7 Gluten and Dairy Free Dinner Meals on a Budget

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I am always wondering if I am the only one who freaks out at least twice a week about what I am making for dinner, I mean it’s hard enough having to cook every night, and when we have to cook gluten and dairy free and stay within the budget, it can be a nightmare!

I have some recipes that are life savers, such as left-over quiches, one pot meals with rice, vegetables and meat, but my family and I get tired of having the same things week after week. To me, it’s actually boring to cook the same thing over and over. So, what I do is: I use the technology. I search for recipes on Pinterest, Facebook, blogs and apps, such as AllRecipes and Cookpad.

If you are like me, then you are going to love the ideas of our new friend, Jennifer, from the blog Living Freely Gluten Free. She prepared a list of 7 gluten and dairy free  dinner meals that cost $10 or less. Exactly what I was looking for!

Check out her recipes below:

1) Veggie Spaghetti


This spaghetti is simple and can be made with ANYTHING you have in your fridge. I love making it when I have 3-4 veggies in the fridge that are not enough to use as a side dish and need to be eaten up.

2) Potato Soup


This is my Son’s favorite meal. Potatoes are usually reasonably priced and so are the other veggies included in this recipe. It is filling, hearty and delicious! Serve it with a homemade baguette or a simple side salad.

3) Salsa Chicken


Salsa Chicken. This is a lazy night’s dream. I use my Instant Pot for this and it’s so easy. You can slow cook it too. Stuff it in corn tortillas for tacos, GF flour tortillas for burritos or on top of chips for nachos.

4) Herb Roasted Pork Chops


These pork chops are done, start to finish in 15 minutes. They are juicy and full of flavor. This is a family favorite and my readers have loved this recipe. I like to make any rice to go with it and my oven roasted carrots.

5) Chili


Chili! Yum, I love chili. Especially, the leftovers. This is a hearty and healthy meal the entire family will love. Serve it with cornbread.

6) Goulash


You either like goulash or you don’t. Mine is a clean and healthy spin on the one you grew up eating. My kids actually like this and they are super picky. I like it with a simple side salad as it is filling in itself.

7) Slow Cooked Carnitas


These are excellent for tacos, burritos, nachos or my favorite, salad. I love a bed of lettuce with this on top and some avocado.

This article was written by Louise Oliver with the recipes of Jennifer Bigler from the blog Living Freely Gluten Free.

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