Life in the Plains

Living the rural life – natural, healthy and gluten free

They Want Dinner EVERY Night!: Simple Gluten Free Meals

We have a newish babysitter and she’s not had to do dinner with our kiddos before now. As a 15-year old, I’m just not going to put the responsibility on her to properly get it all together for the crazy food family. So in preparation, I had made spaghetti sauce and grabbed a bag of organic brown rice spaghetti (found at Trader Joe’s for $1.99 for a pound) and called it dinner. And guess what this sweet teenager announced when she walked in? “I’ve just been diagnosed gluten intolerant! I can’t eat anything my parents make!! Help!!!”

Well sweetheart, you came to the right house. I told her to snoop around and eat whatever she wanted, spaghetti dinner included.

Let’s face it, there are very few of us who enjoy making dinner nightly – especially when you eat gluten free and can use very little (while unhealthy) convenience foods.  But as the now-famous meme reminds us, it has to be done. So let’s make it simple. Here are a few things I cook for dinner. My sweet sitter, this is dedicated to you and your overwhelmed mama and daddy.

dinner every night

Simple Spaghetti

  • 1 lb. ground turkey or organic ground beef
  • 1 medium-large onion, diced
  • 2 Tbs. fresh garlic (and by fresh, I mean the big jar of minced garlic)
  • 1 jar organic spaghetti sauce (I use Trader Joe’s or Simply Organic from Costco)
  • 1 can of organic tomato sauce (15 oz.)
  • 1 Tbs. oregano
  • 1 lb. organic brown rice noodles ($1.99 at Trader Joe’s)
  1. Boil a pot of water in preparation for your noodles. Throw in a dash of olive oil so they don’t stick (GF noodles tend to stick way worse than wheat).
  2. Brown your ground meat in olive oil for turkey, no oil needed for most beef. While browning, add in onion and 1 Tbs. garlic.
  3. When nice and brown, add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, oregano and the last tablespoon of garlic. Let simmer.
  4. Drain noodles, pour on some sauce, and you have dinner.  Now you should have about half the sauce left. Pour that in a container and freeze it for when you need a quick dinner and always keep the noodles on-hand.

Crockpot Pulled Pork Tacos

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 jar of organic chunky salsa
  • organic taco shells* (super cheap at Trader Joe’s again)
  • 1 can of organic pinto beans or black beans
  • taco toppings – cheese, avocado, lime juice
  1. Place tenderloin in crock pot.
  2. Pour jar of salsa over tenderloin.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Shred with fork and put on taco shells with desired toppings. Serve with beans. In fact, I load my taco up with the beans and all of the toppings I mentioned above, with the limes squeezed on top.

*If you can’t have corn, just serve on it’s own with the toppings. You don’t have to put it on something to eat it. Except a plate. I do suggest a plate.

Standard Dinner

  • chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle GF bar-b-q sauce of choice (most are GF)
  • frozen broccoli
  • 1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 8 organic red potatoes
  • 1 Tbs. “fresh” garlic
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Place chicken breasts in crockpot.
  2. Pour bar-b-q sauce over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Wash and cut potatoes into cubes.
  5. Toss with garlic, olive oil and sea salt.
  6. Spread on cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400○.
  7. Place broccoli in microwave steamer bag with suggested amount of water and nuke it for approximately 8-11 minutes.
  8. Toss broccoli in bowl with mustard and butter.
  9. Plate it all and eat up, knowing you’re serving a healthy, gluten free meal!

 

White Chicken Chili

  • 2 cans organic navy beans
  • 2 cans organic great northern beans
  • 1 cup of canned or freeze dried chicken
  • 1 cup organic chunky salsa
  • GF chicken broth (I use Swanson Natural Goodness Chicken Broth – the others are not GF, even the Natural.) Amount various on how thick you like your chili.
  • 8 oz. jack cheese, shredded
  1. Pour beans, chicken, chicken broth and salsa in a pot and heat until warm. You may also put it in the crockpot for the day.
  2. Add cheese when ready to eat.

 

These are just a few meals that are simple to get you started. What is your favorite meal that you’d like to replace now that you’re gluten free?

 

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