Switching to Gluten Free can be daunting, particularly if you're feeding littles. This Gluten Free Family Meals roundup makes it doable!
I've been Gluten Free for so long that it's second nature to me. I honestly don't have to think about it. (I hope that provides you with a bit of hope if you're new to the gluten free lifestyle!)
That said, I know that switching to Gluten Free can be really challenging, especially if you're feeding a family. Whether your kids are gluten intolerant or you simply wish to eat gluten free (and do not want to cook separate meals), finding gluten free family meals can be daunting.
I promise you though, you can cook gluten free meals that your kids and family will enjoy just as much as your family classics. I'm sharing some of my favorite gluten free family meals that are perfect for kids and families.
However, to find your own family favorites, I highly recommend you start a list of what your family enjoys. Every time you cook a new gluten free dinner your family raves about, add it to the list! Over time, you'll develop a new list of family favorites and you won't have to start from scratch every week when it's time to meal plan.
10 Gluten Free Family Meals:
1. Slow Cooker Beef & Vegetable Stew
My version of this nostalgic classic is both gluten free and paleo and packs a ton of nutrition into a dish that both kids and adults love.
It cooks in the slow cooker so you can easily enjoy this stew even on a weeknight.
One thing I love about serving this beef stew to kids is that the meat practically falls apart. It gets so tender cooking all day in the crockpot. Many young kids dislike meat because they find it hard to chew but that won't be a problem here!
2. Potato Nachos
Potato nachos make a perfect kid friendly gluten free meal!
If you have picky eaters in your house, give them a chance to add their own toppings. You can always include a rule, such as their nachos must include one protein and one veggie. Giving children even a small amount of control can go a long way toward encouraging them to try new things!
3. Paleo Turkey Zucchini Lasagna
My healthy take on this classic is every bit as delicious as the lasagna you grew up with, but with a little nutritional boost from the lean turkey and vitamin packed-zucchini.
This recipe is flexible based on dietary preferences and needs. I include instructions for a dairy-free version using cashew cream, as well as a version that includes creamy Greek yogurt and a bit of cheese.
4. Paleo Bison Meatloaf
My meatloaf has a bit of a sophisticated twist, using ground bison, almond flour and a homemade tomato sauce in place of the traditional ketchup.
Don't worry though, it still has all of the classic, kid-friendly flavors that make meatloaf a family dinner standby.
I also include meal prep instructions with the recipe of course. A bit a quick meal prep goes a long way with something like this!
5. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
This is one of those quick and easy family dinners you'll find yourself going back to again and again.
Serve the pork on gluten free buns, lettuce wraps, on a salad or on a baked potato! Any way you serve it, it's delicious.
I include instructions for making the pork in the slow cooker as well as the Instant Pot so choose whichever method you prefer!
6. Pecan Crusted Chicken Strips
The picture says it all with this one – they taste just as crispy and amazing as they look!
Serve with roasted potatoes or any roasted veggie you love.
You can also use this crunchy pecan coating on a piece of fish. If you're trying to encourage your child to love seafood, this is a great method to try.
7. Healthy Shepherd's Pie
I use a mix of mashed potatoes and cauliflower for the topping here. I find this produces the perfect mix of tasty and healthy.
The recipe calls for ground lamb but you can use ground beef, ground bison or even ground turkey here! It's a flexible recipe.
We also included this healthy shepherd's pie in one of our Prep Dish freezer challenges. It's quite easy to make two shepherd's pies and freeze one for later!
To freeze, simply assemble the shepherd's pie, wrap tightly and place in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge for 24-48 hours and then bake at 350F for ~1 hour covered with foil, followed by 30 minutes uncovered.
8. Beef Fajitas with Easy Guacamole
Fajitas make a great gluten free family dinner. Anything where everyone can add their own toppings tends to be a winner!
Serve the fajitas over gluten free tortillas or lettuce wraps. Both ways are delicious!
And make sure not to skimp on the homemade guacamole. It's incredibly easy and adds a little something special to this simple meal.
9. Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin
Maple mustard pork tenderloin is always a big hit on our Prep Dish meal prep meal plans! It includes just THREE ingredients, yet tastes so good. This post also includes a recipe for herbed corn and kale, a healthy side that relies entirely on pantry and freezer ingredients.
This marinade is just as good on chicken or salmon!
10. Healthy Italian Meatballs
Meatballs generally include bread crumbs but my gluten free version uses either almond flour or coconut flour instead.
This is another one I highly recommend doubling and freezing. I love pulling meatballs out of the freezer for a quick lunch for my sons, or myself!
If you're newly gluten free, or simply want to up your meal prep game, make sure to check out my 10 Best Foods for Gluten Free Meal Prep!
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