Have you been diagnosed with celiac disease or have a gluten intolerance? If so, then you know that it can be quite difficult to find meals that are both healthy and delicious.
It goes without saying that the food choices we make impact our bodies and our health. Avoiding gluten foods can be hard, but it is not impossible.
Gluten-free cooking doesn’t mean that you can only eat the same old boring foods all the time. You can still enjoy many popular dishes without worrying about cross-contamination. Now more than ever, there are so many gluten-free alternatives available on the market today.
If you’re gluten-free, it can be a challenge to find delicious and healthy dinner ideas that are also budget-friendly. I always have my go-to recipes in mind, but sometimes the ingredients aren’t as easy to come by as they should be.
That’s why I decided to compile this list of 10 Gluten-Free Dinner Ideas for when you need something quick and simple. These meals will take just minutes to prepare and are sure to please even the fussiest eater. So let’s get started.
This is a classic comfort food dish with a twist. It’s made with chicken, celery root, carrots, potatoes, cornmeal dumplings, butter, milk, and thyme. It’s easy to make and delicious.
You can make this dish in one pot or use individual ramekins for serving. And the magic, gluten-free swap? Using cornmeal instead of wheat flour.
The recipe calls for 1 cup of fine cornmeal, but if you don’t have any on hand, just substitute regular cornmeal. This is a super yummy dish that you can serve up for the family, that everyone is going to enjoy eating.
Would you rather someone else made your dumplings? See our guide to the Best Dumplings in Sydney.
This chicken salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. It has fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and onions. It also includes shredded rotisserie chicken breast meat. It’s topped off with a creamy dressing that adds flavour and texture.
But we all know that a great salad needs texture, as well as flavour. So what gives this dish that necessary bit of crunch?
Obviously, there are no bread crumbs used in this recipe because they contain gluten. Instead, there’s a mix of sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and pecans. These nuts give the salad crunch and a major nutrient boost by adding protein, vitamins and Omega 3 oils. If you want to make this salad even healthier, you could swap out the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt.
This is a great example of a Leftover Chicken Recipe. Click on the link for more.
Homemade pizza is always a hit at parties and gatherings. Everyone loves it when you bring homemade pizzas to their house. However, many people who are sensitive to gluten cannot eat store-bought pizza dough. That’s why making your gluten-free pizza is a win-win. Plus it is super easy.
For toppings, you can use anything you’d normally put on pizza. Just be sure to check labels before purchasing ingredients so you aren’t accidentally buying something that contains gluten.
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Making spaghetti and meatballs is an American tradition. They’re fun to make and eat. This version uses ground beef as the main ingredient. It’s then mixed with Italian spices and rolled into balls. Finally, they’re simmered in tomato sauce until tender.
Use gluten-free pasta for this recipe. Or, you can use rice noodles if you prefer – either way, you will end up with a delicious result.
And to mix it up, leave the meatballs as a meat sauce. After all, spag bol is another great option for those looking for a different spin on traditional pasta dishes.
Wondering what to follow your pasta with? Take a look at our Easy Chocolate Desserts recipes.
This is another great way to get creative with your Christmas leftovers. It’s a combination of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pie crust. It’s a hearty and comforting dish that everyone will love.
Whether you’re whipping up a sauce, beating eggs or mixing a cake, one of the most useful appliances in any kitchen is a Food Mixer. Click here for all the latest Handheld Mixers and Stand Mixers.
Make sure to read the label of the canned cranberries to ensure that they do not contain gluten. This recipe is suitable for those with dairy allergies too. So, grab those leftovers and create some deliciousness.
And whilst we are on the subject of Christmas, here are our top Christmas Desserts (and yes, many of them can be made gluten free).
When you need a quick and easy snack, these roast beef sandwiches are the answer. They are loaded with all the flavours of traditional roast beef sandwiches. They include lettuce, tomato, red onion, provolone cheese, and mustard.
Using gluten-free bread as a substitute for the rolls gives them a lighter feel while still maintaining the same great taste. You can easily customise these by adding different cheeses, veggies, etc. All of these options allow you to make your own unique and gluten-free sandwich.
Want someone else to rustle up your lunch? These are our go to Sandwiches in Melbourne.
This tuna salad is packed full of flavour. It’s got plenty of crunch from celery and carrot sticks. It’s also got some lightness from the addition of avocado. To make this tuna salad gluten-free, you’ll need to use gluten-free mayo.
Check the label of any other brands you purchase to avoid cross-contamination. This dish is very easy and quick to whip up and perfect for serving to guests. Additionally, it makes a great lunch, snack, or side dish for any other meal. It is healthy, yummy, and gluten-free.
Check out our Easy Seafood Recipes for some more fish and shellfish suggestions.
Gluten-free dinner ideas don’t get any more comforting than a bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese.
This macaroni and cheese is made without the use of durum wheat pasta or wheat flour. The secret? A blend of cauliflower florets, potato flakes, and almond milk. It tastes just like regular mac ‘n’ cheese but has been transformed into a healthier alternative.
Be careful when choosing packaged macaroni though because some have added gluten – and that defeats the whole purpose of the recipe. Everyone loves mac ‘n’ cheese, it is an absolute classic and now everyone can enjoy it.
Fancy a sweet treat? See our Gluten-Free Ginger Cinnamon Cookie Recipes
If you want to save time and effort, one-pan chicken recipes are the way to go. This one-pan chicken dinner includes everything you need to create a delicious meal.
In this recipe, you start with boneless skinless chicken breasts. After cooking them, you shred the chicken and mix it with vegetables for a complete protein boost. Serve over brown rice or quinoa, so you can experience the ultimate comfort food. Super tasty!
Bread. Don’t you just love it? Check out our Gluten Free Flaxseed Bread Recipes
Chinese stir fry dishes are usually very healthy and low in calories. But sometimes, people who are avoiding gluten find it hard to come up with new ways to prepare their favorite Asian meals.
Stir-frying is such a great way of cooking. However, to stir fry well, you need a pan heated to a high temperature. And that’s where a Wok come in handy. For electric woks through to stove top ones, click here for more information and prices.
This recipe combines sweet and sour flavours with a kick of spice. The chicken is cut into small pieces, so it cooks quickly. Then, the chicken is tossed with broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, and snow peas. The result is a flavoursome and healthy stir-fry that is perfect for dinner.
Push the boat out with one of our Grain-Free Paleo Chocolate Chia Seed Cake Recipes
There are a lot of meals that traditionally contain gluten that you can make to suit your dietary requirements. There are many substitutes for common ingredients that you can swap out when you are making a meal so that the meal is gluten-free and inclusive for everyone!
Here is a list of some other ingredients you can use in place of foods that contain gluten:
- Cornstarch: Use cornstarch instead of flour when baking. Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch with 3 tablespoons cold water until smooth. Add more water if needed.
- Arrowroot Starch: Use arrowroot starch in place of flour. Cook arrowroot according to package directions.
- Potato Starch: Use potato starch in place of flour when making pie crusts and other baked goods.
- Sorghum Flour: Use sorghum flour in place of flour when baking. You will need to add extra liquid to compensate for the lack of gluten.
- Quinoa Flour: Use quinoa flour in place of wheat flour.
- Oats: Replace oats with buckwheat groats. They work well as bread crumbs too.
The above list contains only a few items that can replace gluten products! There are even many alternatives that you can find within stores that replace traditional foods such as bread and pasta so that they do not contain gluten!
This means that you can still enjoy all your favourite meals, even if you cannot eat gluten.
Want more gluten free meal options? See our Gluten Free Beef Lamb Meatball Recipes
If you follow these 10 gluten-free dinner ideas, then you should be able to feed yourself and your family with ease. Whether you are trying to lose weight, avoid certain allergens, or simply want to improve your diet, then these gluten-free dinner ideas will help you get there!
Having a gluten-free diet can be very difficult at times, and it can be hard to find foods that taste as good as those containing gluten.
However, there are many options available for anyone looking to avoid gluten, including swapping out some ingredients for gluten-free substitutes and finding recipes that never contained gluten in the first place!
There are so many delicious meals that you can make for yourself and the family that don’t contain gluten.
Eating a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be expensive either! With a little research and creativity, you can create amazing gluten-free dinners that are just as tasty as any others you may eat.
So, whether you’re on a strict gluten-free diet or just looking to try something different, try one of these 10 gluten-free dinners today!