Do you have friends that do not like gluten in their food or they are allergic to it? Well, with these gluten-free meals, your friends will not have to miss out on delicious dishes like lasagna or steak. These gluten-free ideas are a viable dinner options for college students, family gatherings, weddings, and other occasions that are casual or formal. Here is a list of gluten-free meals to make for your friends.
Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups
The zucchini lasagna roll-ups are one of the perfect gluten-free meals to make for vegetarians and meat-lovers. This lasagna is a healthy and easy way to add more vegetables into your diet, while also reducing your gluten-intake. If you like the idea of reduced carbohydrates, then this is the perfect meal to try with friends and family. This lasagna consists of zucchini, ricotta cheese, grated parmesan, eggs, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and grated mozzarella.
The jerk chicken is a daily dose of Caribbean cuisine, which offers your taste-buds a vacation to the Caribbean. This jerk chicken consists of a bunch of green onions, cloves of garlic, a jalapeño, lime juice, extra olive oil, brown sugar, ground allspice, dried thyme, ground cinnamon, salt, chicken drumsticks and thighs, and vegetable oil (for the grill).
The Greek salad is loaded with colorful vegetables and a layer of cheese. This salad consists of grape or halved cherry tomatoes, a cucumber that are halved, halved kalamata olives, a red onion, and crumbled feta. The Greek salad dressing consists of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt, black pepper, and extra-virgin olive oil. This salad is not just a gluten-free meal, it is a vegetarian crowd-pleaser for spring.
The beef tenderloin is the perfect gluten-free meal for you if you want a mouth-watering steak. This gluten-free meal consists of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, whole grain mustard, sprigs of fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, a bay leaf, cloves of garlic, a beef tenderloin, salt, black pepper, dried rosemary, and minced garlic. The yogurt sauce for the steak consists of Greek yogurt, sour cream, horseradish, lemon juice, and salt.
The eggplant lasagna and the zucchini lasagna roll-ups are the perfect healthy and gluten-free twist to the classic lasagna. This lasagna consists of eggplants, salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, a yellow onion, oregano, marinara, whole-milk ricotta cheese, grated parmesan cheese, a large egg, chopped parsley, and shredded mozzarella. The eggplant lasagna is the perfect vegetarian lasagna, which is the perfect balance for college students and employees to enjoy.
Garlic Butter Meatballs
The garlic butter meatballs are one of the healthy and easy gluten-free meals to make that do not consist of gluten. These meatballs consist of ground chicken, garlic cloves, a beaten egg, grated parmesan (and more for garnish), chopped parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, butter, lemon juice, and a pound of gluten-free noodles. The garlic butter meatballs are a good gluten-free meal to have for a lunch or a dinner option at home or at work.
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Peppers
The spinach artichoke stuffed peppers are a good appetizer to have for casual settings like college parties and family gatherings. This once known dip has turned into a gluten-free meal for friends and family. This recipe consists of bell peppers (halved and seeded), extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, shredded rotisserie chicken (you can remove it if you are a vegetarian), a package of frozen or fresh spinach, shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan, sour cream, mayonnaise, cloves of garlic, and chopped parsley as a garnish. The spinach artichoke stuffed peppers are a good appetizer to eat on campus, at home, at a party, or at the office.
Tuscan Butter Roast Chicken
The Tuscan butter roast chicken is one of the few gluten-free meals that sounds more like a meal filled with gluten, but that is not the case. If you like chicken, this is the perfect meal for you. This chicken consists of a whole chicken, salt, pepper, halved baby potatoes, a head of broccoli cut up in florets, a red onion, cherry tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of red pepper flakes, melted butter, cloves of garlic, Italian seasoning, sliced basil, and spinach to serve as a part of the meal. The Tuscan butter chicken is a perfect meal to have as leftovers. You can turn these leftovers into a chicken salad for lunch or into a chicken noodle soup.
Black Bean Soup
Black bean soup is a good healthy and easy gluten-free meal to make this year. The soup takes about 15 minutes of prep work and then, in 35 minutes, it is ready to be served for lunch or dinner (whichever fits your needs). This soup consists of extra-virgin olive oil, a chopped red onion, cloves of garlic, minced jalapenos, tomato paste, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cans of black beans (with liquid), one quart of low-sodium vegetable (or chicken) stock, a sliced avocado, and chopped cilantro.
Crust-less Pepperoni Pizza
The crust-less pepperoni pizza is the only one of the gluten-free meals to consist of a pizza (a crust-less pizza at that). This pizza consists of shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan cheese, oregano, a pinch of red pepper flakes, chopped parsley, and marinara sauce for dipping (which is optional). The crust-less pepperoni pizza is a perfect lunch or dinner idea for gluten-free meals, which does not consist of dough.
Pizza Zucchini Boats
The pizza zucchini boats are a healthy and easy gluten-free meal to make for an appetizer for parties on, or off, campus. These zucchini boats consist of large zucchini that are halved lengthwise, a jar of marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and chopped basil to garnish the appetizer. The pizza zucchini boats are the perfect healthy and cheesy appetizer for multiple occasions from college parties, weddings, and family gatherings.
Cheesy Bacon Butternut Squash
The cheesy bacon butternut squash is a healthy and easy gluten-free meal to make for an appetizer for parties on, or off, campus. This cheesy bacon butternut squash consists of butternut squash (cut and peeled), olive oil, cloves of garlic, chopped thyme, salt, pepper, chopped bacon, shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan, and chopped parsley to garnish the meal. The cheesy bacon butternut squash is a good meal with a salad, for a fresh and healthy lunch on campus or at the office.
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Zucchini
The jalapeno popper stuffed zucchini is a fun and fresh way to make the best out of your stash of jalapenos that are sitting in your fridge. These poppers consist of zucchini, cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar, bacon, a minced jalapeno, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley. The jalapeno popper stuffed zucchini is nothing like the jalapeno poppers from Arbys, they are gluten-free and have a fresh taste.
Do you picture yourself eating one of these healthy, gluten-free meals this year? If so, let us know in the comments below.
My name is Kaitlin Felder. I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional/Technical Writing in May 2019.