40 Family Friendly Gluten-Free Weeknight Dinners

In this collection of gluten-free weeknight dinners, we invite you to explore a world of flavors, textures, and wholesome ingredients that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied and nourished. Gluten-free dining has come a long way, and the options available today are more diverse and exciting than ever before. 

moroccan chicken rice dish in a skillet

From mouthwatering Italian classics to savory Asian stir-fries, we’ve chosen our best gluten-free dinner recipes without sacrificing flavor. These easy dinners will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen, creating wholesome weeknight meals. Our Family-Friendly Gluten-Free Dinners, feature budget-friendly quick meals and one-skillet favorite recipes.

 

40 Family Friendly Gluten-Free Weeknight Dinners

 

burrito in a skillet, gluten free

recipe for One-Skillet Vegetarian Burrito

This gluten-free, vegetarian burrito has all the delicious ingredients of a burrito but without the tortilla. This Mexican dish is made with black beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, rice, cheese, and plenty of cilantro. A gluten-free weeknight dinner does not get any easier than this!

cheesy chicken stuffed peppers gluten free

recipe for Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Peppers

You may think that making stuffed peppers is complicated? This gluten-free cheesy chicken stuffed pepper recipe is so simple to make even a novice cook can whip it up in minutes. 

chicken Cordon Bleurecipe for Gluten-Free Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

An easy version of gluten-free chicken cordon bleu. The tender chicken breast is layered with black forest ham, Swiss cheese and basil. Then, the casserole is baked in a creamy garlic sauce. The recipe is easy enough to appeal even for beginner chefs.

one pot, chicken, paprikasrecipe for Gluten-Free One Pot Chicken Paprikash Penne

This one-pot wonder takes only 25 minutes to cook, making this an easy gluten-free weeknight meal that even the pickiest eater will love. What is so great about this recipe, is the easy cleanup. This is our favourite, gluten-free pasta meal!

beef and broccoli

recipe for 20 Minute Baked Asian-Style Beef and Broccoli

This Asian-style quick and easy beef and broccoli dish has a big flavor and not a lot of work.

fall recipe for pasta puttanesca in a skillet

recipe for Gluten Free Pasta Puttanesca

The combination of salty anchovies, tangy capers, olives, garlic, and spicy chili flakes make puttanesca sauce exceptionally tasty and perfect for coating gluten free pasta. Bold flavors with minimal work!

sheet pan spaghetti in a bowlrecipe for Gluten Free Sheet Pan Spaghetti and Meatballs

Plenty of garlic, fresh vegetables and spices give this sheet pan spaghetti and meatballs robust Italian flavour. This recipe is an easy gluten free weeknight dinner made on one baking sheet and in less than 30 minutes.

 

ramen salad, vegan, gluten freerecipe for Vegan Ramen Salad With Sesame Ginger Dressing

This is a gluten-free Vegan Ramen Salad is made with plenty of veggies, cashews and sesame seeds.  This easy weeknight meal takes less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.

one pot creamy tomato pasta bake in a skillet, gluten free

recipe for Gluten Free One Pot Pasta Bake

Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a crowd-pleasing dish for a gathering, you can have this Italian dish ready in under 30 minutes. This pasta dish is hearty and satisfying. A green salad or a side of garlic bread such Gluten Free Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread, or rolls like the Gluten-Free Parker House Rolls will complete this Italian meal.

6 baked stuffed peppers in a baking dish

Recipe for Easiest Stuffed Peppers

This quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe allows you to enjoy a nutritious and delicious meal in under an hour with only 4 ingredients plus seasoning.

Louisiana Chicken gumbo, gluten freerecipe for Louisiana Chicken Gumbo – Easy Weeknight Dinner

This Louisiana dish is a thick stew made with chicken, chorizo sausage, veggies and spices. This thick, richly spiced stew has the most flavourful sauce showcasing Creole and New Orleans cuisine. 

 

instant pot spaghetti #glutenfree |onlyglutenfreerecipesrecipe for  Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese

A robust bolognese sauce or as they call it in Italy ragout, is oozing of authentic Italian herbs and spices, a little cream, white wine and Parmesan cheese. An easy weeknight dinner recipe for the entire family.

pasta primavera bake in a bowl

Recipe for Gluten-Free Creamy Pasta Primavera Bake

This gluten-free creamy pasta primavera bake is a versatile Italian dish that combines the comfort of creamy pasta with the freshness of seasonal vegetables

instant pot beef and vegetable souprecipe for Instant Pot Beef And Vegetable Soup With Gluten-Free Mini Dumplings

Nutritious, hearty, Beef And Vegetable Soup with Gluten-Free Mini Dumplings. This soup is thick, and every bite is filled with veggies, tender meat and gluten-free mini dumplings. This is a straight forward beef and vegetable soup recipe with easy to make mini dumplings.

 

one dish chicken bake, gluten freerecipe for One Dish Chicken Bake with Marinara Sauce Dinner

This gluten-free Italian recipe is made entirely from scratch using only one dish. Fresh veggies simmered in the most flavourful tomato sauce, then topped with chicken and creamy mozzarella cheese. 

 

nacho dinner in a casserole dish

recipe for Gluten Free Nacho Dinner Casserole

This Mexican-style layered dish combines salty, spicy, meaty, cheesy, and fresh flavors. And, is simple and quick to make, making weeknight meals a breeze.

 

chicken mushroom casserole, gluten freerecipe for One Pan Chicken and Creamy Mushrooms Casserole

This casserole is a feel good dish with chicken and mushrooms in a cream sauce, kale, rice, lemon zest and cheese. A simple, satisfying meal packed with flavour.

 

one skillet chicken pasta, gluten freerecipe for One-Skillet Chicken Penne with Fennel Dinner

Chicken, Fennel, Lemon, garlic, fresh tomatoes, penne pasta, gruyere cheese and plenty of fresh parsley. So delicious, yet so simple! The gluten-free penne pasta is baked in a creamiest lemon garlic sauce and finished with gruyere cheese and fresh parsley. 

 

moroccan skillet chicken rice weeknight dinnerrecipe for Moroccan Chicken Rice Weeknight Dinner

A delicious Moroccan Chicken Rice Dinner using only one skillet. Using a blend of seven spices, raisins and dried apricots is what gives this chicken rice dinner the authentic Moroccan flavour. The best part, everything in this recipe is naturally gluten-free.

 

buttermilk chicken pasta salad in a large salad bowl

recipe for Gluten-Free Buttermilk Chicken Pasta Salad

Homemade, creamy buttermilk dressing, tossed with gluten-free pasta, chicken, hearts of palm, sweet cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon, fresh cilantro, cubes of cheese and a kick of salsa verde.

zucchini ziti, gluten freerecipe for Zucchini Baked Ziti (Keto, Grain-Free)

This Zucchini Baked Ziti is for nights when you are craving Italian, but want something low-carb and nutritious. This easy meal is zucchini baked in a basil tomato sauce, three different kinds of cheese and Italian chicken sausage. This is a flavourful low-carb Italian dish for any night of the week. 

 

gluten-free, yeast-free thin crust crispy pizza with toppings

recipe for Gluten-Free (Yeast-Free) Thin Crust Pizza

A fresh homemade pizza in minutes with this Gluten-Free Yeast-Free Thin Crust Pizza recipe. The pizza crust is crispy and soft on the inside, just like a delicious pizza from an Italian bakery. The crust is thin and firm enough to hold plenty of toppings.

tomato feta pasta, gluten freerecipe for 20 Minute Gluten-Free Tomato and Feta Pasta

This pasta dish screams freshness! Using fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, herbs, feta cheese and fresh parsley is what makes this Italian dish exceptional. The simplicity of this dish is what makes it so delicious, especially the saltiness of feta cheese. You need only 20 minutes for this recipe.

 

shepherd’s pie double baked potato on a plate

recipe for Shepherd’s Pie Double Baked Potato

Potato skin is filled with saucy meat and vegetable filling packed with exceptional flavor and topped with the fluffiest creamy potatoes flavoured with sour cream and green onions. YUM!

 

lasagna roll ups, gluten free

recipe for Gluten-Free Skillet Cheese Lasagna Roll Ups

Say goodbye to heavy, traditional lasagna and enjoy this lighter rendition created with fresh, wholesome ingredients. Enjoy these easy tips behind creating this mouthwatering Italian dish.

 

gluten free one skillet Alfredo Basil pasta weeknight dinnerrecipe for One Skillet Gluten-Free Alfredo Basil Pasta Dinner

The pasta is smothered with creamy, cheesy, basil pesto sauce, then baked with mozzarella cheese. The best part, all you need is 30 minutes, and seven ingredients plus salt and pepper to make the most delicious, satisfying gluten-free Italian pasta meal

 

fajita stew, gluten freerecipe for Chicken Fajita Stew – A healthy Weeknight Dinner

The Chicken Fajita Stew is a refreshing twist on tex-mex food. In this quick and nutritious gluten-free meal, the chicken is marinated in fresh lime juice and Mexican spices. This easy weeknight meal has plenty of veggies including baby potatoes.

 

Brazilian chicken rice bake dinnerrecipe for One Skillet Cheesy Brazilian Chicken Rice Bake Dinner

The easiest, mildly spicy weeknight style dinner One Skillet Cheesy Brazilian Chicken Rice Bake. The aromatic naturally gluten-free chicken rice bake is easy, cheesy and takes just over thirty minutes to make. In Brazil, this dish is called Galinhada.

Sweeedish beef and pork meatballs with sauce in a bowl

Recipe for Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs

This is an easy meal with bold flavors. It’s equally great for a simple family dinner as it is for entertaining. Serve with mashed potatoes, gluten-free noodles, or over rice for a complete meal.

beef ramen, gluten freerecipe for 30 Minute Gluten-Free Beef Ramen Noodles

This gluten-free Asian inspired noodle dish is just the thing for when you crave take out food but are short on time. The beefy noodles are seasoned with ginger sauce and mixed with julienned carrots, peppers and corn. This noodle dish is quick and simple to make, with amazing flavours throughout.

 

spicy soba noodles easy weeknight dinnerrecipe for Monday Night Spicy Soba Noodles – Gluten Free

This Spicy Soba Noodles recipe is the simplest of simple. This noodles dish is made with soba noodles, chicken, miso, garlic, nut butter, veggies, herbs and spices and sesame seeds. This mildly spicy noodle dish takes just minutes to prepare. 

 

a slice of crazy crust pizza, gluten free

recipe for Gluten-Free Crazy Crust Pizza

This crazy crust pizza is one of our easiest gluten-free pizza recipes. Soft, crispy bottom crust topped with our favourite toppings.

 

honey garlic chicken with coconut ricerecipe for Honey Garlic Chicken with Coconut Rice

Garlicky, gingery and a little sweet and spicy pan seared chicken baked with creamy coconut rice. For added flavours and textures, some green beans and fresh corn off the Cobb. This simple chicken dish has a mix of Thai flavours, coconut rice flavour, and all the ingredients are naturally gluten-free.

 

soup in a spoon close up viewrecipe for German Potato Soup With Wieners – Gluten Free

A taste of authentic German cuisine. This German Potato Soup with Wieners satisfies hunger and offers the warm feeling of a home-cooked meal.

 

chicken enchilada casserole gluten free weeknight dinnerrecipe for Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole Dinner

If you get Mexican food cravings, look to our Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Rotisserie chicken, homemade enchilada sauce, tortillas, sour cream and green onions spiced with chilli powder, cumin, oregano and garlic. For an easy assembly, everything is layered in a casserole dish with cheese and baked until all the flavours are melted together.

roasted stuffed poblano peppers with melted cheese

Recipe for Roasted Stuffed Poblano Peppers

These easy-to-make roasted poblano peppers are a must-try for anyone craving delicious gluten-free Mexican food. This delicious weeknight meal takes about 35 minutes from start to table. YUM!

thai chicken ramen, gluten freerecipe for Easy Thai Cashew Chicken Ramen

A flavourful creamy Thai Cashew Chicken Ramen is a hot, hearty meal cooked under 30 minutes. This recipe is based on Japanese noodle dish called ramen with added Thai flavours. The entire meal is made in one pot using fresh ingredients. Loaded with veggies briefly cooked in a creamy lightly spiced broth with chicken and gluten-free ramen noodles.

 

instant pot coconut curry chicken dinnerrecipe for Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

The entire recipe takes only 20 minutes to cook. But more importantly the chicken is juicier because it is cooked under pressure.  The curry is mildly spiced and has a fragrant and delicate flavour.

 

sheet pan chicken gluten free weeknight dinnerrecipe for Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken Dinner

This Sheet Pan Spanish Chicken Dinner takes only minutes to whip up! Sheet pan dinners are simple with minimal clean up. In this dish, the chicken and potatoes soak up the flavours from chorizo sausage, red onions, garlic, peppers, oregano and fresh lemon juice. This is an absolute must have gluten-free weeknight dinner recipe.

Key points about gluten free cooking

Before diving into cooking, there are several key things you should know about cooking without gluten.

Understand What Gluten Is: 

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives. It’s what gives dough its elasticity and bread its structure. Gluten can also hide in various food additives, so it’s important to learn to recognize these on ingredient labels.

Cross-Contamination: 

Cross-contamination can occur when gluten-free foods come into contact with gluten-containing surfaces, utensils, or ingredients. To prevent this, thoroughly clean cooking utensils, cutting boards, and countertops before use. Consider designating gluten-free cooking equipment.

Gluten-Free Ingredients: 

Familiarize yourself with gluten-free grains and flours, such as rice, corn, quinoa, almond flour, coconut flour, and tapioca starch. You’ll need these alternatives to replace wheat-based ingredients in recipes.

Gluten-Free Labeling: 

Look for gluten-free labels on packaged products. Many countries have specific regulations regarding what can be labeled as gluten-free. These labels can help you identify safe options.

Read Labels Carefully: 

Always read ingredient labels on packaged foods. Gluten can hide in unexpected places, like sauces, seasonings, and processed foods. Familiarize yourself with ingredients that may contain gluten, such as modified food starch, malt, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

Check Spices and Seasonings: 

Some spice blends and seasonings may contain gluten as a filler or thickener. Purchase gluten-free versions or make your spice blends from single ingredients to be safe.

Gluten-Free Cooking Techniques: 

Gluten-free flours and grains can behave differently than wheat-based ingredients. You may need to adjust cooking times and temperatures. For example, gluten-free baked goods might require extra moisture or binders.

Certified Gluten-Free Products: 

If you have celiac disease or extreme gluten sensitivity, consider using products certified as gluten-free by reputable organizations. These products undergo testing to ensure they meet strict gluten-free standards.

Be Patient: 

Transitioning to a gluten-free diet can be challenging at first. Be patient with yourself as you learn and adapt to new cooking techniques and ingredients.

 

By following these key steps, you’ll be better prepared to start your gluten-free cooking journey, whether for health reasons or to explore new culinary horizons. With the right knowledge and tools, gluten-free cooking can be simple, delicious, and satisfying.

 

Need more dinner ideas for the family? Check out our gluten-free casual meal recipes.

 

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