Gluten-Free Recipes for the Perfect Party or Weekday Night

Jan 17, 2018

Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

by Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

Often, when patients visit our physical therapy clinics, they ask if there are certain diets and recipes we recommend. A popular diet of late is gluten-free. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and are going gluten-free, it can be overwhelming to discover the list of items you’re no longer allowed to eat and it may seem impossible to come up with recipes.
We rounded up some highly-rated recipes for appetizers, entrees, and desserts (and we tried them to be extra sure they were good). In each category, we’ve included options for something healthy, classic, and wow-inducing. Make these for yourself on a weeknight or round up a few options and invite friends over for a party. Your new gluten-free diet doesn’t need to be limiting!
*A word of warning. Keeping a gluten-free diet, whether by preference, allergy, sensitivity, or necessity — can be a battle. Make sure you’re reading every label before you add an item — condiments like soy sauce and mustard can be particularly misleading — to a meal. Often, gluten-free alternatives are offered, you just may have to look a little harder. If you have Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity, you should also read up about keeping a gluten-free kitchen.
Appetizers
Healthy: Pair hummus with a heaping plate of a variety of veggies. Jump on the bandwagon and use a dehydrator or oven to craft a variety of flavor options for kale chips. Or, roast up chickpeas in flavors from ranch to honey cinnamon.
Classic: Guacamole with corn tortilla chips, loaded baked potatoes, and chicken satay are great options if you have a few picky eaters.
Wow Factor: A cheese plate is always a winner. Make sure you add a variety of cheese options and different textures and flavors to compliment the cheese, like honey, grainy mustard, olives, and berries. A list of gluten-free crackers can be found here, or if you’re missing crusty bread, this bread comes highly recommended. Pair with these beef teriyaki crisps.
Entrees
Healthy: Try out this crispy coconut salmon with rice or this healthy spin on chicken piccata — pick the potato option to serve with instead of pasta.
Classic: These pork chops with apples and mashed potatoes or these carne asada tacos are bound to please.
Wow Factor: It’ll take you a few hours, but Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon is the ultimate party pleaser, just make sure you sub the trace amount of flour for a gluten-free alternative. Or, try your hand at this braised Moroccan chicken with olives — serve with rice instead of couscous.
Desserts
Healthy: Make this healthy take on a banana split — check the ice cream before purchasing — or this chocolate mousse made with olive oil.
Classic: Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies — a classic combo — or a light and airy angel food cake paired with berries.
Wow Factor: Opt for a flourless chocolate torte — we recommend adding some sea salt to the top when you pull it out of the oven — or these almond cloud cookies.
If you make one of these recipes — or all — let us know, we’d love to hear about it. If you’re looking for help managing pain and getting back to a sport through physical therapy, start by setting up an appointment with us!

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