By: Dr. Donna Powell & Dr. Renee M. Marchioni Beery at Gastro MD

According to the National Institute of Health, an estimated 1 in 133 Americans, about 1% of the population, has celiac disease. While having friends or family with Celiac disease can add challenge to meal planning since the meal has to be gluten-free, it does not have to diminish how delicious the meal is. Here are five fabulous dinner ideas that are both gluten-free and flavorful.

Grilled Salmon with Quinoa and Vegetables (Gluten-Free) Grilled salmon is a healthy and flavorful protein source that is naturally gluten-free. Serve it with a side of quinoa and vegetables for a complete meal that your guests will love! To prepare the quinoa, boil it in water or broth and add some diced vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and zucchini for extra flavor.

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs and Marinara Sauce (Gluten-Free)  Spaghetti squash is a delicious and gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta. To prepare it, roast the squash in the oven and then scrape out the flesh with a fork to create “noodles.” Serve the spaghetti squash with gluten-free meatballs and a homemade marinara sauce for a hearty and satisfying meal.

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs (Gluten-Free) Kabobs are a fun and tasty way to serve a variety of gluten-free foods on a single skewer. Thread chunks of chicken, peppers, onions, and mushrooms onto skewers and grill them until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Serve the kabobs with a side of rice pilaf or roasted sweet potatoes for a complete meal.

Gluten-Free Pizza Pizza is a crowd-pleaser that can be made gluten-free with simple substitutions. Use a gluten-free pizza crust and add your favorite toppings, such as tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and vegetables. Bake the pizza in the oven until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Slow-Cooked Pot Roast (Gluten-Free) Pot roast is a classic comfort food that is naturally gluten-free. Slow-cook a beef roast in the oven or crockpot with vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and onions for a flavorful and hearty meal. Serve the pot roast with a side of roasted root vegetables or a gluten-free gravy made from the pan drippings.

Hosting guests with celiac disease doesn’t mean sacrificing taste, nutrition, and excitement. With the above five delicious and nutritious dinner ideas, you can create a satisfying meal that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions. For more information about Celiac disease, contact Gastro MD. We are a cutting-edge clinical gastroenterology practice that sets the standard in digestive health care.

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