A flavorful Gluten-Free Meal Plan that will help you revolutionize dinner time! A list of 7 weeknight meals that are quick, easy, healthy and delicious!
One of the hardest misconceptions about a gluten-free diet is that everything tastes gross and there is nothing to ever eat that satisfies. When I first started eating gluten-free it was hard. Really hard.
See, I lived off bagels and avocados slathered on big fluffy slices of bread. I am originally a Jersey girl, so a NY bagel and Philadelphia pretzel is something I could never pass up. I grew up on Italian pasta and big fluffy Jersey subs. Breads and their gluten satisfied my mood and helped me feel “happy”.
Until I found out it was hurting my body by altering my hormones and insulin levels from gluten and white sugars. That leads to weight gain, acne, infertility, depression and anxiety. A path I choose to live less traveled😊.
You are probably thinking you have tried or are currently on a gluten free diet and are bored with gluten-free foods. Worn out from trying to figure out meals because gluten-free pasta noodles do not taste right, breads taste stale or too airy, and gluten free meals are just hard for the family to enjoy. Trust, me I have heard it all.
I’ll be honest, my kids would much rather have a bowl of regular mac and cheese, but guess what?
After a while. After clearing your body of gluten. It craves it less, and less. If my kids do not have the other, they eat (and love) our gluten-free homemade mac and cheese! And the hubs and I adore this rich and creamy skillet goat cheese mac and cheese!
Gluten-free dinners can be delicious, and a gluten free meal plan will help save you on the stress of figuring out what to make! A great place to get started with ingredients is with Thrive Market and Amazon Fresh to order ingredients like gluten-free flours and pasta sauce. It can be done right from the comfort of your home. Takes the stress out of heading to the store and makes planning what you are going to make for meals a breeze! Use this coupon link to get an extra 25% OFF your first order + a 30 day free trial membership when you sign up at Thrive Market! (Valid on orders $49+, max $20 discount).
Before we start on the recipes, lets talk gluten…
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in all sorts of grains: wheat, barley, rye. A gluten-free diet aims to eliminate all the gluten from those grains and foods derived from them. This means bread, pasta and pastries have to be made with gluten-free flour. Even sauces, salad dressings, soups or candy can ambush the unaware eater with doses of gluten.
Symptoms related to gluten vary from case to case but many experience some form of digestive distress as well as malabsorption of crucial vitamins and minerals. In the case of celiac disease, the consumption of gluten damages the villi – small protrusions within the small intestine responsible for the absorption of vital nutrients which can lead to severe nutritional deficiencies. In addition, the consumption of gluten is also thought to aggravate leaky gut. A condition whereby the gut is weakened and larger food molecules are passed directly into the blood stream causing an array of uncomfortable symptoms common in gluten related disorders.
Here are 7 delicious gluten-free recipes to help keep leaky gut away from you so you can living a more vibrant life! There are 7 so you can make them everyday, or mix and match for the weeknights!
Gluten Free Meal Plan: 7 Flavorful Weeknight Dinners
Open Faced Meatball Sandwiches
If you like a hearty meatball then you will love this lower carb open faced meatball sandwich recipe! It is a quick and easy weeknight dinner ready in as little as 20 minutes and makes dinners a breeze!
Vegetarian Fajita Burrito Bowls
Vegetarian burrito bowl ready with zesty Mexican flavors in less than 30 minutes! It is the ultimate gluten-free healthy fajita burrito bowl layered with sautéed peppers and onions over warm rice and beans!
Healthy Mac and Cheese
Healthy Mac and Cheese with a rich and creamy yogurt and Gruyère cheese sauce! Gluten-free quinoa elbow noodles make this macaroni dish naturally rich in iron and protein. A kid favorite recipe ready in under 30 minutes!
Hearty Vegetable Soup
Vegetable soup is healthy and ready in less than 30 minutes! Using organic frozen vegetables in this easy vegetable soup recipe means less dishes and more time!
Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetables
Sheet pan sausage and vegetables are an easy weeknight dinner you will want to keep it on repeat! Loaded with slices of chicken sausage and chunks of potatoes, carrots, green peppers and a savory marinade to crisp the veggies into mouthwatering perfection!
The BEST restaurant-style gluten free pizza crust recipe with a crispy bottom and fluffy authentic Italian pizza dough without the gluten!
Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Barbecue chicken stuffed spaghetti squash boats are so easy to make, especially if you cook the shredded chicken in the slow cooker! It is a delicious light and hearty gluten-free spaghetti squash recipe you can feel lean about eating!