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Use this 7 day gluten free meal plan as a guide to inspire you to make your meal times smoother and more efficient.
Each of the meals below is gluten free and packed with nutrition. While exact recipes are not given for each meal, the point is to show you how simple it can be to use these simple and delicious sauces throughout your weekly meal rotation with ease, whether you follow a gluten free diet or not.
When I sit down and make a meal plan, life is so much easier.
The dinner time dread just flies right by when I have a plan to follow. I’m able to come up with a plan ONCE (with no time pressure) and then just follow the plan during the week.
Think of a meal plan like using the GPS to get somewhere. It’s kinda nice to just follow the directions. Especially if you’re trying out a diet that’s unfamiliar (like clean eating, whole 30, Paleo, or gluten free).
Meal Planning Resources
There’s a lot of meal planning resources out there. Just do a quick google search for “meal planning” and you’ll see what I mean.
Sometimes, though, this approach can feel like someone just hit you in the face with a fire hose. So much information! I’ve provided a few awesome resources here.
Gluten Free Meal Planning Service
When you’re just getting started with meal planning, it can be REALLY helpful to sign up for a meal planning service who will send you pre-made meal plans each week, along with a grocery list, and instructions on how to make each meal.
I highly recommend Prep Dish. They work a little different than some meal planning services. In a good way. You see, Allison (the woman behind Prep Dish) knows that when you prep food ahead of time, the stress of cooking just melts away.
So when you sign up for Prep Dish, each week you get:
- 4 Healthy Main Meals
- 1 Tasty Salad
- 1 Quick Breakfast
- 1 Easy Snack
Each meal plan always includes:
- Organized Grocery List
- Prep Day Guide
- Dish Day Guide
They have options for Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Low Carb, but even if you don’t follow these diets, I know you’ll love them. Each recipe is made with real food and they’re extremely delicious.
It really can’t get easier than this. Learn more and sign up here.
Meal Planning Template
If you’d rather make your own meal plan each week, grab one of these templates to get you started.
A few years ago, I realized I was doing the same exact thing each time I sat down and made a meal plan. So I decided to make a template that I can just use each week, instead of starting from a blank piece of paper and labeling the same columns week after week.
- Read this post to see how you can use the meal planning template (and method) I use to simplify your meals.
- For every kind of meal planning template you can imagine, like pen & paper, DIY projects, and digital meal planning templates, read this post.
- If you want my collection of meal planning templates for FREE, sign up here.
A Sample 7 Day Gluten Free Meal Plan
I want to show you a concrete example of a simple meal plan that’s super simple to make with a few of the sauces in the 10 Essential Sauces and Dressings E-Cookbook. The yummy sauces below are ALL in the cookbook in one place. You can also find these recipes on the blog. If you’d rather have them all in one place, get the E-Cookbook here (FREE).
Listed for each day is:
- The prep work that you can do ahead of time (or right at dinner time)
- Estimated time the recipe will take.
- General guideline for the meals each day. If you’d like exact recipes for any of these meals, (not all recipes are provided…more of a general guideline and meal ideas) let me know!)
Gluten Free Dinner Idea: Sunday
Dinner: Curry Bowls: cauliflower rice, chickpeas, curry sauce, and roasted broccoli combined in a bowl.
GLUTEN FREE DINNER Idea: Monday
Dinner: Thai Chicken Bowls: chicken w/ peanut sauce & veggie bowls with carrot noodles
Prep: Roast veggies in the oven, cook the chicken, “peel” the carrot noodles. The sauce was made Sunday (nothing to do there). Estimated prep: 30 minutes.
GLUTEN FREE DINNER Idea: Tuesday
Dinner: Pulled Pork: shredded slow cooker pork with homemade honey BBQ sauce poured over. Eat with cabbage slaw and roasted broccoli and cauliflower. Use a gluten free bun, or a cabbage leaf.
Prep: Put pork roast in slow cooker in AM (the sauce was made Sunday). Make cabbage slaw, roast veggies. Estimated prep: 5 minutes.
GLUTEN FREE DINNER IDea: Wednesday
Prep: Slice the zucchini lengthwise. Estimated prep: 20 minutes.
GLUTEN FREE DINNER Idea: Thursday
Dinner: Leftovers: eat up any of the meals that are leftover from earlier in the week.
Prep: NONE (just sit back and relax :)).
GLUTEN FREE DINNEr Idea: Friday
Dinner: Thai chicken pizza with shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, and jalepenos.
Prep: make pizza crust (here’s a great almond flour pizza crust), shred carrots and cabbage, slice and de-seed jalepenos. No need for cheese on a Thai chicken pizza! Estimated prep: 30 minutes.
GLUTEN FREE DINNER idea: Saturday
Dinner: Barbecue Bacon Burgers: cook some burgers with bacon and barbecue sauce. Roast some sweet potatoes and make a delicious and simple fry sauce. Use a gluten free bun, or go bun-less, or wrap your burger in a cabbage or lettuce leaf. Yumm!
Does these gluten free meals seem doable?
My goal with this meal plan is to show you how to re-use sauces and ingredients throughout the week.
To make your meal prep even more efficient, try roasting a big batch of vegetables early in the week. Then reheat under the broiler for a few minutes to re-crisp them up.
Another time saving option is cooking all the meat for the week on Sunday or Monday.
Figure out how much you need for each meal and make it all at once. Since you’re flavoring everything in the end with sauces, just season it with the basics: salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Meal planning doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as writing a few things down on a piece of paper your kids scribbled on earlier in the week.
Gluten free meal planning is no different.
Oh, and before you go…
Don’t forget to grab your copy of my 5-minute sauces & salad dressings FREE E-Cookbook.