Feeding your family gluten free meals and staying within your food budget may seem impossible, especially if you are just beginning on your gluten free journey. I am happy to say it’s not at all impossible and that you can feed your family healthy, cheap gluten free meals while sticking to your budget!
So what do you cook for dinner when you need a filling meal that the whole family will love without breaking the bank? There are so many wonderful healthy cheap gluten free food options that you can choose from.
Once you see how many foods make super cheap meals, you will have a much better idea of how you can stick within your grocery budget.
If you are new to gluten free, this gluten free living 101 post can help you adjust to a gluten free lifestyle easily! You will love these cheap gluten free meals to try!!
I am here to help show you how with some delicious cheap gluten free recipes. If you are just starting out with a gluten free lifestyle then you might find this post on living gluten free on a budget very helpful.
You can find ALL of my cheap gluten free budget recipes. There are tons of ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!
I love shopping at discount stores for the best deals on gluten free foods. Grocery Outlet has a ton of gluten free and even organic produce at a fraction of the cost. Walmart is a great place to get inexpensive gluten free foods, meat, and produce. Other popular places include Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Big Lots.
I am all about making cheap and easy recipes in order to save money!!
Cheap Gluten Free Chicken Recipes:
Does your family enjoy having chicken for dinner? While chicken breasts can be on the pricey side there are plenty of cuts of chicken that are full of flavor and more economical.
Chicken thighs and drumsticks are considerably more budget-friendly and tasty. They can be used in a ton of delicious recipes. If you don’t have chicken legs you can easily substitute chicken thighs, and use any vegetables that you happen to have on hand.
Use a slow cooker for busy days. Pop all of the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and dinner will be hot and ready for the family when you get home. Here are two awesome budget slow cooker chicken recipes to try.
Ground chicken is always one of the lowest-priced ground meats. Why not try it in this tasty Ground Chicken Burgers recipe?
This easy Chicken Taco Soup uses chicken breast, but you can make this soup last a long time because it has lots of beans for extra protein. You can also use chicken thighs!
Use an air fryer or your oven to make these Ground Chicken Meatballs. They are perfect in pasta sauce! I love using ground chicken and it is always cheaper than other ground meats.
Chicken andouille sausage for the win with this easy Cajun Rice and Beans recipe.
Cheap Gluten Free Beef Recipes:
Everybody needs a little comfort food now and then, and you can still serve it up to the family while remaining gluten free and budget-friendly.
My Chicken Fried Steak Recipe fits the bill for delicious comfort food, and it is made with cubed steak, a less expensive cut of beef, and gluten free flour.
Many people assume that sticking to a gluten free diet means that they can’t have pasta anymore. This is NOT true! There are many delicious gluten free pasta options on the market today so that you can still enjoy your favorite meals made with pasta.
Try out my recipe for Gluten Free Baked Ziti Casserole that is delicious, and filling, and the whole family will be begging for more. Just a quick note for this one, this recipe contains ricotta cheese, and while most ricotta is gluten free make sure that you check the label at the store to be sure.
My Gluten Free Sloppy Joe Recipe calls for bell peppers and onions, but you can add in as many other finely diced vegetables as you would like. In fact, it’s a great way to sneak some in if you have a picky eater or two in the family.
Have you ever met a kid that didn’t like sloppy joes? I grew up with a mom who used Manwhich to make sloppy joes. I haven’t! While this recipe is listed under beef, you can change the protein to whatever you like, ground turkey, chicken, pork, or even meatless crumbles will work just fine.
This homemade country hamburger vegetable soup recipe is a family favorite. You can use fresh or canned vegetables that you already have on hand.
Peppers are always on sale. Fill them with ground hamburger meat, canned corn, and cheese for a delicious gluten free stuffed peppers meal.
Cheap Gluten Free Pork Recipes:
Ground pork is another very inexpensive meat to buy. This is different from sausage, it is just ground meat. Find it in the same section as ground beef. Note you can also use ground beef in many of these recipes.
My kids love this ground pork fried rice. You can make a lot and enjoy it for several days because it reheats well. Use any vegetables you have on hand!
Make a big pot of these carnitas and it can be the base of so many meals! The extras freeze really easily.
Pasta sauce over either pasta or zoodles. You can also serve it on a baked potato! A big pot of this sauce will feed a large family with lots of leftovers.
This hearty ground pork chili is another great recipe to feed a crowd.
Cheap Gluten Free Turkey Recipes:
Ground turkey is another cheap meat you can buy to use in recipes. I often notice the ground dark meat is a few dollars less expensive than ground turkey breast meat. Do you see this in your local grocery store?
My whole family adores these ground turkey meatballs. To make them even less expensive, use the ends of gluten free bread loaves to make them into Gluten Free Bread Crumbs. Making homemade bread crumbs is a lot cheaper!
As I mentioned above, bell peppers are very inexpensive and you can make stuffed peppers with them.
You can also use those bell peppers to make a big, filling pot of unstuffed pepper soup!
Cheap Gluten Free Meatless Recipes:
One amazingly easy way to help keep your grocery budget down is to serve meatless meals a couple of times each week. This amazing Gluten Free Fettuccini Alfredo recipe fits the bill. Delicious, filling, easy to make, and versatile.
You can use any kind of gluten free pasta that you happen to have on hand, and you can also toss in whatever veggies you might have hanging out in the refrigerator.
Feeding a family delicious, healthy, gluten free meals on a budget can be done, and your meals can be versatile and something that the whole family will enjoy sitting down together to eat.
This easily stuffed kabocha squash uses canned vegetables to make a delicious meal.
You will love this inexpensive cauliflower risotto recipe. It uses riced cauliflower, broth, and cheese. Add in the vegetables that you have on hand.
Love lentils? This Instant Pot red lentil chili lasts for days and days!
Tofu and Tempeh are very inexpensive and they can be used in this filling tofu stir fry recipe. Use vegetables you have on hand to avoid food waste and use gluten free soy sauce.
What are some of your favorite healthy, gluten free, meals to make for your family? Comment below to give readers even more ideas!
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This post was updated from an older August 2020 post with even more cheap meal ideas!
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