Gluten Free Recipes
Gluten-Free & Weight Loss in the New Year
This time of year many people are making resolutions about the food they eat. Perhaps you have resolved to start a gluten-free diet.
That’s a wonderful idea! Just keep in mind that the gluten-free diet is not a weight loss diet. Removing gluten is done for health purposes because many people cannot tolerate it, including those who have celiac disease.
If you want to start a gluten-free diet (or are already on one) and lose weight, you need to do the same thing you would do to lose weight any other way—burn more calories than you consume.
A gluten-free diet can mean fewer calories if you do not substitute gluten-free versions of breads, cakes, cookies, etc. If you do make substitutions, be aware that gluten-free baked goods usually have more calories (sometimes many more) than their wheat based counterparts.
Many people like to cut down on carbohydrates when trying to lose weight. Doing that makes starting a gluten-free diet easier. If you are going to cut out baked goods anyway, then you don’t have to worry about finding or making gluten-free versions that you like.
Even if you are not trying to lose weight, eliminating those foods for a while can be a good idea. It gives your body time to recover from the effects of gluten. Then when you start trying gluten-free substitutes, your taste buds have had time to forget a little of what the old foods tasted like, and you will be happy just to have a piece of bread, a cracker, or a cookie again.
Don’t get me wrong, gluten-free foods can taste great! But they will taste different. My gluten eating family members love my gluten-free baked goods. I looks forward to sharing some of those recipes in the future, but for this week, I thought a low carbohydrate easy chicken recipe would be best for helping to shed a few holiday pounds.
My family loves this chicken. It is so easy and turns out moist and flavorful.
Seasoned Chicken Breasts
*Always read the ingredients on labels to determine if a food is gluten free.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)
- Olive Oil
- Italian Salad Dressing
- Dry Ranch Dressing Mix (optional for dairy free version)
Pour a little Italian salad dressing and a little olive oil in the bottom of a rectangular baking dish.
Place the chicken breasts in the dish and add a little of the salad dressing and olive oil on top.
Sprinkle the chicken pieces liberally with powdered ranch dressing mix.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes for fresh chicken and 45 minutes to 1 hour for frozen chicken or until done.