Stumped for lunchtime inspiration? Whether you’ve been gluten-free for a day or for years, here are a few quick and easy lunch ideas to try this week!

 

 

 

The ultimate “fast food,” salads are as easy to make as chopping and assembling. What’s more, they offer major nutritional value, great flavor, and lots of versatility. Use these recipes to get ideas flowing:

 

Living a life free of gluten doesn’t rule out naturally gluten-free seeds/grains like quinoa or amaranth. So take advantage of these foods that are easy to cook and toss with other ingredients. Here are a few great gluten-free grain salads to try:

 

As perfect for leftovers as for freshly prepared fillings, lettuce wraps offer a lot of versatility and convenience. Here are a few ideas for making them:

  • Crockpot Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps: Stick chicken and other ingredients in the crockpot in the morning, and have the perfect filling for lettuce wraps that night!
  • Easy Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps: Blend vegetables in a food processor, cook them in a skillet, and stuff this mixture into hearts of romaine or iceberg lettuce.

 

As summer ends and cooler temperatures arrive, what could be better than a warm, comforting bowl of stew? Taking soups and stews in a gluten-free direction is not difficult—just stick to recipes that leave out grains and, if you use packaged stock, look for those that are clearly labeled “gluten-free.” Here are a few examples:

 

It doesn’t get much easier than blending ingredients in a blender or layering foods in a mason jar. Smoothies and parfaits are some of the fastest, simplest meals you can make, and they’re packed with nutrients, too. Check out these gluten-free recipes for inspiration!

  • Gluten-Free Yogurt Parfait: Toasted nuts and seeds combine with coconut, fruit, and yogurt to make a filling parfait free of gluten and grains.
  • Simple Green Smoothie: Combine an orange, a banana, strawberries, spinach, yogurt, and ice to create this simple, refreshing green smoothie for lunch.
  • Mango Lassi Smoothie: There’s nothing difficult about whipping up this mango lassi smoothie, which has a total of five ingredients. Blend together milk, yogurt, honey, cardamom, and frozen mango, and you have a tropical lunch that’s hard not to love.

There you have it: A wide range of easy, delicious lunches to enjoy! The next time you’re struggling with what to make to eat, try one of these smart options!

{Disclosure: This post was sponsored by PacMoore.}

About the author:
Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PacMoore in Hammond, IN. PacMoore is a contract manufacturer focused on processing dry ingredients for the food & pharmaceutical industries. Capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, & consumer packaging.

2 Comments (Reply )

  1. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    I love the idea of lettuce wraps for lunch – I never think to pack them, but I’d bet they actually travel pretty well!

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  2. Patrick Ross
    Oct 11, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing these with us. Would you consider using kiwi or strawberries for smoothies? I really like to use kiwi with my juices. It’s really cool that we can actually have smoothies for lunch. Cheers!

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