April 11, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of Simply Gluten-Free Quick Meals at no cost. This in no way influenced my review.

This giveaway is now closed. The winner was commenter #54 – Nicole, who says her favorite quick gluten-free meal is Miracle noodles with veggies and sauce. Congrats, Nicole! Enjoy your copy of Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals!

One of the struggles many people who switch to a gluten-free diet, especially when they wish to focus on healthy foods, is finding the time to prepare meals. For many people who rarely cooked before their transition to gluten-free, this can be especially daunting. But in an effort to heal our bodies after gluten, we make the commitment:

I’m going to learn to cook gluten-free for my family.

But how? Carol Kicinski’s new book, Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals, is an excellent tool to help you through that process. Carol is the author of the blog Simply…Gluten-Free and another cookbook (which I also reviewed!), Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts. She is incredibly talented, especially at making gluten-free recipes that are so good, you’d never guess they were “free from” anything! I’ve made quite a few recipes from her book and blog over the years, and they’ve been excellent!

Her newest creation, Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals, is possibly her greatest yet. The entire book is organized by meals, giving you a main course, side dishes, and desserts. This way, you can plan dinner for every night of the week! Carol gives you time-saving hints before each meal (such as suggesting you use frozen vegetables to save on prep time), which are essential when you only have about a 30-minute window for dinnertime. The recipes are very family-friendly, easily customizable (if you have dairy-free needs, Carol makes notes for dairy-free recipes as well), and the best part – they’re delicious. There are recipes for macaroni and cheese, polenta pot pie (I’ve made this before from her blog; it’s delicious!), shepherd’s pie, and SO much more.

I opted to make her Vegetarian Curry and Spiced Basmati Rice with Cashews. I love curries, but rarely opt to make a vegetarian version. This curry was easy, as it called for a jarred gluten-free curry base, and when using frozen cubed butternut squash, prep was a breeze. What would normally take an hour to prepare was done in a flash. She did offer a recipe for easy Mango Lassis, which I didn’t make, but can only imagine would be a perfect sweet treat to finish the meal. The curry was delicious – not too spicy, creamy, and comforting. The rice was the dark horse – it seems unassuming, but the spices were just enough to really keep you interested. Of course, the cashews provided a lovely crunchy contrast. It might have stolen the show! It was a great weeknight meal.

Sound good? Are you ready to learn how to win a copy of Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals? Here’s how you can do it:

1. Leave me a comment telling me YOUR favorite gluten-free quick meal, or a previously gluten-full quick meal recipe you’d love to see converted to gluten-free.

2. “Like” Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

3. Follow Tasty Eats At Home on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

4. “Like” Simply…Gluten-Free on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

5. Follow Simply…Gluten-Free on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

That’s it! The giveaway will end on Sunday, April 15 at 11:59PM CDT. I’ll then randomly pick one winner and notify you via email!


107 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals”

  1. My favorite gluten free quick meal is scrambled eggs…LOL..I love breakfast!

  2. I like Simply Gluten Free on Facebook

  3. I follow simply gluten free on twitter

  4. I like Tasty Eats on Facebook :)

  5. and I’m following Tasty Eats on Twitter

  6. I have a tendency to make ONLY quick GF meals. My favorite is pan seared Coho Salmon topped with sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and a homemade lime tomato garlic sauce. Side of jasmine rice. Ps..I’ve ‘liked’ Tastey Eats on FB :)

  7. My favorite gluten-free meal is meatloaf. I use pureed veggies (really whatever I have on hand) to bind it all together. My boys love it when I make it mexican and add in taco seasonings and a side of corn tortillas, homemade of course.

  8. I like Simply…Gluten Free on Facebook.

  9. I like Tasty Eats at Home on Facebook.

    Keep up the awesome blogs.

  10. Christine – That sounds AWESOME. Call me next time you make it and I’ll come over, okay?

  11. I liked tasty eats on FB

  12. I liked Simply GF on FB

  13. My favorite GF is blueberry pancakes, with real maple syrup! YUM!

  14. I love chili with all the fixins!

  15. I have liked all the above! I hope I win! :)

    I’ve started to cook Gluten-Free, but find it challenging coming up with a variety of yummy meals for my family.

  16. I like Simply… Gluten Free on Twitter!

  17. My favorite quick and easy GF meal (dinner) is beef tacos on corn tortillas with Sargento cheese, sour cream, green salsa and refried beans on the side. YUM

  18. I liked Simply… Gluten Free on FB!

  19. I liked Tasty Eats at Home on FB!

  20. I started following YOU on Twitter!

  21. My favorite gluten free recipe is veggie burritos with mexican rice and black beans.

  22. I like Tasty Eats at Home on facebook.

  23. I like Simply…Gluten Free on facebook.

  24. My favorite GF quick meal is any type of legume, green onion, cilantro, garlic, and ACV or lemon juice for a quick salad. Yum!

  25. liked tasty eats at home on fb:)

  26. OMG, that dish looks AMAZING. I’m really hungry and would love some of that right now. Of course I like Tasty Eats at Home and Simply Gluten Free :)

  27. my favorite gluten free quick meal is tacos made with homemade taco seasoning and corn tortillas

  28. i like tasty eats at home on FB

  29. i like simply gluten free on FB

  30. I was already following Simply Gluten Free on Twitter, but I started following your blog on Twitter and Facebook too. I also started following Simply Gluten Free on Facebook. Thanks for the suggestions – I’ve been trying to start following as many other GF bloggers as I can! My favorite quick meal is roasted chicken legs with roasted veggies. It’s so easy! Thanks for having a great giveaway!

  31. Love scrambled eggs – my favorite gf meal!

  32. Like you on Facebook

  33. Following on Twitter

  34. I like Simply Gluten Free on Facebook

  35. Following on Simply Gluten Free on Twitter too – thanks so much!

  36. A Western omelet!

  37. I like Tasty Eats at Home on FB

  38. I like Simply…Gluten Free on FB

  39. Homemade chicken vegetable soup is a great comfort gf meal!

  40. Following you on Twitter

  41. I like Simply Gluten Free on FB

  42. Following them on Twitter too

  43. My fav gf meal is ground turkey tacos cooked with black beans and tacos, topped with fresh cut tomatoes, crisp lettuce, sharp cheddar and jalapenos! YUM!

  44. I like Tasty Eats at Home on fb

  45. I like Simply…GF on fb

  46. I like Simply Gluten Free on facebook!

  47. “Liked” Tasty Eats At Home & Simply…GF on FB.
    My fave GF meal is hubby’s Thai Red Curry served with Basmati rice. Prep work is done the day before so it’s quick to whip up the next day. It’s very authentic & he makes it GF for me without losing any of the taste…except when he goes overboard on the Thai hot peppers lol. GF has been a challenge when sometimes you just want to run out to get a sub or something (GF not available here). Now we’re cooking every night…I would love Carol’s book to help with ideas! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  48. I like Tasty Eats at Home on facebook!!

  49. My favorite GF quick meal is tacos, delicious and perfect for a weeknight!

  50. I like tasty eats at home on Facebook!

  51. I like Simply Gluten Free on Facebook!

  52. My favorite gluten-free quick meal is Miracle Noodles with veggies and sauce. Low in calories too!

  53. I follow Tasty Eats at Home on Twitter as @Nicoles_SDC

  54. I follow Simply…Gluten Free on Twitter too.

  55. I like Tasty Eats at Home on Facebook

  56. I like Simply…Gluten-Free on Facebook also.

  57. My gf quick meal is chicken taquito’s. I put the chicken in the crockpot for the day!

  58. I like Tasty Eats at home on FB.

  59. I like Simply Gluten Free on FB.

  60. ii liked everbody on fb :-) my family’s favorite quick gf meal is tacos with corn shells.

  61. I love Simply Gluten Free on Facebook. Anything that is simple. I’m a Senior Citizen and can’t afford to buy all the expensive items needed to make a lot of other recipes.

  62. I like Simply Gluten Free on Facebook.

  63. As simple as it sounds, my favorite gluten free meal is chicken breasts and onions sauteed in coconut oil and served on corn tortillas topped with cheese. Easy and satisfying for us.

  64. Chili is my favorite gf recipe to eat

  65. I’m following you on Twitter

  66. Following Simply Gluten Free on Twitter

  67. Like them on FB

  68. I love breakfast for dinner. Eggs, bacon, GF Bisquick pancakes and fruit. Also, loaded baked potato bar. :)

  69. I “liked” Simply…on FB.

  70. I “liked” Tasty Eats at Home on FB.

  71. I follow on FB

  72. love barbeque baked beans. Not always easy, but if you make a big batch and freeze some, then it is :-)

  73. my favorite g/f meal—roasted veggies with a made-by-me-keep-in-freezer turkey sausage burger…

  74. My favorite quick gluten free meal: Buffalo chicken made with Ken’s GF Buffalo sauce and Ranch dressing on the side, salad, and quinoa!

  75. My son’s anytime favourite GF meal would be waffles. I follow Shirley on FB and I have subscribed to your emails.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  76. I liked Tasty Eats at Home on Facebook and really like it in real life. :)

  77. I like Simply Gluten Free on FB and have for some time now. that’s how i found you. love finding new blogs that make my kitchen and me happy.

  78. hmmm fave gf quick meal must be sauteed greens and garlic with quinoa pasta and parm. thanks for the giveaway – i am still learning and this book looks like a great teacher.

  79. oops. had to go like simply gluten free as i had it confused with gluten free easily. glad i checked. it’s a great new site.

  80. I tend to make pasta. All I have to do is boil the water and throw a few cans of tomatoes together…
    Really, I tend to make long, complicated meals that I mentally schedule so I have time to make them.

    I liked and followed both groups. (So I did all five.)

  81. I’m your newest Twitterer Alta. Looking forward to your tweets!

  82. My favorite meal is lasagna and it’s easy to make gluten free

  83. I liked tasty eats on facebook

  84. I liked simply gluten free on facebook

  85. I follow simply gluten free on twitter

  86. I liked on FB. I’m new to GF, and we have a busy lifestyle. Any recommendations for great sites/books that have recipes for busy families?

  87. Marinara chicken in the crockpot. Take chicken breasts and pour on marinara sauce. Make some pasta to go with…Done. :)

  88. our quick, go to meal is eggs, hash browns & fruit. :)

  89. I follow you on FB!

  90. I’m also following you on Twitter.

  91. I follow Carol on FB!

  92. I also follow Carol on Twitter. Hope I win, I’d LOVE this cookbook!

  93. i love to make veggie burrito bowls with quinoa…fresh pico de gallo, grilled veggies, and the savory mexican seasonings pop with fresh cilantro!

  94. i follow simply gluten free on facebook and just now liked tasty eats at home on facebook as well….awesome info and great recipes!

  95. I would love to win this for my aunt….she is learning all gluten free at the age of 63….really admire her!!!

  96. Fried rice (made with GF tamari) has been my go-to quick meal of late. My kids always enjoy it and it’s a great way to use up leftover veggies.

    I’ve been following you both via fb for a while now. Keep the great ideas & info coming!

  97. My favorite gf meal is tacos

  98. facebook follower

  99. I like simply gf on facebook

  100. I follow simply gf on twitter

  101. I follow on Twitter

  102. I love anything stir fried…chicken ,beef…and of course veggies…been eating GF over a yr.

  103. “Like” Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook

  104. My favorite go-to gluten free meal is quinoa! I usually make up a batch at the beginning of the week and use it to top my salads or mix it up with some beans, veggies and avocado! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  105. I “like” Tasty Eats at Home on facebook!

  106. I “like” Simply Gluten Free on facebook!

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