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My date cannot eat gluten, what should I make?

Asked by Tachys (1525points) October 29th, 2012

I have met a wonderful woman I am trying to woo. Yes, woo. She has celiac disease and cannot eat gluten. I’m a fairly good cook, and would like to make her something easy and delicious. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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Shippy's avatar

How about steak and salad? Or grilled chicken and salad.

Or lovely vegetables roasted with great fresh herbs and a protein.

you can get gluten free flours and breads if you want to use those. In fact perhaps buy a loaf. Gluten/wheat free and offer, she might think that is so nice of you!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Get thee to a health food store. You will be amazed by the gluten free selection.

Brenna_o's avatar

Baked potato with bacon cheese and a side salad.
They sell corn tortilla shells for tacos or you can buy some wheat free spaghetti noodles… Slightly more expensive but if she is worth it go for it! Maybe even cookies for desert.
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla makes awesome gluten free cookies bake at 375 degrees for 8–11 min.

Buttonstc's avatar

Roasted chicken with two veggies such as broccoli, carrots, string beans.

Gluten is found in grains and grain related products such as soy derivatives.

As long as you stick to regular foods unadulterated with any processed food sauces (which sometimes contain hidden soy gluten derivatives) you’re fine.

If you’re a good cook, then seasoning well with salt, pepper, lemon juice, vinegar white wine should be fine.

One of the best masterpieces is a perfectly seasoned and roasted chicken, as I’m sure you’re familiar with. A quick sauce with some chopped shallots and white wine puts it over the top all gluten free.

If you want to get a little fancy with veggies, try roasted root veggies with a touch of maple syrup and splash of vinegar. Perfect for fall.

Just avoid breads and any processed foods and stick to meats and whatever one could find growing in a veggie garden and everythings fine.

You’d be amazed at how much hidden gluten is found in processed foods. So just avoid them altogether.

zenvelo's avatar

Remember that meat, fish, and poultry are all GF. So are vegetables and fruit, potatoes and rice, and dairy products. A GF diet is really not the restrictive unless you get focused on what you’re missing.

sarahsugs's avatar

I’ve been making lots of variations on quinoa salad lately. Super yummy and good (but admittedly this latest version is going out of season now that fall is here). The basics: Cook up a batch of quinoa and let it cool (takes a long time to cool unless you spread it out on a cookie sheet. Or you can make it the day before). Meanwhile cook some corn on the cob and let that cool too. Dice some tomatoes and avocados. Cut the corn off the cob and mix everything with the quinoa. Dress with olive oil, salt, and red wine vinegar. Add a splash of lemon juice if you have it. Some shredded basil leaves if you have it. Super yummy.

I’ve been thinking too about trying an autumn version. Perhaps cubed roasted butternut squash, toasted almonds, parsley, and feta?

Anyway, quinoa is a great GF food. A complete protein, and cooks much faster than rice. Good luck with your date!

sarahsugs's avatar

Oh, and you can always make a flourless chocolate cake for dessert!

Unbroken's avatar

One of my easy favs is curried noodles
7 oz thin rice noodle (banh hoi kho) or something labeled gluten free
1 tbs peanut or vegie oil
1 large bell pepper cut into thing short strips
2 green onions ½ in pieces
1 clove garlic minced or that pre minced garlic
1 ts minced fresh ginger
2 ts gluten free curry powder a good brand usually is
1/8 -¼ ts red pepper flakes
½ c vegie broth (Imagine is a good brand of gf)
2 tbsp gf soy sauce san-j but sometimes i substitute braggs liquid aminos
I add chicken to in bite size pieces.

place noodles in large bowl cover with hot water soak 15 to 20mins or until soft cut into 3 inch pieces (this prevents them from over cooking or being soggy.)
Heat oil in wok pan, add red pepper strips, stir fry 3 min.
Add green onions, garlic and ginger; stir fry 1 min. Add curry powder and red pepper flakes.
If you are doing chicken have is cooked. Add with broth soy sauce, cook 2 min. Drain and add noodles and cook until all is hot.

Best wishes for a happy date. : )

Kardamom's avatar

The first thing that popped into my head was rice noodles.


Pad Thai with Chicken

Or my favorite Pad See Ew this one calls for pork, but I get it with tofu (being a vegetarian). I love this dish!

Either of these dishes would be good served with a beforehand soup such as:

Hot and Sour (note: this does contain corn starch which according to This Site should be safe for celiac patients)

Or Egg Drop

With a dessert of Green Tea Ice Cream.

For something a little bit different:

Moroccan Chicken with Lemons and Olives with a Morrocan Carrot Salad and Indian Kheer Rice Pudding for dessert.

I think I may have veered off the easy (or quick) route so I’ll give it another try.

Here’s something that shoul go over really well and is very easy:

Crockpot Pulled Pork with Gingerale which you can serve with Coleslaw either on top of the sandwich or as a side dish. Serve with sweet potato chips and some local craft beer or Mint Iced Tea Have hot fudge sundaes for dessert. You can either serve the pulled pork on its own, or you can find some gluten free burger buns such as these from Gillian’s Foods scroll down to the sesame seed buns. Or these ones from Gluten Not Included I think most stores like Whole Foods or Henry’s or Sprouts or other health food types of stores will most likely have gluten free burger buns or some other type of rolls or buns that you could use.

Feeling like a fiesta? As long as you use 100% gluten free corn tortillas you could make some delicious Chicken Mole Enchiladas with Mexican Rice and Frijoles de Olla which can be made in advance. Serve Flan for dessert.

If it’s not too cold where you live and you want to use your grill:

Asian Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers with Fried Rice

Or Chicken Satay Skewers Serve with Spicy Sesame Soy Rice Noodles with Tofu and Edamame or Asian Slaw #1 or Asian Slaw #2

Once you get to know her better (this might not be toooooot good for a first date) you can make some White Bean Chicken Chili with corn bread made with Bob’s Gluten Free Cornbread Mix Serve Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

Hope your date and your meal goes well. Please post an update : )

Tachys's avatar

The date went well, going gluten free was much easier than I thought. I made a stir fry. She doesn’t cook. Now on to a good dessert!

Thank you all for the ideas.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Tachys I’m thinking cheesecake but watch the crust.

Unbroken's avatar

@Tachys glad it went well. I am thinking ginger snaps. Great time of year for that or fried banana ice cream. No bake cookies are a breeze just get gluten free oats.

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Never too late. Thanks!

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