12 Gluten Free Dinner Ideas the Whole Family Will Enjoy

12 Gluten Free Dinner Ideas the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Making a quality gluten free dinner for the whole family doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here are some simple to make and tasty gluten free dinner ideas you can cook any time.

Sharing a meal with your family after a long work day is the best way to unwind. Having that time to connect is important, especially if you and your spouse work full-time away from home.

As wonderful as it is to enjoy that family meal, however, sometimes the task of preparing a healthy dinner seems daunting. What’s more is, if you need to keep your meals gluten free, it might even seem like an insurmountable task.

If you’re in charge of preparing gluten free meals for your family, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of options that are both healthy and simple to prepare. We’ve assembled a collection of 12 gluten free dinner ideas that are easy to make and guaranteed to satisfy.

The next time you come home to a hungry family, and you just don’t know what to make for dinner, give one of these gluten free meals a try!

1. One-Pot Chicken Tetrazzini

A creamy blend of chicken, mushrooms, and gluten free pasta, this one-pot chicken tetrazzini is the ultimate comfort food for your family. Start by browning 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms then cook 8 ounces of Schär Gluten Free Pasta in chicken broth in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Add creamy mushroom soup, chopped chicken, and cream cheese then season with garlic salt and pepper. Stir in the mushrooms and add peas and shredded cheese then cook until hot and bubbling.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

2. Quinoa Bowls with Broccoli and Shrimp

If you’re looking for a light meal that is still healthy and satisfying, try these quinoa bowls loaded with oven-roasted broccoli, shrimp, and avocado. Start by cooking 1 ½ cups of quinoa until light and fluffy – let it rest while you roast a pound of broccoli florets tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper until just tender. Add a pound of peeled shrimp during the last 8 minutes of roasting then assemble your bowls. Dress them with a vinaigrette made from rice vinegar, ginger, and olive oil, topped with tomatoes and fresh sliced scallions.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

3. Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

A hearty batch of spaghetti and meatballs is a delicious way to satisfy the whole family. Start by combining 1 ½ pounds of ground beef or turkey with two beaten eggs, ¼ cup almond flour, chopped carrots, onion, and garlic, and some dried oregano. Season with salt and pepper then roll into meatballs and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve with Schär Gluten Free Spaghetti and your favorite pasta sauce or make your own!

Prep Time: 30 minutes

4. Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders

There isn’t a kid on the planet who doesn’t love chicken tenders and these crispy coconut chicken tenders are sure to satisfy the whole family. Start by combining ¼ cup each of coconut flour and brown rice flour in a shallow dish and beat an egg in a small bowl. Next, pulse 3 cups of crispy rice cereal in a food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs. Take pieces of chicken tenderloin and coat them in the flour mixture then dip them in the egg, followed by the crisp rice. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

5. Cheesy Baked Potato Soup

This hot and hearty baked potato soup is the perfect meal for a cold day. Start by cooking 2 tablespoons of minced garlic in butter then stir in 6 cups of chicken broth, 9 cups of cubed potatoes, and 2 teaspoons of parsley. Simmer until the potatoes are tender then make a roux in another saucepan. Add 3 cups of milk to the roux then stir it into the potato mixture and stir in 5 cups of cheddar cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted then add sour cream, garlic salt, and pepper. Serve the soup hot with extra cheese and chopped bacon with Schär Gluten Free Crispbread for dipping.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

6. Bacon Cheddar Hot Pockets

For the ultimate kid-friendly meal, whip up a batch of bacon cheddar hot pockets in under an hour. Start by combining 3 ½ cups of sour cream with 5 ¼ cups tapioca flour and 2 cups grated parmesan cheese to make the dough. Next, layer slices of cheese with strips of bacon, and roll them together. Divide the dough into balls then flatten into discs and wrap them around the cheese and bacon balls. Bake on a lined baking sheet at 350°F for about 25 to 30 minutes until lightly golden and enjoy immediately!

Prep Time: 45 minutes

7. Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake

Loaded with cheese and tender gluten free pasta, this casserole is going to become a family favorite. Start by cooking a pound of Schär Gluten Free Fusilli while you sauté diced onions in butter. Add some chopped bacon and garlic powder to the pan then stir in 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour blend and cook until thick. Whisk in two cups of half-n-half and 1 cup of chicken broth then add diced tomatoes, chicken, and cheddar cheese along with your cooked pasta. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella then cover and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes until hot and bubbling.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

8. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This pulled pork is a simple meal that you can let simmer in your slow cooker all day until you get home. Start by layering sliced onions and sweet peppers in the slow cooker with a 3 ½ pound boneless pork shoulder. Add tomatoes, cumin, garlic salt, and oregano then season with a little cayenne if you want to give it a kick. Stir in diced green chilies and drained corn then cover and cook on high heat for 5 hours or low heat for 7 to 8 hours. Remove the pork and cut it into slices then shred it with two forks and stir it back into the slow cooker. Let it heat through then serve it up on toasted Schär Kaiser Rolls.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

9. Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

This simple recipe can be made gluten free just by substituting the Italian-style breadcrumbs for equally delicious Schär Gluten Free Bread Crumbs. Start by preheating the oven to 400°F. Take 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves and dip them in beaten egg then dredge in the breadcrumbs. Place the chicken in a glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Top the chicken with 24 ounces of pasta sauce and sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella then bake for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. If you want to brown the cheese, just place the dish under the broiler for a few minutes.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

10. Cheesy Ham and Rice Casserole

For a family-friendly casserole loaded with cheese, try this cheesy ham and rice casserole that whips up in under 45 minutes. Start by preheating the oven to 350°F then grease and flour a medium baking dish. Whisk together 2 egg yolks with 2 ½ cups heavy cream then stir in diced onion, carrot, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper then stir in 8 ounces shredded mozzarella, 2 ½ cups diced ham, and 2 cups cooked rice. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and sprinkle with a cup of parmesan cheese then bake for 25 to 30 minutes until hot and bubbling.

Prep Time: 40 minutes

11. Easy Baked Pork Chops

With a few simple spices for flavor, these baked pork chops pair well with steamed veggies, mashed potatoes, or whatever else your kids like. Start by preheating the oven to 400 then rub each pork chop with olive oil. Season with smoked paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper then bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the pork chops are just cooked through. Serve with your favorite side dish like steamed broccoli or Schär Gluten Free Penne with butter.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

12. Herbed Chicken and Veggies

This meal is surprisingly simple to prepare but it is hot, hearty, and loaded with flavor. Start by cleaning a whole 3 ½ to 4-pound chicken then season the outside with paprika, sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan then brown the chicken on all sides. Combine chopped potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, and celery in a slow cooker then place the chicken on top. Pour in ½ cup of chicken broth then cover and cook for 4 hours on high heat. If you prefer to let the chicken cook while you’re at work, set it on low heat to cook for 8 hours.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Preparing a delicious and nutritious gluten free meal for your family doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple ingredients and the right recipe, you can create a healthy and satisfying gluten free dinner the whole family will love. Give these recipes a try!