Monday, May 14, 2012

Gluten Free Cooking Tips #6 -- 5 Easy GF Meal Ideas

Cooking Tip#6
5 Super Easy and Quick Naturally Gluten Free Meals

People are always asking me how to get creative and delicious dinners on the table quickly. Busy stay-at-home moms, working parents, professional singles… it seems like no matter the family situation the question, “What’s for Dinner” can cause panic and frustration, especially when you have food intolerances.

The best way to have healthy, fast meals at home is to have a template for 5-10 easy recipes that your family could prepare any night of the week. Print this list of recipes, place in a plastic sheet protector and place on your refrigerator. Most of these recipes contain pantry and freezer staples and can be made any night of the week. Change them up by using the meat your prefer and switching up the vegetables or seasonings.

  • Breakfast for Dinner – (Our absolute favorite) Make scrambled eggs, bacon or turkey bacon and serve with sliced apples or canned fruit salad.
  • Quick Chicken Stirfry – Cut up two large chicken breasts, sauté in a pan with a little olive oil, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, and serve over ready-made rice like Uncle Ben’s.
  • Ground Beef or Turkey Hash – (A favorite at our house) Brown 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey. Dice 2-3 yellow squash or zucchini, along with 1 chopped onion. Add to ground beef and cook for 5-10 minutes until tender. To flavor add 1 tbsp. herbs de provence, greek seasoning, or gluten free taco seasoning! For even more variation add 2 finely diced sweet potatoes when cooking the zucchini, cook until fork tender.
  • Zucchini or corn tortilla pizzas – Thinly cut zucchini lengthwise into 5-6 slices or use corn tortillas as a base for pizzas. Add tomato sauce and your favorite toppings and place under your broiler for about 5 minutes. Make easy variations by using taco meat filling or even scrambled eggs and sausage as pizza toppings.
  • Tuna Salad Melts – Drain two small cans of tuna. Mix with 3 tbsp. mayonnaise, 1 tbsp. mustard, 2 tbsp. pickle relish, salt & pepper. Toast 2 slices gluten free bread, add several tbsp. tuna salad on each, top with favorite cheese or avocado slices (for dairy free).

In July 2010, I did an entire series featuring 20+ GF bloggers and their fav quick and easy meals!

More quick & easy gluten free meal recipes on my blog:
Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals

Reader’s Tip of the Day:
"Don't ever, I mean ever, use an ingredient you know you don't like just because it's in the recipe. That is the most likely way to waste your time, your money, and your creative energy." – Pamela M., author of Aseafish Out of Water

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  1. We have breakfast for dinner at least once a week in our house. :) pauladecaria(at)

  2. We do stir-fry often. And we have started grilling which can yield a completely gluten free delicious meal!


  4. Chicken and rice dishes are my staples. GFree gets easier with time but I'm always looking for variety. (My kids are NOT always looking for variety, however. I'm convinced they would be happy eating pizza and chicken nuggets every day for the rest of their lives!)

  5. I love the stir fry idea and can't believe I hadn't thought of it before now. I recently did fajitas gluten free and they were so wonderful.

  6. Good gf menu ideas. Preparing quick meals has been a struggle since my diagnosis.

  7. Great gf menu ideas! Preparing quick and healthy meals has been a struggle since my diagnosis!

  8. Thanks for the new ideas! Quick meals have been hard to find.

  9. I love authentic Mexican cuisine, so corn tortillas are a staple in my kitchen!

  10. It is a really good idea to have go-to ideas. In the early days we almost lived on stir-fry because I had a hard time thinking of anything else, especially without a lot of planning time. Good thing we like it.

  11. Thanks great ideas on quick meals

  12. great quick meal ideas

  13. Avocado sounds great on a tuna sandwich! I like to make little rolls using butter lettuce instead of bread and just scooping the tuna or salmon salad into the lettuce leaf and rolling it loosely. It definitely a casual, play with your food kind of meal. Kids would like it.

  14. great ideas, thanks

  15. Love the ideas! Thank you!

  16. Delicious recipe ideas! My kids love when I make breakfast for dinner. I am really looking forward to trying your zucchini pizza recipe!

  17. We are retired so I have plenty of time to prepare meals now. I do remember back years ago though when that was not the norm when all the kids were home.

  18. Either I am cooking for more people than you are, or we are really piggy eaters, LOL. I love this idea. Because of other dietary restrictions I can't use your list, but I can make my own list that will work for us. Thanks for this idea!

  19. I find that I easily got discouraged at first because it seemed like everything took so long to make! Even just a big salad or GF store-bought pasta can be a good solution.

  20. I want to try making the hash. Sounds super easy and delicious.

  21. I am so hungry after reading this post!