Okay, my quick last-minute recipes off the top of my head:
- Grilled chicken salads - grilled chicken strips (Aldi's version is $8 for 2 lbs.), bagged salad, real bacon bits, sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese, croutons, and, if there's time, hard boiled eggs
- Use the same strips for Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Yellow Rice
- Tuna melts - tuna salad on hamburger bun halves, or in hot dogs buns, topped with cheese food slices, and broiled a couple of minutes, served with applesauce - I do this if we have leftover gluten free breaad or buns.
- Broccoli Cheese Rice w/ Chicken - instant rice, melt Velveeta in it, make some frozen broccoli in some chicken buillion broth, stir that in, and add leftover chicken, chicken strips, etc., if desired Great with apple alices.
- Spaghetti and frozen meatballs (I use Aldi's turkey meatballs. they appear to be gluten free, haven't officially checked). Salad, garlic bread (butter bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and parmesan cheese, broil lightly), pickles
- If you have three minutes earlier in the day, make Teryaki Chicken in the slowcooker. I bottle teryaki sauce, One 2 1/2- 3 Lb bag frozen chicken breasts or tenderloins, one can crushed or chunk pineapple. Dump in. High 4-6 hrs, low 8-10?, oven 350 degrees: about I hour. Great for putting in before church on Sunday morning. Serve over instant rice, with bagged salad.
- Pasta Alfredo with Kielbasa. Thaw 1lb of kielbasa while cooking pasta, stir in jar of Alfredo sauce, then diced kielbasa. Serve with salad. (See a theme here. Salads are handy, and can always be picked up by Dad on the way home.)
- Chili cheese dip. Velveeta or block of cream cheese, can of chili with beans - melt together in microwave and serve with tortilla chips. Serve with peaches, if that makes you feel better about having a balanced meal. Remember, this is last minute stuff.
Note: for cheap gluten free pasta, I buy thin rice noodles at the Asain store. Try different varieties until you find one you like. They look clear when cooked, but don't taste weird in a dish with sauce. I like the ones made with rice and corn flour.