Nutri Natters

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Quick and delicious gluten-free meals

1st April 2020

If you want (or need) to steer clear of wheat and other gluten grains, you may be stuck for quick and delicious ideas for mealtimes. Here are few colourful and healthy suggestions using seasonal vegetables to get you started:

Smoked mackerel with roast vegetables and kale

The mackerel is bought ready-cooked. You add roasted vegetables (roast bite-sized chunks of vegetables e.g. red pepper, sweet potato, courgettes and red onions in coconut or olive oil for about 40 minutes) and add a steamed leafy vegetable. The roasted vegetables taste fantastic cold the next day, so make a double serving.

Asparagus,  butterbean and rocket salad with a mint dressing

For lunch for two you will need:
8 asparagus spears with woody ends cut off
A tin of butter beans
Two generous handfuls of rocket
A tablespoon of chopped mint
2 spring onions, chopped
1 tablespoon of capers
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of mustard or mustard powder
What to do:
Steam asparagus spears for 3-5 minutes, combine with the beans, capers, mint, spring onions and capers. Pile the beans and asparagus onto the leaves. Shake dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad.

Variations: use chick peas instead of butterbeans or watercress instead of rocket.

If you want something to mop up the juices, have a slice of gluten-free bread.