Being gluten-free means adopting a diet that excludes the kind of protein called gluten, which is found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. The gluten-free dietary lifestyle can embrace a vast and varied array of deliciously nutritious foods like chicken breasts, quinoa, and Brussels sprouts. Pack your plate with boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cooked to perfection, accompanied by a fluffy cup of quinoa, a gluten-free grain rich in fiber, and roasted Brussels sprouts, drizzled with a touch of olive oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and minced garlic for an extra flavor kick. Gluten free meals can be just as gustatory and satisfying, while also offering potential health benefits. Some people adopt a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder where gluten can damage the small intestine. Others may have gluten sensitivity, experiencing discomfort when consuming gluten. This diet might also prove beneficial in improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health, and increasing energy levels. So why not give it whirl the next time you are planning your meal? Try out this simple and scrumptious gluten-free recipe, and don’t forget a zesty sprinkle of lemon zest for that final touch of magic! It’s all about taking that first step, and before you know it, being gluten-free will be just another treasured part of your healthy lifestyle.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
– 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
– 1 cup of quinoa
– 2 cups of water or chicken broth, for cooking quinoa
– 3 cups of Brussels sprouts, halved
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– Lemon zest for garnish (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. In a bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with one tablespoon of olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Spread the Brussels sprouts onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
3. Roast the Brussels sprouts for about 20-25 minutes or until they are tender and nicely browned.
4. While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, cook the quinoa. Rinse one cup of quinoa under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps eliminate any bitterness.
5. Add the rinsed quinoa to a pot with two cups of water or chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover the pot. Let it cook for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
6. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Place the chicken on a preheated grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
7. Grill the chicken for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).
8. To serve, divide the cooked quinoa between plates, top with a grilled chicken breast and a serving of roasted Brussels sprouts. If desired, garnish with lemon zest.
This delicious meal is entirely gluten-free and is also packed with protein and healthy vegetables.