19 Easy Gluten Free Dinner Recipes for Back to School

Whether you're ready for it or not, back to school 2017 is here. Some may have a few weeks until back to school season is in full swing. Meanwhile, I've been in teacher training for two weeks already - and I officially start grad school (and teaching!) in less than a week. Either way, having delicious and easy dinner recipes on-hand is more important than ever.

19 Easy Gluten Free Dinner Recipes for Back to School

So, of course, your favorite college celiac decided to round up some of the best back to school gluten free dinner recipes around the blogosphere! Whether you eat paleo or vegan, are craving comfort food or healthy dinners, this list of nineteen gluten free dinner recipes has something for you. Going back to school has never tasted so good!

1. Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos (Vegan, Grain Free Option) - Raia's Recipes

Who says that going back to school means the end of Taco Tuesday? These tacos are as easy to make as they are to eat!

2. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole - Wholesome Yum

Nothing says "easy dinner recipe" like a casserole! If you have leftover shredded chicken on hand, this 30-minute dinner recipe is your perfect match.

3. Loaded Potato Wedge Nachos (Paleo and Vegan options) - Casey the College Celiac

Sometimes, after a busy day of work and class, comfort food is a must. Why not give nachos a healthier spin by loading baked potato wedges (Yukon potatoes bake especially quickly!) with toppings like roasted veggies, beans, cheese and salsa?

4. Gluten Free Tamale Pie - There Is Life After Wheat

Craving tamales but don't have the time - or energy - to make them? Then dive into this delicious, gluten free twist on the classic tamale.

5. One-Pot Vegan Mac & Cheese - Strength and Sunshine

If you're craving comfort food during the stressful start of a new school year, what could be better than this gooey mac and cheese recipe?!?

6. Mexican Sloppy Jose Sandwiches - The Heritage Cook

Turn Sloppy Jo night into a flavor fiesta with this Mexican twist on an old favorite.

7. Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup (Vegan) - Vegetarian Mamma

This might be one of the easiest soup recipes on the blogsophere, but that doesn't mean it's short on flavor! If you don't have an instant pot, don't worry. You can also whip up this gluten free soup on the stovetop!

8. Lipsmackin' Pesto Zoodles Stir fry (Paleo, Vegan Option) - Casey the College Celiac

You've seen this gluten free recipe in a lot of my round ups - but that's only because this paleo lunch is a winner for nearly every occasion. Chop your veggies and cook your choice of protein ahead of time for an even quicker back to school dinner.

9. Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken - What the Fork Food Blog

When your schedule is really tight, the slow cooker is the ultimate secret weapon. Throw your chicken in the crock pot that afternoon and be ready to devour this delicious gluten free dinner that night.

10. Easy Homemade Grain-Free Mini Pizzas (Paleo) - Raia's Recipes

This paleo pizza crust recipe only needs four ingredients, which means there's no good reason to not throw a gluten free pizza party on a school night!

11. Gluten Free Ramen - Fearless Dining

Do I really need to say anything more? Ramen might as well be the edible representative of easy dinners!

12. Savory Arroz Con Pollo - My Gluten Free Miami

Fun fact: the secret ingredient in this dinner recipe is gluten free beer. If you're looking for an extra quick back to school dinner recipe, you can also freeze this arroz con pollo in individual servings and defrost as needed!

13. 5 Minute Crunchy Greens Quesadilla (Vegan) - Casey the College Celiac

Nothing says back to school like a healthy dinner that can be whipped up in five minutes and stuffed with any ingredients you have on hand!

14. Creamy Corn Soup (Vegan) - Vegetarian Mamma

This soup is easy to make and even easier to eat. Maybe this gluten free recipe is exactly what you need to become a veggie-lover.

15. Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff - The Heritage Cook

If you're craving something creamy, cozy and comforting, look no further than this gluten free stroganoff recipe.

16. Pesto Chicken Bake with Cauliflower (Low Carb) - Wholesome Yum

Short on time and ingredients? This gluten free dinner recipe only needs ten minutes of prep and six ingredients. Its flavors, though, are anything but simple!

17. Quinoa Chili (Vegan) - There Is Life After Wheat

Everyone needs a good chili recipe in their life, and this one might be exactly the kind of comforting gluten free dinner you need. Plus, it can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker!

18. Gluten Free Quick and Easy Mexican Lasagna - Fearless Dining

Lasagna just got an enchilada-inspired upgrade.

19. The Ultimate Gluten Free and Vegan Snack Plate Dinner - Casey the College Celiac

Need a way to make leftovers exciting? Combine them with avocado and roasted veggies for a deliciously customizable snack plate dinner!

When back to school season comes around, it can be challenging to adjust to a newly busy schedule. Even when you're short on time, though, you can still enjoy delicious and healthy food! The next time you want to try another quick, scrumptious recipe, pull up this page and see what gluten free dinner recipe catches your eye.

Maybe going back to school is the motivation you need to get back to experimenting in the kitchen!

*Also found at Made By You Monday, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Tasty Tuesday*

What's your favorite easy, weeknight dinner recipe? Which recipe on this list has your drooling the most? Tell me in the comments!


  1. So delicious, esasy and healthy!

  2. Wow these look like some delicious recipes Casey. I'm not going back to school but my bf is so I'll use that as an excuse to make these :)

    1. No excuse necessary besides, "I want something YUMMY for dinner tonight!" ;)

  3. Love these! I have made some of these but I'm not sure many of them my kids would like O_o

    1. All about finding recipes everyone can enjoy, for sure!

  4. I am not Celiac but I do have a sensitivity to gluten ..it actually causes fibro flare ups as well as gastro issues ... I am not as diligent as I should be ..eating with any kind of food restriction can be difficult!

    1. My mom and I both have fibromyalgia, and have definitely noticed a big decrease in pain since going gluten free. Sending much love your way!

  5. Those loaded potato wedge nachos? SIGN ME UP girlfriend! I'm all about those!

    1. ME TOO! Glad to meet a fellow potato nacho addict ;)

  6. Gah soooo many good ideas! I now have a massive craving for chicken cord-en-blue, tamales, mac&cheese and quesadillas.

    So excited for you to start your teaching this week!! Eeeeee!

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