Gluten Free/Dairy Free Recipe Faves

Since one day my “go to” meals posts might get lost in the fray, I thought I’d dedicate a page to the simple recipes I rotate throughout the month to feed my husband and me.  I enjoy elaborate meals and fancy recipes, but for those of us that also work 8-5, do house chores and laundry and all that – there’s no time for a daily fancy recipe. Am I right?  So, here are some of my faves.

Breakfast:

  1. Pumpkin Pancakes from Practical Paleo – I make a double batch of these on the weekend, and they make about 16-18 pancakes, which for us equals 4 servings.  They reheat well!
  2. The Breakfast Smoothie that I reference in this post. Yum.
  3.  Eggs. Eggseggseggs. I love them. Fry ’em up, scramble ’em, throw some veggies in there, whatever. LOVE.  Mini crustless quiches are easy, too. Like this one.  Just throw a bunch of eggs in bowl, add whatever seasonings and veggies you want, bake ’em for 18ish minutes at 350 degrees. Done.

Lunch:

  1. To be honest, almost all of my lunches are dinner leftovers. I’ve found this to be the easiest way to tackle this meal time as a GFDFer. If you’re quick on time, whip up some tuna salad. I usually end up doing that on Fridays, when I’ve run out of leftovers 😉
  2. Or, whip up a salad.
  3. Or, whip up some of these awesome turkey burgers.

Snacks:

  1. Banana with peanut butter…or, my favorite, dairy free CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER. Omg. So good.
  2. Sometimes I’ll have a few pieces of organic lunch meat, usually the Applegate brand, and some veggies and hummus or guac or a piece of fruit.  I like to try to get some protein in at least ONE of the TWO snacks I usually have per day.
  3. Leftover chicken? Leftover tuna?
  4. Protein shake, when I have protein powder on hand. Love this one! This is the only dairy free protein powder I’ve found that I can stomach with just coconut milk.  All those vegan ones, no offense to those who love them, sort of taste like dirt.  The Vega brands are OK.

Dinners:

  1. Again, see this post of mine for spaghetti squash marinara, turkey burgers, and seared chicken breasts – all of my easy “go to” meals.
  2. Other easy meals I love include this paleo crock pot chili recipe, and this crock pot stew recipe (love her stuff), with either beef or venison, and I recently became a huge fan of these quesadillas. I, of course, added chicken! This recipe takes a little prep, but it’s worth it.
  3. Oh, and when all else fails and you’re feeling.so.lazy, just throw a whole chicken into the crock pot on top of a few carrots, season, and leave for 8 hours on low. So easy, so many leftovers.

Hope that helps when you’re in a pinch! Like I said, they aren’t glamorous, but they’re realistic and actually pretty tasty.

xo

P.S. Here’s a link to my Pinterest board where I keep links to a few of my favorite paleo and/or gfdf food bloggers!

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