It can be a challenge to serve a dinner that pleases everyone. But for families whose day-to-day meal plan has to take food allergies into account, it can feel impossible. When my older sister was first diagnosed with a high gluten intolerance, my whole family shifted our lifestyle and eating habits. My mom, being the amazing chef that she is, loaded up on easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the family that we all genuinely loved. We started using gluten-free pancake mixes for breakfast, getting gluten-free snacks in our lunch boxes, and making cauliflower pizza crusts for dinner.
The key lesson in all of this was that if you do it right, eating a gluten-free diet doesn’t have to be bland or taste any less indulgent. Plus, when the whole family was eating gluten-free, my sister felt less like she was giving something up and more like we were all in it together.
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As a result, these easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the family translated into my college weeknight dinners with my roommates. The following recipes are kid-friendly, a breeze to prep, easy to clean up, and, of course, are all gluten-free (but your taste buds will never notice). Even though only one of us in my family is gluten-intolerant, we all equally enjoy each and every meal. 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 every eater—yes, even dad.
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Lemony Sheet Pan Chicken With Artichokes and Spring Veggies
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 clean-up, but they tend to be super customizable, too. This recipe has a Mediterranean flare and uses cherry tomatoes, garlic, red onion, and artichoke halves as the veggie base, but the sky is really the limit. Anything you pair with this juicy, tender, lemony chicken will be a hit for the whole fam.
Hero ingredient: Marinated artichoke halves just earned a permanent spot 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 enjoy these comforting, gluten-free, and paleo mini pot pies. I love that you can choose to use turkey, chicken, or skip the meat altogether, to make it just how your family likes it. Plus, how cute do they look in the mini ramekins? (Answer: super cute.)
Hero ingredient: The gluten-free crust might be a little hard to manage, but the reward comes with the first bite.
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Glazed Pear 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 vocal and opinionated 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 build-your-own gluten-free pizza night. Set out the gluten-free crusts 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 gaze.
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Lighter Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Half-Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Looking for ways to sneak some veggies into family dinners? Look no further than this lighter version of broccoli cheddar soup. It’s a blend of cauliflower, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and coconut milk that your kids will never guess is full of vegetables. Even though this requires a double purée, it’s worth it. Promise.
Hero ingredient: The cauliflower is just as sneaky as it is creamy.
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Skillet Eggplant Lasagna
Why we love it: This recipe is the perfect solution to weeknight dinners. It’s simple to make and lighter than traditional lasagna, with added nutritional value from the veggies. And you better believe that it doesn’t skimp on flavor. Plus, this lasagna makes the most of store-bought sauce, which I think we can all agree tastes just as good and is much more practical.
Hero ingredient: Eggplant should win an Oscar for its egg-cellent portrayal of noodles.
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Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken from Half-Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Win over your family with this better-than-takeout, gluten-free sweet and sour chicken. While the chicken and veggies cook, you have the perfect amount of time to make the sticky, sweet, sour, (and just a bit 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’s in the sauce.
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One-Pot “Yummy Pasta” from The Defined Dish
Why we love it: This four-ingredient pasta was titled “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 bit of 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 that this recipe will find its way into your weekly meal rotation. You can use any gluten-free pasta you prefer and it’ll be just as delicious.
Hero ingredient: Gluten-free pasta? Total godsend.
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Gluten-Free Chicken Enchilada Skillet from All the Healthy Things
Why we love it: Anytime I find easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the family 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 pre-made rotisserie chicken to simplify the recipe even more. 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 to feed the whole family. It comes together in one pot and seems to hold the cure to any spring sniffles your family might be facing. Served over rice with avocado, cilantro, the optional jalapeños, and lime, this soup is sure to win over every eater.
Hero ingredient: Aren’t you glad 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 it took hours to prepare. The ground beef is bursting with flavors of ginger, red pepper, and coconut aminos and pairs perfectly with either white or cauliflower rice. The spicy mayo drizzle takes only a minute to make and should definitely not be skipped.
Hero ingredient: No one will have beef with this beef’s seasoning.
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Lime-y Chicken Tacos With Jicama, Avocado, & Mint
Why we love it: Taco recipes are always great, easy gluten-free dinner recipes for the family, since everyone can build their own according to their preferences. This specific 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 Fresa’s, you’ll love this recipe.
Hero ingredient: My go-to herb that fills this dish with fresh herby flavor? I’ll give you a hint—it was “mint” to be.
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