Life is super busy these days so it makes sense to have a bunch of easy dinner recipes at the ready. These are my favorite go to gluten free easy dinner recipes that I have used over and over.
Dinner! It happens everyday yet we are often not prepared for it! I love feeding my family food that they love and I can feel good about but it’s not easy. When my kids were younger everything had to be separate with no icky sauce but they are getting slightly more daring with their food choices. Teens are a different animal especially when they start really caring about sports performance. They actually seek out the healthy stuff! Can you believe it?
Anyway, these recipes are family favorites and recipes that have been tried many times by readers. AND as always, they are all gluten free. If you want to learn more about How To Go Gluten Free check out my guide here.
I hope these Easy Gluten Free Dinners help you and your family enjoy more time together around the table.
1. Busy Evening Short Cuts
On the busiest of evenings I have some shortcuts up my sleeve that don’t count as recipes. Here are a few of my last minute ideas…
- corn tortillas with leftover protein, veggies and cheese (dip in salsa!)
- pancakes or waffles with bacon
- buddha or chipotle style bowls with leftover chicken, rice, beans, corn, roasted vegetables and cheese (family favorite)
- gluten free tortellini or spaghetti with jarred sauce and leftover roasted vegetables
- stir fry with protein and frozen stir fry vegetables (or this one in my Instant Pot)
- scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage
- baked sweet or white potato stuffed with protein and vegetables
2. Quick Instant Pot Favorites
I love using my Instant Pot for quick weeknight dinners. It does take a little getting used to but it’s so worth it. The Instant Pot makes the best soups and stews in the shortest amount of time. They taste like they have been simmering all day. These can easily be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator or make a double batch and freeze one for next week. I like to store my soups in freezer bags that I lay flat – they take up less room that way. OR you can store them in glass containers like these.
- Instant Pot Taco Soup
- Instant Pot Short Ribs
- Instant Pot Pork Tacos
- Instant Pot Sweet Balsamic Pork
- Instant Pot Sesame Chicken
- Instant Pot Orange Chicken
- Instant Pot Turkey Quinoa Chili
- Instant Pot Lentil Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Chicken Stir Fry (with frozen vegetables)
3. Ready in Under 30 Minutes
There’s nothing better than a dinner that can be made fresh at the last minute. I am so stressed during the week with school pick ups, driving to sports and math homework. Why is it always math they need help with? These quick gluten free dinners can be made start to finish in 30 minutes or less. You just have to remember to have the meat thawed!
- Baked Teriyaki Salmon
- Five Ingredient Caprese Chicken
- Grilled Skirt Steak with Watermelon Salsa
- Grilled Steak Tacos
- Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken
- Shoyu Chicken
- Chicken Gyro Bowl with Rice
- Chicken Curry
4. Sheet Pan Dinners
I discovered sheet pan dinners a few years ago when they were trending on Pinterest and I never looked back. Having only one sheet pan to wash after dinner gives me more time to do other things. I prefer my vegetables roasted this way because they get caramelized and most meats taste great roasted. Chicken can easily be marinated prior to roasting if you are looking for more flavor.
- Sheet Pan Salmon (Keto)
- Sheet Pan Chicken and Brussels Sprouts
- Sheet Pan Chicken Stir Fry
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Acorn Squash
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers
- Sheet Pan Brown Sugar Pork Chops
- Sheet Pan Jerk Chicken with Pineapple
- Sheet Pan Apple Cider Glazed Salmon
5. Salad For Dinner
Okay so sometimes you just crave a big hearty salad or you have vegetables that you know are close to the end of their lives. Let’s not waste them! Put them in a big kitchen sink salad or you can always use those veggies in a quick stir fry. A hearty salad is one that contains plenty of protein so sometimes I take one of these salads below and add rotissiere chicken, boiled eggs or leftover steak. I am obsessed with the Sriracha Ranch Dressing from Trader Joe’s because it adds so much flavor and spice.
- Lentil Salad with Tuna
- Greek Quinoa Salad
- Thai Chicken Salad
- Chopped Salad
- Spiced Sweet Potato and Kale Salad
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Cauliflower Tabbouleh
Learn more how to Meal Plan Here and get organized this week. It is so much easier to eat gluten free and healthy when you have a bunch of easy dinner ideas like these!
Need More Healthy Meal Ideas? Check out these…
- Gluten Free Meal Plan for Beginners
- 100 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas for Kids
- Gluten Free Food List
- 16 Easy Gluten Free Weeknight Dinners
- 20 Quick and Easy Keto Recipes
- 10 Keto Chia Seed Puddings
Instant Pot Pork Tacos
- 1.25 pork tenderloin (2 pieces)
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup whole greek yogurt, plain
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all spices in a small bowl and rub all over both pieces of pork being sure to press those spices in.
- Heat the Instant Pot to high and add apple cider vinegar. Carefully place all pork into pot. Cut them in half if necessary.
- Set Instant Pot to cook on high for 30 minutes in the sealed position. When timer goes off let the pressure release naturally. (If you prefer more flavor you can saute the pork first.)
- Carefully remove lid, remove pork and shred with two forks.
- This pork has good flavor but you don't get a sauce. My kids like it this way then I can add salsa and toppings as needed.
- Serve on a corn tortilla with lime juice, cojita cheese, avocado, cilantro, red onion and jalapenos.
- For avocado crema, mix all ingredients in a blender. Serve on top of tacos.