How to Make 21 Gluten Free Meals for $162

21 Gluten Free Meals for $162 Meal Plan #3 from

Whoever said that eating gluten free on a budget wasn’t possible???

I’m out to prove that myth wrong with this new meal plan that will make 21 meals (for 4 people!) for a total of $162, using ingredients purchased at Costco. When you base your meals around gluten-free (and inexpensive) starches like brown rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes, it really doesn’t cost much more to eat gluten-free!

Notes & Disclaimers about this Gluten Free Plan

  • Yes, I realize this makes for $7.85 dinners…but they are gluten free…pennies more expensive, but still really cheap! Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better.
  • As always, you are responsible for reading labels and ensuring that everything is Gluten Free.
  • See all of the FAQs for the Warehouse Store Meal Plans here.

Gluten Free Plan Ingredients

Recipe List

In order to keep this plan simple and make the most of the different ingredient sizes (hello, 15 lbs. of potatoes & 100 tortillas!!!), I decided to do 10 meals times two plus one, for a total of 21 meals.

  • (2) Chicken Enchilada Casserole with corn
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • (2) Orange Glazed Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and veggies
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry
  • (2) Shepherd’s Pie
  • (2) Beef Tamale Skillet Dinner with veggies
  • (2) Southwest Rice Pilaf
  • (2) Ranch Chicken and Potato Casserole with veggies
  • (2) BBQ Chicken Street Tacos with rice and corn
  • (2) Basil Balsamic Chicken with rice & veggies
  • (1) Sloppy Joe Bowls

21 Total Meals!!!!!

Ingredients & Price List

  • 6 pack boneless skinless chicken breast – $20.51
  • 6 pack boneless skinless chicken thighs – $21.46
  • Boneless pork chops, 8 count – $20.87
  • 5.88 lb. ground beef – $18.76
  • 15 lb. gold potatoes – $8.49
  • 6.5 lb. sweet potatoes – $5.99
  • 100 count corn tortillas – $3.19
  • 12 lb. organic brown rice -$14.79 (or 4 lb. red quinoa – $9.99)
  • 5 lb. organic baby carrots – $5.49
  • 6 pack red peppers – $5.99
  • 5 lb. organic frozen green beans – $6.79
  • 5 lb. organic frozen corn – $5.99
  • 5 lb. organic frozen mixed vegetables – $6.69
  • 4 lb. organic frozen broccoli – $6.29
  • 12 pack tomato sauce, 15 oz. cans – $7.59
  • 2 pack Stubb’s brand BBQ sauce, 36 oz. – $6.99
  • 8 pack chicken stock, quart size – $9.99
  • 2 lb. block Colby Jack cheese – $5.99

Total – $181.83

Anticipated Leftovers

  • 3 cans tomato sauce
  • 4 qt. chicken broth
  • Frozen mixed vegetables, 4 meals worth
  • Baby carrots, 2-3 meals worth
  • About 40 corn tortillas
  • LOTS of rice!!!!!

Estimated cost savings from the leftovers – $20

Total After Leftovers $162

Other GF Products sold at Costco

These products are not featured in this plan, just thought it would be helpful for those who don’t have memberships, or who haven’t seen these yet in Costco stores.

  • Udi’s gluten free loaf bread, 20 oz. – $6.79
  • Honeyville Gluten Free Almond Flour, 3 lbs – $18.99
  • Namaste gluten free baking mix, 5 lb. bag – price unknown, my store is out of stock at the moment!

We Make It Simple with Printables…

While we have all the content free above that you could piece together, we thought we’d simplify the process for you. This printable has the complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices), as well as complete recipes with ingredients broken down to make it easy for you. It also includes all the pantry staples and any additional grocery store items you might need to grab, if you don’t already have them.

All in one place y’all!

This is worth gold when it comes to saving time in preparing to shop and cook your meals.

Well, maybe not gold…but way more than $2.49!!!

And don’t forget to visit the $5 Dinners store to see if there are any other plans you wish to get before you checkout!

Join the $5 Meal Plan Family & sign up for weekly meals plans at!

Disclaimer: I have no formal relationship with Costco and am not paid by them to share these plans. I created these plans to help myself (and you!) spend less money at Costco, while using up all the bulk ingredients without them going to waste. Hope they help your family as much as they help our family!


  1. Linda says

    Erin, This is fabulous!!! Thanks!! But I want to reassure you that Modified Food Starch is gluten free in the U.S. unless it is made from wheat, in which case they would have to list Wheat as an allergen. After I read this post, I went back and re-researched it to make sure I wasn’t wrong. Please Google it and check it out for yourself. We have only maintained a GF household for about 15 months since my then 11 year old was diagnosed with Celiac. Every day is a new adventure in learning – but I wanted you to know this because it really isn’t one more limitation you need to worry about!

    • says

      I just did the same thing, Linda! I guess gluten-free cooks think alike. ; )

      Erin–I will be linking to this post tomorrow, when I am also writing about gluten-free shopping at Costco! If you have questions or concerns about how I linked to your content, please contact me.

      FYI: Sweet Baby Ray’s is a DELICIOUS gluten-free barbecue sauce that is sold at Costco and most grocery stores. It is all my father-in-law uses, and he can eat whatever he wants!

    • Karen says

      Unless it specifically says corn with modified food starch, you cannot trust it. I have had reactions when it says modified food starch, unless it says corn.

      • JJ says

        You maybe having a reaction to something else then. We are highly sensitive and haven’t problem with any modified food starch from US made products.

  2. Paul says

    In the US, modified food starch is corn based, unless specifically stated otherwise. Great list though, will be put to use.

  3. Shelley says

    This is a great start but now it needs to be GMO free and Paleo and I have never figured that one out at costco or SAMs.

  4. Laura says

    I loved the other 2 Costco plans (only had to make slight adjustments to be G-Free). Even my picky kids ate everything! I was so excited to see this newest one!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  5. Lyndsay Withey says

    I was just wondering how easy it would be to make this for SAM’S club. We have a Sams but the costo is over an hour away. We have a Sams member ship but I can’t find a lot of GF there. I have been wondering about getting a costo membership

    • Tasha Roe says

      Hi Lyndsay! We used to live over an hour away from Costco and would go once a month. It was well worth the trip! It required some detailed meal planning beforehand though. SAMs club is geared towards businesses while Costco is geared towards consumers in the home setting.

  6. Kimberly says

    Is the 6 pack of boneless skinless chicken breast, the organic 3 pack? I seem short on the chicken breasts. Or is it 6 lbs of chicken breasts? I am so excited about this! Maybe I can get that grocery budget under control!

  7. Sarah says

    Is there a grocery list in addition to the costco list somewhere? (other that the printables that cost money)

  8. Krysty says


    i purchased all the ingredients to do all this and was starting to prep them in ziploc bags to freeze when i was stumped with what is “ranchero chicken mixture”? It is in the chicken enchilada casserole recipe. It isn’t in the list of grocery items and am just wondering. please please please get back to me as I want to get this all done today to have for the month

    • Kari says

      I am not the blog owner but I found the answer for you in the recipe section. If you click on the recipe, follow it down to the directions, you will see it says the ranchero chicken mixture and then the word “below”, keep scrolling a bit and just under those ingredients it says, “Ranchero Chicken (if making the slow cooker chicken tortilla soup, you will need to make as suggested above)”. Then it gives you ingredients for that portion of the meal. The first step in the directions then tells you how to make it. Hope that helped.

      • Renee says

        Thanks for the info Kari!! I too was having the same problem as Krysty. When you purchase the printable package the recipe on there does not have any additional information or directions for “Ranchero Chicken”.

  9. Janna says

    This sounds great! I am going to try your slow cooker freezer meals first, but I was wondering: in this pack, how many of the meals can be frozen? It is just the two of us, so we will need to freeze some of the meals to space them out.


    • Crystal says

      I was wondering the same thing. Will $5 Dinners be making videos for this plan for preparation and freezing like the one that was made for the 20 Gluten Free Slow Cooker Meals? :) Thanks!

  10. Kari says

    Quick question as I am new to your site, are these meals for a family of 4? Trying to figure out if I need to tweak for our family.

    • Jenn K says

      Kari – yes, all of the meals are designed for a family of 4. Feel free to adjust to meet the needs of your own family. :)

  11. Emily says

    I bought the Udi’s GF bread today! Good to note that it is twice the size and even the slices are bigger than a regular Udi’s loaf found at a general store. Fantastic deal!

  12. Melissa says

    Leftover rice is a breeze to freeze for future recipes. We’ll cook 4-5 cups in our rice steamer (resulting in 8-10 cooked) and freeze it in 2 cup packets. Perfect to add to a quick dinner or use plain as a side. Place a damp paper towel over a glass container and microwave it for 1-2 mins. Perfect!

  13. carriejoy says

    Looks great! If you haven’t already (I’m new here) consider a list that is mobile phone friendly in addition to printable.

  14. says

    This looks great! I’m going to Costco tomorrow and can’t wait to try these recipes. I don’t see bacon on the list though, for the potato casserole? I found a great quality bacon at costco last time I went that I will be trying, thanks so much!

    • Jenn K says

      Casey – some are perfectly fine freezing. This was a different kind of plan than the specific freezer plan we just published for Costco.

      • Casey Earnest says

        Thank you Jenn, I will look through both plans again to see what will fit our schedule and help with mommy’s sanity. :-)

  15. Jenny says

    Just a quick tip I learned with my family making this- the Shepherd’s pie makes a TON, we ate it for 2 meals and still had 1/3 of a pan left, and my family was about to mutiny “not again!”, so I put it in a pot, added 2 cans chicken broth, a can of tomato sauce, and some Italian seasoning, called it Italian soup, and nobody was the wiser. :) yummy!

  16. Tom T says

    $162 for 21 meals seems expensive to me. I spend $100 at Aldi and feed 3 people for week. I will try Costco, it looks like a good gluten free product source.

  17. rachel says

    Is there a reason that you did not use the frozen chicken breasts and thighs? I know a big bag of them is only about $21 and there is a whole lot more than 6 in there.

    • Jenn K says

      You have to purchase the meal plan for $2.49 by adding it to your shopping cart to receive the recipes and full shopping lists.


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