With summer over and a new school year underway, many of us feel our days becoming compressed. But when armed with the right recipes and ingredients, it’s easy to whip up a variety of gluten-free weeknight dinners in a flash – and give yourself more time to relax and unwind.
Chicken Quinoa Enchilada Bake, AncientHarvest.com (pictured)
Hearty, satisfying and absolutely packed with flavor, this spicy quinoa bake is one the whole family’s sure to enjoy. It offers a wonderful way to use up leftover cooked quinoa, and is easy to customize with toppings like diced avocado, salsa, cilantro and other fresh veggies.
Grilled Polenta Cakes with Shrimp and Tomatoes, Today’s Parent
A fun and super-easy take on a classic shrimp and grits, this recipe calls for a tube of pre-made polenta (choose from our varieties; the Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic flavor would be delicious) and everything – from the peak-season tomatoes to the tender shrimp – is grilled in minutes.
Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad, Ambitious Kitchen
Looking for something a bit lighter? This sweet and savory salad packs a tropical punch, and we just love the superfood combination of quinoa, spinach and avocado. Make the sesame-lime vinaigrette while the quinoa’s cooking, and you’ll have a fresh and flavorful dinner ready in no time.
Red Lentil Rotelle with Lemony Ricotta, Peas and Greens, Fit and Frugal for AncientHarvest.com
When you need dinner on the table and fast, quick-cooking pasta is an obvious choice – and when that pasta is one of our gluten-free Bean & Lentil Pastas, you don’t need to worry about also cooking a source of protein. This recipe pairs our nutritious Red Lentil & Quinoa Rotelle with creamy ricotta and green veggies to create a complete (and completely delicious) meal in minutes.
Vegan Quinoa Chili with Butternut Squash and Black Beans, The Pretty Bee
Think you can’t make a great pot of chili in half an hour? Think again. This one features protein-packed quinoa and black beans as well as pre-made tomato sauce, winter squash puree (canned or frozen) and plenty of warming spices for a fantastic combination of textures, flavors and nutrients.
Roasted Shrimp Quinoa Spring Rolls, Damn Delicious
This dish may look like it takes a lot of time and effort to master, but you’ll be surprised to find how quick and easy it actually is. You could even make it easier on yourself by chopping the veggies, cooking the shrimp and quinoa, and whipping up the peanut sauce – and then serving it all in separate dishes, allowing your family to build their own spring rolls for a fun, interactive experience.