This week, along with menu plans, we’re sharing ideas for quick and easy dinners to help with an easy transition to a new school schedule.
There are lots of ways to keep your evening meals quick and easy. And, I’ve probably said this many times before, but…Start with a meal plan! Check your calendar and use your quickest meals for those really busy nights. My best tips:
- Prepare as much of the meal in advance — Chop veggies, mix spices, thaw meat, etc. when you have some extra time the night before, or even in the morning.
- Frozen Meals — Make double batches of dishes when you have the time, so you can put one in the freezer for those busy nights when you don’t have the time. Or, purchase ready-made frozen meals at the grocery store (GF pizza, burritos, casseroles, etc.). This week, I’m using Pacific Seafood’s gluten-free battered frozen Cod for fish and chips.
- Purchase gluten-free packaged mixes — To cut out a few steps and save a little time this week, I’m using Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix and Daiya’s Cheezy Mac.
- Slow-Cooker Meals — Easy, quick prep in the morning is all you need for a ready-made dinner in the evening. This week, I’ll be making slow-cooked Mexican chicken for taquitos.
- Picnic Foods — Consider an easy dinner of sandwiches or lunchmeat, raw fruits and vegetables, cheese, crackers, salads, etc.
- Quick and Easy Breakfast foods for dinner — Pancakes, bacon, and eggs all cook up very quickly, and fill you up, too.
- Restaurants — Pick up fast food or order ahead from your favorite restaurant and just pick it up on your way home. Choose the restaurant carefully, so that it works for all of your diet restrictions.
- Grocery Stores Prepared Food — Pick up Salads, Roasted Chickens, etc. at your grocery store or local deli. Just be careful about ingredients and cross-contamination issues.
- Make it easy — Meals don’t have to be elaborate. Just because it has to be gluten-free, doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Simple meat and veggies is just fine for a safe, nutritious, and tasty meal.
Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, recipes, and ideas for quick and easy dinners from our gluten-free blogging friends.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Chicken Apple Sausage cut up and cooked with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix, Green Beans
Thursday – Baked Ham, Daiya Cheezy Mac, Steamed Broccoli
Friday – Pizza, Spinach Salad
Saturday – leftovers
Sunday – Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Corn
Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup
Gluten Free Always Blog: Gluten-Free
Melissa has a great menu this week. She’s starting with a quick and easy Bean & Cheese Enchilada, then on to John Wayne Casserole, Chicken Piccata with pasta, Freezer to Crockpot – Coconut Lime Chicken, Garlic & Parsley Kebobs, Pizza, and Beef Stew.
Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Melissa has Fried Rice on her menu this week. And, if you have some leftover rice and veggies in your refrigerator, Fried Rice is a yummy quick and easy meal. Also on her meal this week is Homemade Sushi, Oxtail Soup, Poorman’s Meal, Polish Sausage & Veggie Soup, Spaghetti, and Chicken Pot Pie.
Gluten Free Detroit Metro: Gluten-Free Menu
Amanda’s menu this week was derailed by a large tree branch that broke off and covered her backyard last week. She mentioned a busy night where they ate an easy breakfast meal for dinner. That’s always a great way to take a night off, and get back to your menu plan the next day. This week, she’s put together some quick and easy meals while they get that branch cut up and removed. Salmon Packets, Pasta and Meatballs, Pizza with Salad, Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs, White Chicken Chili, and Messina’s Sausage and Peppers.
Come back later to check this week’s post and see who else may be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for quick and easy dinners.
Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?
- For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
- Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus, recipes, and ideas for staying gluten-free as the kids head back to school.
- The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme. We welcome suggested themes, too!
Need more menu ideas?
- Laura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
- Or, check out some of my past menu plans.