5 Easy Dinners

When I plan my dinner menu for the week, I like to plan at least 5 days of meals (Monday-Friday).  On Saturday and Sunday, we typically eat leftovers, eat out or have some sort of event or get-together with our family.  I thought I would share 5 easy main courses.  All of them are dairy, egg, nut, and wheat-free. Keep in mind, we are meat eaters.  I've included 5 meat/fish based main course ideas with side dish ideas at the end.

Dinner #1: Baked Salmon - This dish takes all of 15-20 minutes to prepare.  Once the salmon fillets are thawed, I sprinkle them with a rub and bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Dinner #2: Maple-mustard chicken thighs - Another easy dish, this one involves marinating some boneless chicken thighs (2 lb) in a mixture of dijon mustard (1/3 c), maple syrup (3 T), and dried rosemary (1 t) in a Ziploc bag.  After marinating for at least 30 minutes, the thighs are simply grilled:

Dinner #3: BLT lettuce wraps - these yummy 'wraps' consist of bacon slices, fresh sliced tomatoes, and guacamole, all on top of a piece of romaine lettuce.:

Dinner #4: Roasted lemon chicken - This recipe was originally listed in Glamour Magazine's  '100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know.' It is also listed on Martha Stewart's website here.  It really is so basic as well as wonderfully juicy and delicious.  

The ingredients simply include lots of lemons, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and herbs.  You just pour the lemon juice over the chicken and then season it with salt and pepper, inside and out.

Two lemons are then poked with a fork and inserted into the chicken.  I didn't have any twine on hand, so I didn't truss the chicken.  It looks a lot less professional, but it doesn't change how the chicken cooks.  To prevent the breasts from getting too dry I baked it, breast side-up, for 15 minutes and then flipped it over and baked it breast side-down for another hour or so. 

The result is a wonderfully browned, juicy bird with crisp skin.  The juices in the pan can be poured over the carved chicken for extra delicious flavor.

Dinner #5: Grilled Bratwurst.  Little explanation needed here.  Just pick up your favorite bratwursts and grill!

Side dish ideas: I usually serve a vegetable or fruit side dish along with my main courses.  Some examples include a salad with fresh veggies and vinaigrette, roasted asparagus, sliced tomatoes, steamed green beans or broccoli, and fresh berries.  For the most nutrition, I try to include as much color on the plate as possible. 

I hope this post has helped inspire you in your meal planning for the week!  What are some of your favorite allergy-free dinners?

Shared on: Gracelaced Mondays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Tastetastic Thursdays, Gluten Free Fridays
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  1. Yummy ideas! Adding a few to my menu for next month. We do lettuce wraps with a chicken mixture in them that my kids love...wish they ate tomatoes! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mmmm, I love lettuce wraps Michelle! In fact, I'll be doing a post soon about the ground beef lettuce wraps we often make - so good!

  2. Love the BLT lettuce wrap idea. That would make a good quick and easy lunch too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome, Brittany! Yes, you must try the BLT wraps. Who doesn't love bacon? :)

  3. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! We had some fabulous entries this week! Our gluten free blogger directory is growing too! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  4. I'm so glad I found you on Naptime Creations! Thank you so much for posting these main dishes. I love them all:)


    1. You're welcome, Katie! Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope I was able to inspire you a little. :)