Six affordable gluten-free dinners

Since I’ve been (mostly) eating gluten free, people have been asking me how I keep our food costs down.  I think the best way to keep gluten free food more affordable is simply to pick recipes that never included wheat in the first place.  In this category, ethnic food is king. Here are six recipes our family has been eating for years. Several of these would be decent paleo options if you just skip the rice. Keep in mind, if you are strictly gluten-free, you’re going to need to choose wheat-free soy sauce.  Click on the photo to get to the recipe.

Sesame Chicken Veggie Stir-fry




 Thai Beef Chard Wraps



Sriracha BBQ Chicken


Hash Brown Combo


Pork and Veggie Stir-fry

Ethiopian Sloppy Joes

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  1. Lee Ann says:

    Yummy! I was diagnosed with Celiac 9 years ago. I always tell people the easiest/cheapest way to eat gluten free is to eat those foods that are naturally that way. And yes, I still bake plenty. I love banana and zucchini breads/muffins. I do buy my rice flour in 25# bags and it lasts a really long time. Eating gluten free on the cheap can certainly be done! Looking forward to trying some of these recipes!

  2. The link for the Ethiopian Sloppy Joes wasn’t working, but LO, I found it!

  3. And every single one of them looks delicious. I’ve made your Ethiopian Sloppy Joes before and they are wonderful. We eat mostly paleo here, too. I’m looking forward to trying these.

  4. Indian food offers many gluten-free alternatives too! One of our favorites is chana saag, a chickpea & spinach dish served with rice. I’ve made your Ethiopian sloppy joes before — delicious!

  5. One of the most common gluten free dinners is the taco dinner. And, my kids and my husband’s fave. I often serve tacos with lettuce as the wraps in addition to the corn tortillas or shells. Another, stews and soups. Also, inexpnsive wraps can be made from chickpea flour.

  6. These are not Gluten Free. Soy Sauce has wheat and all purpose flour is totally wheat.

    Sadly, MOSTLY gluten free is totally wrong for Celiac’s. I wonder why you are “trying” gluten free.

    • HI Cheryl,
      Is GF soy sauce available in your area? That is what I use in these recipes. And I forgot that the Sesame Chicken recipe still had flour written into it–thanks for the heads-up. I just this minute wrote in the substitution that I do, which is with cornstarch.
      I am working towards getting gluten free because multiple family members have issues with wheat.


    • If you use wheat-free Tamari you have a ‘soy sauce’ that tastes exactly the same and no one will ever notice the difference. You can find it at natural food stores many mainstream stores as well.