Easy Gluten-Free Weeknight Dinners

March 20, 2020

If you or a member of your family is gluten-free, and you struggle to find easy dinners to make throughout the week, look no further. This list is your new go-to for easy, quick meals the whole crew will love. So roll up your sleeves and let's get cooking. 

Gingery Tofu Slow Cooker Soup

Gingery Tofu Slow Cooker Soup by theKitchn

Yes, this is a slow cooker recipe — meaning it takes six to seven hours to make. However, it's incredibly easy to make. All you do is put the ingredients in your cooker and wait. Plus, you can make the broth of this soup in advance and add the finishing touches when dinner rolls around. You may be tempted to skip the broth-making process altogether and just opt for the boxed kind. But the chef promises that homemade broth is worth the extra time and love. 

Glazed Pork and Apple Kebabs

Glazed Pork and Apple Kebabs by Woman's Day

If you only have half an hour to make dinner, these glazed pork and apple kebabs are the solution. This recipe calls for a few ingredients you may not have already, including apricot preserves, fresh rosemary, and shallots. However, these ingredients all bring a different flavor to this dish so that the end product will be sweet and savory. Serve with a small side salad with leftover glaze for a well-rounded meal. 

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas by Amanda's Cookin'

Put on your sombrero, because these sheet pan chicken fajitas are about to turn your kitchen into a Mexican cantina. In just 30 minutes, you can have restaurant-worthy food that the whole family will love. All you need are a few chicken breasts, some spices, bell peppers, and a few other ingredients and, of course, a single sheet pan. Preheat the oven with the pan inside before placing your fajita mixture on it to speed up the cooking time. 

Coconut Curry Chicken

Coconut Curry Chicken by Downshiftology

This healthy, spicy dish is another perfect one-pan meal for busy weeknights. You can use either white rice or cauliflower rice as the base of this dish. And three chicken breasts should serve a family of four. You'll also need some fresh cilantro, ginger powder, coconut milk, and a few other basic ingredients. But, once you have everything out on your kitchen counter, making this delicious meal in half an hour. 

Sausage Con Fagioli e Escarole by Premio Foods

Gluten-free and low carb, this fancy-sounding dish is actually incredibly simple to make. In less than an hour, you can have a mouth-watering dish full of vegetables, beans, cheese, and delicious Premio Hot Italian Sausage. Broil the sausages in the oven and make sure it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit before placing them on top of the bean mixture. Then, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve hot. 

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup by Brit+Co

All you need is one pot for this yummy tomato soup recipe. While canned tomato soup may taste alright most of the time, there really is something special about making it by scratch. Plus, it doesn't take much time at all. Simply combine most of the ingredients in the pot, letting them soften and simmer for a half-hour. Then turn up the heat to a boil and return to a simmer for another 15. Puree the mixture and serve.

Sweet Potato Beef Skillet

20-Minute Sweet Potato Beef Skillet by Real Food Whole Life

In addition to being gluten-free, this one-pan recipe is also dairy-free, paleo, nut-free, and whole-30. So grab your cast iron skillet and begin chopping up your ingredients. Sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and ground beef make up the base of this dish. However, you can also use ground turkey or chicken in place of beef. Top with avocados, cilantro, salt and lime juice to add a zesty twist to this meal. 

One Pot Mac and Cheese

One-Pot Mac and Cheese by Iowa Girl Eats

If you've been craving mac-and-cheese and thought you may never indulge in this glutenous dish again, surprise! You totally can with this simple recipe. With just five ingredients, you can make homemade gluten-free mac and cheese that's probably cheesier than any other mac you've ever had. The secret is gluten-free noodles and skim milk, which soaks up the starches from the pasta, resulting in a rich, creamy consistency. Top with basil — and maybe more cheese — and eat up.

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili by Gimme Some Oven

This chili is so delicious, and you'll forget you're eating veggies instead of meat. This recipe requires very little chopping and is full of those classic savory chili flavors you love. If you like sweeter chili, add some a sweet potato and add in more veggie stock if you prefer a more soupy consistency. Otherwise, stick to the recipe, and you'll end up with a thick, rich chili that may become a fan favorite in your household. 

Mexican Rice Casserole

Mexican Rice Casserole by Making Thyme for Health

Mexican rice casserole may be the simplest — and tastiest — casserole you've ever made. Add the ingredients in stages, sauteeing the spices and onions first, then adding in beans, brown rice, and a few other things. After you stir everything together, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and pop it in the oven to broil until it's golden brown and bubbly. Serve with chips, avocado, or extra salsa or even sour cream.