10 Easy Gluten Free Dinner Ideas


Saying Goodbye to Gluten

When I found out in May 2012 that I was gluten intolerant, I felt as though my world had crashed.

Cutting out all forms of wheat and rye and going over to a gluten free diet at the age of 29 when I'd been eating perfectly fine until this point without any problems...really?!

  • No more chocolate brownies, no more delicious white pasta and creamy sauce. And no more eating whatever I felt like whenever we went out to eat.

My whole mindset had to change. I panicked because I thought I'd need to spend a fortune on healthy foods and buy them at specialty shops. I thought I'd spend forever in the kitchen chopping up vegetables and missing out on life.

Boy, was I wrong.

I wasn't missing out on life.

For the first time in my life I was eating properly. I had more energy. I could concentrate longer. I didn't feel bloated.

I started enjoying my food.

And best of all - I fell in love with cooking.

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What Does Gluten Intolerant Mean?

In a nutshell, if you're gluten intolerant, it means that your body can't properly digest forms of wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes even oats.

Vital nutrients aren't absorbed in order for the body to function properly.

Stress is a major factor of a person becoming gluten intolerant, but it's not the only reason.

Symptoms that your body might not be able to handle gluten based foods could include:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Cramps
  • Infections
  • Gastro-intestinal problems
  • Aching joints
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Head aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability and behavioural changes

The most sever form of gluten intolerance is called Celiac disease which is a chronic digestive disorder. The only treatment for this is to go onto a gluten free diet.


Gluten Free Dinner Ideas

Believe it or not, there are tons of ideas out there to try if you're already on a gluten free diet, or planning to go on one.

Here are 10 of my favourite gluten free ideas for supper time:

Beetroot Soup with Gluten Free Bread

  • I made this soup yesterday. My husband was a bit weary, but after trying it, he admitted that it was actually pretty good! For a man to say that - you know, it's got to be filling and delicious! There are potatoes added in to give it some bulk, but if that isn't filling enough, you can always add a slice or two of gluten free bread or toast.

Click here for the recipe.

Roasted Butternut Salad with Feta, Rocket and Balsamic Dressing

  • This is a great recipe if you don't feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. Plus it packs in a lot of flavour. Simply roast some chopped up butternut in the oven for 30 minutes while you do something else, and then put together a quick salad, and bam! You're done! I make this at least once a week. It's that good.

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Home Made Nachos with Guacamole and Salsa

  • This is a fun meal to make together or as a family. Simply buy a packet of corn nachos and fill the bottom of each plate. Then layer with chicken or your favourite meat - I normally make a marinaded chicken stir-fry You can also use pulled pork, etc. Then add your beans or any other veggies you want to use. This is a great recipe for using left overs. Throw over your guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Delicious!

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Butternut Pizza

  • This is another quick and easy recipe to make if you don't feel like standing over a stove. You can use leftovers and all your favourite toppings as you normally do with a pizza, only this time you're going to be using half a roasted butternut as the base instead of ordinarly pizza dough.

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Rice Noodles and Chicken Salad

  • I only discovered rice noodles earlier this year and I have to say that I much prefer them over regular noodles on most days. They're light and they don't leave you feeling bloated. So this is a great idea for lunches too. We make rice noodles with veggies, or with tuna and salad, but you can use anything you like really. This recipe calls for soy sauce so just make sure to use one that's gluten free.

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Baked Filled Potatoes

  • One of my favourite "go to" recipes is the baked potato. All you need to do is rub some sea salt and a little olive oil over the skin, pop it into the oven for an hour and fill it with a topping of your choice. So easy and so delicious. I first came across this recipe while watching Jamie Oliver on TV one day. He made it look so easy, and it was!

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Steak, Eggs and Chips

  • If you have men in the house, they will love this meal! I first came across it while watching the movie Shirley Valentine years ago. It looked so good, and when I eventually first made it for the first time, it tasted just as good. You can even have chicken or any other meat here that you want, cook the eggs how you like them - I like them a little soft so that I can dip my chips in...that's the best part, and oven bake the chips if you're more on the healthy side.

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Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken

  • You don't need to eat a pie in order to have spinach and feta together. When stuffing chicken breasts, you can literally use any type of filling you like. I love the taste of feta and pepperdew, but you can use a stronger cheese, or other veggies - even bacon, inside the chicken breast.

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Tuna and Veggie Quiche

  • This makes a great light lunch or tea time snack, but if you want to turn it into a dinner meal, simply add a large salad, or a slice or two of gluten-free bread. Quiches are great because you can add so many different varieties. Chicken and sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and feta, etc.

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Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

  • I made a similar dish last year and packed the meal into hand-made take-out boxes as a surprise date with my husband. He loved it. There's just something so delicious about Chinese fried rice and chicken. You can replace the chicken with pork, beef, or even seafood.

Click here for the recipe.


Whether you're gluten intolerant due to health issues, or you've chosen to go onto a gluten free diet in order to improve your lifestyle, cutting out gluten shouldn't be seen as "missing out" on life.

Embrace it, tap into your inner Masterchef, and enjoy getting creative in the kitchen!

I hope you enjoyed these gluten free recipe ideas and give a few of them a try!

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Janine Huldie profile image

Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Pinning this and we don't even have issues with gluten, but the recipes sounds delicious!! Great job Melanie :)

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Manahil Ali 3 years ago from Pakistan

i like pizza very much this is my Fav

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Sharing this on Facebook. This is important information that many need to read. Well done, Mel!

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Lizam1 3 years ago from Victoria BC

Love this hub. Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I'm going to share this on my Healthy Food Examiner Facebook page. These are great ideas.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

I hear of people with an intolerance to gluten and other things so often these days. Your recipes look tasty and nutritious. It would be so easy to accommodate a diet preference with these ideas and yet still have an inviting meal! Voted up!

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

These look wonderful! Congrats on eating healthier!

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torrilynn 3 years ago

Hi MelChi,

thanks for these 10 gluten free ideas.

this is very helpful to those that can't have gluten in their lives

and for those who are trying to include less of it in their lives

thanks again, Voted up and shared.

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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Just like you I became gluten intolerant at 29! I also have a sensitivity to wheat and barley that gives me migraines. I have been semi-successful with a gluten free diet. I cheat! And of course it makes me sick...

You are such an inspiration for me! I need to focus more on the great foods I CAN have and not what I'm missing.... The butternut pizza sounds awesome! Voted up and sharing. :)

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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Though we are not diagnosed gluten intolerant, I have come to believe that high amounts of gluten in our modern diet has compromised our health to a certain degree and we are eating more GF foods. Thanks for putting this together for us. Pinning to my GF board.

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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are fascinating recipes. I especially like the butternut pizza recipe. How clever!

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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Interesting choices. Will fwd it to a friend.

Thanks Melanie

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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I have a friend who needs to eat a gluten free diet. I will have to pass this information to her.

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks for sharing Janine!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Manahil, thanks! The butternut pizza is one of my favourites too. So easy to make and delicious!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thank you Bill! Your blog today inspired this post btw. :)

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks Lizam1, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks DeborahNeyens, what a great compliment! Glad you enjoyed the article.

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Marcy - "an inviting meal", that's exactly right! I don't think I could ever eat a plate of sloppy joes or greasy food at home again. My husband and I also no longer buy take-out of burgers, etc. We only ever get sushi and pizza (gluten-free base for me). Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks Audrey! It really was a blessing in disguise. I look at food a whole new way now. Thanks for reading. :)

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Hi torrilynn, it's a pleasure and glad you enjoyed reading it. :)

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Hi DanaTeresa! What is it about going onto almost 30 that causes this stuff?! Haha. I admit I've also had my ups and downs with this diet in the beginning and I also cheated. Not many places here offer gluten-free desserts, etc. That's what I crave the most. But I also get sick, and learnt that I'd rather just steer clear of certain foods (I also can't have alcohol either!) and feel good every day. Thanks for reading and sharing. :)

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Hi RTalloni! I agree with you, I also think it's compromised our health eating to a degree. We're trying out organic fruit and veggies this week. I didn't realize so many chemicals were used when producing mass amounts of fruit and vegetables. Thank you for sharing and pinning!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks rebeccamealey! That's one of my husband's favourites. He loves it!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks Ruchira! :)

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Hi Deborah-Diane, that's great - there are a few ideas she can choose from here and different meals to start with, depending on what she likes. :)

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Mommy Needs a Nap 3 years ago from Arkansas

This gluten free mommy appreciates your recipes. I'll be trying some of them.

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Hi Mommy Needs a Nap, thank you! I hope you enjoy the ones you want to give a try. :)

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teaches12345 3 years ago

Love these recipes! I do try to eat this food style often, it is so much healthier. Very informative and well done. Voted up and across!

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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa Author

Thanks Dianna! :) It's amazing how much extra energy and how better you feel after eating like this. Even though I don't eat meat anymore, I can't imagine going back to eating things like huge plates of pasta and mince!

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