Five real food recipes, all weeknight friendly + gluten- and dairy-free.
vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks (gf, df*, p*, ff)
- Asparagus is just starting to come into season, and this slow cooker meal puts it to great use. It's packed with protein, veggies, and comes together in no time.
- If you don't want to use creme fraiche (and to make this recipe paleo-friendly and dairy free) substitute an equal amount of full fat coconut milk.
Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from Yummy Mummy Kitchen (v, gf, df*)
- This is exactly the type of meal you want to make after a long day when you don't feel like cooking. Use pre-made frozen fries, or make your own. To make the fries, slice one large sweet potato into long, thin strips, coat with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, then roast in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping once.
- Omit the cheese for a dairy free option, and load up on the guacamole.
Lemon Pepper Chicken with Artichoke Salsa and Roasted Asparagus from Iowa Girl Eats (gf, df*, p*)
- Have you tried roasting asparagus? It's delicious, and makes the perfect simple side for nearly any meal. It compliments the chicken beautifully in this recipe, as does the artichoke salsa.
- Leave out the feta for a dairy free/paleo-friendly version. The capers will still provide a salty bite, so you won't miss the cheese.
Fajita Quinoa Bowls from Two Peas and Their Pod (v, vg, gf, df)
- These bowls are packed with veggies and all the delicious flavor of fajitas. They are so easy you may find yourself making them again and again.
- Forgo the prepackaged taco seasoning in favor of your own mix. Try one teaspoon of cumin, one of mild chili powder, one of garlic powder, and half a teaspoon of salt for this recipe. All the flavor, with none of the nasty fillers found in commercial taco mix.
Guacamole Steak Salad from What's Gabby Cooking (gf, df, p)
- Whether spring has sprung in your neck of the woods, or whether there's still snow on the ground, this steak salad will make you feel like the warm weather is on its way.
- Two hours is ideal for marinating the steak, but 30 minutes will do in a pinch.