Weekly Menu: Gluten-Free Dinners

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5/30/2013 12:00 PM   :  50 comments   :  142,242 Views

Per your requests, our recipe ideas come in a handy, downloadable calendar packed full of meal ideas that are healthy and delicious. (It's printable, too!) Whether you use this calendar every day or just use it for ideas is up to you. We hope we've inspired you to get into the kitchen and get cooking!

Each week we'll choose a different theme: our favorite no-cook summer recipes, 7 days of meatless meals, or a week of diabetes-friendly dinners, for example. If you have a special dietary request, let us know in the comments, and we'll do our best to devise a recipe plan that might suit your needs.

By posting a weekly calendar, we think it's easier for you to save and even reuse these recipe collections over time.

This week's theme is Gluten-Free Dinners.

Sunday
Chef Meg's Deconstructed Chicken Fajitas use a roasted pepper instead of a tortilla!

Monday
Chef Meg's Light Alfredo Brown Rice Pasta with Veggies (A gluten-free makeover) Perfect on its own or topped with roasted chicken or grilled shrimp.

Tuesday
Meatloaf Muffins (with a couple of secret ingredients) and mashed potatoes. Don’t forget the veggies on the side!

Wednesday
Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Thursday
Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole

Friday
Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Pesto pairs well with  Perfect Grilled Chicken rubbed with Italian seasoning.

Saturday
Creamy Green Enchiladas (A gluten-free makeover)

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  • 50
    I so very much appreciate these dinners. Thank You! Thank You!

    I do not choose to avoid gluten (although I don't see any problem with people who do... if you don't want something in your body by all means don't put it in there) but gluten free is not JUST for celiacs. My gluten "intolerance" is an asthma trigger for me and leads to long hospitalizations and once a trip to the ICU. Self education is the most important when it comes to food allergies and everybody is different. Of course people need to look out for their intolerances and tweak recipes as needed. The effort made here is very very much appreciated! - 4/6/2014   8:24:51 PM
  • BRYANJANICE1242
    49
    Would like a paleo diet food recipes. Foods not allowed are dairy, soft drinks, fruit juices, legumes, grains, fatty meats, salty foods, starchy vegetables, and sweets. - 3/23/2014   2:25:40 PM
  • 48
    I too have read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and are trying to cut down my reliance on wheat. Thanks for the recipes. - 10/15/2013   9:33:18 AM
  • 47
    Really not hard to cook gluten-free meals once you get used to it. I have been cooking for three grandchildren this way for about 10 years and most of the time all 7 of us eat gluten-free. And today there is so much more on the market than when we started years ago, such as good breads, etc. even though they are very expensive. - 6/1/2013   11:14:10 PM
  • 46
    I really appreciate the effort to come up with a weekly menu for gluten free meals. The menu does not claim to be a celiac menu. There are lots of people who cannot eat wheat but do not suffer from that disease. My grandson is allergic to wheat protein, egg whites and dairy and so a menu like this (with a few tweaks) is very helpful. - 6/1/2013   11:17:29 AM
  • 45
    I've read "Wheat Belly" by William Davis M.D. so I've really changed my thoughts on grain for me. - 6/1/2013   2:17:02 AM
  • XNERAT
    44
    My daughter-in-law is a Type II Diabetic with End Stage Renal Disease who goes to dialysis three times a week. Some things that are okay for a diabetic are not okay for someone on dialysis. Of course she ends up eating a lot of things she shouldn't, so any help here would be terrific!!! - 5/31/2013   11:32:51 PM
  • DAWN8378
    43
    Low-sodium would be great. - 5/31/2013   9:30:08 PM
  • 42
    Well, I can't have the condensed milk in the alfredo, but maybe I could substitute greek yogurt. The dairy fat has to be broken down or I can't digest it. - 5/31/2013   3:46:59 PM
  • 41
    Not all people who are celiac have to avoid all the items that you mentioned. My husband was diagnosed with celiac about 10 years ago and does very well if he stays away from gluten. We attend a support group and most of the people there are strictly gluten sensitive also. A few have lactose intolerance besides the gluten but not much else. - 5/31/2013   3:17:46 PM
  • 40
    While the effort is appreciated, the truth is people who cannot CHOOSE what to eat due to Celiac (which is autoimmune) almost always have other autoimmune issues/disorders. This means we USUALLY cannot digest other things like legumes (beans and peas), raw veg, dairy and often should avoid all nightshades (white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, all peppers...).

    I understand that it's a big idea. I strongly advise SP to reach out to nutritionists who understand AUTOIMMUNE and digestive problems for planning these menus. There is no way whoever planned this -- even if an RD -- truly understands autoimmune, like Celiac. And again, I get that it's 100% impossible for a general menus but a 'gluten free' menu that's filled with things NOT meant for people who cannot CHOOSE to eat gluten free perpetuates misunderstanding and ignorance. I'm a big fan of SP. Please get some education on this before you put out misinformation that will may Celiacs very, very sick. - 5/31/2013   2:47:06 PM
  • 39
    An anti-inflammatory menu would be good for me. I've just been diagnosed with arthritis and am working on cutting down inflammatory foods and substituting other foods. This is a great idea and I am going to try some of these recipes right away. - 5/31/2013   11:55:45 AM
  • 38
    Thank you for the weekly menu! I'll be saving these each week since I'm always running out of ideas. I especially appreciate this week's menu since my daughter is on a GF diet! - 5/31/2013   8:45:08 AM
  • 37
    What a great idea! Thank you! - 5/31/2013   5:37:04 AM
  • 36
    Thanks. I would like to see vegan meals that are NOT in the ebook. Thanks again. - 5/31/2013   3:59:50 AM
  • IJCHEOIKOS
    35
    Please enlighten me why should it be gluten free, I am a ovo-lacto vegetarian and I often use gluten from wheat as meat substitute.
    Many thanks for your response. - 5/31/2013   1:02:51 AM
  • 34
    This is a great idea...menu collections.
    Looking forward to seeing more we can download.
    I am on a low sodium / low cholesterol diet. Would love to see some
    new ideas along those lines and some vegetarian meals too. - 5/30/2013   11:05:10 PM
  • 33
    Meals for one or two would be helpful - 5/30/2013   8:55:32 PM
  • 32
    I don't mean to be negative but iIs gluten free a fancier word for no carb? I am excited, however, to try some of these recipes. They sound really good and summery. - 5/30/2013   5:38:55 PM
  • 31
    I am so grateful for the gluten free dinner focus. It is so helpful to all of us who need to be gluten free for medical reasons. Could someone put a gluten free bread into the nutrition tracker. I can't seem to get one entered. I would really appreciate that.

    Thanks again,
    Sheila - 5/30/2013   5:10:44 PM
  • 30
    Love the menu idea. Since I am cooking only for myself it would be great to have meals for one. Also, if you could list whether the recipe is in the Spark Cookbook that would be helpful. - 7/22/2012   9:46:23 PM
  • ALLYCATZ2348
    29
    Began a gluten free diet a week ago and it's amazing how much better I feel! Thanks for the gluten free recipes - I will definitely try some of them! - 6/29/2012   4:18:50 PM
  • 28
    This is wonderful!! Thanks for new ideas I can try. I think a dairy-free menu would be great to have too as I know so many people who are lactose intolerant! - 6/2/2012   5:57:02 PM
  • EUSTIS525
    27
    Thanks for highlighting gluten free recipes for those of us who must eat gluten free! - 6/1/2012   7:56:42 PM
  • 26
    I, TOO, WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE LINKS TO THE VARIOUS RECIPES SAVING TIME ON MY PART TO FIND THEM. ONE I CANNOT FIND IS CHEF MEG'S LIGHT ALFREDO BROWN RICE PASTA WITH VEGGIES. BUT IT WOULD MAKE IT SO MUCH EASIER IF THE LINKS WERE THERE FOR US. - 6/1/2012   7:36:38 AM
  • 25
    dairy free, egg free (vegan) and also raw - 5/31/2012   10:54:45 PM
  • 24
    good idea! - 5/31/2012   7:53:01 PM
  • 23
    I'd like to see a week of Raw Vegan recipes. Dehydrator, food processor, special tools okay. Thank you! - 5/31/2012   12:25:37 PM
  • 22
    Yes!!! I read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and am trying to stay wheat free. These recipes will help, although I will have to modify some since I don't eat meat. Thanks so much! - 5/31/2012   10:55:43 AM
  • DEBBIEG1232
    21
    Timely and much appreciated - 5/31/2012   10:29:39 AM
  • 20
    Diabetic. My husband has diabetes and that would help m cook better things for him! - 5/31/2012   9:42:48 AM
  • BBALLKF11
    19
    Meals for people with Crohn's Disease. - 5/31/2012   9:17:37 AM
  • 18
    We are new to being gluten-free so I can use all the help I can get. Now I just need a way to be gluten-free without rice (picky eaters).

    One more thing - I just looked at some of the recipes. We need MSG free too! Some of the ingredients include items with MSG and that is a bigger problem for us than gluten. - 5/31/2012   8:25:10 AM
  • 17
    Thanks so much this very nice!
    - 5/31/2012   7:54:32 AM
  • 16
    vegan, please! - 5/31/2012   3:42:46 AM
  • 15
    Like it! Thank you. - 5/31/2012   3:24:54 AM
  • 14
    How about low carb - 5/30/2012   11:11:52 PM
  • 13
    Love the makeovers...I plan on trying the quinoa one soon. - 5/30/2012   11:02:48 PM
  • MELINDANP
    12
    Great JOB SPARK!! Keep up the excellent work what you do is so helpful - 5/30/2012   10:43:54 PM
  • MDAILEY38
    11
    I'd like to see a menu for ULCERATIVE COLITIS - 5/30/2012   9:54:32 PM
  • CINDYTW
    10
    This menu does have a lot of dairy, which many of us cannot have. But it is a start! - 5/30/2012   9:46:01 PM
  • 9
    Yay!!! It's about time we got our own week. Can't wait to try the recipes. - 5/30/2012   8:35:29 PM
  • 8
    I would have loved for my favourite aunt to be alive for this as she had celiac disease.
    I will have to give this to my neighbour who is celiac .
    You have to click where it says click here - its a PDF so you need adobe acrobat and then there are links on the page to get the recipes. It worked I tried it . - 5/30/2012   8:33:13 PM
  • 7
    I would have loved for my favourite aunt to be alive for this as she had celiac disease.
    I will have to give this to my neighbour who is celiac . - 5/30/2012   8:33:10 PM
  • 6
    I am allergic to gluten, dairy, shrimp and peanuts. I would love to see a few meals that I could make without these ingredients!!! - 5/30/2012   8:11:29 PM
  • 5
    just click on the name of the recipe and it takes you to the recipe on sp... - 5/30/2012   2:59:58 PM
  • 4
    can you add a "sugar buster" menu for a week? also a "fat buster" ? - 5/30/2012   2:59:05 PM
  • 3
    I can't find it either - 5/26/2012   9:57:23 PM
  • SUSANEAC
    2
    I'd like to see this menu but can't find the link for it? - 5/26/2012   8:34:26 AM

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