5 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas

ginger beef stir fry
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If you don’t have lots of time to spend in the kitchen or prefer not to cook, it can be difficult coming up with gluten free lunch ideas. Even if you do make your meals, you might be eating the same thing everyday. That can get boring and tempt you to try something that’s no so gluten free.

We know what that’s like. But hey, we all have to eat, and most of us like to eat well.

Below are five of our favorite lunch ideas that we all love around here. We don’t give specific recipes, but instead give you a general idea of how each meal is made. This way, you can customize it to your liking. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Pizza

I can’t live without pizza and luckily I don’t have to. Oftentimes, you can find a gluten-free pizza crust in health food stores and online shops like Thrive Market.

Once you have your crust ready, top it with your favorite organic tomato sauce, and add any gluten-free toppings that appeal to you. I usually add a protein, such as chicken breast or ground beef, and veggies including peppers, onions and garlic. Eggplant is also delicious! Top the pizza off with a cheese (if preferred), and bake it in the oven according to your pizza crust directions.

During the last minute of baking, try adding a little olive oil to the top to make it even more flavorful. When done, sprinkle the top with a little fresh ground pepper and you have an absolutely delicious meal hot or cold.

Yummy Lettuce Wraps

These wraps are quick, easy to make and delicious! We like them because they are so simple and filling.

Take four pieces of lettuce and fill them with your choice of meat. For example, you can use ground beef, sliced ham or tuna. If you prefer not to eat meat, you can use hardboiled eggs instead.

Add pieces of your favorite veggies, such as tomato and cumber, and add a slice or two of avocado to really kick up the flavor. Spoon a small amount of mayo or hummus on top and you’ve got a great meal!

(Note: You can also substitute gluten-free bread in this recipe. Make your own bread, or check out our list of gluten free store bought bread options.)

Big Huge Salad

One of the classics, a big huge salad is just right the meal when you want something that satisfies.

Simply take your favorite greens, such as swiss chard and spinach, and mix in your choice of meats, veggies, seeds and nuts. I also love to add eggs and avocado because it gives the salad the extra flavors I like. My personal favorite salad combination is spinach, kale, chopped steak, sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, walnuts and avocado slices.

For the dressing, you can do a simple mixture of your favorite healthy oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

If you don’t eat the salad right away, keep your meats, seeds and nuts and dressing in separate containers, and then mix everything together before you enjoy it.

Simple Stir Fry

If you’re looking for something warm and tasty, a stir fry is the meal to make. Similar to a cold salad, this simple stir fry incorporates your favorite veggies, meats, nuts and spices.

To make a stir fry, heat 1 to 2 TBSP of healthy oil in a sauté pan or wok on medium, and heat some nuts, such as cashews, for about a minute. Remove the nuts and and throw in some chopped meat until it’s cooked all the way through (usually a few minutes or so). Remove the meat and add in your choice of leafy greens, onions and chopped garlic. Cook for a minute or two and then add the nuts and meat back to the pan. Cover the pan, turn the heat down to low, and allow everything to simmer together for about three minutes. Remove the lid and add salt, pepper and any other spices to taste.

Creamy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

This easy to make vegetable soup is one my favorites because it’s jam-packed with vitamins, low in calories and extremely tasty.

Add about a head of broccoli and half a head of cauliflower to a food processor or blender, and mix everything together until it reaches the consistency you want. Add the blend to a pot, pour in six cups of chicken or vegetable broth and sprinkle in your choice of herbs and spices such as chile powder, onion powder, garlic powder, coriander, turmeric, oregano salt and pepper.

Allow the soup to cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!

Ingredients for these gluten-free lunch ideas

Before you use packaged food items, such as tomato sauce and sliced meat, always make sure they’re free of gluten-containing additives. If you need help identifying these ingredients, check out our celiac diet 101 post for a list of common additives.

And remember, if you’ve got no time at all, there’s nothing wrong with eating last night’s leftovers. We hope these gluten free lunch ideas help you make delicious meals that you’ll love.

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