Need something easy to cook tonight? These tasty gluten-free dinners can be prepared in under 30 minutes!
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About This Gluten-Free Dinners Blog Post
Sometimes you just are mentally tapped. With celiac disease, it's really common to experience burnout. We spend so much time thinking about, preparing, worrying, and dealing with food all day and every day that it's no wonder we might be exhausted at the thought of cooking dinner each night.
So if you want a gluten-free dinner that is easy, won't take long, will be quick to prepare, and not have you spending a lot of energy, and still tastes delicious... that's what you'll find in this list.
While I enjoy making more time-intensive recipes like butter chicken and empanadas, I save those for when I have the capacity for those more in-depth recipes. I love to cook, but sometimes I really just want to eat!
In this post, you will find links to recipes here on the website, and recipes from other food bloggers and resources I recommend. I have also included gluten-free products I use personally and always return to for excellent taste, texture, and quality.
Let's dive into these easy 30-minute dinners so you can get to eating food that's gluten-free, tastes good, and won't be a hassle.
Gluten-Free Dinners In Less Than 30 Minutes
- About This Gluten-Free Dinners Blog Post
- Gluten-Free Dinners In Less Than 30 Minutes
- Gluten-Free Tacos
- Gluten-Free Salads
- Gluten-Free Pasta
- Gluten-Free Rice Bowls
- Gluten-Free Pizza
- Gluten-Free Breakfast For Dinner
- Gluten-Free Sausages & Veggies
- Gluten-Free Burgers
- Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
- Final Thoughts: Easy Gluten-Free Dinners In Under 30 Minutes
How can you ever go wrong with TACOS? This is my gluten-free tacos recipe using homemade seasoning with ingredients right in your pantry.
All you have to do is prepare your filling. The possibilities for tacos are endless. Try filling tacos with fish, shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, jackfruit, or even chickpeas! The only cooking required for tacos is the protein. After that, it's just grabbing your toppings. Try shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onion, sour cream, cheese, fresh lime juice, cilantro, beans, corn, or whatever floats your taco-filled boat. If you don't want hard shell, try soft shell, or make nachos.
For great grain-free taco shells and tortillas, try Siete Foods. I discovered their grain-free products after my second diagnosis of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. Everything Siete makes is fantastic. If you can digest corn without issue, try Mission Brand or Old El Paso, which has labeled gluten-free taco shells.
Taco Recipes To Try
We love using this homemade taco seasoning over ground turkey or ground beef. I highly recommend serving tacos with a side of Mexican rice, too. And if you don't feel like having tacos, you can always make some loaded nachos, instead!
Salads are often thought of as a side dish, but they don't have to be. With a little protein and toppings, a salad can be a complete meal. There are multiple ways to prepare salads and not only do they offer plenty of variety, they can be prepared in less than 30 minutes!
Pick a leafy green base, add a protein, then add any toppings you'd like. If you are bored with your current salads, try changing it up. Use different lettuce. Always using romaine? Try some leafy kale, healthy spinach, or peppery arugula. Look to see what fruits and veggies are in season and create a salad around one of those flavors.
Salad Recipes To Try
My friend Mollie features delicious salads in her weeknight meal rotations on Instagram (as seen above), and on Gluten-Free Mollie D, which is my go-to for salad inspiration. You can also just grab a pack of frozen chicken tenders (Purdue Makes a certified gluten-free version) and cook them quickly in the oven for about 20 minutes. Throw them on some lettuce, add your favorite toppings & dressing, and dig in.
Pasta is the meal of most college kids for good reason - it's cheap and the only cooking skills required are boiling water! It's easy to make, and you can customize it with whatever sauce you like. Pesto, tomato sauce, butter, vegetables, cream sauces - pasta is so versatile and one of my all-time favorite foods.
Pasta Recipes To Try
Easy Ziti: Get a jar of your favorite tomato sauce and mix in some ricotta cheese to gluten-free penne. It's like ziti without having to bake it. I love Rao's marinara sauce (gluten-free).
The 3 P's: Pick your favorite gluten-free pasta and add fresh parmesan cheese with a little pasta water, and some peas. 3 P Perfection.
Pesto: Grab a container of pesto like the Vegan one from Trader Joe's (no gluten-containing ingredients), or make your own with this easy spinach pesto recipe.
Butter & Ground Beef: This is a lazy meal Dylan and I love. Brown 1 lb of lean ground beef and add your favorite seasonings. Add to your favorite gluten-free pasta with butter and dig in.
Gluten-Free Rice Bowls
Rice bowls are versatile and super easy to throw together with whatever you have in the fridge! And with a rice cooker, this meal is one of those "set it and forget it" dinners. (Does anyone else remember those infomercials from the '90s?) Or, you could also use an Instant Pot to make things even quicker, or use instant rice you can microwave or heat up on the stove.
While your rice is cooking, choose a protein and cook it on the stovetop, and prepare your vegetables. An easy choice is bell peppers and onions, which you can also saute in about 10-15 minutes. You could also just pick your favorite frozen veggie and heat them up in the microwave! Add lettuce, sour cream, cheese, avocado, or whatever other toppings you like!
Rice Bowl Recipes To Try
Pizza at home cooks in 15 minutes! What's better than having a homemade pizza for dinner?
Whether you prefer a classic Margherita pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, or you feel like switching it up with some funky toppings, pizza is the perfect way to get creative. You can customize your gluten-free pizza to include veggies, protein, cheeses, sauces, and plenty of fun flavors.
Pizza Recipes To Try
Honestly, pizza is such an easy choice because all you need is your favorite crust. Then add your sauce, cheese, and toppings. Schar makes a pre-made crust, but my favorite is the frozen crust from Ugly's, which is local to Massachusetts and a gluten-free sourdough crust. If you want to get more creative, try this leeky chicken pizza recipe, inspired by a recipe from a pizzeria in Vermont.
Gluten-Free Breakfast For Dinner
When all else fails and you literally have no idea what to make for an easy dinner - go back to basics with breakfast! Whether it's eggs, egg cup omelets, waffles, pancakes, frittatas, even some sausage, and bacon, or an egg sandwich - keeping it easy and quick with brinner (breakfast for dinner) is always a great idea for a fast dinner.
Breakfast Recipes To Try
There are lots of great gluten-free pancake mixes on the market you can try. Bisquick and Birch Benders both make gluten-free pancake mixes. This is my easy avocado toast recipe and all you need is your favorite gluten-free bread, avocado, fried eggs, and everything but the bagel seasoning. There's also just the choice of an egg sandwich: fried egg, a slice of cheese, or protein, on your favorite gluten-free bread, bagel, or English muffin (I like Canyon).
Gluten-Free Sausages & Veggies
Something about throwing everything into one pan makes the dish seem so much easier. And with a sheet pan sausage & veggies meal, that's definitely the case. With gluten-free sausages of your choice, cut up some vegetables like potatoes, peppers, squash, carrots, or broccoli. Toss everything onto a sheet pan and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs, and bake, just like this roasted veggie recipe.
Sausage & Veggie Recipes To Try
I found this recipe for a sausage and vegetable bake called "Lazy Sunday Casserole" years ago and it's been a staple in our dinner menu ever since! Or you could throw in some cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe's and make this sausage gnocchi veggie bake.
Even if you don't have a barbecue at home (we don't right now, but will soon!), our George Foreman works great, or even a frying pan on the stove! Burgers are easy to prepare and cook in about 10 minutes. Add a side salad, veggies, rice, avocado, or whatever sides you'd like, and you've got a delicious meal.
Burger Recipes To Try
I never follow any burger recipes in particular and prefer to make up my own seasonings for the patties and sauces. Dylan makes his burgers with a mixture of salt, pepper, and dried herbs like rosemary and thyme, as well as garlic & onion powder. I use this homemade aioli with frozen fries from Ore-Ida on the side! You can also buy pre-made beef, turkey, or black bean patties in the frozen section so they are ready to cook whenever you want. Frozen fries cook in about 20-25 minutes and then you've got a burger and fries ready to eat.
Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
Because macaroni and cheese from a box is like a nostalgic taste of childhood, right? Mac and cheese is the perfect easy meal when you don't have the time or energy to cook anything. You can jazz it up with some protein, extra veggies, or whatever else you want to put in.
Mac and Cheese recipes to try
I compared some of the biggest mac and cheese brands in this blog post here, so you know which ones are worth buying! My favorite is Annie's or Aldi. You could also just make your favorite gluten-free elbows or shells pasta, then add in butter, shredded cheese, and milk!
Final Thoughts: Easy Gluten-Free Dinners In Under 30 Minutes
What do you think of this list?
Did you find something to cook for an easy dinner this evening?
If you have any other gluten-free dinners that can be made in under 30 minutes, leave them here in the comments!
Looking for more gluten-free resources?
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Want to find some great lunch ideas that are gluten-free? Check out this post for easy school lunches when you have celiac disease.