are also a much healthier alternative to shop brought breaded chicken!
A gluten and dairy free alternative to normal pizza are these homemade pizza wraps made using the Newburn Bakehouse freefrom white wraps and topping with Violife dairy free cheese, pizza sauce and any toppings of your choice.
I made this pizza using the Deliciously Alchemy bread mix as the base and adding violife dairy free cheese and other toppings. To see my review of Deliciously Alchemy please click here.
Sausages, mash and beans
An easy classic which can very easily be made gluten and dairy free too – Just make sure to check the back of the sausages packet to ensure they are gluten free! My homemade mashed potato is made with a splash of almond milk and dairy free butter – Super creamy and delicious.
Sometimes just a plain old jacket potato is quite enjoyable for me. My favourite filling is tuna mayonaise with sweet corn and salad however I also love to add beans and dairy free cheese!
This is one of those ‘chuck everything from the fridge in’ kind of dinners. We like to combine potatoes, sweet potatoes, chorizo, herbs, a fried egg, sweetcorn and whatever else we can find in the fridge and cook it in the oven until it’s nice and crispy. The juices from the chorizo cooked in the oven make everything taste amazing!
Another classic British meal we regularly make is cottage pie which can last in the fridge for a few days – so perfect for lunch the next day too! To make my cottage pie you will need to firstly peel and chop around 6 potatoes and boil them for 30 minutes. At the same time fry 1 onion and 2 carrots until they are soft. Add beef mince and fry until this is brown. Drain the mince and add 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of tomato puree and gluten free beef stock. Add herbs, salt, pepper and leave to simmer. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain and mash. Assemble your cottage pie in a dish and cook for 40 minutes. If you are not going for a dairy free option, it’s also tasty with cheese on the top.
Homemade burgers and chips
Burgers and chips doesn’t have to be ridiculously unhealthy! I made these burgers by simply combining beef mince with a beaten egg, onion and rolling into burger shapes. These can then be cooked in the oven or fried. The potato wedges are made by chopping potatoes into wedge shapes and parr boiling for 10 minutes before cooking in the oven with a little coconut oil, salt and pepper. I also prefer to use lettuce leave as the burger bun as I find that bread can be a little filling.
Clean Eating Alice’s lemon and pineapple chicken!
One of my favourite recipes from the Clean Eating Alice cookbook is this lemon and pineapple chicken which is simply made by marinating chicken in lemon juice, smashed up pineapple, olive oil and herbs and cooking in the oven. I served mine with new potatoes, broccoli and spinach. A delicious and healthy meal gluten and dairy free meal!
So there you have it, lots and lots of gluten and dairy free meal inspiration made in my kitchen over the past few months! They might not be the prettiest of pictures but I love all of the meals. I really hope this has provided you with some ideas if you are struggling! 🙂