If you’ve got celiac disease or are gluten intolerant then going gluten free makes such a difference to the quality of your life. However, making the switch to a gluten free lifestyle can sometimes limit your options and leave you wondering what should I eat?!
Sovereign are all about empowering New Zealander’s to take charge of their health and well being, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite gluten free lunches that are delicious and packed with goodness.
One of my favourite gluten free ingredients is quinoa. Quinoa is a really versatile, nutrient rich food that’s great as a side dish or made into an array of yummy salads. As well as being gluten free, it’s is a good source of phosphorus and is high in iron and magnesium. Quinoa is also source of zinc, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
Quinoa is quick and easy to cook too. Simply rinse the grains under water in a sieve. Place the quinoa in a pot with double the amount of water and simmer until all the liquid is dissolved. 1/2 a cup of uncooked quinoa will make around 1 cup of cooked quinoa.
Here’s my top four gluten free lunch ideas based around quinoa.
Roast pumpkin, carrot + quinoa salad.
Make a batch of this salad in the weekend and have the left overs for lunch over the next day or two. You could also freeze this in individual containers to grab on the go and defrost at work. Serve with some salmon or chicken for added protein. Find the recipe here.
Quinoa salad with chickpeas, feta and apples
With crunchy apples and walnuts plus the tangy feta, this salad is a really yummy combination of tastes and textures. Find the recipe here.
Feta, pumpkin, mushroom and quinoa frittatas
Made in texas muffin tins, these frittatas are easy to make and are a filling lunch and can be eaten hot or even cold. I freeze these and reheat at work for a quick easy lunch. Serve with a salad. Find the recipe here
Switching out refined white rice for quinoa turns it into a low GI, higher protein lunch. Plus it tastes great too! Find out how to make it here.
What are your favourite gluten free recipes?
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