My favorite gluten-free recipes: grilled lemon chicken salad

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Leave a Comment

Sadly, I'm cutting gluten out of my life for a while. While my allergy test came back inconclusive (a common occurrence), I know that gluten gives me bloaty-belly and tummy aches and spikes my blood sugar too much, and makes me a little whacky. But when hunger strikes, I just want a cracker. Or a hunk of baguette. Or a pastry. So I'm learning the importance of having some good, protein-rich, vegetable-fiber-carbohydrate food prepared and ready to eat in the fridge. My favorite is Barefoot Contessa's Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad.

1. Salt & pepper a chicken breast, then marinate in the juice of 2 lemons, olive oil, and thyme. Grill that baby up. Cut into strips.

2. Cut up some red pepper chunks, some snow peas (or lightly steamed, still crisp asparagus, it's a springtime vegetable in season right now), maybe some crunchy jicama.

3. Toss with a lemon viniagrette: juice of 1 lemon, champagne vinegar (or white wine vinegar, but the champagne vinegar feels more decadent, a little bit of Provence in your afternoon), a bit of stone ground mustard, and olive oil.

4. Voila! Delicious, tangy, light, filling. A good, low-fat, protein-rich mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

You can find the recipe for the grilled lemon chicken on Food Network, the satay dip is good too.


  • Anonymous said:  

    auto-immune disorders are very complex, but i can't help to think that modifying your diet (gluten esp.) in addition to other things will only help.

    my cousin suffered from unrelenting endometriosis - had laparoscopy, after laparoscopy to remove the scarring, severe debilitating pain, had to go through years of infertility treatments because of it - eventually had her twins through a surrogate; then, eliminated gluten from her diet, dairy as well for other reasons, and now a year and a half after sticking with the changes she no longer suffers from the horrible pain she suffered each month, and finds herself pregnant, surprise! the infertility specialist has mentioned there is new evidence out there suggesting a link between gluten & endometriosis, miscarriages, etc.. although not thyroid disease, another autoimmune disorder that at least in this case has been helped by the removal of gluten....