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Gluten-Free Dinners Ready in an Hour or Less

Getting dinner on the table for your gluten-free family shouldn't be stressful. Look to fresh vegetables, meats, and quick-cooking whole grains to keep things healthy, satisfying, and quick to prepare. Keep your fridge and pantry stocked (see list below) with ingredients to eliminate any mealtime angst. Check out our delicious options below for a variety of weeknight options that will get dinner on the table in less than an hour!

1. Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa

Serve a succulent steak with a pot of jasmine rice or a jumble of roasted vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli that can be cooked in an oven set to 375 F for 45 minutes.

Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa

Photo by Arizona Desert Flower

2. Brown Rice Buddha Bowl

This wholesome bowl full of protein, fresh veggies, and nutty brown rice is the perfect one-bowl meal. It can be whipped up in 45 minutes.

Brown Rice Buddha Bowl

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

3. Grilled Shrimp Over Zucchini Noodles

Light and healthy, zucchini stands in for pasta in this recipe that is completely gluten-free. Try substituting spaghetti squash "noodles" for the zucchini.

Grilled Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles

Photo by gnomeygoose

4. Vegetable Birdseed Pilaf

This pilaf is a complete meal on its own or you can serve it alongside a roast chicken or piece of grilled fish for extra protein.

Vegetable Birdseed Pilaf

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

5. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Quinoa

Whole grain powerhouse quinoa is a welcome addition to this warming soup. Cook the quinoa at the same time you make the soup to reduce the time needed to complete this recipe.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Ginger and Quinoa

Photo by LilSnoo

6. Gluten-Free Carbonara

Save this one for nights when you're running late and/or in need of some extra comfort. Bacon and Pecorino Romano cheese tossed with gluten-free spaghetti is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

7. Turkey Meatballs

Gluten-free meatballs - what could be better? Try these over polenta instead of pasta for a change of pace.

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatballs

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

8. Black Bean Chili

Chili doesn't really need an accompaniment, but if you're extra hungry gluten-free cornbread muffins round out the meal nicely.

Black Bean Chili

Photo by Cristi

Keep in the Pantry

  • Whole grains: millet, quinoa, brown and white rice, polenta
  • Canned beans (black, navy, chickpea, kidney) and tomatoes
  • A variety of gluten-free pasta

Keep in the Fridge

  • Fresh vegetables such as zucchini
  • Longer-lasting vegetables such as butternut, acorn or spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic
  • In the freezer: spinach, peas, shrimp, chicken, ground turkey

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About Nicole Spiridakis

Current expat, coffee enthusiast, writer, baker, and traveler. Writing about life abroad and posting lots of real food recipes at cucinanicolina.com. Instagram: @cucinanicolina