Eating gluten-free shouldn’t be as limiting as most people think. If you’re trying to stay healthy while avoiding gluten, Sun Basket has the recipes you’re looking for—packed with flavor and in line with your dietary needs. Chef Justine Kelly keeps both wellness and taste in mind when developing all of her recipes, and these four are no exception. Loaded with nutrients and delicious seasonings, they’re well worth incorporating into your gluten-free cooking repertoire.
Delicious Mexican Tacos, the Gluten Free Way
Pickled cabbage gives these shrimp tacos a zesty kick that will transport you to the playa in Puerto Vallarta.
Made with organic, GMO-free corn tortillas, these shrimp tacos are 100% gluten-free.
Upgrade Your Salad with Steak
Salads are an easy gluten-free choice for hot summer nights. Juicy slices of grilled steak make this salad a full-on meal. The beef, seared squash, cherry tomatoes, and arugula are all dressed in a vinaigrette made with our delicious romesco sauce, a Sun Basket specialty.
Bold and briny caperberries punch up the flavor in this easy main-dish steak salad.
A Unique Combination for Your Easy Roasted Chicken Breast
Gluten-free meals sometimes require a little creative thinking. Here, Chef Justine puts together an unusual yet incredibly delicious salad of eggplant and fresh summer melon to accompany roasted chicken breasts. Trust us on this one, you’re going to love it.
You may have never thought of putting eggplant and melon together in a salad. After you taste this, you’ll want to do it again and again.
Middle Eastern-Inspired Lamb Patties
Get out of your dinner rut and spice up your meals with our easy lamb patties. They’re seasoned with baharat, an intriguing Middle Eastern seasoning blend. Ours comes from Oaktown Spice Shop and includes paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, and allspice, plus a few other spices.
Our bulgur-free cauliflower tabbouleh make a terrific, gluten-free accompaniment to these Middle Eastern-style lamb burgers.
Getting to a weight that’s right for you and staying there is key to your overall health and can help prevent many diseases. Maintaining a comfortable weight is not about dieting, but about adopting habits that will keep you on a path to lifelong wellness. Small changes can yield big results. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Eat Real Food
Whole foods typically have fewer calories, sodium, fat, and sugar than their processed counterparts and usually, more fiber and nutrition. Try getting the bulk of your groceries at the farmer’s market. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store where the produce, dairy and meats are located and skip the center aisles where the processed foods are featured. Read the labels. When it comes to ingredients, less is more. If you see something you can’t pronounce it, or if it looks like it belongs in a chemistry class, take a pass.
Cook It Yourself
Home cooked meals are almost always lower in calories, saturated fat, and sodium than food prepared in restaurants. If you feel uncertain of your cooking skills, meal kits like Sun Basket can help increase your confidence. Get your family involved in the process. Research shows that kids are more likely to eat the meals that they cook. Our White Bean and Ricotta Flatbreads with Basil and Grilled Chicken Tacos are recipes the whole family will enjoy preparing and eating.
Hang Up and Eat
Computers, phones, and television make poor dining companions. Research has shown that people who dine in the company of their electronic devices were worse at remembering what they had eaten, and felt significantly hungrier afterward, compared to those who eat without distraction. Unplug and enjoy your meal with a human companion.
Make a Beverage Swap
Watch what you drink. Beverages can quickly add unwanted calories with little nutrition. Seltzer with a squeeze of citrus or infused with fresh fruit is a great alternative to soda. Or try raspberry or lemon iced tea as a great substitute to sugar-laden lemonade. Instead of a blended coffee drink, beverage, try iced coffee with coconut or almond milk with some cinnamon or vanilla.
Start the Day Right
A healthy breakfast can get your day going on the right nutritional note. Skipping a meal saves calories in the short term, but backfires later when late morning hunger spurs you to take in even more calories. It can also result in fatigue, mental fogginess and a slow metabolism. If you struggle with finding the time to make breakfast on a busy morning, Sun Basket’s Rise & Shine meal plan maybe perfect for you.
Exercise is just as essential for weight maintenance and good health, as nutrition. Summer is a perfect time to get outside and do something active. Go for a bike ride, play flag football or kickball at your next picnic. Studies have found that people who exercise with others are more likely to stick to it for the long term.
Don’t Cheat Sleep
Resting turns out to be just as essential to your well-being and maintaining a healthy weight as eating and exercise. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that sleep deprived subjects tended to do more late-night snacking and were more likely to choose high-carb snacks. They also found that sleeping too little prompts people to eat bigger portions of foods, which can lead to weight gain.To make sure you’re getting adequate sleep, keep digital devices out of your bedroom and read an book instead. Also, make sure your environment is conducive to sleep. A dark, cool and quiet room is ideal.
Start your day with one of our favorite paleo breakfasts. These simple recipes make it easy to power up your morning with healthy proteins and good-for-you carbs.
Eggs With Spinach and a Mango Matcha Smoothie
These breakfast recipes are a powerhouse way to start the day.
Blend earthy matcha tea with fresh mango for a fat-blasting smoothie. Pair it with eggs and spinach topped with a zesty romesco sauce, and you’ve got enough fuel to last all morning.
Say “Yes” to These Pancakes
No need to give up pancakes when you can enjoy this delicious grain free paleo friendly recipe.
Made with coconut milk, almonds and bananas, these are the right combination of fruity and nutty for a filling morning meal.
A Pancake and a Popover In One
Satisfy your carb-cravings with our Dutch baby pancake. We’ve made it paleo-friendly by using almond flour.
Top it with an easy fresh-fruit compote.
Mango Parsley Smoothie and Skillet Baked Eggs with Chard
Fuel up for the day with protein-rich baked eggs and an anti-oxidant loaded smoothie. With our easy-to-follow recipe you can have your meal ready in just minutes.
The 4th of July holiday weekend is almost here and there’s no better time to start cooking outdoors. While grilling is an easy way to make food taste great, homemade sauces can take your dinner game to the next level. Here are five of Chef Justine’s favorite grilled-food sauces, which you may have already enjoyed in your weekly Sun Basket. To celebrate our country’s culinary diversity, we’ve picked an international array of sauces that can be used in seafood to vegetables. Choose from 5 sauces like a citrusy Cuban mojo for shrimp or an Italian arugula pesto that we love on grilled vegetables. They each come together quickly in a blender or food processor—and they’re made for personalizing, so feel free to adjust the quantities to taste.
Makes about ½ cup
Romesco, a Catalan sauce from coastal Spain, is traditionally a gorgeous brick-red color, pureed with roasted red bell peppers; the sweet-smoky result is classically served with seafood. Here Chef Justine swaps in mildly spicy green chiles for the red peppers, for a more assertive version that’s particularly good with grilled chicken.
¼ cup drained, canned, diced green chiles
3 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 to 2 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
In a blender, combine the green chiles, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, cilantro, garlic cloves, and sherry vinegar. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Use at once, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes about ½ cup
This citrusy, garlicky Cuban sauce plays to the char and sweetness of grilled shrimp.
Zest and juice of 1 orange
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Zest and juice 1 lime
5 to 6 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground guajillo pepper
In a blender or food processor, combine the orange, lemon, and lime zests and juice with the garlic cloves, olive oil, oregano, cumin, and guajillo pepper. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Use at once, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes about ½ cup
Argentina is famous for its beef, so it’s no surprise the country has a lock on one of the finest herb sauces for grilled steak.
¼ cup olive oil
1 to 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
½ tablespoon finely chopped oregano
1 teaspoon lime zest plus 1 tablespoon lime zest (from 1 lime)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
In a small bowl, combine the oil, garlic, parsley, cilantro, oregano, lime zest, and juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use at once, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes about ½ cup
We typically think of pasta when we hear the word pesto, but this peppery version of the beloved Italian herb sauce—made with arugula instead of basil—also brightens grilled vegetables.
1 generous cup baby arugula leaves
1 to 2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a blender or food processor, combine the arugula, garlic, pecans or walnuts, and oil. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Use at once, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes about ½ cup
A Sun Basket customer favorite, Chef Justine’s briny, paprika-spiked artichoke romesco is one of our preferred ways to add zing to grilled fish.
1 cup baby arugula leaves
½ cup roasted almonds
½ cup marinated quartered artichoke hearts
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
In a blender or food processor, combine the arugula, almonds, artichokes, oil, garlic, vinegar, and paprika. Blend until a coarse paste forms. Season to taste with salt. Use at once, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
With summer in full swing, it can be hard to find the motivation to make healthy dinners at home. But cooking summer meals doesn’t have to be a chore. Our easy weeknight recipes are perfect for hot weather cooking and can be whipped up in less than hour. That will leave you with more time to enjoy the warm summer nights.
A Classic Sandwich Turned Salad
Salads are ideal for light summer meals. We really love this delicious paleo twist on the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Make this salad recipe for a quick meal on a busy night.
The charred scallions and mustard vinaigrette give it a delicious kick.
A Surprisingly Simple Yet Satisfying Meal
This vegetarian flatbread recipe turns simple ingredients into an enjoyable dinner.
Topped with a blend of buttery white beans and ricotta, these flatbreads offer up plenty of flavor
A Refreshing Noodle Salad for a Warm Night
Cold soba noodles are a popular Japanese meal that’s perfect for summer. This recipe includes a wide range of flavors from avocados to mint.
The bold flavors in this dish will be loved by everyone at the table.
Yes, you can grill your salad
Fire up your barbecue for this unexpected salad that calls for grilled romaine. This hearty vegetarian main course gets a boost of both protein and flavor from the addition of chickpeas, piquillo peppers and feta cheese.
This might be one of our favorite summertime recipes to take outdoors.
A Sweet and Spicy Summer Steak
This steak recipe includes a delicious romesco sauce. A blend of ingredients including almonds, paprika and red peppers, the sauce gives a spicy flavor to the beef that you may not have ever tried on your own.
Try this dish filled with wonderful flavors during a busy work week.