Gluten free diets are becoming increasingly popular. Many people are deciding to go gluten free because of the potential health benefits such as weight loss, alleviation of digestive issues and improvement to a slew of other health problems. Additionally, some people are gluten allergic or gluten intolerant and need to avoid wheat products.
When starting out on a gluten free diet, it can be difficult to come up with a variety of meals. Below are some ideas for quick and simple lunches that contain no gluten. When shopping, make sure to read all your ingredient labels since gluten can end up in foods you don't expect it to. High quality and organic products are less likely to contain gluten.
It might be hard to imagine lunch without sandwhich bread, but there are great, filling gluten free options are delicious and easy enough for you to stuff in your brown bag on your way out the door.
1. Cold cut roll-ups
Vegetables rolled up in deli meat make a fun and filling lunch. It is especially great with high quality roast beef. Try it with avocado, cucumbers, and some mustard.
2. Eggs and cheese
This may not sound so glamous, but between the protein and fats it will keep you satisfied for hours. Microwave two eggs in a tupperware, bowl, or mug covered in a damp paper towel, and then melt cheese on top. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.
3. Sweet potato
Poke some holes in the sweet potato with a fork and wrap it in a damp paper towel before sticking in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Try it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Also great with butter and cinnamon, or with cream cheese melted on top.
4. Salad with grilled meat
This is especially good with marinated and grilled chicken or steak tips. For the salad use spinach, goat cheese, olives, and Italian dressing.
5. Rice and beans
Whip yourself up a filling Tex-Mex style lunch using canned beans and left over or frozen rice. This works well with black, refried or pinto beans. Warm up rice and beans and then add shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa.
This is just a fancy way of saying a little bit of whatever you have in your pantry. Olives, pickles, baby carrots with almond butter, cashews, cheese, half a hard boiled egg, etc. The variety of flavors and textures makes this a very fun and satisfying meal.
7. Tuna salad wraps
Scoop tuna salad into leaves of lettuce or a bell pepper half. Try using a little bit of mustard instead of mayo; for even more omega-3 goodness use canned sardines instead of tuna.
8. Hamburger patty
Bring in a cooked hamburger patty or two to work, and add all the fixins but the bun (or use a gluten-free bun). Possible toppings include ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mustard, bbq sauce, or cheese.