Hello everyone, and welcome back to Gluten Free Hannah.
Since coming back to uni I’ve had to find my feet again with cooking meals for one. The only difference from cooking for myself last year is that this time it has to be gluten free.
Here are 5 of my favourite meals that are simple, quick and easy to cook.
These are perfect for anyone else who is a student, or looking for some stress-free meals.
1 – Fish and chips
Starting off is a really simple meal, that requires minimal prep and is guaranteed to go down well. Fish and chips.
Here I have the M&S ‘Made Without’ cod fillet fishcakes, but Sainsbury’s also do a couple of fishcake options (FreeFrom cod and parsley melting middle fishcakes and FreeFrom haddock fishcakes). Keeping it traditional I have added some chips and peas. Obviously there are lots of different variations. I personally am not a big fan of fish but I do quite like fishcakes, so you could use battered or bread crumbed fish, and instead of chips, any other form of potato would work, such as mash potato.
2 – Sweet and Sour Chicken
For this meal I just baked the chicken breast in the oven, and heated the sweet and sour sauce in the microwave (I used the Uncle Ben’s Sweet & Sour sauce). Then I boiled some rice noodles and added some green beans too. This is a great dish for when you’re feeling something a little more oriental. It is so simple and hardly takes any time at all.
3 – Sausage and Mash
This is one of my all-time favourite meals. I could eat this any time of year but I know for some people it’s an autumn/winter meal.
Here I used the Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Sausages, and add some mash potato and broccoli. For the gravy I used the Bisto Best Beef Gravy, which is not in the gluten free aisle but is gluten free (it’s the one that comes in the glass jar). Before being gluten free I used to eat the original Bisto gravy, and I have recently seen that a gluten free version is now available in Tesco so I will have to try and get my hands on it, as I prefer it to the Bisto Best Beef Gravy.
4 – Cajun Chicken
For this one I baked Sainsbury’s cajun chicken breast and roasted some new potatoes. The chicken is so well seasoned and spiced, it tastes great and requires very little work. Obviously I need to get those vegetables in so I cooked some green beans. This is one of my favourite meals, and could be varied by serving with pasta, rice, or anything else you fancy!
5 – Breaded chicken and rice
Breaded chicken and battered chicken is now available in Sainsbury’s, although not in the FreeFrom aisle. There is also a wide selection available in M&S, in the form of whole fillets, mini fillets, chicken burgers, nuggets… So lots to choose from. Again, this is such a quick and easy meal. This meal is also so versatile. For mine, I’ve cooked Sainsbury’s gluten free battered chicken breast chunks, along with rice, but it would also be a delicious meal with pasta, or some form of potato – jacket potato, new potatoes, chips, wedges – anything you like really! Of course, I can’t forget the veg so I have added some broccoli.
There it is, 5 quick and easy gluten free meals. These are perfect if you don’t have a lot of time or just can’t be bothered to do that much cooking, we all have those days.
Please let me know what your go-to gluten free meals are, I’d love to know!
Until next time,