Quick and Easy Gluten Free Dinner Ideas
After a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is make an elaborate dinner. Like many other women out there, I am constantly balancing three full-time jobs – being a wife, mom, and maintaining my 8 to 5 job at the office. Eating dinner as a family has always been a priority for us and with all that I have on my plate, I have to rely on quick, easy gluten-free dinner options.
The crock pot is the best friend of those with Celiac Sprue. The best thing about preparing your dinner in a crock pot or a slow cooker is that you put all your ingredients in together, turn it on, leave it, and the pot does the job for you. You come home to a great homemade dinner and a wonderfully smelling house. And, you can prepare just about anything in a crock pot.
My favorite crock pot meal is the classic pork roast with carrots, potatoes, onions and a little salt and pepper. You simply put the ingredients into the crock pot, cover with water, and set the timer on low for 8-9 hours. Your roast and veggies will come out tender. The awesome thing about making a roast is you can eat it the next day for lunch, either as is or with the meat on a sandwich made with Udi’s GF bread or on an Udi’s GF hamburger bun and the veggies on the side! Using the same technique, you can make chicken or beef as well.
Based on my previous posts, I’m sure you can conclude that I LOVE Udi’s GF bread and prefer it over the other GF options out there. The flavor and texture of this bread is the closest I’ve had to "regular" non-gluten-free bread. Unlike other GF breads, this bread does not need to be kept in the refrigerator or the freezer to stay fresh, making it ready to eat as soon as you need it – this is really convenient when you need a quick meal!
In light of that, a quick option for your GF kid (or even yourself) is a grilled cheese sandwich. Most people don’t think of a grilled cheese sandwich as a healthy option, but if you use Udi’s GF whole grain bread and low-fat cheese and pair it with a side of carrots and apples dipped in peanut butter for dessert, it is a well-rounded meal full of lots of essential nutrients and it’s quick and easy too!
Another easy option is pasta with chicken. First, cut your chicken into 1 inch cubes and cook in a sauce pan on medium until done – flipping regularly. While your cooking your chicken, you can also be boiling your noodles. When it comes to GF pasta, I prefer corn-based noodles. They seem to be the closest to non-gluten-free noodles (some people who don’t eat a gluten free diet don’t even notice the difference) in texture and taste – I actually like them better now. And, as far as sauce goes, I prefer to use the Ragu brand. I have found that most of the tomato-based Ragu pasta sauces are naturally gluten-free. I usually get the Chunky Garden Combination kind because it has 2 servings of vegetables in every half cup of sauce! Once your chicken and noodles are cooked thoroughly, add your noodles and sauce to the chicken in the pan and simmer on low until sauce is warmed. Quick, easy and wholesome!
And there you have it, a few quick, easy, gluten-free dinner ideas! Enjoy!