Monday, July 8, 2013

Eight Hot Weather Allergy-Friendly Dinners {gluten, dairy, and egg-free}

Pin It Summer is in full swing in my neck of the woods.  We've just gone through a very hot and humid spell with more hot weather to come.  I must say I greatly prefer the heat over the cold chill of winter, but I always have a hard time answering the question of what to serve for dinner when it's 90-plus degrees out.  All I really want to eat is ice cream, which might be fine now and again, but I can't serve it to my family for dinner on a regular basis.  So to help with summertime meal planning I've compiled a list of eight allergy-friendly, hot weather dinner ideas.  Without further ado, and in no particular order, I present to you our favorite gluten, dairy and egg-free summertime dinners.

1.  Summertime Chicken Salad - This is a favorite of mine for making ahead and bringing along on a picnic or an evening at the pool.  I usually cook and shred the chicken the night before.  If shredding by hand, be sure to do this while the chicken is still warm - its much easier!

2.  Honey Mustard Chicken Salad - Quick and easy.  Cool and refreshing.  And so many possible variations to try!

3.  Tuna Cakes - Pair these with a garden salad and you've got a nice light dinner.  And they're made on the stovetop, so you don't have to turn on your oven.

4.  Pasta Salad - Gluten-free pasta salad, you say?  Yes, I say!  The secret is in choosing the right gluten-free noodles and using the right amount of dressing.  Very cool and very good!

5.  Marinated Grilled Steak - You can't go wrong grilling a wonderfully marinated steak on a hot summer evening.  Serve with corn on the cob, salad and maybe some oven-fried potatoes.  Yum!

6.  Shrimp Scampi - What's more summertime than seafood?  We also enjoy grilling shrimp in the shell on kabobs - can I just say I'm drooling a bit thinking of it.

7.  Quinoa Summer Salad (aka Gluten-Free Tabouli) - Love, love, love this on a hot summer evening (or for lunch the next day)!

8.  Broccoli Salad - So this one might not qualify as a full meal, but with all that bacon it comes close.  Serve this alongside that grilled steak and you'll know its summertime!

So now I want to know what are some of your favorite gluten-free, dairy-free summertime dinners?  Please share!

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  1. Great summertime round up, thanks for sharing! Pinned!

  2. A great collection of summer recipes. Thank you so much for sharing them with us on foodie friday.

  3. What a great collection of summer recipes! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing them at Gluten-Free Wednesdays. I'll be highlighting your entry this week.

    1. Oh! Thank you! I'll be sure to promote that (and GF Wednesday) on my FB page!

  5. GREAT round up of recipes! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from

  6. I love your quinoa summer salad! ;)
    Great recipes! xo

  7. I love your quinoa summer salad!
    Great recipes. xo


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