Easy & Quick! A Gluten Free Meal You Can Make Fast!

Fast Gluten Free Meal The Whole Family Will Eat

Need a fast gluten free meal the whole family will enjoy?  Continue reading to find out how the dietary needs of my son forced me to find alternative foods that he could eat, and how to make one of my family's favorite gluten-free meal!

My ten-year-old son was diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity a couple of months ago. He was devastated because he loves food! It has been a bit of a process for me to come up with meals that we all will like, and the "we" includes not only my son and me, but my husband and our six-year-old daughter.

This hub is about a meal I found to include everything I look for not only in a gluten-free meal, but a meal in general. We are a busy family with after school activities and homework, and laboring in the kitchen is not my favorite thing to do. I needed a meal that was fast and easy to make, and was gluten-free.

This meal has minimal ingredients, little prep time, as well as cook time. I am able to have dinner on the table in about twenty minutes. That means I can spend more time with my kids helping them with homework, talking, playing games, and doing the things I want to do instead of spending time in the kitchen making and cleaning up dinner.

***Be sure to check out the bottom of this hub where I share my (and my son's) favorite gluten-free breakfast items, breads, pastas, snacks, and dessert products!***


A Favorite Gluten-Free Family Meal
A Favorite Gluten-Free Family Meal

Seafood PenneThe Gluten Free Way

My husband came across a recipe in Men's Health magazine that contained shrimp, gorgonzola cheese and whole wheat pasta. Well the whole wheat pasta had to go since my son is gluten sensitive (however, this meal is great with whole wheat pasta if you aren't interested in a gluten free alternative).

And if you're wondering if your kids will eat gorgonzola cheese? Just try them. My daughter is only six and she eats this gluten-free meal!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 bag of small or medium pre-cooked, peeled shrimp with tails off (of course fresh will do too:)
  • Gorgonzola cheese (gorgonzola is gluten-free)
  • 1 box of Schar gluten-free penne pasta (I find that Schar pasta is the best tasting gluten-free pasta)
  • Baby spinach
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Ready-made pesto
  • Walnuts (optional)

Sorry that I don't give measurements for some of the ingredients. I just eye-ball this stuff and when you make it, you'll know what I mean.

Cook the Schar gluten-free pasta according to pasta directions. I use frozen shrimp. I rinse off the shrimp in cool water, then saute it in a little olive oil until heated through. When the pasta is done, I drain it and put it in a large serving bowl. I then add the cooked shrimp. I sprinkle gorgonzola cheese and add a few tablespoons of pesto to the shrimp and pasta, and stir. This is the eye-ball part! You can add more cheese and/or pesto if you'd like. I then add some chopped spinach leaves, and cherry tomatoes (you can add walnuts as well). Stir everything around and serve!

This recipe serves my family of four and that's with all of us going back for seconds.




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My Favorite Gluten-Free Breads & Mixes

Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Classic White Bread Mix, 19-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5)
Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Classic White Bread Mix, 19-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5)

This gluten-free bread mix is great for high risen dough. Baking a great-tasting gluten-free bread using this bread mix is a no-brainer and it can also be used with a bread machine. Founded in 1922, Dr. Schar has been dedicated in the development of great

 
Bobs Red Mill Cornbread Mix, 20 Ounce -- 4 per case.
Bobs Red Mill Cornbread Mix, 20 Ounce -- 4 per case.

Moist and light. Easy to prepare. Wheat free. Gluten free. Dairy free. All natural product. You can see our quality. Stone ground whole grain cornmeal and sorghum impart an unmatched flavor and texture from another era to our Gluten Free Cornbread Mix. After easy preparation, you will bake perfectly moist and light cornbread. Bob's Red Mill products labeled Gluten Free are batch tested in our quality control laboratory. We use an Elisa Gluten Assay test to determine if product is gluten free.

 
Kinnikinnick Foods Gluten-Free Bread & Bun Mix, Kinni-Kwik, 35.5-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)
Kinnikinnick Foods Gluten-Free Bread & Bun Mix, Kinni-Kwik, 35.5-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)

I really like Kinnikinnick gluten-free breads. To me, they taste the best. Gluten Free has Never Tasted So Good!

 

My Favorite Gluten-Free Breakfasts

Maple Grove Farms Gluten Free Pancake & Waffle Mix, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)
Maple Grove Farms Gluten Free Pancake & Waffle Mix, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)

Ranked #13 in Grocery > Breakfast Foods > Pancake & Waffle Mixes on Amazon! My son really loves this pancake mix! I make enough on Sunday morning to have for breakfast during the week.

 
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix, 22 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix, 22 Ounce (Pack of 4)

Ranked #6 in Grocery > Breakfast Foods > Pancake & Waffle Mixes on Amazon! Gluten free. Wheat free. Dairy free. Lightly fluffy. Great tasting. All natural product. You can see our quality. Our Gluten Free Pancake Mix makes up quickly and produces perfect, very light and fluffy pancakes everyone will enjoy. Use any kind of milk - soy, rice, almond or cow - that is suitable for your diet. Add blueberries or bananas for pure pleasure. Gluten free:

Bob's Red Mill products labeled gluten free are batch tested in our quality control laboratory. We use an Elisa Gluten Assay test to determine if a product is gluten free.

 
EnviroKidz Organic Lightly Frosted  Amazon Flakes Cereal, 14-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
EnviroKidz Organic Lightly Frosted Amazon Flakes Cereal, 14-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

My daughter who is not gluten sensitive likes this cereal too! So if you have more than one child, yet only one is gluten sensitive, this is a good cereal that they all will like!

A gluten-free cereal of frosted corn flakes. It’s made with organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, and sea salt. Don't let the kids fool you - they're good for adults too!

 
EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Cereal, 10.6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Cereal, 10.6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

My kids are allergic to peanuts but I'm not! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cereal!!!

 

My Favorite Gluten-Free Desserts

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

Ranked #1 in Grocery > Baking Supplies > Baking Mixes > Brownie Mixes on Amazon! Betty Crocker® Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie mix and brownie mix stir up into a delicious new dessert bar.

 
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil's Food Cake Mix, 15-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil's Food Cake Mix, 15-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

Ranked #2 in Grocery > Baking Supplies > Baking Mixes > Cake Mixes on Amazon! Whip up a sweet snack using NEW Betty Crocker® Gluten Free devil's food cake mix.

 
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix, Yellow, 15 oz Box, 6 Pack
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix, Yellow, 15 oz Box, 6 Pack

Ranked #1 in Grocery > Baking Supplies > Baking Mixes > Cake Mixes on Amazon! Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix is the resource for people with celiac disease who want to live happy, active, and healthy gluten-free lives.

 

My Favorite Gluten-Free Pastas

Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 5)
Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 5)

Made from a combination of rice and corn flour, these italian spaghetti have excellent texture, ideal consistency and delicious taste. Founded in 1922, Dr. Schar has been dedicated in the development of great tasting gluten-free foods for more than 25 years. Schar has become #1 gluten-free brand in Europe through continuous product development, top-quality and reliability when it comes to solutions for people with food intolerances and allergies.

 
Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Fusilli, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5)
Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Fusilli, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5)

Ranked #1 in Grocery > Pasta & Grains > Noodles & Pasta > Pasta > Fusilli on Amazon! Made from a combination of rice and corn flour, these italian fusilli have excellent texture, ideal consistency and delicious taste. Founded in 1922, Dr. Schar has been dedicated in the development of great tasting gluten-free foods for more than 25 years. Schar has become #1 gluten-free brand in Europe through continuous product development, top-quality and reliability when it comes to solutions for people with food intolerances and allergies.

 
Schar Bonta d'Italia Naturally Gluten-Free Penne, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5)
Schar Bonta d'Italia Naturally Gluten-Free Penne, 12-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 5)

Ranked #2 in Grocery > Pasta & Grains > Noodles & Pasta > Pasta > Penne on Amazon! Made from a combination of rice and corn flour, these italian fusilli have excellent texture, ideal consistency and delicious taste. Founded in 1922, Dr. Schar has been dedicated in the development of great tasting gluten-free foods for more than 25 years. Schar has become #1 gluten-free brand in Europe through continuous product development, top-quality and reliability when it comes to solutions for people with food intolerances and allergies.

 

My Favorite Gluten-Free Snacks

Glenny's Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats, Vanilla, 0.85-Ounce Bars (Pack of 24)
Glenny's Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats, Vanilla, 0.85-Ounce Bars (Pack of 24)

Since 1979, Glenny's has created delicious Smart Snacks that have helped millions of people lose weight and live healthier lives. It all started when Glenn lugged 50 pound pails of syrup on the subway from Chinatown to make the first batch of Glenny's Rice Treats. It has been one exciting product after another ever since.

 
Annie's Tropical Treat Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, 5 Pouches (Pack of 4), 0.8oz Pouches
Annie's Tropical Treat Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, 5 Pouches (Pack of 4), 0.8oz Pouches

Organic tropical treat bunny fruit snacks are a delicious mix of mango-peach, tropical punch and orange flavored bunnies. Certified organic, these bunny-shaped fruit snacks are made with real fruit juice and packed with 100% daily value of vitamin c.

 
Glutino Gluten Free Breakfast Bars, Apple, 5-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)
Glutino Gluten Free Breakfast Bars, Apple, 5-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)

Gluten/wheat free. Milk/dairy free. Low in fat. No added sugar. Free of trans fatty acids. Made in Australia.

 
Mary's Gone Crackers, Original, 6.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Mary's Gone Crackers, Original, 6.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)

I love these crackers with humus! Mary's Gone Crackers, Original are a crisp delicious cracker with a rich nutty flavor, wheat-free, gluten-free and organic. Made of organic whole grain brown rice, organic quinoa (keen-wa: a high protein seed/grain), organic flax seeds and organic brown sesame seeds, with no added fat. They are surprisingly satisfying on their own or with your favorite toppings. Always hold their crunch; unlike any other cracker you've ever had--they will soon become a staple in your cupboards.

 

Conclusion

If you want a fast gluten free meal that will require minimal "kitchen" time, and more time for the family, this seafood penne is one to try!

Also, don't forget to check out my gluten-free favorite products above. I checked out a lot of the gluten-free food forums online and tried a lot of the food recommendations I found on these forums.

It was mostly trial and error, but my son and I came up with some gluten-free food staples that I regularly keep in the house that I know my son will like. However, some of the foods we like, are locally made and I get them at a local whole foods store so I obviously couldn't add them here.

The ones I included here are the ones we like and are sold on Amazon.com. The neat thing about Amazon is that they sell most of these foods in large quantities. And if you are an Amazon Prime member, you get free two-day shipping!

Enjoy!


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