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10 Gluten-Free Dinners That Won’t Disappoint You

You’ve probably noticed that it’s hard to find good gluten-free recipes.

And you’ve probably also noticed that many of the tasty ones are loaded with far more calories than you want to eat.

You can go through dozens of gluten-free recipes before landing on something that you actually want to add to your rolodex.

This makes it hard to enjoy your diet, and means having to give up many of the gluten-containing meals that you used to enjoy.

That’s why you need to check out these 10 healthy, “diet-friendly” gluten-free dinner recipes.

They’re easy to make, they taste fantastic, and they can actually fit your macros.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Serves 6

Craving chicken pot pie? You might think this classic comfort food is out of reach, depending on your dietary restrictions. Pie crust is made with flour and butter, and a biscuit topping is basically the same.

Instead you can enjoy this gluten-free, dairy-free chicken pot pie soup, which is like eating the savory filling. If you’re missing the crust, serve with a biscuit made with gluten-free oat flour.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

212

Calories

16 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz. each)

1 carrot

1 small yellow onion

2 stalks celery

3 cups chicken stock

1 can (15 oz.) light coconut milk

3 cups mixed frozen vegetables

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. vegan buttery spread

3 Tbsp. gluten-free all-purpose flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Salt-free seasoning blend to taste

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Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza

Serves 4

A lot of gluten-free pizza recipes will leave out the crust altogether, replacing it with a thick slice of eggplant or zucchini instead. That’s great if it’s what you’re craving, but sometimes you just need the real thing, dough and all.

In that case, whip up your own gluten-free flour mix, and you’ll always be able to make a gluten-free pizza that suits your tastes – and beats delivery any day.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

497

Calories

13 g

Protein

77 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Flour Mix:

3 cups cornstarch

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1/2 cup potato starch

1 Tbsp. xanthan gum

 

Pizza Crust:

2 cups gluten-free flour mix

1 Tbsp. sugar

3/4 tsp. salt

3 Tbsp. sorghum flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup warm water

1 envelope pizza crust yeast

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

 

Toppings:

7 oz. (1/4 of large can) whole peeled tomatoes

10 leaves basil, chopped

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup (about 5 oz.) shredded mozzarella

3 basil leaves, for garnish

1/2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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Hemp-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Serves 4

Preparing a gluten-free meal plan for your family? You’ll want to keep this recipe in the regular rotation. It’s great for all ages, and that includes college students and bachelors too.

Or serve it as a grown-up take on take out with several fancy dipping sauces like a gluten-free sweet and sour, rich porter honey mustard, and homemade buttermilk ranch.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

409

Calories

52 g

Protein

5 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup hemp seeds

1/2 cup almond meal

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1/4” thick strips

2 large eggs, whisked

Cooking spray

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Lemony Lentil & Chickpea Salad

Serves 6

This is an amazing gluten-free salad, not just because of the flavor. You’ll also love that it’s nutrient-dense, keeps well throughout the week, and can be taken to-go without getting soggy.

It’s perfect to make on the weekend so that you don’t have to think about lunch for your workdays, and you can mix it up with optional toppings like pumpkin seeds and cranberries.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

479

Calories

23 g

Protein

56 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

Lentils:

2 cups dried black beluga lentils (or French green lentils)

2 large cloves garlic, halved lengthwise

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

 

Lemon Dressing:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. pure honey

1 clove garlic, pressed or minced

1/4 tsp. salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Salad:

1 can (14 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 big bunch radishes, thinly sliced and roughly chopped

1/4 cup packed fresh leafy herbs, chopped (such as mint and dill)

Sliced avocado

1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) crumbled feta or goat cheese

Handful of fresh leafy greens

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Serves 10

Chili is a perfect gluten-free dinner because it’s nutritionally well-balanced, and almost every option for how to make it is still on the table.

This slow cooker chili uses chicken breast, but it’s easy to make a version with beef or just beans instead. Any variety you choose to eat will go well with everyone’s favorite gluten-free bread: cornbread.

Get more healthy recipes like this in Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker: National Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle, which has sections for rice, grains, poultry, seafood, and more.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

266

Calories

29 g

Protein

27 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup diced sweet onion

1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs), cut into bite-sized pieces

1 can (14.5 oz.) fire-roasted tomatoes with liquid

1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste

1 1/2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth (or water)

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Sea salt to taste

1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15.5 oz.) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup (about 1 oz.) reduced-fat cheddar, for garnish

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Vegetarian Fried Rice

Serves 6

As long as you use a gluten-free soy sauce like tamari, most Asian rice bowls are on the table. This is a versatile recipe for fried rice, so use it as a base to add your favorite ingredients. Keep the tofu for a vegan gluten-free dinner. Or you can replace it with sliced chicken, beef, or ground meat.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

341

Calories

11 g

Protein

55 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

Stir-Fry Sauce:

2 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce (certified gluten-free)

1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce (certified gluten-free)

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Fried Tofu:

1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

6 oz. firm tofu, cut into 1/4” cubes and blotted dry

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

Egg Pancake Strips:

1 tsp. vegetable oil

1 large egg, lightly beaten

 

Stir Fry:

1 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil

1 small onion, finely diced

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

6 cups cooked brown rice

2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1/2 cup thinly sliced green beans

1/2 cup cubed carrots

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pinch of red pepper flakes

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Pork Chops with Carrots and Toasted Buckwheat

Serves 4

Our favorite meat entrées, like steak and chicken breast, are often gluten-free unless there’s a coating or sauce. But it can be hard to think of new side dishes besides rice and quinoa.

This restaurant-quality dish is surprisingly simple. The real difference is using buckwheat groats, which are toothsome and nutty, as the base to serve thick bone-in pork chops.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

561

Calories

36 g

Protein

48 g

Carbs

26 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 orange

1 1/2 lbs. carrots, scrubbed, halved lengthwise, cut into 2” pieces

1 clove garlic, finely grated

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (more as needed)

Salt to taste

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice (more as needed)

3/4 cup pearled buckwheat groats

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 bone-in pork shoulder chops (about 10 oz. each), about 1” thick

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided

1/4 cup fresh dill

Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes

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Almond Encrusted Tilapia

Serves 4

This easy gluten-free dinner is adaptable, so you can easily change the number of servings or swap out another type of fish.

That makes this a great dinner for two on a weeknight. It’ll take a half hour tops and can go with a simple side like sautéed green beans or roasted beets.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

291

Calories

26 g

Protein

5 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 filets tilapia (about 4 oz. each), thawed

1/2 cup coarsely crushed almonds

1/2 cup almond meal

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 lemon wedge

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

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Herbed Quinoa with Shrimp & Zucchini

Serves 1

It’s a good thing quinoa is gluten-free. Like rice, it’s an excellent side dish on its own and can also be made into pasta, flour, cereal, salad, and more – including this seafood entrée.

And quinoa offers healthier carbs than you’ll find in processed wheat, plus slightly more plant-based protein to complement the lean protein of shrimp.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

556

Calories

32 g

Protein

64 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup water

2/3 cup dry quinoa

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini

3 oz. frozen cooked shrimp, thawed

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil and chives

1 lemon

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Corned Beef & Cabbage

Serves 6

When you’re eating gluten-free, there’s still plenty of comfort food to enjoy. And this one can be prepared in a Crock Pot, so it’s easy for kitchen novices too. Corned beef is a brisket that’s been salt cured, and it can be cooked like any other pot roast.

The resulting flavor will be more robust with the corned beef spices like mustard seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice – all part of the preparation before you buy it from the store.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

694

Calories

48 g

Protein

40 g

Carbs

39 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 lbs. small red potatoes

1 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 3” lengths

1/4 lb. pearl onions, peeled (or thawed if frozen)

1/2 head cabbage (about 1 1/2 lbs.), cored and cut into 1” slices

2 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

1 bay leaf

Pinch of ground allspice

4 lbs. corned beef brisket, trimmed of visible fat

Finely chopped parsley (optional), for garnish

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