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Because not everyone who’s gluten free is looking for a low-carb diet.

Arielle Weg
December 18, 2017

Lately it seems like gluten-free diets have become synonymous with low-carb foods. For someone who has celiac disease or a gluten allergy, low-carb meals might be something they feel thrown into—but that shouldn’t always be the case.

People avoiding gluten can feel satiated with tons of gluten-free grains and starches. We love finding creative ways to use whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, and teff in recipes. Starchy foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, and gluten-free flours are all great ways to boost the satiety of a meal, too.

We picked our favorite gluten-free recipes that feature carbohydrate-rich ingredients to remind everyone who’s gluten free that healthy carbs are still an option. Keep in mind to always double check ingredients for wheat or gluten before purchasing.

Smoked Salmon Sushi Sandwich

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Sushi can be a gluten-free diner’s best friend (with gluten-free soy sauce, of course). This 10-minute lunch is a deliciously filling sandwich, without any bread in sight. Swap out the ingredients for your favorite sushi filling for new flavor every day.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Salmon Sushi Sandwich

Coriander-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes

Greg DuPree

Black peppercorns and coriander seeds make for a simple and delicious crust for the juicy pork. Top it off with cool and creamy yogurt sauce and a side of potatoes for the perfect meal.

Get the Recipe: Coriander-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes

White Cheddar and Bacon Risotto

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Arborio rice takes center stage in what will be your new favorite dinner. Add salty bacon, peas, white cheddar cheese, green onions, and white wine for a restaurant-quality plate.

Get the Recipe: White Cheddar and Bacon Risotto

Skillet Red Beans and Rice

This 20-minute meal takes classic rice and beans to the next level, and the sausage and bean combo makes for a high-protein meal that will keep you full for hours.

Get the Recipe: Skillet Red Beans and Rice

Fall Vegetable Curry

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

What could be better on a chilly night than a bowl of comforting curry? Sweet potatoes and chickpeas bring a meatiness to this vegetarian feast, while tomatoes and Greek yogurt add some tang and amazing flavor. We love this dish over rice, but it’s great over any gluten-free grain.

Get the Recipe: Fall Vegetable Curry

Miso-Ginger Noodle Bowls

Greg DuPree

Fill a bowl of glorious miso broth with bacon, collard greens, mushrooms, carrots, and an egg for a hearty, ramen-like meal. Stir in tender rice noodles for a killer upgrade that takes this meal to new gluten-free heights.

Get the Recipe: Miso-Ginger Noodle Bowls 

Sheet Pan Beefy Nachos

Photo: Greg Dupree

Swap in corn tortilla chips for a platter of gluten-free cheesy goodness perfect for family dinner or game day. These nachos have everything we love about the traditional dish, like melty cheese, meat, jalapeños, and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Beefy Nachos

Roasted Chili Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Photo: Greg Dupree

Mexican classics that use corn tortillas are a godsend for gluten-free folks. The recipe calls for a homemade tomatillo mixture, which combined with juicy chicken and Mexican blend cheese makes for the perfect family meal.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Chili Verde Chicken Enchiladas

BBQ Chicken-and-Black Bean Tacos

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Corn tortillas, black beans, and corn are packed with filling carbohydrates and tons of flavor. Rotisserie chicken and jarred barbecue sauce create a faux-barbecued chicken filling that’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Chicken-and-Black Bean Tacos

Cheesy Polenta Skillet

Caitlin Bensel

A tube of polenta makes a super fast dinner you’ll want again and again. Top it with ground turkey, mushrooms, cheese, marinara sauce, and lots of cheese for a delicious Italian feast.

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Polenta Skillet

Pan-Grilled Mackerel with Creamy Millet Puree

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Millet is a forgotten gluten-free grain that creates a hearty base to this seafood dish. We blend it with cauliflower for a creamy base that tastes similar to a creamed cauliflower soup, but with a grits-like texture.

Get the Recipe: Pan-Grilled Mackerel with Creamy Millet Puree

Quinoa-Crusted Fish Nuggets

Photo: Monica Buck

Coat chunks of tender fish in a blend of quinoa and rice flour for a gluten-free fish stick you and your kids will adore. The ground quinoa makes each bite extra crispy, with a much healthier twist.

Get the Recipe: Quinoa-Crusted Fish Nuggets

Gluten-Free Waffles with Fall Fruit from Wild Apple

Our gluten-free friends at Wild Apple shared this breakfast recipe with us, and it’s still our go-to for a lazy weekend morning. Vanilla and lemon zest add an unexpected touch, and the fall fruit combined with bourbon, maple syrup, and butter makes for a perfectly indulgent topping.

Get the Recipe: Gluten-Free Waffles with Fall Fruit from Wild Apple

Berry-Banana Overnight Oats

Photo: Greg DuPree

This recipe is subtly sweet from mashed bananas and berries, and extra creamy from the addition Greek yogurt. Plus, your fridge does all the hard work for you.

Get the Recipe: Berry-Banana Overnight Oats