Easy Healthy Acid Reflux Friendly Dinner Ideas

Easy Healthy Acid Reflux Friendly Dinner Ideas

These easy healthy acid reflux-friendly dinner ideas will help you plan ahead for weeknight meals that are both nutritious and don’t trigger GERD symptoms.

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Changing your diet is one of the most important parts of treating GERD. And feeling lost after being diagnosed while attempting to navigate through this new way of eating is completely normal. These easy healthy acid reflux-friendly dinner ideas can help you on your journey.


Planning ahead and having a rotation of easy healthy acid reflux-friendly dinner ideas can eliminate the stress and anxiety of these diet changes. This makes it so much easier to stick to a lifestyle of eating that offers actual healing.

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Foods to Include and Avoid in These Easy Healthy Acid Reflux Friendly Dinner Ideas


I’ve had this post planned for a while, I thought it would be such an incredible resource for all of us here to have one post we can go to for quick and easy acid reflux-friendly dinner meal planning.


But, as I began searching for recipes I was shocked to realize just how difficult it is to find true GERD-friendly recipes! It made me even more aware of just how important this space truly is.


I did my best to find a variety of easy healthy acid reflux-friendly dinner ideas, that focus on the best foods for GERD symptoms, taking care to avoid the most common triggers as much as possible.


The best foods for soothing acid reflux symptoms include lean meats and seafood, leafy greens, low carb veggies, healthy fats, non-citrus fruits, and herbal tea.


The most common triggers for acid reflux include greasy foods, tomatoes, chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy foods, mint, caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated beverages.


I’ve put together a free printable reference with the foods I include and the ones I avoid for acid reflux. This can be a great resource to keep in the kitchen as you plan your weekly easy healthy acid reflux friendly dinners.


Download your FREE printable acid reflux foods to avoid and include list


Lifestyle Tips to Help Further Reduce Acid Reflux


Along with diet changes, there are a number of things you can modify in your daily life to further help reduce acid reflux symptoms.

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  • Eat Slowly: It’s easy to get carried away and rush through eating. However, our mouth is where digestion begins. Our food mixes with our saliva which contains digestive enzymes that begin to break food down. By chewing our food properly (especially for those with digestive issues) we are doing our bodies a huge service.


  • Eat Smaller Meals: Rather than eating 3 big meals during the day, try eating 5 smaller ones. Do your best not to lie down until at least 3-4 hours after eating and then sleep inclined.


  • Sleep Inclined: Studies show that sleeping inclined can greatly reduce symptoms for those with acid reflux and/or a hiatal hernia, sleeping with a wedge pillow not only elevates the head but the upper torso of the body as well. Some other options for sleeping inclined are raising the head of your bed 6-8 inches with risers, using  inclined bed risers, or an adjustable mattress.  


Stress Management for Acid Reflux


While stress isn’t usually the cause of GERD it can certainly exacerbate symptoms. Studies show that stress and GERD are strongly associated with each other. Ever notice how when you are having bad anxiety, a flare-up isn’t too far behind?


I know everyone’s version of self-care look different, but below I’ve listed some things that I do to cope with anxiety and stress:


  • Yoga
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Being in Nature
  • Journaling
  • Learn Something New
  • Herbal Tea
  • Meditation


Easy Healthy Acid Reflux-Friendly Dinner Ideas


Please note: Onions and garlic are almost always foods to avoid for anyone dealing with acid reflux, but it’s really difficult to find easy healthy dinner recipes without one or both of these ingredients, especially garlic.


I’ve done my best to limit them, but you’ll see them pop up occasionally. If garlic and onion are triggers for you, I recommend substituting garlic powder and onion powder or leaving them out entirely.


There isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet for acid reflux, so try not to get discouraged if something that I’ve listed here bothers you. We are all unique in what we can tolerate. You know your body the best, so follow your gut!


an iron skillet with roasted brussel sprouts, bacon and apples, with a silver spoon


1.Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apples


What makes these Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apples by Paleo Running Momma so perfect is how easy it is to make!  The brussel sprouts go from raw to perfectly roasted FAST while the bacon and apples cook up even quicker on the stovetop. It’s so easy to add extra protein by serving it alongside some baked chicken or my favorite turkey meatballs 


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2. Quick and Easy Keto Egg Drop Soup Recipe


This Quick and Easy Reflux Friendly Keto Egg Drop Soup Recipe by Zuzana at Low Carb-No Carb is done in seconds and is made with only a few ingredients you probably already have on hand. It’s a warm comforting, protein filled dinner that is easily customized and endlessly versatile. An excellent option when you want to give your stomach a break from heavy food.


a piece of quinoa crusted salmon on a white plate with a side salad


3. Quinoa Crusted Salmon


Erin at The Almond Eater created this Quinoa Encrusted Salmon that is so delicious. She uses quinoa and breadcrumbs for added texture, flavor, and nutrition and it pairs beautifully with a side salad topped with our low-acid creamy salad dressing. It’s packed with flavor and ready in under 20 minutes, making it an ideal easy healthy reflux friendly dinner idea!


A white bowl with roasted asparagus, carrots, potatoes and chickpeas with a slice of avacado


4. Herbed Potato, Asparagus, and Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner


This vegan Sheet Pan Dinner from The Simple Veganista with herbed potato, asparagus, and chickpeas are roasted to perfection and perfectly easy, and full of flavor! One pan, a few fresh vegetables, dried herbs, and spices, oven roasted together, creates a hearty vegan meal I know you’re going to love! I would omit the onions and any spices that may trigger your reflux. If you wanted to add some extra protein here is my recipe for simple baked chicken breast.


a pink bowl of asian chicken meatball soup with spinach and a hand holding a spoon


5. Asian Chicken Meatball Soup with Spinach


This Asian Chicken Meatball Soup with Spinach from Chihyu at I Heart Umami is a one-pot wonder of crunchy colorful vegetables, simmered in Asian ginger chicken broth. The chicken meatballs add an incredible flavor and texture as well. This soup is ridiculously good and easy. It’s GERD-friendly, paleo, low-carb, and whole 30. Trust me, everyone will demand you make it again and again!


a white plate on a blue table with two pieces of maple bbq salmon next to a serving of brown butter couscous


6. Maple BBQ Salmon with Brown Butter Couscous


This Maple BBQ Salmon with Brown Butter Couscous from Jessica at How Sweet Eats is a quick and delicious weeknight meal. There will probably be some adjustments that will need to happen to make this recipe work for everyone, but I’m confident you can adapt it to fit your needs. I have a few members of my family who are dairy free, so I used plant butter and excluded the garlic and the couscous was still just so good.


two deconstructed burger bowls consisting of two white bowls filled with fresh greens a turkey burger, sauteed mushrooms and a homemade quick pickle with a bowl of a tzatziki sauce


7. Deconstructed Burger Bowls


These Mediterranean-inspired Deconstructed Burger Bowls by us here at The GERD Chef are perfect for an easy healthy reflux-friendly dinner. (I’ve already made them twice this week) The homemade tzatziki sauce combined with the DIY quick pickle, fresh greens, and sauteed mushrooms… It’s a taste of the Mediterranean in every bite! Plus, this satisfying burger bowl is gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat, and low-carb.


a white speckled plate with roasted pork chop, potatoes and brocooli and a silver fork


8. Sheet Pan Pork Chops with Potato and Broccoli


Looking for a complete meal without the time commitment? Let these Sheet Pan Pork Chops with Potatoes and Broccoli from Creme de la Crumb come to your rescue! All you need is 1 pan and a few easy ingredients and in just 40 minutes dinner is done!  Remember, you know your body the best, so follow your gut and adjust spices accordingly.


A piece of pecan roasted pork chops next to green beans and some roasted potatoes on a white plate


9. Pecan Crusted Chicken


This Pecan Crusted Chicken from The Clean Eating Couple is everything you could ever want in a dinner. Perfectly crunchy, jam packed with flavor, done in under 30 minutes, and they are gluten/grain free + Whole 30 and GERD friendly. Would be perfect with our Baked Potato for Acid Reflux and drizzled with our Tomato Free Low Acid BBQ Sauce. Yum!


a pie dish of heartburn friendly chicken pot pie


10. Heartburn-Friendly Chicken Pot Pie


This delicious and indulgent Heartburn Friendly Chicken Pot Pie Recipe from Very Well Fit is made from scratch with heartburn-friendly ingredients, including skinless chicken breasts and skim milk. Foods with high fat content are typically the culprit affecting those with heartburn. This low-fat recipe, which highlights the highly digestible proteins included with the chicken, puts chicken pot pie back on the menu. 


A baking sheet with baked chicken breast on one side and roasted brussel sprouts on the other side all covered in a honey mustard sauce


11. Healthy Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Breast with Brussel Sprouts


This Healthy One-Pan Baked Honey Mustard Chicken with delicious Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Tammy at Organize Yourself Skinny is a perfect easy weeknight dinner. Of course, you can serve this with rice or quinoa but honestly, I think it’s perfect with just the chicken and brussel sprouts. You get tons of protein and fiber which will keep you full and happy for hours.


three seared scallops on a bed of roasted spaghetti squash and fresh arugala on a white plate


12. Easy Seared Scallops and Spaghetti Squash


This Easy Seared Scallops with Spaghetti Squash is one of my absolute favorite dishes. I love how it doesn’t require many ingredients to whip up because the scallops naturally offer an amazing flavor, not to mention a tender, buttery texture. It’s so easy to enjoy an upscale meal in the comfort of your own home any night of the week with this simple yet elegant dish.


a white plate with two pieces of sesame encrusted chicken tenders with a side of roasted broccoli and jasmine rice


13. Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders


Chicken tenderloins are so convenient for weeknight cooking. These Sesame Encrusted Chicken Tenders from Gina at Skinny Taste are coated with sesame seeds, panko, and a dash of soy sauce. You can bake them or make them in the air fryer. Either way, you have yourself a hit on your hands that the entire family will love. Pair with a nice side salad drizzled with our Low Acid Creamy Dressing and a side of Tumeric Rice and you have a complete easy healthy reflux friendly dinner on your hands! 


a bowl of jasmine, roasted vegetables and a piece of baked cod


14. Easy Baked Cod


An Easy Baked Cod recipe from The Roasted Root that is excellent for a healthy, high protein, lean dinner any night of the week. Season it up with your favorite acid reflux approved seasonings for a delicious, nourishing meal! I’ve made this often and I always leave out the paprika and instead add oregano and thyme. I love to serve it with some sauteed veggies and our delicious Oat Flour Biscuits.


a cast iron skillet with roasted cubed root vegetables with baked chicken thighs in an apricot jam glaze


15. Apricot Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables


I love chicken thighs. They are so hard to mess up! This recipe of Apricot Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables from Danae at Recipe Runner is a hearty and easy-to-make one skillet dinner. Savory with a hint of sweetness from the apricot jam, it’s healthy comfort food at its absolute finest!


a cast iron skillet full of shepard's pie, topped with fresh chopped parsley


16. Turkey Shepherds Pie (Dairy Free)


This Turkey Shepard’s Pie is a spin on the classic comfort food, with a dairy-free twist. It’s the perfect meal to add to your weekly menu if you are in search of a recipe that is delicious, healthy, and adaptable.


a blue and white bowl on a table filled with chicken congee and topped with chopped scallions with a large white spoon


17. Chicken Congee


Chicken Congee is regarded as the ultimate Chinese comfort food, according to the author Fuchsia Dunlop. This recipe for ji zhou or Chicken Congee, from her book on Jiangnan regional cuisine, is dead simple and satisfying. This is one of my favorites. I make it with homemade bone broth and it does not get easier or more comforting than this!


a white bowl layered with a sweet potato mash topped with roasted brussel sprouts and sauteed shrimp


18. Sweet Potato Puree with Sauteed Brussel Sprouts and Shrimp


This Sweet Potato Puree with Sautéed Brussel Sprouts and Shrimp for Candace at The Wheatless Kitchen is so good. The sweet potato puree is creamy and dreamy and by sautéing the brussel sprouts they get a perfect sear making them extra crispy and delish. It’s like a play on shrimp and grits but with a healthier spin that’s perfect for any night of the week!


a white bowl of quinoa, shredded purple cabbage, pears, carrots and edamame drizzled with a pear, ginger sauce


19. Nourishing Quinoa Bowls


Nourishing Quinoa Bowls are one of the simplest and most delicious ways to eat healthy. These one-dish wonders are infinitely customizable and full of flavorful ingredients that nourish your body and soul. In this version, protein-packed quinoa is topped with sautéed cabbage, caramelized carrots, edamame, fresh sliced pears, and toasted sesame seeds. A huge flavor pop comes from a sweet and savory ginger sauce that gets drizzled over top. You cannot beat this easy healthy reflux friendly dinner idea.


a white bowl of roasted spaghetti squash with pieces of broccolini on a white table with silverware


20. Spaghetti Squash with Broccolini and Truffle Oil


This Spaghetti Squash with Broccolini and Truffle Oil from Lisa at Downshiftology is so light and filling. Perfect for a Meatless Monday meal that is light on the stomach but endlessly satisfying. The truffle oil makes this easy dinner for acid reflux feel decadent and very moreish. Though, you could always add some baked chicken to round it out a bit more if desired.


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6 thoughts on “Easy Healthy Acid Reflux Friendly Dinner Ideas”

  • Love your amazing recipes, however I am left wondering, are ALL of these recipes gerd friendly as I suffer badly.
    Friendly regards and thank-you so much.
    Cherie from Australia.

    • This is the gerdchef website so my guess is yes but don’t believe everything you read on the Internet and compare the ingredients to the list of foods you should and shouldn’t eat. You’ve got this!

    • Hi, Cherie! All these recipes are based on ingredients that are low acid and aren’t known to be common triggers. We always recommend that you use your experience to identify what foods work or don’t work for you. If in doubt, just try a small portion and see if it triggers reflux. Hope this helps!

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