It can be challenging to serve a dinner that makes everyone happy. But for families whose daily meal plan has to account for food allergies, it can seem impossible. When my older sister was first diagnosed with a high gluten intolerance, my entire family changed our lifestyle and eating habits. My mom, the amazing chef that she is, loaded up on easy gluten-free family dinner recipes that we all really loved. We started using gluten-free pancake mixes for breakfast, getting gluten-free snacks in our lunch boxes, and making cauliflower pizza bases for dinner.
The most important lesson in all of this was that if you do it right, eating a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be boring or taste less indulgent. Plus, when the whole family was eating gluten-free, my sister felt less like she was giving up on something and more like we were all in it together.
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As a result, these easy gluten-free family dinner recipes translated into my weekday college dinners with my roommates. The following recipes are kid-friendly, a cinch to prepare, easy to clean, and, of course, all gluten-free (but your taste buds will never notice). Although only one of us in my family is gluten intolerant, we all enjoy every meal equally. Whether you have a gluten allergy or not, save these 11 easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the family. I guarantee they’ll be a hit with any eater – yes, even Dad.
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Lemony Sheet Pan Chicken With Artichokes And Spring Vegetables
Why we love it: When it comes to preparing easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the family, sheet pan recipes are always a safe bet. Not only do they simplify cleanup, but they are also super customizable. This recipe has a Mediterranean flair and uses cherry tomatoes, garlic, red onion and artichoke halves as a vegetarian base, but the sky really is the limit. Anything you combine with this juicy, tender, lemony chicken will be a hit with the whole fam.
Hero Ingredient: Marinated artichoke halves just got a permanent place on my grocery list.
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Paleo Pot Pies from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: Kids and adults alike will all love these comforting gluten-free and paleo mini pot pies. I love that you can choose to use turkey or chicken or skip the meat altogether and make it just the way your family likes it. And how cute do they look in the mini molds? (Answer: super cute.)
Hero Ingredient: The gluten-free crust may be a little hard to handle, but the reward comes with the first bite.
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Glazed Pears Flatbread With Prosciutto, Walnuts & Goat Cheese
Why we love it: IMO: Pizza night is always a winning choice. Especially if your family is full of rowdy and quirky eaters like mine. This recipe is now one of my favorite ways to enjoy pizza/flatbread, but it can also serve as inspiration for a homemade gluten-free pizza night. Get the gluten-free crusts ready with a topping bar and let your hungry crowd go crazy. I count my blessings every time I bite into a cauliflower or gluten-free pizza crust, and I’m truly thankful that no one has to go without pizza.
Hero Ingredient: The balsamic glaze immediately caught my attention.
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Lighter Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Half-Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Looking for ways to pack some veggies into family dinners? Look no further than this lighter version of broccoli cheddar soup. It’s a mix of cauliflower, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and coconut milk that your kids will never guess are full of veggies. While this requires a double puree, it’s worth it. Promise.
Hero Ingredient: The cauliflower is as sneaky as it is creamy.
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Frying pan Eggplant Lasagna
Why we love it: This recipe is the perfect solution for weeknight dinners. It’s easy to make and lighter than traditional lasagna, with added nutritional value from the vegetables. And you better believe it doesn’t skimp on taste. Plus, this lasagna makes the most of the store-bought sauce, which I think we can all agree tastes and is just as good. loads of more practical.
Hero Ingredient: Eggplant should win an Oscar for its ova portrayal of noodles.
Get the recipe for Skillet Eggplant Lasagna.
Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken from Half Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Convince your family with this better-than-takeout, gluten-free sweet and sour chicken. While the chicken and veggies are cooking, you’ll have the perfect amount of time to make the sticky, sweet and sour (and just a little bit of spicy) sauce. The key is to use Thai chili sauce as a shortcut, and while the chicken is dredged in flour, gluten-free all-purpose flour works like a charm.
Hero Ingredient: The secret is in the sauce.
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One-Pot “Yummy Pasta” from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: This four ingredient pasta was called “Yummy Pasta” by the chef’s kids and the name couldn’t be more accurate. But don’t get me wrong… it’s not just for kids. I like to add a little red pepper flakes to my bowl to give it some spice, and it’s also delicious topped with goat cheese. Described as a “cleaned up spaghetti-o” dish, I guarantee this recipe will make its way into your weekly meal rotation. You can use any gluten free pasta you like and it will be just as delicious.
Hero Ingredient: Gluten-free pasta? Total godsend.
Get the recipe for One-Pot “Yummy Pasta.”
Gluten Free Chicken Enchilada Frying Pan from All the Healthy Things
Why we love it: Whenever I find easy gluten-free family dinner recipes that can be on the table in 30 minutes, I save them immediately. This recipe in particular has quickly become a favorite because basically all of the ingredients are grocery store staples. Plus, you can use a ready-made rotisserie chicken to make the recipe even easier. It’s everything you love about enchiladas without the work.
Hero Ingredient: Layer on the cheese, please.
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Easy Mexican Chicken & Rice Soup
Why we love it: This gluten-free, easy and delicious chicken and rice soup is the perfect comfort meal for the whole family. It comes together in one pot and seems to be the cure for all the spring sniffles your family may have to deal with. Served with rice with avocado, cilantro, the optional jalapeños and lime, this soup is sure to win over any eater.
Hero Ingredient: Aren’t you happy that rice is gluten-free?
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Healthy 20 Minute Korean Beef Bowl from Real Simple Good
Why we love it: This 20-minute meal is one of those dishes that tastes like you spent hours on it. The ground beef is bursting with ginger, red pepper and coconut aminos flavors and pairs perfectly with white or cauliflower rice. The spicy mayo drizzle only takes a minute to make and should definitely not be skipped.
Hero Ingredient: No one will have beef with the spices of this beef.
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Lime-y Chicken Tacos With Jicama, Avocado And Mint
Why we love it: Taco recipes are always great easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the whole family as everyone can create their own recipes according to their preferences. This particular recipe is packed with crisp, fresh veggies and is easy to make any night of the week. Austin readers, if you’ve had the El Santo taco from? Fresasyou will love this recipe.
Hero Ingredient: My favorite herb that fills this dish with a fresh spicy taste? I’ll give you a hint – it was “mint” to be.
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