Quick Meals – Gluten-Free Cookbook Review and Giveaway

by Maggie on October 15, 2012

I am excited to share a fabulous cookbook with you – Quick Meals: More Than 100 Great-Tasting Recipes for Good Food Fast was created and photographed by Carol Kicinski (the super woman behind the blog and now the magazine).

Quick Meals is Carol’s second cookbook – her first one is a dessert cookbook – Simply . . . Gluten-free Desserts: 150 Delicious Recipes for Cupcakes, Cookies, Pies, and More Old and New Favorites. A must-have for the gluten-free bakers in your life.

First of all, if you know Carol’s blog Simply Gluten-Free , then you know how incredible her photography is – her recipes are the same. I’m always amazed when I pop over to her blog to check out her latest recipe.

Quick Meals is a great cookbook for anyone on a gluten-free diet.  It would even be a great gift for those who are curious about eating gluten-free.  Most of the recipes are naturally gluten-free. 

Quick Meals is  cookbook full of simple, delicious, and quick meals for all occasions. The book is divided into 6 main sections: Quick Mixes, Simple Suppers, Easy Entertaining, Get Up and Go, Pantry Raid, and Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick.

One of my favorite sections is the Easy Entertaining section, Carol’s created great menus for certain occasions (i.e. In-Laws for Dinner, I love that one). Two of our favorite recipes from the cookbook come from the Easy Entertaining section: Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges and Quick Black Beans.

As a vegetarian, I love finding new and simple bean recipes. Quick Black Beans is a perfect recipe for a night when I need a nutritious dinner on the table fast. We like to eat our Quick Black Beans in tortillas with all the fixins (Callum’s favorite), with brown basmati rice and greens, or with quinoa and avocado slices. Recently I made the Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges and served them with the black bean dish. It was super easy and super delish.

A few other recipes we’ve enjoyed:

  • Vegan Breakfast Bars
  • Banana Date Muffins (easily made egg-free)
  • Whole Grain Pancakes (easily made egg-free)
  • Pear and Arugula Salad

Next up I’m going to try Carol’s Vegetable Curry recipe!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Winner has been contacted by email.

Want to win a copy of Quick Meals: More Than 100 Great-Tasting Recipes for Good Food Fast?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me what your go-to quick meal is.

Contest rules: Contest will be open until Sunday, October 20th at 11:59 pm CST.
Winners will be contacted by email and chosen with the help of Random.org.
Contest only open to residents of Canada and the United States.

Make sure you hop over to Carol’s blog, or catch her on Facebook and check out the magazine which launches in November!

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

gail October 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

any kind of pasta, i.e. spaghetti


Maggie October 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Wow Gail! You are fast 🙂


Cee Lowe October 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm

kale with avocado and either hemp seed oil or EVOO.


Katerina October 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Peanut butter oatmeal:)) As I need to stay gluten free (and more things-free) and I am a big lover of peanut butter, this is always something I prepare when I am hungry and in hurry (not really good combination)… the peanut butter oatmeal is quick, yummy and kind of healthy:)) But I always look for more ideas which is not really easy so the book would be great inspiration:))


Sarah October 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm

A veggie hash. Hands down! It helps me tackle errant veg in the fridge, is so easy and a total comfort dish on a fall night. Hubby and I enjoyed a fried egg on top and we all like a sprinkle of Daiya. Thanks Maggie!


Katie October 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Wraps, wraps, wraps – you can deliciously wrap so much!! My favorite quick meal is a delicious Quinoa/tomato/blackbean mixture premade, portioned out and stored in freezer to be quickly and easily thawed, warmed and wraped up with avacado spread, chopped onion and a dallop of sourcream or yogurt. Some raw or steamed veggies on the side. This is one of my favorite meals and the quick and easy part of preparing it is a total bonus – not to mention easy and quick clean up!!!


Stefania October 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

nachos. Crunchmaster crackers layered with sauteed cremini mushroom, swiss chard, zucchini, blk beans, green olives, nutritional yeast or diaya cheeze, avocado, fresh salsa and hummus. So good. The crackers do not get mushy as a tortilla chip does. I have also used Mary’s Crackers.


Crystal S October 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

bean burritos and guacamole!!


Cristi Perkins October 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Our go to quick meal is a omlet. Saute some veggies for the filling and it’s perfect every time.


Tricia Ballad October 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

As a newly-diagnosed Celiac, I’m still navigating the gluten-free diet. But I have discovered that a quick gluten-free quiche made over the weekend has kept me supplied with a quick breakfast (and a quick lunch!) all week.


Colleen October 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

Turkey burgers with gluten free buns and homemade sweet potato fries 🙂


Monica October 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

Our quick meal is the same as Cristi’s above…..an omelette. Dump in whatever veggies/meat you have available and you’re set.


Melissa Mostowy October 16, 2012 at 8:44 am

Shrimp tacos on corn tortillas!


Constance October 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

Nearly anything with Quinoa.
Love to make it in advance, combining it with different veggies or fruit and spices; divide in serving sizes and store in fridge or freezer; defrosting as needed. Means I can have a variety on hand at any given time.


Erinn October 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

Easiest go-to meal…eggs and grilled veggies!


helga October 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

anything with chickpeas!!! yum:-)


Julie Gunn October 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

My favorite Quick meal is call Mexican Mix up you cook some hamburger meat drain off the grease then add McCormick taco seasoning a can of black beans a can of whole corn, Rotel and a can of green chillies. Heat until Hot and eat with your favorite G-Free corn chips. There is only two of us so we freeze the left overs and have them for a quicker meal later in the week


Keri October 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

Tacos or spaghetti for dinners, veggie wraps for lunch, chips and hummus/salsa for snacks!


w04 October 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

My go-to ‘quick’ meal is either zuchinni noodles (so fast with the spirooli slicer) served with sauce and some type of protein (depending what’s already prepped in my fridge!) or a veggie omelet!


Jodi October 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

Pasta with kale pesto that was thawed from being previously made.


Sarah S October 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

Black bean burritos or Tortilla shell pizzas in the oven!


Melissa October 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

My go-to quick meal is a bowl. Depending on how I feel, I’ll have some grain like quinoa, rice, or amaranth, a mix of steamed or raw veggies, some beans, like chickpeas or cooked tofu, and a healthy salad dressing. Yum! I often prepare the bits an pieces in advance, so I can throw the bowl together at a moments notice. 🙂


Tracie October 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

homemade soup!


kim October 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

latest quick meal, esp when just me on a late night eating…roasted food – winter squash of almost any kind, a veggie, and usually leftover chicken from earlier in week.


marcia miller October 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

roasted brussel sprouts with walnuts


jess October 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

pad thai


Patty October 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

I have to start cooking gluten free, egg free, dairy free, soy free and honey free for my daughter and would love to have a cookbook with recipes she can eat. She loves everything chocolate and chicken with bar b q sauces. Hard to find things that don’t have these ingredients in them.


Skylor (@SproutLifestyle) October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

I love Carol’s recipes! I haven’t checked out this book but I am a big fan of her blog. My favorite quick fix recipe is making rice with an almond butter/soy sauce – like this one with apples and a little spice. http://www.sprouthealthlifestyle.com/2011/10/04/spicy-almond-butter-apple-and-rice-salad/


Jan October 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

Either pasta with vegetables and sauce or a brn rice tortilla with black beans, tempeh, sweet pot., and onion and oh yes, daiya cheese.


Katie October 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

black bean veggie burger with avocado and salsa
corn, beans, rice and salsa
humus with veggies


Jeanette Iuzzolino October 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love to bring a BLT wrap to work for lunch!


Lisa P. October 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

Eggs and sausage…or burgers with some steamed veggies.


Loretta E October 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

My go to quick meal is chicken salad because it can be used at the star of the meal or tossed in a salad. Either way, it’s quick, easy, and easy to change up.


Deb Gowlland October 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

My go to quick meal would have to be scrambled eggs, gf toast, sausage and hashbrowns!! 🙂 Nothing like breakfast for dinner!


Noni October 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

parmesan turkey meatloaf (WW recipe) that I transformed to GFDF…its awesome!


Stephanie October 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

My go to meal is either salad or eggs (scrambled or fried) with either salad, potato patties or rice.


Jennifer Neuman October 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

Our favorite go-to GF meal would have to be grilled cheese sandwiches with soup…we love progresso’s chicken and rice soup (labeled GF) or spaghetti…either one takes less than 20 minutes with 4 kids on a basketball/football/baseball night, 20 minutes is good 🙂


Diana B October 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

Egg whites…fast, easy GF protein 🙂


Erin October 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

Or a stir-fry using leftovers!


Andrea October 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

My to go meal is an avocado and/or a pack of nuts; or if I’m at home, a cup of bone broth with vegetables .


Julie October 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

We like Chebe pizza with pesto, daiya cheese and veggies. YUM.


Cathy October 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

Gluten free oatmeal with lots of cinnamon and whatever fresh or frozen fruit is on hand.


Shona October 16, 2012 at 11:14 am



Karin Goodman October 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

We eat Gluten Free. My quick go to meal is Blintz Pancakes from the old Betty Crocker Cook Book. Eggs, Sour Cream, Cottage chesse, GF Flour. With homemade jam on top. Would love to have this cookbook.


Peggy October 16, 2012 at 11:35 am

My go-to quick meal is tacos with super-thin sliced jicama (yay for the mandolin) in lieu of taco shells. I also love making a shepherd’s pie with either parsnips or cauliflower standing in for the potatoes on top.


Cara October 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

Veggie burgers and guacamole…also stir frys! 🙂


Beverly Rempel October 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

It’s always crunch time at my house. Usually due to my poor planning. But a household favourite is a pasta bake with oregano. I make my half with GF pasta and daiya cheese. While everyone else gets the wheat and dairy stuff.


Beverly Rempel October 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

We love a pasta bake with oregano in it. Everyone keeps asking if we’re eating pizza tonight. There is hardly any left overs when all is said and done.


Victoria October 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I love a quick stir fry with tons of veggies and quinoa on the side. If I happen to feel like having a meat protein(which is usually my hubby’s request) we throw in anything that is left over. So quick and simple. Now I am hungry!



Allison October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I would love a copy of this book!! My go to quick meal is roasted sweet potatoes! 🙂


Susan Joy Durovey-Antrim October 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Go to quick meal for me is always “breakfast” anytime. Can be scrambled eggs or gluten free pancakes or another favorite among my breakfast comfort foods.


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