20 Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas
Taking your lunch to work saves you money, but it's such a hassle when you're living with a gluten allergy. Something as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich becomes a nightmare of buying expensive bread or making your own. Although you can make your own gluten-free bread ahead of time for days you want a sandwich, here's a list of 20 non-sandwich lunches for a frugal gluten-free lifestyle. (See also: 25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas)
- Gluten-free pizza
- Cream cheese wraps with homemade gluten-free tortillas
- Deviled eggs
- Chef's salad
- Gluten-free pasta salad (quinoa pasta is best)
- Thai food (rice noodles)
- Burritos with gluten-free tortillas
- Greek quinoa salad
- Veggies with hummus and cottage cheese
- Moroccan lentil salad
- Hard tacos
- Soft tacos with corn tortillas
- Lettuce wraps (use gluten-free soy sauce)
- Peanut butter and jelly roll-ups with gluten-free tortillas
- Pepperoni pizza wraps with gluten-free tortillas
- Taco salad with crunchy tortilla chips on top
- Fried rice
- Quiche muffins (recipe below)
Quiche Muffin Recipe
- 8-10 eggs
- ¼ cup frozen, chopped spinach (thawed)
- ¼ cup green onions diced
- 2 wedges Happy Cow swiss cheese (or 2 tablespoons cream cheese)
- 3 slices lunchmeat ham, diced
- ¼ cup mushrooms, diced
- 3 cloves crushed garlic
- seasoning to taste
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor, or just beat very well with a whisk. Pour them into a greased cupcake pan, about 2/3 full. Place them in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool before putting them into plastic storage bags. Freeze or refrigerate. After thawing, place them in microwave on high for about 30 seconds before serving.
Packing Gluten-Free Lunches
Some of these lunches would do well if you have access to a microwave at work. Also, it pays to invest in a small cooler to keep the meats chilled before lunch.
If you're packing lunch for your kids, here are ideas to prepare your gluten-free kids to go to school, with age-appropriate lunch ideas.
Snacks on the side are relatively easy. There are a lot of very gluten-free friendly snacks out there if you read the labels. Some of our family favorites are:
- Baby carrots
- Celery and peanut butter
- Kettle chips
- Tortilla chips
- Pop Chips
- Honey Nut Chex (Buy them on sale and use coupons. We live by these snacks.)
Also, if you really want a no-brainer and are craving sandwiches in your lunch, just bake double a batch of gluten-free french bread on Sunday, cut each loaf in half, (you should have four) and freeze the loaves. Microwave a half of one the night before work and you have yourself enough bread to make a six inch sub. This makes for an easy lunch that doesn't need a microwave at work (unless you do something really tasty like a tuna melt or a meatball sub).
Making life as simple as possible for the gluten-challenged is what I spend my days doing. I'm always looking for ways to keep it cheap and simple. If you have any gluten-free lunch ideas, I'd love to hear them.
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