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gluten-free, Df, Vegetarians..i Need Dinner Ideas!
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I've been gluten-free and vegetarian for a while but i just recently went dairy-free and i realized...i have no idea what to eat for dinners! i have been having the same two things the past few nights and am obvioulsy getting sick of them.

if you are gluten-free, DF, and vegetarian what do you like to eat for dinner?! and i'm not talking about packaged, processed things...something real and tasty!

please help i am getting so bored with my dinners!

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My dd is gluten-free/vegan.

These might be helpful:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Green chile enchiladas-I use a can of green chile salsa and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis

Breakfast brownies-I use pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chopped dates (great for a snack)

http://www.woggle-bug.com

has ideas I have not tried yet

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=51529

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50531

leave out the bacon

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50680

replace the meat for some beans

http://www.recipezaar.com/312803

use 1 1/2 cups df milk

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=51955

leave out the chicken

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50459

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50022

leave off the cheese

Stir fry with rice, cashews or peanuts, fresh or frozen veggies

Lasgana with sweet or mashed potatoes and peas and carrots or other veggies

Bean burritos

Guacamole

nachos and tacos with beans

Smoothies

Baked or fried potatoes with chili beans on top

Tossed green salad with fruit or beans or nuts and seeds

Chili w/o meat and with tortilla chips

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hey there! me too, me too! Haha...I went mostly vegan before going gluten free. Strangely, I think the transition to vegetarianism helped me have an easier transition to gluten free, simply b/c I was already used to checking labels, researching recipes online, etc. If you do not have the book 'Veganomicon' I would highly recommend it..as well as "Gluten Free Vegan Cookbook" - These have helped me tremendously! Veganomicon is not all gluten free, but I know enough now that I am able to subsitute ingredients where substitutions can be made. It also gives great recipes for creamy dressings, dips - anything you THOUGHT could not be good minus the dairy...and it tastes wonderful with their recipes. Also, I do tons of research on the internet...if I'm craving thai food, I'll google a dish I'm craving (and add 'gluten free' to the search) and usually come up with more than enough options to make a dish. There are also many great cheese/dairy substitutes out there - tofutti makes great sour cream and cream cheese subs. You can always use rice milk (make sure it's gluten free) and soy milk as milk subs. I found that a few boxed foods/mixes that I use to enjoy have gluten..so I learned to make my own. Falafel being my favorite. I found a falafel recipe on the internet, and used brown rice flour instead of regular flour....and voila'...it tastes great. Who knew?! Haha I'm still learning myself..but if you have any q's, i can try and help. Good luck!

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I was a vegetarian for many years. My meals were often beans and rice, beans and pasta, soup with popcorn, or a big salad with plenty of beans. If you can have eggs, you can have a frittata.

You can buy vegan rice cheese. It's very good. I use it to make nachos (I put beans on them for protein), on pizza and even on sandwiches. There is Parma!, faux parmesan made of walnuts.

An easy to make chili (although it makes a ton) is three cans of beans (different kinds) one can of corn and a jar of salsa. Simply dump all the cans and jar into a big pot. Drain the liquid from the vegetables or not, depending on how thick you like it. I sometimes add things like chopped onion, chili powder or even some cocoa powder for richness. Serve over rice if you wish. Top with chopped tomato, onion, ciliantro, avocado and tortilla chips.

I eat bean tacos a lot. Canned beans on soft corn tortillas or in hard corn shells. With or without onions and salsa.

I also like peanut butter and pickles or jelly. Or even a big dill pickle, split and stuffed with peanut butter.

Hummus is a big staple in our house. You can have it with gluten-free crackers or with raw vegetables.

I also like raw nacho nut cheese with raw vegetables. You can make this by blending some macadamia nuts or cashews with a red bell pepper, an orange, a bit of lemon juice, garlic and hot peppers.

Or there is Chreese. It comes in a jar and tastes just like cheese dip. They also make a faux mac and cheese. As does Namaste foods. I like the Namaste better. The Road's End Organics tastes of mustard to me.

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Shepard's Pie - lots of roasted veggies topped with mashed white or sweet potatoes

Stuffed Eggplant - cut in half and stuff with cooked veggies and quinoa and bake (I put goat cheese on top)

Pizza - I use Chebe mix crust and top with lots of veggies usually don't even use cheese

Sweet potato fritters - shred sweet potatoes, zucchini, onion and mix with gabanzo bean flour, salt, baking powder and some curry spices and fry like latkas - super yummy

Falafel - Authentic Foods make a gluten-free mix, serve with hummus and salad with cucumber and tomato

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I do eat a little bit of meat, but here are three of my favorite Gluten-free Casein-free meals:

1. Tinkyada pasta with lots of vegetables... tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, mushrooms, eggplant... whatever you have on hand. Just saute the vegetables in olive oil and stir the pasta in when it's done. Most of my fresh herbs have been killed by the frost, but tarragon, thyme, oregano and basil are nice additions.

2. Spanish-style potato omelet :P

- Dice half an onion and a potato, saute in olive oil until the potatoes start to soften

- Scramble 4-6 eggs (depending on the # of people) with some salt, pepper and herbs

- Pour the eggs over the potatoes and onions and cook until the eggs start to set

- Put the frying pan under the broiler for 2 minutes to give it a nice crust

3. Moroccan-style lentil soup

- Dice a whole onion and saute in olive oil until soft

- Add 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic and a tsp. of ground cumin

- After two minutes add six cups of stock (vegetable is fine... crushed tomatoes make a nice addition)

- Bring the mixture to a boil and add one cup of red lentils

- Boil for twenty minutes until the lentils are soft but not mushy

- Add some handfuls of chopped greens (spinach, kale, mustard greens, arugula, etc...)

- Turn off the heat and let your soup rest for two minutes, add pepper to taste

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Thank you so much to everyone, this really helped alot, alot! Now I have tons of idea...im gonna have to go grocery shopping.

Do the cheese substitutes taste alright?

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Thank you so much to everyone, this really helped alot, alot! Now I have tons of idea...im gonna have to go grocery shopping.

Do the cheese substitutes taste alright?

I like the rice cheese. I have tried almond cheese in the past and liked that too, but I'm allergic to almonds and part of me wants to say it actually had some dairy in it. But I could be wrong. I used to eat soy cheese and liked it, but I have to avoid soy now because it messes with my thyroid. I liked the Parma! faux parmesan but daughter didn't. Then again, she hates nuts and it's made of walnuts.

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Some of the cheese subs are good..some, not so much! It takes some trial and error to get it right. For me personally, I enjoy the shredded soy cheeses alot. I use them in nachos, or in soups or on top of baked dishes...they seem to melt well and give off pretty much the same taste/texture as real cheese. I haven't found a sliced fake cheese that I care for yet. I have heard that Follow Your Heart makes a good one though...just haven't got around to trying it yet. I know on the internet there are lots of recipes for alfredo/cheese type sauces for pastas using nutritional yeast. You may want to check those out if you are a lover of cheesy sauces :) I know I sure am! Also, on Amazon I found a book called "The Ultimate UNCheese cookbook" with every recipe under the sun for cheesy things...made without the cheese!

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Here is a homemade cheese sub you can try:

http://veganconnection.com/recipes/pizza_cheese.htm

I think I'm ready to try a cheese sub like this one. I am intolerant to casein, legumes and soy....but this one looks like it would actually be ok. :D I miss cheese :(

Is there a brand of nutritional yeast that any of you could recommend? I've never used it before. Thanks :)

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I think I'm ready to try a cheese sub like this one. I am intolerant to casein, legumes and soy....but this one looks like it would actually be ok. :D I miss cheese :(

Is there a brand of nutritional yeast that any of you could recommend? I've never used it before. Thanks :)

Not sure about brands. I have only used it twice. I bought some out of the bulk bin at our co-op just to try. I tried it in a cracker recipe. It had a good flavor. I tried it in some cheese sauce that had ground nuts, lemon juice, tomatoes and so on. The recipe was ok but not good enough to make again.

I posted this under the recipe section so watch for comments over there too.

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Thanks Purple.

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I think I'm ready to try a cheese sub like this one. I am intolerant to casein, legumes and soy....but this one looks like it would actually be ok. :D I miss cheese :(

Is there a brand of nutritional yeast that any of you could recommend? I've never used it before. Thanks :)

Patty, I am using Chreese with no issues (it's made in a dedicated facility and they test to 10ppm). I also finally tried a product called Parma. It comes in a shaker. It's made from walnuts and I haven't had any issues with it either.

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