Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quick Gluten Free Lunch Ideas

Do you need some quick gluten free ideas for lunch?

Sometimes I find myself just roaming around the kitchen, rummaging through the pantry, desperately trying to figure out what to eat for lunch. I  am usually hungry, so without a plan, I  devour something  high in carbs and much more caloric than I really want to eat, which leaves me feeling regretful and guilty.

So, I have decided to record some of my quick healthy lunches

Monday is Wrap Day:   
Warm up a wrap ( Trader Joe's Brown Rice wrap)
Fill with egg salad and tomato
Fill with almond butter and raisins
Fill with Greek salad
Fill with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato and fresh chopped basil
Fill with mashed black beans and tomato
Open a can of organic beans, drain and pour into a wide mouthed bowl. Mash slightly, add salt , pepper and cumin to taste. Slice tomatoes. Warm a gluten free tortilla wrap. Assemble all ingredients in the wrap. Garnish with 2 TBSP each chopped fresh basil, cilantro, and parsley.  Eat half and save half for tomorrow.

Tuesday : Cottage Cheese Day
Chopped tomatoes, red onion, scallions, and a scoop of cottage cheese drizzled olive oil and cumin.
On a lunch size plate, put a scoop of cottage cheese in the middle. Quarter tomatoes, slice red onion, slice scallions and chop yellow peppers. Arrange vegetables around the cottage cheese. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and cumin.( If you don't like cumin, substitute paprika)

Wednesday:  Homemade Humus and Crackers
 Homemade chickpea humus, celery sticks, gluten free crackers tomato chunks, and cucumber slices
1 small can chick peas, drained
Juice of 1 lemon
1 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP fresh parsley
2 TBSP fresh cilantro
1 clove raw garlic ( optional)
1tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Use the  food processor with the metal blade. Pulse cilantro,  parsley and optional garlic first,and then add all other ingredients until well blended. Eat with gluten free crackers or tomato, cucumber slices, celery sticks and carrots.

Thursday:  Quick Basmati Rice and Beans..
Microwave a 3 minute packet of Trader Joe's basmati rice and set aside.  Saute garlic, onions, carrots, and red pepper in olive oil in a skillet. Open a can of black beans, drain and add to the saute and season to taste with cumin, salt and pepper. Mix beans well and  serve with the cooked basmati rice.

Friday:   1-2-3- tomato soup with add ins
This is really fast and simple. Open a jar of tomato or V-8 juice, pour two cups into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour hot juice into a bowl ( It tastes like tomato soup)  Add 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice,sliced scallions, cilantro, and peanuts for a hearty, healthy quick soup.


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