Gluten Free Lunch

10 Gluten Free Lunch Ideas for When You’re on the Go

Gluten free lunches don’t have to be boring or take a long time to make. Use these simple recipe ideas for when you’re on the move.

The prevalence of celiac disease continues to grow, and gluten intolerance has been established as more than just a fad. As more and more people switch to the gluten free diet, the need for high-quality gluten free products and tasty recipes is ever-increasing.

While more gluten free products are available than ever before, they can still be more expensive than traditional products and many grocery stores don’t carry much of a selection. Fortunately, gluten free recipes are easy to prepare and, with the right ingredients and a little bit of time, you can create gluten free versions of all your favorite dishes. You can even pair these recipes with store-bought gluten free staples like bread, pasta, and crackers without spending a fortune.

Gluten free or not, we all lead busy and hectic lives. Gluten free recipes don’t necessarily take more time to prepare, but the limitation of using only gluten free ingredients can sometimes be a challenge. If you’re looking for some simple gluten free lunch ideas for days when you are on the go, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 gluten free lunch recipes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less…

Disclaimer: As always, purchase ingredients that are certified gluten free, and if they are not, be sure to check the label so there’s no traces of gluten!

1. Avocado Tuna Salad

Whip up some tasty tuna salad loaded with fresh avocado flavor and packed with protein. Simply mash a fresh avocado together with two cans of flaked tuna then add diced cucumber, red onion, and celery. Stir in some fresh cilantro and lime juice then season to taste with garlic powder, salt, and fresh cracked pepper. Let it chill for an hour or serve it immediately with Schär Gluten Free Table Crackers for dipping!

Prep Time: About 15 minutes

2. Easy Pad Thai

Why settle for takeout when you can have authentic, delicious flavor at home in your own kitchen? Pad Thai is a rice noodle dish flavored with a light fish sauce and topped with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts. Cook up a batch of rice noodles until they are nice and tender then drain and set them aside. In a small bowl, whisk together equal parts gluten free soy sauce, fresh lime juice, and brown sugar then add a teaspoon of fish sauce and a pinch of red pepper flakes. In a large skillet, scrambled two eggs with a clove of garlic then stir in your sauce. Add the noodles and stir everything until well coated then serve with fresh cilantro, green onions, and peanuts. To make this dish a little heartier, add some cooked chicken breast or shrimp. This dish prepares multiple servings, so you can enjoy it all week long.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

3. Gluten free Margherita Pizza

Finding a decent gluten free pizza can be difficult and even if you find a pizza shop that offers gluten free crust, the risk of cross-contamination is very high. If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of preparing your own crust, use Schär Gluten Free Pizza Crusts to whip up a homemade margherita pizza. Start by brushing the crust with olive oil then sprinkle with thinly sliced garlic. Top the pizza crust with thin slices of fresh mozzarella and tomato then lightly season with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Sprinkle with whole or sliced basil leaves then bake at 450°F for about 10 minutes until the mozzarella is melted. Top with fresh grated parmesan and slice to serve!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

4. Southwest Chopped Kale Salad

Whoever said that a salad couldn’t be satisfying? This Southwest chopped kale salad is loaded with fresh kale, tender beans, and crisp veggies. Start by trimming away the thick stems from a large bunch of fresh kale then chop or tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Divide the kale among four salad bowls (or meal prep containers) and top the salads with black beans, corn kernels, diced tomato, chopped red onion, and sliced jalapenos. You can also add fresh cilantro and green onions as well as a spritz of fresh lime juice for flavor. Drizzle with your favorite gluten free dressing and you’re good to go!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

5. BLTA Panini

Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado is an unconventional but delicious combination of ingredients that packs as much flavor as it does nutrients. Sandwich these ingredients between two slices of Schär Ciabatta Rolls and throw it in a panini press for a quick and satisfying lunch. Simply cook up a couple slices of bacon until crisp then let them drain on paper towel while you assemble the rest of the sandwich. Spread some mayonnaise on one side of two pieces of bread then add sliced avocado and tomato. Add your cooked bacon and a few pieces of lettuce then spritz the dry sides of the bread with cooking spray and toast well.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

6. Quick and Easy Tortilla Soup

There’s nothing like a hot bowl of cheesy tortilla soup to keep you satisfied all afternoon (especially on those extra cold and rainy days). In just 20 minutes, you can whip up a batch of this delicious soup and enjoy the leftovers all week long. Simply sauté some onions and garlic in a saucepan until they are browned then stir in 2 cups of chicken broth, a small can of enchilada sauce, a can of black beans, and a cup each of diced tomatoes and corn kernels. While the soup is simmering, shred 2 cups of rotisserie chicken then stir it into the soup and cook until just heated through. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, and crushed gluten free tortilla chips. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

7. Lemon Artichoke Pasta with Asparagus

Pasta dishes are great if you want something to fill you up without going overboard on calories. This lemon artichoke pasta with asparagus is a simple recipe to prepare and it reheats well which makes it perfect for lunch on the go. Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil, add 8 ounces of Schär Gluten Free Penne, cook until tender, then drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a skillet and add a can of drained artichoke hearts along with some fresh lemon juice plus a little lemon zest. Sauté for 5 minutes then stir in a dozen chopped asparagus spears and cook for another minute or two. Add a tablespoon of butter then stir in the cooked pasta and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Serve with shaved parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley for a delicious and filling dish.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

8. Quinoa Summer Salad

Quinoa is a very versatile gluten free grain that is also packed with protein and fiber. In addition to being served as a side dish, it can also be tossed into a salad for a boost of nutrition. To prepare a tasty summer salad with quinoa, cook ½ cup of quinoa in 1 cup of water until tender then set aside to cool. Toss together a can of chickpeas, some chopped English cucumber, sliced cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, and fresh chopped dill. Season with minced garlic, salt, and fresh cracked pepper then toss in the quinoa along with some olive oil and fresh lemon juice. This salad is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

9. Creamy Broccoli Avocado Soup

Not only is this broccoli avocado soup creamy and full of flavor, but it is packed with healthy fats and other essential nutrients your body needs to perform at its peak. Simply steam two cups of broccoli florets until tender then blend them together with two ripe avocados, five cups of vegetable broth, and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like). Pour the mixture into a saucepan and simmer until the cheese is melted and the soup is heated through then season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Serve this soup hot with toasted slices of Schär Gluten Free Baguette for dipping.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

10. Grilled Turkey Burgers

Nothing compares to a big, juicy burger but most burgers pack quite a punch when it comes to calories. These grilled turkey burgers are much lower in calories and fat than traditional beef burgers and they are easy to prepare and reheat. Simply combine a pound of ground turkey breast with some minced shallots, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add fresh herbs, if desired, then mix it all together and shape it into patties by hand. Grill the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side until cooked through then serve on toasted Schär Gluten Free Hamburger Buns.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Final Thoughts

The key to sticking to any diet, gluten free or not, for the long-term is developing a repertoire of tasty recipes that satisfy your hunger as well as your cravings. While the gluten free lifestyle is not often a dietary choice, it is just as important to have a collection of recipes to draw from so you always have options. The 10 delicious gluten free lunch ideas above will help you get your collection started and you can build from there.

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