Living with celiac disease or gluten intolerance creates a substantial financial burden. A 2019 study on the Persistent Economic Burden of the Gluten-Free Diet found that Gluten-free food products were overall 183% more expensive than comparable wheat-based products.
The good news is that the vast majority of the gluten-free diet does not need to be made up of gluten-free specialty products. Now, we all need a gluten-free cookie every once in a while, but you will do your pocketbook and your waistline a favor if the bulk of your diet is based on naturally gluten-free foods.
This collection of delicious and affordable gluten-free recipes from my food blogger friends can inspire your next meal plan.
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You can have your health without breaking your budget. In fact, you may find that in addition to the health benefits of treating celiac disease with your gluten-free diet, you have been unexpectedly pushed into reimagining your home cooking with fresh, whole foods.
As always, when preparing gluten-free recipes, confirm that your ingredients are all gluten-free. At the grocery store, my mantra is “read every label, every time” to avoid grabbing the wrong item or not catching ingredient changes by trusted brands.
Some of the common ingredients to check for gluten are broth, bouillon, seasoning blends, and all sauces, including enchilada sauce and soy sauce (use gluten-free tamari instead of traditional, wheat-containing soy sauce). Labeled gluten-free nuts and grains are recommended to avoid cross-contamination with wheat, barley, and rye in the field and in the factory.
These recipes were all selected with your time and money in mind: sheet pan, slow cooker, instant pot, air-fryer, and one-skillet dinners, along with easy casseroles, soups, salads, and kid-friendly dishes! I hope you love these simple and affordable meals that will make your gluten-free life a little easier.
Simple and delicious, this one-pan Oven-Roasted Sausage and Potatoes Recipe is filled with onion, sweet Italian sausage, bell peppers, and baby potatoes. Enjoy this hearty, family-friendly dinner as a quick weeknight meal and enjoy the leftovers for meal prep the next afternoon.
Enjoy all the delicious Mediterranean flavors that you love with this easy Sheet Pan Greek Chicken & Vegetables recipe. This quick meal has everything that you need for dinner in just a few simple steps in just one dish.
The easiest 4-bean vegan chili slow cooker recipe (or Instant Pot/ Stove). It’s packed with nutrients, bold flavors, and only inexpensive, basic pantry ingredients! This slow-cooker vegetarian chili is also naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, and vegan – everyone will love it!
Be sure to use gluten-free Tamari in this recipe, not traditional, wheat-containing soy sauce! Easy tangy, salty-sweet Chicken Adobo is an authentic Filipino recipe made in the slow cooker! Served over rice for an easy dinner recipe.
Mujadara is a simple yet super flavorful one-pot dish made of lentils, onions, and rice. It is budget-friendly, gluten-free, made in the instant pot, and can be served with salad and yogurt for a delicious meal.
Easy Soy-Free & Gluten Free Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker
This is a simple crock pot recipe for gluten free pulled pork. All you need is pork, chicken broth, and common spices for a healthy, easy dinner. Serve on top of baked potatoes or corn tortillas for a hearty and affordable entree!
This gluten free taco casserole lives up to its claim of quick and easy. You can start with an affordable and gluten-free rotisserie chicken from Costco! Plus this recipe scores bonus points for being totally family friendly because, while it’s packed with yummy flavors, it’s not too spicy.
The whole family will love cheesy chicken bacon ranch casserole recipe! This quick and easy gluten-free, low-carb chicken casserole has just 7 common ingredients, 5 minutes prep, and 2 ways to make it.
Spinach and Pumpkin Rice Casserole is super creamy, combining sweet pumpkin puree with three gooey cheeses. With a protein-rich egg, fresh spinach and fluffy jasmine rice, this casserole is a wonderfully filling feast that lets your oven do the work.
The made-from-scratch alfredo sauce in this recipe is gluten-free. If you use a store-bought sauce instead, double-check the label to make sure it's gluten-free. This easy creamy keto chicken Alfredo with broccoli bake is ready in 30 minutes or less!
Creamy Buckwheat Risotto with Mushrooms – Ready in 30 Minutes!
Don't let the "wheat" in buckwheat worry you. It is a flowering plant, unrelated to wheat, and a wonderful addition to the celiac diet! This creamy and healthy buckwheat risotto with mushrooms is ready in 30 minutes and makes a perfect entree or side dish to anything!
This simple and delicious lentil dhal is made with just a few gluten-free pantry ingredients. Red lentils are cooked with fragrant spices, and creamy coconut milk until a creamy and thick texture is reached.
A sweet potato shepherd’s pie skillet is the ultimate gluten-free comfort dinner. Features creamy sweet potatoes and a savory beef filling. Made in one pot in just an hour, this meal is sure to be a family favorite!
Better than take-out heathy chicken fried rice! Made with brown rice, loaded with veggies, and ready in less than 30 minutes. This recipe uses gluten-free coconut-animos, in lieu of soy sauce, which contains wheat. You could alternatively use gluten-free tamari.
Air-fryer chicken tacos are juicy, flavorful, and quick & easy to make. Choose gluten-free tortillas to stuff with tender chicken, cheese, and your favorite toppings. If you decide to substitute taco seasoning for the spices in this recipe, look for gluten-free on the label.
Classic Tex Mex Air Fryer Steak Fajitas made with thin strips of steak, colorful peppers, and onion. Quick and easy family-friendly meal made in under an hour! Be sure to use gluten-free Worcestershire sauce and serve these fajitas in gluten-free tortillas.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, Air Fryer Kielbasa with potatoes and peppers is the answer! From start to finish, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes using only 4 ingredients. Check the label on your sausage to confirm it is gluten-free.
Warm, cozy, budget-friendly, and deliciously nourishing, this gluten-free chicken noodle soup is simply perfect. made with just 10 ingredients in about 25 minutes, this celiac-friendly version of the quintessential winter comfort food is never far from reach!
It’s everything you love about one of your favorite Mexican dishes but in an easy-to-make, warm comforting soup! Our Gluten-Free Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe is packed full of flavor and is one of our new family favorites!
This flavorful Roasted Chickpea Salad combines avocado, heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese and crisp cucumbers with roasted chickpeas and spices. It’s a Mediterranean salad served with creamy blackberry feta dressing that’s irresistible!
This gluten-free sweet potato beet salad is full of color, flavor, and texture! Feta cheese, crunchy walnuts, and caramelized onions take it to the next level, while the honey balsamic dressing brings it all together!