20 easy gluten free dinner ideas for you…because you can never have too many easy dinner recipes!
Oh, hi, um…it’s mid-August! How’d that happen? That means schools starts next month! It can be so difficult to stay organized and have time to prepare delicious and healthy meals for your family once school starts back up. There are just so many things to do – activities, homework, etc. That’s why I thought I’d share some of my favorite gluten free meal ideas with you today. These are all gluten free and dairy free meals, but if you do eat dairy, feel free to swap in regular butter or cheese if you wish!
These recipes are easy to prepare – they either use the crock pot, or they are fairly quick to prepare on the stove top. I love to keep things as simple as possible around here. These meals are all quick, simple, tasty, and gluten free.
Okay, here are my favorite easy gluten-free dinner recipes:
Turkey Shepherd’s Pie – This is one of my fool-proof recipes. Simply brown the ground turkey and onions, make a simple sauce, then top with mashed potatoes and shredded dairy free cheese. After a few minutes in the oven it’s ready to go! Easy and delicious comfort food.
Garlic Spaghetti – We looooooooooooove garlic over here, so this is always a favorite. Garlic spaghetti is a great meal to make when you don’t have much else in the pantry! It just requires garlic, olive oil, and gluten free pasta.
Chicken Tacos – Tacos of any kind are always a hit at our house. I like to make my own seasoning as well – that way I can adjust the spice level as needed for little ones.
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pork with Cilantro Rice – This dish is made in the slow cooker which results in very tender and flavorful meat. It reminds me of the pork from Qdoba. We love it with cilantro rice, but it would also be great in tacos or burritos.
Creamy Spinach Walnut Pesto – This bright green creamy pesto sauce is very easy to whip up in the blender or food processor. Simply blend the ingredients for the pesto while you boil some gluten free noodles, and dinner is served in just a few minutes! If you can’t do nuts, I would recommend substituting pumpkin seeds in this pesto.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Rice – This is actually my most pinned recipe. When I made this dish for the first time, I was just thinking about making a really easy, comforting meal, and that’s what it is. Simple, homey, tasty, creamy chicken and rice with broccoli throughout – perfect for chilly days.
Sausages with Peppers and Onions Over Curry Spiced Quinoa – Simple quinoa gets a little bit fancier with some curry powder and is perfect when topped with sausages, onions, and peppers. This is a great option for really busy nights since you can get it on the table in about 20 minutes.
Southwestern Corn and Sweet Potato Bowls – These bowls are such a healthy and tasty vegan/vegetarian meal. The beans provide protein and the sweet potatoes add tons of fiber and Vitamin A. This is a meal that we make pretty regularly around here as I just never seem to tire of sweet potatoes!
Pasta with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato and Mushroom Sauce – This pasta sauce is so creamy and delicious – the sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms make this dish shine! I used oven-dried tomatoes from my garden, but you can easily use store bought sun dried tomatoes. They’re the star ingredient in this vegan meal.
Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Rainbow Peppers – Stuffed peppers are such a fun meal – they look so pretty all colorful and stuffed with goodness, don’t they? The cheesy filling is also delicious on its own if for some reason you don’t want to do the peppers!
Potato and Vegetable Coconut Curry – You know I’m all about curry recipes! This version is loaded with vegetables and potatoes and covered in a rich coconut cream sauce. I love how quickly this meal comes together, but still tastes like it’s been simmering all day long.
Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki Noodle Bowls – Teriyaki sauce, beef, rice noodles, and broccoli…do I need to go on? This one is super yummy…go make it!
White Bean and Quinoa Chili – This vegan chili is an extra quick meal that is protein-packed due to the beans and quinoa. It’s a very filling and warming meal that’s great for a busy night. Serve it with cornbread or chips and salsa for an easy dinner.
Pasta with Creamy Kale Sauce – This is the kale recipe for non-kale lovers! I know that some people just aren’t crazy for kale, but when it’s blended into a creamy sauce and served over pasta it’s very hard to complain!
5 Ingredient Turkey Chili – Turkey chili is a recipe that is on frequent rotation at our home. It’s so easy to make and the simple ingredients are healthy and filling. This is a perfect week night recipe – it’s hearty and comforting and doesn’t take much time in the kitchen.
Roasted Sweet Potato and Bean Quesadillas – These vegan quesadillas are gooey, cheesy, spicy, and crave worthy! The spicy cheese goes so well with the sweet potatoes and beans. Again, this is a meal that is on repeat at our house.
Sticky Chicken Teriyaki Rice – This is one of Darryl’s very FAVORITE meals that I make. He loves the sweet and flavorful sauce that goes over the chicken, veggies, and rice in this dish. He says this is even better than takeout – it certainly does get eaten up very quickly when I make it!
Slow Cooker Chickpea and Potato Curry – This is such a delicious curry recipe – it’s hearty, healthy, and vegan! Making it in the slow cooker ensures that your house will smell absolutely amazing all day long! :)
Crockpot White Bean and Chicken Chili – We love a good, hearty chili recipe at our house, and this white bean chicken version is full of flavor and is healthy, too! The fact that you just throw everything in the crock pot makes it even better. Let dinner cook all day and be ready for you at night!
Spicy Stir Fried Eggplant – This is a really delicious way to make eggplant – this dish is spicy, flavorful, and comes together very quickly. Be sure to use tamari sauce (not soy sauce) to keep this gluten free.
I hope these recipes make their way into your rotation this fall! Do you have a favorite gluten free dinner recipe? Please share in the comments!