It’s Lunch Time. You have banned Gluten from your diet…now what!?

Why not get lunch containers to dress up lunchtime….

A gluten free diet shouldn’t mean you will never enjoy a great meal again. In fact, did you know there is a plethora (don’t you love that word!?) of tasty, interesting, and filling foods you can eat with absolutely zero guilt!

So many people realize that once they have eaten without gluten for awhile, they actually feel so much better that it’s easy to continue on the gluten free diet path. As time goes on, you won’t even miss your former way of eating.

Even with all that goodness and the promise of a happy and healthy gut, it is a challenge to come up with good, gluten free lunch ideas since sandwiches have dominated the lunch box for so long.

For most people, lunch doesn’t happen at home. It’s a work or school affair, right. So, any lunch needs to be reasonably easy to prepare, preferably something that can be fixed the night before and then transported to work or school.

Let’s do some Stir Fry

Stir fried chicken breast strips, snow peas, onions, broccoli, carrots and water chestnuts with wheat free tamari and brown rice. Plain yogurt with blueberries for dessert.

Potato and Leek Soup…Homestyle Comfort

Creamy Potato and Leek Soup and Cornbread made by replacing regular flour with soy and brown rice flour.

For a little something sweet, try Gluten free peanut butter cookies made by mixing one cup peanut butter, one cup sugar, one egg and one teaspoon vanilla together. Form dough into small balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet, criss cross the top with a dampened fork and bake about ten minutes in a three hundred fifty degree oven. These make a wonderful dessert or anytime snack.

Chicken Salad and a Bit o’ Fudge

Chicken salad made with baked and chopped chicken breasts, chopped celery, onions, seedless red grapes, apples, parsley, plain yogurt and gluten free mayonnaise.

For something sweet…a piece of homemade peanut butter fudge is the perfect finish to this, or any meal. To prepare it just boil two cups sugar and two thirds cup milk with a pinch of salt until it reaches the soft ball stage(when you drop a little in cold water, it holds together to form a soft ball). Then add one cup peanut butter and one teaspoon vanilla. Stir until blended well, then spread in a lightly buttered square pan and wait for it to set, usually about fifteen minutes.

Loaded Baked Potato…What Could Be Better?

Loaded baked potato with butter, cheese, broccoli and chives. A side salad with baby spinach, green onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots. Fresh strawberries and blueberries make up dessert.

Blackened Catfish: White Fish with Tons of Flavor

Blackened catfish, mashed potatoes, hominy and cornbread made by replacing regular flour with soy and brown rice flour. Vanilla yogurt makes up dessert.

Greek Salad with Feta Cheese

Greek salad with sardines, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, chickpeas and garlic with a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. Ambrosia made with pineapple, mandarin oranges and shredded coconut is dessert.

Healthy Bean Burritos with Corn Tortillas

Bean burrito made with a corn tortilla, refried beans, onions and shredded cheese, with salsa and sour cream. A frozen banana makes a perfect dessert for this meal.

These gluten free lunch ideas are filled with vitamins, minerals…and taste!