Discover wholesome, gluten free recipes that will appeal to ALL eaters at the table. These are professionally tested, easy-to-make dishes that anybody can master and that everybody will love.
These crispy fried sage leaves are delicious all on their own (I pair them with roasted nuts, cheese and Fig Jam for an appetizer!), but they’re also a gorgeous garnish to salads, pasta, meat dishes, stews and more. Try them on Butternut Squash Pasta, Butternut Squash Salad, and these Pork Tenderloin Medallions. This is more of a technique than a recipe—you can fry as many sage leaves as you need. If you’re using them as a garnish, an 8-inch skillet works great. For larger batches use a 10- to 12-inch skillet. You can reuse the cooking oil (strain it into a jar and store it at room temperature).
This sweet and savory butternut squash pasta is a stunning vegetarian meal or holiday side dish. Roasted squash puree gets whisked into an easy, silky sauce that’s subtly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne (to turn this into a quick weeknight dinner, puree the squash a few days before). Ricotta lends a creamy counterpoint to the baked pasta, while a touch of melted mozzarella creates a cheesy crust. The dish is garnished with Maple Pecans, which you can make weeks ahead (they’re the ultimate snack), but you can use regular toasted pecans if you’re pressed for time. Crispy Fried Sage Leaves lend crunch and color but are optional (however, they only take minutes to make!). You’ll need a two-pound or larger squash for this recipe (if you use a larger squash save any leftover puree for soups, stews or smoothies).
These baked tomatoes are inspired by panzanella salad (a.k.a. bread salad) and have an incredible flavor. Whole tomatoes are stuffed with toasted bread cubes, melted cheese, fresh basil and garlic. The bread soaks up the flavors and turns crispy on top. You’ll need a rustic loaf or baguette to make the bread cubes—you can use regular or gluten free bread. Be sure to use a firmer style tomato with fleshy walls (some heirloom varieties have a loose structure and thin walls, and they’ll fall apart when baked). Pair the tomatoes with grilled meats or fish, or serve them with this simple Green Salad or Stuffed Zucchini for a light lunch!
Say goodbye to dry, bland chicken! This yogurt marinated grilled chicken recipe results in juicy, tender chicken that’s packed with bold flavor. The garlicky marinade is easy to make and can be used on chicken thighs or breasts. You can marinate the chicken up to one day in advance (it will become more tender and flavorful the longer you marinate it) making it perfect for buys weeknights and weekend barbecues. Pair the yogurt grilled chicken with grilled vegetables (try these Grilled Potatoes!), or serve it in salads, wraps, pita pockets or grain bowls. You can use boneless, skinless thighs or breasts - be sure to check out the tip in the Notes below about pounding chicken breasts!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner that’s restaurant-worthy, then you’ve got to try this seared ahi tuna steak recipe. A quick and easy marinade gives the fish an incredible flavor, and an optional Creamy Sriracha Sauce takes it over-the-top. For the best texture, the tuna steak should be cooked until it’s rare (or at most, medium-rare) on the inside. This will ensure it stays tender and silky (if over-cooked, the texture can be dry). Be sure to buy good quality, fresh tuna steaks that are 1 1/2- to 2-inches thick—you will need either 1 large or two smaller tuna steaks (check out my shopping tips and watch me make this recipe in this video). For spicy tuna bowls, serve it over this Edamame Sushi Salad—the combination is sublime!
Adapted from Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker, by Nicki Sizemore (Storey Publishing, 2019). This healthy and easy edamame salad features juicy edamame beans, creamy avocado, crunchy cucumber, pickled ginger and nutty quinoa. An Asian-inspired dressing ties everything together. It’s an awesome side dish to fish (try it in these Spicy Tuna Bowls!), shrimp, chicken and tofu. You can find pickled ginger at the sushi counter in your supermarket or in the Asian foods section.
This has got to be my all-time favorite salad, and I hope you’ll love it too. Halloumi, which is a firm, springy and salty cheese with a high melting point, gets seared in a skillet until crisp on the outside and warm within. It’s completely addicting, especially when combined with peppery arugula, quinoa, caramelized summer squash, fresh mint and pomegranate seeds. A Green Tahini Dressing is the magic elixir that ties it all together. You’ll need to make the dressing first, but it can be made up to 2 weeks ahead. I love topping this salad with sweet-and-salty Maple Pecans, although you can go for any roasted chopped nuts. If you prefer, you can grill the halloumi instead of pan-frying it (see the Tips below). Also, feel free to use leftover cooked quinoa—you’ll need 2 cups.
This creamy green tahini sauce/dressing is made with fresh herbs and spinach, with a nutty-sweet flavor that will instantly elevate nearly any meal. Try it on a vibrant Halloumi Salad or Pan-Fried Falafel. It’s also fabulous over grilled or roasted meats, vegetables and grain bowls. Medjool dates give the dressing a subtle sweetness with no added sugar. If you have a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix there’s no need to soak the dates, but if you have a regular blender, soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes to soften (this will help them incorporate better into the dressing).
These gluten free, vegan flatbreads are tender and flaky, with a delicious flavor that’s perfect for scooping up curries, dips, stews and salads. You can also transform them into flatbread pizzas (see the Notes below)! Full-fat canned coconut milk lends a subtly sweet flavor as well as helps keep the flatbreads moist (be sure to stir the milk well before using, but it’s okay if it’s lumpy). While flipping the breads takes practice, don’t fret if they break. They’ll still taste delicious, no matter what size they are (don't miss my step-by-step video, where I show you how to form and flip the breads). Some of the flour might start to burn in the pan when cooking—if that happens just wipe it out with a damp cloth between batches.
This creamy cilantro lime dressing is vibrant and bright with garlic, lime juice and jalapeño. Greek yogurt provides creaminess (or you can use vegan mayonnaise for a dairy-free version), and a touch of honey provides sweetness. Drizzle the dressing over these Healthy Taco Salads, or over crunchy green salads, grain bowls, grilled vegetables and more (see the Tips below!).
These easy quick pickled red onions are the ultimate secret weapon, instantly elevating dishes ranging from Pork Carnitas, to burgers, to grain bowls, to salads and much more (see below!). They have the most incredible flavor from a few secret ingredients, including cinnamon, peppercorns and allspice berries (if you can’t find allspice berries you can omit them, but I do suggest giving them a try). You can eat the pickled onions after they sit, or you can refrigerate them for up to 3 weeks—they get even more flavorful with time.
These naturally sweetened, spiced maple pecans are a cinch to make (using just 4 ingredients!) and have an irresistible sweet and salty flavor. The candied nuts are perfect for desserts, salads, snacking, appetizers, gifts and more (check out the Notes below). For sweet-and-spicy pecans try adding a pinch of Aleppo pepper or cayenne, or go for a touch of chili powder or ground cumin for a sweet-and-savory approach. I always double or even triple the recipe, as the nuts disappear quickly in my house!
This zippy apple slaw is delicious in sandwiches and is the perfect side dish to meats and sausages, including these Pork Medallions in Apple Cider Sauce! A touch of rutabaga, kohlrabi or turnip provides a hint of cabbage flavor and a firm texture that balances out the tart sweetness of the apple. Toasted walnuts give the slaw a nutty crunch while chives lend a sweet oniony bite (you can swap out the chives for scallions).
This easy tahini sauce comes together in minutes! The silky, dairy-free sauce is amazing over these crispy Pan-Fried Falafel, grain bowls, roasted vegetables, salads and even as a dip. Sometimes store-bought tahini can be rather bitter, in which you can add touch of honey or maple syrup—it’s not traditional but it balances the flavors (a hint of sweetness is also a great way to introduce the sauce to kids!). You can make the sauce thinner or thicker by adjusting the amount of water as you like. Check out the other Tips below!
This creamy tarragon aioli tastes like a more elegant and stimulating version of tartar sauce. It's fabulous on these Lightened Up Fried Fish Sandwiches, as well as on cooked chicken and fish, crab cakes, roasted vegetables, steamed artichokes and blanched asparagus. It’s also delicious in chicken salad. If you can’t find fresh tarragon, swap it out for parsley, chervil or basil. For a vegan version use a vegan mayonnaise.
This grilled eggplant salad features perfectly grilled eggplant, crunchy fennel, creamy feta cheese, pine nuts and mint. It’s a side dish that’s sure to steal the show. The salad is especially great for entertaining, as you can make all of the components ahead of time. The dressing can be whisked together a few days ahead, and the eggplant can be grilled and left at room temperature for several hours. You can even shave the fennel a few hours ahead—just top it with damp paper towels and refrigerate it. Once you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is toss the fennel with the dressing and assemble. *A note on salting eggplant: if the eggplant is really fresh (it should feel firm and heavy with shiny skin), you don’t need to salt it. However, if it’s a little past its prime (it will feel soft in places), salting the slices will draw out bitterness and make them firmer (and easier to grill). Spread the slices out on a large baking sheet or work surface; sprinkle them with kosher salt; and let them sit for 10 minutes. Using paper towels, blot off the moisture that comes to the surface. Flip the slices over and repeat the same step on the other side. Proceed with the recipe, but don’t season the slices with salt.
You won’t miss the mayo in this creamy avocado chicken salad! With ripe California Avocados, sweet bell pepper, fresh lime, jalapeño and cilantro, it’s a southwest-inspired chicken salad that’s awesome on sandwiches, in wraps, over greens and even with tortilla chips (try it!). It’s the ultimate easy lunch or dinner, and it’s perfect for potlucks and picnics.
Gochujang is a Korean chili paste that’s spicy, garlicky, slightly sweet and pungent (in a good way). It adds instant umami to marinades, sauces and stews. Here it takes a salad dressing, which is also used as a marinade for pork tenderloin, to new heights. The warm, grilled meat is served over a cool and crunchy mix of butter lettuce, snap peas, radishes, herbs and peanuts for an unforgettable salad. Skirt steak or boneless skinless chicken thighs would be delicious substitutes for the pork. Take note that you’ll need to marinate the pork for 30 minutes before grilling, or you can marinate it up to one day before (it will be even more flavorful!).
This grilled chicken paillard is light and refreshing, but incredibly dynamic. Warm grilled chicken is topped with a salad of crunchy shaved fennel, peppery arugula and tender baby potatoes. Sliced almonds give the salad crunch, golden raisins provide sweetness, and a flurry of feta adds just the right amount of saltiness. I love the subtle anise flavor of tarragon in this dish, but you can swap it out for other herbs (either a single herb or a mix), such as dill, basil, parsley and/or mint. Be sure to check out the other ingredient swaps below. To get a jumpstart on the recipe, pound out the chicken breasts the day before (refrigerate them until you’re ready to use).
In this healthy chicken paillard recipe, pounded chicken breasts are topped with a buttery fingerling potato salad featuring fresh greens, kalamata olives and creamy goat cheese. It’s the ULTIMATE combination of flavors and textures! Dandelion greens work wonderfully in this recipe, but you can swap them out for arugula or spinach if you prefer (if using spinach or arugula, toss them with the potatoes right before serving to prevent the leaves from wilting). Be sure to mix the potatoes with the onion and vinegar while the potatoes are hot—the warm potatoes will absorb the vinegar, giving them more flavor, and they will soften the onion. Finally, if you prefer, you can grill the chicken breasts instead of cooking them in a skillet—brush the chicken with oil before grilling to prevent sticking. Don't miss my other tips (including ingredient swaps) in the Notes below!