Being gluten-free is a diet that excludes all foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains. Eating gluten-free means that people with certain sensitivities, allergies, and medical conditions such as celiac disease can avoid harmful ingredients from their diet. Generally, when going gluten-free, you want to stay away from processed grains, pasta, bread, crackers, and cereal, but there are so many naturally gluten-free foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, dairy, and meat/poultry/fish. There are also plenty of delicious gluten-free alternatives available such as gluten-free flours, pastas, and breads. There are many health benefits associated with living gluten-free, including an improved digestive system, more energy, better mood, and improved overall health. Furthermore, a gluten-free diet can also help reduce inflammation; making it beneficial for those with autoimmune diseases and/or chronic pain. A gluten-free lifestyle is not only beneficial to those with medical issues, but it can also make you feel more energized and provide a positive change in lifestyle.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 2 bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1 zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1/2 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
– 2 cups cooked quinoa
– 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, and smoked paprika.
3. Place bell peppers, zucchini, and red onion in a bowl. Add olive oil mixture and toss to coat.
4. Thread vegetables onto skewers and place on preheated grill. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once.
5. Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl and add grilled vegetables. Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
6. Serve grilled vegetable quinoa. Enjoy!