After a cold and rainy spring, summer has officially begun, making gluten free cooking as easy as possible. Summer cooking allows for us to utilize all of the fresh produce and livestock Mother Nature gave us to enjoy, and not ingest the additives that companies put in their food.
With the help of your grill, it is easy to cook gluten free meals that friends and family will love. As you’re using your grill, think of ways to enjoy some of the items all year round by using a George Forman Grill, your oven, cast iron skillet, or even a simple sauté pan. It’s time to create new dishes and new eating habits that fit into a gluten free lifestyle.
Let’s start with some protein ideas other than hot dogs and hamburgers. One idea is marinating chicken or pork tenderloin in olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs, then grilling it. Or grill some Botto’s Sausage, which is also gluten free. While at the store, pick up a few bell peppers, an onion and tomatoes. Chop and sauté the vegetables in olive oil and fresh oregano. Grill the sausage and once the sausage has been grilled, smother it in the sautéed peppers, onions, and tomatoes, then drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on top!
Grilling vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, squash, and even corn on the cobb is easy. Eggplant is very versatile. Start with your whole eggplant, slice it lengthwise as thin as possible, and grill on each side for 20-30 seconds. Then place ricotta cheese on one side of the eggplant and roll the eggplant so that the cheese stays inside of it. Place the stuffed eggplant in a baking dish and top with a fresh tomato sauce, then bake for 20 minutes at 350°. Not just delicious but gluten free too!
Finally, purchase local peaches and melons. Make sure your grill is clean and well oiled. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit. Slice the melons. Place the peach halves and melon slices on the grill for about 30 seconds on each side until soft. Eat as is or put over grilled chicken as an extra treat.
Some people may find grilling to be boring, so to avoid this situation, make it an experience. Put on your favorite music, have a glass of rosé wine, and enjoy grilling food that is tasteful, healthy and gluten free. These simple ideas will enhance your gluten free cooking experience, as well as the flavors on your plate.