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!

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Linda Dunkley October 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

One of my favorite quick snacks is rice cakes with almond butter and the second is jicamas sliced like carrot sticks and eaten raw. This is so good.


Laura Suess October 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

My go-to meal is boneless pork chops cooked on the stove top with rosemary, salt and pepper, with a side of rice and vegetables such as zucchini and carrots. Its quick and easy!


Alex October 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Tofu veggie tacos!!


Amy October 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

scrambled eggs or omelette with veggies


Terry October 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I am looking forward to finding new Gluten free recipes as this is a new lifestyle for me. My current go to meal is a Omelet with veggies (mushrooms, onions, pepper, tomatos, kale, spinach, other misc veggies).


marah October 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

crunchy chicken nuggets (GF) and Fries.


Derryanne October 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I am always drawn to breakfast food. Really quick: cereal and bananas or toast and almond butter
More Time: Scrambled eggs and sausage or pancakes!


Karen October 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Omelette with Diaya cheese and whatever veggies are available. Apple quarters with peanut butter, or simply an avocado with salt and pepper. Quick and easy and nutritious… mostly!


Leah October 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Veggie Korma is always easy – quick prep even though you leave it to simmer for a few minutes – always just enough time to set the table & sit down and then it’s ready!


Tammy B October 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My easy go to meal is the tomato soup I canned this fall (gluten free) :)


Jackie October 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

My go to meal is any form of meat and salad. It’s simple and easy to fix.

If all else fails eggs are a quick fix in a pinch.


Suzette R October 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Spinach and kale salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, pepitas, canned salmon, cumin, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Yum!


Melanie October 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I would LOVE to win this cookbook! I love to read cookbooks like novels and this one looks amazing! My go to meal is a nice fresh salad with whatever I have on hand!


Cindy W. October 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Tomato soup and grilled cheese.


Dana October 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Breakfast for dinner is always a fast and welcome dinner in my house!


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Olivia Regester October 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

My go-to quick meal is a container of Noosa yogurt and a handful of almonds or an apple!


Michelle W October 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

My favorite go-to quick meal is: a steaming hot bowl of quinoa flakes with pumpkin seeds, blueberries and chia seeds. YUM!


April October 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Steamed kabocha squash with sesame kelp noodles!


Venessa F. October 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

My quick meal is black bean nachos, I keep on hand sliced olives, jalapeños, canned beans, & I always have fresh scallions, cheese, tomatoes, salsa on hand. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!


Jessica October 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

My go-to gluten free meal is anything with prawns – they cook in a flash so I usually do prawns and steamed broccoli or a quick thai coconut curry for my gluten-free, dairy-free and egg free family. Quick, nutritious and delicious meals are not an easy endeavor these days and I’d love some help!


Stacy October 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

My quick go to meals are veggie and meat stir fry or spagetti with gluten free noodles.


Sarah. October 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Our family’s favourite GF meal is chili with lots of vegetables and different kinds of beans – the treat? Tortilla chips to dip!


Kerri October 17, 2012 at 6:32 am

Rice cake with goat cheese and onion, popped in the microwave.


niv October 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

My go-to quick meal would be breakfast bars.


Ashley October 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Meatless meatballs and jarred pasta sauce with extra fresh veggies stirred in! Thanks for the giveaway :)


joanne October 18, 2012 at 1:38 am

My favorite go to meal is to put together a quick salad with any vegetables I have on hand and then just toss on some protein, whether it’s beans, tempeh, salmon, or chicken! An easy chickpea miso dressing is simple, quick, easy, and delicious to dress it up!


Denise Fedor October 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

Simply Polish ham rolled with cream cheese. Would love to win!


Tracy October 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

This week my go to quick meal has been sliced cucumbers with the large package of water packed tuna. Quick and easy for on the go!


Kara Smeal October 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

Quinoa & Garbanzo beans with pesto


tori October 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Soft scrambled farmers market eggs or Diestel’s delicious carageenan-free roast turkey wrapped in romaine leaves with homemade mayonnaise and fresh jalapeno. Another favorite is black eyed peas, cooked with onions, garlic, herbs, jalapeno and tomatoes…as I finish cooking them, I throw in chopped chard or kale, cover and steam til done. If want more protein, I add a soft boiled egg on top at the table.


Heidi October 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

My go to meal is Chobani yogurt and granola!


Carolyn October 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Chicken tacos


Kristen October 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

My go to quick meal is Greek Tacos. My whole family enjoys them, gluten free or not! Filled with spinach, olives, tomatoes, feta, garlic and greek seasoning, they’re a wonderful quick go to dinner I can count on.


rubt lin October 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

pumpkin bread.


Julie October 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

My go to meal is brown rice with sautéed frozen vegetables and scrambled eggs. Not very interesting but it serves the purpose. I need imagination assistance


Annie October 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

‘Mexican’ layer bowls…rice, refried beans, salsa, cheese, avocado and lime squeezed on top! Eaten with either a fork or blue corn chips if we are all really lucky :)


Barbra October 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Gf Mac & cheese!!


Jen Smith October 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

My Favorite Go to GF meal is quinoa w/ diced cucumbers and feta cheese w olive oil and white balsamic vinegar! YUM!


Patricia October 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I love a tuna with chopped up tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado and some lime juice. It is my to go meal!


Kate October 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

GF Pumpkin pancakes with nutella and eggs


Hannah S October 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

My favorite quick meal is zucchini noodles with a quick tomato basil pasta sauce.


carly October 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

My go-to quick meal is quinoa…always. It’s saved my life since becoming GF…but I’ve gotta say I really haven’t branched out too much since and that was quite a few months ago so a recipe book would be lovely!


Stephanie October 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Stir-fried chicken, broccoli,mushrooms and garlic on a big green salad or on a “homemade in three minutes” gf flax seed wrap. Yum! The babes love it too!


Melissa October 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I just found out I am gluten intolerant, so I am struggling with quick meals. I have found a tasty snack, though–apple slices dipped in almond butter.


Lara October 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I LOVE food! And am working on using more written recipes while cooking with my 7 and 1.5 year old girls-this looks like a winner! Favorite quick meal… ground beef, left over squash or a can of pumpkin. Add whatever herbs you have on hand. I always use sea salt and sage for sure. Very versatile… can even be soup.


Andrea October 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

Veggie Omelet (1 egg + 1/2 cup egg white) with warm avocado inside, served with steamed broccoli drizzled with olive oil, Himalayan salt, and fresh garlic. Yummm! For dessert roasted dandelion tea with almond milk!


Starr Sturges October 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Beef tacos in a hard corn shell or any kind of omelette are my 2 go to choices for
quick meals


Arlene October 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

One egg omelette mixed with cheese and instant dry milk. Lots of protein.


Danielle @ fresh4five October 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Oh I want to win :)

Our go to quick meal is either eggs…or a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store :(


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